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If you’re on Instagram and are a makeup and beauty lover, chances are you’ve come across MakeupSocial. I’ve seen the new app featured all over my news feed, and as soon as I heard more about it I knew I’d be hooked.

If Instagram and Makeupalley.com had a baby, this would be it.

This is the app that beauty obsessives dream of – you can share your makeup looks, search and write reviews of products that you’ve bought or want to buy, add items to your wish list, and do lots of other things.

I’ve read through so many reviews people have written and gotten inspired by so many makeup looks from the app, I’ll definitely search for reviews next time I want to buy a new product. And let’s face it, we all know that will be soon.

I’m totally obsessed with this app, which is free in the App Store! Just search ‘Makeupsocial’ and it’ll come up.

Follow me – WhatSheDoesNow – and I’ll be sure to follow back!

 

 

An Ode To NARS Sheer Glow

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Since NARS Sheer Glow came into my life nine months ago, I haven’t gone longer than a couple of days without using it. And that would only be for no makeup days and nights out. After using it nearly non-stop for that length of time, I felt that a whole post was in order for this amazing foundation.

I picked this up in December of last year, and am still using the same bottle. As I said, I’ve used this minimum three days a week since purchasing it, so this foundation is definitely worth its value for money. And trust me, I don’t go lightly on it. I didn’t even have to think about repurchasing this product, I knew automatically that when it runs out I’ll be straight to my nearest NARS counter to pick up a bottle and that it would be something I’d use for a very long time.

I forgot to purchase the pump when I bought the foundation and thought that emptying it out of the bottle would drive me insane and I’d end up wasting a lot of it, but I didn’t have any problem using it that way. I usually use around a 50 cent sized blob on the back of my hand and that covers my entire face. If I pour out more than I need to I just scrape it off the side of my hand and it goes straight back in.

My skin is by no means flawless, so even that little amount of foundation gives a lot of coverage. I’ve found that the less you use with this foundation, the better. When I just started using it I applied loads and loads, and soon realised that I didn’t need it and that it looked better when less was applied.

The name ‘sheer’ is really misleading so if you’re a medium/full coverage foundation girl like me,  fear not, you’ll still love this foundation. I’ve a fair bit of redness and scarring on my skin and I’d say this foundation covers 70% of it. I just apply a few dabs of NARS Radiant Creamy concealer where its needed and bam – flawless face.

The finish isn’t shiny, nor is it matte, it’s exactly what it says on the tin. But it’s not the bad kind of glow, the ‘I’ve just ran for the bus in the rain’ kind of glow, it’s more ‘I’m in a really good mood and it’s showing on my face’ kind of glow. Does that make sense?

The formula is light and thin, so it looks best when built up. I usually dot it around my face and blend, blend, blend using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Sometimes I just sit for a couple of minutes while doing my makeup and buff this into my skin, the more you buff the nicer it looks, I think. As my skin isn’t the smoothest in the world, I apply Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector underneath so the foundation glides on easily.

My skin would be combination with regular breakouts, but I think this foundation would suit any skin type at all. It hasn’t caused my skin to break out, doesn’t cling to dry patches and doesn’t make my skin look extra shiny when it’s oily.

I use a swirl of MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in the shade ‘Natural’ on top to keep any unwanted shine at bay, and the finished result lasts all day long. When I leave the house in the morning and come home nine hours later my foundation is still perfectly in tact. If that doesn’t say it’s amazing then I don’t know what will!

I wear the shade ‘Mont Blanc’ and it’s what I’m wearing in the photo on the sidebar.

So if you’re thinking about picking up NARS Sheer Glow, I’d say go for it. In my eyes it’s the perfect foundation and I really can’t fault it!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried NARS Sheer Glow before and what you think of it!

Las Vegas Style Ideas

As part of the #MyCosmoStyle blog challenge, I’d like to share with you what I’d wear if I went to Las Vegas and stayed in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. I’ve always wanted to go to Las Vegas, it seems to be such a glamorous place where you can always dress to make a statement.

If only I owned all of the clothes and accessories featured below, but a girl can dream right? I had so much fun creating these looks and thinking about what I’d wear. Let me know in the comment what you’d wear to turn heads in Las Vegas!

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Brunch at Wicked Spoon - Ask me what I’d wear to lunch in any other place and my response would usually be whatever I can find that is comfiest. However, in Las Vegas it would be a different story. This Topshop poppy skirt is dressy without being over the top, and the bright colours in it keep it pretty for daytime. I’d pair it with this cami top from River Island and these gorgeous nude Chloe wedges. I’d layer up some Alex and Ani bracelets to accessorise, as well as a classic nude satchel from Marc Jacobs.

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Dinner at Jaleo – If I was going for dinner in Las Vegas I would pull out all of the stops and get really dressed up. There’s no better time, right? I’d wear this stunning dress from Herve Leger. It is such a classic dress, and the black colour means you can really brighten it up with accessories. I think blue and gold go really well together, so I’d wear these statement Louboutin caged shoes with a gold YSL clutch and Tory Burch bangle. While a big necklace would look amazing with the strapless dress, I thought a pair of dangly earrings would look cute with the outfit.

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Night out at Marquee - The blue and gold theme here is totally unintentional, I swear! For a night out in Vegas, I’d make a statement with bold colours and accessories. This cobalt blue dress from Ted Baker is perfect for turning heads. I fell in love with these Louboutins as soon as I saw them. They’re gold, metallic and have mesh detailing – what more could you want?! The red clutch from YSL ties in with the red sole of the Louboutins, and is big enough to fit your purse, phone and lipgloss in. I’d keep my jewellery simple with just one gold layered ring and a laser-cut cuff bangle.

After writing this post, my usual uniform of Topshop Leigh jeans and Converse seems pretty drab. A pair of Louboutins (and a trip to Vegas) is definitely on my lust-list now!

 

Wedding Guest Hair, Makeup & Outfit

After a year and a half of waiting following their engagement, three weeks ago all of my family and I went to my aunt and uncle’s wedding. It was all we could talk about for months, so when the day finally arrived we were so excited! It was such a beautiful day, with an amazing ceremony and reception, so much so that I wish I had a wedding to go to every few weeks!

It was great getting to spend time with all of my family, not to mention getting ready for the big day. I thought I’d share with you what I wore, how I did my hair and what I used to do my makeup. Although summer wedding season is over now, it’s never too early to start getting ready for next year, right?

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Pictured above is me with my dad and my boyfriend George. Don’t they scrub up well?! My dad was best man so he was in front of the camera all day long, he’s so photogenic! George’s trousers ripped that night at the dance when he squatted too hard, it was absolutely hilarious!

I picked up my dress in Ted Baker about six weeks before the wedding. As soon as I saw it I knew that it was The One. It was knee length, summery and appropriate for a family wedding. I’m not used to wearing dresses that style at all, but after wearing it I know it won’t be the last time! I ordered my shoes from Missguided, which matched perfectly with the dress. They were so comfortable that I wore them for 13 hours straight without any pain at all! I didn’t wear much jewellery, just a small pair of stud earrings and my gold and silver Guess watch. I had a nude and gold clutch from Penneys which fitted everything I needed in it perfectly.

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Usually for a big occasion I’d go to MAC to get my makeup done, but seeming as I had family staying I wanted to get ready at home and soak up the excitement. I was going for a summery look, with a gold/brown eye and a bronzed and highlighted base. Because it was going to be quite a long day, I had to make sure that my makeup would last. I used Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, as well as Benefit Porefessional Primer to give a nice even base and add longevity to my makeup. I used a small bit of MAC Strobe Cream on my forehead, chin and under my eyes to create an illuminated base.

I used my trusty MAC Studio Fix foundation in NW20 to match my tan, which gave a flawless finish. I concealed spots and redness using MAC Studio Finish concealer and Collection Lasting Perfection concealer under my eyes.

I primed my eyelids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and used the Naked Palette for my gold, smokey eye look. I mostly used the first seven colours in the palette, starting with a champagne base and light brown in the crease and building it up. I added in a bit of MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow to the crease as this is one of my favourite colours, as well as MAC Melon pigment in the centre of my eye so the colour stood out in photographs. I used a thin line of Eyeko liquid liner along my lashes before applying a natural set of Eyelure lashes. I used MAC Coffee eye pencil along the rim of my eye and smudged some into the lower lash line. I added L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof mascara to my bottom lashes also.

As per usual, I used Anastasia Brow Wiz and Collection clear mascara to fill in and set my brows.

I used MAC blush in Fleur Power to add a pop of colour to my cheeks. I then used MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Give Me Sun to contour my cheekbones, along my temples and down my neck. I used MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle to highlight my cheekbones and under the arch of my eyebrows and on my cupid’s bow also. Finally, I used MAC MSF in Natural to set everything in place. As you can tell, I absolutely love the MAC MSF range!

I used MAC Creme Cup on my lips, with a dab of Clear Water gloss on top for shimmer.

My aunt applied Broadway false nails in ‘very short’ for me the night before, and they lasted three days without falling off. They gave nice length to my nails while still being able to type on my phone! I got a spray tan done the night before, where they used Lauren’s Way tan. The tan was an absolutely gorgeous shade and didn’t look orange at all, but wore off quickly after two days.

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I washed my hair the night before so it would hold a curl the next day, which really made a difference. I started by splitting my hair into sections as I worked from the neck up, separating it with a crocodile clip. I used my Remington curling wand to curl two-inch sections of my hair before holding the curl and pinning it up with bobby pins and spraying with hair spray. I continued this all the way up my head, before taking the pins out. By keeping the curl in shape with the pin it meant they would last the whole day without dropping down.

It was such a brilliant day, the countdown is on for the next wedding!

Let me know what you think in the comments and if you’ve been to any weddings this summer!

Five Photo Week #11

Another week, another five photos to summarise the past seven days. This week revolved around the most delicious cookies that I made on Sunday and Taylor Swift’s new song, I’m living the wild life, right?

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I tried out Tanya Burr’s most recent cookie recipe on Sunday and oh my God, they are the most amazing cookies I have ever eaten. I can confidently say that I think they’re better than M&S cookies, and if you’ve ever tried one you will know how big of a statement that is. I genuinely had to refrain myself from eating them all on numerous occasions, they are dangerously good.

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George and I went for lunch on Monday to a restaurant I’ve passed by a hundred times and never gone into, and it’s such a hidden gem! The food is gorgeous and there’s a really nice atmosphere, I definitely won’t be passing by again! It’s called Kennedy’s in Fairview if anyone’s interested.

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A super casual OOTD – shirt / Forever 21, trousers / American Apparel, shoes / Penneys, necklace / Mi Moneda

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I haven’t stopped listening to Shake It Off since it came out a few days ago. It’s been on repeat from the minute I get up until I go to bed, I love it that much. I’ve loved Taylor Swift for years and can’t wait to hear 1989 as soon as it comes out!

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With my bestie Vicky before going out on Wednesday night. How gorgeous is she?!

I hope everyone had a great week! There’ll be a few extra posts next week so keep an eye out!

 

Payday Purchases

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Getting paid monthly means that I usually spend about 28 days of the month planning what I’m going to spend my next pay cheque on. Please tell me I’m not the only one?

After a particularly long month, I’ve conjured up a list of all the products and things I’d love to buy when I get paid. Saying that, I’ll probably only end up buying a few of them because I need money for food and what not (or do I…), but a girl can dream.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation - After hearing such incredible things about this product from every beauty blogger and YouTuber under the sun, this will definitely be one of the products I buy when I get paid. I’ve used MAC Studio Fix for over three years now, and I think it’s time for a change. Plus, this is supposed to create a ‘soft focus’ finish for photos and videos. Although I’m not really in front of a camera often, this foundation might change it all.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - This is another product I’ll definitely be buying – it is the best foundation ever. Seriously. I’ve just a little left in my current bottle, and I’m petrified it’s going to run out before I’ve bought a new one so much that I’m starting to ration it. It’s the perfect everyday foundation – not too heavy, not too light, and gives the perfect dewy-but-not-sweaty finish. A definite Holy Grail product.

MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow and Patisserie lipstick - Although a new MAC eyeshadow or lipstick is something that I really don’t need, I can’t help but want them. All That Glitters seems like the perfect everyday one-sweep eyeshadow, and Patisserie sounds very  slightly different to the other nude lipsticks I own.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette - Actually, anything from Charlotte Tilbury at all. Since Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics became available in Brown Thomas, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. I may or may not have had a dream about this eyeshadow palette, so I think that’s a sign I need to buy it, right? It just seems so luxurious and beautiful, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist picking this up.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial - I’m just going to say it – I don’t use anything on my skin overnight. To some, this is normal, but in the beauty world it’s totally crazy. I like to let my skin breathe at night and am afraid of it getting clogged if I use too many treatments, but this Overnight Facial looks like it might change my mind. From what I’ve read, it’s lightweight but really nourishing, and makes a huge difference to the skin’s appearance. I’ll keep you updated if I purchase it!

Topshop Ripped Jamie Jeans - These jeans have been sitting in my virtual shopping basket for weeks now, and I’ve had to refrain myself from buying them a few times in moments of shopaholic weakness. I have no jeans this colour, and while my knees will probably freeze off when it gets a bit colder, I think it will be totally worth it. Knee warmers, anyone?

Topshop Chambray Shirt - While a shirt like this is totally different to what I’d usually wear, I can’t help but really want it. I think it would look lovely over a pair of jeans *cough cough Jamie jeans* and under a leather jacket. I’m afraid I’m going to cross over into office-territory, but I think the soft material will keep it casual.

Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide - A bit of a random one, but I’ve wanted to buy this guide for ages and think I’m going to finally bite the bullet and buy it this month. Kayla’s Instagram account (@Kayla_itsines) shows the absolutely incredible transformations from people using her guide. The plan seems amazing and easy to follow, I’m dying to give it a try!

I could add on the nine tops I have saved in my ASOS basket, the boots from River Island I really want to buy, and not to mention the drugstore makeup I want to pick up from Boots, but I don’t want to keep you here all night.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these products, and what’s on your payday purchases wish list!

 

Updated What’s In My Bag

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If you’ve seen my first What’s In My Bag post, then thank you – you’ve been around here a long time! If you haven’t, fear not, here’s an updated version! I thought I’d rewrite and rephotograph it, as a few things in my bag have changed and I’m not crazy about the original post.

My bag has stayed the same, the Michael Kors Selma, and I don’t plan on changing it anytime soon. I absolutely love this bag. It’s big enough to fit books, magazines, food, makeup, everything in, without being oversized or overpacked. I got it in December last year and have used it nearly every day since and it’s as good as new – definitely worth the investment!

My purse is Marc by Marc Jacobs, which I got over a year ago. I’ve used it everyday since and it also still looks brand new. I don’t mind investing in bags and handbags as I know I’ll get my value for money and they’ll last forever! Inside my purse I keep some plasters, bobbins, hair clips, some painkillers and a concealer. This way if ever change my bag, I know that I have all of my essentials with me!

I always carry hand sanitiser, as well as a small bottle of dry shampoo for hair emergencies on the go. An unnecessary handful of lip products is inevitable in any girl’s handbag, I think. I’ve a lip balm from Nivea, a gloss from MAC, and a lip butter and crayon from Revlon.

I recently added a small bottle of perfume called Midnight Exotics from Victoria’s Secret to my bag – it smells amazing. It’s sturdy enough that I know it won’t smash and leak all over my bag, which is a winner! I’m that person who has a cold all year round, so at least one packet of tissues can always be found at the bottom of my bag.

Earphones are necessary for jam-packed bus rides home from work, I genuinely think I’d go insane without them. I also need to carry a bottle of water with me at all times or I’ll get a major headache. It saves me buying one while I’m out and about, and I’m more likely to drink plenty of water if I see a bottle in my handbag.

An umbrella is spoken for as I live in Ireland, and it’s guaranteed to rain if I don’t bring it with me. I always have a pen in my bag, even though I don’t have a notebook, I’m not sure why. It comes in handy though, and what kind of journalist would I be if I didn’t carry a pen?

My car and house keys are one of the heaviest things in my handbag, I’ve so many key rings on them! Of course, I always carry my phone but I was using that to take the picture. #bloggerprobs

Not going to lie, usually there are about ten abandoned bus tickets, receipts and food wrappers in my bag too, but no one wants to see that, right?

Let me know what your handbag essentials are in the comments below!

 

 

Fall Fashion With Paul Fredrick

As much as I hate admitting the fact that summer is nearly over, I can’t help but be excited for fall. I love the cosy clothes, the crunchy leaves and the fact that drinking seven cups of tea a day is acceptable. Fall is my favourite season for fashion – layering is my middle name. Seeing all of the new season collections coming out makes me more excited than is normal, I’ve a note in my phone that is twenty points long (and counting) with things I want to buy for the colder months.

When I came across Paul Fredrick’s fall line for men for Autumn/Winter 2014, I couldn’t help but be really impressed. I love men’s fashion and going shopping with my dad or my boyfriend for when they need some style advice. Shopping is shopping, right?

So if you’re like me and give the men in your life a helping hand when it comes to their wardrobes, here are some of my favourite pieces from Paul Fredrick’s new collection, my favourite fall trends for men, as well as some of the fall trends I’m looking forward to myself.

Top Picks from Paul Fredrick

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You just can’t go wrong with rich colours and prints for autumn. Purples, reds and browns are colours that appear every year without fail. Matching dress shirts, like above, with different ties and different pieces can really make them go that bit further, however. Paisley is one of my favourite prints all year round, it’s a great way of incorporating floral designs into your look without being too strong.

A classic tweed suit is a really good piece to have in your man’s wardrobe. My dad has a tweed jacket that he wears with jeans and trousers during the colder months and it looks so smart. By breaking a suit up into separates you really get the value for money. A brown suit, like the one pictured above, looks great paired with raspberry red and dark navy. A pair of loafers can make any outfit look modern-vintage, and are a really nice change from the normal dress-shoe.

The cool colour pairing of grey and blue is one of my favourite pieces from the collection. A shirt like this can be worn to work with trousers, for drinks with a pair of chinos and on the weekend with a pair of jeans. The smallest details can make a huge difference to an outfit, like putting different colour pocket squares in your suit jacket.

Top Picks for Fall for Women 

Khaki jackets, knee high boots and cosy knits appear every year for women’s fashion. I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair of brown Chelsea boots, a shearling khaki jacket and a load of oversized knits. Tartan and check are huge every year, so I’ll be pulling out some old check shirts from the back of my wardrobe. I’m dying to purchase a pair of ripped at the knee jeans, although I can’t see myself wearing them when it gets much colder! Huge scarves are a must for me when it comes to fall fashion. I plan on buying a few so I can mix and match them with different outfits. Oversized and statement tees with leather-look trousers is another look I love for fall – it’s all about the comfort!

Top Picks for Fall for Men

Burgundy, emerald green and navy are my favourite colours for men (and women’s) fall fashion.   A tweed jacket, like I said above is a really really good piece to have for autumn as it dresses up an outfit instantly. Jumpers and knits with a t-shirt or shirt underneath is something else I love in men’s fashion. Skinny jeans and trousers look great with boots and trainers, although I don’t think I’ll be getting my dad or boyfriend into skinny jeans anytime soon. Denim shirts look great closed up with chinos, or open with a t-shirt underneath. Striped tees with skinny jeans and ankle boots always looks great, too.

What are your favourite pieces from Paul Fredrick’s collection?

What are your favourite trends for fall? 

 

Five Photo Week – Holiday Edition

After a very long break from Five Photo Week, I’m back again with just a little more than five photos of my holiday to Lanzarote. I went with my boyfriend George, my best friend Jen and her boyfriend Tom for two weeks and had such an amazing time. We relaxed, ate, drank, swam and played around 200 games of Heads Up – it was 14 days that I’ll never forget. Apart from two jellyfish stings and some major sunburn, it couldn’t have gone any better. Two weeks just wasn’t long enough!

Warning: major amounts of food were consumed in the making of these photos.

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Better Late Than Never Favourites

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The past couple of months have flown by so much that I can hardly keep up with what season it is. In fact, the past few years have flown by so much that I still think it’s 2013. I need to buy a calendar…

After a really busy couple of weeks, I realised that I totally forgot to do my June and July favourites. I’ve been trying out quite a few new products, reading more and doing some shopping that I really shouldn’t be doing, but hey, here’s to my Better Late Than Never favourites.

I picked up the Clara Neon Coral Sandal from Missguided for a wedding at the beginning of July, and after wearing them for 13 hours straight with no pain at all, I can safely say I’ll be picking them up in a few different colours. They’re high without being too high, and the strap around the ankle makes them so delicate and pretty. As for the neon coral colour? They didn’t get 781 likes on my Instagram for nothing.

I never thought I’d be one to say it, but here it goes – I like going to the gym. Yup, the girl who once winced at the thought of doing a fitness class surrounded by 30 other people and using machines in a busy gym now looks forward to going to the gym, and actually enjoys it. I picked up some new gym gear from Penneys as extra motivation, including the pink top pictured above, and can honestly say that it’s true that what you work out in can make the biggest difference to your performance.

I picked up the new Volume Million Lashes by L’Oreal when I saw it on special offer in Boots, and am so impressed with it. The brush is thick and bristly, and grabs onto every lash adding volume and length in just one coat. The only problem I have is that there wasn’t a waterproof option available, which is bad news for me because I cry even watching Teen Mom.

I’m totally obsessed with the new packaging for MAC Mineralise Skin Finish, one of my holy grail makeup products. The mirror and sturdy packaging makes it easy for application on the go.

I wrote a whole post about NARS Tinted Moisturiser, Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector and Maybelline Dream Sun, so I won’t go on about them too much. I think the fact that I’ve used at least one of these products every day for the last two months says enough.

While I was in Lanzarote for two weeks in July, the sun didn’t heal my skin as much as I had hoped, so when I came across Clinique Clinical Clearing Gel for €18 in a chemist, I couldn’t resist picking it up. It is quite harsh on the skin, but works really well at keeping spots at bay and improving the appearance of existing spots quickly.

My most random favourite of the past two months is Loom Bands. My cousin made me about six of them in all different colours, and I think they look really fun and quirky. Hardly a high-end fashion piece, but I love them because she made them for me and each of them are different. Whoa – I got pretty deep there about a rubber bracelet, didn’t I?

Cetaphil is a repurchase from about four years ago, and as soon as I used it this time I knew I wouldn’t go that long without using it again. It’s really gentle and removes makeup with ease, and hasn’t caused my skin to breakout or become red at all.

I got Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner free with Glamour Magazine a few months ago, and it is because of this product that I can now do a cat-eye flick. The nib is the perfect size, with a really precise point and is just the right softness. It doesn’t budge all day long and sinks in nearly straight away. I’ll definitely be picking this up in Space NK as soon as it runs out.

Last, but certainly not least is #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. If you’re looking for a motivating, inspiring, kick-ass book, then this is the one. This book actually makes me forget to check Instagram and Twitter every two minutes once I start reading it, and I think that says it all.

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, thank you, grab a Digestive in celebration. I do tend to ramble.

What were your June and July favourites?