Friday, October 31, 2014

Sneak peek: The Sephora haul

Sephora haul

Sephora haul

Another sneaky peek haul post today-I would love to know what you're interested in me reviewing first!!

This was a Sephora US order to the UK which was then forwarded to me in Dubai by my lovely mum so these are all items that Sephora 'permits' to be shipped to the UK.

In the haul are:

The Sephora Favourites 'Draw the line' gift set with liners from Kat Von D, Urban Decay, Marc Jacobs, Nars, Sephora and Stila

2 x Sephora Lustre Matte lip colours in the shades Nude Pink Lustre and Pink Flush Lustre

4 x Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipsticks in the shades Love Craft, Backstage Bambi, Bachelorette and Sexer

Kat Von D Tattoo liquid liner in Trooper

2 x Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop lip colour stick in the shades Heartbreaker and Wham

3 x Bite matte creme lip crayons in the shades Tatin, Fraise and Sucre

2 x Marc Jacobs Highliners in Blacquer and Lunatic

2 x Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pops in Three Shakes and Au Revoir

So, what do you reckon?  What should be the first thing I crack open and get testing?


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder review

This is one of those cult product that gets raved about, so I buy it and then stash it, too scared to use it in case it's not as good as everyone says it is.

Believe the hype-this is the best setting powder I have ever used.

Ok so here's the lowdown.  This is a finely milled, white setting powder that applies translucent on the skin.  It contains hyaluronic acid so it feels cool when you apply it and almost a little wet (it isn't, it just feels that way) which helps to keep your skins moisture levels topped up, whilst blurring imperfections/pores/fine lines like nothing else.

You can use this powder like any normal setting powder but what I do is dust my skin with a light covering of this powder on a fluffy brush after I have applied my foundation primer-and then apply my foundation directly on top.  And then another light dusting of powder over the top.  It gives me the longest lasting base I have ever tried with touch ups reduced to a couple of times a day (instead of 5-6-I'm an oil machine what can I say)

You need to go easy, we all remember that picture of Angelina Jolie where her MUA went a little OTT with the HD powder leaving a ghostly cast....if you don't remember, let me terrorise you....

The only flaw to this flawless powder is the packaging-mine seems to leak constantly and it's horrific for travelling with.  I know all loose powders are horrendous to travel with but why haven't cosmetic companies sorted this issue by now???

Being By Terry it's not cheap-the Space NK website tells me I spent £42 on this baby (I prefer not to look, so does my bank manager) but I honestly think it is worth the splurge.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Lip Six

You know the drill-last six lip picks!

Armani Rouge Ecstacy in 510 Dolci, YSL Rouge Volupte 13 Pink in Paris, Mac Modesty, Rimmel Apocolips in Nova, MAC Twig, YSL Glossy Stain 11 Rouge Gouache
Top row (L) Armani Rouge Ecstasy lipstick in 510 Dolci (R) YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 13 Pink in Paris

Middle row (L) MAC cremesheen lipstick in Modesty (R) Rimmel Apocolips in Nova

Bottom row (L) MAC Satin lipstick in Twig (R) YSL Glossy Stain in 11 Rouge Gouache

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Disappointing products

I keep a little box of products that I have, personally, been disappointed with and once I get to about five things in the box I do a little blog post about why I find them so disappointing.

I know some of these are a bit controversial but hey, you can't win them all!

Kate Somerville Goat Milk cream

This is probably the only Caroline Hirons raved about product I haven't loved.  I sourced this moisturiser from the States after reading Caroline speak highly of it but unfortunately it just broke me out constantly and I ended up giving it to my mum.  Literally as soon as I stopped using it my cystic type spots around my chin healed and went away.

The moisturiser contains lactic acid to maintain skins PH levels (and also act as an exfoliant) and jojoba and avocado to hydrate and smooth.  It also contains soothing aloe and natural antioxidants from grape seed.  Looking at the ingredients list I can't see anything that I know would irritate my skin but sadly it did.

I did like the hygienic pump applicator (although you have no idea when the product is going to run out) but I think that the formula was just too heavy for my combination skin. 

Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk foundation

This is definitely a controversial one as I have seen people literally label this as holy grail stuff but for me it just has no coverage or lasting power at all.

Admittedly I like a fuller matter coverage but I was dying to try this foundation after reading so many good reviews.  I really did my research and concluded that Lasting Silk was the way to go as it seemed to be the formula offering more coverage over Luminous Silk.

I tried this over a week and first of all it applies horribly with my usual foundation brush (Real Techniques expert face brush).  I couldn't build up any coverage at all and it was constantly streaky and patchy when applied with the brush over my usual primer. 

And then, by lunchtime it had completely disappeared and I didn't feel like I had any foundation on my face at all.

A definite miss for me.

EOS lip balm

My best friend loves these but I hate them.  I don't find them to be very hydrating at all and it makes my lips tingle when I apply it.  I also don't like the shape of the balm and would only apply it in private as I don't like to look like I am kissing my lip balm!  Again, I know these are well loved by beauty bloggers but they're not for me.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

I know I know, another much hyped product but honestly I just don't get it.  My main issue?  The applicator is just disgusting-it's a foam applicator that is perforated to push the product through when you squeeze the tube but it's really unhygienic and I have read reports of them going mouldy (yikes). 

I find when I use it I suddenly seem to have dry and flaky patches I didn't even know I had and there is an ingredient that seems to irritate my lips and dry them out further.

This is a non sticky gloss/balm with a subtle, plumped up shine to the lips and although I was happy to try out this trial size version, I am glad I didn't give into the hype and purchase a full size one.

Sephora PRO Large Domed Stippling brush (41)

In general I am a huge fan of the Sephora PRO range and if anyone ever asks me for advice on what to buy from Sephora I always recommend this range of brushes because in the main they are awesome.

I bought this brush blind from the US website, thinking it would about the same size as my Real Techniques stippling brush and would be great for applying cream blush.  As you can see from the photo below it's literally mahoosive when compared to the RT version.

And here lies the problem with this brush-I am not sure what to use it for.  It's huge but not dense enough to apply foundation with-the finish is really streaky.  It's a bit too dense for powder and unless I had cheeks the size of saucers I can't use it for blush.

It doesn't clean well either, I have washed and washed this brush but it doesn't seem to come clean at all.  It also shed terribly the first time I used it and is very 'top heavy' meaning that you need to hold it very near the base otherwise it's difficult to control. 

Have any beauty products disappointed you recently?


Saturday, October 25, 2014

The must repurchase empties

I haven't done an empties post for so long due to all the guest posts whilst I was recovering but my empties box was overflowing from all the empties I had collected over the past 3 months.

To do a post on them all would be epic and nonsense so I decided to do a round up post on the 'best of the best' empties, focusing on the ones I loved and will definitely be repurchasing.

Elemental Herbology Facial Detox (£28 // purchased from Space NK)

Everything I have tried so far from Elemental Herbology I have loved so much and the Facial Detox mask was no exception.  This is an old school white clay mask with extracts of malachite, laolin and manuka honey.  I found this amazing for stopping spots in their tracks and making them recede back to nothing.

You apply the mask to dry skin and it dries down to a pale grey clay and some of the mask is absorbed by the skin.  It does harden but it's relatively easy to remove with water and a damp flannel.

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator (£25 // purchased from Debenhams)

Possibly my favourite exfoliating toner of all time, I just love how the runny gel like texture feels on the skin.  This is a very gentle exfoliating toner and perfect for those new to the concept.  It contains tamarind fruit acids (AHA's) to remove impurities and brighten the skin.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (£23 // bought from Look Fantastic)

This is my 'go to' moisturiser if everything else is going wrong!  It has no outlandish claims, it just soothes and hydrates even the most sensitive skin.  There's a full run down here from my recent morning skincare routine post.

Rodial Dragons Blood Hyaluronic toner (£33 // bought from Space NK)

This is a really lovely hydrating toner that can be used in your skincare routine or for a quick freshen up during the daytime.  It comes in a handy spritz bottle and has a really fine but powerful mist.  Dragons blood is sourced from the red sap of the 'sangre de drego' tree and works to form a second skin like protective film on the skin-this helps to protect the skin against environmental damage whilst soothing stressed skin.  There is also rose water and vitamin B3.  I really love this range from Rodial.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28 // bought from Space NK)

A brilliant gel to oil cleanser for cleansing in the evening.  I have a review here in my recent evening skincare routine post but this is a firm favourite for my nighttime ritual.

Josie Maran coconut watercolour cheek gelee 'Poppy Paradise' ($22 // bought from Sephora)

I absolutely love the formula, it feels like jelly in the pot without being messy and squishy.  The colour is to die for-a pink toned, almost neon coral but without being at all in your face.  I prefer to dip a stippling brush in the pot, tap the excess on the back of my hand and lightly buff into the skin.  It's easily buildable and the lasting power is incredible.

Smashbox photofinish primer ($36 // bought from Sephora)

I love the feel of this on the skin even though I know its full of silicon and that's why my skin feels so silky!  But it does a fab job at mattifying and blurring the skin before applying foundation.  I really enjoyed using it-your skin really does feel like velvet.  This is also an oil free primer but Smashbox do a whole range of primers to suit everyone.  It's definitely one of their best products and this is my 3rd or 4th tube.

Aveda Botanical Kinetics toning mist (£28 // bought from Look Fantastic as part of this skincare set)

This is a deluxe sample size of the toner included in a starter set-it retails for £17 for 150ml usually.  I really loved this toner, I love the smell of Aveda products, they're so soothing and spa like.  This toner was in the normal/oily skincare set and is designed to hydrate and balance the skin whilst minimising surface oil build up.  It contains white oak, witch hazel and peppermint so is mildly astringent.  It was the perfect spritz after my exfoliating toner and got me wanting to try more Aveda skincare.

Charles Worthington Salon at Home texturising spray (£6.99 // purchased from Boots)

I love texturising sprays, I have long, fine, flat hair that gets greasy easily so a texturising spray or dry shampoo does help to give it a bit more ooomph!  I've used Batiste for years but the white powder residue is off putting.  I find this spray does a bit of everything for me-it has the hold of a hairspray but the oomph and grease absorbing powers of a dry shampoo-and it's clear.  And smells amazing.  I much prefer this to the Oribe spray and it's a fraction of the price.

Lokum Rumi's rose rose candle (£32 // purchased from Lokum Istanbul Boutique, 95 Walton St, London)

I loved everything about this candle.  The packaging was divine with it's intricate artwork on the outside.  When I was recovering from surgery I burnt this every single day in my bedroom.  It's beautiful, fresh, clean, light, almost 'sparkly' or sherbert-y and wasn't cloying or heavy at all.  It has a 30 hour burn time but I am sure mine was longer than that as I literally used it every day.  I would love to try more from Lokum which is a small boutique in Knightsbridge.  Their Turkish delight was amazing as well!

So that's it, the best of the best, the creme de la creme, the cream of the crop.  Are any of these your 'must repurchase' favourites?


Friday, October 24, 2014

5 more MAC nudes

MAC nude lipstick review

Nude is never out of style.  Autumn is one of the seasons I love to bring out my nude lipsticks, interchanging them with vampier berry shades and reds.

My first 5 MAC nudes post is the number 1 most read post ever on my blog so I am following it up with 5 more MAC nudes from my collection.

MAC nude lipstick review

MAC nude lipstick review

Half n half is a chocolate based nude, smooth and creamy on the lips.  The Amplified finish is one of my favourites as it isn't drying and has a very opaque, even and smooth finish.

Faux is such a beautiful nude.  It's kind of warm and pink toned and brightens the complexion.  The satin finish just makes lips look perfect.  I can see this being upgraded immediately to handbag lipstick status.

Viva Glam II pulls a little bit more grey toned mauve and is a bit Kim Kardashian on me.  I think I can get away with it with a gloss on top or worn with a bronzey or smoky eye.  The more I wear it the more I like it.

Velvet Teddy is more warmer caramel toned shade-very similar to half n half but with the matte finish.

Creme cup is a milky glossy pink with a cremesheen formula.  This is my most recent purchase but I have to admit I don't love it despite it being one of MAC's biggest sellers and a bloggers favourite.  Cremesheen is usually my favourite formula from MAC but I find this shade doesn't apply particularly evenly to the lips.

Are you a nude lip obsessive like me?  Which is your favourite?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Malin + Goetz detox face mask

Malin & Goetz detox face mask review

Malin + Goetz detox face mask // Space NK £29

'Fun' is not normally associated with skincare but this is about as fun as it gets!  Imagine snap crackle and pop on your face.

Two ways you can use this mask:
1) As your weekly deep cleansing mask
2) As a deep clean cleanse for your skin

Malin + Goetz designed a mask that would clarify skin without the use of heavy clays or harsh chemicals and the result was this lightweight foaming gel that once on your face and interacting with oxygen froths and swells on your face to draw dirt and impurities from your skin in just 5 minutes.

The mask uses almond extract to clarify and soothe and Vitamins C and E and Soy Protein to brighten and firm.  It's very very gentle on the skin and your skin feels literally so soft once your rinse this off.

To me, it's more softening and hydrating than detoxing but that might just be because I am so used to using clays to get my weekly detox fix.  I can really see all skin types loving this.

I have just finished off this tub and it lasted me a good 6 months using it once a week.

Have you tried anything from Malin & Goetz?  I am also loving their Mojito candle at the moment too!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Lip Six

Lip Six is back!!  Here are my last 6 lip picks!

MAC Zazoom, MAC Kittenish, NARS Easy lover, Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect, NARS Stella, Dior Fluid Stick Tiny Pink

Top row (L) MAC Lipglass in Zazoom (R) MAC Patentpolish lip pencil in Kittenish (LE)

Middle row (L) NARS gloss (old formula) in Easy Lover (R) Charlotte Tilbury KISSING lipstick in Bitch Perfect

Bottom row (L) NARS gloss in Stella (old formula) (R) Dior Fluid Stick in Tiny Pink


Sunday, October 19, 2014

YSL Ink Fusion foundation review

YSL Ink fusion foundation review

YSL Ink fusion foundation review

This purchase was enabled by my extremely good friend Antonia who whatsapped me and told me to go and buy this new launch from YSL.  Immediately.

I am going to link Antonia's review of YSL's new Ink Fusion foundation in because we have very different skin types-Antonia has very dry skin where as I have combinations/borderline oily skin but this foundation seems to work for both which is pretty unusual.

I ordered this to Vanessa's from Harvey Nichols as it hadn't launched in Dubai and she brought it over for me.  When I unpacked it the first thing I noticed, before even opening it, was how liquid it was.  In fact, Vanessa and I looked at each other as I was shaking the bottle as if to say 'is that right'?? 

I like my foundations to be pretty heavy duty and long lasting and this water like consistency put me off immediately.

But I have four foundations on rotation at the moment and this is the one I find myself reaching for almost every day.

Unlike Antonia who applies this foundation to the back of her hand and then uses a brush to work into the face, I take a lazier approach, swiping the wand of this foundation directly onto my skin and then buffing it in with a foundation brush (Real Techniques Expert Face is perfect).  Despite it's viscosity it's not going to drip down your face and it isn't as messy as I thought the wand applicator may be.  It's advisable to give the glass bottle a good shake before opening it though.

This foundation does something I don't think I have ever seen another foundation do-it seems to sink in and weld to your skin rather than sitting as a layer on top of it.  As you buff it in you can literally see your face becoming more even toned, it's a bit like airbrush for the skin and just blends so effortlessly.  Yet it looks so natural, I can still see my freckles underneath and I can literally feel nothing on my skin.  It's completely weightless.

It's buildable if you prefer heavier coverage but it's not a full coverage foundation-Medium coverage is probably the best you'll get.  It dries down to a velvet matte finish and is the only foundation I have ever used that I don't feel I need to set it with powder.  Don't get me wrong, nothing is going to stop my natural oiliness coming through in a couple of hours so I do, of course powder but this foundation is such a great canvas, making you look flawless yet not overdone or caked in make up.

It wasn't love at first sight but it's definitely grown on me and is my go to foundation of the moment.

PS I am wearing this foundation here in this Tom Ford FOTD post


Saturday, October 18, 2014

The almost perfect mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara review

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara review

When a brand names a product 'Better than Sex' you know they think it's good.

Without making this post too innuendo driven I am a mascara whore.  I know exactly what I want from a mascara (very black, very volumising) and go through tubes and tubes of the stuff whilst still always maintaining a stash of 20+ 'must try' mascaras.

Let's talk packaging.  It's good.  Unique.  Stands out from the crowd with its metallic rose pink tubing and embossed fancy lettering.  A good start.

The brush-slightly larger than I usually prefer, with extra stiff bristles (I am sorry, it's hard to avoid the sexual innuendos) and a slight hourglass meaning it tapers in in the middle.   With wands this size I have a habit of getting the mascara all over my lid, on the bridge of my nose and on the outer corner of my eye but this brush is really easy to use, getting into all the corners and right down to the roots.

I quickly learned that the more you work with this mascara the more you're rewarded on the lashes.  Pile it on.  It's easy to build as it doesn't dry ultra quick and 2-3 coats gives masses of length and volume without the clumps.  Just keep putting more on.  This mascara is so versatile in that you can get a very natural, fluttery lash or an extra black dramatic lash.

So why is it 'the almost perfect' mascara?

It has two problems-a minor one and a major one.

The minor problem is that when you first start using it the formula is far too thick on the wand.  You need to wipe it with a tissue until the mascara starts to dry out.  After a couple of weeks it'll be fine.

The major problem for me is that this mascara flakes and smudges like crazy.  And because I love the effect, I have tried everything to prevent this-using a lash primer and a waterproof top coat but even my beloved Bare Minerals 'Locked and Coated' topcoat can't cope with this mascara.

Sad to say I won't be repurchasing it and continue my hunt for my own personal 'better than sex' mascara.

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara review


Friday, October 17, 2014

KIKO Water Eyeshadow review

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

I bought these eyeshadows as an experiment.  In June I visited KIKO for the first time and these were the things that seemed the most impressive from the range of products I swatched all over my chubby little hands.  And because I thought they were pretty in the pan.

At the time, NARS were about to launch their Dual Intensity eyeshadows (reviewed here) and I felt these may be a good 'cheaper' alternative.  For price comparison purposes the NARS eyeshadows retail at £21 and these shadows from KIKO retail at £8.90.  You also get 3g of product with KIKO compared to 1.5g with NARS.

The colours swatched beautifully in the store, super pigmented and buttery and under the bright store lights I was suckered in.

Let's start with the good points:

The shadows apply really easily and evenly dry and most are relatively easy to blend out when dry.  Wet they become more metallic but really difficult to blend so are best used wet either packed on to the lid or as a liner.

The shadows have the same highly reflective almost metallic texture as the NARS dual intensity shadows.  They last all day on the lid without fading or creasing.  

Here's the not so good:

Every time I try and open the eyeshadow I chip my nail polish!  It's packaged similar to the NARS but without the magnetic closure making it quite difficult to yank open.  There is however a little mirror in each compact which is useful.  But beware, the actual pan is really fragile and two of them were broken when I got them home, luckily I noticed whilst in London and they exchanged them for me.

There is a ton of fallout with these shadows when applying them to the lid.  That's not the biggest problem though-the biggest problem is that the shadow in the pan isn't necessarily what you get on the lid.  And then when you try to blend the darker colours together you completely lose the pigmentation of the shadow you are trying to blend on top and the shadow just seems to disappear into the shadow underneath.

That's the kicker for me-because some of the shadows in the pan don't translate well onto the lid I have found them to be unwearable for everyday use.  The two neutral shades that could be nice for daytime are absolutely packed with glitter and fallout.

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

  • Midnight blue is pretty consistent from the pan to the lid but looks like a 70's disco ball on my lid.  Even Mike was like 'woah where are you wearing that too?'  It packs onto the lid fine but is a bugger to blend out.  There's no chunky glitter in this shade but tons of micro glitter shimmer.  A lot of fallout with this shade.
  • Olive green is really beautiful in the pan (very similar to MAC Sumptuous Olive which I love) and on the lid looks more emerald with a yellow undertone.  The formula of this shade is much nicer to apply though, it's very smooth and blends well and has no obvious glitter in it.
  • Taupe is really odd.  In the pan it looks like a cool toned, grey toned mid purple, no glitter.  When swatched it looks like a greyed brown with microglitter yet on the lid it's a smoky purple shade.  It's too purple to be taupe and on me quite unwearable.  But again the formula of this one is good, smooth and easy to blend
  • Pearly Coffee is a glittery dark brown, it almost looks muddy in the pan.  It's packed with silver glitter and there is a fair bit of fallout making it just a bit full on for daytime wear.  It's really difficult to work with and blend out-it really does take some work.  It also has a tendency to lose its brown shade when blended on top of other shadows-often looking black or purple.
KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

  • Champagne looks like a warm light bronze in the pan but translates to a lighter shimmering champagne tone on the lid (very similar to Stila Kitten in tone).  There is a lot of glitter in this shade as well and a fair amount of fallout.
  • Golden Mauve is another really odd shade.  I would describe the shade exactly as the name-a golden toned mauve in the pan.  Almost a little bit rose gold.  But on the lid it's purple.  Definitely purple.  It completely loses the rosyness in the shade and barely looks differentiated from Taupe.
  • Pearly Gray is a steel silver with a lot of glitter and a foil like finish. 
All the looks below are done with the eyeshadows used dry straight from the pan over a clear primer and photographed in natural light.

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

KIKO Water eyeshadow review,

So are these a good dupe for the NARS Dual Intensity eyeshadows?  Yes and no.  They're not bad eyeshadows, they're priced really well and if you can work with them and accept the colour differentiation they look nice on the eyes.  They're going to give you a similar effect the NARS shadows do-that highly reflective, luminous look but the NARS shadows knock the socks off these in terms of the quality, ease of application and the overall finish.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Love Liberty

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Love Liberty

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Love Liberty

This lipstick has given me nightmares.  Every time I tried to photograph it the lighting was awful and the lipstick looked so dark and shadowy.  After two days of trying indoors, I headed outside to get a shot in natural light which finally showed how utterly beautiful Love Liberty is.

This is my 3rd Matte Revolution lipstick-you can read all about Amazing Grace and Lost Cherry here.  After trying and loving both I had to indulge in 'just one more' and pick up this glamorous and Autumn appropriate luminous berry shade.

Liberty Ross is the inspiration behind the shade and Charlotte wanted this lipstick to evoke wildly glamorous nights out a la Jerry Hall and Uma Thurman.  The most wildy glamorous I get at the moment is a face mask and a glass of Baileys but I get the imagery.

The formula is consistent with the other two I own although Love Liberty has a more obvious velvet matte finish to it.  But it's so hydrating and comfortable for a matte lipstick, I barely know I am wearing it.

It has both extracts from the Lipstick Tree (still want one) and Orchid to soothe and hydrate and give a soft cashmere finish.  It has 'glowing 3D pigments' to give a 'lit from within' look to the lips, making them appear wider and fuller.  And I really do like the finish-it is luminous whilst looking like velvet.

I'll end this post as I ended the last.

I definitely now need to add Love Liberty Sexy Sienna to my collection.

My verdict?  Excellence in a lipstick bullet.  Smooth, opaque in one pass, hydrating and long lasting.  Light and comfortable on the lips.  Zero negatives.  Zero.  And as a true lipstick aficionado this is indeed the highest praise I can give.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Make up to inspire confidence

Today is my first day back at work following a 3 month absence.  It's fair to say I am petrified about my return and I have been trying to mentally prepare myself as much as possible.

One of the things I love about make up is the names of the products.  Nothing disappoints me more that a lipstick with a number for the name.  Really, how much effort goes into calling a lipstick '208'?

So I searched through my stash and pulled out my most confidence inspiring named products.


MAC Well Dressed is a firm favourite for an all over glow, it's very subtle and office appropriate.  A step up in pigment from that would be Tarte Fearless, a peachy pink with very subtle golden shimmer.  Or I could draw on NARS New Attitude for the longest lasting pink matte flush to the cheeks.  Illamasqua Ambition is the prettiest neutral although the golden shimmer may be a little too much for my straight laced office.


I want neutral nails so I'll call upon my favourite formula of the moment, Sephora Formula X.  A girly choice would be Unstoppable-a cool toned mid creamy pink.  Or I could plump for Standout, a light opaque nude.  I've been wearing this a lot recently and it's really chic.  Impeccable is on the browner side of nude with a rosy undertone and Brilliant, a creamy nude camel colour is totally office worthy.


Ahh the lips, so many choices!  I have narrowed it down to four-for a glossy, almost clear lip MAC Right Image is the way to go.  MAC Brave Red is the choice for a bold true red.

With visions of grandeur I could plump for OCC Lip Tar in Queen, it's a long lasting bright coral pink.  But for the ultimate office appropriate lip and confidence boost I am bound to plump for the beautiful nude which is Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect.

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