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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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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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LOreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick Arabian Nights

Colorbar All Day Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick in Goldshow

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Coffee Shimmer

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Activated Bamboo Charcoal Face Pack

Over recent weeks I’ve been gathering quite the collection of new-in products that I’ve been meaning to share. They’re not at the stellar standard that would deem them worthy of a spot in a monthly favourites just yet, but they’re well worth a nod and who knows maybe they’re destined for best-of-the-month status? But for now here’s a speedy show-and-tell and mid-month check-in of debuting stock that has got the G&M seal of approval.

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Deborah Milano Nail Colour in 54 Amaranth

Lakme 9to5 Nail Lacquer in Berry Business

Nuance Nail Polish in Azalea

Spoiled Nail Polish in Bite Me

One of my favourite beauty phenomenon to discover are one coat required berry nail polishes. Formulas that with a single stroke can transform a bed from bare to chic in five minutes flat. They are a bit of a rarity to find but I’ve got enough in my collection to see me through ‘damn I have to leave the house in a matter of minutes and am not sporting a mani #disaster’ days. I kid. Though if you’re lacking an uno-application rouge in your stash, here are a few of my favourites for ya:

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Olivia Instant Waterproof Make-Up Stick Foundation

Lakme 9to5 Primer+Matte Powder Foundation

Innisfree Long Wear Cover Cushion Foundation

Colorbar Full Cover Makeup Stick Foundation

Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Air-Whipped Liquid Foundation

To run alongside my ‘Which Compact Foundation?’ post, it’s only fair that I give all foundations the same treatment. It’s an often-asked question – ‘What foundation would you recommend for *insert skin type/budget/friend’s name here*’ – so today I’m running through the top five that have survived the test of time in my stash and between them have every eventuality covered. Spanning the coverage spectrum, all price brackets and complexion concerns I think I’ve got just the ticket for you if you want a foundation pick…

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It seems as the cooler months draw in that matte is back. From polishes to pouts the gloss is gone people. I repeat, the gloss is gone. Now I’m not a huge proponent of the matte trend, I like a bit of glow in my life but gone are the days of cake face. The textures that are around now are new and improved – no moisture zappers to be seen – it’s all about the satin-y, shine-free formulas. So here’s the best of the bunch:

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So even though I’m becoming an (almost) everyday eye shadow wearer, that doesn’t mean that I’ve managed to master the lid/crease/highlighter multi-step eye look thang on a regular basis. Ain’t nobody got time for that. On the odd occasion I whip out an arsenal of brushes, colours and textures and get to work, but in the mornings it’s much more likely that I grab one colour, smudge it out, blend over the lids and lash lines, brush on mascara and call it a day. I dub this makeup phenomenon a ‘one wash wonder’ and there are a few shadows in my stash which work particularly well in this task. Case in point…

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