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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








There are only a few brands that occupy more than 30%  real estate in my makeup storage and Lord & Berry is one of them. Be it their foolproof mascaras or iconic lip colours, it's a luxurious brand with humble packaging. They are celebrating 20 years of their existence this year and have launched a Birthday Beauty Kit to mark the milestone. It includes 4 of their best Eyeshadows shadows and a Lip Crayon. Unlike most brands, the quirky company has decided not to stay safe to celebrate their anniversary and to include a mix of their brightest, wackiest eye shades in the kit. I absolutely adore the perky yellow, retro-esque aqua, pale lavender and powder pink. At first glance, I thought there is no way I could rock these shades like other Instagrammer's out there but the quality of these is just so smooth and velvety, with the right amount of pigmentation; that I'm happy to report they are perfectly wearable. Of course, I'd recommend completing the look with a lick of graphic liner and some generous coatings of mascara, preferably glitter liner and coloured mascara if you're feeling brave. I'll keep these handy on my dresser for a quick pick-me-come when the winter blues hit us soon. Also, wouldn't this make a special Christmas present for someone who likes the brand or their pastels? 

The Lip Crayon that comes in the kit has rekindled my love for peachy lip colours. The gorgeously glossy finish and the lush consistency aside, the shade is this retro, pastel peach with neutral undertones to it - making it compliment most skin tones. The colour appears a little in your face when you hit straight from the bullet but once you pat it in gently, it disseminates flawlessly with a lovely hint of colour and even coverage. Two thumbs up!

Available HERE for £45. 

Lord & Berry's 20 years in Fashion Beauty Kit









There are only a few brands that occupy more than 30%  real estate in my makeup storage and Lord & Berry is one of them. Be it their foolproof mascaras or iconic lip colours, it's a luxurious brand with humble packaging. They are celebrating 20 years of their existence this year and have launched a Birthday Beauty Kit to mark the milestone. It includes 4 of their best Eyeshadows shadows and a Lip Crayon. Unlike most brands, the quirky company has decided not to stay safe to celebrate their anniversary and to include a mix of their brightest, wackiest eye shades in the kit. I absolutely adore the perky yellow, retro-esque aqua, pale lavender and powder pink. At first glance, I thought there is no way I could rock these shades like other Instagrammer's out there but the quality of these is just so smooth and velvety, with the right amount of pigmentation; that I'm happy to report they are perfectly wearable. Of course, I'd recommend completing the look with a lick of graphic liner and some generous coatings of mascara, preferably glitter liner and coloured mascara if you're feeling brave. I'll keep these handy on my dresser for a quick pick-me-come when the winter blues hit us soon. Also, wouldn't this make a special Christmas present for someone who likes the brand or their pastels? 

The Lip Crayon that comes in the kit has rekindled my love for peachy lip colours. The gorgeously glossy finish and the lush consistency aside, the shade is this retro, pastel peach with neutral undertones to it - making it compliment most skin tones. The colour appears a little in your face when you hit straight from the bullet but once you pat it in gently, it disseminates flawlessly with a lovely hint of colour and even coverage. Two thumbs up!

Available HERE for £45. 








I am a coutour rebel. You can scan through the blog and you'll hardly ever find me trying out the latest contour palette.

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette








I am a coutour rebel. You can scan through the blog and you'll hardly ever find me trying out the latest contour palette.




How I lusted and pined after Anastasia's brow products for months before rounding up on one purchase. Somehow, the company's social media manages to make me want to purchase their entire stock. Good job peeps!

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Dip Brow Pomade




How I lusted and pined after Anastasia's brow products for months before rounding up on one purchase. Somehow, the company's social media manages to make me want to purchase their entire stock. Good job peeps!


You don't need to be a skintellectual to know that hydration is the key to youthful, glowy skin. But come summer and we all ditch those creamy cold creams for I'll just drink 2 gallons of chilled Pimm's instead! I blame the uber rich body creams that feel far too icky to slather on muggy Sunday afternoons. But little did I know that our trusted creator of the petroleum jelly - Vaseline, has created a light, effective, aloe-fix for flakiness. Vaseline's Intensive Care Aloe Soothe comes in a large bright green aerosol and is literally a breeze to work with. Just spray it a few inches away from the skin to coat the limbs in white liquid-like foam. Massage it quickly and voila! It feels super light and the skin drinks it up within seconds. The cucumbery aloe vera smell is refreshing and quite subtle, which I love. I'd rather smell of Thierry Mugler's Angel than an over perfumed body cream. And it feels heavenly to spray on after a scorching episode in the sun. The Aloe Vera infused hydrant cools and calms over heated skin. If you are prone to post-sun irritation, this one might just be your elixir des skin! I wish they launch a travel-friendly size so I can chuck it in my Zara bucket bag for those unplanned sunny spells. 140 years of skincare knowledge for £3.50? Yes, Please!

Aloe Soothe Spray By Vaseline


You don't need to be a skintellectual to know that hydration is the key to youthful, glowy skin. But come summer and we all ditch those creamy cold creams for I'll just drink 2 gallons of chilled Pimm's instead! I blame the uber rich body creams that feel far too icky to slather on muggy Sunday afternoons. But little did I know that our trusted creator of the petroleum jelly - Vaseline, has created a light, effective, aloe-fix for flakiness. Vaseline's Intensive Care Aloe Soothe comes in a large bright green aerosol and is literally a breeze to work with. Just spray it a few inches away from the skin to coat the limbs in white liquid-like foam. Massage it quickly and voila! It feels super light and the skin drinks it up within seconds. The cucumbery aloe vera smell is refreshing and quite subtle, which I love. I'd rather smell of Thierry Mugler's Angel than an over perfumed body cream. And it feels heavenly to spray on after a scorching episode in the sun. The Aloe Vera infused hydrant cools and calms over heated skin. If you are prone to post-sun irritation, this one might just be your elixir des skin! I wish they launch a travel-friendly size so I can chuck it in my Zara bucket bag for those unplanned sunny spells. 140 years of skincare knowledge for £3.50? Yes, Please!

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