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I realise its been ages since I've posted a FOTD and decided to photograph this makeup look. It's my to-go face. Very everyday-esque. Here's the run down.

I started off with prepping the skin with La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 Ultra Light Fluid. Once that absorbed, I applied a few spritzes of MAC Prep and Prime Fix + to hydrate the skin. Using the Zoeva Silk Finish Brush I buffed in NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Punjab. I set this with a dusting of MAC Mineralised Skinfinish in Medium Plus using a Real Techniques Large Powder Brush.

To contour the face I used a MAC 138 Brush to apply MAC Sculpt Powder on the hollows of my cheeks. With the Real Techniques MultiTask Brush I patted Illamasqua Lover Blush on the apples of my cheeks for a peachy glow. I highlighted my cheekbones with Becca Moonstone Skin Perfector Pressed using Sigma F15 Duo Fibre Brush.

On my eyes, I have shimmery taupe Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Dark Pearl lining my eyes and lashings of By Terry Terrybly Mascara

I applied a slick of Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick to finish the look. The best thing about these pinky nudes is you can apply them straight from the bullet. Moosh your lips together and you're done.

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My Everyday Makeup Look

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 • 0 comments
Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Total Moisture Gel Body Oil

With the cold winter finally here in the UK, I wanted to share with you the one moisturiser that has been keeping my skin well-hydrated this season. It is Vaseline Total Moisture Gel Body Oil.

I love to apply it after patting my skin dry from the shower. A little goes a long way. It smells absolutely gorgeous with its vanilla cocoa and makes my skin glow. I love its subtle warming feel, like a yummy warm hug. 

As per its name, it is oily, it is thick. It takes about 5-10 minutes to fully absorb depending on your skin type. Make sure to wait for this to fully absorb before applying any tight clothing or it will stick like glue.

For this chilly season, I cannot recommend Vaseline Total Moisture Gel Body Oil enough. If you're suffering from dry skin and looking for a drugstore bargain to try, run over to your local Boots. At under £6 a pop, it is an absolute steal. It a popular winter staple. BTW, I've actually got a back up... 

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The Moisturiser That Feels Like a Nice Warm Hug

Sunday, November 22, 2015 • 0 comments
New Hair meet Old Hair

Finally. I went for it. The big chop. I've been contemplating this decision for the last 6 months, but it has been put aside for growing my hair for the wedding, although in the end my wedding hair was all hidden up in a bun. 

It's only been two decades I've had my hair at least at armpit's length, but why have I only thought of this change now? That's perhaps because it is change. Something new. And new things always require an adjustment period I was afraid to take.

But funnily enough to get to this frame of mind the idea of change, something in me already had changed. I started to realise long hair always got in the way, of bag zips, doorknobs (yes I am petite and my hair was that long), messing my lipstick in the wind, clogging drains in the shower, that if not for events where I could flaunt my hair, it had always been up in a bun or ponytail. I had become more practical, possibly wiser, but definitely older. That's not to say getting the chop was easy. Until the time of my appointment I had doubts whether I could pull off the shorter hair style. 

On recommendation by the hubby, I had my hair cut by the lovely Junko at Keisuke Hair Artists Japanese hair salon in Acton. And I must say she was very good. She made me feel relaxed and at ease while she personalised my hair to suit my face shape, my personality (in the short span of time). We agreed on a style that was not too short and if I dared perhaps next time I could get a bob or try on a fringe.

Overall, I am enjoying the shorter cut. My hair feels a lot lighter, neck muscles feel better, hair care is a lot cheaper, and drying a lot quicker. It looks quite chic if I do say so myself.

I dare you to try out a shorter hair style. If it doesn't work, it will always grow back.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015 • 0 comments
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, Ecotools Concealer Brush, Essie Eternal Optimist Nail Polish, Essie Allure Nail Polish, Essie Vanity Fairest Nail Polish

With a few days off work I've decided its time my bare nails deserved a treat. Usually for one-time (many-a time) retail therapy I splurge on the boldest daring shades I would never wear more than once but this time I decided to take a step back, use some self control and purchase shades I would wear over and over.

On re-doing my pedicure I noticed yellow stains on removing nail polish, ew. As you could deduce I have been naughty lately, skipping the base and going straight into colour. My Nailtek Foundation Ridge-Filling Base Coat has seen better days and I needed a new nail base coat. Enter Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Nylon Retinol Nude, the one base coat that was almost (and now currently) sold out at my local Boots, I think of this as a good sign. I have high hopes for this one.

I have still not managed to find my holy grail under eye concealer brush. I still stay loyal to the MAC 224 Brush and its bristles still never cease to shed. Perusing the brush department I was intrigued by Ecotools Complexion Collection Eye Perfecting Brush and fell for its promise for efficient undereye concealing. It comes with a pouch, which I have now disposed. I was surprised at how stiff the bristles are; it actually feels like a furry finger. I'm still undecided about this one and will report later.

Now for my favourites, the Tres Marias, the three I picked up from Essie

Essie Eternal Optimist Nail Polish. This is a creamy nude pink that I love to wear on my toes. It is quite flattering on my medium olive skintone.

Essie Allure Nail Polish. I was tossing between the many Essie sheer whites, rather struggling as they were all quite similar. I decided on Allure as its name was most alluring ha. I have this on my nails at the moment with two coats so you can still see some sexy nail underneath. It makes me look like I have leuconychia but otherwise its beautiful!

Essie Vanity Fairest Nail Polish. This shade is what got me into Essie nail polishes, previously blogged about it HERE. I have this in a mini form but I wanted to get the large bottle incase the lil one runs out and we full well know it never will. It is a sheer pink with tiny sparkles. With two coats it never fails to make me feel like a princess.

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New from Sally, Essie and Ecotools

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 • 0 comments
Anatomicals Smoother Butts Love Coconuts Coconut and Mango Body Lotion
Anatomicals Smoother Butts Love Coconuts Coconut and Mango Body Lotion. First off, what a wicked name. Do you not agree? As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have/blog about it. A native pacific islander, this body lotion deliciously smells of home, a favourite pastime of lounging by the seashore surrounded by the aroma of coconuts minus the salty sea winds. But wait, there's more! Coconuts in the wind with the fragrance of my favourite mango smoothie. Delicious.

The lotion itself feels very light on the skin, almost a mousse like texture that glides on effortlessly. Leave it in the fridge to cool and it feels glorious to apply. I feel this makes a perfect travel companion for a warm trip to the tropics due to its lightweight texture. Heavier lotions would feel sticky in humid conditions.

Anatomicals Smoother Butts Love Coconuts Coconut and Mango Body Lotion
Along the same lines, this moisturiser works well in the summer months when less moisturising is required. The dry winter months call for a more heavy duty alternative, one that doesn't require repeat moisturising twice a day.

Overall I do love this moisturiser especially for its fragrance and I will save this for upcoming sunny holidays. If this has piqued your interest, snap it quickly from ASOS where it is on sale for just £2.80 for a 200ml tube. Now that's a steal.

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Smoother Butts Love Coconuts

Monday, October 26, 2015 • 0 comments
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