My Work Make-Up Staples

I’ve mentioned a few times that I can only wear minimal make-up to work, so I thought I’d make a post about the make-up that I do wear!


Sorry about the photo quality! My camera is temporarily out of action, so I had to use my phone. But these are the products that I use regardless, as few and as humble as they are.

First up – Benefit’s Gimme Brow and Ready, Set, Brow!


I’ve mentioned these products before. I got them as freebies in a couple of different magazines, and honestly, I don’t really know how I lived without them now – especially Ready, Set, Brow!.

Gimme Brow adds a bit of thickness and a touch of colour to my brows, and Ready, Set, Brow! keeps all the hairs in place. And it really, really does. I wear a forehead-wandering hairnet and a cap at work, and my brows still look fine when I take the cap off at the end of the day.

Icona Milano Waterproof Mascara


I received this product in my July Glossybox! I’ve never actually had a waterproof mascara before, but so far, I’ve been really impressed, which is how this has ended up in my staples so soon. I’m on my feet all day at work, rushing around and working with hot ovens, so I didn’t even think it was possible not to have smudgy mascara at the end of it, but I’ve been proven wrong.

Maybelline Matte Maker mattifying powder


Obviously I’ve had this for a while since it’s not a ‘new’ product any more as it claims on the packaging, but it was buried in my make-up bag for a while and I’ve only recently pulled it back out. As I mentioned, it can get quite sweaty in my job, so I don’t like the idea of putting much on my face, but on days where I feel like I need a little help I reach for this. It’s very light coverage (and also a much lighter shade than it looks in the photo), so it’s perfect to lightly swish over my problem areas. I use it to set my out-of-work make-up too!

Blistex Lip Brilliance tinted lip balm


This is another one I’ve had for ages, but it’s pretty reliable. It moisturises my lips, it smells lovely, and the very slight tint makes me feel just a tiny bit more made up.

Compact Brush

I bought this very recently to go on holiday, but I can’t remember where from, oops! I added the little stickers myself anyway so it was just a plain little compact brush, mostly likely from Boots or Superdrug.

I had one of these years ago and I loved it, and for some reason I never replaced it when it got broken. The little mirror is great for check-ups (or hurried on-train application of work make-up) and obviously it’s always handy to have a brush on you. The hairnet/cap combo I have to wear is not kind even to my short flicks, so this is a must in my work bag.


It still looks like a fairly decent amount when the products are pictured together, but on my face it’s nothing! Granted, this photo is from after a day of work, so the powder and lip balm have all but disappeared, but I didn’t touch up my brows or lashes at all before this was taken, and I think they look just fine.

I don’t have a ‘before’ photo handy, but this is really a vast improvement on my completely natural brows. They don’t have much of a tail on their own and they certainly don’t hold this kind of shape through a day’s work!


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June Glossybox Unboxing

Contains June Glossybox spoilers!


This is, I think, my fourth Glossybox, and although there have been some products that I won’t really use, I’m yet to be disappointed!

I actually got mine last week, but what with one thing and another, I haven’t had a chance to properly photograph it until today.


So let’s have a look at what we’ve got!

1. Spa to You Natural Konjac Sponge | RRP: £6.99

I’ll admit, I’d never heard of this product, so I’ve done a little bit of research. The Konjac Sponge Company says that:

[t]he Konjac Potato or Konnyaku is a perennial plant native to Asia, and can be found growing wild at very high altitudes. A totally natural food source, Konjac is 97% water, rich in mineral goodness and low in calories. Naturally alkaline, Konjac is pH neutral which leaves skin perfectly balanced.

According to the same website, the Konjac sponge is made of 100% natural vegetable fibres, is packed with minerals and antioxidants, is non-toxic, 100% free from impurities and pollutants, earth friendly, 100% cruelty free & certified vegan, naturally sustainable, environmentally safe, 100% colouring free, 100% additive free and 100% biodegradable!

And the Spa to You website itself mentions how hydrating and moisturising the sponge is, so this will hopefully be perfect for me and my poor eczema-ridden skin.

2. Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer | Travel Size | Full Size RRP: £24

If there are two things I’m in short supply of, it’s energy and moisture – the latter in terms of my skin, the former more broadly – so I was interested to try this product. And I’ve only used it a couple of times, but so far, I really like it. I can’t say much yet for what it’s doing for my skin long term, but it certainly does feel good after using it, and it also smells absolutely lovely which is always a bonus for me.

3. & 4. De Bruyère After Sun Lotion Monoï | RRP: £9.48 and Ladival Sun Protection Spray  SPF 15 | RRP £19.99

I’m squishing these two together, because… I live in Scotland. We don’t see the sun very often. So I really have no idea how good these products are, and I may not for some time! However, what I will say is that they are both full size, which means that these two products alone are worth almost triple the cost of the box. On that basis alone I’m quite impressed, and I’m really hoping that I get a chance to use these soon!

5. Emité Make Up Lip & Cheek Tint | RRP: £12.50

Another full-sized product! Skin care is great, but it’s always a little more exciting for me to find a make-up product in there. I’d never used a lip and cheek tint before, but as a friend of mine recently gave me a Benetint mini that she didn’t want (!!), I thought I’d try out both and do a little comparison.

So, from left to right: no tint, Emité tint, Benetint. I didn’t try them on my cheeks right away because, honestly, they look so pigmented and dark on the applicator that I just couldn’t imagine it working, even though I know that’s what it’s made for. After I took the photos for this post I did then give it a go on my cheeks and after some initial uncertainty (putting on blush and feeling it go on wet is so odd) I actually think it worked quite well!

But anyway, back to the lips. To be honest, I haven’t really made up my mind about either of these. I feel like the Emité tint was a touch easier to apply, as it had a doe foot applicator as opposed to the nail polish brush-like one that Benetint had, but that may just be a case of preferring what I know. Benetint had the advantage in at least one sense though: it smells like roses!

I could see myself wearing either of these to work, though, as I’m not allowed to wear heavy make-up and these are both subtle and long-lasting.

6. Bonus product | Aussie Hair Care 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner | RRP £1.09

I can’t believe how much value you get out of a Glossybox – they quite often include a bonus product. Last month it was a little bag of popcorn (which I adore), and this month it was a small sachet of deep conditioner. I’ve never used any Aussie products before, but I’ve heard good things, and as my hair is bleached blonde a bit of deep conditioning would be welcome!

If you don’t subscribe to Glossybox and you have a spare £10 or so a month, I’d definitely recommend it! It’s like a little present to yourself with the added bonus of not actually knowing what it’s going to be.

What subscription boxes are your favourites? (I’m thinking of signing up to some more since I have a job now!)


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Good News…

I was offered a place on the Beauty Care course that I interviewed for last week!!

The slightly less positive news is that I’m not sure that I’ll be able to take it, for various reasons including finance and a bit of uncertainty as to whether or not we’ll still be in Glasgow for the next academic year.

But, provided these obstacles can be overcome, I’ll be off to study Beauty Care! This is just great and so well-timed, because I’ve been feeling increasingly down about my prospects lately, what with one thing and another.

I won’t have time to do a proper post today I’m afraid, but with my eyelids still feeling a little sensitive, you won’t be missing out on much face-wise. It’s not all bad though! Here are some things to look for from me in the coming week:

  • a review of a Colourpop Ultra Matte lipstick that I managed to get my hands on
  • a June Glossybox unboxing!
  • hopefully, a dramatic return to eyeshadow

I hope you’re all having a fab day!



I reached 50 followers this morning and I’m so excited!

I know that may not seem like a huge number, but I started this blog just under two weeks ago so to have so many people interested in what I have to say already is just so fab, and I’m so grateful to all of you.

I have so many ideas for this blog, and it’s a long while since I’ve had ideas flowing like this for anything, so it really is incredibly exciting for me.

I’ll continue to try and post most days for now, though once I get a job I may have to decrease that a little. So far I’ve only really talked about the process of a particular look – mostly the eyeshadow part! – and I’m enjoying that massively, but there’ll be a little more diversity in posts in the coming weeks. And next week is Glossybox week! I’m planning to do a whole unboxing post, which I just can’t wait for.

So, thank you so much, everyone, for your likes, comments and follows!

Front Page News, Apparently

So, this isn’t directly beauty- or make-up related, but I wanted to talk about one of the most surreal experiences I’ve had to date…


… I was on the front page! (Disclaimer: entire page pictured to show that it’s the front page, not because of any of the other stories. Also, despite misleadingly placed headlines, I am not in fact a former Labour leader.)

My friend and I were enjoying a picnic on the first hot day of the year – given that I live in Scotland, these are few and far between, and especially unusual in early May – when we were approached by a couple of photographers who asked if they could take some pictures of me to go with their stories about the hot weather. They cleared away my half-eaten sandwich (which I had been enjoying, but never mind), positioned my friend’s wicker picnic basket near me instead, and asked me to go through a variety of poses whilst they snapped away with their cameras. The whole thing was over in a few minutes, and left me wondering if I was in a dream – nothing like that has ever happened to me before!

Not exactly what we meant when we said we wanted to take a lot of pictures that day…

But the next morning, there it was: my face (if a little distorted by the fold of the page) splashed over not one, but several newspapers, toasting the sun with my fizzy drink and holding on to my £4 hat from the children’s section of Morrisons that I’d bought only hours previously in anticipation of a day spent outside.

I’m flattered and a little dizzy about it all, and I bought a copy of each paper I could find myself in just to reassure myself it was real (and also because, you know, I’m in the paper!).

In the name of keeping to my theme, I’ll also quickly mention the make-up that I wore that day.

Picture taken right before my hair got the chop.

I wanted to keep it light and simple since I knew it was to be a hot day, so I had a go at Semi-Sweet, the second of the three looks in the Too Faced Chocolate Bar How-To Glamour Guide, which as suggested by the name is primarily made up of pinks and soft browns. I used just a touch of tinted BB cream (SPF 20 to avoid a burnt nose) and a hint of blush, and also got to try out my new matte cream Velvet Lippie from Absolute New York, which appeared in my Glossybox right on time that very morning. It’s a little more peachy than I’d usually go for, but it has a wonderful buttery smell and it was perfect for the day.

It was certainly a good start to my summer (assuming, of course, that we get any more hot days for the rest of the year)!