Green Glow

I have daily rituals that make me feel more confident. I enjoy the time I set aside for making up my face; it’s a chance for me to gather my thoughts, listen to my favourite music and prepare for the day. In the last few years, drug store make-up has come along leaps and bounds, and you no longer have to spend a fortune to achieve a wide variety of looks. I like to wear a mix of high-end and high-street, but there are certain products that are worth the investment. Charlotte Tilbury’s stuff is brilliant, and I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve ever bought from her. I particularly love her Eyes to Mesmerise cream eyeshadow in Verushka, which is a warm, sage colour. I’ve been wearing a lot of warm green and gold tones recently, in an effort […]

Eye of the tiger

Since Adele’s new album launched, her face has been everywhere. I’ve not yet listened to 25 all the way through, but I have a long work-out scheduled at the weekend, so I’ll give it a go then. Music aside, Adele’s trademark 60s inspired makeup, has prompted lots of makeup tutorials on Youtube and I’ve found myself wearing a thick slash of winged eyeliner everyday. The cat’s eye flick is an enduring classic and never fails to look chic, pulled together whilst never being over done. There are lots of options available at all price points. Unlike foundation and skin care, where you usually get what you pay for, eyeliner doesn’t have to be expensive in order to be good. I personally love Maybelline’s gel eyeliner and Topshop’s Magic Liner pen. If you want to […]

Strike a Strobe

Make-up trends cyclical, and the looks which are in vogue now will no doubt appear ridiculous in years to come. Kim Kardashian inspired contouring is often copied but seldom mastered. I’ve have had a go at using pale, matt bronzer to add definition to my bone structure, with mixed success. I’ve just about got the hang of it now, but there are some images on my blog that make me cringe. The tell-tale streaks running under my cheek bones and around my temples look grubby, when I was aiming for sculpted. I’ve never attempted the full-on Kardashian, primarily because I don’t like to go that heavy with my base and I think it’s very tricky to get right. To do it properly, you need cream products that are two shades darker than your natural skin tone, and two shades […]

Pale and Interesting

I have not had a suntan in over a decade. If memory serves me correctly I tanned rather well, but I didn’t enjoy baking in the rays. I tried the solarium  a couple of times and I hated it – it felt like a coffin on the sun. It became clear that exposure to sunlight, real or manufactured, wasn’t for me. Every summer I smeared fake tan all over my body and my face. When I did it myself I looked grubby and orange. I’m also not a keen on the biscuit smell associated with home tans. I had a few spray tans in a salon. The result was better, but I found it inconvenient, costly and sticky. I heard of a home tan service where a beautician rocks up at your house, pitches a tent and sprays your […]

Juicy Orange

Summer seems to have finally its act together and for me, the warmer months are synonymous with orange lipstick. A summer statement lip calls for a fresh, dewy base and light definition around the eyes. I have recently become a fan of Taylor Swift. I know I’m a little late to the party, but I think she’s fabulous. She owns her emotional messiness and expresses herself honestly – my kinda girl. I’ve been listening to ‘Shake it Off’ on repeat. Again, I’m a late adopter but I care not. Eborian BB Creme Au Ginseng Dore Clinique Air Brush Concealer Nars Radient Creamy Concealer Charlotte Tilbury Rock’n’Kohl in Barbarella Brown Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara Urban Decay Eyeshadow in X Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush […]

Smoke Out

As a self confessed beauty junky, I often find myself scanning the web for new products. The latest Naked Palette from Urban Decay is generating online buzz, but why does anyone need another eyeshadow palette, one might ask? The previous Naked offerings were focused on colour stories; the first was bronzy with a touch of blue, the second was made up of cool, taupe tones and the third was full of warm, blush-pink shades. The previous three are useful additions to any beauty kit, although one would probably be enough. However, the Smoky has piqued my interest because it’s devoted to creating a sultry, sexy eye look. Rather than running from lightest to darkest, like the last three,  the colours are ordered with mattes on one end and the shimmers on the opposite. It’s difficult to say without getting a […]

A Big Cover Up

Throughout my teenage years I had exactly 9 spots. They were usually around the side of my nose and they’d show up once a year. In what feels like a cruel hormonal twist of fate, I get way more spots as an adult than I did back then. I’ve learnt to cover them pretty effectively with foundation and concealer. The key is to apply a very thin layer of foundation to even out the general tone of the skin and then attack any blemishes with clever concealing. All concealers are not created equal and it’s taken me a fair amount of trial and error to ferret out the best products. One of the most overrated concealers, in my opinion, is Touche Éclat by YSL. It’s often used under the eyes to cover up […]

Charlotte Tilbury’s Cleopatra

I’m always keen to try new beauty products and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the latest Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow, Eyes to Mesmerise. I went for a the beautiful peacock green shade, Cleopatra. It’s a stunning colour but this is not one of my favourite Charlotte Tilbury products. This isn’t to say that it’s not a good eyeshadow, it goes on smoothly and if you want to achieve a gentle wash of colour it’s great. I was looking to build up a strong statement look and it goes streaky if you put on too much. After a lot of blending I achieved the desired effect. It’s has a slightly wet, gel like texture, rather than the creamier, firmer consistency of Illision D’Ombre by Chanel or Cream Crush by Kiko.  If it […]

Unbreakable Roses

It’s nearly a year since my Dad died and I’ve been spending a lot of time in the company of my memories. I remember one occasion when I was a teenager and had my heart broken by some silly boy, I came home in floods of tears. Both Mum and Dad tried to comfort me  with the usual spiel about me being too good for an idiot like that. However, I was too deep in sorrow for their words to have the desired effect. The next day I woke with red puffy eyes after sobbing into my pillow all night. I trudged to the kitchen, Dad was waiting there with a cup of tea and a CD; it was the new album by Aretha Franklin. ‘Listen to this love.’ With that he bustled off. The first track was ‘A […]

Home Workouts

I have certain daily rituals that make me feel good, exercising at home is one of them. I use a website called Fitness Blender; the videos vary from benign yoga to barbarous HIIT cardio and weight training. When I’m done with the hard core workouts I can taste blood in my mouth and I sweat from every pore. Despite the brutal punishment that I subject my body to, I feel better for doing it. I try to do my home workouts every day, my mood improves and I’m much easier to live with. I can’t abide the gym, I find using the equipment tedious and the thumping monotony of ‘motivation’ music gets on my last nerve. I prefer the privacy of home and having control of the playlist. Another of my everyday practices is listening to my favourite music and doing my […]