I am the definition of anti-hoarder. If I can make anything ‘capsule’ I will and T.V programmes titled ‘The Hoarder Next Door’ and ‘Extreme Couponing’ have me itching to march over there with a roll of bin bags stuffed in my pocket. There is however an exception to this rule, *cough* makeup *cough*, but when it comes to my wardrobe – the more streamlined the better. Perhaps it’s just my inner Virgo, hyper-organised instincts kicking in again but I do love a good wardrobe clear-out at the weekend. And I thought I’d pen down my five steps to wardrobe clarity. Drowning in clothes that haven’t seen the light of day for a few years? I’ve got your back.

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If you haven’t heard of BeYu (cue ‘have you been living under a rock?’ line) then I’ll give you the back story. Short for ‘Be Yourself,’ BeYu sells 500 cosmetic aids in 40 countries and these are available in India since April 10 across 150 outlets, including top-end general trade stores and large trade chains like Health & Glow, Central, Lifestyle and NewU. And here’s what I’ll be testing – BeYu Black Mirror Long-lasting Eye Liner*.

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Revlon Copperglow Berry used to rule my lipstick roost. The boring the better in my eyes – oh the shame. But my bored-out rouge days are behind me and I’ve turned a new corner recently with a trio of ‘brand new bolds’ becoming daily go-tos; not loud, they all feature a common tinge of pink that helps them to sit on the lips in a little more natural way. And not in an 90’s pink way, like a popping pink way that doesn’t make you look like the sixth member of Spice Girls.

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I’m in love with the #zithappens campaign for The Body Shop Tea Tree Range and actually, it even caught my dad’s eye and he was impressed! So it shows it’s one of those things that truly resonates with lots of different people! The #ZitHappens campaign is all about accepting that blemishes do happen, whether you’re male, female, young or old! It’s about remembering that you’re not alone with blemishes and that you don’t have to let your blemishes sock your confidence or self-esteem.

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french braid tools

The title of this post should probably be ‘Hey look at this knot that I’ve created in my hair’, but instead I’m going to try and pass it off as a French braid. Yeah? Sorta? I mean it’s more of a plait, but you see where I’m trying to go with this. It’s become a bit of a regular thing that when I’ve got a spare half an hour at the weekend, I set up shop in front of the mirror with a plaiting YouTube how-to, a bunch of bands and my nimble fingers at the ready in a desperate attempt to master all things twisted. My obsession with a bit of side-swept braid action began way back in my Hills-viewing days, L.C always rocked a good one and so I’ve got to get down to it.

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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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