Friday, 31 October 2014

4 Reasons why Lipliner rocks

  • It makes lipstick last so much longer. So much longer. If you just think of it as a primer, or the cement for your lipstick, it should make things clearer. Without liner, lipstick tends to fade more and bleed and just look not as fresh.

  • It makes your lipstick look so much neater. For reals, it's so easy to get into the corners of your mouth and to define your cupid's bow. You can draw all around your lips, and the edges will look more precise. 

  • It can make your lips look bigger. Not to be used in an attempt to get Kylie Jenner lips and draw completely outside of your lips, because you will look like a Russian prostitute. No, lip liner can be used very subtley - and with a steady hand - to make lips look fuller and more voluptous. 

  • You can change the colours of any lipstick. Say a lipstick is too nude, you can use a darker liner underneath, and the lipstick takes on a whole new dimension. 

Do you use lip liner?


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Essentials that live in my bag...

I am one of those people who like to plan for the worst case scenario. I like to carry an umbrella in my bag even on sunny days, just in case. If you ever need a spare hair tie, or 5000 choices of lipstick, then I'm your girl. I thought you might want to have a snoop inside the little bag that gets chucked into every handbag - I am really nosy, and love looking at posts like this. I also find other people's handbags really interesting. Again, because I'm nosy but also because I think bags tell you so much about a person. I definitely remember reading an article in Vogue years ago from a bag fortune teller... someone who would examine your handbag and dissect your personality. Maybe I should do that too?

The bag itself is a purple (obviously, would it be anything else?) pouch that I got from American Apparel in New York. It looks quite small, but it fits so much in. There are essentials like a mini tangle teezer, a mini deodorant (I fear body odour), a lip balm or seven, and some anti-bacterial hand gel. The hand gel is a marshmallow one from Bath & Bodyworks, and it smells amazing! Ugh, so good.

Makeup wise I like to keep a concealer for touch-ups, blotting papers, a blotting powder and a brush, a mini-fix +, a lip liner (Charlotte Tilbury forever), a nude lipstick (MAC peach blossom) and a bright lipstick (Clinique matte crimson). 

There are other exciting things like sugar-free polos (I don't like gum, I think it looks gross when you chew, and I think it actually can make your breath staler), some hair ties because I need something to control my mane, a perfume rollerball - this one is YSL Manifesto. Also eye drops! My saviour. If you wear lenses, eye drops are the best thing to keep in your bag.

I also have another pouch/bag thing that has medicine things in, like paracetamol, my epi pen, tissues, my inhaler... I am one cool lady. 

Do you have an emergency every day essentials bag? Would love to see any posts :)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Eyeshadows for everyday

Those early mornings can really get to you, with the angry alarm and the lack of sleep. When I'm up at half six in the morning and blearily trying to make my face look more presentable, I don't always feel like going for some crazy colours on the eyes. I like to go for a bolder lip - which I can apply on the train, thus saving time - and then some sort of eyeshadow that requires no brain power. 

Almost everyday, I apply MAC Groundwork paint pot all over the lid - it's a semi-matte mid brown kind of colour. It's not too cool, or too warm, so it works under pretty much any eye look. It's creamy, and you could easily apply it all over the lid on its own, but I normally layer powder shadows over it. It's just so easy, you don't need a brush and you can just smudge it on with your fingers. And then wipe the excess off on your arms and have a weird smudge all day. Standard. 

On top of Groundwork, I have three main options that are rotated and all equally grabbed for. Tom Ford Cocoa mirage. One word: lush. Three matte shades and one shimmer, this quad is just amazing. Sarah and Aimee basically made me buy it, and I am grateful. It's warm-toned, it's flattering and I do feel pretty fancy swishing this all over my lid. Amazing quality, just amazing. If you can bear to spend that much on eyeshadow, I urge you! The NARS Kalahari duo s a metallic bronze colour, and I normally use the left shade - I've actually hit pan so you can see how much I love it. So nice! NARS shadows are the nicest, and the duos are so easy - with this one the shades are pretty similar so wouldn't maybe go amazingly on the lid, but loads of the duos have colours where you can put one on the lid and one in the crease. Kalahari is still my favourite though. Burberry Pale Barley is one of those famous blogger shades that everyone loves, but it's OK, because it's legit. Trust me, this shade is such a nice one shadow wash all over the lid that really easily makes your eyes look polished and all sheeny shiny. Burberry shadows are very nice, and a bit powdery but they blend softly. It's just so easy, and definitely a good no brainer shadow. 

Now, MAC. Obviously. Bronze, Amber lights, Woodwinked, Blackberry and Club. All amazing, and all an essential. Blackberry is the only matte one, and the one that goes in the crease with basically any shadow - it's really versatile. I love me some warm shadows, and these all are good for blue eyes - or any eyes basically. MAC shadows are a good consistent quality, and pretty dreamy. 

What eyeshadows do you reach for regularly?