Category: Edit

Beauty tools surround me in practically every room of my postage-stamp sized flat. A quick tour and you’ll find brushes in my wardrobe, an array of metal utensils in my bathroom and a pair of nail scissors in my kitchen ‘let’s put paperwork in here in forget about it drawer’ – everyone has one of those, right? But it got me thinking – what do I actually need. Could I narrow it down to a handful perhaps? After an afternoon of chin scratching I think I got there. Of course there’d still be a few implements that would weasel their way in, but for the purpose of this post I present you to 8 tools you NEED sprinkled with a few recommendations along the way…

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There’s no official word no matter how deep I dig around on the Internet, but its absence from the shelves and lack of an empty spot reserved for it on counter has lead me to the devastating realisation that L’Oreal False Lash Mascara has in fact (I think) been discontinued. Hold me. First one of the most perfect foundations in the world disappears and now this, I’m in makeup distress people. But my feels have been dampened slightly by the fact that I’ve stumbled across some pretty good substitutes for my long-lost mascara love. Two that I’ve finally begun to get on with. OK so none of them as beautifully crimping, volumising, lengthening, just the right amount of clumping credentials as the False Lash, but good enough. To the False Lash lovers I extend a tissue for your tears and two alternatives:

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Oh well hello there cliched post title. I just couldn’t help myself. But by the powers of deduction, cheesy title and the picture above you’ve no doubt concluded that there’s a theme running through today’s edit. Orange. Yep I’ve combed through my drawers for the best of the block colour that looks good on everyone. Ready for your lips and tips to be tangoed?

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Raving is a regular occurrence here at G&M, but it’s rare for me to propose something as a ‘need’. The perfect blush brush, as gorgeous as it is, fits more into the ‘only if you really want it’ category, but the products being pushed into the spotlight today are much more of a necessary stash must have. The ‘Do-It-All’ balms; perfect for tending to chapped lips, dry patches and a whole list of first aid functions just to name a few of their uses – you got one? Fab, feel free to read the rest of this post with your fingers in your ears with a ‘I’m not listening’ hum, but you haven’t? Then I’ll run you down my favourites.

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I thought I’d would share a handful of favourites that previously haven’t had much of a spotlight shone on them at G&M. Beauty buffs from faraway lands heading to India this year get your notepad out…

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Revlon Copperglow Berry used to rule my lipstick roost. The boring the better in my eyes – oh the shame. But my bored-out rouge days are behind me and I’ve turned a new corner recently with a trio of ‘brand new bolds’ becoming daily go-tos; not loud, they all feature a common tinge of pink that helps them to sit on the lips in a little more natural way. And not in an 90’s pink way, like a popping pink way that doesn’t make you look like the sixth member of Spice Girls.

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My face base habit has a got a little bit out of control. It wasn’t until I was explaining my makeup collection to my friends and heard myself say the phrase, “Well the top drawer is for heavy-coverage foundations, the next one is for lighter ones, then I’ve got one full of tinted moisturisers….’ saw their jaws drop and tailed off. Yes I’m Gauri, and I have a foundation problem. Surprisingly it’s the step that I shrug off the most, but bottles of the stuff dominate my stash, so I’ve had a bit of a clear out – my friend’s faces are now positively beaming (and looking pretty flawless) – and I think if push came to shove I could live out the rest of my days with just four key cover-ups in my possession to mix, match and buff on. Let’s christen this the ‘Face Base Wardrobe’…

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