Make-up Monday…

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Only Nineties kids will remember applying their lipstick and kohl in the back of a cab, or on the Tube, a little cag-handed and rarely with a mirror to hand. Make-up looked lived-in, and messy in a special glam-rock way. If you could channel Debbie Harry's midnight kebab stop look on a Saturday night, you oozed some serious cool.

Fast forward to today's massively digitally influenced rituals, think Kardashian contour videos and 12-step smokey eye tutorials, which have gone some way to producing symmetrical, predictable faces that look almost fem-bot.

Thankfully, AW17 is set to see something of a false-perfection backlash. Why not take a break from obsessive blending and precision, and go for something a little rough around the edges… yep, crap-plication is the newest emerging beauty trend!

Distressed Kohl…

Pile a kohl liner all around and into your lash lines, taking it outward until it looks like an undone Bardot wing. You can easily achieve this in seconds by smoking out the kohl with a small smudger brush.

For a darker, more dramatic take on this look, you can break up the black using an eyeshadow brush to paint any excess over the lids and outwards for a sooty halo. Rubbing the lids with your finger adds more destruction. Apply some black mascara for lash definition. Keep lips bare and natural.

Kohl picks…

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon in Back To Black, £4.99

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean,
£5.50

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, £15.50

Socket to them…

Vibe? Applied in the back of a car that drove over a speed bump. Generously trace your top lashes with some bright pot eyeliner with your eyes closed. Then, open wide while the liner is still wet. Hey, presto, half the colour will transfer into your creases. Line your bottom lashline equally as thick, but don't join up the lines at the corners. To avoid a clown face, strip back the rest of your make-up. A bit of leftover looking lip stain is all you need.

Bold pot eyeliner picks…

MAC Chromaline pot eyeliners in Hi-Def Cyan and Primary Yellow, £16.50 each – you could blend these two together for a fun looking "pea-soup" shade!


Stila Smudge Pot in Electric Blue £13

NYX Gel Liner and Smudger in Teal, £8

Steamed Liner …

This swampy eye look is meant to look like you slept with your eyeliner on. Alternatively, apply a generous amount of pot or pencil liner along the lower lash line and dot the same colour between the top lashes. Fuzz the lower line downwards with a smudger brush, so it looks like you've been in the sauna with your make-up on. Dabbing some metallic pigment powder in the same colour on top of the lines will set them and add some depth. Skip mascara, and brush your brows upwards with brow gel. Good morning!

Steamed Liner Picks…

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Baller, £18

MAC Pigment in Emerald Green, £16

Max-Cara…

To paraphrase Dolly Parton, it takes a lot of effort for mascara to look this cheap. Curl your lashes and then paint your lashes almost individually with the tip of your wand, blobbing on the colour and then separating the lashes. Do this repeatedly until you think you're done, then apply more. To finish off, drag the wand back and forth through your lashes. Now do all this again with your lower lashes!

Max-Cara picks…

NYX Coloured Mascara, £6

Kiko Smart Coloured Mascara, £5.90

Snogged Off…

Remember being 16 and being able to kiss for two hours straight before appearing with the most beautiful, rebellious looking stained lip? Well, this is what you're going for now. Use your finger to press a matte lipstick onto your lips, then blot this to create the stained look. If you want to blur the edges, an eyeshadow brush is ideal. To make lips look licked, top with a clear gloss in the centre. Alternatively, slick on one of the new glossy lip stains that do all this for you. Feel free to do the actual snogging, too!

Snogged Off Picks…

YSL Glossy Stain, £26

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, £7.99

Summer Nail Spoiler Alert!

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Indulge in all the deliciousness of French patisseries this SS17, without all the calories… oui oui!

You won’t be able to resist six sweet Essie shades that will keep your mouth watering all summer long. 


Inspired by all the glittering confections of the finest Parisian cafes, the S’il Vous Play collection will take you on a whimsical journey through the chic streets of the city of style, decadence and love with soft pastels and a shimmering metallic that is absolutely delectable.



Anything with a Parisian theme or style has always drawn me in, and I know I’m not the only one attracted to the kitsch wanderlust of the city of lights.  Seeing this Essie collection is making me crave macarons, maintenant…



This soft iridescent sugar white will have you licking your lips all the way to the confiserie!


An irresistible lilac cream inspired by the tastiest macarons dans la Rue!


An unforgettable lavender pink foil that will remind you of the most frosty cake icing and the sweet namesake of this collection.  I’ll take the petit gateau avec Glacage Rose s’il vous plait!



Tres fondant of this sparkling apricot marmalade shade!

Romantic rose candy cream that will evoke all the passion of the city of love.


The prettiest pastel Parisian blue that says casual summer all over it!

What I’m loving Wednesday…

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I discovered Too Faced Melted Metal liquid lipsticks the other day and couldn’t be happier with the formula and shade variety.


The 90’s foiled statement pout has made a comeback in the form of lustrous liquified metal.


Melted Metal is a multi faceted lip colour like you’ve never seen before.  It’s velvet smooth applicator makes light work of gliding on creamy metallic shine  that coats lips in fresh bursts of glazed colour without the sticky, heavy feel of similar liquid lipsticks.  


Debutante (far left) has to be my favourite shade.  A neutral peach that isn’t as coral-y on as it looks in the tube.  

Beauty 101: 3 Kylie Lip Kits, 3 Dupes…

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The popular demand for Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits continues to rise, many people have a long wait for certain shades to come back into stock. My favourites…? They’re all super wearable and amazing, but if I had to pick 3, they would be Candy K, Posie K and Mary Jo K. If you can’t wait for your Kylie Cosmetics order or you haven’t managed to get your hands on any, several dupes aren’t that far away!


Candy K…


Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Thrill, £6.99, Boots (http://www.boots.com/maybelline-color-sensational-vivid-matte-liquid-lipstick-10213959)


MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy, £15.50 (http://m.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/13854/310/Products/Makeup/Lips/Lipstick/Lipstick?gclid=CNukvN6X8tECFYS77QodCQwEhw&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CJLKjOCX8tECFUKO7QodzaAIrw)


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Structure, £12, Beauty Bay (http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/obsessivecompulsivecosmetics/liptarrtw?utm_source=google%2Bshopping&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=shopping%2Bfeed&selectedSku=OBCC0156F&ctyid=gb&gclid=CI_h7IOY8tECFeG37QodL8sAow)


Posie K


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague, £5.50, Feelunique (http://m.feelunique.com/p/NYX-Soft-Matte-Lip-Cream-8ml?url=NYX-Soft-Matte-Lip-Cream-8ml&slang=EN&option=61215&gclid=CKTZpdWY8tECFe2d7QodLGgErg&gclsrc=aw.ds)


Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Rainbow, £19 (https://www.toofaced.com/p/lipsticks/melted/)


Jeffree Starr Velour Liquid Lipstick in Doll Parts, £16, Beauty Bay (http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/jeffreestarcosmetics/velourliquidlipstick/?gclid=CJDT9ISa8tECFYKw7QodImoNVQ)

Mary Jo K


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam, £5.50, Feelunique (http://m.feelunique.com/p/NYX-Soft-Matte-Lip-Cream-8ml?url=NYX-Soft-Matte-Lip-Cream-8ml&slang=EN&option=61215&gclid=CKLk5sCa8tECFS6T7QodFqQDKQ&gclsrc=aw.ds)


Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Strawberry, £19 (https://www.toofaced.com/p/lipsticks/melted/strawberry-new/)


Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip in Creeper, $6, Colour Pop Cosmetics (https://colourpop.com/products/creeper)

National Lipstick Day!

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I didn’t know there was a national day for all things lippy until this morning, and if you’re after that new shade you’ve wanted to try or want to stock up on your favourites, what better day to do so than National Lipstick Day!


Right now I’m a fan of Sexy Mother Pucker lipsticks from Soap & Glory.  Generally I’m into all things S&G but I have always loved their cosmetics line, especially their lipsticks and glosses.


I love the pinks and nudes in their lipstick collection, the metallic tubes, too, are out of this world.  The ultimate nude for me has to be the matte 5th Avenude, I also like Rosy Chic which is a matte pink shade. Super Nude and Barely Pinking are two others I also love.  Soap & Glory have provided a range of finishes for ther lipsticks too, mattes, satins and shines make-up the variety available at most large Boots stores.  I’d say the price range is a little more expensive than the average high street lippy but not high-end priced as they retail for £9.  I’m really tempted to try some of the other pinks.  Soap & Glory sure know a good pink!


Be sure to share your favourites on Twitter & Instagram & tag #NationalLipstickDay 💄

To get your pink fix, why not check out the amazing Soap & Glory website, where you can see their whole lipstick collection!

http://www.soapandglory.com/

Soaper Pink Soap & Glory Haul!

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Today I thought I’d bring you all an insight into one of my all time favourite drugstore beauty brand, Soap & Glory.

  
  
By far this is the most fun, fearless and fabulous British beauty brands and many of their wonder products are available online and at Boots stores.  With the festive season a fortnight away, S&G know more than a thing or two about gift-sets, incorporating the newest innovations in beauty, cosmetics and skincare into all of their Christmas goodies and spreading the same magic all year round.  

I’ve never had a Soap & Glory product that hasn’t lived up to it’s promise and I’ve always been impressed with their cosmetic range. 

  
They make excellent use of the best ingredients in their products whether it’s a shower gel, body butter or face primer, and they know how to achieve the perfect balance of explaining the science behind product formula and wowing the brand’s many users with their catchy product names, edgy packaging and a little humour.  If someone was to ask me my no. 1 favourite British drugstore brand, Soap & Glory would win the title.

  
  
 

MAC: Top 5 Holy Grail Lipsticks!

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After watching several of these videos on YouTube I decided to review and describe some of my own favourite lipsticks from MAC.  I hope this video helps you if you’re on the quest for the ultimate nude or dusky rose, shades MAC do so well!

Lipstick is one of the products that made MAC famous and a favourite with many stars around the globe.  Had to laugh yesterday when I got mistaken for someone who worked on the MAC counter!  I was wearing a lot of black, probably what fooled them.

Aglamvivaa

My birthday’s in four days, I don’t want to think about being another year older (I’ll give you a clue, a number unlucky for some times by two!) but I’m generally looking forward to it and yesterday I treated myself to Viva Glam II and Honeylove.  If you’re looking for the perfect nude lipstick, look no further than those two!

Alovehoney

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In the coming days and weeks I can feel a gift guide or two coming on, before I wrap them all! Exciting times!