August Favourites

This months august favourites video was filmed in just over 15 minutes and contains a whole lot of beauty favourites. I've been loving more pinky lipsticks over my usual nude offerings and have been completely obsessed with Tom Ford Velvet Orchid. And don't even get me started on Nars Sheer Glow - there's a lot of love squished in to these nine minutes and twenty four seconds...

MAC Cream Cup Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour - Peach Sorbet
MAC Lip Liners - What Comes Naturally & Boldly Bare
Estee Lauder Brush On Glow BB Highlighter
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
Tom Ford Velvet Orchid
Maxfactor Clump Defy False Lash Effect
Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Brush Set

The Sunday Post: An Evening Stroll

We moved over two months ago now, and one of the first things we realised after moving was how lovely the parks nearby were. We spent a lot of time wandering around them, gawping at other peoples dogs and feeling like something was seriously missing. Of course that something was a little fluffy of our own, and now an evening stroll through the park is our daily ritual. It's especially relaxing if you've had a bad day, and now we have a new lead for Nala, watching her run and prance in the grass (without us having to dash after her) is the most heart warming thing.

I look especially dolled up in these photos considering we're walking round the park, but it was outfit photo day. Normally you'll find me in my pyjamas and vans with my hair resembling some form of birds nest. So classy.

Keeping that mental image in mind - that's exactly how I look today - we have a day full of building ikea furniture ahead and with all our clothes in one giant floordrobe until our bedroom has been put back together, I couldn't get dressed if I wanted to!

Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday!

New Vlog Alert

After a vlogging hiatus due to a case of lazyitus, I'm back on a role again with my third vlog this month. This one is one of my favourites as it features one of my bestest friends (I always get really emosh after Luce goes home and I watch the vlog footage back) and there's lots of "walking Nala" clips as we were a tad over excited that we can finally walk her.

P.S Spot the mistake where I get Luce's piercing wrong - it's a rook, not a conch. Why I got that mixed up I don't know. Le sigh.

"That Scarf"

You know the drill, you go to Zara for a return, you browse, you exit having made an exchange and spent even more money than you spent in the first place. Sound familiar? Sometimes I can't get over the fact that there is NO other high street store (for me) where that happens - damn you Zara.

Above is a small part of the afore mentioned exchange that took place (one that I'm referring to as "that scarf" due to the crazy amount of questions I've had on it!) - Luce originally picked it up and remarked at how similar it was to one she purchased last year - one that I happened to love and forever wished it was mine. You can imagine my delight when she put it down and walked away. MINE.

Monochrome, finely kitted, with a pattern that matches my new blog header perfectly. There isn't anything I don't love about it. Depending on how you fold it you can have it wrapped around or simply draped around my neck (as worn above), falling down to thigh level. I love the fact that it is just the right length when folded horizontally (instead of diagonally at the corners it is the perfect length for me -  I hate it when you buy a scarf and no matter how you fold it, it falls to your knees.

It's really lovely and thick, so when I'm feeling a bit rough (read: drank too much gin the night before), I like to wrap it around my neck and hide half my face in it. Great for hangovers, but also really cold days too - so practical!

My New Foundation BFF

Some of you might have spotted the little impromptu haul that took place on one fine Saturday morning a few weeks back (FYI - if you missed it it's here). One of the stars of the show that made it's way into my daily routine has been the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in the shade Fiji. This one has been on my "to buy" list for well over two years now - after being "the thing" when I first started vlogging - how I managed to pass it by for so long is beyond me. When ever I've watched a Tanya Burr or Vivianna Does Makeup video and thought their skin looked particularly perfect, they've been using this, and I can confirm that I feel the exact same way about it on my face! I've been working on a lot of videos recently where this has been worn and it just seems to surpass anything else. Like magic - Nars have found perfection, bottled it and sold it *applauds*.

You've probably heard the spiel over and over - medium coverage with some serious glow. It works well as a light foundation when used sparingly, but for me medium coverage status is where it's at (just don't try and go any further as things can look a little scary). Its also packs an amazing glow, unlike anything else I own, more dewy than G.A Luminous Finish, but more glow-giving than YSL Touche Eclat - like a beautiful mix of the two.

My only gripe? It lives up to the break out warning that you see on so many reviews - my skin definitely gets a lot more congested with dewier foundations so if this is something you struggle with - I have a tip! I got sick of letting great foundations break me out a long time ago, and after some trial and error, I discovered that using the Dr Jart BB Cream under the likes of YSL and Nars creates a barrier between your skin and the foundation (and makes things look a whole lot more perfect too) - yes, it does mean purchasing a second product so you can use the one you already have, but I completely justify it by the fact that it allows you to make use of an otherwise un-usable product (plus it is the bomb on it's own - but that rave train has been already).

Are you a Sheer Glow lover? Let me know in the comments as I feel like this is one of those marmite products (fortunately I quite like marmite)...

The Brow Routine

My brow filling/shaping routine has been on my list of things to do for the longest time now. I finally got round to uploading it yesterday so I hope it doesn't disappoint. It's always pointed out that my prows are pretty good on their own and don't need much attention at all - a little plucking on the underside (NEVER the top) and trimming of the hairs that get a little wild - because they do get WILD. If you ever meet my dad then you'll understand where I get this from...

More than anything my routine involves making the edges much smoother and sharper, partially to even them up and make them more sisters than cousins six times removed and partially because I'm a life long fan of the mac makeup artist tag on Instagram (life long fan in terms of Instagram life). If the strong brows aren't quite your thing and you're interested in seeing what they look like on a "natural but filled in" day then there might be a video for you coming up fairly soon!