1. Happy New Year 2. Cupcakes from Love Sugar Dough 3. The Sigma Short Shader E20 4. Skincare haul from China 5. Returning to YouTube 6. Breakfast at Gurukripa

Lately, I’ve been pretty obsessed with Instagram. It’s an app where people take pictures, put a filter over it which makes every single photo you take look cool and then post it.

It’s the only app I use! I’ve seen these Instagram posts around and wanted to join in the crew but never knew how to collate all the photos together.

Then I had a Eureka! moment with screenshot! If you want to see what I do my Instagram username is ‘glossandmagic’ and let me know if this is something you’d like to see often. 😊

….and just look at that smile. A few weeks ago I had my hair cut off a length that it hasn’t been for the past 10 years. Admittedly it was only short back in the day because my Mom would always encourage the hairdresser to take off that extra inch while I was out of earshot. Since I entered the world of non-Mum supervised chops, I progressively let my hair grow longer and longer; eventually just failing to book in appointments at all due to lack of time and laziness *gross*. Though in the past year I’ve eased myself into the chicer mop I’ve always wanted from hair that almost touched my derriere to ends that now graze my elbows. And the ombré was left on the cutting room floor. Quite literally.

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forest essentials luscious lip balm

best matte lipsticks nykaa colorbar lakme loreal paris

colorbar lip liner all grace

I’ve made no secret of the fact that my favourite lipstick finish is matte. Long-lasting, a chic way to sport bolds and possibly the only lip product that holds up through all my pizza eating. They’ve come a long way since the thirsty formulas of back in the day that sucked lips into a moisture-free climate, but they still require some steps to ensure that you aren’t the owner of a prune-like pout. So I’ve compiled the ultimate guide to matte lips: the prep, the formulas that rock, the matte lip product that you’ve already got in your stash and the secret that turns any lippie into a matte affair.

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kriti sanon on cosmopolitan fotd

Isn’t Kriti Sanon just bringing it on this month’s issue of Cosmopolitan. Well, she’s just got that whole ‘no makeup, makeup’ thing down to a whole new chic level. Very refreshing to see on the cover of a makeup-packed magazine; I may have let out a little gasp when I spotted it on the stands. So it got me thinking. She must be wearing some kind of makeup and just what would those edit of products look like. Here are my predictions and look that I’d ever so warily call a ‘re-creation’ – though my interpretation edges closer to ‘no makeup – run for your lives’ than picture perfect Kriti’s rendition.

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Oh hello February, you little beaut of a month. Aren’t you just cracking? But it’s not just romance that I’m thinking about; the seasonally apt makeup for the month has to be one of my favourite selections of the year. Red lips, rosy cheeks, shimmery peepers and bold just about anything; there’s the one and only occasion to get makeup planning for: Valentine’s Day – just one day provides more than enough justification that a beauty bag shakeup is required. So here’s what I’ll be shifting to the top of my makeup pile for the next 28 days.

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spring nail polishes 2018

Sayonara, winter! Spring is upon us and the electric oranges and palm tree greens are calling my name. So I thought I’d weigh in on my favorite polishes to wear this season, and ask my the age old question: “Is there such a thing as Millennial Lavender?”

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Nykaa So Matte Lipstick

Lakme Enrich Matte Lipstick

Faces Glam on Colour Perfect Lipstick

Maybelline Colour Show Creamy Matte Lip Colour

I’ve stumbled across an influx of new lipsticks recently. A whole load of colours and in a whole load of textures. So today I’m breaking the new offerings down for all budgets and all lipstick preferences. Need I say anymore…

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