Where I may be a floozy in certain makeup categories, I definitely make up for it with my loyalty in one. Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara has been the only mascara for me for almost two years and my love affair with it being a well documented one that has cropped up in practically every ‘The Makeup‘ post since I first laid my lashes with the stuff. It holds a curl, adds just the right amount of clout and leaves no panda-eye residue even after a long ass day. The. Best. But after a 24 month relationship, the curiosity has set in and with my Max Factor love being a little more difficult to source from the aisles of Health & Glow these days, I thought it was time to see if the grass is greener on the other side. So here’s a clutchful of mascaras spanning the save and spend ends of the spectrum, tried and tested…

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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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With the sun finally deciding to make an appearance, I’m ridding my beauty bag of all nonseasonal choices and dusting off my sunshine accompanied sheeny skin saviours. I’ve got complexion, cheeks, eyes and nails covered with just four glow-giving options being courted into September’s Beauty Bag…

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bold matte lip matte lip

Nothing sets off a pair of sunglasses quite like a loud pout for me. I’m not one to play around with colour – experimentation in that forte is confined to lips and tips only – but I’ve been swatching around with textures, shades and trends of the former and came across something that just clicked into place. It’s not the most seasonal of discoveries, but paired with a simple complexion and some sunglasses, a good matte textured bold lip is where it’s at. A single statement finish that requires minimal upkeep and wins points on longevity without the tooth-smudging stress. Now we’re talking. Here’s two of my faves that I’ve been swiping on when the sunnies come out to play…

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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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If there’s one thing you’ve to know about me is – aside from the fact that I just love hogging the bed covers – it’s that I need a good 30 minute warning before bed to complete all the necessary steps and pre-slumber beauty tasks. First there’s the skincare routine, any additional bolt-ons, heck sometimes even a chipped nail SOS sesh before I slip into bed to carry out those final few bedside beauty must-dos. It’s lengthy, but I love it. So this weekend I’ve been raking through the bedside stuff and streamlining my stash.

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What started as a quick dash to pick up one product turned into a full-blown spree here’s what made into my basket on the aforementioned expedition. Oh yep, I’ve been hauling…

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