Weekend manicure: Taupey nude with rose gold accent




Chic, subtle, but with a little twist!

Products used:

OPI nail envy matte

Accessorize “fudge”

Orly “rage”

Butter London Hardware quick topcoat






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Beauty Review: Autograph Liquid Glow Illuminator

Ever since I started watching Lisa Eldridge’s makeup tutorials, the Becca Shimmering skin perfector has been at the top of my wish list. But when Becca finally came back into Space NK, I just couldn’t do it. 33 pounds for a product I could only buy online so couldn’t even swatch? Becca is now available in selected Space NK stores, but I think I have found a good alternative. Is it a dupe? I wish I could make that statement. Maybe those who own both can help me out?

The Autograph liquid glow illuminator is part of the Marks and Spencer makeup range. For 9.50 pounds , you get 30ml of product, which I think is a great deal. It come with a handy pump. I have the shade natural, there also is a bronze.

How to use it
– As an illuminating base under makeup
– mixed in with your foundation to make it lighter and more dewy
– as a liquid highlighter on top of foundation

This is a very subtle product, which I love. It has absolutely no visible glitter particles. What it does is it catches the light in a way that looks glowy, but natural. You can sheer it out a lot or leave it quite dense, as in the photo below on my hand.

The two drugstore alternatives I am aware of are the L’Oreal lumi magique primer and the new Seventeen Skin Wow! 3 way highlighter. I haven’t tried either, so please leave your comments if you have.





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Heart to Heart: Today I am grateful

*No beauty or make-up in this post, just mental healthchit chat*

Every now and then I come across something that reminds me of the year I spent in depression. That year ended, maybe 8 months ago. Plus minus 3. Sometimes it’s a song I used to listen to at that time (Most recently: Cher – You haven’t seen the last of me). Sometimes I get an accidental stab into one of my old wounds and I am reminded how much they used to hurt. Sometimes there is a bit of bleeding, but I’m able to get it under control. Sometimes I look at the physical manifestation of my scars and remember how I got them. Other times it’s a piece of clothing I bought during that time. Like my mustard yellow scarf with a bird pattern that I bought while in hospital.

And then I think about where I am in my life right now. How different it is.
Like, this week I worked really hard, probably the hardest since I got better. I felt dedicated. I wanted to do it. My goodness, having the energy and enjoyment for what you are supposed to be doing makes such a difference. Sometimes I just walk down the street and realize that I feel light. I feel happy. No anhedonia (inability to experience pleasure). No dysphoria (chronic low mood). I can’t tell you how amazing that feels.

All my therapists had one big worry in the end. That I would be an eternal patient. That I would never be able to let go of that. Why on earth would you do that? Because that is your Number 1 identity. Because you think you deserve it. Because of the care and attention. Because someone acknowledges that you are hurting. Because it is a manifestation that somethings in your life went wrong, or is still wrong. Like spending your adulthood with mental illnesses to show everyone how wrong things went in your childhood. Like that hurts anyone other than yourself. I remember being released from hospital and feeling paralysed with fear that they might be right. That I might never let myself get well.

Only time could really prove this wrong. I think it did. I will never take this for granted. Sometimes I feel so much gratitude that it makes me cry a little. I know I will slip. Life will slip. But that doesn’t matter, because I am excited for it. I want to live. I am up for this. Life feels so good right now.

And then there is the miracle of my relationship. Just to give that a sneaky mention.

A year ago I was in hospital. Today I am happy.

To be well is incredible. Thank you everyone who helped me get there, or simply stuck around.


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Look of the Day: Shopping my stash



I get very excited about new products. Who doesn’t? But today I ended up using all my old favourites. It started with my thinking “Why don’t I use my beloved Naked palette anymore?” And then one thing led to another…

– Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B20
The only full size high-end foundation I own. Why do I always look for new bases? This one still has my favourite texture, finish and application.

– Nyx mosaid powder in Highlighter
Great highlighter. Not glittery at all, just a fine silvery shimmer.

– Tarte Amazonian clay blush in Exposed
Oh my gosh. So natural and beautiful. I used to use this every single day. Then summer came and with it my coral-peach obsession. This one is more plummy pink, great as we are going into Autumn.

– Soap and Glory solar powder
– Nars light reflecting loose setting powder

– Urban Decay Naked palette (Sin, Virgin, Darkhorse)
Amazing pigmentation, creamy texture. WHy did I ever stop using this?

– Eyeko skinny eyeliner
Helen Mirren signed my programme with this. If that’s not a good reason to use it, the easy application and staying power is.

– Rimmel Scandaleyes eye pencil in Nude
How could I forget about this instant eye brightener?

– Maybelline One by One waterproof mascara

– Mac Hug me
Long before I got properly into beauty, this used to be my go-to lipstick. It is pretty much the colour of my lips. Why am I still looking at nude lipsticks?! I also love the Lustre finish.


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Look of the day: Wearable black liner



I rarely wear black eyeliner on an everyday basis, although I love a neat feline flick for special occasions. This is me dipping my toe into the whole soft, smudged liner business.

– Laura Mercier Oil-free tinted moisturizer in Bisque
I bought this at Gatwick Airport duty free several months ago, but never really got into it. In the winter, the shade I was matched to was actually too dark for me. Now that I am more tanned (Chanel B30-B40), it’s a much better fit. I like this – it gives a bit of coverage that evens out my skintone while still looking natural.
– Soap and Glory Solar powder
The golden highlighter is growing on me!
– Alterra powder blush in natural rose
Stay tuned for a post on German drugstore makeup.
– Nars light reflecting loose setting powder (T-zone only)
My favourite setting powder ever. Instant Gaussian blur.

– Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on pencil in zero
Along the upper lash line and smudged out with a lip brush.
– Mac fluidline in Blacktrack.
Along the outer half of my lash line pressed into my lashes and dotted underneath.
– Maybelline One by One Waterproof mascara (what else?).

– Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani in 511
A high-end splurge that deserves a full review. Amazing formula that lasts.


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Look of the Day: Nars Satin lip pencil



One of my recent high-end splurges is this gorgeous Nars Satin lip pencil. I promise I’ll do a full review with swatches soon. In a nutshell: Creamy, opaque vibrant raspberry pink.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua compact in B30 (lovely sample from Debenhams)
Soap and Glory Solar powder bronzer and highlighter
Alterra powder blush in natural rose (German drugstore)


MUA Undress me too palette
Maybelline One by One waterproof mascara

Nars Satin lip pencil in Luxemburg


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Look of the Day: Everyday Summer makeup



I took the pictures after several hours of wear, hence the not-quite-flawless complexion.

– Dr Jart’s Waterfuse BB cream
– Nars light reflecting loose setting powder
– Alterra powder blush in Peachy (German drugstore brand)
– Soap and Glory Solar powder Bronzer & Highlighter

– Mac paint pot in Vintage selection (all over the lid)
– Maybelline 24h color tattoo in On and on bronze (outer corner)
– Maybelline One by One Mascara in waterproof

– Maybelline Superstay lipstick in Stay with me coral (entirely enabled by Lisa Eldridge)
– Nyx Megashine lipgloss in candy shop


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