My European beauty haul

I swear I lucked out with my colour scheme.

I say European, but I really mean London. You know, Boots, Harrods, M&S, Superdrug. Absolute heaven. I could’ve bought more, obviously, but my luggage was packed to the rafters with knits and boots and down jackets (tip: Europe in January is a crazy idea!).

And, of course, I went a little nuts at City Pharma in Paris, much to my partner’s dismay. Bioderma, Nuxe, Biafine, Homeoplasmine … oh boy was it chaotic. Go in there with a plan. Know what you want, get it, and get out.

Anywho, they aren’t pictured here (mainly because I was too lazy to go and grab them – oops!). But what is pictured:

  • Tanya Burr Cosmetics Birthday Suit Eye Palette
  • Nuxe Lip Balm
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Stoned Rose
  • Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Naomi
  • Collection Lasting Collection Concealer
  • Maison Margiela Replica fragrance in By the Fireplace
  • Rosie for Autograph Cream Eyeshadow Stick in Almond Eyes
  • Sleek Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals

What’s currently on my #shelfie

This is what I’m currently testing, using and loving.

Before I took these carefully choreographed photos, because, let’s face it – this is not how my shelf looks every day, I did a cull on products that have expired or I don’t use anymore and managed to clean out a good amount. Now it’s much clearer what products I actually use on a day to day basis: one tinted moisturiser, one CC cream, one foundation, Real Technique brushes, cream eyeshadows and, what I think, a pretty small skincare collection.

For skincare, I’m trying to tailor it more to my skin type and skin needs (read: scarring, dry patches, oily t-zone and big pores), rather than testing every single product. It seems to be working. As you can see though, I do have a large array of face masks – and this isn’t everything I own! Whoops!

For makeup, there’s an obvious minimalistic approach. I’m all for simplicity and warm tones.

IMG_9952What has been a complete life changer but not pictured because I totally forgot about it (darn colour scheme) is my BEAUTY BLENDER. Holy moley. Best. Way. To. Apply. MakeUp. EVER. Just wet the sponge, dab in your product and you look bloody perfecto.

Pictured (skincare): Hydraluron Moisture Jelly, Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, Philosophy No Reason To Hide, Go-To Skincare Face Hero, Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque, Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque, , Origins Clear Improvement, Bioderma Crealine, Mecca Cosmetica Lip De Luscious in Rose, Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, Glossier Priming Moisturizer

Pictured (makeup): Real Technique brushes (stippling, expert face, buffing and contour), Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St Moritz, Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Hourglass Ambient Lightingn Palette, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze and Barely Branded, Clarins Ombre Iridescente in Aquatic Rose, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion, Nars Sheer Glow in Barcelona, IT Cosmetics CC Cream in Medium, Nars Laguna, Nars Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, Urban Decay Basics Eyeshadow Palette, Australis Banana Powder

Some beauty products I’m currently loving

Just some of the things I’ve been loving lately. (I know the Diptyque candle is unused but that’s because it’s just too precious!)

Pictured: Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara, Smith’s Rosebud Salve, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in 40 La Sensuelle, Jo Malone Cologne in English Pear & Freesia, Diptyque candle in Baise, Tom Ford Noir body lotion, Glossier Priming Moisturizer and Soothing Face Mist, Tom Ford lipstick in Cherry Lush, Catbird candle.