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The One Colour Eyeshadow Look

 

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Having written about my makeup routine before, and then following with one that has a bit more too it, it seems I’m now professing my love of yet another product. But having followed a number of beauty bloggers for awhile now, if one thing is clear it’s that the beauty world moves quickly and as soon as one thing seems great, another thing will come along that’s even better. Take highlighting and now strobing for example – soon we’ll just be smooshing our face into a pot highlighter and calling it a job well done.

But anyway, my new favourite product is courtesy of H&M Beauty. As has already been mentioned by many before the whole range is beautiful and packaged to look far more highend than it is. My product of choice is an eyeshadow and it was actually inspired by Lily Pebbles, an amazing beauty blogger. Named Baci di Dama, it’s a lovely golden colour that actually looks far more copper-y on my eyes. Normally I just put a light wash right across my lids, pop on a bit of mascara and be done for the day with a slightly more put together look than what I would normally go for. Likewise it’s a colour that can easily be ‘dressed up’ and added to for an evening look. If it were me I would pair it with something a little darker in the crease of the eye, add a small cat flick and then loooads of mascara.

Although most days I stick to what I know, something I can slap on in a hurry and then run out the door, sometimes it’s nice to have a back up option of something that’s equally as easy but just a little bit different. I can’t wait to see what other options H&M Beauty has. I bet there’s a few treasures in there that will become staples in my makeup bag.

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Perfect Post Christmas Lips

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I thought about writing this post before Christmas because I was all ‘Oh ma gawwd I own a piece of Chanel!’ excited, but it then crossed my mind that it would get lost amongst all the festive red lip offerings from multiple other bloggers at this time of year. So instead I offer you the perfect post Christmas lipstick. The kind you can pop on after all the pillar box matte reds from the office parties and Christmas Day.

I picked up this handy little beauty in Duty Free on my way back from Prague and it has to be one of the nicest lipsticks I’ve ever used. I picked the colour Boheme as it seemed fitting having just visiting a place with a certain amount of Bohemian history and it’s the perfect light red-almost pink colour. It’s part of the Rouge Coco Shine range and is so light and moisturising – perfect if you’ve been hitting the all drying matte liquid lipsticks and stains to hard. It will definitely be a firm favourite of mine well into the new year.

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A Low-key Evening Make up Look

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This seems to be the make up look of doubles – double foundation, double mascara… But anyway, no matter how many products I have doubled up on this is my guide to a low key evening look that ensures you look like you’ve gone to some effort but your face isn’t going to wipe off on somebody when you go in for a hug.

Let’s kick it all off with the base and my new favourite product, the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot primer. I’ve been noticing recently that during the day, maybe an hour or so after lunch I get a few shiny patches appearing. This is all very new and exciting having had the driest skin for my entire life. I think it might have something to do with looking at a computer screen all day, but nevertheless it’s led me to this wonder product. It smooths on and keeps everything looking semi-matt for the rest of the day. Following that the only reason I have doubled up on foundations is because my Bourjois CC cream doesn’t have quite enough coverage when I want a really flawless base.

Cheeks

For cheeks I went for a super pretty flush of pink, nothing too bright as I’m well aware of what the effect a glass of wine does to my face (oh hello bright red wine face!). Then I focussed mainly on slapping the highlighter in all the right places. This Collection highlighter is my go-to at the moment and super easy to use in it’s handy cream stick form.

Eyes

Now we’ve got to the eye section we hit the doubling up big time. This Maybelline cream shadow gives a really nice base colour to add on to. From there I added a bit of sparkle with my Topshop gold shadow stick which is perfect at distributing a nice layer over the eyelid. To finish the look I like to add a nice simple cat flick with the Soap and Glory Supercat liner. For mascara we’ve got one more double up of products. The Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is perfect at beefing up the lashes, but I like to add a layer of L’oreal Telescopic to lengthen as well.

Lips

And finally… the lips! I have to admit I did not go for a bright red lip when I wore this look, but that’s because there was dinner involved and I didn’t want to run in to that ‘really dark line around the outside, and nothing on the inside’ look. So the option is to go for a nice postbox red like this Avon number which will look fab with the slightly brown-y/gold eye, or pair it with a nude if you plan on eating in peace. Voilà!

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Hello November

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Last week I successfully missed my usual Wednesday post by a pretty wide margin. It was strange, but my planned post was postponed (excuse the alliteration) because I went from feeling completely inspired to write a fab piece about travelling, to feeling like I just couldn’t get the words out in the way I wanted.

So a week late, but here’s a different kind of post; a kind of round up of October and look forward to November (even though we’re about a third of the way through the month…). There’s a couple of favourite things and a few things I’m certainly looking forward to coming up in the month. So without any further delays, let’s get this show on the road:

Party Pieces

Pretty Party Items:

At the very end of October I had a rare invite to a party that actually had a dress code. I may seem a bit over excited about a house party where the average age was between 50-60 years old, but hey I got some super pretty things to wear to it. An outfit of firsts for me as I threw together a very adventurous all-black outfit featuring this lacy jumpsuit and cheeky pointed flats. Somebody call the colour police. I did however, sass it up a bit with a rose gold nail polish. You heard me right, ROSE GOLD. I might even do a little post on my low-key evening makeup routine.

Jumpsuit – Missguided | Shoes – River Island | Orly Nail Polish – Free with Elle magazine (November Issue)

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Knit wear, all day errryday:

My body thermometer is so very confused right now. It’s November and I’m pretty sure this time last year I was wearing my big fluffy coat and a scarf and a hat. And probably some mittens too. This year, while I desperately want to cover my body in knitted items it’s so freakin’ mild right now. I get all autumn ready in the morning and then end up a sweaty mess by the time I reach the office. So here’s hoping the temperature drops ever so slightly in November and I can fulfil all my cold weather clothing dreams.

Roadtripin:

In a few weekends time my boyfriend and I will be trekking across the country to Norwich in Norfolk. I’ve said on here before that it can be difficult to create a travel blog while working full time and having a limited amount of funds. But what I sometimes forget is that my own country has some very beautiful places to visit that I haven’t been to before – and without the expense of a plane ticket. We’re off to visit some friends, but I’m going to make sure I take lots of photos and get a few good recommendations to share with those who might be interested!

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Prague and the C word:

Speaking of travel I am actually venturing across the border to European soil at the end of November! I’m off the Prague for a few days of winter-y escape – a gals trip with my Mum and my Gran. The C word is not what you’ll be thinking but in fact, Christmas. I still feel it’s far too early to be talking about all things festive, but the main reason for our little adventure is to check out what delights the Prague Christmas market will have on offer. My Mum and I seem to have made a bit of an unofficial tradition out of these markets, starting from when I was a student. The Bath Christmas market is pretty unrivalled, mainly because Bath is such a picturesque place, but in recent years we made it to a few further afield including Bruges, whose market may have been a bit of a let-down, but definitely knocked Bath off the picturesque podium. By the time the end of November rolls around I’m hoping to feel distinctly more festive. Either way I’m super excited to head off on a little adventure, because those ladies sure know how to have a giggle.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little round-up and update of what’s rockin’ and rollin’ in my life at the moment. I think writing this post has got my creative juices aflowing again and hopefully my less than inspired spell was just a fleeting moment in what will be a month full of posts.

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Current Hair Heroes

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I have a tiny little tendency to hang on to things for way longer than necessary. It’s not quite hoarder style, but let’s just say I have quite a lot of things. Recently I’ve been trying to de-clutter a bit, create some space and a slightly more minimal living space. What has this got to do with hair, I hear you cry! Well thanks to my habit of hanging on to things with the intention that it will probably come into use at some point in the future, my hair has a bit less frizz and marginally more shine going on.

The first product here actually came to me as a free sample with a magazine. Admittedly it was a long time ago (it’s that clinging on to things habit) but now I’ve got round to using it it’s become a member of my daily routine. The Percy & Reed Wonder Balm is not a product I would have used in the past – I used to be a much more ‘wash ‘n’ go’ kinda gal, but since my foray into hair dye, it takes a bit more effort to get things in order. A small blob of this stuff onto damp hair makes sure my hair smooth and what might even be called sleek.

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Elvive Extraordinary Oil is a product I ‘borrowed’ off my mum, back when I was too poor to buy my own. It’s by no means something that will break the bank, and I would definitely buy my own bottle now. Except I’m still on the same one! This stuff goes a long long way, and a tiny spot is all you need to give your hair some nourishment that might be missing.

My final hero of the batch is the Charles Worthington Shine Spray. This is my fail safe option that never lets me down. Should I happened to have skipped both of the previous steps, then a little spray of shine spray will smooth my hair down to a more manageable state. Anything that requires little effort and time, but does a mighty fine job is a hero in my book.

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Heat-Proof Holiday Beauty

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If you caught my previous post about Rome, you’ll know that I spent a lot of the time moving slowly in a desperate attempt not to sweat all too much. It may be TMI to tell you all about my sweating habits but it’s due to the heat that I’ve formulated a fairly fool-proof plan for holiday beauty.

I’ve mentioned before that my usual routine is not too complicated and I tend to keep things fairly natural. Whilst in Rome I managed to strip things back even further, despite taking a bursting make-up bag away with me – it’s always over-packing central in my house! But anyway, here are a few tips if you need to save a bit of space in your suitcase. One plus point is that you’ll always have more space for any Duty Free purchases…

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Base

I should probably point out here that prior to this step I of course, moisturised and covered myself in SPF. But what happened next is something that I’ve only recently got fully into, and that’s primer. I’ve currently only tried the Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro primer, as I wanted to keep the price down on the first trial. I’d only been using it for a few weeks before heading to Rome, but I am so glad I had it with me. Since I completely abandoned foundation for the vast majority of this trip, having a primer really helped in smoothing my concealer over the places I needed it (mainly under the eyes and around my nose) and also gave a bit more staying power. I brought along two concealers, my Collection Lasting Perfection and the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer, just in case the Collection one was a bit too light. I also gave up on powder altogether. I’m not sure whether it would have helped with the shine that I ended everyday with, but I was going for a more ‘dewy’ look anyway! The final step to the base was just a touch of The Body Shop Radiant Highlight across the tops of my cheeks and brow bone. Obviously you can chose to add more or take away another product, but this was basically my quick and easy staple routine whilst battling the heat.

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Eyes

This is where things get even simpler. After sorting my base I quite literally just tamed my brows using the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper to keep them in place throughout the day. Then curled my lashes and used a bit of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which is perfect if you want thicker longer lashes using only one coat. How freakin’ simple. Once again, this is just what I found works, and I got a bit lazy on holiday sometimes just stopping at the curling stage and not bothering with mascara. If you feel you need a bit more, then by all means pop it on yo face.

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Lips and Cheeks

Apart from my faithful Carmex lip balm that I apply multiple times a day regardless of whether I’m on holiday, these are just a few additional items that I popped on if I felt like it. Most days, particularly at the start when I was as pale as you can get, I swept a bit of Topshop Mohawk bronzer across the top of my forehead and cheeks in an attempt at looking as golden as the locals. And on a few occasions I popped some blush on the apples of my cheeks, even though one sweaty trip on the metro was enough to get my looking pink cheeked. Of course I took my L’Oreal Privee lipstick away with me. There was no other lipstick to take.

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What’s on my lips?

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In approximately a few weeks time I’m going to reach a landmark in my life. As it’s something that’s never happened in my life before  thought it deserved a mention over here, despite my lack of beauty blogger status. I’ve never finished a make up product. Sure, I’ve had mascara’s and eyeliners dry up on me, but I’ve never managed to get all the way through a product before that happens, nor have I ever had a ‘oh god, I’ve hit pan’ moment. At the moment I have one product that is getting pretty close to the end of it’s life, and it’s purely because I can’t stop wearing it.

In terms of what I put on my face on a daily basis, I keep it pretty simple. I do some evening out, some covering up and a tad of lengthening/volumising of the lashes. Sometimes I also tame the brows, but I like to get it all sorted and presentable in a very timely manner. Because I keep most of my face fairly basic, I often like a little bit of sumthin’ on my lips and this is where my secret weapon comes into play. Most beauty fanatics will spend a lot of time searching for the illusive my-lips-but-better lipstick/gloss that you can pop and run out the door in a few seconds flat. My favourite is a L’Oreal Privee in the colour Eva’s Nude. Although I was dubious about the colour at first (I definitely don’t have the similar golden tones of Eva Longoria – pale is the key word over here) but it literally hasn’t left my lips! So much so that I might have to buy a new one soon, which as I mentioned before, is a record in my books.

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