Category: Notes

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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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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Fashion Week has wrapped for the season; with an air-kiss goodbye in Paris yesterday it marked the end of a full month of a non-stop fashion feed. Now I stick pretty rigidly to the beauty side of things mainly due to the fact that the most adventurous it gets in my wardrobe is a patterned pair of trousers that I pull out for popping to pick up milk from the shop but I quite like the element of backstage beauty. Seeing what artists are creating what looks for what shows, getting a preview of next season’s launches in action and experiencing cheekbone envy with every single goddamn model. So I thought I’d give you a rundown of my favourite beauty bits that I spotted many the Instagram picture of…

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Don’t say I never give you anything for today I have a handy little list up my sleeve for all those VLCC fans out there. Always wanted to dive in but didn’t know where to start? Maybe you just need to replenish your VLCC stocks? Whatever your situ I’ve got a solution. I’ve listed my top players from the range below just in case you need any inspiration:

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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

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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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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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