Rhapsody in blue…

Another Friday, another cosmetics quickie. I’ve been really struggling with sleep this week and my tired face needed serious help. All hail, Nyx, to the rescue.

It’s amazing what a pop of bright colour can do to a weary visage. I went for blues to compliment my eyes & me likey the results. I already have a few of the other vivid brights liquid eyeliners, so I knew how good they are. The sapphire doesn’t disappoint. Mixing with the black liquid liner & white pencil on my lower lid really worked. As a less then expert eyeliner applicator I’m definitely in favour of the fine tip on this one.

I did a little bit of experimenting with this gorgeous icy blue mascara. My lashes are too blonde to use it on its own, but it works well on my lower lashes. Plus I added a wee flick the the ends of my outer lashes on top of my regular black. I kinda like the effect.

The star of the show is absolutely the lippie. Liquid matte in this amazing purple tone will definitely get you noticed. I never used to bother with lipstick, but am now a total convert. The more dodgy I feel, the bolder my lips gets; I find a really vibrant lip is a wonderful distraction.

I finished off my cruelty free face with my usual Barry M strobe stick, body shop tea tree primer & Laura Mercier foundation. I have to admit to being pretty chuffed with the end look. Especially considering the sleep deprived canvas I had to work on.

Anyway, I took my pretty painted face (& the rest of me) off for a date night with the Toyboy. We had yummy Mexican & an obligatory margarita; no Mexican meal is complete with tequila. We then hit the cinema to watch Red Sparrow in the comfort of reclining chairs.

I had mixed feelings about the movie. I wouldn’t advice it for anyone who is sensitive to sexual violence. It’s a tad heavy on the ‘America is morally superior’ front, but otherwise quite an enjoyable spy thriller. The reckoning chairs are an unambiguous hit. I only ever want to watch films tilted from the repose of a luxurious angle.

Project Post it & this week’s diy manicure also came along for the ride. Well, a girl has to maintain her personal brand 😉

Cruelty free quickie…

This is a friday quickie to allow me to gush about a new discovery.  My darling friend Jenna sent me a mascara from thrive causemetics as part of my Xmas gift & now I love her even more. 

I used Benefit’s They’re Real for years, but had to give it up when they returned to animal testing. I loved they’re real & I have struggled to find anything that compared. The search is over, thrive liquid extensions mascara blows benefit out of the game. It adds length & volume & gives me magnificent lashes. Even better, thrive are completely vegan & cruelty free. Plus, for every product bought they donate one to a women dealing with cancer or domestic violence. I adore this company. I suspect I am about to become their biggest customer. 


Behold my glorious lashes (& another vegan favourite, the mighty Oreo thin). 


This isn’t a sponsored post & I am not being gifted any items. I am genuinely delighted to have found such an excellent mascara from such a wonderful company.  Those who try make a positive difference should be applauded & rewarded. I hope thrive gobble up lots of the big animal testing brand’s business. Oh & if you do make a switch please email the brand and tell them why you are rejecting them. I always do!

My crush with eyeliner…..

Eyeliner has become somewhat of a staple for me, as I’m sure I must have mentioned. Unfortunately for me despite my best efforts I rarely manage a presentable cat eye or flick. So, when I saw these bad boys, I instantly snapped them up. The pack contains some hearts & stars that I’d never use, but also some classic eyeliner transfers.

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H&M

They had their first outing the other day & I’m pretty pleased with them. I opted for a simple black flick, which I’m sure could be glammed up with some clever eyeshadow application. I think I need a to be a tiny bit more precise with placement. Hopefully practise will make perfect.

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Next time I will whip out a more eye catching ( see what I did?) set & be sure to let you know the results.

Operation Pretty

I’m not really a high maintenance kind of girl. Most days I don’t wear much if any make up, I don’t straighten my hair or use fake tan. For the most part I’m quite happy to go au naturel. That’s not say I don’t like to glam it up when an occasion calls for it. I also would never want to be without mascara as I can change my whole face with quick flick on the eyelashes. Sadly, I’ve found that the older I get the more products & time I need to achieve the desired effect. I call this process Operation Pretty. I actually have a few looks perfected & my current favourite night time look has a little sparkle.

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I like to keep it fairly simple. So, I stick with good quality basics whilst picking up the accents from both designer & high street brands. If you’re going to invest in make-up, but the sky is not the limit price wise; I’d definitely advise putting your money into a really good primer, foundation & mascara. I find it’s much easier to pick up a good lipstick on a budget than a foundation.

I am now very big on eyeliner. I came to the joys of it late, but have been improving my technique over the last few years & am quite pleased with my efforts now. I like that I can apply this look for day & quickly amp it up to night just by adding the glitter & changing my lipstick. I know you’re supposed to focus on either eyes or lips, but I think I get away with a bold lip as the gold on the eyes isn’t solid colour.

This look always make me feel great & has been a hit with a certain someone.

 

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Left to Right

The Pore Proffessional Benefit

High Beam Benefit

Glitter eyeliner (used allover eyelid) Mudd

Navy liquid eyeliner No7

Moisturiser Simple

Oil free foundation ( procelain ivory) Laura Mercier

Lip Pen Cherry Lips H&M ( night )

Forver Kisses Warm Nude Rimmel London ( day )

They’re Real Benefit

Bronzer Este Lauder

Gold eyeliner No7