I am loving a little bit of autumn make-up at the moment. As much as I do not like any weather that doesn't include either a lot of sun or a lot of snow, I am quite enjoying big jumpers, and autumn make-up. I have added one new blush to my rotation specifically for autumn: Sleek's Antique.
This is a lovely just-into-the-berry-family shade, slightly sepia, with a shimmer and a lightness about it. That's a lot of properties for one blush, but let me tell you, it is absolutely perfect for winter: adds colour to a pallid complexion whilst brightening the face. It has a little shimmer which actually helps the blush to highlight at the same time as "blushing" whilst also almost bronzing the complexion! I really think that this is a beautiful blush for all skin tones, and recommend you go and buy it now!
I am a lover of make up brushes - I have far too many and it takes me such a long time to clean them, but I am always looking out for more! Whilst my core brush collection is a Bobbi Brown one, I am always looking for amazing quality brushes that are affordable. Nanshy brushes fit right into that category, and have fast become my go-to brushes lately.
These are highly reminiscent of the Sigma brushes, and are just as fabulous, with a lower price point! The set of four that I received (and divided up between myself and my sister) are absolutely beautiful, baby soft, and perform perfectly - all for just £34.95! The two above are my favourite - they fill voids in my collection: the flat buffing brush is beautiful for buffing lighter foundations into the skin, really perfecting the look, and also can be used to stipple on any areas that need higher coverage. The Pointed Foundation Brush is very reminiscent of the Louise Young brush that I have coveted for years, and is very good for blending out foundation and getting into the crevices of the face. These brushes are incredible quality, feel sturdy and substantial in the hand, and general defy their price point by being amazing! You can find these at Nanshy Brushes and I would wholeheartedly recommend these to you whether you're a beginner or a pro!
Let me know if you try these and love them as much as I do!
I have recently gotten into fragrance again - I have real phases with scents, and sometimes I forget to use a perfume at all. This is definitely season of the perfume, and more specifically, season of the heavier perfume. The two perfumes I am currently reaching for are my very oldest and very newest.
As a seven or eight-year old I asked for Karl Lagerfield's Sun, Moon and Stars - very grown up for a little girl, and after the initial obsession I am now reaching for it regularly. It is floral, but in a grown-up and sexy way - I suppose some may call it oriental, and I feel it is the jasmine and sandalwood that tickle my olfactory senses! The newest of my fragrances is the Oriflame My Red by Demi Moore. I thought, on first glance, that this would be very similar to another of my faves - the Hugo Boss Deep Red, crossed with Sun, Moon and Stars, and it does have hints of both, but is something else entirely. The main note here is said to be Red Jasmine, and it is that which reminds me of a lot of fragrances that I like, but My Red has a whole other fruity note to it that I wouldn't normally go for, but actually works as a lighter fragrance. I envisage many using this as a day fragrance, which is what I have been doing, often mixing it with Sun, Moon and Stars because my nose loves a heavy, heady scent!
It's that time of year again - the one where the weather doesn't know what its doing, so my face can't decide what its doing - currently oily but very dehydrated, evidenced by the fact that when I put my foundation on the other morning, it clung to patches and wouldn't blend: unheard of on my oily skin. So, I did what any skincare-loving gal does, and packed a whole heap of moisture on it to plump it up whilst I was sleeping.
I recently remembered that I have the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (Mark 1!) - as a beauty blogger, I can be fickle, and I cannot for the life of me remember when I last used this, so I slathered this rediscovered beauty all over my face. It is magic in a bottle. Love. Then the Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil, which is a new love, but a love all the same: it has the texture of a dry oil, but has slip enough to massage in a beautiful way all over the face, and nourishes the complexion beautifully. On top of this I slathered on a real miracle - the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream from Elemis. I use this whenever I need to really perk up my face - it is a true multi-tasker, fixes a whole myriad of problems and just leaves your face with the feeling that you get snuggling up with a cup of tea after a long, long day. Perfection. Lastly, lips, and my new Kiko SPF 50 balm - thick and white, perfect for night!
Today I have a beautiful little palette to share with you, and it is quite literally the whole cheekbones-in-a-palette multi-tasking affair. I have the palette in medium, and it contains a contour colour, a highlighter and a blush/bronze colour - everything you need for a golden goddess-esque look.
The palette is small and sturdy, perfect for travelling or even for just throwing into a handbag or hand luggage. The colours are beautifully buttery and pigmented, and can be used delicately for a softly-sculpted look, or heavily for a full-on Kimmy K effect. The contour colour is warmer than I'm used to from my Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, but is actually a lovely change that adds a warmth to my currently autumn-induced grey pallor! The highlight is my preferred colour - a warm champagne with a little ice to it, and the blush is a lovely golden-flecked shade that makes for a perfect healthy glow. I love this palette - I know it will be accompanying me when I holiday in December, and I'm actually pretty tempted to buy some of the other shades!
I am a Disney girl. No two ways
about it - I love Disney, through and through, so when I saw Christie’s
catalogue of ten
designer Disney Princess-inspired dresses, I
just had to write a little something on it. All these beautiful retellings of Disney
dresses are available to view before they go under the hammer for the very
worthy cause of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, which the
auction being on November 13th.
Oscar De La Renta's Snow White
The unique dresses were produced as part of a wonderful, one-off
partnership between Disney and Harrods: each is a magnificent version of a
Disney Princess, paying tribute to the tales of Ariel, Aurora, Belle,
Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tiana.
Jenny Packham's Rapunzel
Christie’s have anticipated the Cinderella dress of gold silk by
Versace, the Belle dress - buttercup yellow silk evening gown and cape by
Valentino and Snow White’s corseted yellow silk gown and scarlet silk cape by
Oscar de la Renta will be the favourite.
I myself adore the Aurora dress, by one of my most-coveted designers,
Elie Saab's Aurora
exclusive dresses will go on public display as part of Christie’s Vintage
Couture and Luxury Handbags auction from November 9th at Christie’s South Kensington,
appearing in a winter wonderland setting specially created by the world-famous
luxury retailer, Harrods. For now every princess will get to go to the ball!
As you may know, skincare is my drug - and as such, my skin tends to be in pretty good condition day in and day out. Of course, this doesn't mean I don't have skin issues - Asian skin like mine tends towards scarring and hyperpigmentation, and when I do have a few spots, they really make themselves known! One thing that really affects my skin though is the changing of the seasons, or more specifically, unsettled weather. You know, the type that we are having at the moment - rain, followed by sun, followed by icy winds. My skin just hates it, and despite its oily nature, leaves me with eczema, especially around my eyes and lips. Just as the weather turned, I was sent what I can only describe as three items that have become my saviours: I quite literally have used these three things only this week, and felt the improvement in my skin almost immediately.
So, from left to right we have the Defensil Rescue Serum, the Dry Eye Gel, and the Liquorice Balm for lips, all from Skin Shop. If I'm truthful, I didn't expect much from these - especially the eye gel and lip balm. The eczema on my eyes gets irritated to the point of having to slap a load of steroid cream on them in order to soothe my eyes: surprise of all surprises, this soothed my eyes in about half an hour. The Lip balm has actually managed to add moisture back into my perpetually-dry lips, and smells of Sambuca! The Rescue Serum is something that I see being a real staple in life - soothing and moisturising, it really helps with skin that is stressed and a bit all over the place! All in all, these are wonderful products that I really and truly think I will always use!
One of my "afflictions" if you will is a chronic deficiency of Vitamin D. Now, this year we had quite the gloriously sunny, hot summer, which left me feeling more energised than I have for a few years! As soon as the sun gave way to autumn, I felt my energy levels plummet, quite drastically, and quite definitely! I tend to be quite forgetful when it comes to taking tablets - I've an awful memory, so when I came across the D Lux Vitamin D Spray and it was on offer, I felt like a ray of light was shining on me!
Being a spray, for some reason I seem to be actually taking it daily. I can also just pop it in my bag if needs be! It tastes yummy, just like peppermint, and you literally spray it onto your tongue for your full dose of Vitamin D. It's been less than a week, so I can't tell you how I'm getting on with it yet, but I'm certain its got to help in some way!
A few weeks ago I saw something that looked quite fun, and decided to apply for a sample of it - Eau De Toast! I didn't really know what to think about it - in fact, I wasn't even sure that it would arrive, and by the time it did I had almost forgotten about it: it had slipped my mind completely!
On first sniff, without spraying this is quite lovely - sweet and caramelly, but slightly burnt! Once actually sprayed the burnt nuances come straight to the top, with a sweeter dry down. Not wearable, but definitely fun and a brilliant idea to highlight A Slice of Life!
I have decided to add this on a weekly basis - I take a lot of random pics of things I like throughout the week, and sometimes it's nice just to look at a load of pics, so today I bring you the first of my Sunday's Snaps!
Cheeky Nail Polishes to be be tested next week | Boots Xmas Guide! | My make up bag | Toast perfume?
Skin Shop Dry Eye Gel - Saviour | Antipodes Juliet Cleanser, currently testing | Two rediscoveries in my real jewels collection | Skin Shop Liquorice Lip Balm - brill!
Harry Potter Studios Tickets! | Wonka chocolate bar | FOM Serum - wonderful | Nanshy brushes - beautiful
M&S Milk bottles nom nom nom | Oldest perfum in my collection Karl Lagerfield ( over 10 years old!) | Sorting my Vit D Fix | Skin shop skin rescuer!
I have been super lucky to get to try out a fair few skincare products lately, but have managed to FINALLY settle myself into a routine that I seem to like. My night routine (on non-Liquid Gold nights) combines chemical exfoliants with deep hydration but also mattification!
After cleansing, I sweep the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Cleanser over my face and neck. I just adore a good old chemical exfoliant, and having it in the form of a toner makes it super duper convenient to work it into my routine even on days where Alpha H's Liquid Gold does not find it's way onto my skin.
Next up is Indie Lee Co Q-10 Toner, which uses hyaluronic acids to push and hold onto moisture in the skin. Using this helps to compensate the skin for any moisture lost during the first toning stage.
My serum of choice is the FoM (Freshness of the Morning) Remodelling Beauty Serum, which smells of delicious roses! This is not a gel-type serum, but more like a very light lotion which instantly hydrates and seems to plump the skin.
Lastly, the Indie Lee Squalene Facial Oil which is suitable for all skin types. This is wonderful - I actually have quite the varied collection of facial oils, but this manages to have its own niche in my collection: it is more like a dry oil. Very nourishing, but completely non-greasy, this is just beautiful.
As I use all of these more and more I will definitely get reviews up!
As autumn comes, and winter follows, the need for a subtly smoky, or an autumnal eye tends to follow suit. The Make Up Store has managed to come up trumps this year with exactly that: eyes that are suitably smoky and autumnal.
Truth be told, I haven't had the pleasure of Make Up Store make up before this, but it was an actual pleasure using them for the first time. The colours I have are Terracotta - a beautiful rust with shimmer shot through; Mountain - a matte, soft grey that lends to a smoky eye brilliantly; and Scale, the most beautiful purple that leans more grey than the picture shows it to be. The formula is impressive, soft, pigmented, and the colours are true-to-pan.
Lovely, beautiful shadows that I would buy more of in the future.
Today I bring to you a little bit of the MUA One direction collection. Now, these are actually bought for my little cousin, so I won't give you any swatches, but I thought you might just like to see them anyways:
They do look pretty darn cute, and the range is a lovely small one, which I feel is perfect for a girl's first lot of make up! Very age-appropriate.
Today, as I type this, it is the 29th September, it is a sunny, but chilly day, and I am hugely confused. Confused as to what the world quite thinks it is doing?! Time is going super fast, but the weather cannot make up its mind and I am just confused! However, this month's faves were super-duper easy for me to pick out, so as Mario and Luigi say in the Super Mario Bros Wii game "Here we go againnnnnnn!"
First up, something new - the Rimmel Salon Pro Kate Moss Nail Polish in 393 Desire. I love a good maroon or burgundy nail - always have, always will. For around 8 years my colour of choice has been No7 Temptress, but it is just not sitting well on my nails anymore, so when I popped into Boots the other day I picked up this little beauty. Huge brush, smooth polish, high-shine, intense colour - perfect.
Now, a repurchase - the Ben Nye Banana Powder, which I am housing in an old powder box! Lovely yellow-toned powder that helps to control oil, brighten my face, and leaves me with the yellow-tone nature intended for me!
La Senteurs Gourmandes Vanilla Noire (review here) - basically one of the best scents I've ever smelt. I love it, cannot be without it. Sweet and sexy simultaneously.
Vichy Dermablend Foundation Stick - love it so much that there is literally nothing left of it - perfect as a concealer, or as a foundation, and wonderful for carrying around with me.
Givenchy Noir Couture mascara, the best mascara I have ever tried - so much so that I haven't strayed from it for around 10 months, which is unheard of for me! Thick, voluminous, black lashes in two coats. Perfect.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Khol in Black: I have rediscovered the beauty of lining my waterline - intense, smouldering, defined eyes in a flash!
And, for once, I actually have some jewellery faves!
Since landing a job, I have been upping the stakes on my jewellery bits. My constant is my purple evil eye, then we have a pink pearl bracelet (meant to attract love into your life), the gold bracelet is my graduation present, and my newest faves, the two gold midi rings!
Hope you liked my September faves - a little different from usual!