Girl With Makeup


Evening Glamour with Folli Follie

Folli Follie Rose Gold Watchalicious Watch Folli Follie Rose Gold Watchalicious Watch Folli Follie Reflections Bag Folli Follie Evening Glamour Makeup

When I think of makeup for the winter and evenings out I think dark lips and smokey eyes. There's really no time like the festive period to embrace the glamour and step it up a notch and that's not just in the makeup deparment; I'm talking big hair, big heels and big accessories. My style will always be minimal and 95% of the time monochrome (yeah, I'm one of those people) which really just makes it easier to let everything else do the talking.

I thought I'd run you through my evening out get up and start with a 'what's on my face' look. In all honesty I don't go out that often anymore but when I do - and being the makeup obsessive that I am - I like to put the effort in especially in the winter when it's totally acceptable to go all out. This time round I went slightly more minimal on the eyes and for once let the lips take centre stage with my new love Nars Cruella. The colour is to die for; a deep, dark matte red that is ultra flattering on my skintone and while it may dry out my lips something rotten the colour lasts and lasts and lasts. I kept it simple on the eyes with MAC Painterly as a base, Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner for that classic wing that goes so well with a red lip, a bit of Cover from Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 through the crease and lots of the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara. I had to really step back from my usual candy pink blushers what with doing the whole red lip thing and instead loaded up on the Soap & Glory Solar Powder for warmth and definition and just a touch of theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter. The red lip is glamour all by itself and it takes a whole lot less time than the usual smoky eye I go for. Makeup, done.

Clothes are super simple and easy and come courtesy of a black highwaisted midi skirt, black cami top from ASOS and my favourite Zara Leopard Print heels. Told you it was minimal and it's still a step up from my black Joni jeans that I practically live in and wear a lot on nights out. 

Finishing touches are, of course, the all important accessories. Again, I'm a fan of the 'less is more' approach with just a couple of carefully selected pieces of jewellery. Usually all I wear on my wrist is a thin gold bangle but for more special occasions I like to pull out the big guns and always don my Folli Follie Watchalicious Watch*. I hadn't worn a watch in many years until this came into my life and now I don't know how I went so long without one. This one from Folli Follie is serious quality; it's weighty and the chronograph incredibly intricate (I will admit I'm still learning how to use all the different functions) but let's be honest we're all here because it's a thing of beauty. Oh, did I mention it's rose gold? *dies*. I like to stare at it, a lot, and not just to tell the time either.

The bag. Ahh, the bag. I've always found it quite difficult to find an evening bag that fits the bill - secure, big enough to fit the essentials (AKA makeup) but not too big - and when I do find one I tend to use it until it literally starts falling apart. Luckily the Folli Follie Reflections Bag* does the job perfectly. Admittedly pink isn't my usual colour (although I am sporting a dusky pink winter coat at the minute, get me) but it's forced me to step out of my comfort zone and paired with an all black outfit it totally works and looks awesome with a pair of dark blue jeans and plain top too. The gunmetal-coloured strap and logo go so well with the dark pink colour and it really is the perfect size for all the evening out essentials with room to spare. In short, I wasn't expecting to love it but with the right outfit it's fabulous.

Evening out look, sorted. Nars Cruella is most definitely my new 'going out' lip colour, it's a total departure from my usual nude lips but it's totally glamorous and paired with the Watchalicious Watch I feel about a million dollars. (P.S. Please excuse my shocking attempt at 'modelling' the watch, a model I most definitely am not).
Read more ...


Nars Lip Pencils: I'm a Convert

Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret

Would you believe me if I said that before the purchase of the above I'd never tried a Nars lip pencil? I know. Despite being told, repeatedly, how much I needed them in my life for a long time it just never happened. Oh I researched - a lot - but I was always just so overwhelmed by finish (Matte? Satin? Gloss?) and by shade (so many colours). But then this baby came along and it was like all my lip pencil prayers had been answered in one incredibly cute 'coffret' - definitely had to Google what that meant.

So, the Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret is a limited edition set of five travel-size lip pencils containing three Satins and two Velvet Mattes. The best part (aside from the actual product itself) has to be the price as it costs a mere (relatively speaking) £32 for five lip pencils where a full-size costs £18. Ok so they're smaller but really, how often do you finish an entire lip product? There's no denying it's a bargain. I've tried and tested all five now and it's probably no surprise to fellow Nars lip pencil fanatics that I'm a convert. I'm definitely having one of those what took me so long moments right now. Let me talk you through them:

Descanso (satin)
What's that? A pinky nude? There's no prizes for guessing that this one caught my eye first. Descanso is described as a 'tea rose' and I have to agree, it's a warm rosy pink that is different from my usual cool-toned pinks and I feel is a more sophisticated take on a nude. What I love about the Satin formula is how smooth and velvety the lip pencils are to apply yet still give good colour payoff and lasting power.

Torres Del Paine (satin)
This nude is a real summer shade, it's brighter and a whole lot peachier but still has some pink in there. I don't own another colour similar to this because it's just not a shade I'd usually go for and I wasn't expecting to like it on myself but as it turns out I do. It'd look awesome with Stila Gerbera which is gonna be my next lip and cheek combo. Winter schminter.

Yu (satin)
Now we're moving onto the big and bolds and oh boy are they bold. In fact Yu is freaking crazy. It's an intensely blue-based almost fluorescent pink and not one for the faint hearted. I have to hand it to Nars though because the formula is incredible, it gives the most intense colour payoff without even realising it as it's so smooth and creamy to apply. This one is definitely getting saved for the summertime when I feel the colour would be a lot more appropriate.

Iberico (matte)
Iberico is an intense tomatoey orange-red, heavy on the orange. The colour is not flattering on me but I knew that would be the case before I even bought it so I'm not disappointed. It's one for the orange lip lovers, I know you're out there!

Cruella (matte)
Now Cruella I love. It's a cool, dark red and is super flattering on my complexion (see it on my face here). Again the pigmentation is something else and before I'd tried these Nars lip pencils I never thought a matte formula could be so velvety and easy to apply. Having said that with this one I would recommend using a lip pencil beforehand to get those clean edges as it's not a colour you want to be slap-dash with.

So yep, I hold my hands up and admit that I'm a convert. If you too have never dipped your toes into the world of Nars lip pencils then the Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret is definitely the best place to start and you're in luck because somehow it's not sold out on Space NK yet. And as a bonus the box is so, so pretty there'll be no way you're throwing it out.
Read more ...


Tweezerman Does Nails?

Tweezerman Nails We all know of the infamous and super amazing Tweezerman tweezers but hands up if you knew they done a shed load of other beauty tools as well? I for one was oblivious to it, as much as it makes sense. It wasn't until I became an ambassador for the brand (I could rave about their tweezers until the cows come home) that I discovered a whole world of Tweezerman grooming tools and they are good. Like salon-quality good. So I decided to take it upon myself to give myself a proper at-home manicure once and for all rather than my usual file, paint and go routine. There's cuticle nippers involved here people, cuticle nippers.

First things first is to remove that weeks old nail polish that is made up of one too many layers as I have a tendency to just paint over the chips when they start to appear. I use any old remover although I do always try to go for the acetone-free stuff. Cutting and filing comes next and I like my nails to be relatively short, quite squared off and neat. I cut straight across with the Tweezerman Nail Scissors* which does most of the hard work then file them to the right shape using my beloved Sephora Crystal Nail File. Something I rarely do is use a nail buffer but since I have one at hand and am going all out why not? It makes them so smoooth and shiny, already they haven't looked this good in a long time.

I'll be honest here, cuticle care isn't really something I ever used to bother with. Mostly I didn't really get it and now I realise it's because when I did have a go I was trying to push them back with dried-up nails and one of those wooden orange sticks: no bueno. This time round I soak my fingers for a couple of minutes in warm water to soften the cuticles, pat them dry then apply some of a recently acquired tin of Badger Cuticle Care and massage it right in - it smells like lemons, it's delicious. Next is pushing them cuticles back and there's not an orange stick in sight here but instead the Tweezerman Pushy and Nail Cleaner* with a straight, sharp end which makes pushing them back an absolute doddle and another end for cleaning under your nails because let's be honest, how often do we really do that? Now comes the part I still find slightly scary: actually cutting off the cuticles. I never knew cuticle cutters were even a thing until I used the Tweezerman Cuticle Nippers* and oh boy they are so good. Slightly scary - they are very sharp - but they make the job very, very easy and somehow manage to snip off the excess cuticle without even knowing you've grabbed onto it. I dub these the Tweezerman tweezers of the cuticle world.

Now to moisturise those hands and this is a step I never skip because I have extremely dry skin. After this - and I learned this on a makeup course - it's important to dehydrate the nail again with remover as nail polish and moisturiser are not a good mix. Now comes the all-important lacquering up part so pick your polish - mine is Essie Midnight Cami - and your base/top coats and get painting. You want to get close to the cuticle without flooding it - I'm no pro at painting my nails (especially with my right hand) so I like to just leave small gap around the edges of the nail which is easier and always looks neat. Add as many coats as necessary, slick on a top coat and you're done. Healthy looking, neat and cuticle-free nails are yours, and in under fifteen minutes too.
Read more ...


L'Oreal La Palette Nude

L'Oreal La Palette Nude Is this the highstreet's first serious go at a proper nude eyeshadow palette? I think it might be, which is why I found myself all in a tizz when I first heard about its existence and hunted it down straight away. A lot of the initial appeal for me lied not only in the colour selection but in the incredibly sleek, compact packaging and the big ole' mirror which makes it seem more like a highend product than something you can find in Superdrug.

Incase you weren't already aware of its existence it's by L'Oreal and it's called the La Palette Nude in Rose. Now I might just be being hopeful here or does that sound like they're leaving opportunity for other palettes in the future? I hope it was intentional. As the name suggests the colours are quite pinky-purpley in tone and they're pretty reminiscent of the Urban Decay Naked 3 without being an out-and-out copy. There's six shimmers, four mattes and they definitely don't have quite the same intense pigmentation and creaminess of the Naked palettes but still they are good quality. While it's pretty much agreed that the shimmers are spot on I have heard some people say that the mattes are a bit chalky and difficult to work with but I have to disagree; they could be more pigmented for sure but it's not at all a deal breaker for me as they are buildable and I find them just right for a more subtle daytime look which is how I've been wearing them. The formula is such that they don't crease easily especially with a base like MAC Painterly underneath and there's no fallout, or very little. Tick, tick, tick.

The more I've been using the palette the more I've been appreciating how nice the shades are, it really is a beautiful selection of colours and even if you're not into the rosy tones there's only really four or five specifically so you could skip them if you wanted. The shades I've been reaching for most (read: daily) are the shimmery off-white (far left) on the lid with either the matte dusky lilac (third in) or the slightly darker version (seventh in) in the crease. I've also been wearing the shimmery pink (second) and the taupey colour (sixth in) which is a lot more pretty on than it looks in the pan. I also have to mention the peach shade - that fifth one in that stands out -  which doesn't work too well on me but would look totally fantastic on warmer skins.

The palette comes in at £14.99 which admittedly was a little bit more expensive than I was first expecting but given how much use I've got out of it already and how much I love the colours for me it's totally worth it. It would make a fantastic Christmas present for someone who's into makeup or y'know, since you're into makeup, even better for yourself.
Read more ...


November Favourites

Despite being a little bit spendy in November I'll admit that my makeup and skincare picks were basically exactly the same as they were in October; same foundation (Bourjois Radiance Reveal), same blusher (Stila Gerbera), same cleanser (Oskia Renaissance), you get the gist. Through November I also managed to run out of said foundation and YSL Touche Eclat and Kheils Ultra Facial Cream. Empties post anyone? I do still have some new favourites including one new purchase and one very old rediscovery. 

First up: L'Oreal La Palette Nude in Rose. I'll keep this one brief as I'll be posting a review sometime soon but let's just say I've been reaching for it everyday. I've mostly been pairing the first shimmery champagne colour on the lid with the third matte dusky lilac in the crease; it's basically a duplicate eye look of the colours I use from Urban Decay Naked 3 only without such intense pigmentation. The packaging is so sleek and compact that it really makes me enjoy using it that much more, you know? Like I said, full review coming soon on this one.

I introduced the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial into my routine around a month ago now and together with the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel my skin has been happy. I use the serum-oil (looks/feels like an oil but sinks in like a serum) about five times a week and it's an absolute pleasure to use on a night after cleansing. It feels so, so good massaging it in and everytime I really feel like I'm looking after my skin and doing it some good. It's not necessarily a product I'd repurchase just because it's so blummin' expensive but I'm very, very glad I have it and it's most definitely been a standout product this month.

You might not know this about me but I am obsessed with curling my eyelashes, like I do it a lot through the day. I have naturally very straight eyelashes and I really hate how they look; curling then makes me look about a million times more awake and generally a whole lot nicer. For the past few years I've been extremely loyal to my Shiseido curlers deeming them superior to the infamous Shu Uemuras (see a really old school comparison post here). But as much as I love them I've realised they're not really that durable and both pairs I've owned have bent/stopped curling my eyelashes after about a year/year and a half of use which is what happened this month. So I dug out my Shu's, put a Shiseido refill in and boom, instantly curled lashes. Shiseido's are definitely better for my eye shape and are just as great at curling but I've had my Shu's for years and they've never failed on me once.

Apologies for the big ole' paragraph about eyelash curlers, I just really love them ok! Admittedly there's not been a great deal to shout about this month but it's not bad thing, I guess it just shows I've been really loving and using the same products on loop.
Read more ...