Desert (island) Essentials

I’m making a little trip up to the most arid desert on Earth. This is what I have in my backpack!

Everything is high in SPF but the colour palette is pretty neutral, so I can mix things up a bit. I love the Mythical eyeshadow in particular because its really buildable, and can take me from pretty day to bright, shimmery night in a few swipes of the brush! (Sorry my brushes aren’t pristine in this photo!)


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Beauty Review: Tarte multiplEYE primer & Lights, Camera, Lashes!

I’ve always been a bit funny with mascara, and must admit it’s never been one of my favourite beauty items. It was one of the last makeup products I started wearing; I’d only ever use it for special occasions because I hated that it was so difficult to budge, and I always seemed to be losing lashes in the process of taking it off. I even went through a phase of just wearing false lashes instead! (yup, even in the day time… it didn’t last long)

Mascara is also a pretty complicated product to buy and try out. Everybody uses a different one and has a different method, not to mention its countless brush/comb, plastic/fibre, curling/lengthening/volumizing combos… It’s all a bit of a palava and then  you still have to decide whether you want black, very black or whatever new black there is this time round! Continue reading “Beauty Review: Tarte multiplEYE primer & Lights, Camera, Lashes!”

Beauty Gift Haul!

One of the things I was most excited about in the run up to my year abroad, were all the amazing people I would meet. In my first year at university, my bestest of friends turned out to be exchange students who were in Nottingham for either the year, or just a semester (which was heartbreaking once our time was up). I’m still in touch with most of them, and one of the many things we bonded over were beauty products. From finding dupes for Chanel nail polishes to testing out the best eyeshadows (I learned about the infamous Urban Decay Naked palette & Primer Potion through them, not blogs!) we were definitely self proclaimed beauty queens.
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Catching-up with My Makeup Life Story


If there is one thing I love, it has got to be makeup. Something about being able to express my creativity on my face just fills me with joy and inspiration! I admire those bloggers out there who keep me up to date with the latest releases and products, and conduct honest reviews, and generally just feed my addiction to all things cosmetic.

When it came to blogging about my love for makeup, I had no idea where to start, so when I stumbled across the 30 Day Makeup Challenge on Tumblr, I thought it’d be a nice way to get us all up to speed with my makeup history and maybe even help me figure out where my love for makeup comes from. I did intend to start posting on the 1st of December, and then the 2nd so that we could end on NYE, but life (and sleep) got in the way, so hopefully I’ll do extra posts some days and then we can still end on time!

So here goes.

Day 1

When did you start wearing makeup?

My first memories of makeup are from a very young age. There are (real) photographs somewhere of me, getting dressed for primary school, wearing bright red lipstick. There were even instances where I would put eyeshadow on for school, and my mom wouldn’t notice until she parked in the school yard and looked over to give me a kiss before saying goodbye. At this point, I’d have to rub it off, and I was genuinely put out. Even earlier than this I can remember stealing my mom’s Clinique mascara and hiding it in my church handbag! I didn’t know what it did, but I wanted to try it.

Despite these young experiments with makeup I would say I first started wearing makeup in 2007, when I went to New York. I already had a MAC Studio Fix compact, but I didn’t really know what to do with it. But while I was in New York I was introduced to concealer. Finally makeup made sense! Previously the powder would just give me a dull cover without really covering my blemishes, but with concealer (and a quick teach from a flamboyant male MAC assistant) I could achieve (what I thought was)

an even skintone, which became the base for many, many years of experimenting.