So I now have a makeup bag. Don’t get me wrong, I also have a ridiculous makeup collection (that needs a clear out soon, which I’ll film for YouTube) but the makeup bag is really working for me. Less choice means less indecision and all the products I use I really love but these are my five highlights.

I feel like I speak about little else at the moment but IT Cosmetics has been rocking my world since it landed in Selfridges. The American brand has some absolutely taken over my makeup bag and I go so easily have just made this a IT Cosmetics top 5 (would you like to see that next?) but if I had to pick one item it’d be the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. I spoke about it in a post a few months back (here) so I won’t go into too much detail but its my absolute favourite- nothing else compares.

Someone told me the new L’Oreal Paradise Mascara was dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, which is my favourite mascara ever! Naturally I laughed, as I just couldn’t believe it could ever be true but I was curious and I did try it. I’m so glad I did and I’m happy to report I like it as much as the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I have found that it falls a little bit but the drama it delivers it absolutely perfect!

I have quite a lot of MAC lipsticks and picking which ones to take away is hard and I actually think MAC Brave made it into my holiday makeup bag as a last minute addition but I am so glad it did. It has quickly become my favourite lipstick, which I actually haven’t had for a while. I use to love MAC Patisserie lipstick but was starting to find it too nude and Brave is basically it’s slightly darker, slightly more grown up sister- it’s perfect.

And another lipstick/lip treatment I have been enjoying is the Kiehl’s Butter Stick in Naturally Nude. I loved it on holiday by the pool or on the beach as it has SPF25 but even now back in London, it’s the perfect quick and easy hydrating lip.

Finally, the Too Faced Hangover primer is back in my life! It’s silicone free and hydrating perfect for skin that may have been a little exposed to sun over the summer. I love how it works under makeup, helping my makeup last longer and my skin look better.

What have been your five makeup favourites?

I love spring and summer, it’s my absolute favourite!

But with spring and summer comes hay fever and I hate hay fever.

Hay fever is a relatively new thing to me (often starting in childhood or teenage years) but I now get all the symptoms – sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and everything else that comes with hay fever. However, I recently went to a Benadryl event and picked up some great tips, which I wanted to share.

Hay fever varies throughout the year depending on what flowers/plans/trees are in season, what pollen is floating through the air and what each individual is allergic to, which is why some people get it all year round. Hay fever affects at least 13 million people in the UK. The good news for me though is that it often gets better as you get older, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

So since you’re probably here for some tips:
1. Stay indoors – maybe a little obvious and often not possible but if your hay fever is really bad staying indoors does help
2. Wear wraparound sunglasses – they can really help create a barrier between your eyes and the pollen
3. Change your clothes & shower once indoors to remove any pollen you’re carrying
4. Take Benadryl® Allergy Relief tablets which offer fast and effective allergy relief
5. Use make-up to conceal your allergy face


So on to a few make-up tips to help hide your hay fever symptoms – borrowed from Jo Freeman which I have been putting into play lots recently:

  • Use a colour corrector – I’ve been opting for the It Cosmetics CC Cream to help correct any redness around the nose, under the eyes and to even out the overall look of the skin, but you could use a more area specific one like the Max Factor Colour Correcting Sticks.
  • Keep the eye area looking fresh but defined with just a touch of waterproof mascara. My eyes are often puffy and start to stream throughout the day so I like to go light on the eye makeup, add some concealer and a touch of Eyeko Waterproof Mascara.
  • Contour lightly to add definition to the face and reduce the look of a puffy face. I love a bit of contour everyday but it’s extra important on puffy face days. My favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow. I then finish it with a touch of highlighter.
  • Opt for a bold lip to draw attention away from hay fever symptoms and instead to your pretty pout. I love this tip and it’s one I follow whether I am suffering from hay fever or am just really tired – it’s a great one!

To see all these tips in action check out the video below.

Would love to hear your tips for hay fever season in the comments.

*Huge thanks to Benadryl for partnering with me for this post. For more information on fast-acting allergy relief, visit www.benadryl.co.uk.
Benadryl Allergy Relief contains acrivastine. Always read the label.

current beauty staplesThe posts have been lacking a little on ALO recently, especially the beauty ones and I feel it’s because I haven’t been trying anything new recently. After years of trying new products over and over again I’ve gotten a little bored of it. I’m quite enjoying using products I know and love on a daily basis, some do change daily but there are six which I have been sticking to religiously.

Sisley So Intense Eyeliner– This eyeliner is stupidly expensive but it’s the best and I really think I am going to be repurchasing it soon, it’s that good. I love the tip and find it really easy to use but what makes it stand out is just how black it has remained. I’ve been using it for a surprisingly long time and it’s still blacker than some liners are a week after buying them.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer– I’m not sure this is the best eyeshadow primer ever but I have been reaching for it over all my other ones. It keeps my eyeshadow in place and really helps with the vibrancy of the shadow, I’ve had it for a while and its lasted really well too.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow– Another stupidly expensive product which I have been using daily. The contour is a perfect natural shade which can be built up whereas the highlight adds a nice glow without going overboard.

Benefit Speed Brow- This is one of those products that people don’t really get why I love it do much. Most people love Benefit Gimme Brow as it does more than Speed Brow but since my brows are already quite dark and defined I just need something that will keep them in place but still look natural.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer– I wasn’t expecting there to be two Benefit products in this post but I have been using Benefit Hoola Bronzer for years and it has a special place in my everyday makeup drawer. It’s a really beautiful, natural looking bronzer which I sometime even use to add shape to my face or to add depth to my crease.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Powder- Not the best powder even but it’s always in my handbag, it’s affordable so I’m not too precious with it, it has a great mirror and get the job done.

What are your go-to makeup staples?

I’m afraid to say that I would rather spend an extra 5 minutes in bed and do my mascara on the bus than get up 5 minutes earlier. I know it’s frowned upon by some but as long as I’m not taking up anyone else’s space I can’t see a problem with choosing to apply a little mascara over reading a book (Sadly I’m not much of a reader).

I don’t ever do all my makeup on the bus as I think somethings are better done with a little more space, time and just in the privacy of your own home. It goes without saying (I think) that I do all my skincare at home, I then go onto foundation as I wouldn’t want to leave the house without it, I also do my eyeshadow at home as it requires a little more time and any extreme liner/brows. I still feel that not everyone understand why women fill in their brows so I find that this always get’s funny looks. I then grab a large pair of sunglasses and out the door..

So onto what I do on the bus/train/taxi…

Although I would still rather do my concealer at home I do occasionally get out my Nars Creamy Concealer and start stripping it around my face, I’m not big on powder but I also think a pressed powder is completely acceptable but find loose to just be too messy. I also add a little bit of colour to my face; bronzer or blush but only contour if I am really desperate for time as it requires much more precision. If I am going for a simple sweep of a brow gel or minor liner work then I have just about mastered doing this on a moving vehicle too (although my cab driver never believes me).

The two things I always do on the go are mascara and lipstick as I think these are the most acceptable. Lipstick takes no time at all, especially if it’s a nude and I like taking a little bit of extra time to do my mascara and this is time that would otherwise be spent looking out of the window or refreshing my emails.

Things I never do on public transport are painting my nails, spraying perfumes or brushing my hair- it’s just rude and I’d simply wait to use the bathroom to do so later instead.

What are your thought on people doing their makeup in public? I personally love watching others do their do but maybe I’m just nosey…

When I initially heard about the 1-day Acuvue Define contact lenses in Shimmer and Natural Sparkle I was instantly interested in finding out more.

Unlike coloured contacts that change your eye and even face quite drastically I love that these simply enhance what you already have by making them sparkle or shimmer more. I use makeup to improve what I already have and thought it would be a great way to further enhance my eyes.

I have never worn contact lenses so I booked in for a free consultation at Boots to try on the contact lenses, learn how to apply them and decide if they were right for me. Although it took me a few tries to get the contact lenses in the first time the people are Boots were really helpful and I was surprised that you really can’t feel that the contacts are in (I’m sure all you contact wearers know what I’m talking about). It’s quite nice that when I choose to wear them instead of my glasses I not only have the benefit of not wearing glasses but they also define my eyes more.

I tried on the Sparkle and the Shimmer but decided that Sparkle was the one for me as it has a brightening effect by adding luminosity to the eyes without making it obvious that you are wearing any contacts. Shimmer added much more depth and intensity. It’s a great way to enhance your eyes without anyone noticing, a little eyelash curler which are the perfect tool to opening up your eyes, the contact lenses are the perfect way to draw even more attention to your eyes. I have recently uploaded a video featuring a really natural makeup look where I shared a few tips on how to wear a very natural makeup look but still accentuate your best features and where I am also wearing these contacts.

If you are looking to also try contacts for the first time or want to swap from your traditional ones to contacts that help accentuate your eyes then 1-Day Acuvue Define are currently offering a free trial. Visit the below link to download your voucher and find your local opticians. You can also find out more information about the lenses and the inspiration behind them in the video below. 1-day Acuvue Define are also holding a national competition for an opportunity to win a years supply of contact lenses by taking the 5 day free trail.

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