Category: Notes

So I’ve been scratching my chin, furrowing my brow and pondering the topic of skincare a lot recently. Priorities, right? But there’s just something about my current regime that just isn’t clicking. I’ve done my research, going out of my way to select formulas that settle on the right balance between both natural and effective ingredients, taken direction from the experts, drinking a shed load of water, heck even exercising – but my skin just ain’t thanking me for it. It’s redder in places than it’s been in a long time and a little uneven in texture – not horrendous – but it’s seen better days. So what am I going to do about it? Well luckily I’ve been keeping notes on this one…

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how low can you go eye shadow

Let’s play a game of eye shadow limbo. When it comes to getting a little smudgy under the peepers – how low can you go? An Olsen-esque downward smudge of epic shadowy proportions, a barely there ‘squint and you see it’ line or heck none at all? It’s a topic I’ve been pondering this week after spending long lengths of time I wouldn’t like to admit to pouring over pictures of the aforementioned Mary-Kate and Ashley on Pinterest. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I rather enjoy a bit of under eye shadow action. Uber easy to execute and acts as a bit of a ‘I’ve made an effort today’ makeup indicator. So I’ve assembled together a few tips on how to get low when it comes to eye shadow limbo…

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You know me with blusher. I love it, hate it, dust it on everyday, don’t wear it for a month. I’m a flush floozy. But for days when I do decide to blush-up I’ve found the perfect brush pairing for it – the Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush. Before I was all about the MAC 188 Brush but the new brush in question makes blusher even more foolproof. Thin fibres pick up just the right amount of product and thicker, more deeply set hairs blend it in. Even with something uber pigmented – like my current cheek jam, Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro Palette in Flush – it works. Foolproof I tell ya.

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I’ve been scratching my head for the past few days pondering where it’s best to invest your cash in the beauty world, and where you can hold back, buckle up your purse strings and no-one will even know, not even you. Where to splurge and where to save – what made the list? Read on…

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Hold the phone, for I have found something that makes my hair SMOOTH – note the use of capitals, it’s required. Smoother than smooth. Like polished. So glossy I felt the need to swing it around in a ‘I Whip My Hair Back and Forth’-like fashion just for celebration. A little stalk round Health & Glow the other day ended with the L’Oreal Paris Professionnel Air Fix Extra Strong Fixing Spray – a bit of a hairspray, shine imparter and wave teaser-outer three-in-one, more on that at a later date – and the BBlunt Back to Life Dry Shampoo entering the basket, the latter of which was spritzed into my hair after the fastest hair wash in the history of showers immediately as I walked through the door. And well…

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I think it’s fair to say that I pull the contents of my whole beauty wishlist and wishlist-turned-purchases from the Internet. From other bloggers, from the comments under my posts, a copious amount of YouTube viewing, enabling tweets alerting me that I need something/a product I’ve wishlisted has come back into stock/sale items that it would be rude to not take advantage off, etc etc. I love ’em. And take your recommendations in like a super absorbent sponge that likes to go shopping, so I thought I’d tap into them a little further and see what gems you would suggest for some slots that are currently unfilled in my stash…

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There are a few rituals I partake in each time I take a visit to Phoenix. I smell The Body Shop Cocoa Lotion, groan, then remember that I’ve too many lotions at home negating the need for it. I then attempt to colour match myself to L’Oreal’s True Match Le Crayon Correcteur, promptly give up and turn to swatching every single shade of the Faces Glam On Colour Perfect Lipsticks up my arm. More often than not I can’t decide between the shades with about five of them hovering on the edge purchase. Before something silly happens I walk away and turn my attention to something else. But with a bit of encouragement on Twitter, one was pushed into the basket, along with an old Faces favourite and out I walked from my most recent Phoenix jaunt with a bounce in my step and a bag of F.C goodness.

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