Another week, another dark ‘insert colour here’ nail polish love. This time around it’s Deborah Milano’s Amaranth; a colour that I’ve been unable to erase from my memory since I spotted it on my friend’s tips. I swore I’d never dip into Deborah Milano lacquers again with their low quality, high price rep but this colour? Well I can’t resist.

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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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colorbar mesmereyes kajal fotd

Since I nabbed the new Colorbar MesmerEyes Kajal around a month ago it’s barely left my eyes. Of course there’s the odd competing formula that gets an application, but for the month of November the MesmerEyes Kajal has reigned supreme as my eye kajal of choice. The question on everyone’s lips has been ‘Why?’ so I thought I’d get down to the nitty gritty and give you lot the low-down on the good, the bad…and for once there’s no ugly.

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I thought it was time for another desk side beauty check-in. It has been a while since my last installment and now I’ve got a more permanent set-up and a desk (!?!! – exciting stuff, though it’s squashed in next to the kitchen bin which makes for an interesting aroma throughout the day), there’s a MUJI box brimming with some of my most utilised beauty bits…

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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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myglamm chisel it

Maybelline fit me deep coral

Essence silky touch blush autumn peach

makeup revolution iconic palette flush

rosy cheeks fotd

During the warmer months I like to keep things quite bronzed and glowy on the cheeks. Yes I buy into that golden goddess thing every damn year. But when the cooler months roll around I settle into a more pinched cheek affair; embracing my rouged apples and even adding a little pink blush to make them last even more. The upcoming months are just a handful of which when my ruddy flush is encouraged. So here’s my rosy cheek edit: all kinds of textures, all kinds of tones – it’s time to ramp up the rose…

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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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