Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The Internship Guide: Beauty & Social Media

This post has been a long time coming and is probably my most requested post to date, plenty of you loved the idea when I originally proposed popping this up but I wanted to get the most experience from my internship before posting this.

Most of you will know that I started interning at Gleam back in June, I still feel so privileged to have been given the chance to work there as it is the career that I ideally want to pursue. I interned at Gleam until the end of August when I was gratefully offered a three month placement, which I'm currently on now. Gleam stuck out to me as it not only offered a glimpse into the world of community management and social media, but they are UK's forerunner in talent management. I have had a lot of people tweet me regarding working there, particularly about the talent that Gleam look after- Tanya Burr, Zoella, Pointless Blog etc.. but there really is much more to it than watching my favourite YouTubers, and the odd tweet.

First Tip: Keep your eyes peeled NOW, even if you're not after an internship until next year it is always beneficial to look out for opportunities early on. Twitter is your best friend when it comes to this. I followed various Beauty/Fashion PR agencies, social media agencies and brands and the people who work in the sectors I was interested in. Okay, okay this may sound slightly stalkerish but it's worth it. I found lot's of relevant people via Linkedin and by simple research - check out a PR's/brands contact page on their website - look out for author names within magazines or press releases. I went for my interview at Gleam back in January, whilst I was still at University. I let them know I would be available come Summer time and would love to intern then, not only was it a relief to have something ready and sorted post graduation, but it gave me time to do my research.

Interview Tips:
I'm not the most forward person, I am quite shy and reserved so I made an conscious effort to get to know the company before my interview. This could range from simply looking at their website and twitter feed to researching the clients they have. In my case this was particularly fun as I got to watch lot's of my favourite youtubers and discuss this with them during my interview. Say you were interviewing for a magazine - stock up on past issues, pick out your favourite authors and articles of interest. Jot down ideas of what you would like to see them feature. If you're going into an interview with no knowledge of the company/brands they cover then it will probably show. 

Be yourself: Now, this sounds ridiculously generic but it's true. Don't lie to try an impress, it's most likely you'll be found out. Admit and fess up when you don't understand something, don't be afraid to ask questions - even if they seem silly to you. I was a total newbie when it came to excel and had to ask lot's of questions when creating spreadsheets and databases, which now seem SO simple, but now I know.  It's not always best to be overly confident and out there either, this can sometimes be misconstrued as arrogance or just down right annoying. I think a healthy mix of professionalism and friendly chat is best, but again it is all dependent on who you are working for and what they expect from you.

Find out what's expected of you: Ask about expenses, dress code, and the role you will be fulfilling beforehand. You don't want to start interning with no idea what you're supposed to be doing, or in a department you're not enthusiastic about. Make sure you get the facts and let them know the career you're aiming for, as they'll probably be able to give you some pointers. I was lucky and landed a fab bunch of girls, and Dom!, to work alongside, which made it all the more easy to fit in and feel part of the team. Unfortunately, not all internships are like that and you might be seen as the lowest link in the food chain but persevere and be the best you you can be, even if they're not so pleasant in return.

Put yourself out there and go the extra mile: You may be working for 'free' (most companies cover travel expenses) but that doesn't mean you can slack off and only do the minimum set for you. I kept a notebook with notes of what I thought could help the company, and reached out when I was running low on work or wanted to try something new. I try to make it a point to learn as much as I can from all the different branches of Gleam - from community management, which involves coverage of the clients social media, creating content, and blogger outreach - to talent management, which catered to events, brand campaigns and lot's of databases to be kept up to date. Even if a task does feel repetitive, remember there are plenty of other people who would like to be there, so put a smile on your face and do everything to the best of your ability. 

Skills: I do recommend sharpening up your powerpoint, google doc, and excel skills - these are needed pretty much every day so it's well worth investing some time in. Keep up to date with the latest beauty/fashion events and related news - I find keeping pinterest boards really help to inspire me when creating content and coming up with ideas. You will probably be asked to do the little jobs no one else wants to do, for example keeping stock and tidying the beauty cupboard, but most people start out this way so try not to get too big for your boots and make that cupboard the best it can be!

You may be the most efficient and enthused intern and you might not be offered a placement afterwards, but don't let that get you down. Create friendly relationships and you'll be remembered, networking is great for making contacts and you're not leaving with nothing, you're leaving with experience that you didn't have previously. PR agencies tend to look for a minimum of 3 months experience in the field I have found and lot's of people even intern for up to a year at various places, so keep at it,  remember a good cup of tea always goes down a treat, and you'll get there if you want it enough. If you're passionate, friendly, and committed this will show and you're more likely to be kept on or receive a good reference. 

Good luck! If you have any questions just let me know in the comments!
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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Prime Time: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Primers are my new best friends at the minute. Come winter time my skin gets very dry and I find that without a primer my makeup can stick to these dry areas in a very unflattering manner - of course a good skincare regime can help remedy this but I find applying a primer creates the perfect base for makeup application.

I recently gushed over the Clinique primers for various skin ailments - see here - but now comes the turn of Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in protect.  With SPF 30 UVA & UVB this really does protect my skin from environmental factors, which is vital when you're as ghostly as I am. I love that this oil free and I'm not left with a greasy film or excess residue, I simply massage this into clean skin to even out my skin tone and neutralise any dry patches. The formula is light and gentle, which I favour immensely over heavy duty coverage. 

My makeup always appears more flawless and lasts longer if I've applied this beforehand, and that's really all you need from a primer in my books. I'd love to test out their radiance primer next - for those dewy skin lovers out there.

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Monday, 28 October 2013

Top Autumnal Blush? NARS Douceur

NARS nevel fail when it comes to the blush department. Pigmentation? Check. Longevity? Check. Beautiful shades. Double check. You get the jist..

NARS Douceur is a stunning soft pink brown shade, which makes it great for adding depth to your cheekbones whilst also giving you a healthy flush of colour. It's like a 'no makeup' blush of colour that is extremely flattering on fair to medium skin tones, however would probably disappear on darker complexions. I use this to help contour my moon face and add a touch of warmth for a barely there look that I go for during the week. 

Soft and blendable, you can't go OTT with this blush so even heavy handed makeup application on the tube to work is in safe hands with this stuff.  This blush is highly similar to Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, which you can read more about here - Exposed in slightly more on the pink side but still a gorgeous subtle shade that's great for this time of year.

Have I won you over?
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Saturday, 26 October 2013

The Sunday Post: Little Red on YouTube!

Eeek! So I've finally caved and put my first YouTube video up! I had my doubts about starting it up again, umming and arring over whether I wanted to put myself out there again and the question of - what if people don't like me? But, after lot's of persuasion from Suzie and my boyfriend, I decided why the hell not.

Please bare in mind I'm in no way an editing whiz, and although I may work with some pretty amazing YT talent I'm still very nervy and awkward, but practice makes perfect, eh? 

I would absolutely love it if you could take a look and subscribe to support my new venture, or if you fancy a chuckle at how many times I faff around with my hair. You can find my channel here (loveohlittlered) - my YT widget in my sidebar leads to an old account and I've decided to start again from scratch, which I'm going to update as soon as I have a spare moment. 

So, please like, subscribe and all that jazz ;) - but most importantly inundate me with video suggestions of what you would like to see me film next. I'm a stickler for feedback and have been jotting down possible content for over a month now but every little helps and I'd love to hear what you guys think.

Here's to a new beginning...

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Saturday Night Beauty

Saturday nights at LR HQ tend to consist of a takeaway, glass of white wine, and crappy tv. Pretty perfect if you ask me. However, there are those occasions where I get my butt off the sofa and out of my onesie, ready for a night out with the girls. Here's the Saturday Night beauty line up...

For starters I prime my skin with my Clinique universal primer* (see here for deets!), before applying my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator in Pearl with my beloved Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, which I rave about here. This little gem from Becca adds a gorgeous hint of shimmer and boosts my complexion ten fold. However, it does contain SPF, which can be a bit of a no go when it comes to flash photography, so I'd recommend MAC Soft & Gentle highlight if you're planning on getting snapped. 

Red lips are a must for me with MAC's Ruby Woo being the forerunner. If I'm wearing a darker lip I prefer the formula to be matte as I don't find a glossy red to be as flattering. Ruby Woo can be slightly drying on the lips so I prep with Nuxe Reve de Miel beforehand.  As I've opted for a darker lip, a darker smokey eye is out of the equationwith a glam neutral eye and swift slick of eyeliner (L'Oreal Blackbuster Superliner is currently my liner of choice) taking its place. Benefits Most Glamorous Nudes Ever...* palette is fantastic for such occasions. Not only is the packaging ridiculously cute encased in a book, but the shades are subtle yet stunning. I sweep It's Complicated over the lid with Gil-y Pleasure blended into the crease for extra definition.  I'm not the greatest fan of false lashes so I opt for a coating of Benefit They're Real Mascara to give my lashes so va-va-voomph.

I keep my cheeks quite muted with Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed making the rounds as contour and blush all in one, set with a light dusting of Bourjois Java Rice powder*. Now all that's left is to squeeze into that LBD, spritz some Urban Decay All Nighter Spray*, and head out for a mojito, or two...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Cream of the Crop

Over the Summer I truly became a cream convert, loving the dewy Cara D finish and multi-purpose functionality. But that doesn't have to stop now that it's autumn...

For cream blush beginners... You can't go wrong with Stila Convertible Color's - these blend in seamlessly with great colour payoff that lasts. I picked up their trio palette earlier in the year (review here), which was amazing value for money and well worth picking up. Also try out Benefit's Fine One One - a great all in one cream highlight and blush for both cheeks and lips in one simple swipe (read more about it, and other shimmer fav's, here).

On a budget? Why not give Topshop and Bourjois a go. Bloggers went mad for the Bourjois cream blushes and with good reason. I blend Shade 03 onto the apples of my cheeks using my fingertips, giving just the right amount of glow and colour and drying on like a powder. Topshop have a greater range of shades that won't break the bank, I recommened Head over Heels (swatches here). 

Luxury Purchase? I cannot fault Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow blush. I have the shade Liquifuschia, a bright burst of pink that translates into a rosy sheen if applied gently and can be built up for a stronger flush of colour. Again, I like to use this as a lip stain also. Perf.

Onto the eyes... I've only started to recently dabble in cream eyeshadows preferring a matte look, but with new releases from Bourjois and brightening cream shadows from Origins they're winning me over.  First off I tried and tested Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo's, it wasn't exactly love as they did tend to crease but the pigmentation was pretty awesome for a drugstore brand. I find using a good eyeshadow primer helps to rectify any crease issues. However, the new Bourjois 24hr cream to powder eye offerings are proving to be the pick of the bunch at the minute, but more about that later this week...

What's your favourite cream product or are you a devoted powder fan?

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Friday, 18 October 2013

Clinique Super Primer's

 Clinique are offering up six formula's that target different skin issues you may have from redness, discolouration, and even dullness. Not only do these primers target certain issues but they all prep the skin ready for makeup...

Recently I've been reaching for Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects for dull skin*.  There are two shades for this particular skin complaint, with one more suited for darker skin tones. I stick to the pink tube, which is more suited to my fairer skin, on days where I feel my skin is a bit lack lustre and could do with a touch of radiance. I use a 5p sized pump of product, which comes out a garish baby pink but once applied melts into the skin seamlessly without leaving a greasy film or clinging to dry patches. May I just add that I love the texture of this stuff, it's almost like a soufflé - super soft and light. It's a treat to massage this into my skin, and then come off with a soft glow to my complexion whilst allowing my makeup to glide on like a dream.

I'm yet to try the universal face primer* for the range, which is Clinique's all rounder for all skin types. I'm also dying to road test the super primer specified for redness as that's my main skin complaint at the minute and I'd love to see how much a primer could combat the issue. I thoroughly recommend picking one up that suits you as these make a wonderful base for your daily makeup.

What are your primer recommendations?

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Bourjois Java Rice Illuminating Powder

Bourjois keep hitting them out the park at the minute, with their new Java Rice Illuminating Powder* being no exception to that rule. 'New' is actually used loosely here as Bourjois have reinvented their first bestseller in honour of their 150th birthday, with vintage style packaging to boot.

I tend to hate loose powders with their tendency to explode in my handbag, but this comes with a nifty twist-click mechanism that dispenses the product gently when you want it. This comes in handy as less is really more when it comes to this stuff, too much and you might come across a bit too much like Edward Cullen in the sunlight. I also recommend using a duo fibre brush that lightly picks up the product without going overboard. 

I like to sweep the product across my cheekbones, forehead and nose as those are the areas that need the most help controlling excess shine, and seek a touch of radiance. The product blurs over any imperfections and gives your skin that flawless finish we all so desperately crave. The Java Rice powder comes in one shade, which is universally flattering and carry's the musty signature Bourjois scent, which reminds me of watching my mum get ready when I was little.

A must have product in my opinion and at £9.99 well worth the money, are you tempted...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A Breakfast with Chantecaille

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a breakfast with Chantecaille to hear more about their new Wild Horses palette and autumn/winter range. As we dined on a selection of scrummy fruit yoghurt jars, banana bread, and oh-so delicious croissants, we were lead through the inspiration behind the Wild Horses collection. This collection hopes to aid conservation of wild horse habitats across America, which are being lost to mining and pollution.

The palette is divine with three smokey eye shades and a sunset rose blush, that can also be used to add warmth and depth to an eye look. However, with the eye popping price tag of £74 I personally won't be picking one up anytime soon. As lovely as the shades are with the wild horses design so beautifully etched into each one,  I don't believe the pigmentation justifies such a price. 

Chantecaille is a luxury brand and they do offer up a gorgeous array of products housed in equally luxurious packaging, for me their products would be a rare treat but well worth it in the case of their new Hydra Chic lipsticks. Housed in a sleek silver bullet, boasting six hours of lasting colour as well as anti-ageing protection these, whilst still more costly than your average lipstick, are well worth investing in at £29. I'm wearing the shade Tiger Lily* (above), a true burst of red that would flatter any skin tone. The formula is creamy and light without appearing overly glossy once applied. As for the staying power? I think Chantecaille might be a tad generous with the six hour mark, but I did find this to last up to four hours without the help of a lip pencil beforehand. 

Can Chantecaille tempt you to loosen your purse strings?

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tints For Eyes | Bronze & Brown

ample amber, fuller fudge, lots o' latte

After hearing the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tints (quite a mouthful!) be praised from nigh on everybody I have spoken to, I knew I had to get in on the action. I have hazel eyes and opted to road test the following selection of chocolate browns and bronze shades. From L-R: Lot's of Latte, Full of Fudge, and Ample Amber.

I teamed up the warm copper tones of Ample Amber*, swept across the lid, with Lot's of Latte in the crease. Lots o' Latte* is a warm taupe shade with a subtle golden shimmer running through it, a great shade for a neutral eye look. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of these two during the week for work and the chubby stick form is super convenient for on the go touch ups on the morning commute. Paired up they really help to bring out the green flecks in my eyes, so I have Lots o' Love for these two.  Fuller fudge* is a richer chocolate shade that is perfect for adding more definition and transitioning the above look from day to night.

I find these chubby stick shadow tints so easy to work with, being easily blend-able even when applied straight from the stick. I tend to smudge these out with my fingers and I'm ready to go, but when adding Fuller Fudge or darker shades I find it easier to using my MAC 217 blending brush to neaten things up. The twist up lid is also a great feature, no more sharpening or wasting product! I know some have found the lasting power of these to be not so great without a primer but for day wear I've found this look to last up to six hours. On a night out I would recommend using a eyeshadow primer beforehand just to keep these from fading and also to intensify your look. These aren't the creamiest of cream shadows but these are easily buildable for your desired look.

The shade selection is beautiful, I'm eyeing up Whopping Willow and Portly Plum for my next Chubby Stick venture...
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Monday, 14 October 2013

Let's Talk Skin

With advert upon advert proclaiming a new product for clear and radiant looking skin and magazines filled with photoshopped babes who are unblemished and well let's face it, perfect, the pressure to have perfect skin is on. I know I have personally upped my skincare regime in a bid to fade old acne scars, delay wrinkles, and evade the dreaded onslaught of spots.

I have suffered on and off since I was fourteen with mild acne, nothing over blown but I have tried various remedies from prescribed pill's to natural remedies and a healthier diet. I think it's mainly down to hormones at a young age and surely enough my skin has improved with time. I know now not to pick at blemishes and follow the mantra of cleanse, tone and moisturise but still to this day I don't own the flawless skin I dreamed of.

There are alternatives to supplements and stocking up on kale and green tea, such as keeping your stress levels to a minimum, regularly cleaning your makeup brushes, and going makeup free every so often to let your skin breather. There are also chemical peels and specialist acne treatments available these days, I tend to use a chemical peel mask once week to rid of dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. For those of you that suffer more so than others there are brands like sk:n, which specialise in troublesome skin. Sk:n offer laser acne treatments which target bacteria and bring congested skin to the surface to be treated. Now, this isn't a one stop quick fix treatment and will set you back £130 but for ongoing acne sufferers this will aim to purge your skin of bad toxins and regulate excess sebum and oils that can cause spots. 

Sk:n also offer up skin peels, which are more abrasive but seek to create new skin cells and rejuvenate the skin completely. I have found using skin peels once a week beneficial to reducing old scarring and keeping my skin fresh and rid of grime, however I would always recommend testing these behind your ear first to see if the product provokes a reaction. Sk:n currently offer Glyco peels for £40, something I might take them up on as my skin could do with a boost!

What are your thoughts on acne treatments and skin peels? Do you prefer natural remedies?

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Sunday Post: Rainy Day Dresses

Many times have I expressed my love of autumn but this year I've also had minor bouts of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) - not that I've been diagnosed with this disorder but I do have pangs of what can only be described as 'meh' and 'bleurgh' days due to the gloomy weather.

I normally love cosying up indoors whilst rain beats against the window but I really want to get out and about without getting drenched. In order to brighten my mood I opted for wearing this cobalt blue floral print collar dress* from Motel Rocks. I instantly felt lighter and chirpier and love the detailing with the collar and lace cuffs, and the shape is super flattering. I wore this dress to visit my Granddad in hospital today and hopefully it perked him up too! Now, I'm looking forward to a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings and some homemade lemon drizzle cake. Whose jealous? I would be.

Next week should be a hectic one with lot's of events and halloween makeup to be tested and a trip to H.O. HQ to visit my lovely Suzie B, so hopefully I'll pull myself out of this dull rutt I've been experiencing. Hope you all have had a lovely weekend and go gorge yourselves on Sunday treats, that's what I'll be doing for the remainder of the weekend...

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Saturday, 12 October 2013

The Beauty Bag: October

October is the month that marks not only Halloween but the best time of year for fashion and beauty, well for me anyway. I love autumnal trends, it's time to experiment andlayer things up. For most of the year I tend not to bother with eyeshadows and matte lipsticks, sticking to softer options. But come winter it's all about the true blood reds, plums and smokey hues. So, here's what's making the cut beauty wise for me this month...

The Base: I tend to suffer with dry patches around my nose and forehead so a primer is fundamental for prepping my skin. Primer of choice at the minute goes to Laura Mercier Foundation Primer*. This stuff seriously works, creating the perfect canvas to apply your foundation by smoothing out any troublesome areas. I then usually follow with my Liz Earle Signature Foundation - the shades 1 & 2 blended together is a perfect match for my skintone. 

The Eyes: I have hazel eyes so I love using golden tones and purples to bring the green flecks out. I've been enlisting MAC's Trax Eyeshadow a lot recently, either along my waterline during the day or blended into my crease alongside similar shades in the evening. Trax is a sultry purple shade with copper shimmer running through it, a universally flattering shade. I've been pairing this with the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara*, possibly a new contender for favourite mascara EVER. For a more toned down look the Clinique chubby stick shadow tints are great, they're quick and easy to blend in with your finger in the morning and have strong staying power. I'm loving using the shades Ample Amber* and Fuller Fudge* together and can see me doing so for everyday work wear this month.

The Lips: I love a good plum lip don't get me wrong but my top picks this month go to Revlon's Crème Brulee lip butter and the Hourglass liquid lipstick in the shade Icon. Crème Brulee glides on to the lips with ease, I would advise using a good lip scrub beforehand though. Dabbed on gently this is a gorgeous nude paired with Trax. If you're looking for a statement lip then Icon is your go to. A true blue toned red that won't fail to make a stand, I love how this dries on matte and let me tell you, this has  serious staying power.

The Extra's: In the place of my beloved Hourglass Illuminating Powders steps up the Bourjois Java Rice illuminating powder*. You need a light hand to apply this and less really is more when using this as this truly had the shimmer factor. I prefer to use a duo fibre brush to apply this all over my face to set my makeup instead of a usual powder. It brightens up my skin and gives that flawless finish we all crave. 

What's in your beauty bag this month?

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Skincare Spotlight: Liz Earle, Melvita, & La Roche-Posay

I tend to swap things up in my skincare routine just to keep things fresh. This trio has moved its way to the front of class starting with the Melvita Eau Extraordinaire Rose Water*, which I use after toning but before applying a serum/moisturiser. This can be used underneath your makeup and gives you that slightly tightened feeling whilst cooling and refreshing your skin. I love using this to prep my skin in the mornings, it aims to rejuvenate the skin and I can't get enough of the subtle floral notes this gives off. 

Next up, meet Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser*, my second stab at the Liz Earle skincare line and let me tell you I'm impressed. I thought my Origins Gin Zing Moisturiser paired with their Drink Up Mask was the holy grail of hydration, but this might give that combo a run for it's money. I tend use this solely in the evenings as it's slightly too rich for morning use before applying makeup - that's where Origins GinZing comes in (review here). Formulated for dry and sensitive skin, my two skin issues in one tube, this is perfect for me. The blend of avocado oil and echinacea smells heavenly and leaves my skin feel soft and supple. This literally melts into my skin without leaving a greasy film or residue that I have found with some moisturisers. I wake up with skin as soft as a baby's bum, and we all know that's soft.

Skincare bolt on of the week has to go to La Roche-Posay's Cicaplast Baum B5*. For the past few months I've had a unsightly breakout of eczema on my thumb and behind my knees, not comfortable when you're itching 24/7. I've tried eczema creams only to find temporary relief without actually healing the dry patches, however this cream has really helped. Cicaplast isn't just for eczema sufferers but makes a great addition to any of you that have bouts of dry skin. It's a really great multi-purpose product, which can be used on your lips, face or any dry patches on your body. Couldn't recommend this enough.

What's are at the top of your skincare stash at the minute?

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The New Additions: Liz Earle, Chantecaille & Balance Me

Yep, my already busting beauty hoard just got heavier. The latest beauty bumf to be homed in my 'to review' drawer feature some heavenly makeup additions from Liz Earle, my first jaunt into the world of Chantecaille, and a love affair with Balance Me Skincare. Look out for reviews of this lot in the upcoming weeks. Let's get started...

Liz Earle are a brand I've only trifled with, having only used their hot cloth cleanser it was great to dabble into their vast range of makeup goodness. I was lucky enough at a recent event to have my makeup done for me by makeup artist Nathalie Eleni. I absolutely adored the neutral yet sultry look she created using the pieces above* - you can see the look here. Look out for a recreation of this look, I'll try my best to live up to you, Nathalie.

I've often lingered over the 'order' button for the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser - found here - but could never justify the hefty price tag. Chantecaille is a luxury brand and the price does reflect that, however, as a one off treat why not.  

These Balance Me bit's are currently on trial and awaiting verdict. So far, so good. Especially the radiance oil, which has given my skin a much needed boost and glow.

Share your latest beauty hauls or wishlist products - I'd love to have a nose. 

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Little Mistress

`Inspired by my monochrome nails I got a bit matchy matchy and thought it was a great time to show off this little number*. I must admit I did feel slightly Sister Act when I slipped this on but I really love the floral detail on the cuff, which has this chic white leather look. The sixties swing shape is super flattering and I can't help but float about in it pretending I'm Twiggy.

In other news, what do you think about the updates to my layout? Abby did an amazing job and I feel like it's a lot crisper. 

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