All posts tagged: Review

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 …

Thomas’s @ Burberry

As I’ve been spending rather a lot of time in London recently, I found it essential to discover my own secret sanctuary that provided both fries and fashion! Burberry opened it’s first ever restaurant this summer, hidden within the Regent Street flagship store. Thomas’s has been the go-to eatery for Vogue editors, Fashion Week goers and now EKD. #thechiclife Last week, I found myself sat by an open fire, supping the seasonal drink recommended by the lovely waiter – a blackberry and pomegranate fizz. A warm basket of sourdough was brought whilst I read Mindy Kalings new book (which I highly recommend BTW) and waited for my cheat day lunch. The food was delightful, the fries were the best I’ve ever had and the restaurant has the most delicate, charming and yet comforting atmosphere. Since the waitresses remembered me from previous visits, they informed me of the new breakfast menu coming in November and gave me an advanced copy to lust over! As you know, breakfast/brunch is my fave and so I’m excited to indulge next month! My …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A Rose Gold Indulgence

I find unplanned and spontaneous spending sprees are always the best! I had no intention on buying new straighteners or a hairdryer for that matter, however, when I spied this ghd Rose Gold Deluxe set, I couldn’t not! My typically dull and lifeless locks have recently come into their own, I don’t actually think my hair has ever looked so good. It’s like I woke up one morning and they were twice as long and twice as lush! In order to ensure this miraculous transformation stays strong, I indulged in this ghd set, paddle brush & mirror. I’ve started blow drying my hair section by section with the Air Hairdryer and I can already see a difference in the volume and shine. The ghd Air Hairdryer is professional strength at 2,100 Watt, it has variable power and temperature controls, along with a 3m cable. The set also comes with two concentrator nozzles, perfect to use with the paddle brush. It also looks super glam with the rose gold accents. I find strong hairdryers make such a …

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 …

Makeup Removing Essentials

Someone told me a few weeks ago that they always sleep in their makeup, they don’t wash their face nor do they moisturise. I was somewhat horrified and tempted to say ‘I can tell…’ I held my tongue but still couldn’t believe anyone wouldn’t look after their face! I find removing my makeup at the end of the day such a task, however I always do it. Since I hate taking the time to remove eye makeup, I have been on the search for quick and convenient products to make the job easier. My first being the Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. To begin with this smells divine and has an easy to use pump. I find this breaks down even the toughest of eye makeup with ease and isn’t greasy or irritating to the eyes or skin. This is also just £10 which is terribly inexpensive compared to alternatives I have tried previously. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing water is my next step, to remove any remaining makeup, including lipstick. This cleansing water is …