Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Edit: The Skin




It was just over a week ago that I was rambling away about my Sunday make up choices. This isn't dissimilar however, I think I may have cracked this ΓΌber dewy skin malarkey. After having a little "Shopping my stash" session I found myself mixing and applying all sorts of goodies in hope I'd find the trick to flawless, fresh skin. I may be controversial when I say this but I have not being getting along with Chantecaille Just Skin at all, purely down to wrong shade and my troublesome skin. I decided to mix it in with my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation and wow. It added the glowiness (?) Laura lacks but the kick ass coverage Chantecaille doesn't give. The shades combined also compliment me really well. It fooled me into thinking I had Rosie Huntington Whiteley skin, yes, that good.

After feeling smug with myself I whacked on the good ol' NARS Laguna Bronzer, if you haven't got this right now have a word with yourself please because it is a STAPLE. Contour or bronzing our pale little British faces up? This bad boy does it all. If you are blessed with exotic skin or you actually contain melanin unlike me then this gives a beautiful warmth anyway. I have been using NARS Multiple in Maldives religiously and yes, it's super pretty and golden but I had forgotten a certain gem in my stash. NARS Multiple in Orgasm, or Multiple Orgasm if you want to be naughty. I'm not a huge fan of the cult blusher Orgasm, I find it too pink and I prefer Deep Throat any day (I know you're giggling). But the multiple looks pretty sensational, it gives me colour and fresh sheen onto my cheekbones. With this, I ditch powder blush and embrace the glow. It is usually said this shade with Laguna Bronzer are the perfect partners, I agree.

The round everything up. Lashings of mascara  my favourite combo being MAC In Extreme Dimension followed by MAC Extended Play Lash. Pop's those peepers right up. And a slathering of gloss my boyfriend  aims to avoid. It may not be summer yet and I most definitely haven't packed away those snoods but with beach-ready skin like that, who needs to know? I won't tell if you don't.
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Sunday, 17 February 2013

The Sunday Complexion





Sunday's for me, usually mean working. Not lying in bed till stupid o'clock and watching Sunday Brunch. So, when the luxury of having a Sunday off arises, the last thing on my mind is an elaborate make up routine. I want to be able to have a dewy, fresh complexion with minimum hassle required. This isn't what I would call a "capsule" face but the products I do use are easily slapped on as bleary eyed as you like. I obviously pump my skin full of skincare (more on my routine here). Then massage in the NARS Pro Prime into my skin until it feels soft as cashmere. I then take a dollop of the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser in Glow, I do like this now as we kinda got off on the wrong foot. The colour is a little too dark for my taste but I can make it work. This offers a nice coverage and a heap load of radiance. Obviously, I need that extra bit of help and that's where concealer comes in. My beloved By Terry Touche Veloutee hides those bad ass dark circles, where MAC Pro Longwear Concealer covers those pesky blemishes and smooths out any extra bits on my skin.

When it comes to the rest of my face, it's simple. Contour and highlight. I use the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting powder in Medium and a dab of the NARS Multiple in Maldives around the top of my cheekbones. I really like the Multiple in the shade Maldives, it's a super pretty pale peachy, goldy, pinky glow. 10 points for my description. It's absolutely brilliant for blue eyes and gives that sun kissed look. Poiiifect. I do like to add a pretty blusher in to the mix, at the moment I am loving MAC Blush in Easy Manner which was available last Christmas.

Then the lips. My favourite part. I have stumbled on the most perfect lip combination this morning. After applying my all time fave lippy, MAC A Perfect Day, which sadly was limited edition, I then slapped on MAC Pink Lemonade Lipglass. Holy cow. Why have I not tried this before? It created the most beautiful soft nude with just that hint of coral. Again, fabulous for those blue eyed gals. You can most definitely recreate this with any nude lipstick but if anyone knows a dupe for this lipstick, let me know! There you have it, lashings of mascara and I'm ready for a day of eating and slouching around.

If any, what are you Sunday Complexion staples? Leave a comment below, would love to hear.



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Friday, 15 February 2013

NARS S/S'13 Collection Event







Whilst most of you are pottering around Somerset House amongst clear skinned, leggy, willowing models during LFW, I've been having my own little peak into something bang on trend. I was lucky enough to grab a space for the NARS S/S13 Event at my local Space NK. I have loved NARS for years and when I spied the new palettes, I was head over my little Urban Outfitter heels. Not only are the palettes to die for but the insanely ridiculous brights are gorgeous too. However, the biggest launch is their new Light Reflecting Powder, perfect for those I-don't-want-powder-on-gals. Me then.

I arrived at 10am and was greeted by the NARS National MUA, Becky. She sat me down straight away and asked what look I wanted. I felt in safe hands straight away which is unusual as I always have a slight fear when put out of my comfort zone. (My ladies at work ARE my comfort zone). I opted for my usual mega dewy skin and a soft, sexy smokey eye. Safe bet, I know. She prepped my skin with what I can only describe as the most magnificent primer I have ever felt in my life. No joke. NARS Oil Free Pro-Prime is a pore refining primer. I could not believe how it felt, Becky educated me that the more you work it in to the skin the better it feels. It contains a shed load of vitamins to protect the skin from free radical damage and calming properties. Completely silicone free, not only does it control oil with mineral powders but keeps the skin hydrated and feels like your skin but better. It smoothed out all my lumps and bumps and dry bits. Win.

Once my base was complete we got started on the eyes. I chose "And God Created The Woman" palette which is exclusive to Space NK for a limited time only. It has 6 best selling shades along with an eye primer and brush. The colours are perfect (Alhambra, Kalahari, Bellissima, Coconut Grove, Night Clubbing, Galapagos). These are just the most gorgeous combo or neutral shades, brilliant for day and night. My favourite part was blending the darker brown into the most beautiful kohl liner along my lash line, ah-maze. With a slick of gloss I was good to go, and looked pretty darn good too. There are no pictures of the finished product as shortly after I took the boy to the airport where he dashed to Amsterdam for the weekend, I cried. A lot. But he did say my eyelashes looked pretty?!

Becky gave me a lovely facechart at the end and popped in some cheeky samples. I was given the Gentle Oil-Free Eye make up Remover, which is a dream. Along with NARS Pure Radiant tinted Moisturiser and the Velvet Lip Gloss Pencil in New Lover, they are such a genius idea. A big thank you to NARS, Space NK and Becky for having me today. I would urge anyone to check the new collection out and grab up a palette whilst you can!

NARS And God Created Woman Palette £40.50
NARS The Happening Palette £45
NARS Pore Refining Primer £25

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

What's In My Bag



Handbags are the way to my heart. Zara clearly knows the way to my heart.

I need a good bit of arm candy every now and again and this bag has actually made me fall in love a little. I'm a sucker for compartments and nice interior material, this baby has it all. I ain't gonna ramble, I do that in the video. Remember to watch in HD!


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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Erotic Brownies








First of all, apologies to anyone who is on a diet. Do not mistake these with diet bars, they're not. They mostly consist of sugar and saturated fat. The good stuff. I call them Erotic Brownies as they are quite erotic and a little bit dirty. Most definitely the most sinful thing you can do without taking your clothes off.

Me and my boyfriend stumbled upon making these a few weeks ago, they are divine. I've had a load of questions about the recipe so I thought I could stick everything into a post. These brownies do contain peanut butter so anyone with nut allergies...just don't go there. However, if you love Reese's peanut butter cups, make them now, your taste buds will thank me later.

With this recipe being American it is made using cup measurements, super easy.
ASDA tends to be the best place to get Reese's and Hershey's.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup Butter/Margarine
2 Cups Sugar (2 Tablespoons for later)
2/3 Cup Hershey's Cocoa
3-4 Eggs (Beaten)
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
3/4 Flour (I used plain)
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Bag of Reese's Minature Peanut Butter Cups; cut into halves
1/2 Cup of smooth Peanut Butter

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven Gas Mark 4, 180c, 350F. Grease a deep brownie pan.

2. Melt butter in a medium pan on a low heat. Add 2 cups of sugar and the cocoa. Then remove from heat and add eggs and vanilla extract. Stir flour, salt, baking powder; stir in chocolate mixture. Stir in 1 cup of Peanut Butter Cups, add more as desired. Pour mixture into pan.

3. Mix peanut butter with 2 tablespoons of sugar then dollop it into the mix. It can't be neat, just swirl it around in big chunks. Yum.

4. Bake for approx 30 mins, you don't want it to resemble a really firm texture. It needs to be gooey in the middle. Cool for a little, press in extra peanut butter cups on top. (which I forgot to do).

5. Done. Enjoy warmish with a beverage of your choice and some comfy pants.

If you want to enjoy these without piling on the pounds read The Londoner's Anti Diet .
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Bargain Beauty #1



You may have gathered by now that I am a bit of a fancy pants when it comes to beauty products. I love making an investment in skincare and make up, if you see my bank statements Space NK crop up repeatedly  However, I do love the excitement I get when snatching up a bargain. This isn't the most glamorous post or even the most glamorous products but these little beauties are fab for stashing in your bathroom.

I never thought I'd see the day I'd be featuring a deodorant on my blog. I can't even call this a budget buy as it was a fiver (eek). Sure Women Maximum Protection is the best deodorant I've used. It's a "TRIsolid" cream formula so not sticky at all. The only downside with this is serious white marks and as a MAC girl who is ALWAYS in black, white marks are just not acceptable. So careful application of clothes is required! The smell is quite strange too, not unpleasant just not rose smelling either. This aside, this well and truly stops any Sweaty Betty moments and those dodge sweat patches in grey tops. You know the ones. If you do suffer with extra moisture under neath those arms or work in a hot environment then invest in this. You can pick this up in Boots for about £5 and I have seen this on offer before too (extra bargain!).

My next Bargain Beauty is the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish remover, which is featured in my January Favourites here. I am forever chipping nails, changing nail colours and getting bored. I detest the whole nail polish removal in general, hate the smell and hate all the cotton pad bits that get caught on the nail! This is such a simple solution  pop the finger in for a second, twist and voila. You now have a polish free, nourished nail that smells pretty darn good too. You can purchase it here for £4.99 and it is currently on buy one get one half price, so grab it while you can.

I've been feeling pretty pale lately, almost translucent but I refuse to use tanning beds, I really don't want to look like a leather handbag when I'm older. I've tried a load of gradual tanners and found the same problems again and again. They're either too sticky, go patchy fast and go streaky. Dove Summer Glove for example made me stick to everything in sight. St Tropez, nice but not as dark as I had hoped. Then my mum recommended me this, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze. It's a small 5 British Pounds and it is brilliant. I slapped it on once before bed, did take a little while to dry but wasn't sticky. I woke up the next morning with a gorgeous golden glow, not a mahogany tone in sight. However, I have has a couple of spots on my chest and shoulders since using it but I am prone to this when I use tanning products. It could also be due to the fact it contains Mineral Oil (Naughty Palmers!). The boy also stated I do "smell" like fake tan, I don't think it's too bad though and the colour alone is worth it. If your man complains about the fake tan smell, tell him to book a holiday for you to Cannes!

I am a fiend for washing hair. I could easily wash my hair once every day. This really isn't good for the hair as it needs natural oil and your hair does eventually clean itself, kind of. So I have been trying to ween myself off washing my hair so much and using dry shampoo instead. I've used Batiste before but never really appreciated it as much as I do now. It does the job and it's dirt cheap starting from about £2.99. I didn't want anything fancy or la de dah, just something that smells good, refreshes my hair and soaks up any grease. This does just that. I spritzed it on my roots this morning and I've now got a cute, clean looking ponytail. Winner.

My purse can breathe easy for now, at least until my next Space NK trip. Have you got any Bargain Beauties?

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