I thought it was time for another desk side beauty check-in. It has been a while since my last installment and now I’ve got a more permanent set-up and a desk (!?!! – exciting stuff, though it’s squashed in next to the kitchen bin which makes for an interesting aroma throughout the day), there’s a MUJI box brimming with some of my most utilised beauty bits…

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m not that adventurous when it comes to my tresses. It took me about two years of umm-ing and ahh-ing to work up the courage to get an ombre and take my first foray into hair dye, but back in the day though I may have been precious about its length I was quite daring in the fringe department. I had them all; from swept-to-the-side affairs to full on blunt-cut eyelash skimmers and the standard between washes ‘wide tooth comb’ look. It’s been a few years since I rocked any of the aforementioned but there’s something in the air that’s tempting me back to the bang side. So I thought I’d assemble together a makeshift pros and cons list to weigh up my options:

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myglamm chisel it

Maybelline fit me deep coral

Essence silky touch blush autumn peach

makeup revolution iconic palette flush

rosy cheeks fotd

During the warmer months I like to keep things quite bronzed and glowy on the cheeks. Yes I buy into that golden goddess thing every damn year. But when the cooler months roll around I settle into a more pinched cheek affair; embracing my rouged apples and even adding a little pink blush to make them last even more. The upcoming months are just a handful of which when my ruddy flush is encouraged. So here’s my rosy cheek edit: all kinds of textures, all kinds of tones – it’s time to ramp up the rose…

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Tools and brushes have their place, but sometimes you just can’t beat getting down and dirty into makeup with your tips and palms. Easier to spread, easier to blend and it’s like your very own makeup hotplate and mixer at your hands. Literally. I’ve been finding more and more recently that I’ve been getting rather handsy in my application; not just directly but smooshing products on the back of my hand before, to heat them slightly and get the formulas face-ready before mine has even got anywhere near it. Now not all products require this step but I’ve taken notes on some of my favourites that benefit from this additional ‘hand palette’ treatment.

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I know, I know. The cleanser craziness continues. There were two offerings that had a pride of place on my bathroom shelf, so I though it was about time I welcomed them into the G&M-approved family. Both equally beautiful in their own complexion cleaning ways, ladies and gents meet Olivia’s Golden Glow Face Wash* and Forest Essential’s Delicate Facial Cleanser with Mashobra Honey, Lemon & Rosewater. Now let’s discuss.

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Let’s talk about fitness. I know, *insert collective groan*. But you know it all links up – beauty, fitness, food – all work together like a well oiled machine when you’re top of your game but when going to town on a pack of Pringles while your sneakers gather dust is a daily occurrence – not so much. I’m obviously speaking from experience with the latter, but over the past few months I’ve been trying to ramp up my activity to more than just bending over to pick up a tub of Baskin & Robbins’ out of the freezer and actually doing something that makes me sweat. And boy do I sweat. I mentioned a while back that I was easing myself into running. Well after coming close to vomiting on my doorstep on a few too many occasions I decided to regroup and I think I’ve found a routine that works for me. I’m only a month in, but hear me out on this one…

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For the past week I’ve been battling through an attack of the stuffy sniffles. One minute I’m struggling to breathe through my nasal passages, the next I’m fighting to find my pack of tissues at the bottom of my bag as there’s been a nose explosion that’s making its way down my chin. That latter scenario happened in public. In front of a wave of pointing and staring school children. Nice. My mucus levels may not be able to make up their mind but two things have stayed constant – an incessant red nose and a Post Malone-esque tone. But you know me and of course there have been some beauty bits that have come to the forefront to cover my ruddy nozzle, make things a little more breathable and polish me off for public consumption. Enter the ‘I’ve Got a Cold Edit’…

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