Noir Extreme by Tom Ford
It’s been a relatively quiet month in just about every way possible, even shopping wise. I did, however, recently add Noir Extreme by Tom Ford to my beauty bag. Thankfully all of Mr. Ford’s fragrances are unisex. I’ve always been a fan of the original Noir, which was released back in 2012. On a recent trip to Germany, I was planning to pick up a bottle when I came across his latest release. Such a beautiful fragrance, comprised of sweet yet musky amber and oaky scents. I highly recommend it, whether it’s for you or your significant beau :)
Who could resist a little sparkle? Black Tied by MAC is the only eyeshadow I wear, and I do so religiously. I’m not really an eyeshadow person, I usually just stick to liquid liner, but I love adding a touch of this glittery black to the edge of my lids. Alongside a touch of highlighter underneath the brows, it’s the perfect transitional combination for a subtle day and night look
Black Tied – MAC Cosmetics (available here)
With Christmas done and dusted, I’m all about the countdown to New Year. I landed in Berlin this morning, ready to welcome to 2015. With that in mind, I opted for fun, neon orange nails; my favourite. You should see what these look like under a UV light…
Hope you had a lovely festive break
Neon Orange – Bluesky Gel Nails
Wearing this fabulous Sexy Siren polish by GELeration today. It has a warm auburn colour with a subtle undertone of dark pink. One of my autumn favourites!
Sexy Siren polish – GELeration
Just added to my perfume collection. I got this French treat as a gift from my sister last month during a weekend trip to Paris. It’s spicy, warm, oaky; perfect for the coming winter months.
Ambre and Santal – L’Occitane
Having a sister that’s a beauty therapist is quite a treat. On Sunday’s I usually have all my treatments done in the comfort of my own home. This week she convinced me to step out of my comfort zone and try something a little out there. Well at least for me. This gel polish by Bluesky, which has aptly been called Frosty Forest, is uber cute. Years ago I use to use Calgel on my nails but after discovering shellacs that’s all I ever go for. They are so convenient, not too harsh and can easily be applied independently.
As weird as it may sound, I never thought I’d hit the 25+ category. As the youngest of four I just never envisaged growing up, nor did I ever feel the pressure to be massively responsible. It’s a funny but totally honest thought. A few years back, I remember asking El if she wanted to go clubbing one Saturday night. Her response, which went something like ‘darling when you hit 26 you just won’t want to hit the raves anymore,’ has recently hit a note although at the time I probably dismissed it. Most people dread getting older but, personally, it doesn’t haunt me. I feel much more comfortable in my skin, know exactly what I want to achieve in life and feel no need to conform to the ideals of others. And if that’s how 26 feels, I can only look forward to what the future holds right?
Make up, in order of application:
Studio Fix Fluid – MAC; Strobe Liquid – MAC; Raizin (blusher) – MAC; Brow Zing – Benefit; Glam’Eyes – Rimmel; Lash Plumping Serum – Diorshow; Extra Wow Lash – Rimmel; Beet (lip liner) – MAC; Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick and Tinted Lipglass – MAC
Evidence of a good weekend! Ah this weekend was so good. For the first time in a while I feel as though I made the most of every single bit of it, starting with dinner and drinks in Camden with El on Friday night. I even managed to squeeze a little shopping in too. The new MAC studio in St Pancras has been dangerous for me, largely because I walk past it about 5 times a week. This Saturday morning I picked up a couple of red lipsticks and nude blushers, including this beautiful shade in the Viva Glam range. This colour was crafted in collaboration with Rihanna and I honestly didn’t think it would be such a good shade. Topped up with its partner lipgloss it’s a dream. So much so that on Saturday night, I changed my whole outfit at the last minute just so I could wear it. Love, love, love!
Viva Glam Rihanna – MAC
Nothing wakes up a tired face faster than subtle shimmer. These are my go to products when I need a little pick me up.
Mac blusher, has just enough sparkle for daytime and it’s soft pink tone is perfect for pale skin. Bobby Brown lip gloss with it’s sheer brightening formula creates an illusion of bigger lips and The Body Shop shimmer cube palette has four subtle iridescent shades to mix and match, perfect if you want to create a wide-eyed look.
Although I do love a pop of colour my make-up choices often tend to be a lot less bold. I prefer working with shades and tonal colours on my skin, in oppose to heavy lips and eyes. Vampy coloured lips have been my favourite trend so far this year and I always feel a little envious when I see someone bold enough to rock them. So when I tried the above colour on for a little bit of fun in my local MAC store the other day I was pleasantly surprised to see how good it looked on. It’s a beautifully intense purple / black colour, and it doesn’t fade. Not one bit! Telling myself that it’s always good to shake it up a little, I just had to pick one up.
Cyber – MAC Cosmetics UK
Some of my ultimate favourite items…just happen to be pink!
From left to right, Vitamin E Moisture Cream – The Body Shop – most lightweight and fast absorbing moisturiser I’ve ever found. Noir Scented Body Mist – Victoria Secrets – I am addicted to this subtle scent. Nail Whitener – Inglott– no manicure is complete without it! Ooh La Lift – Benefit – under the eye brightener, works its magic every morning.