All posts filed under: Makeup

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Light

I’ve been counting down the days until the Hourglass Strobing powders would become available and the anticipation was SO worth it. They are truly stunning, I picked up Iridescent Light and intend on ordering more. I was already a fan of Hourglass products and I believe they’re Ambient Lighting range to be outstandingly good however, these powders take that to another level. They are finely milled, sheer and oh so blendable, not to mention the gorgeous and iconic packaging… The Strobe Lighting powders have been released in four shades, ranging from pink to yellow undertones, each giving a unique luminosity. I went for Iridescent Light which is a sheer pink pearl shade, because it’s unlike any other illuminating powder in my collection. I typically gravitate towards pigmented golden highlights such as Becca Champagne Pop however, these are completely different. A ‘strobe’ powder is the perfect name for these, after swatching a few highlighters it is clear that ‘highlighter’ would be too strong of a name. The Hourglass Strobe Lighting powders add such a gorgeous ‘lit from …

Burberry Beauty

I have been meaning to do a write up of my makeup pieces from Burberry Beauty for so long and luckily it was requested last week by the lovely Eva. I know you’ve heard me bang on about how much I love the Earthy blusher (here), but there are a few other products I am obsessed with too. In addition to that, I also have a few items I’ve been lusting after, so I’ll share my Burberry wish list with you too! Starting with lipsticks, the first I bought was Nude Beige No.01 from the Burberry Kisses collection. I picked this up the week they were released after seeing Lily Pebbles use it after attending a Burberry Beauty event. It looks very nude in the swatch however it is slightly sheer but also still very build-able. I find it looks stunning patted into the lips over lip balm. It’s pretty long lasting, balmy and hydrating and I love the sheer yet pigmented finish. I often keep this in my handbag, so the packaging is pretty scratched! After falling in …

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation

I was lucky enough to be invited to a Chanel event last week, for a presentation of the new Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation. Initially, I wasn’t a hundred percent sure as it is a semi-matte formula however, after trying it at the event I am hooked. Starting with the packaging, Chanel have gone back to their roots with a frosted glass bottle, it feels luxury and it looks stunning. It also comes with a pump… massive brownie points! The consistency reminds me of the Les Beiges Fluid, just slightly creamier and it has SPF 25. There is also a delicate scent, it’s very fresh and pleasing and doesn’t linger. As per usual, the shade range is not great, there are only 9 shades in the Healthy Glow however, 020 is a perfect colour match for me. For reference, I am N1 in Mac Face and Body, 010 in Dior Star, 02 in Guerlain Lingerie de Peau and Mont Blanc in Nars Sheer Glow. I typically apply my base with a damp beautyblender however, I have been reaching for my …

Radiant Winter Makeup

Despite the fact it’s January, I have still been reaching for my summer faves, to brighten up my makeup look and add some much needed warmth and glow to my complexion. I find using a glowy primer is the best first step in achieving summer skin and I like to use the Dior Glow Maximizer, but the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector liquids or the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow work just the same. I first take a small amount on the tops of my cheekbones and then mix a pump into my base, this way your foundation becomes more radiant and your highlight looks from within. A cream bronzing base is everything when it comes to adding natural warmth to the skin and I love the Chanel Soliel de Tan, but I am also dying to try the YSL Le Teint Saharienne, which seems to work in a similar way. I first work a small amount on to the back of my hand to warm it up and then use an Artis Oval 6 to buff it …

Prime Like A Man

I am definitely up to try anything, especially if that anything promises to keep my foundation looking perfect all day. I’ve seen the Nivea Men Aftershave Balm all over beauty blogs recently, specifically the wonderful NikkieTutorials and so I decided to put it to the test myself. The balm does come with a manly scent however it doesn’t linger long and I don’t mind it. I followed Nikkie’s method when applying and massaged a small amount into my face with my fingers until it went tacky and then went in with my foundation. The second greatest ingredient in Nivea Men Aftershave Balm is Glycerin, which makes products stick to each other, thus making your foundation last. I found my foundation went on well and the balm didn’t interfere with my makeup. My foundation lasted really well through the day, although it doesn’t typically slip and slide, I did feel it improved the longevity. My makeup stayed looking fresh so perhaps we should all prime like a man more often? EKD X

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

It’s been a while since I planned an afternoon to focus on EKD, however this morning I actually had bright natural light pouring into my room for the first time in forever and so I popped my SLR on charge and went rummaging through my makeup drawers to see what was new and exiting to write about. Something I picked up maybe a month ago is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette. Now, I knew it would be small however I wasn’t expecting it to be this small… that being said, for someone who travels a lot or carries their makeup bag with them, this is gloriously compact and comes with a huge mirror, bonus!  I have been after some Hourglass products for so long and never got round to making an order, partly because there is so much to choose from and mostly because I struggle to make my mind up! I bought the palette as a starter into Hourglass since it houses six different products. There are three Ambient Lighting Powders – Dim Light, …

My Ride or Die

I feel like there are so many amazing beauty products out right now that it’s hard to narrow down what to treat yourself to and what is actually good! I personally love to know what other people’s holy grail products are, to help me decide what I should try! Lets start in the shower, shall we? Body wash: Molton Brown Eucalyptus Body Wash. I am obsessed with this! The scent is to die for – I feel it makes my bathroom smell like a spa, and who wouldn’t want that? Shampoo: Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo. Ever since I got my hair cut short, I have been after a beachy look and this shampoo gives me the bounce, texture and wave I crave! Moving on to skin care & makeup… Moisturiser: Clarins HydraQuench Cream. This is the bomb. Other than CT Magic Cream, nothing hydrates my complexion like it. I am also obsessed with the slight scent of it too, so dreamy and spa like! Base: Chanel Les Beiges. 70% of the time I will reach for a tinted …

Why I Love Makeup

I was just cleansing my face whilst pondering over potential blog posts and Cult Beauty orders and I couldn’t help but wonder, why I really love makeup. When I open my makeup drawers, I feel inspired. It sounds obscure for a non-makeup lover however, there are two significant reasons why my greatest collection is my makeup collection. Makeup makes me feel beautiful – Yep you guessed it! I often have days where I don’t feel very pretty or confident and so I love to shop my collection and create a look to increase my confidence and make me feel good about myself. This isn’t about covering up my face; it’s about enhancing my features, mood and creating that assured and positive mindset. Makeup allows me to be creative – A lot like writing, styling outfits, makeup looks or reading Vogue all make me feel creative and inspired. It’s a passion; an obsession, something that brings out the best in myself and makes me happy! Makeup is a tool that allows me to alter my look to suit an …

Tom Ford Soleil Collection

I vividly remember my first ever experience with Tom Ford… I was around sixteen, and wanted to treat myself to a lipstick. I was a newb in makeup and had recently invested in a blush, tinted moisturiser, perfume, brushes and an eyeshadow quad, all from Chanel. My makeup bag was pretty small but definitely my pride and joy – even at that point. I was in Manchester one Thursday afternoon, and I found myself truly in awe of the Tom Ford counter… Champagne on ice. Hours later I emerged from Selfridges, feeling somewhat transformed. That was the first time my eyebrows had been drawn on, we went for Violet Fatale lipstick, stick foundation and masses of metallic cream eyeshadow. That was also the day I was introduced to the entire concept of ‘contouring.’ I had never felt so glamorous and naturally, I left with more than just a lipstick… Over four years later, I still shop at that very counter and I will only be assisted by that very wonderful makeup artist. #Loyalty When I got …

My Santorini Makeup Look

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 …