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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I know, I know. The cleanser craziness continues. There were two offerings that had a pride of place on my bathroom shelf, so I though it was about time I welcomed them into the G&M-approved family. Both equally beautiful in their own complexion cleaning ways, ladies and gents meet Olivia’s Golden Glow Face Wash* and Forest Essential’s Delicate Facial Cleanser with Mashobra Honey, Lemon & Rosewater. Now let’s discuss.

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Let’s talk about fitness. I know, *insert collective groan*. But you know it all links up – beauty, fitness, food – all work together like a well oiled machine when you’re top of your game but when going to town on a pack of Pringles while your sneakers gather dust is a daily occurrence – not so much. I’m obviously speaking from experience with the latter, but over the past few months I’ve been trying to ramp up my activity to more than just bending over to pick up a tub of Baskin & Robbins’ out of the freezer and actually doing something that makes me sweat. And boy do I sweat. I mentioned a while back that I was easing myself into running. Well after coming close to vomiting on my doorstep on a few too many occasions I decided to regroup and I think I’ve found a routine that works for me. I’m only a month in, but hear me out on this one…

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For the past week I’ve been battling through an attack of the stuffy sniffles. One minute I’m struggling to breathe through my nasal passages, the next I’m fighting to find my pack of tissues at the bottom of my bag as there’s been a nose explosion that’s making its way down my chin. That latter scenario happened in public. In front of a wave of pointing and staring school children. Nice. My mucus levels may not be able to make up their mind but two things have stayed constant – an incessant red nose and a Post Malone-esque tone. But you know me and of course there have been some beauty bits that have come to the forefront to cover my ruddy nozzle, make things a little more breathable and polish me off for public consumption. Enter the ‘I’ve Got a Cold Edit’…

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muji acrylic

muji acrylic storage

muji acrylic storage box

I may have fallen into one of the biggest beauty blogger cliches there are, but last week I caved and purchased some Muji storage. Minimal? Yes. Convenient? Yes. Kardashian-inspired? Perhaps. But after carrying my whole makeup drawer, to the mirror with me each morning, rooting around and making a mess one too many times I thought it was time to decant my daily favourites into a more portable package. I opted for the smallest 2-drawer option available, so it’s been a bit of a tight squeeze, but here’s what has made the cut for the moment…

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For this month’s Beauty Bag I thought I’d take a thematic colour approach. The blues are back. It’s a revolution that started on my fingertips and now I’m ready for it to creep up, blend out and brush on to my eyes. Wintry? Check. On trend? Check. Easy peasy to pull off? Not so much. So if you’re looking blue in the company of royal, navy and azure-like shades I’ve got the deats on some good starting points…

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Fashion Week Mash-Up

As promised last week, here are my favourite beauty bits from all the Fashion Weeks thrown on my face – makeup mash-up style. Different aesthetics? Who cares? A trend on trial if you will. It all went on and the results weren’t too horrendous. Here are the deets:

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