clarins lip oil review the makeup directory

Clarins have realised some real gems in the last few years, think lip perfectors, think eye makeup remover, and last year they dropped another superstar and everyone went a little bit cray. Introducing their Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey. Kind of like nothing else before, this was lip care in oil form leaving your lips soft, nourished, and glossy. It went down such a treat that they gave us two more shades Red Berry & Raspberry. Before we start this review, I’m just going to come right out and declare my love for both of these. I used to have relatively dry lips and lip balm only seemed to make them worse. I never really wore matte lipsticks or lip gloss because they just clung, and any lipsticks that did look good seemed to disappear ridiculously quickly. I started applying Honey every morning at the beginning of the year and my lips are like a whole new set of lips, so soft and able to wear whatever lipstick I like the look of. It’s love.

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bloggers ball

On Saturday I went to my first Scarlett London event, #bloggersball at DSTRKT London. I’ve been to quite a few blogging events now but they’ve all been led by brands as opposed to being a more ‘social’ get together, so I was really excited for something different. I’m not going to talk too much about the event as I did an absolutely awful job at taking photographs, they really aren’t worth showing. However, I’d really recommend you go along to one if you’re a blogger, I’ll definitely be heading to more in the future as I had such a lovely time. Everyone was super friendly and I met so many amazing bloggers, shout out to the Cambridge lot who very much took me under their wing (Kat, Laura, Sophie, Beth, Pippa & Chris). I was slightly overwhelmed by how many brands there were, and they were all so friendly and generous. I’m sure some bits from my goodie bag will be ending up on here and on Instagram. When it came to my outfit and makeup, I decided to dress up but as it was a day time event, not a dressed up evening look – it’s hard to get that balance! Today I thought I’d talk you a bit through my makeup look.

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korres an introduction

Korres is one of those brands that I’ve wanted to try for such a long time, I seem to see their lip balms just about everywhere and only ever hear good things. So when they very kindly sent me some products to try I was over the moon. Korres are a Greek natural and organic skincare brand, and to celebrate turning twenty years old this year, they have released some very exciting new products which I’ve been trying out. I also received some of their core range, including those much raved about lip balms, so I’ve been putting it all to the test.

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quill london main

Last Saturday, my friend Lucy and I headed over to North London for an evening of modern calligraphy with Quill London. We had booked it months ago, they get booked up fast, so were super excited. I’d done a very quick, crash course with Quill back in December last year but I was keen to give it another go properly in a longer and more in-depth session. It was such a lovely evening as we learnt all about modern calligraphy through various exercises with lettering artist Julia Broughton. Calligraphy is one of those skills that has so many uses that you’d never expect, it’s just an absolute dream to be able to write beautifully, and learning through Quill London is a great place to start.

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high end luxury beauty summer picks

In my last post I spoke about my high street summer picks, so today I thought I’d bring thinks up a notch and talk luxury goods. I have a fairly even split at home between high end and high street makeup, but I probably reach for my high end products more in summer because my makeup seems to just melt off my face when things are warm. I’ve always found one of the major plus’ of high end makeup is the longevity, and whilst you do get some high street gems (which I pointed out in my last post), generally the more you pay, the longer your face is going to stay in place. Now let’s get specific.

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high street summer beauty picks

At the beginning of June, summer is meant to officially arrive – although I’m not sure anyone can quite believe that with this pretty terrible weather. We have had the odd sunny day though, and holiday season is well under way, so I think it’s time to talk about summer makeup. I am very much the type of person who wears the pastels in spring, the brights in summer, and the vampy shades in autumn and winter, and when I last did my spring makeup picks it seemed to go down well so I thought I’d revive it. I’ve once again split it up into high end and high street, and this time I thought I’d start with my high street summer beauty picks.

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nude by nature contour highlight collection the makeup directory

Recently I got invited along to Sculpting School with Handpicked Media and the brand Nude By Nature, where I would learn how to contour my moon face. Nude By Nature are an Australian mineral makeup brand who have just started selling over here and they were showing us their new summer collection for natural and everyday contouring and highlighting. They talked us through all of the products, and showed us the best technique to applying them. I’ve been to events before where you can spend a hell of a long time looking at all the products and ooing and ahhing over the packaging, but not actually getting to try them. This was really hands on as we got stuck in with the products and they were so kind to gift us the collection to have a play with them at home.

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my week in lipsticks 2

My last ‘My Week in Lipsticks‘ post seemed to go down really well, so this week I decided to give it a go again. I said in my last post how I struggle to make the most out of my constantly growing lipstick collection, I see, I buy, but I don’t use. These little lipstick diaries really encourage me to wear something everyday, and it’s a nice chance for me to catch you up on my week. And trust me this week has been a busy one!

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