Mixing things up a bit today with a fancy video, swish isn’t it?! Recently I’ve been a beauty commuter, applying a full face of makeup on the train and living out of a makeup bag as opposed to getting ready at my dressing table. I’ve become a little bit of a makeup bag maestro, a packing princess if you will and thought I’d show you what’s in my current rotation.

I’m currently finding my MAC Mineralise Moisture Foundation a fave, easy to pat on with a damp beauty blender and a base that doesn’t cling to my dry patches, meaning I don’t have to worry about what it looks like throughout the day. Ideal. I top it up with Maybelline Better Skin Concealer and set it all in place with my beloved Hourglass Ambient Light powder.

Brows are covered by the usual culprit and for eyes I have options in the form of a CT quad or a scribble of her eyes to mesmerise depending on how early it is and how bothered I can be. Blush comes in the form of NARS Silent nude which is basically surgically attached to me and for lips I opt for either peach or pink shades to match.

While I am happy with my current product picks, as usual I’m coveting a number of pretties to stock up my stash and farfetch.com has my luxury beauty needs met.

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I’m desperate to get my mitts on some goodies from Kevyn Aucoin and what better place to start that with some cult classics. My current beauty bag is missing the perfect contour/highlight duo and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Sculpting Powder and Celestial Powder. I’m also on the hunt for something heavy duty and the Sensual Skin Enhancer is a multi use product leaving base needs covered.

Another brand I’m yet to try is BECCA and as a self acclaimed highlighter queen I can barely believe that sentence comes out of my mouth. I just have to get my hands on the Shimmering Skin Perfectors in every type they do. Excessive? Me? Never…

After letting the hype die down a little, I’ve decided that the Artis Oval 6 Brush isn’t optional, I have to give it a go. I can imagine it blending everything to perfection, once I get over it looking like a toothbrush that is…

Finally while it’s all well and good having makeup products coming out of your ears, it’s important to take it off at the end of the day and cult classic Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is well in my radar, and while i’m talking luxury I have to give the By Terry Baume de Rose a go, it’s just like the rules of feminism! (name that film)

*This post contains product placement.

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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?

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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.

 

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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?

september favouritesYou might think that it’s October 8th and I’m way too late for a September celebration, but late favourites are sort of my thing now. It seems at the end of every month I fall out with blogging (although this month I had to wait for internet installation) and then the beginning of the next one reignites my love, so you’ll just have to bear with me until I can maintain some consistency.

September was a funny old month for me, I moved in with the boyf and so a lot of days were spent in Ikea repeating outfits, having greasy hair and not a trace of makeup. However the end of the month saw me back at uni for my third and final year and I had a complete shock and threw on all of the makeup I own as well as picking up a few bits to make my face a little bit more seasonal. It’s no secret that I love autumn and you’ll be hearing me say that in the next months worth of posts (that pre-writing life) but for some reason I find it the most motivating, inspiring and it brings out my favourite shades for both beauty and fashion; here’s a breakdown of Septembers beauty bunch.

Moving stress and being reintroduced to the student life left my skin craving attention and so I picked up the Let The Good Times Roll mask from Lush. This contains popcorn and turns into a bitty paste when mixed with water. It is slightly too abrasive for my skin everyday but on SOS occasions and particularly flaky days this has been my skin savoir, and it smells fantastic.

Autumn see’s me transfer to the lipstick queen and so a subtle wash of Maybellines Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige is all that i’ve swiped onto my eyes. For lips I’ve been going bold and pairing Rimmel Cappuccino Lip Liner with Nars Cruella and I adore the finished look. For something a little more 9am lecture appropriate I dusted off my old favourite MAC Freckletone Lipstick or have been squeezing on a shed load of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01. I’ve also (yes I do only have one mouth) been loving the Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Nude for off duty days – shoutout to Andie for picking it up for me.

For cheeks I’m still loving my NARS X Christopher Kane Blush in Silent Nude as a blusher sculpter all in one product, and I also picked up a few bits from H&M’s new beauty line; namely the Cream Blush in Cameo Brown. More on that shortly.

Are you tired after that? I am…

 

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…

 

lightweight dewy bases I am a lady who loves to shine bright like a diamond, matte bases ain’t my thang. I’ve got quite a boring face and dry/dehydrated skin and so anything matte looks flat and dull. I always opt for bases with a shine, and i’m quite lucky that i’m comfortable in something fairly lightweight; here’s the rundown of the three best bases for that healthy glow.

For Low Coverage Ladies: The least coverage but easily my favourite of the trio, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser offers enough pigment to blur any uneven skintone and redness, whilst giving the skin a natural sheen with a skin like finish. This also contains SPF so is perfect for a lightweight holiday base.
For The Real Glow Getter: The MAC Mineralise Moisture foundation is a dry skinned girls dream. Enriched with shea butter, this is a base which glides over even the flakiest of skins, providing a light but buildable coverage for a perfected base. This is one which shines and so for oily skins i’d expect it’s a no go, but for dull skins needing a great big boost of radiance this one’s a winner.
For Beauty On A Budget: I picked up KIKO Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation while I was in Paris and it’s been on my face ever since. Easily the most coverage, but with a natural skin like finish similar to the NARS Tinted Moisturiser. This is an absolute steal for under £10 and comes in an extensive range of shades. KIKO, you’re on to a winner.

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As a rule, I do not wear blusher. I prefer to be bronzed and sculpted and attempt to hide my chubby cheeks with absolutely no colour on the apples. However, buying blush, i’m pretty great at that and so I had a root through my drawers (and bought more blush.. erm) to pick out and share with you the edit of shades and which don’t leave me looking like a Russian doll. Allow me to elaborate…

MAC Powder Blush in Harmony: MAC’s Harmony is quite well loved in the industry as a contour shade, which is what I originally purchased it for. However, when i’ve got little time (most days) a sweep of this on a blush brush slightly behind the apples adds a cool toned hue which sculpts whilst still being blush and adding a pretty pop of colour. A great one for beginners.
Too Faced Love Flush in I Will Always Love You: Too Faced and I are having a moment. I’m in love with their fun packaging and great quality products. The Love Flush range does actually have a slightly paler more natural shade but for when I’m feeling brave I picked up this peachy offering. Definitely not because of the Polly Pocket espue packaging. Dip the brush in ever so slightly and sweep this on in a similar position to the above and you’re greeted with a natural perky shade, which pairs beautifully with a golden highlight… you know how much I love highlight.
NARS X Christopher Kane Blush in Silent Nude: The entire Christopher Kane for Nars Collection is worthy of every heart eyed emoji and a number of hands in the air praise the lord style ones too. I managed to get my hands on the Blush in Silent Nude; a perfectly pale pinky peach which called my name from it’s top shelf position, making my stand on my tiptoes, peer into the drawers and pray for stock. I got it home, I swatched it, I swept it on and I swooned at it’s natural glory. Not a shimmer in sight, this powder offering blends into the base beautifully delivering a subtle sculpting definition. I can imagine it would be stunning on fair ladies.

      
It seems to me that tinted moisturisers are having a bit of a moment right now. Everyone and their mother is opting for a lighter, fresher base and with BB, CC and even EE creams on the market it difficult to know what does what, which is why I chose to go for one without too many promises. The NARS pure radiant tinted moisturiser offers a sheer, naturally-glowing finish with no other airs and graces. It’s easy to apply with fingers should that be your chosen method but I find it works best with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – my holy grail application product which I’m simply too ashamed by the state of to photograph.

NARS pure radiant tinted moisturiser is suggested for application following a full skin care routine and so despite the name containing the word moisturiser, it should not be used as one. The moisturiser properties give the product a glow, and mean that it doesn’t cling to unsightly dry patches on the skin. It comes in a plethora of shades ranging from very pale to dark skin tones making it a great option for anyone in the market for a light base. It also boasts SPF 30 making it an ideal go to base for the summer months.

The coverage of the NARS pure radiant tinted moisturiser is better than other tinted moisturisers which I have tried but it is by no means a full coverage face product. You can layer this product but to make the most of it I suggest a radiant primer before one thin layer of this for a flawless finish.

Would you ever opt for a sheer base?

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?