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?


Note to self: if you’re going to insist on posting makeup pictures, take them in good lighting i.e. the morning.

A few days ago I posted my Classic Christmas Party look with golden eyes and a bright red lip, and today sees the landing of another option, this time playing up the eyes and down the lips.

Nine times out of ten i’ll go for a smoky eye over a bold lip, just because it’s a bit more fun to apply and there’s a lot of freedom with it. Occasionally I’ll sit down with a 15 pan palette and work to create something Picasso would be proud of, but sometimes, and in this case, I want to use as little as possible and have the work done for me.

For base I used the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation which I’m currently using a sample of in my search for perfection and concealed using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. I set my concealer with the Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Diffused Light like I always do. Then I filled in my brows with MAC Omega Eyeshadow.

For my smoky eye I scribbled a fair amount of the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Crayon in Amber Haze onto my lid up to the crease and along my lower lashline – channeling the Olsen twins obv. I blended that out with a clean MAC 217 brush to create a sultry look. You could leave it there and go but I added a little bit of Burberry Pale Barley eyeshadow onto the mobile lid for extra dimension and scribbled Topshop Kohl Pencil in Saddle along my upper lashline. I then applied lashings of Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara which is my current fave.

For cheeks I used NARS Laguna Bronzer as a sculpting and warming product (because even in party season i’m too lazy to contour) and MAC Soft and Gentle along the high points of my would-be cheek bones. I completed the look with Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Adrienne.

Would you wear this? Or are you more of a bold lip lady?

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.


aw15 beauty

In case you haven’t got the point yet, I really am quite fond of Autumn. Burgundy, camel and copper are my favourite colours but unfortunately when I attempt to rock a plummy lip in the spring months people look at me like maybe I am mad. For beauty this season I’m coveting sparkly eyes and deep lip shades, and I’ve scoured the web for all of the things which would make my wish come true… a girl can dream.

My internet scouring consisted predominantly of me drooling all over the Charlotte Tilbury website with a quick divert to MAC and NARS. CT nails it with autumnal shades and her slap dash approach to eyeshadow application gets me excited. For the coming months i’m lusting after her Luxury Eyeshadow Quad in Dolce Vita, with a scribbling of the Colour Chameleon Shadow Stick for Green Eyes in Bronzed Garnet and a swish of the Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Bette. For supermodel like sculpting i’m desperate for the Film Star Bronze and Glow in light/medium and to perk up my pout the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria which I believe is named after a certain Ms Beckham.

My sparkly eyes obsession stretches across to MAC Pigment in Copper Sparkle and for lips with more depth I want the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. aw15 styleI’m not quite as adventurous when it comes to style and can usually be found in a pair of black skinny jeans and a cosy knit, but that absolutely does not stop me from wanting/needing more cosy knits in different shapes and shades. Zara do autumn brilliantly and an embarrassing amount of window shopping has left me wanting their Hand Made Coat, Colour Block Jumper and Cropped Turtleneck Sweater. H&M has become my new favourite shop and I’ve been eyeing up another turtleneck knit in the form of this lightweight red one, I’ve also spotted this dotty scarf which I think looks like it’s vintage and I loooove that. Finally with every season comes me wanting a slogan t-shirt from Whistles and this one is no different. I actually wanted the one which said ‘Beaute’ but it sold out and I was too slow and too poor (Student Life) and so I’ve now fallen in love with this one printed with a Parisian street name, how chic?! I also really really want this Burgundy Lizard Card Holder which is only £25 and next time I have £25 spare will definitely be coming home with me.

What do you want this Autumn? Are any of my picks on your shopping list?

pink lip editIf you’ve been here from the start (almost one year!) then you might remember the original Pink Lip Edit post, consisting of my favourite shades of the moment. In short, i’ve sacked those off and today will share with you what’s been on my lips in the most recent months. Pink. Pout. Power.

The Gloss: For a subtle sheen through the summer I opted for Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01. A squeezy tube and fuzzy sponge applicator mean you get the right amount of gloss, colour and product. This offering is perfect for no makeup makeup days or for days when you don’t want to worry about having lipstick on your chin and don’t mind a quick reapplication every few hours. Easy Squeezy.

The Mattes: When it comes to paler shades i’m not usually one for a matte finish, but with Charlotte Tilbury’s Miss Kensington and MAC’s Mehr I changed my ways. Both colours offer a matte finish without feeling at all drying and deliver a fuller more healthy looking lip than any other matte I’ve tried.

The Sheeny Shades: For something a little more satin I opt for Sephora’s Little Treat; a creamy mid pink shade which is great for day or night or I scribble on a load of NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Descanso. These shades are muted while still making a statement with their satin finishes and perky pinkness, great with a cool toned eyeshadow.

The Designer Dolls: I’ve grown a little fond of designer pout polish. Chanel Rouge Coco in Adrienne is the ring leader in this one, a peachy pink offering which is perfect for indecisive days. Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Understudy followed suit and these pair are secretly my favourites. Don’t tell the others…


I am so excited about this post! Last weekend I picked up my first ever Charlotte Tilbury makeup product. The Selfridges store at The Trafford Centre has just opened a brand new concession filled with rose gold beauty and of course lovely makeup bits. While I could quite literally have walked out with one of everything (if my bank balance let me) I opted for a fail safe option in the form of a lipstick. You can’t really go wrong with one of those.

I picked up the Matte Revolution lipstick in Miss Kensington; part of the current limited edition collection in collaboration with Norman Parkinson. This lipstick is a lovely natural pretty pink colour (basically the same colour as my lips, totally necessary) and is matte in finish.

The formula is what impressed me the most though. It’s matte and longlasting whilst making lips look fuller and smoother. It’s not at all drying and feels lovely on the lips. I’ve pretty much added the entire colour range to my list…

I’m back, i’m back! And no I haven’t been on my exotic holibobs I went to see my boyfriend in Brighton and forgot any blogging material (doh!) so took a little rest and got my thinking cap on so now i’m back with more content ideas than ever. In homaage to my little seaside trip, before I empty out my makeup bag into it’s correct place I thought I’d tip out it’s contents and show them to you. It’s a well laid out tip I did, don’t you think?

I’ve gotten pretty good at packing, sticking with the minimum and accepting the fact that I probably wont need eight lipsticks for one weekend, nor is it necessary to pack three pairs of jeans in the same fit and colour (oops). This edit isn’t an every time one, but it served me fairly well for my four day stay and to be honest I just wanted to do a makeup bag flatlay.

The makeup bag itself is from Charlotte Tilbury, it’s has on the lipstick prints of iconic ladies such as Ms Moss and one day i’d like the wrinkles of my lips printed on a makeup bag too. On the back it says “Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world” – wise words from Chazza if you ask me.

For my base I popped in my moisturiser of the moment, the Lait Creme Concentrate by Embryolisse, it’s pretty fab and I’ve spoken about it on multiple occasions. I also opted for my beloved NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser because I knew I had no evening plans and this is perfect for sunny days by the sea because it contains SPF as well as giving you that perfect skin look. I obviously packed three concealers – they’re a pretty powerful trio which I have spoken about here. For both blushing, bronzing and sculpting purposes I opted for the one product wonder that is MAC’s powder blush in Harmony, which I swished on with the fluffy angled brush.

For lips I kept it simple with whatever was rolling around the bottom of my handbag and the Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Adrienne. For eyes I packed my MAC quad, the Maybelline gel liner and the Bourjois Color Band crayon in Brun Dabaste.

The other random bits and bobs stuffed in were Essie’s nail polish in Fifth Avenue, Stella EDT, a mirror and various brushes.

So, a reasonably well edited selection for a long weekend away. What would you pack?

high end beauty wishlist

Today i’m here with a beauty wish list, and not just any, its a purse pushing, credit card crunching high end beauty wishlist, and a big one at that. Don’t blame me next time your card is declined for a tin of beans.

As a huge fan of beauty (really? you never said) I’m constantly perusing other blogs and watching videos which are always successful in making me put pen to paper on my never ending shopping list. While i’m currently a student, this is a bit unrealistic in my price point and it will be a long time and a lot of mouldy bread before I’ve saved enough to pick up all of these luxury beauties. But a girl can dream.

Yesterday I accidentally tripped into the Selfridges beauty department in Manchester and found myself having a lovely conversation with one of the consultants at Charlotte Tilbury who convinced me I needed everything on the counter. “You write a blog? Oh whats a blog without some Charlotte Tilbury?” were her words, and I agreed. I did walk away empty handed *applauds self* but since seeing the products in real life I cannot stop thinking about how much I NEED that magic cream, the answer to all of my dehydration woes, the wonderglow because i’m dull as dishwater and the filmstar bronze and glow because JUST LOOK AT IT. Following suit I tripped again (cheap shoes) and ended up at the Tom Ford counter and decided that an eyeshadow quad is special enough to be on my bucket list, and much prettier than jumping out of a plane.

Next comes my daily browse of the Space NK website, i’m glad we don’t have a branch here in Sheffield because i’d definitely be starving, if not homeless. I’m getting all heart eyed emoji over the By Terry ombre blackstars, despite having picked up every possible dupe i’ve still got a place in my heart for the real deal and bronze moon really does float my boat. After being cheeky and using up several samples of NARS sheer glow foundation, I know it’s time to part with some cash and bag a bottle. I love the formula, the shade match and of course the glow. If you haven’t tried it you are mad. To set my glowing base I obviously need one of the Hourglass ambient lighting powders. A soft focus glow? Yes.

From Cult Beauty i’m lusting after the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit and brow wiz. The contour kit just because and the brow wiz because i’m just so unhappy with my eyebrows at the moment I have considered removing them but that’s quite a statement so i’ll buy this instead.

Finally, from MAC i’m looking into fix plus after my friend sprayed it onto my face in the St Pancras Station store and it made me glow all day whilst keeping my makeup in place. I’m also desperate for Stripdown lip liner for all of my nude lip liner needs. I can’t wait for the Kylie Jenner lip phase to be over so that all of the pretties come back into stock.

What are you wishing for?

jan wishlist

1 – The Nails Inc x Victoria Beckham collaboration was one which I was more than excited for, but as with everything VB this is a little too far out of my budget to justify. If I had to pick one out of the two shades it would be Bamboo White. I just love nudes.

2 – This faux-fur gilet is something that I’ve wanted to get my hands on since September. It was completely sold out for a while so I am thrilled to see that it’s back on the website. I just know i’d wear it with everything.

3 – Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria. When I came across the launch of CT’s Matte Revolution Lipsticks, Very Victoria instantly caught my eye as the most ‘me’ shade from the range. And it’s named after and made for my queen Victoria Beckham. Heart. Eyed. Emoji.

4 – Another hit from Queen C is this K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Hepburn Honey, another classic me shade but this time inspired by number one beauty crush/ all time idol Audrey Hepburn. I need.

5 – This month has seen the launch of the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection. Tipped as the more professional picks from the Real Techniques kingdom I am desperate to get my mitts on some and to give them a try.

6 – Keeping with the metallic theme I love this dinky little ring from Astrid & Miyu. I love the rose gold clashing with the dark green stone, a match made in jewellery heaven.

7 – Finally, this borg lined denim jacket is probably the most practical of my picks and the one which I am 100% going to pick up in the coming weeks. I’ve wanted a denim jacket for a while to add an alternative to my leather one when it gets a bit warmer.