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Natural Summer Makeup FOTD

Friday, 25 July 2014

So recently it's been very humid, and basically a nightmare for makeup. It ends up down my face and all over my clothes pretty much. So I wanted to do a look that was really plain and simple to  suit the weather because nobody wants a full face caked on in the heat.

I applied some Benefit Porefessional on my cheeks to cover pores, and then went over my whole face with Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in soft beige. I usually use a liquid foundation but when it's this humid I need something more substantial and mattifying to keep the shine away because I have an oily T-zone. I contoured using Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in medium/dark because its nice and matte again, and then highlighted the tops of my cheeks and under my brow bone with the Sleek FaceForm Contour Pallette, which I used a blush from as well on the apples of my cheeks. All of this together gave a very clean finish and no shine. I set it all with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in translucent.

I really lightly filled in my brows with Makeup Store Micropowder in the shade Deadly. I set it off with the Maybelline Brow Gel in dark brown.

For my eyes I just used the Naked Palette 2 powder Foxy just to brighten the eye up a bit, and then lots of layers of the L'oreal Mega Volume Miss Manga mascara to open my eyes right up. I didn't wear eyeliner to keep it all looking fresh and light.

For my lips I coloured them in using a Max Factor Lipliner  in the shade 10 Ruby and then went over the inside with Topshop Lip Crayon in the shade Coy.

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A Post About a Handbag.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Every now and again something really, really good unexpectedly happens. And you think perhaps it's karma for helping that old lady with her bags or something because there is no way that things like this actually happen. Things like finding £50 in your jeans pockets or getting emailed with a random offer for a dream job or getting a call from Tom Hardy saying you are his one true love and he wants to hitch you. That type of level. Well, it happened to me. (Not the actual Tom Hardy thing but on a similar level of joy.) 

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I went into London to meet some of my girls for a nice, relaxed day of wine and carbs in the sun. Obviously shopping involved. The one and only thing I wanted was to come away with a brown, everyday handbag. I had been looking for one for weeks but unfortunately I am incredibly picky with bags and the slightest thing can turn me off or make me see it as tacky. I don't actually own any brown bags, I always go for black. But I think brown is better for Summer/Autumn/Spring so the time came. I looked pretty much in every shop and basically gave up. 

We had already been in Zara but I was walking past another one and basically this bag was right on the floor in the middle where someone had changed their mind and dumped it by the door. So I told my friend to hold fire and went and picked it up and it was £100 (authentic leather) in the sale for £40. It was the bag. So I went to pay and (here is the really good bit.) It scanned through as £25. I literally tried not to snog the girl behind the till. I had been more than willing to pay the £40. Hell, I would have paid the hunner.

 It's the perfect size, it's not too big but fits everything I could need including cameras and dog toys in it with ease. The leather is supple and the best shade of tan. There's no random stuck on embellishments and the gold detailing and buckles don't look tacky or like they will bronze. It is literally the perfect bag. And I literally found it in the middle of the floor for 75% off!

  I am so glad I helped that old lady with he bags.

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OOTD: Bloody boiling.

Thursday, 3 July 2014
There is a heat-wave in London currently. Not a cushy 23 degrees chill-in-the-sun-with-a pint type heatwave. We are talking 26 degrees melt-on-the-floor-consider-suicide heatwave. Especially if you have a low tolerance like me. I had the day off work which was glorious, so went into central London to spend all that money I don't have. Mission: Wear as little as possible without being mistaken for a Street Walker.

The go-to was a crop, obviously. Nothing black. (Also obvious.) This crop was a Topshop basic from last year but they have similar (actually nicer IMO) ones in stock this season. Paired them with these tailored shorts from Miss Selfridge. Denim would be too heavy for the heat I think, and these are high enough to hide my midriff, which I'm never keen to parade. Sandals are Birkenstock rip-offs from Primarni, the perfect solution if you can't decide whether to bend for the trend or not. Ugly? Yes. Comfortable? So much comfort. Solution = Primarni. Always Primarni.

I added my beloved orange clutch, and then freaked out that the outfit looked too classy for me. So I threw in some tacky jewellery and was good to go.

Sunnies were a gift from my girl Daisy, the bracelet is Primarni, the watch is Timex. My 'hood bitch' hoops were from New Look a while back, originally purchased for a 90s themed party but they've stuck around for when I need to spice an outfit up. My tattoo was done by Rebecca Vincent at Circle London. I always think it looks good with some chunky gold costume jewellery.

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