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Wednesday, 23 July 2014


As much as I love this incredible hot weather we're having at the moment, being an oily skinned gal it's slightly playing havoc with my normal make-up routine. I've had to strip it all back to avoid creating serious shine or having half of it dripping down my face half way through the day. Here's my tips for making your make-up last all day during summer.

Prime time
Putting on a good primer is essential after moisturiser. Not only will it mattify your skin, but it results in much longer lasting make-up too which is definitely needed throughout the warmer months. My pick is the Clarins Instant Smooth primer, but there are some pretty good ones on the high street too. I just find the Clarins smooths over any imperfections, reduces redness and make my make-up long lasting like I've never found before.

Avoid a heavy base
I don't really have any tinted moisturisers or BB creams I've really loved, so I usually avoid any sort of foundation or base. I use a heavy duty concealer ( the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint being my favourite ) to cover any blemishes or dark circles, and blend in with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which adds a little bit more coverage having such dense bristles.

Pop on a powder
After a light base, a good mattifying powder is essential to add that extra step to hold everything in place. I love the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder - it blends in effortlessly, mattifies the skin and keeps all my make-up in place.

Cream blush is a no-go
I really love cream blush and highlights for creating a dewy glow, but on the really hot days your skin will be doing that for you. Stick to powder products, and pick some good quality ones with great lasting power. The Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes are a perfect 3-in-1 that have lots of pretty shades and stick around 'til the evenings, even on the warmest of days.

Go simple
I avoid any fussy make-up that could smudge - this means I usually wave goodbye to my beloved cat eye flicks until I can be sure they won't end up smudged above my eye, and if I do use an eyeshadow, it's just a simple one colour over the lid, nothing too complicated. I focus on the mascara, and use a matte lipstick - if the rest of your face is looking a bit shiny, a great bright, matte lip colour can take the focus away from that. The Bourjois Velvet Lipsticks are absolutely perfect for this, a gorgeous matte formula which is so long lasting, not even a top up is required after eating or drinking, my favourite is the shade 'Ole Flamingo'.

Do you have any summer make-up tips?

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014


There's something about stripes that I manage to fall for, time and time again. If I see a stripe, there's a pretty good chance I'll like it, and an even bigger one that it'll end up in a bag, coming home with me. Despite being in double figures, I added another one to my collection from Betty London last week, which has made itself home nicely with my others from H&M, Topshop and charity shops. Sadly they seem to be more spring and autumn appropriate, so unless it's a dull day, they just don't get worn as much as I'd like to. I think I need to hunt down some summer stripes to feed my addiction.

Are you a fan of stripes?

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Monday, 21 July 2014


I feel like after a bit of a lull, the beauty box is back with a vengeance and producing some really fantastic quality boxes that are always a lovely surprise whilst still being value for money and full of products people actually want to try. You know of my love for Birchbox, but the Latest in Beauty team caught my eye with one of their latest boxes collaborating with Glamour. It's a little different, actually knowing everything you'll get in the box (although shades do vary), and I couldn't resist picking up this perfectly Summer themed box.

Being completely honest, the first thing I saw which convinced me to buy is the Illamasqua Glamore Nude lipsticks, but sadly I actually got one of the two shades I really didn't want. I got the shade 'Naked' which is a peachy-nude but leaning a little too much on the orange side which makes me think it just won't work on my skintone. I'll be trying it out though, I think just a little swipe with a gloss over the top might work, but if not I'll pass it onto a friend. That is where the only very slight disappointment ends though, and I'm absolutely thrilled with everything else!

I have one of the Bourjois Cream Blushes in the shade 02 and I've always meant to pick up more, so I was really happy to get the shade 01 Nude Velvet. I've heard a lot about Magnifibres but haven't ever given it a go, but being cursed with incredibly short, stubbly eyelashes I'm really looking forward to using this out too. It's a tiny little bristle brush that you apply after one coat of mascara and adds length to your lashes, so perfect for me. I also got a really pretty nail polish from Crabtee & Evelyn in the shade Apple, which is a gorgeous pillarbox red colour.

After make-up, there's a few items to get your body ready for summer. Of course, an SPF is always welcome ( something I forget far too often! ) and this one from Hawaiian Tropic is lovely, it has such a nice summery scent. There's also a Sunshimmer Instant Tan from Rimmel, which I'm a bit unsure about having not used a fake tan for over 5 years, but for the sake of a beauty blog I'll definitely test it out, although perhaps on a day when I don't have to go anywhere, in case it goes horribly wrong!

I mentioned a couple of posts ago about my quest for voluminous hair, so I'm really looking forward to trying the Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip. Just a small amount of this into the roots and I'm hoping I'll be left with hair full of body. And last is a little sample of the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. I've tried this before and really liked it, and it's perfect for travelling and weekends away, rather than taking away a big sticky bottle. Overall the contents of this box come to £86, which considering it only cost £16.95 is incredible! I'm really looking forward to testing everything out and I'm sure I'll be summer ready in no time. You can buy a box here, but be quick, I don't think there's too many left!

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Sunday, 20 July 2014


It's not often I'll really talk about the products that haven't really impressed me, but I actually think people respond quite well to occasionally hearing a few negatives, rather than always seeing "this is amazing", "you need to buy it!". There isn't a huge amount that I've really disliked so much that I've wanted to write a bad review on, but most of these just don't work for me at all, so it's time to say goodbye and have a little clearout.

Charles Worthington are a brand that have been really impressing me recently, so I'm so disappointed to say the Style Setter Salt Spray didn't work for me at all. Despite trying it out a couple of times and using different amounts, it made absolutely no difference to my hair except making it sticky, crunchy and feeling really horrible! Models Own are also one of my favourite nail polish brands, but sadly the formula in the Fruit Pastel Collection just aren't up to scratch. The colours are beautiful, and I love the novelty of being scented, but somehow that resulted in nails that chip within an hour or so of application, which really just isn't worth it.

The Topshop Lip Marker in Hot Shot is exactly the same; I usually love everything from Topshop, and I'm still pretty convinced I got a dodgy one of this, but it dried out after the first use! It was only the day after first wearing that I went to it and could hardly get any product out, which for £8 is really a shame and such a waste, so I'll be sticking to their lipsticks in future which are lovely. Benefit Porefessional Agent Zero Shine was all over blogs when it first came out, and the majority had really good reviews on. For me, the powder was too dark and wasn't easy to blend, especially with the tiny, dense brush it came with. I didn't notice any difference in my pores either, and I've used much better powders from the high street that cost just a few pounds.

Last up is the Bourjois Liner Feutre in Ultra Black. I was a little unsure whether to feature this as I really do like the formula, it's very black and easy to use like most felt liners, but half way through application I found it quite drying and I actually had to go get another liner to finish it off, which I'm so disappointed with 'cause I'm quite sure this might have taken over from my all time favourite eyeliner, Supercat by Soap & Glory.


How did you get along with any of these?

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