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Makeup Bag Minimalism | #8 Eyes

April 10, 2015


Most days, my eye makeup is complete with a couple of coats of mascara, but I do have a few other eye products in my makeup arsenal, which I whip out for my slightly less “everyday” looks. I still keep it pretty simple though. So I’ve listed them below in vague order of use (after mascara), depending on how done up I want to be…

This is my favourite thing. I would do this everyday if I could be bothered! There seem to be lots of different ways that people do this, but what I do when I tightline, is fill in the gaps between my lashes at the root. It’s really subtle but it makes the lashes looks so much thicker and helps pull everything together. I use the Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eyeliner with a flat eyeliner brush (this is a really good tutorial showing EXACTLY what I do). The LM cake liner is so easy to use, even on sensitive eyes, and just takes the eyes up a notch.

The next two products are interchangeable or layer-able, depending on my mood. I always have a black kohl pencil on hand when I want something a bit more dramatic. I like to wear it on my waterline and smudge it under my eye a litter with a cotton bud. The Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl has been a longtime favourite of mine.

Liquid Liner
I use liquid liner with or without kohl to add some definition to my eyes. And it’s great because you can go as bold or as subtle as you want. A thin line can really add a lot of definition and help give the illusion of thicker lashes, and who doesn’t love a good cat eye? I always go waterproof because of my goddam watery eyes. At the moment I’m using this one from Rimmel.

Neutral Shadow
Ok this is definitely not something I do often, but I do think it’s good to have the option of a few neutral eyeshadows, for a really simple smokey eye, or just to sweep some colour over the lids once in a while. One palette with a few shades is definitely enough for me! So the naked II palette is perfect.


And that’s it. I have each of these in my makeup bag and that’s all I need really to achieve all the looks in my repertoire.

Do you have any holy grail eye makeup products you can’t live without?


Nails // Spring Neutrals

March 20, 2015


I don’t paint my nails as often as I’d like, but when I do my go-to shade is super dark red/nearly-black (my favourite is Essie Wicked). It’s not the most low maintenance colour, which is why I’m loving these barely-there pinks and nudes at the moment. I find these more natural, lighter shades easier to apply, because they are much more forgiving that dark colours. And they are perfect for Spring! Here are a few of my top picks…

soigné orge | essie figi | rimmel oh mr darcy
nars ithaque | zoya brigitte | butter keen


Review | Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment

March 1, 2015


A few months ago, I was looking for a treatment product that would help to get rid of stubborn spots. I don’t tend to break out all over my face, but I do get the odd angry spot, and the longer it stays the more likely I am to “tamper” with it. I was looking for a product that would calm this type of spot ASAP.

Although I don’t use a lot of Dermalogica anymore, I’ve always got on with their products, so when I came across their overnight treatment, I thought I’d give it a go. The product is designed to reduce congestion, fight breakouts and lessen redness overnight. It contains salicylic acid, which I find really effective for clearing my pores and reducing congestion. It also has cucumber and licorice to sooth the skin and reduce redness, and tea tree, lavender and camellia which control oil production.

I apply a generous blob at night straight after cleansing with nothing over the top. A little goes a long way – the consistency is like a gel or serum and it is quite sticky, but I find it absorbs quickly and easily. It also smells to me like tea tree oil (which I like).

I’ve had this by my bed for about six months now, and I’ve been using it on and off as needed: i.e. whenever when I’ve got spots coming to the surface or I’m feeling particularly congested. And I’m really liking the results. It either calms down those under-the-skin spots, so that they never actually appear, or brings them to the surface quickly, so that they disappear within a couple of days. The treatment also helps with congestion around my cheeks – I use it in combination with a clay mask to clear blocked pores. It hasn’t solved the problem completely, but it has been the most effective product I’ve tried.

I don’t use this treatment every night though, because I find that it can be quite drying if I use it for too many nights in a row. I don’t have dry skin, but I like to keep my skin really moisturised, to keep it looking its best and to reduce trauma from breakouts. I alternate this product with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (reviewed here), which I find super nourishing and hydrating.

Overall though, I’m a fan of this product. It gets rid of blemishes quick enough that I can resist prodding them and helps to fight congestion. Definitely recommended. And it’s not too pricey at £13 a tube from Look Fantastic.


Makeup Bag Minimalism | #7 Brows

February 20, 2015


Even when I’m not wearing a full face of makeup I often still “put my brows on”. I’m quite lucky – my brows don’t need too much help. I have them threaded once every couple of weeks to keep them neat, and my brow kit consists of a pencil for filling in sparse areas, a spooly and a brow gel to keep them in place.

My daily brow routine looks something like this:

1. My brows can get a little unruly, so if I’m overdue a trip to the beautician, I use my spooly to brush my brows upwards and then use tiny nail scissors to carefully trim any that are out of place. I almost never pluck my brows – I prefer to just wait and have them threaded when needed.

2. Next, I fill in the gaps. Using a pencil with a very sharp nib, I draw feathered lines along the outline of the brow, top and bottom, stopping at the arch. I brush out my brows with a spooly again to keep the line natural. Then I go in and fill in any gaps. I like to keep it quite sparse at the very front, and I go quite lightly filling in the tail part, just lots of soft feathery strokes. I personally like to keep my brows neat but natural. I prefer to use a pencil for my brows because I feel like I can get a sharper line and that I have more control over where I apply more product. I used to use a powder, but I find that the line can get a bit blurry.

I used the Laura Mercier Brow Pencil in Warm Brunette until it was a stub, but I recently decided to follow the masses and try out Anastasia Brow Wiz, in Warm Brown. It’s great because it has a super tiny, no-sharpen nib. In the name of minimalism, I only use one pencil, although I’ve seen some YouTube gurus using multiple shades on their brows for more dimension (I have neither the time nor skill for this!).

3. The last step for my brows is a bit of gel, just to keep them in place all day, and to add a little dimension. You can choose clear or coloured gel. I like coloured – I use the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso, and my brows don’t budge all day.

And there you have it. I’m sure lots of people get away with just one (or even fewer!) brow products, and some might have a couple more, but for me, these two are definitely makeup bag essentials.

What’s your brow routine?


Messy Hair, Don’t Care

February 11, 2015


I like my hair like my makeup: quick, easy and low maintenance. And I love a bun. The messier the better. So I’ve gathered up a few bits of top- (and mid- and low-) knot inspo. It’s one of those “I woke up like this” looks, and if you can master this perfectly dishevelled style, it really does take all of 30 seconds to complete. Perfect!

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What’s your favourite up-do?