march faves

Oh hey y’all! Long time no speak. I’m beginning to notice a pattern emerging in my posts, one which consists of constant apology for lack of content but to put it bluntly, I’m busy.

March was an exciting month for me, I finished and handed in my dissertation and had a quality night out with the girlies to celebrate, I gave up chocolate in aid of British Heart Foundation, I popped across to Paris, I interned with a great PR company which meant I lacked time to metaphorically put pen to paper and ponder my favourite subject of all… on with the show!

I’m still on a mission to find the perfect base and this month I returned to an old favourite Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, it’s a light coverage base with a nourishing formula and I like it best applied with a buffing brush over my new favourite Happy Light Luminous Primer. I’ve been testing out their new City Radiance base launch too, i’ll pop a post up asap.

I’ve had the common cold ft a very sore grumbly throat and chapped everything to match. Rose & Co’s Rose Petal Salve is a winner for hydrating and protecting flaky bits, like Vaseline but one million times better. I love it.

Once my lips had endured a little TLC I’ve been plastering on my CT Mini Lipstick Charm in Penelope Pink which I definitely need to purchase a full size of. It’s the perfect pink peach nude shade suitable for day and evening looks.

Finally I’ve fallen out of love with my lashes having had issues with some of my favourite mascaras starting to smudge. I picked up the Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, a cult classic and an old favourite of mine which leaves me feeling nostalgic of the time’s I’d sweep this on after PE at school. It’s a tiny brush and the product does require work but a few coats and you’re left with long, thick, fluttery lashes that not even a falsie could improve.

What were your favourites things in the month of March?

shadow sticks

If there’s one thing that has been my favourite product find of the past few years, it’s eyeshadow sticks. These crayons of creamy goodness make my makeup on the train makeup application a breeze and mean that a smoky eye is a case of scribble, blend and go. Gone is the need for varying shades of brown and a dozen different brushes, a shimmering shadow stick will glide on with a duo-chrome effect and blend out to perfection, leaving a result which looks like you’ve spent a good ten minutes considering shade options, but with so many on the market, at a range of price tags, which is the bees knees?

I came, I swatched, I considered, and the official winner of my shadow stick awards is the By Terry Ombre Blackstar . I have this in the shade Bronze Moon and if i’m completely honest I want it in every other shade it comes in. I’ve spoken about this before but this one really does glide on beautifully, has a few seconds blending time and then doesn’t budge all day. I love the silver shimmer in with the bronze shade as it gives a slight wet look to the eye in an iridescent non sweaty way. It deserves a medal.

Second place goes to the Bourjois Colour Band Crayons which are an unquestionable dupe for the By Terry guys, the only annoying this about these is that you have to sharpen them, whereas the By Terry one twists up. They also don’t last quite as long (but they are 1/6 of the price). It’s the small things…

Bronze award is a draw between Charlotte Tilbury’s Colour Chameleon Sticks and the No7 Stay Perfect Long Wear Shadow Sticks. These are similar in pigment and longevity (pretty decent) but because of this are a little bit stiffer and harder to blend. They can’t all be perfect.

Last place goes to the Eyeko Fat Stick. This one is a twist up (fab) shimmery crayon (fab) which unfortunately doesn’t offer the same pigment or longevity as it’s competitors (not fab).

Do you use shadow sticks?


So today’s post ain’t my usual thing. I usually fill out a few hundred words with fact and opinion but for once in my life I have a question, and I’m openly asking for your help.

Here’s the thing, I cannot for the life of me find my perfect foundation, and I’m really quite desperate to. I know that the perfect base is made up of a number of factors including the tools, primer, concealer etc but while i’m fairly happy with all of that, I just can’t find a foundation which I apply everyday and love the finish of, the feel of and is in an ideal colour for me… Is it just too much to ask?

I’ve been on the hunt for the one for around a year now, and I’ve thought I’d met my match many a time, only to fall out of love as quickly as I fell in. I’m looking for something of light to medium coverage, lightweight on the skin and with a dewy finish and in a pale yellow/olivey tone. Please help me.

I have a few more contenders on my radar, but I have wasted a fair amount of money on the stuff and so before I go out and splash the cash again I thought I’d ask you, my readers, for your knowledge and expertise.

I’m thinking that the possibilities for perfection are NARS Sheer Glow, Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, L’Oreal True Match (New Formula, the old one was too heavy) or the L’Oreal Infallible Satin. Have you tried these? Do you have any shade recommendations?

Comment below or tweet me @abgldwsn with any thoughts and help… desperate times people.



I’ll just give you a moment to pick up your jaw and to enjoy this products beauty…

In today’s post i’m delivering an ode to my favourite highlighter in the entire world. I know, thats big talk, but if you haven’t tried it then go out and get it before you even finish reading this. Mac Soft and Gentle is part of their Mineralise Skinfinish range and is a golden bronze shimmery glowy pan of goodness. The product gives a subtle glow to the skin when applied with some shimmer but absolutely no glitter. The texture of the powder is buttery and creamy meaning that it applies and blends like a dream. I could literally blow it’s trumpet forever.

Housed in a slick black compact with magnetic closure, this product if perfect for a makeup collection, makeup bag and for travel as it’s housed so securely. I like to wear this on the tops of my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose to highlight and I have received several compliments when wearing it throughout the whole year.

Have you tried this highlight?

While pondering the aisles and my makeup collection recently I’ve noticed a recurring theme; everything is a stick. It seems brands are all jumping on the bandwagon, creating creamy formulas to get us all downing tools and making everything a simple stripe or scribble. While there are thousands up and coming, and of course the heighest of the hierarchy Cliniques chubby sticks (need) I’ve got a fair few, and these are my pencil picks.

For eyes I’m dreaming of tipping out my shrapnel onto the counter of Space NK and taking home a ByTerry ombré Blackstar pencil (in bronze moon, of course) but until then the offerings from Boots and Superdrug have me covered. From No7 are the shade and define long lasting shadow sticks, offering a shimmery sort of wet look eye. These are great and I love the twist up mechanism however they are quite stiff so take a lot of hard work if you’re wanting to blend it out for a sort of smoke. Bourjois have on hand their color band crayons which do need the extra weapon of a sharpener but are slightly softer and easy to blend whilst still having the stay all day longevity. My favourite? Both.

For cheeks I have a highlighting option and something which may just be a fab dupe for Benefits watts up and the new Clinique chubby stick in hefty highlight. Meet Topshop’s glow stick. This is a lovely gold shimmer which adds a subtle radiance to the skin when striped on and patted in with either a sponge or your finger. I love cream cheek products so this is a winner with me.

For lips the cream of the crop come as no surprise, the NARS matte and sayin lip pencils are all a girl needs for all colour all finish lip products. All boxes ticked, and I’m sure you’re sick of me mentioning them.

Do you use sticks? What’s got you to put down the brushes? 

Following the success of the ByTerry Ombré Blackstar eye shadow sticks, drugstore brand Bourjois have taken the trend into their own hands and released what can only be described as a dupe of the high selling, high price product.

The Colour Band crayons come in six shades and retail for £5.99, just one fifth of the price of their high end counterpart. I have tried other eye crayons in the past but these are my favourites. I have the shades Brun Dadaiste and Mauve Baroque, the latter of which was immediately dubbed a dupe for ByTerrys misty rock; a shade loved by the likes of Tanya Burr and other well established beauty persons.

The crayons themselves are, for want of a better description, a chunky eyeliner, which contrary to the more expensive alternatives will need sharpening once they get a bit mucky/ you blunt them down. The crayons boast high pigmentation and hold shimmer particles, making them perfect for a daytime smokey eye and what I like to call a one wash wonder. Either shade can be worn alone or with other shades from the range and both are a long lasting, hard wearing formula meaning if you want to blend, you have to do it quickly because after a few seconds these crayons are waterproof and budge proof making them and ideal pick for makeup which needs to work day and night.

The Bourjois Colour Band crayons are a high quality drugstore product, something I wouldn’t question paying slightly more for. ByTerry watch out…