Challenge Accepted: I’m totally doing this (maybe).

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This counts as a post by the way. *thumbs up*

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Makeup and Sushi Samba

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Last weekend I met up with a very dear friend to celebrate her birthday. It was just the two of us for a lazy lunch- no bottle popping, shots or VIP booths- but as this was a birthday lunch we thought we’d head over to the 38th floor of the Heron Tower and try out Sushi Samba.

It was heaven. We were high above the City of London on a perfectly sunny day enjoying the most mouth-watering Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian fusion food.

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We ate and ate and ate, and I drank and drank and drank (my friend is tee-total so I had to drink on her behalf). I cannot properly put into words how blissful the whole experience was- incredibly ridiculous considering that’s the whole point of a blog, I know- but the ambience, the food, the decor and the breathtaking views over London all made for the perfect late afternoon hangout. It’s jumped right into my top 10 list of places to eat in London.

“What makeup did you wear?” Well I’m glad you asked because this allows me to get to the point of this slightly rambling post:

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My deconstructed face.

Base: I kept things nice and natural with just a sweep of MAC’s prep and prime translucent pressed powder to absorb shine (good but not amazing. I’m still searching for amazing).

Blush: P Pie from Sleek’s Blush by 3 Pumpkin pallete. Lovely shade, perfect level of pigmentation. Their blushes are probably the best on the market and incredibly affordable- my palette was £10 from Superdrug.

Eyes: Soap and Glory’s Super Cat eyeliner- a liquid liner with an easy to use felt tip-esque nib that stays put once dry (unlike their pencil liner that smudges like crazy)

Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara. I used to work on the beauty floors of a few top London department stores during my uni years and I have tried all the mascaras. All of them. So trust me when I say that this is the best. It gives beautifully long, defined, thick lashes without smudging or flaking. Just get it.

Lips: Revlon lip butter in Tutti Frutti. Lovely sheer orangey-coral shade with a nice moisturisng, non-sticky finish.

In other news, I wrote this post on my phone during my commute! I am a blogging machine.

 

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Apologies and Kate Somerville news

Image So I clearly haven’t quite got the hang of this blogging business yet (only 2 posts in almost 4 weeks? GET OFF MY INTERNET!!) but I am working on it. I’ve had a relentless work schedule to contend with on one hand and a desire to do nothing but sleep on the other. Sandwiched between the 2 is my social life (although, to be honest, I’ve been so busy over the past few weeks that my ‘social life’ is basically Whatsapp) and you can see why blogging has been relegated to the sidelines.

But. But, but, but…over the weekend I heard some news that made my skin-care loving heart go giddy-up: The Kate Somerville skin care line is now available in the UK via their website. Trust me, this is big news. The guru of skin care gurus, Caroline Hirons has raved about this line enough for me to have considered paying a skin-care mule to smuggle pots of the stuff back to the UK for me. I, like the rest of the beauty blogdom, have my eye on the Goat Milk Moisturiser and will be counting down the day until I can get it on my face.

I use too many parentheses/brackets.

http://www.katesomerville.com/

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Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel

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I have very unruly eyebrows. Incredibly unruly. Former Archbishop of Canterbury unruly. They are wild and curly, with the individual hairs bending up and/or down with a total disregard for the direction in which their neighbours are headed. I’ve tried my fair share of eyebrow gels and waxes with varying degrees of success, but nothing, NOTHING beats this stuff.

Illamasqua’s brow gel is the holy grail of brow gels. A quick sweep with this clear, fast drying gel through each brow will freeze them in place until you wash your face. Please note, I did not say ‘all day’. I really do mean ‘until you wash your face’ because this stuff does not budge and does not flake. You could leave your house in the morning, stay out all day, party all night, fall into bed and still wake up with Camilla Belle eyebrows.

Sleek, defined, chic and hyper-groomed. Eyebrow perfection can be yours for £11.50

 

 

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This is a blog about looking good.

Hello! Welcome to my little slice of the internet. I’m new at this so please be nice.

Does the world really need another beauty blog? Does anyone care what I think about the staying power of a MAC lipstick? Don’t I have better things to do with my time? (No, no and maybe). Nevertheless, here I am, armed with a love of products and an opinion.

So, it’s summertime and we’ve all had parts of our bodies on show that, for most of the year, lie hidden under 10 layers of fabric. If you’ve ever looked out of the window onto a beautiful morning that promises to be sunny AND warm and thought: ‘Yay sunshine!’ Followed by: ‘Waaaaaaah, this means it’ll be too hot to wear tights and the world will see my scaly legs! What do I dooooooooo?’ Fear not and reach for this:

Aqua Mirabilis from Lush

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If you ever need smooth skin in a hurry, Aqua Mirabilis is what you need. There are more thorough exfoliators out there (Soap and Glory etc) but they can be fiddly and messy when you are in a rush.

How to:

  1. Give yourself a quick wash with whatever shower gel or soap you usually use.
  2. Turn your shower off or stand up if you’re in the bath.
  3. Scrub this all-over your wet body, paying particular attention to your rough bits. The bar will emulsify on contact with your wet skin into a creamy, non-foaming, lather.
  4. Rinse to reveal silky smooth skin and pat dry. It leaves the skin very lightly moisturised but you will need to apply body lotion afterwards if you have particularly dry skin.
  5. Do not put this into a sealed container whilst it is still wet. Allow it to air dry completely by storing it in an uncovered soap dish (try not to let any water collect at the bottom of the dish).

Pros- Your skin will look hot, feel smooth and it helps get rid of ingrown hairs with regular use. It also, as with all Lush products, comes with the assurance that it has not been tested on animals and will have minimal impact on the environment.

Cons- this has a very distinctive scent that is reminiscent of digestive biscuits (a sweet wheat biscuit/cookie). This doesn’t bother me because I quite like the smell of digestive biscuits but it’s not to everyone’s taste. Also, this is essentially a block of cocoa and almond butter. Butter melts under hot water so do not use this under running water or you will only get 1-2 uses out of this and you will end up feeling ripped off.

So, that’s it for my 1st ever blog post. Is it too long? It looks very long…. Anyway, we can all go back to speculating on whether the royal baby (Kate was whisked into hospital this morning) will be a boy or a girl. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.

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