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Monday, 29 September 2014

Turquoise Hair?



Ahhhhh I leave New York today + I may not have wifi for a while. Before I leave I thought I would show y'all my turquoise undercut. If you don't like it maybe just don't tell me though because I love it + I think when you're 23 WHY THE HELL NOT?! Also you can't tell when my hair is down so it's not too scary... The woman who does my hair when I am in New York is Erika at Headdress Hair Salon.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Review: TBS Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream


I'm definitely more of a medium to full coverage foundation kind of girl but sometimes if my skin is looking good I will go for a lighter coverage. I also like to use BB or CC creams under my foundation a little added coverage and then I apply foundation where I need it. I bought The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream when I was having seriously temperamental skin + I really like the Tea Tree range from The Body Shop so I thought I would give it a go. *Interesting Fact Of The Day Time!*: I worked at The Body Shop for a year and a bit so I know they're products pretty well + still get excited by their new releases. That probably wasn't the most interesting thing you will read all day but I thought I'd just throw it in there.

I like this particular BB cream because although it is for blemished skin, I find this to be quite moisturizing so it's really nice for under foundations or on its own. The shade I have (01) is really good for my skintone because pale shades can often be quite pink but this one is more yellow/neutral. I also find the finish looks nice + dewy without being too shiny. It provides pretty decent coverage + doesn't go into any pores or fine lines. It's definitely a more natural finish so good on days when your skin is looking good + you just want a little bit of coverage but nothing too crazy.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Review: Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

Oh hey. Just me again. Who wants to talk about a really convenient little neutrals palette? *hands up* I got this palette from Sephora a month or two ago + it really is a useful little thing (it's really little) so hey, I thought I'd do my duty + share it with y'all even though you've probably heard of this before. #latetotheparty #latetopost #fashionablylate?

The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette: essentially a mini verj of the orig Full Exposure Palette, with 8 neutral shades + a mix of shimmers + mattes. It is supposed to contain 'universal' shades to suit pretty much anyone + everyone. I like it because I like to travel + as my immediate family is split between France/New York/UK I do tend to get around a bit ;) ;) ;) *wink wink* Anyway I think this palette is pretty damn affordable at $22 considering how useful it is + how wearable the shades are. When I went to Miami recently these were the only shadows I brought with me because it's perfect for daytime + night makeup if you want to go a bit more intense. I attempted some swatching above but as you can see the lighter shades aren't that visible. The shades I have using the most are second on the top + second on the bottom (from the left).

Friday, 19 September 2014

Obsessed With # 11: Laura Mercier 'Lush Nectarine'

I bought the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Lush Nectarine for my mom in June + it took me a while to decide I absolutely needed it too (I don't, but in my world want + need are pretty similar). As a pale girl, I love a peachy blush to bring my corpse-like skin back to life a bit. You probably know by now (unless you're new - hello!) that I love a bit of golden shimmer in my blushes too so this is right up my alley. I usually wear this blush when I'm not wearing much else on my face + I tend to pile it on a bit. I know that's not everyone's thing but I like a statement cheek from time to time. Usually this involves bold brows, no eye makeup + maybe just a gloss on the lips. I've learned that I don't actually like to overdo my makeup on a daily basis anymore. I used to go for a smokey eye with winged liner, lipstick, blush, bronzer, highlighter... I mean really the whole sha-bang. Not a good lewk.

I like the packaging + transportable size of this little thing so that's another bonus. I find some blushes tend to gather or cake on certain parts of my skin (maybe the drier areas) but this applies like a dream + isn't too sheer or too pigmented. I don't actually like when blushes are too pigmented because I can get a bit too enthusiastic with the blush + go a little heavy-handed.

Have you tried this? What is your favorite blush?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Recent Vibez


I've been the worst blogger ever recently + I apologize profusely for that! But I will explain a bit because I have been a bit all over the place. I finished my internship at L'Oréal Paris USA last week + I move to London in less than two weeks *gulp*. In that time I have been sorting out my apartment (I will be living with my partner in crime Ellyn who you may have seen in our Fierce & Flawless Blondes vidz), I was also chilling with my new favorite person aka Chelsea from chelsea wears... OH + the wonderful Vivianna mentioned me on her blog which made me die a little bit. And I mean die in the American 'oh my god I die' sense (aka this is a very good thing). Anyway I am just trying to really enjoy my few days in this amazing city before I go into poverty in London. If anyone wants to keep up with my life a bit better than do follow me on instagram!

As I mentioned I got to meet Chelsea a few times I thought I would talk about her online store Anomie because it is genuinely a favorite right now. She has impeccable taste so you can steal a bit of that from her store which has the most beautiful jewelry, clothes, home stuffz... etc. Also if you don't know who her boyf Ryan Patricks is then... NOT SURE WHAT YOU'VE BEEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE jk you've probably just been living it like any other normal person. You need to buy his book 'You're Not Helping' + follow him on twitter. I promise you won't regret it. Unless you hate laughing. In which case you need to rethink your existence.

The 'New York is my boyfriend' pouch is by Pamela Barsky. I own a couple of these + they're really useful for makeup/skincare/pens/whatever so I'm a big fan of these. I get these from Chelsea Market in Chelsea, New York. CHELSEA CHELSEA CHELSEA... I need to stop liking all things Chelsea related. Although Made in Chelsea NYC was a bit cringe, non?

Friday, 5 September 2014

Review: Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil


Vivianna from Vivianna Does Makeup (you all know) kind of did an opposite piece to this. She was obsessed with this pencil first + then recently moved on to the Anastasia Brow Wiz. I have done the opposite so I thought I would share my feelings towards the Hourglass pencil. I love both but I have been reaching for this one more when I am initially applying my makeup + then the Anastasia Brow Wiz for touch ups if maybe I applied my brow pencil too quickly in the morning or didn't do a great job.

I bought the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in the shade Soft Brunette because despite being a blonde I do like a darker, bolder brow. What I like about this one over the Anastasia pencil is that it's a lot quicker to apply + it seems to stick to my skin better, which sounds odd so perhaps I should explain. My eyebrows have never been very long so I have to extend them + I find this pencil makes that 'task' (let's be seri, it's not really a task) a lot easier + quicker because the Anastasia doesn't always stick onto skin where there are no hairs I find. Maybe that's just me. But maybe not. I don't know pals. I also like that this is waxier so I don't need a brow gel on top of it. I'm not going to say much about the spooly sitch: it works. It only comes in three shades whereas the Anastasia comes in quite a few more so that is also something to bear in mind.

My only problemo with this is that the triangular nib isn't THE most precise thang in the world. But that is why I also like to have the Anastasia Brow Wiz for touch ups just in case. That might seem excessive but I do my eyebrows every single day whereas I don't even wear mascara every day. So there. Stop with the judging eyeballs.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

My Mini Must Haves

I feel like I have so many posts I want to write but finding any spare time as the moment is a tough. I'm actually off to Miami tomorrow (for Labor Day Weekend) + I'm hoping I will have enough time to do a couple posts there. Fingers crossed. Now, onto this post. Whenever I get samples that come in sachets I always manage to forget about them + they just sit in my sample jar for the longest period time. However, when samples come as minis of the actual product itself I am way more likely to use them. These are three mini products that I have been using everyday for the last week or so.

The first is the Origins GinZing Eye Cream, which I have been using every morning because it's extremely lightweight so it works well under concealer. I have actually liked everything I have ever tried from the brand so it doesn't really come as a surprise that I like this. It's a lightweight, pink, shimmery cream (sounds weird, I know) + it really brightens up the undereye area. I tend to apply a richer eye cream before I go to bed (at the moment it's the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment) so I don't need anything too heavy during the day. I do actually like to use a tiny amount of this over my concealer too + just gently dab it on for even more brightness. This is a generously sized sample so although I won't be finishing this anytime soon I am already thinking this will have to be a purchase. However, if you're only going to have one eye cream I would definitely pick something more moisturising.

Next is the Benefit Watt's Up highlighter that I briefly thouched on in my last post. I never had any interest in trying this out for some reason but it's actually pretty perfect. This really is the perfect champagne toned highlighter. I love a cream highlighter for ease of application + because it blends in with the skin better + I also don't find this one to be overly shimmery. Again, this is a decent sized sample so I probably won't finish it too quickly but I'm thinking after I use this + my old Jemma Kidd highlighter up then this will be on my shopping list.

The last sample is an exciting one for me because I have nearly picked up the travel size of this on so many occasions (aka everytime I'm at Sephora). I'm talking about the pricey Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, which I have unfortunately fallen in love with. I'm definitely a bit of a primer lover so I should've seen this coming. All I'm going to say is that it doesn't feel too siliconey, slippy or thick + it just makes you skin look + feel amazing. If you can get a sample of this, do it.

***PS: I am hosting a giveaway! Click here if you want the chance of winning the Original UD Naked Palette :)***

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