Autumnal Nails

16.10.14

When I think A/W nails (aside from your classic Christmas glitters), I think of a subdued, muted colour palette. It can vary from pastels to nudes to darks, but I avoid brights and neons! I don't want to make this most three miles long so I won't go through all eight of my seasonal polish picks in detail, but I've listed them all below along with a quick shade/formula summary.

Essie Wicked // An opaque, glossy, almost black reddish berry.
Essie Maximillian Strasse-Her // An opaque, kind of shiny, subdued grey-mint.
Essie Midnight Cami // An opaque deep navy blue with royal blue pearlescence (it actually works, surprisingly)
Nails Inc. The Thames // An opaque, semi-matte dark grey.
Nails Inc. Porchester Square // An opaque, kind of shiny taupe/mushroom nude. Honestly it looks a bit meh with my skin tone, but others love it!
Topshop Crystal Clouds // A metallic champagney gold/silver (the perfect accent nail!)
Topshop Arabesque // A sheer, shiny, pale milky-coffee nude.

Some serious self-restraint went into cutting down the number of Essies to just three! *pats self on back*

What are your favourite nail colours for Autumn/Fall? Or Spring in the Southern hemisphere? (not jealous of your weather down under, definitely not jealous at all)

Ella xo

A Trio Of Treats

12.10.14


An eight step pamper routine plus five hour bath and night-before prep? No thanks, ain't nobody got time fo that... I prefer a simple 3-step job that can be finished within one episode of Pretty Little Liars or AHS. I start with the Una Brennan Tea Flower mask, a greyish clay one that is deep cleansing but not stripping. I love the stuff - I would definitely fit in on Halloween if I just left the house with it smeared all over my face. Seriously, clay masks make everyone look terrifying!

I've mentioned the Emma Hardie cleansing balm in a few pamper posts before, but it really is the shizz. You can use it like a normal hot cloth cleanser or you can leave it on for 10-ish minutes for a super sumptuous hydrating mask. It also lasts ages - I use it almost every day and I've had this one tub since Christmas! It's perfection for combination, normal, sensitive or dry skins, but if you're oiler aid grab a sample first. It's heavenly!

Finally, another repeat mention is the Nuxe Rêve De Miel lip balm. It really is simply the best! I've even been carting around the fragile glass jar (yes, it's fragile, I've smashed one before) because no other lip balm does it justice. The weather in London is terrible; it's freeeezing, but last week-ish it was bare legs weather, so my lips have gone crazy dry! Oh, confusing England. Evvveryone needs this, the faultless matte luxury is divine in the cold.

What do you use on pamper nights? It's always great to take a little time out with a gigantic bag of maltesers and a box set.

Ella xo

Face Of The Day #3

7.10.14

This makeup look is basically the thing I do most days + a fancy bold lip. Truth be told I had Mac Patisserie on before taking these photos but I thought it would probably be a bit boring and same-y!

I started off my base with The Porefessional from Benefit, it's a really lovely blurry primer that almost completely smooths out my pores. I'm running seriously low and need to purchase a backup! It was a decent-skin day so I just smidged on a bit of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer haphazardly. No change then! I also used the Real Techniques Duo Fibre Face brush to apply a wash of Benefit Majorette to them apples.

For my eyes I used Alhambra and Kalahari from the Nars And God Created Woman palette. I love this palette - and you guys seem to as well, because my review was one of my most popular posts of all time! I put Alhambra on the inner third of my lid and my inner corners, and Kalahari all over the rest of my eyelid. I then blended it into the crease with a bit of Belissima. 

For the usual flicks I switched it up and used a luxe liner for once; Benefit's They're Real Push Up liner. I'm still getting to grips with it, if I'm honest, and it takes me ages to use, but I love the finished result! I topped off the eyes with a coat of Benefit They're Real mascara like normal. I couldn't be bothered to fill in my brows so I just chucked on a bit of Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown.

Finally - the lips! The bright, bright, bright orange red is Topshop Rio Rio, the most gorgeous pigmented matte. It's one of my favourites and I think it suits everyone!

I hope you guys don't mind the lack of video today, I have 16 minutes of footage and really did not feel like editing it down to four. Hopefully it'll be up soon!

Ella xo

And God Created Woman

5.10.14


Six shades of buttery soft Nars eyeshadow, all packaged up with a mini primer and brush, for £5 less than the last time it was released - a brainer for sure. I needed it.

The Nars And God Created The Woman palette may be small, but it is most definitely perfectly formed. There's not one shade that I don't think I'll ever use! My favourites are Belissima, a cool toned matte beige perfect for the crease or brows, Kalahari, a champagne beige that is the most gorgeous everyday shade, and Alhambra, a brightening rose gold. I'm enjoying using the eye primer, although honestly it's nothing special! The #43 brush, annoyingly, is an awkward shape and not as soft as I would have liked. I'm trying to get used to using it but honestly I prefer my Zoeva and Real Techniques brushes!

Nars' formula, however, is probably the most pigmented I've ever used, and that's saying something! This palette would make an excellent gift or, you know, self-gift, so if you can find it anywhere then get your hands on it ASAP before it goes out of stock - you've been warned... 

Ella xo

Five From Bourjois

1.10.14

 I thought I'd start a sort of 'Top Five' series, where I focus on one particular brand and talk about a few of my favourite things from them, for example Five From Nars, Five From Mac, etc. You know me and series though, it probably won't r4each round three! Regardless, I'm starting with one of my favourite drugstore brands; Bourjois.

Bourjois do incredible nail products, and whilst I didn't have space for their 1 Seconde Nail Lacquers in this lineup, I couldn't leave out the 1 Seconde Instant Dry Nail Drops. I have a full review here, but essentially these little drops cut down the drying time of your nail polish by at least 80%! Another nail favourite is their cult classic 1 Seconde Remover, it may not take just one second but it sure doesn't take more than ten to remove the remains of your manicure. I haven't tried the foot version but this is good enough for me.

Another thing Bourjois do extremely well is skin. Their 123 Perfect CC Creme is probably the lightest coverage base they do, so naturally it's my favourite! The shade 52 is far too pale on me currently, but in winter it's a perfect match and it evens out my skin tone without a hint of cakiness in sight. Aside from Rimmel Stay Matte, which I only use in the hottest weather, the only setting powder I currently have and like is Bourjois' Java Rice Powder. It adds the most beautiful glowy finish and extra lasting power when used with a duo fibre brush, but if you use a dense brush it can look glittery. I personally really like it, although I do wish it was pressed rather than loose!

The Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons are some of my absolute favourite lip products. I was totally obsessed with them last year, and I now have five out of the six shades (the one I'm missing is the true red). My favourites are Red Sunrise and Peach On The Beach - Emma has some gorgeous swatches if you'd like to see them on. The formula is just so creamy, soft and pigmented!

Have you tried much from Bourjois? Next on my list is the illuminating Happy Light primer!

Ella xo




Peach & Coral

27.9.14




Peach blush. A pair of words that certainly get my heart a-flutter. When I saw Benefit's latest creamy coral blush release I simply knew it had to be mine! Off I popped to my local Benefit counter and I had my purse out before you could say 'you're kinda broke right now'. Whoops. 


Luckily Benefit Majorette is everything I wanted it to be - fresh and glowy but not sticky, with the perfect balance of pigmentation and blendability and in a shade that works equally as beautifully alone as layered up under other powders, blah blah blah it's perfect I know. It even smells lovely, like passion fruit and raspberries! I also adore the combination of Majorette with Surratt Artistique Blush in Cantaloupe*, a soft apricot shade (a little like Nars Gina) - the two  intensify each other but still look gentle and pretty. 


Are you a blusher kinda girl?

Ella xo


*PR sample

We Don't Get On

25.9.14



Sometimes you come across products that aren't so great, and that's okay. When they're expensive it's even more annoying - take the Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara. Despite the luxe gold tube (mine was a Christmas edition) and glowing reviews on Makeup Alley, it just didn't work for me - there was almost nothing in the length department and the thick formula resulted in far too many clumps!


I actually included the wrong Revlon Color Burst Crayon in the photo! Here I've shown Honey, which I actually quite like, but Demure is the one I was meaning to photograph - oops! From the name 'lacquer balm' I expected a glossy, gorgeous lip crayon, but what I found was that te baby pink shade is extremely sheer - to the point of literally no colour payoff - and super glittery. Boo.

Finally I have the Seventeen Stay Time concealer in Medium - specifically Medium, because my gripe is about the shade. It's just far too pink on me! Like, to the point that it's almost grey. It's a shame, because I think I would really like the actual product if the shade range was more skin-colour-esque. However, if you can find a match, it's got a fantastic formula for under a fiver.

I do love the Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh perfume though - that's just a prop!

Ella xo



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