I was discussing with my friend the other day about outfit and makeup planning… Something I like to do before I drift off into a deep beauty sleep – why is it called that? I usually wake up with a new spot right in the centre of my forehead and an unsightly kink in my hair…
When an occasion pops up, be it a London trip, a family dinner or a summer getaway, my makeup look must be premeditated. Since my collection is forever growing, I like to shop my stash and make use of products or add new ones, when I can and so… I have my Santorini makeup look with hues of turquoise and coral!
First up, we have my Chanel Les Beige Tinted Moisturiser. I use the shade 010 however I think I will be picking up 020 when I am tanned. I bought this a few months ago and I have used it everyday since – My ten foundations are feeling neglected, I’m sure! – I adore this product, it has an SPF 15 and adds a sheer layer of coverage with plenty of glow – perfect for my dehydrated complexion. I don’t often have bad skin, just the odd blemish and so a sheer and light coverage is all I need… I go in with a high coverage concealer and pinpoint the blemishes.
When I holiday somewhere hot, I never wear makeup in the day, only in the evening and so I shall take this – just in case – the chances are, I will just use bronzer and lip balm however I like to be prepared, especially since this is so dewy and hydrating.
When I am not very well, I tend to spend far too much time gazing at makeup on Space NK or Selfridges and on say, day six of poorly Em and when I am feeling far too sorry for myself, I order as much makeup as my conscious will allow. This happened last month… A Charlotte Tilbury order was made. I went for the Sexy Sienna Matte Revolution Lipstick. Since I had been ill, my lips were super dry and chapped however when I tried this lipstick on, it looked amazing and even though it is matte, it doesn’t dry out your lips or enhance any dry patches. The formula is also really long-lasting and creamy – definitely the best matte formula I have ever tried.
In matching the lipstick to a blush – this seemed like an essential when I had a temperature and hadn’t left the house in nine days – I then made an order from Mac… Melba is a shade I would never usually pick up however I think it contrasts amazingly with turquoise – more on that later – and it does complement the lipstick. I have had many Mac blushes in the past and the formula is wonderful plus, they are finely milled and pretty inexpensive. This shade lasts well on my skin and I feel like that coral/peach hue is gorgeous for summer!
Now in Santorini – one of my favourite places in the world – blue roofs are in abundance and the sunsets are the greatest I have ever seen. Turquoise was all over Spring/Summer makeup collections and all over my radar soon after – since matching your nails to the architecture again, felt like an essential – Blue is one thing and turquoise is another, more wearable in my book and when the Chanel Mediterranée collection was released I made a B-line for my nearest – and dearest – counter. This nail colour is everything I had hoped… pigmented, easy to apply and long-lasting, a much improved formula FYI. I have been sporting this on my nails for a few weeks and I am obsessed… My summer colour for sure!
On the theme of turquoise, another new release this past month was the Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadows from Charlotte Tilbury. I assumed these would sell out – it turned out, they didn’t – and so I included Cleopatra in an order as soon as it became available. I was mesmerised by the metallic turquoise hue and adored the contrast with Sexy Sienna and Melba and so I eagerly awaited the delivery in my five-day-old pyjamas – I was ill, remember. Delivery only took two days, to my utter delight and naturally, I ran – ok, fast walked – upstairs to sample it immediately.
WOW. It looked awful. Shocking, I know! I could not believe it. I tried everything for almost two hours. Blending, patting, brushes, fingers, layering, primer, no primer, powdered lids, tiny amounts, huge amounts… it looked patchy and creased within seconds! I have cream eyeshadows from Chanel, Mac and Tom Ford -TF are my die for favs – and this has never happened before. They set pretty fast so you have to work quickly but it seriously wasn’t wearable. I ended up getting a refund from CT but will keep trying – and failing I assume – since I am obsessed with the shade. I have seen swatches and reviews of the other, more nude shades and they seem to be pretty good – so it could just be this one?
We jet off in just under eight weeks – I have plenty of makeup looks prepared, but no holiday clothes! – I am so excited to go back to Santorini though! I do hope I’m not the only one who lays awake matching my nail polish to architecture….
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