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How I Do: Summer Skin.

5.5.15

Latest in my series of 'How To Do Stuff (But A Bit Less Patronising Because I know Nothing, Jon Snow)' is a set of tips for protecting your skin in hotter weather. 

SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN 
SPF is insanely important, especially on your face. There's a great selection of suitable skincare at House Of Fraser. Clinique does suncare particularly well - I especially enjoy the Clinique Super City Block factor 40* is lightweight and invisible on my skin (although it has a peach tint in the tube that is v similar to my actual skintone so if you're darker maybe try it out first in case you end up with a cast). I cannot stress how important it is to protect your skin from sun damage, no matter your age. It's just a lil bonus if your sun protectant is smoothing and lightweight as well! 

 LIGHT MOISTURISER 
The trick is to find something that's soothing and nourishing to combat the blazing sun, but isn't sticky and heavy. Bioderma Hydrabio Legère you are my saviour. It works on my sensitive, dehydrated skin and also my best friend's acne prone, oily-ish skin so my money's on it working for you too, my friend. They also do a 'Riche' version, which is, you guessed it, richer, but I like that more in A/W. 

ILLUMINATING PRIMER 
You're gonna need to make that face last all day but heavy powders and mattifying primers take away that smexy summer glow. How about a glowing primer instead? How beautiful is the Dior glow Maximising primer*? (answer: extremely. over nine thousand. BEAUTY LEVELS TOO DAMN HIGH.) It ensures your makeup lasts but it also has these sheer, light reflecting particles that make you positively radiate gorgeousness. Before I was sent this I'd been saving up my boots points for months to buy it, and I was only about 50 away - that is dedication. And, it explodes my expectations by being even better than I'd assumed - you can also apply it directly as a highlighter or mix it with foundation if you just want dewiness and primer's not your thing.

SHEER BASE 
Please don't go for thick cakey foundation because a) it will melt off yo face in 3 seconds and b) just don't go for cakey foundation. The best light bases, in my humble opinion, are the Nars Pure Radiant tinted moisturiser and the Tarte BB tinted moisturiser. The first is slightly sheenier, and it comes in more shades, but the second one actually is a better match for me. If you need to, you can carefully apply concealer to v specific areas, but only if you MUST. 

BRONZE YOSELF 
You may not tan as much with spf on your visage, but you will potentially protect yourself from skin cancer and sun damage, and you can always fake the tan. I prefer using makeup to self tanners to do this, but whatever floats your boat. I'm loving Benefit Hoola bronzer at the moment - I can't wait for the release of the liquid Dew The Hoola!

Are you guys going anywhere interesting this year? I'm off to Beijing in a couple of weeks and I am so flippin excited asdfghjkl

*Thanks to House Of Fraser for gifting me the sunscreen and primer! This is not a paid advertisement, and the products without an asterisk (*) were paid for by me (except the Tarte thing which Holly sent me lol). See a full-ish disclaimer here.

The Best Ever Blush.

16.4.15

Back in february Holly and I decided (well okay I initiated it) to do a beauty swap - now, with Sephora existing on the Canada side of the pond, we all know who didn't draw the short straw... (me). Instead of surprising each other we just got straight to the point and asked for what we wanted, so I opted for a couple of beautiful pieces from Tarte. One of the things I received will be mentioned later, but here's a mini review of the other...

I could hardly be given an opportunity to essentially raid Sephora (in the heart if not in the flesh) and not almost ask for 7491762 Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. I managed to restrain myself so I agreed to Holly's rather reasonable budget of £30ish/$55+ish (well, I did increase it a little) and just chose one - the infamous Exposed. As soon as Nars discontinued the beautiful Douceur, I decided I absolutely needed a rosy nude blush in my life (typical). Therefore, Exposed was my natural first choice from Tarte's selection, and I'm so glad I didn't waver. A high percentage of the blushes I own are peachy (read: all save for a couple in a palette) so it's nice to have something I can pair with more pinky/purple-y eyes or lips. In fact, it goes with every lip colour, including red. I've been wearing this daily! The effect is similar to a bronzer - warming, and it adds a je ne sais quoi-type glow - but much fresher and without risk of 'muddiness'. It's perfect for my current pale-ish skin. And it lasts all day. And the packaging is beautiful.

I'm only left with one question - why isn't Tarte easier to get hold of/cheaper in the UK??? When you convert from Canadian dollars to GBP, the blush is about £13, half it's QVC price. Damnit Britain!

Brush-Free Makeup.

16.3.15


 I'm back on YouTube! It's been about a month since my last video, but now I'm finally getting to grips with FCPX and trying to get some content out there. This video is a kind of everyday makeup tutorial, but with fingers as my only tools - I thought it would be useful for people who don't own makeup brushes, or those who *ahem* are't so great at washing them. Don't forget to bump it up to HD! Hope you enjoyyy

Four For A Fiver.

11.3.15


In an attempt to save a bit of money, I haven't spent a single penny on beauty products this year*. This means some serious stash shopping (woah, sibilant overload)! Considering that the majority of my "collection" - hahaha no - consists of cheap crap I bought 3 years ago, I've been forced to ~rediscover~ a couple more affordable products. I can't really take the words spilling onto the keyboard seriously right now, sozzles. <- Case in point. It's 4am. I apologise.

I use the Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown practically every day. It's perfect if, like me, you have fairly strong brows that just need taming and a hint of tint. Sometimes I'll use a powder underneath, but, even alone this brow gel is a really great buy at £4.99.

I picked up this Revlon Photo Ready Blush in Pinched in TK Maxx one time (I'm a cool kid) for just £2.99. It's really sheer, but for me that's actually a good thing because I'm still slightly terrified of blush. I use my fingers or a Real Techniques duo fibre brush to blend and apply, and it gives the most pretty, soft finish. It's perfect for pairing with brighter lips in the same kind of colour family, as that looks put together but not woahverload.

I recently caved and bought the Collection Fast Stroke eyeliner after hearing and seeing countless raves by Suzie. She's the queen of liner, so it makes sense that this is a great one. It's been a while since I used a traditional liquid as opposed to a pen, but I'll get used to it - and the pure black colour is unrivalled!

Seventeen is really bringin' it at the moment, and lately I've been piling on their Mirror Shine lipstick in Beehive. The smushed appearance of the stick of sheer pinky goodness is a testament to my love for it - you haven't really used a lipstick until it looks like it's a battle survivor. This one is kind of akin to (SPOILER ALERT DO NOT PROCEED) Oberyn's face. Y'know, v.2.0.

What budget products have you been into as of late?

*That's now technically a lie, but it wasn't when I drafted this, I swear! Honestly, only one purchase has been made for myself**, and it was necessary skincare. Although, a sneaky overseas swap may be imminent...

**Okay, it's taken me longer than I thought to get this post up. I've bought A FEW things, including the Collection liner, but nothing expensive. Yet.

Blogs Worth Bookmarking.

27.2.15

I thought it was time to update my blog directory - this is just a list of pretty much all the blogs I'm following on Bloglovin' at the moment, so read on if you're looking for something new! Knowing me i rpobably missed a few out, so sorry if you're not on here... Also please leave some links to some of your favourites, or your own blog, in the comments!

A//
A Beauty Junkie In London
A Little Obsessed
A Little Opulent
A Little Treat
A Model Recommends
B//
Berrie Blogs
Bespectacled
Birds Words
Bloomin' Rouge
Blush & Brunch
Bonjour Luce
British Beauty Addict
Brodie Jay
C//
Caroline Hirons
Carrie Brighton
Cat Crawford
Chapter Friday
Citron And Guavaberry
Coco Chic
Couture Girl
D//
Dainty Little Dreams
Dizzy Brunette 3
E//
Ellalogy
Essiebutton
F//
Fashion And Beauty Tribes
Fashion Toast
Fleur De Force
Fragmented Splendour
From Roses
G//
Gems Maquillage
Gh0stparties
Girl With Makeup
H//
Hello October
I//
I Covet Thee
In The Frow
Into The Gloss
Isobel Rose
J//
Jessica Beautician
K//
Karla's Closet
L//
La Petite Primp
Laurzrah
Liana Beauty
Life Of Libby
Life, Set Sail
Like Neon Love
Lilting Grace
Lily Melrose
Lily Pebbles
Lips So Facto
Lipstick With Some Sunshine
M//
Makeup Savvy
Man Repeller
Meg's Boutique
Microscope Beauty
Milkteef
Miss Makeup Magpie
N//
Niomi Smart
Nothin' Fancy, Really
Nouveau Chique
Nouvelle Daily
O//
Overdose De Maquillage
P//
P0lar Milk
Paint Potted
Parisian To Be
Pearls And Poodles
Pink Pot
Pomegranate And Coffee
Pretty Little Us
R//
Rosy Chicc
S//
Salt And Chic
Sara Pags
Scared Toast
Sea Of Shoes
Sharleen
Sleep And Water
Sophie's Makeup Blog
Soph's Choices
Sparkly Vodka
Srsly Lou
Subgenre Of A Dream
T//
Tanya Burr
Temporary Secretary
That Grace Girl
The Beauty Department
The Celution
The Little Magpie
The Londoner
The Lovecats Inc.
The Misty Mom
The Nailasaurus
The Private Life Of A Girl
The Sunday Girl
Thunderl0ve
Tiny Paint Pot
Today I Adore
U//
Unstitchedd
V//
Victoria Beauty
Vivianna Does Makeup
W//
What Olivia Did
Z//
Zoe Newlove
Zoella
Zubie's Musings

Blogging Etiquette.

22.2.15

Reply To Comments/Tweets You're not Beyoncé. You have the time to acknowledge people's support and respond to comments and tweets with a thoughtful message - even just a thank you and an emoji works! 

Get Disqus Seriously. It is the only comment system worth having. It makes logging in, leaving links and replying so much easier! You can even upvote comments and turn it into a discussion (hence the name, which is not pronounced like 'discus' as I though for months...)

Comment On Posts If you've enjoyed reading something someone's written, tell them! A comment takes two seconds and you can even add your blog link at the end. But please don't comment just for the sake of a little publicity! We can all see through ANYONE WANT TO BE YOUTUBE FRIENDS and it looks very tacky and desperate so just don't do that. 

Like Posts On Bloglovin' Another way of showing appreciation - not only does this let the blogger know which of their posts is more popular, if there's enough likes then this can also get something to Bloglovin's popular page, possibly gaining the blog a little extra traffic.

Be Polite I could rant for hours on this subject, but I'll keep it short and sweet. Don't be rude to people. It's mean and it will tarnish your reputation. Simples? Simples. 

 Have you got any more tips on how to adhere to the unwritten rules of blogging?

How I Do: Red Lips.

4.2.15

I'm no red lipstick expert. Actually, no - that's a lie. I wore a full-on pigmented matte red ALL DAY on the Friday before last, so yes. I am a professional expert on red lipstick, as of two Fridays ago.

Now that you know I'm an expert, you've probably got a shit ton of questions for me, right? Well, not to worry - here's a run down of all the dos and don'ts that come with sporting a snow-white-style lip...

DO:
Prep
Scrub + balm = done. If you're going for a matte finish, choose a less glossy lip balm like Nuxe Rêve De Miel and give it plenty of time to sink in. You want to avoid chapped bits!
Pick The Right Shade
I like this guide by Lily - it's useful for beginners as it's very simplistic in helping you determine what tones might suit you. You don't have to completely adhere to the rules, though! I like Nars Cruella for a slightly darker, blue toned red; Topshop Rio Rio for an orange toned one and Rimmel Kiss Of Life as my neutral. In the end, you'll only know whether you suit a colour once it's on your face.
Pick The Right Finish
Once you've worked out what tones suit you, it's time to think formula. Do you want something sheer and balmy? Or a more matte look? Perhaps a full on glossy stain? I prefer long lasting mattes in bold colours, but really whatever floats your boat works. You don't have to spend much! If you've found the perfect colour with the wrong finish, you can sheer out lip colours with this trick, mattify them following this tutorial or even do a gorgeous ombre thang like so.
DON'T:
Overline Your Lips
This looks good on Kylie Jenner. And possibly some other people. But rarely with reds - it's best to stick with nudes. At least this is true in my case!
Get It On Your Teeth
This may seem hard to avoid, but after you've applied your lipstick, stick your finger between your lips and then pull it out (à la Anna) to up your chances of clean teeth all day.
Feel Self Conscious
This is the number one thing you must remember - literally no one cares. No one cares what lipstick you're wearing. If it looks great (it does) then you may even receive a compliment or two - but no one (no one worth knowing) is going to actually judge you for wearing bright lipstick. You're wearing red lipstick, therefore you look like a badass, therefore you should act like one. It's your face. Do what you want. Life's too short.

Phew, so that turned into a bit of an inspirational essay there! Are you a regular bright lip wearer or a scaredy cat like me?