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I simply cannot fathom that a year ago these beautiful things had not met the contents of my make-up bag. I simply did not have them in my life. Mind blown. These have now clearly become staples that I cannot complete a face a of make-up without and are multi-tasking essentials I would recommend everyone to invest in.

Okay first up is the Michael Kors Bronze Power in Flush. I've had this in my make-up stash since a while now but only discovered it about a year ago and was instantly addicted. It puts all Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi Brown and NARS blushers to shame. Not sure what secret sauce is that Michael has injected in this but boy it's gorgeous. There's a truck load of product here (21g) that simply won't hit pan no matter how much I use it. It magically replenishes overnight? You tell me! The shade is this multi-dimensional, bronzed reddish-pink with the most finely milled, golden shimmer embedded in the pigment. It goes on like a dream and there are no patches, no fading, no tell-tale lines with this. I mean I didn't know it was possible for a powder to even be so smooth. The result is this healthy model-like flush that gives you a glow like you've just come back from a beach holiday. Don't get me wrong, you can still tell it's make-up but in the most beautifully blended way possible that compliments my olive skin tone so well.

Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray. Of course we've all heard about this when this was introduced originally. It was hard not to buy it when YouTubers and Instragrammers constantly drenched heir face with it. But if you're someone who isn't affected by peer pressure and thought you don't need a magical liquid to set your make-up, you're wrong this time. If like me you've developed a few fine lines and creases on the face over the years, you'll know how sometimes in the winter when its dehydrated and flaky, make-up can settle into lines. And sometimes in the summer when your foundation seems to be melting off your face and all you can do is blot? This solves the problem and glues your make-up to your skin exactly where it's meant to be for hours. It's not just a claim they have plastered on the back of the bottle, it's true and it works quite well. Unlike primers that claim to hold on to your make-up (they NEVER worked for me) you can actually see the results with this.

Another Urban Decay gem here, the Afterglow Highlighter in Fireball. This is the mother of all highlighters if you have strong yellow undertones in your skin tone like me and none of those champagne highlighters do anything to give your skin a pick-me-up. It's not for the faint hearted though. It's this unapologetic iridescent peach with pink shift. The light diffusing pigments give this a strobing like effect and the result it this stunning layer of peachy-pink goodness that somehow perks up sallow skin tones and gives it the boost of saturation and colour it needs. If you're on the hunt for a cool toned highlight but don't want something quite obviously silver then go for this.

Artdeco Luminous Skin Stick. Its mind boggling to me why something so stunningly runway yet affordable and wearable didn't go viral! Before I rave, it's currently on sale on Beauty Bay for £13.65. Don't wait for every influencer on your feed to give this the seal of approval before you check it out. It's something you'll want to repurchase for life. I don't have a similar product in my stash to compare this to. It's a cream highlight on a stick to begin with but it doesn't have a specific shade. It's almost translucent and unbelievably glossy on the skin with a plethora of micro fine pearls shot through it. I personally use it to freshen up my skin midday when it's started to look drab and dab it on the forehead, bridge of the nose and high points of the cheeks to add some dimension and glow back to the skin.

MAC Mineralize Concealer. I know, I know. In a world obsessed with Glossier, Fenty Beauty and  Huda Beauty concealers, I'm a hard core MAC fan. I always have been. It's something that works for me hence something I resort to unquestionably. This baby is new to me and I was forced to chose it when MAC decided to discontinue its Select Cover Up concealer, one that I had used for almost a decade. Keeping my grudge with MAC aside for a while, lets focus on the Mineralize Concealer. I'm an NC30 and use this primarily around the mouth to cover up any sort of pigmentation. This does a great job at camouflaging the grey in that area and lifting the skin tone so it matches the rest of my face. It does not crease which is crucial for me and lasts the whole day without needing a top up, another must-have for me. Having said that, it's not as high coverage as the Select Cover Up that I will eternally miss but it's an exceptional alternative.

Add these to your to-buy list that you've been adding stuff to since the middle of May with the hope that 31st only comes quicker, hah. Pay day is almost here!

NEW everyday must-haves that up my make-up game


I simply cannot fathom that a year ago these beautiful things had not met the contents of my make-up bag. I simply did not have them in my life. Mind blown. These have now clearly become staples that I cannot complete a face a of make-up without and are multi-tasking essentials I would recommend everyone to invest in.

Okay first up is the Michael Kors Bronze Power in Flush. I've had this in my make-up stash since a while now but only discovered it about a year ago and was instantly addicted. It puts all Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi Brown and NARS blushers to shame. Not sure what secret sauce is that Michael has injected in this but boy it's gorgeous. There's a truck load of product here (21g) that simply won't hit pan no matter how much I use it. It magically replenishes overnight? You tell me! The shade is this multi-dimensional, bronzed reddish-pink with the most finely milled, golden shimmer embedded in the pigment. It goes on like a dream and there are no patches, no fading, no tell-tale lines with this. I mean I didn't know it was possible for a powder to even be so smooth. The result is this healthy model-like flush that gives you a glow like you've just come back from a beach holiday. Don't get me wrong, you can still tell it's make-up but in the most beautifully blended way possible that compliments my olive skin tone so well.

Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray. Of course we've all heard about this when this was introduced originally. It was hard not to buy it when YouTubers and Instragrammers constantly drenched heir face with it. But if you're someone who isn't affected by peer pressure and thought you don't need a magical liquid to set your make-up, you're wrong this time. If like me you've developed a few fine lines and creases on the face over the years, you'll know how sometimes in the winter when its dehydrated and flaky, make-up can settle into lines. And sometimes in the summer when your foundation seems to be melting off your face and all you can do is blot? This solves the problem and glues your make-up to your skin exactly where it's meant to be for hours. It's not just a claim they have plastered on the back of the bottle, it's true and it works quite well. Unlike primers that claim to hold on to your make-up (they NEVER worked for me) you can actually see the results with this.

Another Urban Decay gem here, the Afterglow Highlighter in Fireball. This is the mother of all highlighters if you have strong yellow undertones in your skin tone like me and none of those champagne highlighters do anything to give your skin a pick-me-up. It's not for the faint hearted though. It's this unapologetic iridescent peach with pink shift. The light diffusing pigments give this a strobing like effect and the result it this stunning layer of peachy-pink goodness that somehow perks up sallow skin tones and gives it the boost of saturation and colour it needs. If you're on the hunt for a cool toned highlight but don't want something quite obviously silver then go for this.

Artdeco Luminous Skin Stick. Its mind boggling to me why something so stunningly runway yet affordable and wearable didn't go viral! Before I rave, it's currently on sale on Beauty Bay for £13.65. Don't wait for every influencer on your feed to give this the seal of approval before you check it out. It's something you'll want to repurchase for life. I don't have a similar product in my stash to compare this to. It's a cream highlight on a stick to begin with but it doesn't have a specific shade. It's almost translucent and unbelievably glossy on the skin with a plethora of micro fine pearls shot through it. I personally use it to freshen up my skin midday when it's started to look drab and dab it on the forehead, bridge of the nose and high points of the cheeks to add some dimension and glow back to the skin.

MAC Mineralize Concealer. I know, I know. In a world obsessed with Glossier, Fenty Beauty and  Huda Beauty concealers, I'm a hard core MAC fan. I always have been. It's something that works for me hence something I resort to unquestionably. This baby is new to me and I was forced to chose it when MAC decided to discontinue its Select Cover Up concealer, one that I had used for almost a decade. Keeping my grudge with MAC aside for a while, lets focus on the Mineralize Concealer. I'm an NC30 and use this primarily around the mouth to cover up any sort of pigmentation. This does a great job at camouflaging the grey in that area and lifting the skin tone so it matches the rest of my face. It does not crease which is crucial for me and lasts the whole day without needing a top up, another must-have for me. Having said that, it's not as high coverage as the Select Cover Up that I will eternally miss but it's an exceptional alternative.

Add these to your to-buy list that you've been adding stuff to since the middle of May with the hope that 31st only comes quicker, hah. Pay day is almost here!



Shade 03

Shade 38

Unknown shade 

Shade 13

Forget Huda Beauty's Liquid Matte's or Kylie's lip kits, these babies from Sephora have been on the market way before numerous brands jumped on the matte lip bandwagon and they've been slaying it since then. Why are they not as popular as these two brands you ask? Well, lack of a modern colour selection in my opinion (they don't do 50 shades of nude-beigy-pink) and the fact that they're not easily accessible. Being in England, the only time I've managed to lay my hands on them is when I was in Algarve, Portugal once and when my lovely friends visit the United States of America and volunteer to bring them over for me.

I have showered and swam in this (don't remember why!), tirelessly worn it amidst terrible humidity and bitter cold (think India and Iceland) and it has always come out a winner. There is literally no element that can dampen its sparkle. Just a tiny dab on the centre of the lips is plenty to provide full coverage for hours so there's definitely value for money here. I've hardly ever had to top this up mid-day but what I adore most about it is that I never and I mean ever have had to worry about this fading, flaking, smudging or wearing off in an unaesthetic way.

Shade 38 has been my absolute favourite since years and I'm on my third tube now as you only need a tiny bit to get you through years of usage. This is the most gorgeous cool pink, with a hint of purple to it. It lifts my complexion, goes well with a generous coat of bronzer, a soft blush and warm-toned colours on the lids.

Shade 13 is a fairly new one to my collection but if you're into shades like MAC's Modesty/Mehr/Jubilee and Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk, you'll treasure this. It's the most stunning concoction of all shades pink, brown and beige - the victorious. everyday no-brainer. As for undertones, it's neither too cool nor too warm, just a perfectly balanced neutral number.

Shade *yet to find out*, unfortunately, is one that has it's shade sticker come off from the tube so there's literally no other reference available to what this might be. It's a maroon that inclines more towards a dark reddish purple and has a tad bit of shimmer thrown in to give it oomph. The perfect choice for a night out, the shade is a great one to succumb to when a red lip doesn't cut the mustard.

Shade 03 is a fiery scarlet Marilyn Monroe would have loved to own. It's refreshing, bright and modern. Perfect for a pool party in the summer or lounging in a beer garden on a warm summers evening. It goes wonderfully with matte skin, a slick of eyeliner and tonnes of mascara.

I have tried Huda Beauty's Liquid Matte's and personally, I don't think they compare to this BUT a review on those later!

Sephora Cream Lip Stains and why you need them!



Shade 03

Shade 38

Unknown shade 

Shade 13

Forget Huda Beauty's Liquid Matte's or Kylie's lip kits, these babies from Sephora have been on the market way before numerous brands jumped on the matte lip bandwagon and they've been slaying it since then. Why are they not as popular as these two brands you ask? Well, lack of a modern colour selection in my opinion (they don't do 50 shades of nude-beigy-pink) and the fact that they're not easily accessible. Being in England, the only time I've managed to lay my hands on them is when I was in Algarve, Portugal once and when my lovely friends visit the United States of America and volunteer to bring them over for me.

I have showered and swam in this (don't remember why!), tirelessly worn it amidst terrible humidity and bitter cold (think India and Iceland) and it has always come out a winner. There is literally no element that can dampen its sparkle. Just a tiny dab on the centre of the lips is plenty to provide full coverage for hours so there's definitely value for money here. I've hardly ever had to top this up mid-day but what I adore most about it is that I never and I mean ever have had to worry about this fading, flaking, smudging or wearing off in an unaesthetic way.

Shade 38 has been my absolute favourite since years and I'm on my third tube now as you only need a tiny bit to get you through years of usage. This is the most gorgeous cool pink, with a hint of purple to it. It lifts my complexion, goes well with a generous coat of bronzer, a soft blush and warm-toned colours on the lids.

Shade 13 is a fairly new one to my collection but if you're into shades like MAC's Modesty/Mehr/Jubilee and Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk, you'll treasure this. It's the most stunning concoction of all shades pink, brown and beige - the victorious. everyday no-brainer. As for undertones, it's neither too cool nor too warm, just a perfectly balanced neutral number.

Shade *yet to find out*, unfortunately, is one that has it's shade sticker come off from the tube so there's literally no other reference available to what this might be. It's a maroon that inclines more towards a dark reddish purple and has a tad bit of shimmer thrown in to give it oomph. The perfect choice for a night out, the shade is a great one to succumb to when a red lip doesn't cut the mustard.

Shade 03 is a fiery scarlet Marilyn Monroe would have loved to own. It's refreshing, bright and modern. Perfect for a pool party in the summer or lounging in a beer garden on a warm summers evening. It goes wonderfully with matte skin, a slick of eyeliner and tonnes of mascara.

I have tried Huda Beauty's Liquid Matte's and personally, I don't think they compare to this BUT a review on those later!





In short, yes. Now sit back and relax while I form my opinion on this product in this very blog post.

We’ve established that I’m obsessed with hair. No tools in this universe are ever enough for me. Like lipstick addicts who find every shade of red to be different, I find every tool delivers a different result. And like all lipstick lovers, I love all my hair curlers and tongs equally. I mean my desert island pick would have to be Nicky Clark’s diamond shine styling wand but there’s literally no hair tool in my vanity that goes unused.

I’m really not an impulse buyer and like to talk myself out of every Charlotte Tilbury purchase and Lisa Eldridge recommendations but when I saw this appear in my IG explore, it’s all I could think about for days. I couldn’t find very many reviews online as it’s fairly new so I thought I’ll just try it for myself. After being disappointed by constant out of stock messages on Dysons website, there came a magical day when there was availability. I parted with £400 and days later here we are.

The Dyson Airwrap 'Smooth +Control' version I bought comes with a couple of attachments including a hairdryer, 30mm and 40mm barrels and a firm smoothing brush. Although this makes a one-off investment, Dyson should have offered an option to purchase the curling barrels separately as that’s what I was after in particular. I was impressed with the initial look and feel of the case and contents. There’s no skipping on quality at all and it all looks and feels quite opulent. First thing that took me by surprise was how loud it was! It’s just as loud as the cordless Dyson hoover which instantly removes it from my list of items to use when the hubby is asleep.

I started playing with the hairdryer first and it takes hair from soaking to silky in less than 60 seconds. Perfect if like me you decide to wash your hair 30 minutes before you leave on your daily commute! For someone who air dries hair normally, this is impressive and a good enough reason to convert. It felt light in the hands and there was less frizz than the usual dryer.

Next up, I tried the heated brush straightener attachment, which I really need a proper name for. Now because I have coloured hair which has been exposed to chemicals, it doesn’t leave my hair poker straight like shown in Dyson's promo videos but tame enough from the top and more put together at the ends - enough for an off-duty kinda day. You can switch the heat on and off with all attachments which is quite handy. Use the heat to style hair and the cool air to set it. I don’t think I’ll be using this attachment when I use the curler as I would want to curl my hair damp.

Coming on to the last but much-awaited attachment, the reason why this product is called Air Wrap - the curler. I was actually quite pleased this came with two barrel sizes. I expect choices when I pay this much money :) The 30mm barrel is great for a tighter curl that lasts longer and particularly for around the crown area and smaller sections. The 40mm barrel is perfect for bigger, more Farrah Fawcett kind of curls. Using this attachment properly is a learning curve and it honestly doesn't cut down on the time it takes to style your hair. It was quite weird for me to get used to the fact that I don't have to wrap my hair around the barrel and twist etc as it does it all for you!

5 tries later, I have almost perfected how to use it properly. I still need to give it just as long as a blowdry would take in a salon, i.e 20-30 minutes for results that last all day long. If you do this in a hurry, i.e. less than 15 minutes, the results will look amazing for a couple of hours and the curls will start to drop. Just think of it like a salon blowdry, you sit there patiently don't you? Well, give this time and you can replicate a salon blowdry with chic, effortless and modern curls which are soft and bouncy. It will actually make you question how 'artificial' curling tong results look like. Also, the immense volume this gives without using much product is insane. You may need to tame the frizz around the crown area a little when using this.

And now, to the ultimate question of whether the curls last. I mean there must have been like a trillion google searches for this. Heck, that's the first thing I googled before buying this. No, they don't last as long as your traditional curling tong. There, I said it. I think it's because the heat used here is comparatively less and secondly because most of us will not use it on damp hair as advised or leave enough time to use it correctly. When I use this quickly in under 15 minutes, the results are instantly amazing but open up in a soft, wispy curl later in the day. Having said that, I don't use any hairspray to set it which I think would help with longevity. More importantly, it doesn't compromise on the volume in the crown area and how well it holds the ends, it's the middle part of the hair which looses the curl.

Do I regret buying the Dyson Airwrap? No. It's luxurious, futuristic, adds variety to my styling routine, doesn't give me an unnecessary arm workout and lets me achieve a voluminous, salon blow-dry at home.

To all those people online saying this is the price of their two car instalments? I don't have a car, am quite happy with my TFL/Uber arrangement and would rather spend on salon-like curls, thank you.

Do Dyson need to improve it. Yes. Think of this as Apple's second iPhone and a few years later, how brilliant iPhone 5 was. This is a state-of-the-art product that Dyson need to bring out more versions of that straighten out all the kinks and create a cult following.

Dyson Airwrap - Hairdresser in a box? ***NOT SPONSORED***





In short, yes. Now sit back and relax while I form my opinion on this product in this very blog post.

We’ve established that I’m obsessed with hair. No tools in this universe are ever enough for me. Like lipstick addicts who find every shade of red to be different, I find every tool delivers a different result. And like all lipstick lovers, I love all my hair curlers and tongs equally. I mean my desert island pick would have to be Nicky Clark’s diamond shine styling wand but there’s literally no hair tool in my vanity that goes unused.

I’m really not an impulse buyer and like to talk myself out of every Charlotte Tilbury purchase and Lisa Eldridge recommendations but when I saw this appear in my IG explore, it’s all I could think about for days. I couldn’t find very many reviews online as it’s fairly new so I thought I’ll just try it for myself. After being disappointed by constant out of stock messages on Dysons website, there came a magical day when there was availability. I parted with £400 and days later here we are.

The Dyson Airwrap 'Smooth +Control' version I bought comes with a couple of attachments including a hairdryer, 30mm and 40mm barrels and a firm smoothing brush. Although this makes a one-off investment, Dyson should have offered an option to purchase the curling barrels separately as that’s what I was after in particular. I was impressed with the initial look and feel of the case and contents. There’s no skipping on quality at all and it all looks and feels quite opulent. First thing that took me by surprise was how loud it was! It’s just as loud as the cordless Dyson hoover which instantly removes it from my list of items to use when the hubby is asleep.

I started playing with the hairdryer first and it takes hair from soaking to silky in less than 60 seconds. Perfect if like me you decide to wash your hair 30 minutes before you leave on your daily commute! For someone who air dries hair normally, this is impressive and a good enough reason to convert. It felt light in the hands and there was less frizz than the usual dryer.

Next up, I tried the heated brush straightener attachment, which I really need a proper name for. Now because I have coloured hair which has been exposed to chemicals, it doesn’t leave my hair poker straight like shown in Dyson's promo videos but tame enough from the top and more put together at the ends - enough for an off-duty kinda day. You can switch the heat on and off with all attachments which is quite handy. Use the heat to style hair and the cool air to set it. I don’t think I’ll be using this attachment when I use the curler as I would want to curl my hair damp.

Coming on to the last but much-awaited attachment, the reason why this product is called Air Wrap - the curler. I was actually quite pleased this came with two barrel sizes. I expect choices when I pay this much money :) The 30mm barrel is great for a tighter curl that lasts longer and particularly for around the crown area and smaller sections. The 40mm barrel is perfect for bigger, more Farrah Fawcett kind of curls. Using this attachment properly is a learning curve and it honestly doesn't cut down on the time it takes to style your hair. It was quite weird for me to get used to the fact that I don't have to wrap my hair around the barrel and twist etc as it does it all for you!

5 tries later, I have almost perfected how to use it properly. I still need to give it just as long as a blowdry would take in a salon, i.e 20-30 minutes for results that last all day long. If you do this in a hurry, i.e. less than 15 minutes, the results will look amazing for a couple of hours and the curls will start to drop. Just think of it like a salon blowdry, you sit there patiently don't you? Well, give this time and you can replicate a salon blowdry with chic, effortless and modern curls which are soft and bouncy. It will actually make you question how 'artificial' curling tong results look like. Also, the immense volume this gives without using much product is insane. You may need to tame the frizz around the crown area a little when using this.

And now, to the ultimate question of whether the curls last. I mean there must have been like a trillion google searches for this. Heck, that's the first thing I googled before buying this. No, they don't last as long as your traditional curling tong. There, I said it. I think it's because the heat used here is comparatively less and secondly because most of us will not use it on damp hair as advised or leave enough time to use it correctly. When I use this quickly in under 15 minutes, the results are instantly amazing but open up in a soft, wispy curl later in the day. Having said that, I don't use any hairspray to set it which I think would help with longevity. More importantly, it doesn't compromise on the volume in the crown area and how well it holds the ends, it's the middle part of the hair which looses the curl.

Do I regret buying the Dyson Airwrap? No. It's luxurious, futuristic, adds variety to my styling routine, doesn't give me an unnecessary arm workout and lets me achieve a voluminous, salon blow-dry at home.

To all those people online saying this is the price of their two car instalments? I don't have a car, am quite happy with my TFL/Uber arrangement and would rather spend on salon-like curls, thank you.

Do Dyson need to improve it. Yes. Think of this as Apple's second iPhone and a few years later, how brilliant iPhone 5 was. This is a state-of-the-art product that Dyson need to bring out more versions of that straighten out all the kinks and create a cult following.







A friend of my sisters has really great skin and whenever we meet occasionally, she comprehensively names her latest beauty buys; I instantly google and bookmark them and buy them after a night of serious contemplation. Of course I've seen these metallic drops appear on my Instagram feed since over a year and people proudly showing off their foiled faces with this slathered all over their skin but I was only going to be sold when I actually saw someone wearing it. Someone whose make-up choices closely resemble mine and as this friend is pretty au naturale when it comes to her beauty regime, I thought I needed to give this overhyped product a whirl.

This comes in 4 shades, Original, Shine, Glow and Blush and I got myself 'Original'. It's a beautiful champagne shade that pretty neutral and suits all skin tones. If I had to repurchase, I think I'd give 'Glow' or 'Blush' a try as they're both a little pink-toned and I always need some pink to counteract my naturally yellow undertones. Regardless, this product is the bomb and its forte is its inability to tone down. It's bold and unapologetic nature is what sets it apart from its 129472 competitors. It's not going to meld in subtly, it's not going to give you that 'glow from within'. The end result screams and shouts to be noticed and honestly, I'm impressed.

Being someone who's obsessed with blending out products and making sure they're not obviously seen by the naked eye, I sometimes need a product that goes all out and pays tribute to why we actually wear make-up, to express ourselves. Not in a demure kinda way but in a fearless, vivid manner. You've all seen how this applies and looks on a trillion faces on Instagram so I'll just tell you how I personally like to wear it. It's at its best when applied underneath foundation and post-moisturiser. Yes, I'm seriously asking you to foil your face with it and trust that once your foundation and the rest of make-up is on, it will leave you well pleased.

I got mine from Cult Beauty

Iconic London Illuminator Drops







A friend of my sisters has really great skin and whenever we meet occasionally, she comprehensively names her latest beauty buys; I instantly google and bookmark them and buy them after a night of serious contemplation. Of course I've seen these metallic drops appear on my Instagram feed since over a year and people proudly showing off their foiled faces with this slathered all over their skin but I was only going to be sold when I actually saw someone wearing it. Someone whose make-up choices closely resemble mine and as this friend is pretty au naturale when it comes to her beauty regime, I thought I needed to give this overhyped product a whirl.

This comes in 4 shades, Original, Shine, Glow and Blush and I got myself 'Original'. It's a beautiful champagne shade that pretty neutral and suits all skin tones. If I had to repurchase, I think I'd give 'Glow' or 'Blush' a try as they're both a little pink-toned and I always need some pink to counteract my naturally yellow undertones. Regardless, this product is the bomb and its forte is its inability to tone down. It's bold and unapologetic nature is what sets it apart from its 129472 competitors. It's not going to meld in subtly, it's not going to give you that 'glow from within'. The end result screams and shouts to be noticed and honestly, I'm impressed.

Being someone who's obsessed with blending out products and making sure they're not obviously seen by the naked eye, I sometimes need a product that goes all out and pays tribute to why we actually wear make-up, to express ourselves. Not in a demure kinda way but in a fearless, vivid manner. You've all seen how this applies and looks on a trillion faces on Instagram so I'll just tell you how I personally like to wear it. It's at its best when applied underneath foundation and post-moisturiser. Yes, I'm seriously asking you to foil your face with it and trust that once your foundation and the rest of make-up is on, it will leave you well pleased.

I got mine from Cult Beauty



After MAC Face & Body Foundation (10 bottles down and still going strong), this is the second best purchase I've made from MAC till date. I remember getting it as an impulse buy when I was on a 'make my face look glowy like those Instagrammers' kind of spree. Similar products that I now own are the NIOD Photography Fluid and the Iconic London Illuminator Drops (review for both coming soon!) but hands down, Strobe Cream tops the list for me. 

MAC now does Strobe Cream in a variety of shades, Goldlite, Silverlite, Redlite, Peachlite - you name it. I chose Pinklite. Firstly, because who doesn't love pink? Secondly, because I thought it would be the perfect shade to counteract all the yellow and green tones on my face. 

When I bought it, I really wasn't sure how I was going to use it. I took some inspiration from Farah Dhukai and Thuy Le on IG and used it after my moisturiser and below my foundation and it was pure heaven! My skin had never looked that good before. I may be a little late to the Strobe Cream bandwagon but if you've ever used this product before, you'll agree with what I mean by using it for the very first time. It instantly makes skin look supple and super hydrated like you've spent weeks doing a juice cleanse, religiously going for a run and occasionally indulging in spa treatments. 

Realistically, who has time for all that? Just slap this on when you want to feel good about your skin. Of course the effect is just amplified if you follow it with a foundation and the rest of your usual make up routine. It acts like a lovely primer and seeps through all the make-up to give this radiant, glossy filter that just melts all the product in place harmoniously. Having said that, if you have combination skin like me, don't be afraid to use this. It's not going to disrupt your make-up or add extra oil to the skin if you simply skip using it on the nose and overall only use a pea-sized amount. 

Since I bought it, there hasn't been a single day I haven't reached for this. It kind of gets addictive as it's a skincare-makeup hybrid kind of a product. You don't feel guilty using it on your off-duty days. Sometimes I use it twice while doing my make-up, dabbing just a tad on the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. 

On my radar now is to try the Strobe Cream in Goldlite (and the ENTIRE Farsali range). A tiny voice in my head says this should be a staple for the winter months. 

MAC Strobe Cream 'Pinklite'




After MAC Face & Body Foundation (10 bottles down and still going strong), this is the second best purchase I've made from MAC till date. I remember getting it as an impulse buy when I was on a 'make my face look glowy like those Instagrammers' kind of spree. Similar products that I now own are the NIOD Photography Fluid and the Iconic London Illuminator Drops (review for both coming soon!) but hands down, Strobe Cream tops the list for me. 

MAC now does Strobe Cream in a variety of shades, Goldlite, Silverlite, Redlite, Peachlite - you name it. I chose Pinklite. Firstly, because who doesn't love pink? Secondly, because I thought it would be the perfect shade to counteract all the yellow and green tones on my face. 

When I bought it, I really wasn't sure how I was going to use it. I took some inspiration from Farah Dhukai and Thuy Le on IG and used it after my moisturiser and below my foundation and it was pure heaven! My skin had never looked that good before. I may be a little late to the Strobe Cream bandwagon but if you've ever used this product before, you'll agree with what I mean by using it for the very first time. It instantly makes skin look supple and super hydrated like you've spent weeks doing a juice cleanse, religiously going for a run and occasionally indulging in spa treatments. 

Realistically, who has time for all that? Just slap this on when you want to feel good about your skin. Of course the effect is just amplified if you follow it with a foundation and the rest of your usual make up routine. It acts like a lovely primer and seeps through all the make-up to give this radiant, glossy filter that just melts all the product in place harmoniously. Having said that, if you have combination skin like me, don't be afraid to use this. It's not going to disrupt your make-up or add extra oil to the skin if you simply skip using it on the nose and overall only use a pea-sized amount. 

Since I bought it, there hasn't been a single day I haven't reached for this. It kind of gets addictive as it's a skincare-makeup hybrid kind of a product. You don't feel guilty using it on your off-duty days. Sometimes I use it twice while doing my make-up, dabbing just a tad on the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. 

On my radar now is to try the Strobe Cream in Goldlite (and the ENTIRE Farsali range). A tiny voice in my head says this should be a staple for the winter months. 


Hi ya'll!

I know it's been a while. Life took over, soz. But I am happy to report I missed this and I'm back :)

I like talking about my hair and I believe you guys like hearing about it too so here we go. I had like every possible curling tong size made in my collection, you know those 19mm's and those 32mm's for all you geeks out there. Those clipless kinds and those conical kinds. Those that leave your hair with a 'diamond' finish and those that heat up to a borderline dangerous temperature. After hopelessly obsessing over Sarah Angius's IG, I finally found a need for this particular tong in my life. Now I'm not sure what she uses to achieve that soft looking set of corkscrew curls but what most people suggested were brands available outside of UK or over £200 which I wasn't willing to fork out.

After digging a little, I found this gem and you've got to have it in your life. Yes, the curls are difficult to pull off, especially if you have a chubby, square face like mine but what the heck? Just pair it with a crop top and jeans and voila, you'll look uber chic! It's seriously so much fun to play with these curls and just get all those stares because they surely don't look natural on me, hah. Okay so back to the tong itself, it's called 'Lee Stafford Original Chopstick Styler' and you can get it at Argos, Superdrug, Beauty Bay, Debenhams and 25,000 other places. Honestly, the first time I unboxed it, it looked so flimsy and hopeless but funnily it's a winner in disguise. The look requires effort and will take you around 45 minutes and more regardless of your hair length. But expect the curls to last you for days and it works brilliantly for top knots, top knots half down and with a smoking hot balayage.

Corkscrew curls for £20 - Lee Stafford Chopstick


Hi ya'll!

I know it's been a while. Life took over, soz. But I am happy to report I missed this and I'm back :)

I like talking about my hair and I believe you guys like hearing about it too so here we go. I had like every possible curling tong size made in my collection, you know those 19mm's and those 32mm's for all you geeks out there. Those clipless kinds and those conical kinds. Those that leave your hair with a 'diamond' finish and those that heat up to a borderline dangerous temperature. After hopelessly obsessing over Sarah Angius's IG, I finally found a need for this particular tong in my life. Now I'm not sure what she uses to achieve that soft looking set of corkscrew curls but what most people suggested were brands available outside of UK or over £200 which I wasn't willing to fork out.

After digging a little, I found this gem and you've got to have it in your life. Yes, the curls are difficult to pull off, especially if you have a chubby, square face like mine but what the heck? Just pair it with a crop top and jeans and voila, you'll look uber chic! It's seriously so much fun to play with these curls and just get all those stares because they surely don't look natural on me, hah. Okay so back to the tong itself, it's called 'Lee Stafford Original Chopstick Styler' and you can get it at Argos, Superdrug, Beauty Bay, Debenhams and 25,000 other places. Honestly, the first time I unboxed it, it looked so flimsy and hopeless but funnily it's a winner in disguise. The look requires effort and will take you around 45 minutes and more regardless of your hair length. But expect the curls to last you for days and it works brilliantly for top knots, top knots half down and with a smoking hot balayage.








You've got to love these handy little palettes that PUR have added to their line. Now this is where the phrase 'good things come in small packages' fits aptly. The palettes are as thin in width as a digestive and just as a light as a biscuit when it comes to their weight. I think this is a plus and my fellow heavy handbag carriers will agree. When you already have a curler, full-sized skincare, a kettlebell and a sink stashed into your handbag, the last thing you need is bulky palettes rattling around in there. Hands up for the number of times you've smashed a brand new blusher or damaged an eyeshadow palette when carrying it in your handbag? I know a little bit of alcohol and some YouTube DIY-ery can solve everything but refurbished make-up is never the same. That's where these ingenious babies come in.

Each pro palette comes with two and you can choose if you want a 'sculpt and glow' or 'lips and eyes' combo. The quality of the products in the palette is gorgeous, just like PUR's full sized products and they haven't cut corners because it's a palette. My favourite is the 'Night Fantasy' palette because it has some amazing deep, jewel toned shades that compliment my skintone very easily. The lip colours are nice and opaque and the shadows are perfect to compliment any evening wear. I can see this being perfect for desk to dancefloor transitions, restricted luggage holidays and just generally to throw in your bag for topping your make-up on the go.

I am especially amazed with the 'Sculpt and glow' palette. I mean there's nothing on the market at present where you get three bronzers and three highlighters in such a dinky little compact. I've even used my fingers to use the highlighers and because they are so nice and creamy, it glides on like a dream! I'd usually throw in a mini angled brush to use with the contours. Overall, if you're looking for travel-friendly makeup that doesn't shatter and can permanently stay in your handbag - this is some good quality stuff right here. PUR have some lovely swatches for these on their website, have a look at them HERE

PUR Quick Pro Portable Palettes








You've got to love these handy little palettes that PUR have added to their line. Now this is where the phrase 'good things come in small packages' fits aptly. The palettes are as thin in width as a digestive and just as a light as a biscuit when it comes to their weight. I think this is a plus and my fellow heavy handbag carriers will agree. When you already have a curler, full-sized skincare, a kettlebell and a sink stashed into your handbag, the last thing you need is bulky palettes rattling around in there. Hands up for the number of times you've smashed a brand new blusher or damaged an eyeshadow palette when carrying it in your handbag? I know a little bit of alcohol and some YouTube DIY-ery can solve everything but refurbished make-up is never the same. That's where these ingenious babies come in.

Each pro palette comes with two and you can choose if you want a 'sculpt and glow' or 'lips and eyes' combo. The quality of the products in the palette is gorgeous, just like PUR's full sized products and they haven't cut corners because it's a palette. My favourite is the 'Night Fantasy' palette because it has some amazing deep, jewel toned shades that compliment my skintone very easily. The lip colours are nice and opaque and the shadows are perfect to compliment any evening wear. I can see this being perfect for desk to dancefloor transitions, restricted luggage holidays and just generally to throw in your bag for topping your make-up on the go.

I am especially amazed with the 'Sculpt and glow' palette. I mean there's nothing on the market at present where you get three bronzers and three highlighters in such a dinky little compact. I've even used my fingers to use the highlighers and because they are so nice and creamy, it glides on like a dream! I'd usually throw in a mini angled brush to use with the contours. Overall, if you're looking for travel-friendly makeup that doesn't shatter and can permanently stay in your handbag - this is some good quality stuff right here. PUR have some lovely swatches for these on their website, have a look at them HERE

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