As summer seems to have given us all the slip for another year, I feel no guilt in the fact that this month’s wish list has taken an autumnal turn. I love autumn; it’s my favourite season by far so I’m enjoying the lead up to the colder weather by mentally preparing a to buy list. After pinning endless ‘camel coat’ street style photos, I’ve got my eye on this Topshop number. It fits like a dream (I’ve tried it multiple times now because I like to stalk potential wardrobe additions) and it won’t break the bank. The faux suede miniskirt from Zara looks like it’ll work for pretty much any occasion and will be a welcome break from the many pairs of jeans I own. As much as I resent paying full whack for a solo eye shadow when there are so many great palettes about, I am in full-blown makeup love with Burberry’s Pale Barley. People have been talking about this forever and it looks like the perfect shade for the new season. Chelsea boots are one of those items I seem to repurchase every year as I wear them until they literally fall apart. These Vagabond ones look sturdier than the usual high street options and the chunky heel/sole make them a little grungier than usual. What autumnal outfit is complete without murky green nails? I love shades of khaki and this Nails Inc polish is beaut.
Archives for August 2015
For slightly smarter occasions or even when I’m just in a makeup rut, a matte smoky eye is just the ticket to get me back in my makeup game. For me, a matte shadow is harder to mess up and being a bit cack-handed with eye shadow, it suits my needs perfectly. My preference is warm-toned and a slick of winged liner to pull things together.
Base & Face
Laura Mercier Moisturising Luminous Silk in Cream Ivory, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand, Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in Vanille, Soap & Glory Solar Powder, Tarte Amazonian Clay 24hr Blush in Exposed, The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer.
Nars Descanso Satin Lip Pencil (limited edition, BOOOO!)
From the Stila Palette which I first talked about here, I used the shade Individual (warm mid-brown) all over the lid with Being (chocolate brown) in the crease and a little Essence (Black) to further define the outer corner. All I then did was blended like my life depended on it. Also used was a dab of Kitten (shimmery champagne) to highlight the inner corner of my eyes.
I’m not a makeup artist and this isn’t exactly ground-breaking but I’m excited to experiment more with smoky eyes. I sense a shimmery alternative on the horizon.
Do you love smoky eye looks? What are your favourite products to use?
When Instagram feeds are jam packed with white sandy beaches, crystal waters and triangl bikinis paired with impressive tans, it’s hard not to feel a teeny bit jealous, I’m not gonna lie. One of the things I love about summer holidays (apart cocktails and food of course) is the effect the sea air has on my locks. With hair usually so soft and slippery that it alludes being styled in anyway, I relish the slightly drier, gritty quality seawater and sunshine has on my hair. Luckily I’ve found a couple of products in my stash to help me cheat the beachy look, no sand necessary.
The first step post-wash is a liberal spritz of the Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray. Combining mega lift at the roots with a pieciness that I’ve never found with any other hair product, it’s a keeper alright. After spraying, I use my fingers to rough comb and make sure the product is distributed evenly and then set to drying. I tip my head upside down and using a hairdryer, I rough dry without using a brush and twist strands as I go to create more movement. Once my hair is dry, it resembles a lion’s mane but in the best way.
For the ultimate beachy texture, Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist has your back. Not only is the packaging and product totally Pinterest worthy, it’s fast becoming a hair essential in my stash. The fine mist imparts a whole heap of texture without the dreaded crunch or stickiness that some salt sprays leave, all whilst smelling like the beach. I apply this to my mid-lengths and ends and just mess it up. Can’t get more vague than that, can we? But it honestly works.
Summer hair that looks beach ready, even if you aren’t.
What are your favourite hair products in Summer?