Monday, 28 July 2014

Summer Glow: NARS Copacabana Illuminator

You may have noticed from yesterdays post that I love glowing makeup especially in the summer as it just looks stunning when the sun is shining. Luckily mother nature is on my side having blessed me with oily skin and its really not that bad if you work with it (have a read at this post from Into the Gloss) but I just can't stop myself layering on some extra glow from a tube! 
There is so many ways to apply this; you can apply it before you apply your base or you can mix it with your foundation and you can apply it after your makeup to your cheekbones etc. I have tried all the methods and I love them all but I have been using this on my colar bones and the tops of my shoulders and it leaves a beautiful sunkissed sheen. 

Copacabana is a pale, pinked toned illuminator but they do have other shades available that may suit your skintone better. 

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Double up: Chantecaille & Laura Mercier

Summer is here and it's time to shop my makeup stash...
Although I have oily and acne prone skin I hate a heavy or overly matte foundation in the summer because lets face it having a trowel load of makeup sweat off your face is not attractive. I like to keep the face makeup minimal and light so I can focus more on the eyes with some winged eyeliner or with a bold statement lip.
To achieve this I have been wearing a tinted moisturiser... well two tinted moisturisers; the Chantecaille Just Skin Anti Smog Tinted Moisturiser in the shade Bliss and the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser in the colour Bisque. When I wear these alone I just cant seem to make them work the Chantecaille Just Skin is too pale in colour with peach undertones and a little thick in consistency for a tinted moisturiser although great if you need extra coverage and the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser is too dark for my skin. I mixed them to get my perfect shade (half a pea size of both) then applied with my fingers because who really needs any fuss in the morning? and together they created a light and dewy finish. The finish was glowing but not shiny and my blemishes still peaked through but it was nothing a concealer wouldn't sort.

I'm so pleased I managed to get the Chantecaille Just Skin to work for me and now I can start to get over the *deep breath* £58 price tag.

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Sunday, 12 January 2014


I am a huge fan of Holly Willoughby and I have always admired her gold 2 coin necklace that she often wears while presenting. 
I scoured google looking for something similar and came across a website called they had a few options; yellow gold, rose gold and silver and I had a look at some other items and they offer replicas of jewellery that is often spotted on other celebs such as an Evil eye necklace that was spotted on Millie Mackintosh during a Made in Chelsea series and some other well known engagement rings. 

As well as offering replicas of the coin jewellery they do stock real coin pieces but they are considerably more expensive so I chose to go with a replica piece and bought the Premium 22ct Gold Double Coin Holly Necklace for £45 the delivery was quick and it came beautifully packaged in an orange draw string bag and inside a box containing a tiny draw string bag containing the necklace. 
I am so pleased with the necklace itself and it sits perfectly and since wearing it I have received a few compliments! 
Next on my wishlist is another coin necklace from the real range the King George Six Pence Double Coin Necklace and I would really like the Double St Christopher 9ct Solid Gold Necklace but I think that one is for a Christmas list! 

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