May Favourites 2014

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There’s a new video up! It’s my May Favourites. I really enjoyed filming this video; hopefully you like watching it, too!

The Hydrating Glosses

Hydrating Lip Glosses

Up until a few months ago, I was convinced that I hated lipgloss. The stickiness and that dry feeling left behind by some formulas (I’m looking at you, MAC Lip Glass) were my major complaints. If you’re in the same boat, I’ve got news for you: I’ve tracked down the most non-sticky, velvety smooth, moisturizing glosses at a variety of price points. Read on – your lips will thank you.

Chemical Exfoliation for Newbies

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It sounds oddly sinister for a skincare process. Like the kind of thing a villian in a James Bond movie might be plotting.

Chemical exfoliation.

Seriously, they (the beauty powers that be, of course) need to think of a better name for it because up until recently, I was scared of it because of the name alone. But it can be so good for your skin, and – unbeknownst to me – I was already doing it. Read more!

How to Wear Red Lipstick

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If you struggle with fussy bold lip colours, look no further. I’m sharing my best tips for the lazy person’s red lip!

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed Super Self-Heating Deep Pore Detox Mask

S&G Self Heating Mask

I love self-heating masks. I’m not sure why – they just fascinate me. It’s such a brilliant concept – something that warms up is bound to open up pores and clean deep down in them better, right? So far, that’s what I’ve found!

Although I really like the Bioré charcoal self-heating masks, I found the value a little discouraging – $11 for a product you can only use 4 times seems unreasonable, especially considering that you need to use it for prolonged periods of time to keep seeing results. I was determined to find an alternative.

And I did. Read more!

Top 10 Under $10 TAG!

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In my latest video, I talk you through my favourite drugstore – or just generally affordable – products!

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in ‘Grapefruit’

Barry M GNP Grapefruit

I’m easing into brights on my tips for spring and summer, and I’m doing it by throwing the occasional coral or hot pink into my usual pastel-and-nude rotation. One such shade is ‘Grapefruit’ from Barry M’s Gelly Nail Paints.

Like other shades in the line, this one is opaque, pigmented, and bright. It wears well; it’s been on my nails for five days and I only see one chip and barely-there tip wear.

What I really love about this line of polishes is the thickness and shine; they really look like gel nails without the fuss of foil and acetone to remove them. The brush is also really wide and lovely, and it doesn’t hurt that it costs £3.99. The downside is that they’re extremely difficult to acquire outside of the UK, but for my British readers, get yourselves down to Boots and try this formula if you haven’t already!

Nars Blush in ‘413 Blkr’

Nars 413 Blkr Blush pan

When the 413 Blkr collection came out to celebrate their opening of a new flagship store (I believe that’s the situation), I wasn’t all that interested. I felt like the 413 Blkr blush* in particular I could dupe in my collection and didn’t really need another of. Read more!

Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser

GinZing Scrub Cleanser

When I first saw a photo of this on Instagram, I thought it was an urban-beauty-blog-legend, born of some cruel person’s wishful thinking, abuse of Photoshop, and desire to taunt GinZing lovers like me. But alas, I was wrong – it popped up at my local Origins counter. Read more!

What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

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I’ve a new video for you! Watch me show the contents of my travel makeup bag while combatting outdoor noise menaces such as birds, runners, cars, and trucks.