A Night At The Beaumont

Last week I was whisked away to the Beaumont Hotel for an overnight stay and dinner at The Arts Club, courtesy of EsteƩ Lauder. Being a nervous traveller and a total home bunny I very rarely make it to launches unless I have a buddy coming with me, but an overnight stay means avoiding the Brighton Mainline at night (it's not dangerous, per say, but strange things happen. I think there was once a Facebook page dedicated to things that happen on the Brighton Mainline) and avoids travelling so late, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to spend an evening with one of my favourite brands.

I know, that's a strong statement there, but they really are when you think about the amount of their products that I use religiously. I didn't snap much of dinner as I think they're quite strict on the photos their, but I did vlog a teeny bit! The menu at The Arts Club is awesome, I must worm my way back in soon for some more of the chocolate pudding.

And my stay at The Beaumont? Well, it is one of my favourite hotel rooms I've ever stayed in so far, (other favourites include the K West, London, Hotel Indigo (Edinburgh) and Barcelo Santiago for (Tenerife) for it's views!), 1920's vibes with the most stunning marble bathroom and heated floors quickly cemented it's place there.

My outfit is an mixture of my current favourite items in my wardrobe: The ASOS Cold Shoulder top, Topshop Joni Jeans, ASOS Heels (I've worn them three times in the past three weeks - this never happens). I also carried an old Ubran Outfitters black clutch and snubbed my coat as we were lucky enough to have cars take us to and from the venue (one of the many reasons why I need my own car in my life this year). My makeup was an amped up version of my usual going out makeup which I posted about earlier this week.

Definitely one of the more "WHAT IS MY LIFEEE" posts that I have on here. I felt extremely blessed and couldn't not take a bazillion photos as a reminder. The bathroom mirror was also lit from all angles (the best lighting I've ever experienced), so I took more than a few selfies too...

Going Out-Out

There are two things I haven't done in a very long time: 1) a "what's on my face" style post and 2) Go out for more than a cinema/casual pizza/unbutton your jeans evening. Somehow January always seems to be my busiest night out month (too many birthdays people!) and after the post Christmas slob I start to enjoy making the extra effort again.

When Estee Lauder invited me to dinner and a night at The Beaumont (more on the hotel later this week) I knew extra effort was required. This was not going to be a converse and striped t-shirt kind of affair and both my wardrobe and makeup needed to reflect that.

My going out makeup look is pretty solid, and I'm finding it hard to break away from the Charlotte Tilbery Dolce Vita Palette, so the application of eyeshadow/liner is pretty much what you see in this video here. However there are a few new things that I threw in to the mix that I feel made all the difference:

BOLDER BROWS: I'm back on the big brow loving band wagon (but when was I ever really off?), I reigned it in for a bit and had them looking slightly more "natural" but I just can't break away from my love of a bold brow, especially when I'm really playing up my eyes - it helps balance my face - y'know?

LESS IS MORE: ...When it comes to base, I mean. I've been using the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (no one uses flash anymore really so no panic there) as I find that light layers give a far more flawless and illuminating finish than any medium - full coverage foundation I own. Mixed with a little Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer under the eyes, with the Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush on Glow BB Highlighter (been a fan for so long I know the full name off by heart) in a "V" shape under my eyes to brighten and perfect. I've also been applying the Clarins Instant Light Lip Balms over my lip liner as it gives a seriously plump look to my lips but in a way that looks so effortless and not too "done".

The HEAVENLY HIGHLIGHTER/CONTOUR COMBO: Two newbies from Clinique dropped on my desk this week and they are my new favourites for sculpting and highlighting my face in an almost Kim K way. I feel like that level of contour is a bit over the top for daily wear, so every chance I get at the moment I'm going to town with it. There will be more on this magical duo this week, but until then - they're GOOD.

AN OLD FAVOURITE: Nars Gina Blush is back in my life ladies! My first Nars purchase back at the age of 20 after a bad day in the office (little did I know that that would forever be seen as a very forgettable day in terms of bad work days). It gives a peachy/orange warmth to the cheeks which compliments bronzed and contoured cheek bones perfectly. It also works beautifully with the more orangey toned Clarins Balm. I'm hooked.

FALSE FLUTTER: I caved and bought a fair few packs of the Everyday Flutter lashes by Tanya Burr whilst in Superdrug last week. No regrets. Ever.


Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Liner 
L'Oreal Gelmatic Liner
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara* 
Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour 
Topshop - Stallion


Five Reasons Why Braids Are Awesome.

French, dutch, milkmaid, halo, waterfall, fishtails - not only do braid names sound nice but they look amazing. I've been braiding my hair a lot recently and love them for so many reasons, but the main ones are:

THEY WEAR WELL - Especially fishtail braids. There's just something about layers and strands that naturall fall out throuout the day that add a little boho edge to a look.

THEY LOOK LIKE YOU'VE MADE AN EFFORT - A simple side braid can transform a bad hair day, and a fishtail braid screams "this took me hours" but they take minutes (seconds if we're talking about a basic braid). HELLO TIME EFFICIENCY. Don't even get me started on milkmaid braids. Princess hair at it's finest.

THEY'RE EASY (MOSTLY - I'm still perfecting the waterfall braid) a few YouTube tutorials can completely change your outlook on braids. I wish I could refer you to my channel but I'm no master of hair tutorials. But there are some real goodies out there. FACT: I googled how to do a fishtail braid in 2010 - my first dip in to YouTube tutorials. I had the fishtail down in 10 minutes and then taught all the girls at work how to do it.

THEY TRANSITION WELL. From different hair types to different occasions. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. They're a particular favourite of mine for working out too. My favourite transitional braid is the Halo braid. A side braid that stretches from one side of your head, to the other (and can continue round the back of your head). Great for hot summer days and perfect for scarf wearers with long locks.

THE WAVY HAIR AFTERMATH - Even if it's just for five minutes, there's nothing better than unleashing a lions mane of crazy hair.

Braid lovers unite!


The Drugstore Haul: Makeup & Skincare

Last weekend I tweeted a photo of one rather hefty Boots bag and there were a lot of requests for a haul. It's a mixture of makeup and skincare with an additional hair product thrown in for good measure.

WARNING: I say definitely far too many times in this video. I promise to be more eloquent next week...

Bourjois CC Cream (shade 51) 
Bourjois Powder (shade 52)
Bourjois Bronze & Highlight
Rimmel Apocalips Matte Lip Laquers in Orange-Ology & Meteoric Matte
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Frambourjois
Tanya Burr Everyday Flutter False Lashes (Superdrug purchase)
Charles Worthington Texturising Spray
L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water
Una Brennan Hydrating Mask (Boots purchase)
Garnier BB Cream (Light)
Garnier Caffine Eye Roll On


The Sunday Post: Nala, Meet Snow.

This week I woke up to a stream of texts with the words "snow" over and over again. Despite it being half an hour earlier than I normally get up, I was up, dressed and out the door in the space of five minutes. The first snow of 2015 had settled in Brighton and Nala and I were going for a walk!

In typical Nala style, she wasn't too keen on the snow - but then again she's not a lover of the great outdoors at all. Wrapped up in her coat she pranced around, flicking snow with her nose and then snorting at it because it felt cold. Silly sausage. She also played with a fellow brown pomeranian - they looked mighty cute frolicking in the snow together (completely reinforcing my dream of a fellow pom sister for her in the future).

Unfortuntely a morning of snow fun (in addition to all the London visits this week) has set me back a little on my work schedule. I've got a lot to do tomorrow before crazy february rolls around. Cross your fingers for me!


Minimal Makeup

Given that January see's us all hiding away like hermits, it's not really surprising that the number of minimal makeup videos that are published sky rockets. They leave the extra twenty minutes in bed on those dark mornings and require minimal touch ups throughout the day.

Origins Vitazing Moisturiser
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Vanilla)
Mac Studio Fix Powder Foundation
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder
Bobbi Brown Brow Kit (Saddle/Mahogany)*
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara*
Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm (Shade 6)*
Also mentioned - Clarins Instant Light Lip Oil*


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