Tuesday, 28 January 2014

MY FAVOURITE FAKE

   Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning | £13.60 Escentual

I'm a bit of a sunshine junkie when it comes to faux glow. My addiction began at 14 when I started rocking streaky legs and green fingers. Thankfully, I favour a more natural shade today - but a bronzed hue none the less. I've tried and tested countless brown bottles over the years and today I thought I'd share my favourite facial tanner with you, which comes courtesy of Clarins

This lovely stuff is designed for both the face and chest so it's just the ticket for adding a subtle glow to your upper half. I apply this post cleanse and pre bedtime, I squeeze a small amount onto a cotton pad and sweep it over my face and neck. The delicate milk consistency sinks into the skin in seconds. After just one night time application, morning skin appears more even with a warm radiant glow. It's essentially a gradual tanner that you can build up to the shade you fancy, I tend to apply it 2 to 3 times a week to build and maintain my tan. My bottle is now empty but it's lasted me over 6 months with regular usage, so it's a savvy little investment. Oh and it smells divine, there's not a whiff of biscuit with this one, the scent is all luxe and Clarins-y. It's a total complexion game changer. No full time fake should be without it.

What's your favourite facial tanner?

Saturday, 25 January 2014

NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL IN RED SQUARE

           NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square | NARS £17.50

On board for a bright, bold lip? This joyous jumbo crayon is just the ticket. It's super pigmented, creamy, non-drying and hangs around forever. What more could a gal want? I'm a huge advocate for orange toned reds, especially when there's a matte vibe going on. So when I scribbled on Red Square at the NARS counter, it was love at first swatch. The rest is history as they say, and my lips are as bold as ever. The fat pencil design makes for an easy-peasy application, I simply line my lips and colour them in.  It doesn't budge or smudge and the colour stays strong all day long. For £17.50 It's pricey but it's perfect. 

Have you tried any of the NARS velvet matte lip pencils? 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

NEON

 Striped top | Topshop
Coat | H&M (Similar here)
Beanie | H&M
Bag | Topshop (Old)
Jeans | Topshop
Boots | Office
Socks  Topshop 

In an attempt to stay toasty,  the grey woollens have been out in force this week. But to avoid looking like a gloomy cloud I popped on my neon satchel from forever ago and slicked on a cheeky red lip. My last shopping splurge came courtesy of Topshop where I picked up these little wool mix socks which I'm overjoyed with - they're lovely and warm and work snugly layered over boots. Plus, the crop I'm wearing is a super dupe I found for the American Apparel pocket tee at Topshop, check it.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

ESSIE AFTER SCHOOL BOY BLAZER

After school boy blazer | £7.99 Essie

Get a load of this gorgeous inky blue hue. I always sport navy nails during the colder months and right now I'm repping Essie's after school boy blazer. Aside from the uber cool name, it's a super chic, long lasting lacquer that goes with everything. I was enjoying a brief love affair with Midnight Cami before this bad boy came along - which is a very similar shade with a metallic sheen,  whereas boy blazer is a more demure opaque. I can't see this leaving my talons anytime soon, big loves go to my sister who snapped it up at Christmas for me. 

What's your favourite Essie shade?

Sunday, 12 January 2014

HELLO AGAIN

   
Hat | Urban Outfitters (Sale)
Coat | Topshop
Blazer | River Island
Cami | Topshop
Watch | River Island 
Jeans | Topshop
Boots | Urban Outfitters
Bag | Zara 

Hello again! Apologies for yet another camel-cami-joni combo. I had a super lovely weekend, last week was all about library living, a.k.a third year. 300 Red Bulls later (sugar free FYI) I submitted my work and hit the toon for a spot of shopping. A trip to Topshop resulted in a sock and jean fuelled splurge - stay tuned for their debut. Oh and I finally got my mits on a NARS velvet matte lip pencil (Oooooer) So I'll whack up a rave shortly.

I hope your weekend was as exciting and sock filled as mine?

Monday, 6 January 2014

CURRENT FAVOURITES


 From top L to bottom R

Clinique Moisture Surge Extra | £32 for 50ml Clinique

My moisturiser of the moment, this hydration booster comes in the shape of a cool, soothing gel that sinks into the skin in seconds. I apply it just before bedtime for supple plump skin in the AM.


Essie Polish in Midnight Cami | £7.99 Boots

The ultimate blue satin dupe to rival Chanel. Read all about it here. 

Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover | £13.60 for 125ml Escentual 

Believe the hype. This stuff is the drunk, lazy girls post party BFF. A few drops on a cotton pad and a quick fold over the eye melts away mascara, liner and shadow in one smooth sweep. Definitely worth investing in if you're the waterproof queen, although I'm very tempted to try L'Oreal's cheaptastic dupe. Full review here. 


Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream | £20 50ml Escentual 

This gifted mini treat has worked wonders on my dull winter complexion. The creamy exfoliator is packed with teeny micro beads that lift away flaky skin and impurities plus it's oh so gentle and scrubs like a dream.

Topshop Crescent Moon Highlighter | £10 Topshop

I picked this up during a love affair with its sister - the Topshop Glow Pot in Polish, I can confirm this is the pearly powdered version and lasts a lot longer in the pan. A little dusting makes for a gorgeous subtle shimmer. Check it here. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder | £3.99 Boots

A super-duper invisible makeup fixer that lasts almost all day for under £4. Need I say more? (well I did say a little bit more here.)

Clarins Lip Perfecter | £13.60 Escentual 

Your lips-but-better in a tube. This squeezable hero needs no introduction. Read the rave here. 

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails | £4.50 Bodycare Also available here

Sally never lets my talons down and Hard As Nails is an oldie but a goodie. It works as a miracle strengthener but as I've recently discovered also makes for an unbeatable topcoat. 

What are your current beauty bests?