Five Favourites: TV Shows.


I get REALLY into TV shows. I mean, you should see my twitter. Whatever I'm watching, it's obvious to literally everyone who follows me (#supersubtleselfpromo) because I pretty much annoy the f out of everyone with constant tweets! So I thought I'd compile a little list of some of the series(es?) that I've been loving lately.

GAME OF THRONES du du dun dun du du dun dun dun dun du du du du dun du duuuuuuuuuuuuu... IT'S SO GOOD IF YOU'RE NOT WATCHING IT JUST START ALREADY. I have a soft spot for Sansa (SPOILER Stark/Lannister/Bolton) bc she is actually pretty realistic, for a show with SPOILER dragons and ice zombies. Still not convinced? I got bored after five minutes the first time I tried, but a few months later I started again and now I practically have a shrine to the books/show. If you've seen it already you may want to read this article bc fave (but it has MAJOR spoilers in). It's on Now TV, but not Netflix. ALL TIME NO1. First show I ever binge watched.

PARKS + REC... Is wonderful. Sometimes I forget to watch it for a few weeks and then I go back and cry with laughter. It's brilliant. The game of thrones references are my life. I am the fifteen year old female version of Ben Wyatt. Just go watch it - treat yo self (RETTA BE MY COOL AUNT PLZ). The last episode was all the feels. Not on UK netflix anymore, unfortunately.

COMMUNITY Community is comedy perfection! IThe entire thing is awesome af. They even throw in the odd GoT reference. I'm sensing a theme. If you're into a Childish Gambino, he actually acts in this and is so adorable, and you liked Mad Men, Trudy from that plays Annie in this. #sixseasonsandamovie ftw! The bloopers are *emoji with the fingers doing the perf thingy*. Currently watching season six and begging for it not to end! Netflix has you covered for seasons 1-5.

SUITS A new one for me but it's brilliant. The phrase 'legal drama' isn't particularly enticing but the characters are developed so thoroughly that you end up watching it for the relationships between them. I'm on season 3 after watching it for just a couple of days or so and usually I'm much slower than that! As a bonus, even though the two lead characters are white dudes, there are a bunch of incredible women and women of colour (and men of colour too) in this, playing the most powerful roles - Gina Torres, lookin atcha. Look to netflix for seasons 1-3.

ORPHAN BLACK I haven't watched much of it but it's such a thriller. I tend to hate scifi but this is more drama, and Tatiana Maslany is incredible in all her roles! Her accent isn't perfect as Sarah but tbh who can pull off Russian and Canadian and London and German. Yeah, nobody. It's fantastic show and being on netflix is just a bonus!

What are your favourite shows? I know Emma mostly agrees with me ;)

Skin, Reincarnated.


 I have peonies to go with my header!!!1!!!!1! Anyway, so, I was in Urban Outfitters the other day (as you do, when you're fifteen and WAY too cool for Topshop) and I spotted a bunch of beauty brands I'd never seen there before. One was Antipodes - and I sort of did a lil inward sigh as I simultaneously saw the packaging and remembered the price tags. Luckily, I managed to convince myself £20 was reasonable for a face scrub. Um.

At least I love it! Damn, this stuff smells amazing. None of that herbal natural crap that I half expected - it's heavenly. Obviously the tube is gorgeous; it's not the most practical, however, as it's very easy to squeeze out a bit lot too much in one go! Aside from all that, the most important thing is obviously the stuff inside... Spoiler: it's perfect. I have extremely sensitive skin, so it's so important to me that facial exfoliators don't irritate it. This means I tend to refrain from acids, but scrubs can be harsh too. Luckily this one has beautifully fine exfoliating particles that buff away dead cells and actually leave yo face feeling super fresh and revived - no soreness or rawness in sight. It's very very gentle, and the fragrance doesn't break me out either. For my skin, it's the perfect weekly exfoliator!

Have you guys tried anything from Antipodes? Please leave me Q+A questions (for a YouTube video) in the comments!

Feline Flicks.


Although I don't wear it everyday (it's time consuming, aight?), if I could only wear one makeup product ever again ever it would almost definitely be eyeliner. I feel like it does the most for my face, and I've  been wearing it almost daily for the last few years so I've got my personal technique sussed. However, there are so many kinds that it can be pretty tricky to pick one! Fortunately for you lot, I've tried plenty and have now found my actual favourites. Now imma weigh up the pros and cons of a whole bunch.

These aren't really for classic cat eyes, but kohl liners can be great for emphasising your eyes or adding depth to a smoky look. The Topshop Kohl liners are £4 and brilliant - if I'm not enough to convince you, Sali Hughes loves em. They're a little firm at first but the colour selection, availability and price make up for that. I also have a slightly different option - the Surratt Smokey Eye Baton* (mine's in Nuit D'Orage, a beautiful deep blue). Thesee come with a skinny twist up crayon on one end and shimmering eyeshadow with a dip applicator on the other. Both sides are beautifully pigmented and bendable, I just wish navy suited me a bit better! They're unfortunatly expensive at £26 and in the UK they can only be bought at Liberty's... but, if you can, they're worth a swatch.

Gel eyeliner divides people. Some people say it's the easiest thing in the world, whilst others struggle for hours to get even vaguely symmetrical smudges on their lids. Personally, I find the hassle of removing it not quite worth it, but these two gels are easy to apply and they last all day (and night) if you are looking for one. The first is Maybelline's Gel Eyeliner. The packaging looks high end, the product feels high end, and it even comes with a passable brush - not bad for £8. Not only does this stuff last all day, but the actual pot of liner lasts a good few months too. It's not my personal fave but I see why it's so popular! Aside from this, I went through a phase of a few months where I used the Benefit They're Real Push Up liner all the bloody time. People either love it or hate it: personally, I'm not entirely sure why I stuck with it for so long - the product crumbles off your eyes pretty easily, it's expensive, and the nib makes it hard to be perfectly precise. They've released new colours now, but even still I'd pass if I were you.

Finally, my favourites. The first is a pen liner from Topshop - their Magic Liner in Engraved. This one is wonderful; the tip is flexible and precise, the formula is black and long lasting, it costs well under a tenner, etc. I do have one issue with it - the end of the nib tends to completely dry up after 6 weeks or so, which is annoying because it basically cancels out how afforable it is if I have to repurchase it 4 times as often as others! However, there's cuurently a rose gold-packaged version out... Moving on, my absolute No.1 is actually the cheapest and most basic here. Thanks to Suzie, I discovered the Collection Fast Stroke liquid eyeliner a few months ago - I haven't looked back. It's a simple dippy one, with a brush nib thing that goes in and out of a pot of liquid liner and it's so perfect. I don't exactly understand why, but it just works! Anyone who watches my YouTube channel (SELF PLUG BUT JUST HIT 1K OMFG) might slightly have noticed that I've used it in every video since March - in fact, that's the perfect place to see it in action if you are video inclined. It's good, ok?

Looking back that's a pretty damn long post... Oh well, I have strong feelings on cat flicks! Are you an eyeliner addict like yours truly?

Sorbet Nails.


(ignore the cuticles) So basically, as my sister was lactose intolerant, my family tended to avoid dairy when I was growing up. This led to me developing preferences - almond milk will always be superlative, and, well, I think I like sorbet better than ice cream (got to the point eventually). It's probably because it's usually pink, and pink foods rock. So, I picked up a bunch of my favourite pinky-purpley nail polishes and lined them up to show y'all - surprise, they're all essie! I promise there was an existing train of thought when I drafted this in my head.

The first is Exotic Liras. This is a reddish raspberry that I can honestly swear suits everybody. At a push I'd say it's slightly prettier on brunettes - but, then again, I am biased. The formula is a perfect 10, as one coat is fine and two is perfection. The second shade, and the one I'm pictured wearing, is Lilacism, a popular one. If I'm entirely honest, I would prefer it a bit paler (it's quite purple), but for a pastel the opacity is insanely good! It's pretty glossy sans top coat too. The third one along is called Bermuda Shorts, and I have literally owned it for years! It's from back when the brush was shit and there was 15ml (instead of 13.5ml) in the bottles. The colour is a gorgeous blend of the pink bit of a fuchsia flower and the purple bit. Make sense? Finally, we have Fiji - this is my third bottle. I completely used up every drop of the other two. It's an insanely flattering slightly pink white that complements pale English rose tones, pops against darker skins, and deepens the appearance of a tan on the rest of us. I've only ever repurchased two nail colours ever, fyi.

Please do let me know if you've tried any of these or are planning to! What are your favourite shades for summer nails?

Audrey: Beauty Icon Tutorial


Long time no see sorrysorrysorry that was awkward now it's done bye. OK so this post (+ video) is an entry to the House Of Fraser Beauty Ambassador thing - deets here - it's a little late as the thing closes on like the 26th or something but ah well.

The task was to make a blog post based around a beauty icon, and I chose the classic Hepburn (in Breakfast At Tiffany's, no less) because her eyebrows are the shizz and eyebrows are kinda a thing at the moment. Because the video is sans-voiceover, I've gone through the steps that I did right here (but plz watch the video too):

SKIN: Audrey pretty much has A* perfect skin in the film, but I didn't want mine to look overly heavy so I went for the usual light base + concealer duo - no, it doesn't hide my freckles, but it would take some pretty heavy duty stuff to do so (also I like them). I started with the beautiful Tarte BB Tinted Moisturiser in Light, c/o the amazingly wonderfully lovely Holly, slapped all over. It evens things out a bit and is nice and dewy, but there aren't millions of coverages (#grammer). For that reason, I patted in a splodge of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard under my eyes to brighten errythang up. I also set everything down with some Mac MSF Natural in Light Plus.

BROWS: The brows started pretty simple - I drew lines of the usual brow-filler-inner eyeshadow slightly higher than normal, and mapped out a generally wider and more arched/raised shape. Once I had eventually filled that in to my liking, I gone did all cray cray and went in with a bit of black eyeliner. Wtf, I know. But, the Topshop Kohl in Coal filled in all the sparser patches and darkened my brows overall without actually looking too drawn on. The trick is most definitely in using the lightest of hands. Also probably avod this if your brows are naturally blonde. But still, not too shabby.

EYES: The eyes are pretty much as 'Classic 60s' as you can go without breaking me too far out of my shell. I shmushed a bit of face powder all over my lids to even things out, before doing an eyeliner thing that I will detail out in my next video which should hopefully air next week. I took a bit of grey-ish brown eyeshadow - Nars Belissima - and did a lil spot of vague 'eye contouring' to make them look ever so slightly bigger, theoretically. I applied a dusting to the crease of my lid, in that windcreen-wiper motion, as well as some underneath my lower lashline, dropped by a millimeter or so so it technically should make my eyes look bigger. Technically. Then, mascara, of course. This time I used Benefit Roller Lash.

LIPS + CHEEKS: Just the ~one~ product here, laydeez + gents. I used the Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin' Watermelon on both my cheeks for a youthful (yeah I'm so old guys) baby pink flush. It's very brightening and fresh looking. Plus, the formula is just the right balance of sheer and pigmented, and its balmy as opposed to sticky. Perf.

How I Do: Summer Skin.


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. 

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! 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.


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!