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I Need You, Arthur

I am no stranger to Chanel lipsticks. I do believe Mademoiselle, 05 Rouge Coco was my first ever high-end lipstick, and one that is still a staple in my collection. I adore Chanel for beauty, a reliable and firm favourite, my go-to when I need to add glamour into my afternoon! Last week I picked up Arthur, 440, the first release from the new Rouge Coco collection, launching on March 15th. I am in love. I have never come across such a pigmented, long-lasting and hydrating lipstick, EVER. This is by far my new obsession, I love it! Arthur is an orangey red shade, perfect for Spring/Summer. I pair it with another new launch from the Chanel Spring collection, Capucine, 92 lip liner. I find using a good lip liner with a bold colour will stop it from bleeding and make it even more long-lasting. I’ve had so many compliments when I’ve been wearing Arthur, which has been non-stop this past week! I like to pair it with Tom Ford Cream colour in Platinum on …

Contour Me Pretty

I can never leave the house without contouring; adding a subtle shadow to sculpt my face makes all the difference to any makeup look. I have noticed that some find the entire prospect of a ‘contour’ completely overwhelming, like what product is best? And what brush do I use? And where do I put it? Should I blend it? Etc. My three tips I’ve learnt when contouring is suck in your cheeks, make sure you put the product in the right place! You should be able to see the natural shadow when you pout, making it a whole lot easier. Second, blend, blend, and blend! Depending on the amount of definition you want, blending the bronzer or contour colour well will make such a difference, even if you want to build up the colour, blend after each application. And third, less is often more. A contour job for everyday and for an occasion/evening is very different, however the majority of the time less is more. A cool toned blush will often look more natural and …

Review: Bold Metals Collection

As a lover of Pixiwoo and an owner of almost all the Real Techniques makeup brushes, it was no surprise that I would get my hands on the Bold Metals Collection as soon as I possibly could. Wow… how absolutely stunning are these!? The Bold Metal brushes are a new and permanent collection from Real Techniques, the classic collection isn’t going anywhere, don’t panic! In addition, these are luxury brushes, at a higher price point. They are exclusively available at Boots (UK) and Ulta (US). I have seen many comments about the high price point from a drug store however Nic and Sam have already explained that this is to ensure they become available to everyone around the world. If they were placed in a higher-end retailer, they wouldn’t be as widely available. Another query I have been seeing is ‘surely they get covered in finger prints?!’ I haven’t found them to be bad at all; they still shine and do not look grubby. It doesn’t bother be that they show a few prints, I don’t …

How To Look Good Nude

There is nothing quite like a nude lip to compliment a perfected smokey eye and bronzed skin. Be it a brown or pink nude, I love them all! Nude lips are classic, understated and give a sophisticated touch to any makeup look. I love that a nude lip is so versatile, it can be glossy and seductive or effortless and beach ready! Blush Nude by Tom Ford is my go-to nude lippy; I do believe I am on my 4th or 5th bullet! This shade of pink nude is my perfect match. I like to use either the Charlotte Tilbury Lip liner in Pillow Talk, or Mac What Comes Naturally as liner. Sometimes I will use both to create a more defined and plump look. I adore the formula of TF lipsticks; I don’t believe I have found anything that beats them. Blush Nude is no exception, being creamy, highly pigmented and long lasting, not to mention the stunning packaging! You can never have too many Tom Ford lipsticks, thus why I have another nude …

Beautyblender or RT Complexion Sponge?

I much prefer using some form of sponge to apply my foundation than a brush, simply because I feel I end up with a far more seamless result. I do have a dry skin and so brushes can often leave a patchy finish. Typically I will warm up a pump of foundation on my hand before dotting product around my face, I then bounce and blend using a damp sponge. I repeat this process two or three times depending on the level of coverage I want. I find it does take more time than using a brush however two to three thin layers of foundation will always look better than one thick one, plus it will last longer. Once I have pushed my concealer onto the skin with my Nars #12, I always reach for a sponge to mesh both together. The Real Techniques Complexion Sponge is widely available in drug stores and online at a very affordable price point. This sponge is angled with one large flat surface, once soaked in cold water it …

November Favourites

I have discovered so many amazing products this month and I’ve been reaching for some much loved old favourites as well! The Christmas Chanel palette is my new obsession, I adore dark smokey eyes and this fits that brief perfectly, with a shimmery twist. With 5 new shades, this is my favourite Chanel palette, all the shadows are pigmented, creamy and blend like a dream. This is also limited edition, which adds to the luxurious element. To blend all this eyeshadow this month I have been finding myself reaching for my Mac 217 constantly. Everyone needs this brush, it is simply the best. On my nails this month I have been wearing this Maybelline Gel Nail Polish in Rose Poudrè.  I find it lasts a good 7 days before any small chips appear. It is also a great subtle colour for work and matches everything, despite not being a very wintery varnish. I am always looking for a pink nude shade! The Tom Ford Lips & Boys collection has been taking the beauty industry by …

An Afternoon at NARS with Benoit Dumont

Last week, I went to NARS to pick up a Radiant Creamy Concealer, a much-needed product in my handbag makeup pochette. In addition to this welcomed coverage, I also met Benoit Dumont, an international makeup artist and NARS Stylist. From Paris to London to New York fashion week, Benoit has done it all, with over thirteen years experience, the amount I learnt in the afternoon I had with him was phenomenal. I didn’t want my limited time with Benoit to be wasted and so I asked the pro all my burning questions! Benoit has worked with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang, so I knew I was in terribly good hands. For my makeup, we went with a trend I am loving right now, the grunge smokey eye and naked lip. Nude lip pick? To my surprise, Benoit loves the Kardashian nude lip joystick … I’ve never tried it however it will be ordered this week! Benoit and I both agree that the skin is essential. Prepping your complexion is key and something Benoit is …