As always, let me know what you’ve been trying and loving recently!
It’s time for one of my sporadic favourites posts! It’s probably one of the best things about blogging, trying lots of different things out and getting to share them with the world. As per usual it’s a mixed bag, I’m slowly pushing my beauty boundaries and have finally become a rucksack convert when it comes to hand luggage. Where else can I store all of my portable chargers?
Zoeva Brushes – After much Instagram temptation and managing to keep my Paypal balance healthy, I decided to invest in some new brushes from this much-loved German brand. Make-up application is something I’m always trying to improve and although this purchase hasn’t turned me into Pat McGrath just yet, at least I have more options for smudging, shading and everything in between. These have a lovely quality and don’t shed, it’s something that I find even with the more expensive brands. It’s just not on when you spend £30 and still end up with a hair trail all over your face.
Lush H’suan Wen Hua & Roots – To be honest, I can’t yet give a definitive list of the hair products that work for me. My new thing is trying things for a longer period of time and not rushing out to buy the stuff that works for others, thinking that my hair will respond in the same way. The condition of my hair has definitely improved though and I’m wondering if it’s partially down to these Lush pre-treatments. There’s all kinds of natural goodness such as honey, peppermint oil and nettle in Roots, plus egg, bay leaf and watercress in H’suan Wen Hua. I’m not the kind of person who can be bothered enough to make my own concoctions à la Naptural 85, so it’s nice that all the hard work has been done for me. Next on my list is Sunny Day to hopefully help the detangling situation.
Topshop Matte Liquid Eyeliner – Due to the obvious foundation issues, I end up bypassing the Topshop make-up range most of the time but there are actually some gems to be found. My years of using gel eyeliner pots are over, they seem to dry up within weeks of careful use (thus losing their intensity) and I’m always misplacing the brushes. This Topshop formula has some serious staying power, I’ve not mastered the Adele winged eye just yet (it has only been a few days) but it is super-straightforward to achieve a quick 60s flick with the brush.
Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie in Maverick – This is probably one of my favourite glosses, a super shiny reddy-brown that lasts, even if you’ve been on the cocktails. Olivia’s beautifully photographed post has inspired me to perhaps do a more in depth look into the shades I wear. It’s taken me a while to figure out what works with my skin tone and realise that there’s more to colour than just red. Perhaps it’s a challenge to find the perfect coral, pink and nude or see if they even exist?
B. Sun Kissed Bronzing Powder Dark 49 – There was a lot of drama trying to find this powder. After loving it at my Buzzfeed shoot, I repeatedly trekked to
approximately 2647 all of the central Superdrug branches only to be disappointed and was even told by one member of staff that it was being discontinued. It’s probably one of the only powders on the High Street for darker skin so I was prepared to start up some kind of Twitter protest, when I came across two randomly in the Victoria branch. Into my basket they went, at £8.99 it does the job and there’s a really nice warmth to it.
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Crayons – So it’s taken a while for me to wear any kind of eyeshadow on a regular basis and even then it tends to be pretty understated. After trying a few of the more statement Charlotte Tilbury shades at a launch, I’m now rather taken with the deep blue Enchanting Indigo crayon. I guess I was put off obvious colours after wearing so many dodgy metallic variations as a teenager, but there’s no reason why it can’t work for everyday. I’m tempted to buy the Nocturnal Cat Eyes To Hypnotise kit in Midnight Seduction for a dramatic Halloween look.
House Of Hackney x Eastpak Rucksack – This was a nice little surprise gift from the team at Eastpak, it’s definitely up there with the coolest of collaborations. The House Of Hackney prints work so well in different forms, I’ve got a squiggly dress, floral cushion, palm print mug and now a backpack in the art-deco inspired Inferno leaves. It’s my go to for hand luggage, there’s a handy pocket for a laptop (even my ageing, heavy Macbook) and you can quite easily fit in your bag of liquids, multiple chargers, DSLR and other blogging necessities.
Orla Kiely iPhone 6 case – As much as I loved using my giant Skinny Dip creation, it’s nice to go back to a more streamlined design that doesn’t block the front-facing camera. Snapchat problems obvs. I was sent one of the new Orla Kiely duos and it fits in with the rest of my collection nicely, similarly to House of Hackney, when I find a brand I like I seem to want everything in the range. This has two different outer shells you can switch between and makes everything pretty sturdy.