Category: Notes

It is an all too frequent occurrence that beauty gems get bundled to the back of a drawer. Collecting dust and not seeing the light of day, it’s not until I get down to having a good ol’ clear up that I polish them off and vow to enlist them back into my daily rotation. That’s exactly what happened to the following oft-neglected products; beauts that I’ve welcomed back into the bag with open arms…

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Tools

Over the past few weeks two events independently occurred that got the cogs in my beauty brain turning. While packed onto the train I flicked through Cosmopolitan Magazine and came across a rather inspiring article on how to bunk off brushes and apply our makeup with our fingers, palms and tips instead. ‘Intriguing‘, I thought, filed the mag for future reference and ended up reaching for my ol’ faithful Real Techniques the following morning. Then over the weekend, while piled onto a bus I watched agog for a full 15 minutes while a fellow passenger blended and smudged on her daily face without a brush in sight and the end result looked awesome. So out aforementioned Cosmopolitan Magazine came from storage and here’s the tale of a Buffing Brush-free, hands-on makeup application…

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They say you are what you eat and apparently the same goes for what you pour over – you write what you read. So I’ve been balancing out my Buzzfeed sessions with something a little more high-brow, Nina Garcia’s, ‘The Little Black Book of Style‘.

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Because all good nail polish looks better with a ring side accompaniment, right? Well I was a little lacking on the ring front; not being too into jewellery, my collection contained a handful of chunky necklaces, one watch and a few odds and sod rings that I’ve purchased as impulse buys when they adorn the checkout – Forever 21 I’m looking at you. But with a feeling to get a little funky with fingertip jewels in my belly I set out on a mission to add to my stash and add to my stash I did with new rocks from Ayesha Accessories, Accessorize and Koovs. So without further ado from left to right on Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Drama Sheen painted pinkies we have:

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Eyeliner look

I’ve never really been one for eyeliner; too fiddly for my sleepy morning fingers to master, a little stark for my everyday look and trying to match up my non-symmetrical lines usually ends up with me sporting a line about an inch thick against each lash line causing me to crack out a bottle of Bioderma and start over. Phew, it gives me an attack of the shaky hands just thinking of it. But after a makeover last week where I plucked up the courage to request a feline flick and was treated to a graphic eye doodle that took 20 minutes to perfect as I juiced the Makeup Artist for his peeper scribbling tips; I’ve been experimenting with the line making arsenal in my stash and through the age old process of trail and error have mustered up the following conclusions; my eyeliner do’s from one eyeliner noob to another (unless you’ve already mastered it, in which case – share your knowledge!):

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No matter how immersed in the world of beauty you are – there’s always going to be gaps in your knowledge. I can reel off the whole of the Revlon line and correctly predict what nail polish you’re wearing in just three guesses, posses an innate knowledge of each beauty blogger’s current favourite base product and probably ace a pop-quiz on this seasons makeup launches – but when it comes to ingredients it gets a little patchy. Being completely self-taught in this realm, it was an all too often occurrence that I’d pick up a product I liked the look of and put it on without so much of a read of the blurb – but I’ve given myself a slap on the wrist, got my pen and notepad at the ready and I’m taking it into my own hands. Ingredients – I’m coming for ya’ – and I’m ready to get down to the nitty gritty.

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I don’t have much of an off-switch when it comes to reading. It’s about two minutes into dinner with my friends before I quiz them on what book they’re reading and free time is a largely reading dominated activity too. I’m like a sponge, me – absorbing all the book chatter up from every corner – I do love a good book. There’s something about packing out a bookshelf with a bevy of reads that feels just as satisfying as an A-Z brand organised makeup drawer. A welcome alternative to the bright back light of my laptop. Open up my current reading list…

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