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.

beauty clear out

New year, new me.

I’m completely joking. New year, same old me- with a slightly more organised and down-sized makeup collection.

I’m not the most organised person ever and makeup is my vice so my makeup collection does sometime get a little out of hand, which is why at the start of every year I like to have a clear out. This years one was quite a good one and I think I got rid of a lot of products I didn’t need and which I will be finding new homes for.

I filmed some of it for today’s video along with my tips and how I clear out my collection, I hope it’s helpful wether you have a large stack of drawers or a small makeup bag.

Clearing out your makeup collection has to be my favourite rainy Sunday in January activity!

Now that I’ve cleared out my makeup collection I’m tackling my emails, computer and phone (then maybe my wardrobe)

1. One day I might need that black lipstick
2. 400 nail polishes is a normal collection
3. But it’s sooooo pretty!
4. I need to keep the collection together, I can’t get rid of two lipsticks.
5. I want to find a way to make it work
6. I need options
7. It was limited edition, I’ll never be able to replace it.
8. They’re similar but they’re not the same
9. I’m a collector and that’s part of my collection
10. One is my pale foundation, the other is my normal foundation, my tanned foundation, my fake tanned foundation, my really fake tanned foundation and I can use that one for contouring.

And by beauty hoarders I clearly mean myself… but I’m trying to get better!

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…