If you shop in the beauty aisle, you know that ‘affordable’ doesn’t have to be synonymous with ‘cheap.’ One exceptional brand that proves this is Lakme. The iconic company was founded in 1952 by JRD Tata. Bases, colour – even skincare feature in their lineup – Lakme has got every step completely covered. Having swatched, marvelled and swooned over it all, I’ve cut it down to my three favourites. Show and tell time

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Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual equipment

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual essential tools

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual face

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual 10 Step Guide to Perfect Makeup

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual artistry

When I Instagrammed a picture of this book not so long ago, a flurry of lovey dovey messages came in. And I can see why. Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual was an addition to my birthday list way back in 2014. I literally begged my brother to buy it for me (thanks Yash!) and spent half my weekend studying the pages of it. There is just something about this book that gives it that ‘once you picked it up you won’t want to put it down’ quality. It’s a few years old now and the bevy advice available when you put fingertip to keyboard is certainly snapping at its heels but the words penned by the Queen of blush, concealers and a hefty dose of eyeliner herself – Bobbi – it can’t really be topped as the best ‘all-rounder’ beauty book (if you think it can, then please drop a comment below). Whether you’re yet to pop it on your birthday list or you like having a re-read here are my top pages to ruminate over:

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maybelline fit me blush deep coral

essence silky touch blush autumn peach

makeup revolution iconic palette flush

I don’t know what came over me last month, but it wasn’t until I was working on my September Favourites video that I realised I’d purchased three blushes. Averaging at 1 blush buys every 10 days – that is definitely a personal record. With the Sivanna Colours Blush being a non-negotiable in my routine for as long as I can remember I think it was about time my cheek arsenal got some fresh meat. So here’s a rundown of the three blushes in question (including that Essence offering):

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I’m pretty sure the Innisfree Volcanic Clay Mousse Masks take the trophy for most frenzy-inducing beauty launch of the year. Stock that flew off the shelves leading to a month-long manhunt to find one and a bevy of rave reviews that followed. Of course I caved and purchased the Super (almost planting a kiss on the counter girl when she handed it over). Sure I liked it. But with its launch coinciding with that of the Avene Cleanance collection, I didn’t pay it my full attention, with Cleanance becoming my new skin beau.

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One of the more frequent questions I am posed, aside from who is my favourite in Veep (FYI, I can’t pick one – can I just say Selina and Amy?) is for advice when it comes to compact foundations. Compact Foundation A VS. compact foundation B? What one for oily skinned gals? Best all-rounder? Is the Innisfree Cushion Foundation worth it? So I thought I’d break it down into my 2 favourites; the pros, cons and who’s gonna love it.

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vlcc double power neem facial

The festive season is just around the corner, making right now the perfect time to start preparing our skin for the glitz and glamour of all those Diwali parties. There’s much more to skincare than just the products we use – everything from our diets to our stress levels can trigger skin sensitivity, which is why I’ve put together this handy checklist. Take a look at my top tips and say hello to gorgeously healthy, glowing skin!

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Olivia Professional Gold Facial

There are a few products I really like from Olivia in terms of skincare and so I was really pleased to try this Olivia Professional Gold Facial Kit*. It’s a gorgeous little system with a fabulous edit of essentials in very decent travel sizes. I road tested this little kit and was very pleased indeed. It also meant that I got to try a couple of items I hadn’t before and it included a lovely face cleanser which I have to say is definitely one of my essentials. Say what?

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