Hurrah! A beauty post! June Favourites already… I can’t quite believe it.

As I mentioned in my last post many moons ago, I’ve been on the move a fair amount this month and so my makeup bag has been packed full of firm favourites, and these are a few things that made the cut.

First up is my new scent of choice which comes in the form of Jimmy Choo EDP (£41 30ml, Selfridges). This is sweet while also being slightly sensual (ha!) which makes it suitable for both day and night.

Next up and possibly the most exciting is one of the many new brow launches from Benefit. They’ve literally gone brow crazy and have released a boat load of new bits all in this swish silver packaging. I managed to nab a copy of Elle which held a Pre-release of the Goof Proof Brow Pencil (£18.50 full size, Benefit) before it came out on counters and to say i’m suitably impressed would be an understatement. This is waxy enough to stay in place while smooth enough so that it doesn’t feel as though you might give yourself a face lift while dragging it across. Shade 2 just happens to be the perfect shade for my blonde hair dark brow combination. I’m feeling pretty smug about the whole thing.

I was having a dig around in my collection and rediscovered my old fave Burberry’s Eyeshadow in Pale Barley (£23, Burberry) and now I wonder how it got to the back of my drawer and how I lived without it for a few months. The formula is outstanding; buttery soft but not powdery and it packs a real punch in terms of pigment. My favourite way to apply this is with a MAC 217 brush in a wishy washy motion. The brush does the work for you making the 7am smoky eye a breeze.

For nourishment, shine and colour on the lips there’s no better thing than the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (£18, Boots) I’d recommend picking this up in Duty Free for a two for one type deal. They’re great for no makeup days and for pairing with a full face. I’ll probably pick up another when I’m off on my jollys.

Roller Lash (£19.50, Benefit) is my favourite mascara ever. There, I said it. Yes, I’ve dabbled with others but nothing compares to the curling and lengthening that this tube delivers. One coat works wonders but if you’ve time for a second the difference is almost unbelievable. I usually go for a waterproof formula but this stays put all day and doesn’t end up in my eyebrows like others. It’s stubborn to remove but worth it for the look and longevity.

Finally the Collection Speedy Highlight (£3.99, Boots) has changed the way I glow. Alone, this is fine for a super subtle sheen however as a base for a powder highlight this is AMAZING. I use it for the latter because I like to resemble a lightbulb and this with a sweep of MAC soft and gentle leaves me shining like a beacon. In a good way, obv.

fashion christmas gift guide

You might have seen my Beauty Lovers Christmas Gift Guide last month, and if you’ve not then you should definitely have a look. This time around i’m listing my picks for a stylish sista, although I wouldn’t say i’m particularly fashionable I do love clothes and receiving a special something in the form of fashion.

Everyone loves a Christmas jumper and this year I’m hoping to find this slogan one from Topshop under the tree. I think it’s a bit more chic than the average farisle print and can be worn for shopping sprees as well as around the dinner table paired with a paper crown.

For a more practical and non day specific offering, this cashmere high neck offering from Reiss ticks every box. It’s pricey, but it would last a life time and keep your loved one cosy during the Christmas chill.

A girl can dream and lots of ladies would love a Burberry Heritage Check Cashmere Scarf to wrap up warm in this Christmas. If you’re feeling particularly nice you could even have it monogrammed with the recipients initials.

A good pair of leather ankle boots is something which every woman needs and this pair from Whistles are top of my letter to the north pole. Flat, but with enough of a heel to give you good posture and they’ll look fantastic with EVERYTHING.

On to bags and since Chloe brought out their Drew bag every high street shop have done a copy and the best I’ve seen is this one from Topshop. It’s available in a number of colours in store but I could only find the brown online. One to consider if you’re buying for a designer diva on a budget.

Finally, a watch is a perfect present for anyone and I love my Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady. It’s a classic shape with modern rose gold accents and the brand do a few different strap and metal offerings for every taste.

Back to the beauty bandwagon, today I’m bringing you a face of the day and it’s all brown everythang which I’m embracing greatly since going dark with my hair.

Starting with the base (I’m all about that bass)  I’ve slapped on an unusual combo of MACs studio sculpt and mineralise moisture foundations simply because I’m low stock on studio sculpt so wanted to spread it out a little. I’m pleased with the result, the mineralise moisture foundation added a more liquid texture to the gel base, thinning it out and making it a little more dewy; something I’ll never decline.  I then popped on my current favourite concealer in the form of L’Oreal’s the concealer in the shade vanilla, this was dabbed under my eyes, down my nose and on any blemishes with my beloved real techniques miracle complexion sponge (post coming soon).

For brows I used Sleek’s brow kit in light and one of my eyebrows looks horrendously darker than the other in the picture but I can assure you that they match in real life. On my eyes I patted on Burberry’s pale barley and blended out with my sigma e16 blending brush. I lined the lashline with Essence Cosmetics kajal liner in teddy before smudging that out and adding lashings of Benefit’s Roller Lash .

I dusted NARS bronzing powder in Laguna accross the high points of my face and finished off the look with Maybelline’s colour sensational lipstick in honey beige. 

Have you tried any of these products? What are your go to products for everyday? 

Pinch punch last of the month (Erm?). Today is the last day of February, meaning were almost three months into the year.. Crazy. This month has been busy for me, with this little slice growing and university getting pretty full on, I feel like I’ve barely blinked. But while I’ve been typing thousands of words and trying to maintain an ordinary life and some sort of balanced diet I have of course been wearing makeup and trying out new products, these are my pick of the pack.

1. Burberry sheer eyeshadow in Pale Barley – I reviewed this back in January and still am completely bessoted with it. Great for everyday, for a simple shade to work with liquid liner and for blending with darker shades for an evening smokey eye.

2. MAC Eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown – I’ve started using this again to fill in my eyebrows. It took me a while to make the swap from my trusty omega, but now that my hair is slightly darker I feel I can again pull off this once adored shade. Brow game strong.

3. MAC Blush in Harmony – I love this for a natural look for everyday. I feel as though this cool taupe shade suits me way more than the typical corals and pinks. It’s also fab for contouring.

4. Maybelline gel liner in Intense Black – this has made my life so much easier, gone are the days of wonky lines and smudged felt tips and here are the times of liner that I’m not ashamed of leaving the house in. I’m never one to speak too soon but this might hold holy grail status.

5. L’Oreal The Concealer in No.2 Vanilla – this is again something I’ve already spoken about. This concealer is full coverage while not being cakey or heavy like it’s competitors. I love this for both under eyes and on any blemishes or redness. It’s been compared to the NARS creamy radiant concealer, definitely one to try.

6. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Iberico – I’ve really taken a shine to this bright, bold lip option this month. It’s a straight up orange, verging on orange toned red but more like red toned orange. The impact of the shade makes lips appear bigger and fuller. Kylie who?

7. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – I’m coming to the end of my sample size now after pretty much everyday use since picking it up with this months Elle magazine. As I mentioned in my review, this offers length, curl and hold and is great for both day and night.

8. Mitchum Advance Deodorant Stick – glamorous I know… This is brilliant though. It offers a fresh scent and all day sweat and odour control. I like the stick form aswell because it doesn’t apply wet or sticky like roll ons.

So that’s it for another month. What products do you like?

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If I could, I would have my entire make-up collection made up of Burberry Make Up. The Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Pale Barley may be my only Burberry piece to date, but I will never be without it again and I can’t wait to pick up more from the range and create a teeny little luxuriously packaged family living in my drawers.

Even if I didn’t like the product (which I really do) I would keep this little treasure for its packaging alone. Everyday when I take it out of its velvet pouch I feel like a woman, there’s something satisfying about it’s magnetic fastening and sleek mirror packaging which makes me feel like I’ve got my sh*t together, you know?

The product itself is a stunning shimmery velvety eyeshadow in a beautiful cool bronze shade, quite similar to crushed clove by MAC but a little deeper. The formula is irreplaceable and the shadow is butter, going on to the eyelid and blending with ease while producing no fall down whatsoever.

I’d describe Pale Barley as the perfect colour for everyone, for every day and for every night. A definite staple in your makeup collection.