From The Archive: 2013

With magazine placements on the side, 2013 was the last year I juggled blogging as a side gig. Things get a bit girlier in the style department too, with a lorra love for the sixties and a 'hive!


Beauty Favourites #2: Autumn Winter 2013

Sephora: Eyeshadow in ‘Girl Talk’
Sephora’s ‘Girl Talk’ has fast become my everyday eye shadow shade, being a pale pigmented rose gold (with added flecks of glitter) it makes for a suitably festive eye shadow day-to-day look, and even occasionally graces a ‘OOH you have glitter on your eyes!”- comment, which in my humble opinion, is only ever a good thing. It also works well when a little wet, and applies thicker- a handy tip from my fellow ‘shadow lover, Daisy.

Topshop: Eyeshadow Trio in Aubergine
On top of that, I’m also really enjoying the Topshop eye pallets. I’ve always loved Topshop make up (see: Liv’s lipstick collection) but their eye pallets are somewhat new to me. Saying that I am loving the darker more Autumnal tones of the prism shadows in the Aubergine pallet- especially for creating a delicate smokey eye, and building up for evening looks. Plus, I’m a sucker for a golden based eyeshadow during the day- so these tick the boxes there too.

Benefit: Brow Zings in Medium
Now- to frame all of that, I’ve been using Benefit’s Brow Zing kit- which is pretty excellent indeed. Not only does it allow you to shape your brow with the slightly pigmented wax and handy angled brush (and pluck any strays with the baby tweezers) but it comes with a setting powder to fill them in with, meaning no more Charlie-busted brows for me (only on occasion anyway) and allows me to shape them with a little more control than usual- thumbs up.

Blush Tarte and Sleek

Tarte: Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in ‘Blissful’
When Kate recommended Tarte to me during one of my ‘I’m in Sephora and don’t know what to do’ tweets- I instantly took note. Being a pale lady, I’m all for a good rosy tint, and continually searching for a blush, that not only offers a delicate pink flush (not the ‘I’ve just been on a skiing holiday’ red) but lasts all day too- which is why Tarte is amazing. Being a clay blush, I find it’s far more buildable than a standard blush and I think the fact it isn’t particularly powdery allows more control, which is a bonus. Additionally, the Amazonian Clay is also meant to act as an ‘oil and dry skin minimalizer’ and pretty much carries me through the day without need to top up. Sadly this isn’t available in the UK- but I’ve spotted some here which may be handy!

Sleek: Blush in Rose Gold
Additionally, I also love this Sleek blush (late-to-the-party-Purvis over here- the world and his wife have already told you about this, I know)- which is more of a highlighting blush, but equally as rosy and incredibly pigmented- meaning you really don’t need a lot to get a good glow. It’s certainly a summery blush, and perfect for a pretty coral shimmery look.

Red Lipsticks
Sephora: Cream Lip Stain in 01
Lipsticks, lipsticks, lipsticks- how I love thee. Especially when one is red. Firstly let’s talk about this Sephora bad boy. Since picking one up in Las Vegas on recommendation of a certain Zoe– I have been smitten. It is by far one of THE best lip stains/products I have ever used- and I am quite the lipstick fiend. Not only does it apply matte, last all day (and when I say all day, I mean it- it could probably last forever if I didn’t take it off)- it acts like a lip paint, where it drys, sets- and stays put. A-mazing. Plus, every time I wear it someone will comment, which means it’s doing something very right. The only downside is that is has a doe foot applicator which means ULTIMATE precision is required, but apart from that I could sing about it for days.

Red Lipsticks: Topshop’s Really Ruby, ELF’s Cheerful Cherry and Liz Earle’s Hibiscus

How many lipsticks can a girl have? A lot apparently. I know it sounds silly, but after trying this little selection out over the past few months, it’s amazing how one red lippy can differ from the next- and luckily I’ve narrowed it down to a favourite few, just. Firstly, Topshop’s Really Ruby lipstick is also a little different to my normal bright reds, being slightly more blue toned and pink based- making it a raspberry kind of colour rather than a pillar box red- and a little more glossy than the matte shades I usually turn to, meaning it’s incredibly forgiving on wintry dryness! On top of that, Elf’s Cheerful Cherry is a beautiful rich red, which is super buildable, and doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals- pow! Additionally, Liz Earle’s is also a little more sheer and glossy (always perfect for more daytime subtle looks)- meaning there’s a perfect variety here to keep me going for a while.

Illamasqua: Colouring Pencil in Red
Additionally, and last but not least, I also love using the Illamasqua pencil under all of these lovely lippies. Even if it’s just to help create a good lip outline, get a nice colour underneath, and to stop messy bleeding- job’s a good ‘un- and this is such a gorgeous shade too.


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