Comment: B. Make Up Creative Art Edition Make Up Palettes

B. Make Up Creative Art Edition Make Up Palettes

B. Make Up Creative Art Edition Make Up Palettes

Whilst lipstick shopping in Superdrug, I overheard a lady who was looking for the darker shades of foundation in the brand I was shopping from but they were not available. This is something that really annoys me considering the diversity of the borough I live in! I said to her that she could try B. – I haven’t tried the foundation myself as I don’t really have oily skin (only my nose) but then thought “why did I send her to B. and I haven’t checked it out myself?”

I know there is a really pretty spring collection but it is not in stores yet. What I did discover were the Creative Art Edition Make Up Palettes. I was intrigued by the eye catching design of the palettes so I took a good look!

Vol. 1 is contains an eyeshadow primer, three eyeshadows, two eyebrow powders, eyebrow wax and mascara for daytime eyes and Vol. 2 is the night-time version. I think it’s great that the mascara is included. The eyebrow powder looks dark enough to use for me as I use grey-brown eyebrow products. Black looks strange, even though I have black eyebrows. I guess if the eyebrow shades are not suitable the clear wax can be used to at least neaten the eyebrows. The applicators look ok – the angled brow brush can double as an eyeliner brush. In fact, the only downside to the palettes is that there isn’t a black or very dark coloured eyeshadow to use as an eyeliner. If I didn’t have a separate eyeliner to hand, I would use the darkest eyebrow powder as an eyeliner and hope it works out!

Vol.3 and Vol. 4 are day and night palettes respectively which are face palettes. They contain four eyeshadows, two blushers, two lipsticks and one highlighter. I am more used to seeing this type of palette but the difference here is that I love the packaging design! I’m not a fan of lip colour palettes as I find them inconvenient to carry around for touch-ups. I prefer to replenish my lipstick or gloss with a quick swipe from the tube rather than having to get out a mirror and lip brush to re-paint on the colour. Having said that, if the colours could be worn like a balm or stain and don’t need precision application, I would be more willing to use them.

I think to get the best out of the eye and face palettes, I would buy one of each (or all four!).

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I noticed there were four Creative Art Edition face kits which are palettes containing everything needed for your complexion: highlighter, cream foundation, pressed powder and concealer. I think my shade would be Vol. 8 which is called Dark and is the darkest shade available. This is the only downside to the complexion collection – I by no means have the darkest skin so this will be disappointing to many of you. Hopefully a darker palette will be released – B. already do darker shades in their oil control foundation. The only applicator included is one sponge so I would use one side for the cream foundation and the other side for the powder. If I didn’t have any other brushes with me, I would apply the concealer and the highlighter with my fingers (although I really am a brush person so I would find this painful!).

In all, it looks like if you get one eye palette, one face palette and one complexion palette, that’s a full face for only £45 plus Beautycard points! If you can get the B. Creative Art Edition Palettes on special offer that would be even better.

My first impressions are that the B Creative Art Edition Palettes are a really good idea and great value for money.   They come in beautiful packaging so would be great gifts. They would make a really nice starter kit for those new to makeup and they would also be good as a travel kit.

Now the question is: “which should I try first – day or night?”


Pictures from the Superdrug website:–Dark/p/269201#.VOH6JelyZ3o

Givenchy Counter Make-up Lesson





I was lucky enough to get hold of one of the British Beauty Blogger Givenchy beauty boxes. Inside was an empty bottle which I could take to a Givenchy beauty counter to collect a five-day sample of foundation. There was also encouragement to try one of the Givenchy makeovers so I booked a full make-up lesson at House of Fraser in London Victoria.

I was warmly welcomed by Faith the consultant and Shadia the Givenchy makeup artist, with a glass of bubbly and a mini cake. I’ll try to remember the products used – I wanted to enjoy the pampering so I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to write a blog post about it until now. We began with a discussion on my skin type and what look I wanted to go for. I have dry and oily skin and I love bright colours so I asked for a bold look.


Shadia prepared my skin by cleansing it with Skin Drink, applying Flash Luminescence Serum and finishing with Hydra Velvet Moisturising Cream.

Base and Complexion

Shadia evened out my skin tone using Acti’Mine Makeup Base SPF 15 in shade 5. I decided I wanted a natural looking foundation so Shadia used Teint Couture in shade 8. She didn’t use any powder as this would have taken away the glowing skin effect. She then mixed the foundation with the Mister Light Corrective Pen in shade 5 and applied this to the upper part of my cheekbones, under my eyes and up to my temples to highlight. She then added depth using Poudre Bonne Mine in Ambre Croisiere (shade 3) in the hollows of my cheeks and around the top of my forehead where the shadows naturally fall. She finished my complexion with Le Prisime Blush in Vintage Pink, a very pretty combination of four soft pinks.


Shadia prepared my eyelids using Ombre Couture in Prune Taffetas as a base then finished the eyeshadow using Prisime Quatour Eyeshadow in Tentation, a palette of purples and a green which is one of my favourite combinations. She lined my upper lid with Givenchy Liner Couture, a felt-tip style eyeliner and flicked it out. Shadia lined my waterline with black eyeliner and lined the lower lash line with a limited edition Colour Kajal in N3 Purple. She finished my eyes with Phenomen’Eyes mascara in Deep Black and defined my eyebrows using Eye Brow Show Pencil (although I’m not sure which shade she used).


My lips were dry so Shadia prepared them using Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm Moisturizing Rosy Glow. I think “magic” is an appropriate name for this balm – it was very soothing and hydrating which was expected. What I didn’t expect was the gorgeous pink shade it turned my lips which did not resemble what I saw in the pot! I would wear the balm on its own without any need to add colour on top. Shadia then applied a deep pink creamy lipstick and finished by defining my lips with lip pencil. Sorry but I don’t know the shades of either product.

Unfortunately I don’t have any blog-worthy photos of my face to post. I forgot to bring my camera, the lighting was bad so my phone photos are not great then on the way home I got caught in the heaviest rain I can ever remember encountering. By the time I got home, I was soaked through with mascara in my eyes and running down my face!

I was very happy with the service and impressed with the products. As you may know from other blog posts, service is everything – even if I love a product, if the service is bad I’ll probably walk away, most likely in the direction of another beauty counter. I bought a couple of items and received some more samples. I’ll post about the two items I bought separately but for now, why not guess which products I chose?

Skincare, base and eyes

Skincare, base and eyes

Eyes and lips

Eyes and lips


No7 Foundation and Concealer Match Made Service


Foundation blobs!

I popped along to my local Boots No7 counter to try out the foundation and concealer Match Made Service.

The consultant used a little gadget to find my foundation shade, “Deeply Honey”, which I think is the third darkest shade. She also found my concealer shade which is number 60.

I was then asked my skin type which is combination dry and oily. The consultant used No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Normal/Dry Skin SPF 15 to prepare my skin for the foundation trial.

After asking what type of coverage I wanted, she tried some foundations on my. My main criteria were that the foundation must be quick to apply and that it must not hide my freckles.  I just want something to even my skin tone rather than cover any blemishes.  Also, although I want to apply my foundation quickly, I always use a brush rather than my fingers so that I get an even finish and so I don’t end up in a mess!

I first tried a light coverage foundation, the No7 Essentially Natural Foundation.  It was very light, so light that I decided I wanted something a little heavier.  Having said that, for only £9.95, I might just go back and buy it for everyday, casual use.

For the medium coverage foundation, I had a choice of a matte foundation or a glowing, dewy look.  I actually found it very difficult to decide as for me it depends on the season, the weather and my mood on the day!  In the end I decided on “glowing” and I tried No7 Instant Radiance Foundation.  As it is a medium coverage foundation, it still feels nice and light on the skin.  It evened out my skin without making it look plastered in makeup. It ticked the “quick to apply” box as it is a one-step foundation – apply the liquid and leave it alone.  Powder should not be used as it would take away the glow. My freckles were nicely on show too, even after the consultant applied a touch of blusher in Coral Flush.

The final piece of the puzzle was the No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer which was ok but not amazing. My eyes did look brighter but I think I need something tougher to tackle my dark under-eye circles.

As a very pleasant surprise, the foundation only costs £12.50 – less than half of what I usually pay for foundation! For that price I would be willing to buy the matte version also, just because I can.

In all, I was pleased with my experience and impressed with the products. Looks like I don’t always have to spend £30 on foundation after all!

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks Christmas Gift Set

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks Christmas Gift Set

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks Christmas Gift Set

I bought this Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks Christmas Gift Set for several reasons:

  • The colours looked like they could work with my skin tone and my dark lips – usually this is not the case for lipstick gift sets;
  • The price of the set meant the lipsticks were £10 each instead of £20 each;
  • I actually bought them for cheaper than £10 each because of Black Friday, and
  • I couldn’t resist the gold packaging!

I already have Red Door Red 02 and decided it would be nice to add to the collection. The best thing with gift sets from any brand is that they offer good value for money, provided you can use the products. I say that as the gift sets are put together to appeal to the majority and in the UK, black skin is not in the majority! Having said that, I think I can easily wear 3 out of 4 of shades so I commend Elizabeth Arden for putting together this collection.

The lipsticks are of a creamy texture which gives a little shine. It also means that they don’t last as long as matte lipsticks so to extend the life of the lipstick on the lips, it’s probably best to use lip liner. I usually use lip liner however after getting such a good deal on the lipsticks, I couldn’t bring myself to spend 4 x £17 on lip liners. In the photos I have applied the lipstick straight from the bullet without lip liner.


Clockwise from top left: Wildberry 33, Sweet Pink 25, Mocha Shimmer 21 & Red Door Red 02

Clockwise from top left: Wildberry 33, Sweet Pink 25, Mocha Shimmer 21 & Red Door Red 02

Clockwise from the top left I am wearing:

Wildberry actually comes up quite bright on me so I think it is a night-time shade for me. It is very pink so I’m not sure where the berry aspect comes in!

I would like better coverage with Sweet Pink, a light pink which looks quite pale on my dark lips but not so pale in the tube. I’m sure I can achieve the opaque look I want with lip liner.

With Mocha Shimmer, again I would probably prefer it with a matching lip liner but because it is the most neutral shade in the collection for me, I can do without the lip liner for a natural look. As well as being creamy, it has the tiniest hint of gold running through it to give it a metallic shine.

Finally, I always wear lip liner with red lipstick otherwise it ends up all over my face and Red Door Red is no exception! It’s lovely and bold and I think I can wear it day and night.

As with many premium brands, we pay for nice packaging. The gold and silver cases feel luxurious and have a nice weight to them. Plus Red Door Red has the signature red door carved into the bullet which I think is a nice touch.

Overall I am pleased with my purchase. I wonder what will be in the Boxing Day sales!


Top to bottom: WIldberry, Mocha Shimmer, Sweet Pink. Right: Red Door Red

Top to bottom: WIldberry, Mocha Shimmer, Sweet Pink.
Right: Red Door Red

I now have two Red Door Reds and I really don’t wear enough red lipstick to justify keeping both. I’m thinking about a mini giveaway – what do you think?



Review: Benefit Coralista Lipgloss



I received a mini version of Benefit Coralista in a magazine a while ago. I think beauty gifts in magazines are a great way to try out products without having to commit lots of money to a product you might not like.

I love lipgloss as it makes my lips look fuller. I only really started trying out matte lip colour when I started blogging. I usually go for lipgloss because it tends to last a long time on the lips compared to creamy lipstick so there’s fewer touch-ups. I also like lipgloss because depending on the colour, when it fades is doesn’t look to bad. The downside to lipgloss is that it can be sticky. Long hair plus windy weather plus sticky lipgloss equals complete mess!

Coralista is a sheer coral colour which gives my dark lips a very slight orange tint. The shine is subtle rather than fully glossy or glassy. It feels silky and smooth and is not sticky at all. It has a hint of a strawberry jelly taste which I like.

The downside for me is that as it is so light, it doesn’t last long on the lips at all. It fades away far too quickly for my liking which takes away a benefit of lipgloss that I like.

I have concluded that although this lipgloss is not right for me at all, it’s for all of you out there who want to wear gloss without the stickiness. It’s definitely good to have the choice!

Review: Clinique Chubby Sticks in Woppin’ Watermelon and Super Strawberry

Clinique Chubby Sticks in Woppin' Watermelon and Super Strawberry

Clinique Chubby Sticks in Woppin’ Watermelon and Super Strawberry


I received the Clinique Chubby Sticks in Woppin’ Watermelon and Super Strawberry in Glamour Magazine. I’ve always thought this is a great way to try new products.

These Chubby Sticks are tinted lip balms in the shape of crayons, officially described as “moisturizing lip colour balms”. They are definitely moisturising and the best thing is that they fragrance free – no off putting mint or strawberry scent here.

Woppin’ Watermelon is the pale pink crayon which brightens my natural lip colour – it gives it a lift. Super Strawberry emphasises the pink colour in my lips and deepens my natural lip colour.

Chubby Sticks are definitely for those who only like a hint of colour. I like Clinique because they make fragrance free products which are good for the skin but I like a little more colour in my lip products. I use them on non-make up days to keep my lips soft.

Beauty Boxes: Why I Chose the Glamour Beauty Power List Box 2014

Glamour Beauty Power List Box 2014

Glamour Beauty Power List Box 2014


For me, the Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 beauty box from was the best one so far. I actually really wanted nearly everything in the box!

I am a fan of Philip Kingsley so I was looking forward to trying out one of his styling products and the Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray is as good a place to start as any.

I really like the Maybelline Color Sensational Nude Lipsticks so I was hoping to get another shade that would suit me as I already have Coffee Craze.

I had recently made my first Laura Mercia purchase – a foundation which I reviewed here so I definitely wanted to try the primer.

I have heard a lot about Liz Earle skincare so I definitely wanted to try her Hot Cloth Cleanser, which came with a muslin cloth!

I’ve read a few blog posts on the Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes and I wanted to see for myself if they are anything special, especially for the price.

Finally, I was intrigued by the whole concept of a 1 Seconde Mascara by Bourjois. I have used the 1 Seconde nail polishes but how does this work with a mascara?

I’m not sure I can call the James Read Sleep Mask Tan an added bonus, bronzer will be fine for me!

I’ll review the products I have used as soon as I can!

Beauty Boxes: Why I Chose the Glamour Beauty Edit Box and the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

Glamour Beauty Edit Box

Glamour Beauty Edit Box

British Beauty Blogger Dream Box

British Beauty Blogger Dream Box


As you might have read on my blog already, I like to know what I’m getting in my beauty boxes before I get them – it seems I don’t like total surprises!

I got the Glamour Beauty Edit Box and the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box over the spring and summer but I was unable to blog about them at the time. Rather than review the boxes, because plenty of bloggers do that already, I’ll tell you why I picked these boxes over others. I will review some products in separate posts.

Both boxes are from Latest in Beauty. Sometimes will contain different shades of product and that is enough of a surprise for me!

Glamour Beauty Edit Box

The main thing that convinced me to go for this box was the Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick as I really wanted to try a Glamore lipstick. It also made the box very good value for money. I had previously purchased an infamous Illamasqua matte lipstick but it was far too drying for me so I was looking forward to testing the new formula.

I was also curious to try the Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector as I had never tried any kind of tanning product before.

Finally, I wanted to try out the Bourjois Cram Blush as I like Bourjois and this was a good excuse to try a new product.

I figured if all else failed, I would have a nice little bottle of the DHC cleansing oil which I know I like, and a Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer, hopefully in a shade that I didn’t already have!

That meant the Magnifibres Brush -On False Lashes, Velvotan the Original Tanning Mitt, the Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip and Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 were added bonuses.

I think this was a great box to prepare for summer. It was very well put together and I especially liked that the tanning mitt was included with the instant tan bb lotion. The sun cream was in a useful SPF and cream blush is perfect for summer.

I will briefly say that on this occasion, the lipstick, instant tan and cream blush did not suit me. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

The Dream Box by British Beauty Blogger

I was so glad I was at home the day this went on sale as it sold out in a flash! This was the third BBB box. I missed the first because I didn’t know about it and didn’t buy the second because the buying process was far too complicated. Then BBB teamed up with Latest in Beauty and I had no reason not to try it.

The main thing I wanted from this box was the Essie nail polish as I had never owned an Essie polish before. I wanted to try a La Roche-Posay product as bloggers seem to love this brand and I was intrigued by the Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Kisses. I also wanted to try the Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream. Benefit is a bit hit and miss when it comes to make-up for brown skin so I was hoping that at least I could use the skincare, which comes in very pretty packaging. I had heard a little about the L’Occitaine Immortelle Divine range which is out of my price bracket so this box was an excuse to own a little piece of it!   A new mascara is always a good thing, I religiously throw them away after 6 months to avoid eye infections so they always need replacing and why not try Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara? Finally, how could I not want another Makeup Revolution Palette? I just had to hope the Awesome Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette was not one I had already bought as there was a choice of shades.

This box also came with a Bourjois Cream Blush which luckily was a different shade to the one I received, a Bee Good Honey and Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water which was a random bonus for me, Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream which was great because I do tend to neglect my feet, a Kniepp Herbal Bath something or another which was new to me, as was the Janjira Hand Wash, Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge fragrance, Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream which was worth trying and a Lola Kabuki Brush – a girl can never have too many make-up brushes!

As you can see the box was absolutely packed – I’m sure the lid was not on properly but everything arrived safe and sound. This box was perfect for trying out new as well as familiar brands so I’m looking forward to the 4th box!

Review: Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy


I bought the Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy because Celestial was too pink for me. Apocalips is very easy to apply thanks to the plush, angled applicator. It feels so smooth and soft and effortlessly follows the contours of the lips.

This shade is perfect for me as it is a subtle purple. I find that purples suit me the best although I love pink. I think it because it is the perfect combination of the dark outline of my lips with the pink in the rest of my lips. For some reason this reminds me of black cherry flavoured yoghurt!

The gloss is not sticky and has a nice shine due to the almost microscopic shimmer particles. It fades nicely rather than making my lips look silly and it lasts for a good amount of time before needing retouching.

I’m sure I’ll try out more shades and I really want to try one of the new Apocalips Lip Velvets.

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial

I bought the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial last year but didn’t get around to reviewing it. I wanted a high street replacement for my YSL Rouge Our Couture Vernis a Levres in 107 Naughty Mauve. It is a glossy stain.

Apocalips is not quite the same as it does not stain but it does have good staying power for a high street product. I love the applicator, which is plush and angled with a little reservoir for the gloss in the middle. It glides on giving a good amount of product.

I really like the Apocalips concept but Celestial comes up incredibly bright pink on me so I don’t feel all that comfortable wearing it in the day. I bought another one in Galaxy which I’ll post about shortly.

Contouring with Sleek, Seventeen, MUA and sometimes YSL

(L-R) Sleek  Contouring Kit, MUA Bronzer, Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick, Sleek Face Form, Touche Éclat

(L-R) Sleek Contouring Kit, MUA Bronzer, Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick, Sleek Face Form, Touche Éclat


I use a combination of products to contour. I try to keep it subtle because full-on contouring for an average person in the daytime can look too “done” or over the top. I’ll turn it up a notch if I’m going out at night. Let’s face it, I’m not going to get snapped by the paparazzi and put on the front of a magazine am I?

I also use a selection of brushes mainly:

  • Real Techniques duo-fiber contour brush
  • Models Own powder brush
  • Models Own angled blush brush
  • No7 blusher brush

Sleek Contouring Kit in Medium with a blusher

use the dark shade in the Sleek kit to contour the shadows in the classic “3” shape- sides of forehead, hollows of cheeks, sides of chin plus the sides of nose. I use the light shimmery shade on the top edge of my cheek bones and sometimes sweep this up to my temples. I also use it in the middle of my forehead (risky I know!). I find I need a little something more with this kit so I add blusher to the apples of my cheeks and blend out. I either blend as I go along which is ideal, or blend it all afterwards.

Sleek Face Form in Medium


With this all-in-one palette there’s no need for anything else. The dark and light shades are the same as in the Sleek Contouring Kit in Medium so I use them in the same way as in the contouring kit. I then apply the bronzer to the apples of my cheeks and blend out.


MUA bronzer in Shade 3 with Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze


The MUA bronzer is not as dark as the dark colour on the Sleek palettes so I use this when I don’t have a tan or when I want more subtle colour. I use it for the shadows in my contour routine. I then use the three bronze colours in the Seventeen shimmer brick on my cheeks and the lightest colour to highlight the cheekbones. This is my favourite combination.


Sleek Contouring Kit in Medium with Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze


If I want a more dramatic shadow I use the dark colour in the Sleek Contouring Kit in Medium with the bronze colours in the Seventeen shimmer brick on my cheeks and the lightest colour from the shimmer brick to highlight the cheekbones.



For all of the options, sometimes I use Touche Éclat on bridge of my nose, under my eyes, under the brows, on the cupid’s bow and in that crease above the chin but below the lip. What is that called by the way?

Why Contour?

Contouring is amazing! I love sculpting my face!


Although it has been made popular relatively recently by Kim Kardashian West, I’m sure it has been a make-up artist’s secret for decades. I can see why.


It gives the effect of instant weight loss for the face which I love because compared with my teenage self, I’m sure my face is rounder. My friends, family and probably you guys think I’m crazy for picking on such a thing! My rational mind says I can’t look like a teenager forever but I’ve given into society’s image of beauty – just a little bit.


Actually, the best thing about contouring is that I can emphasise my best features (apparently I do have cheekbones!) but if I contour in a particular way, to some, it looks like I’m not wearing any makeup. That’s what I want really for day-to-day wear.


Some people will contour from the liquid foundation to powder but I seldom wear liquid foundation. I use powder only.


My contour kit is mainly from the high street- Seventeen, Sleek and MUA, with a YSL Touch Éclat thrown in if I’m in the mood. I’ll do another post on how I use them – it’s a complete mix and match affair!


Full face with flash - Hot Pink with Anita Grant and Kiko

Full face with flash – Hot Pink with Anita Grant and Kiko

Dark Blue Eyes and Ultra Nude Lips

Dark Blue Eyes and Ultra Nude Lips


Chocolate Week 2014

Today is the last day of Chocolate Week so I thought I’d do a little post on my chocolate themed make-up.

I didn’t create a look because I don’t think I could do better than this look from the chocolate festival earlier in the year.

If I did create a look, I’d have plenty of chocolatey make-up to choose from!


Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette, Sleek Au Naturel eyeshadow Palette, Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Hot Cocoa, Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Cocoa, MAC eyeshadow in Embark, MAC eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate, Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Tiramisu, Revlon Colorburst Lip Lacquer Balm in Coy and Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner in Cocoa Bean

Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette, Sleek Au Naturel eyeshadow Palette, Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Hot Cocoa, Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Cocoa, MAC eyeshadow in Embark, MAC eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate, Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Tiramisu, Revlon Colorburst Lip Lacquer Balm in Coy and Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner in Cocoa Bean

  • Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette because of the gorgeous velvet brown packaging.
  • Sleek Au Naturel eyeshadow Palette – a nice collection of high street browns.
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Hot Cocoa & Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Cocoa – both aptly named.
  • MAC eyeshadow in Embark & MAC eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate (obviously!) – a gorgeous combination of dark and milk chocolate.
  • Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Tiramisu because there are always chocolate sprinkles on tasty tiramisu!
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Lacquer Balm in Coy – a chocolate brown glossy crayon.
  • Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner in Cocoa Bean – the name says it all – the origins of chocolate!

Hot Pink with Anita Grant and Kiko

Eye with flash

Eye with flash



Full face with flash

Full face with flash

I wore this look with a white Grecian style maxi dress to attend a party. I needed to inject a little colour into the outfit!


The look centred around my eyes using mainly Anita Grant products which I’ve had for ages but still hadn’t used and my new Kiko lipstick which I was desperate to try.

Face and base kit

Face and base kit


Face – Base

Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation in B70 using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Golden using my Bobbi Brown Cream Blending brush

Laura Mercia Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 17 to set the liquid foundation and concealer using my Real Techniques duo-fiber face brush

Kiko Eye Base Primer on my eyelids

When I finished all of my make-up I set it with Kiko Face Make Up Fixer spray.


Face – Contour

Sleek Face Form in Medium 374 using my Real Techniques duo-fiber contour brush- the dark shade for the shadows in the traditional “3” shape and on the sides of my nose, the lightest shade to highlight the tops of my cheekbones blended up to my temples and the bronzer on the apples of my cheeks.

Real Techniques multi task brush to blend the contour to make sure there were no harsh lines.

YSL Touche Éclat in 5 to highlight under my eyes, the bridge of my nose and my cupids bow applied directly and blended with my fingers.


Lip kit

Lip kit


Kiko Invisible Lip Liner Primer all over my lips but paying special attention to the outline.

Kiko Luminous Chrome Lipstick in 713 applied directly


Eye no flash

Eye without flash

Eye kit

Eye kit


Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Tiramisu all over the lid up to the brow bone using MAC brush 239

Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Ginger Snap under the brow bone using MAC brush 239

Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Dragon Fruit all over the lid using MAC brush 239

Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Blackcurrant Liquorice in the crease using my Real Techniques duo-fiber eye brush

Anita Grant mineral eyeshadow in Raspberry Coulis in the inner corner of my eye using MAC brush 219

Extra blending using my Real Techniques setting brush

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack using MAC brush 209 along the top lashline and waterline

Kiko Luxurious Lashes waterproof mascara on my top and bottom lashes

Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany and the angled liner on my Bella Pierre dual brush to define my brows

Close-up of eyeshadows

Close-up of eyeshadows

Close-up of eyeshadows with names

Close-up of eyeshadows with names

Full face no flash

Full face no flash

Beauty Boxes: How Do I Choose Mine?

Beauty Boxes

Beauty Boxes

You don’t need to search very hard to find that there are a huge number of beauty boxes out there. For a taster, check out – crazy!


I like the idea of subscription boxes. The first one I encountered was Glossybox in its pretty pink packaging. At the time I didn’t want to make the monthly financial commitments with a minimum term so I tried Miss Glossybox which was aimed at teenagers so there was no long term commitment. Unfortunately this was discontinued. I also tried Glowwbox which is a subscription service aimed at women of colour.


I decided that subscription services were not for me. Although it is nice to receive a monthly box of beauty goodies, here’s what doesn’t suit me:


Beauty boxes have to cater for the majority and brown skinned beauties are in the minority in the UK. This makes it more likely that the goodies in the boxes will be completely unsuitable which is a shame. That’s not too say that’s always the case- it’s just a probability thing. This is where boxes such as Glowwbox come in to solve that issue. So still, why do subscription services not work for me?


There is also a risk that I will not be able to use anything in the box. If that was ever the case, it would be a complete waste of £15-20 which I could have used to buy something I know I like. I don’t like to waste money!


I’m not a fan of subscription services which have minimum terms. When you get to a certain age there are plenty of other regular bills to pay! I like the freedom to choose from month to month if I want something.


Finally, I thought I was the type of person who enjoys surprises and what could be nicer than a monthly surprise box of beauty products? Turns out I’m no such person. I want to know what’s in the box before I get it.


Good thing there’s Latest in Beauty! You can either build your own box or buy one of the themed boxes. It suits me perfectly as I can see what’s in it before I buy it and there’s no monthly subscription. As to whether the products will suit me, I can gauge that before buying. There is a small risk in that the shade of cosmetic received will not suit me but I can weigh that up with the other products in the box such as skin care and hair care. So a certain lipstick shade might not suit me but everyone can use mousse.


So, in all, I prefer my one-off boxes. Which do you prefer – one-off or subscription?

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