I apologise that my weekly catch up post is a day late, sadly the events of the weekend both newsworthy and personal have weighed heavy on my heart and I took a step away from the internet for the last few days. I am going away for a few days (nowhere exotic, just down to the coast of Scotland) for a little rest and escapism and shall hopefully feel rejuvenated and back to my normal, happy self.
Going On's - The past week I was lucky enough to be invited to not one but two exciting events. First up I popped along to my local Benefit counter for a make-up master class that involved the new and then yet to be launched colourful versions of Benefit They're Real Mascara and Eye Liners. Typically I'm not a fan of colourful eye make-up but the jewel tones are super wearable and dare I say it fairly easy to use.
On Thursday night I sat down to dinner with the wonderful Smashbox, Ojon and Bumble and Bumble team, not only was the evening wonderful - so chilled with great company but I can safely say it is going to be an exciting few months for all the brands mentioned above. There is an abundance of new and innovative launches coming our way, some of which I have been kindly gifted and will be sharing my thought on in the coming weeks.
Beauty Rediscoveries - Who ever thought Vaseline would worm its way back into my life? Not me that's for sure but I have been enjoying Vaseline Rosy Lips Lip Balm, if only for the SPF protection. I do like the pale pink tint it delivers but won't pretend for one moment that it is my favourite lip balm by any means. I apologise that both the palettes I am about to mention are both limited edition and in most instances sold out but they are all I have been reaching for in terms of blushes. On days in which I just want a light healthy glow to the cheeks I have been swirling on Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (still in stock via Liberty) - I'm not really picky to which shade I apply as all three are rather flattering. On other days, when I've been craving a bolder cheek statement it has been a combination of NARS Laguna Bronzer and NARS Goulou Blush both of which are housed within my NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Palette.
Recent Finds - Eucerin is not a brand I use all that frequently but two products that have saved my skin have been the Eucerin Ultra Sensitive Soothing Care Cream - a light yet thick moisturiser that has been nothing but kind on my currently hive prone complexion. It soothes, hydrates and does not irritate the skin. If like myself you suffer from random allergies or have overly sensitised skin this is a must. I've also been enjoying the Eucerin Aquaporin Active Moisturising Eye Cream - quick to hydrate yet doesn't leave my skin feeling tight nor uncomfortable. Great for young skin types who don't want nor need anti-ageing technology. I would also like to recommend the new Topshop Lip and Cheek Smudge Sticks - a firm, matte cream that works as well on the lips as it does the cheeks. I have the light and bright peach hue that is dubbed Always on Time! A great little pencil to keep in a travel bag or even to take along to a festival. If you are a fan of contouring and highlighting you won't want to miss out on the new Collection Highlighting and Sculpting Palette - a nifty budget find that does all it says on the tin.
My Current Obsession - Typically this would be a shout out to a beauty item but I can't get enough of the Alex + Anie bangles, I was kindly gifted one at the Smashbox dinner and have mentally made a note of another nine designs that I want to purchase. Can you believe that prices start at just £19?
Fragrance of the Week - It goes without saying that Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche is very much the fragrance of the moment. A bright, creamy coconut come citrus blend that smells both like an exotic location and sun lotion. You need to try this, I promise you will fall head over heels.
Empties - I've finished both my Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm which I will be replacing as soon as possible and my favourite day to day lip balm - Epic Blends More Moisture Grape Lip Balm. I've become quite the lip balm fanatic lately, on the plus side my lips have never been in better shape. The only other item I have managed to complete is Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion - Brightening & Tightening, which I do really enjoy. I'll save my thoughts for the full review later on this week but if you enjoy the eyeshadow version this is a product you will want to add to your make-up bag asap.
On the Wish List - I posted a lengthy wish list here - link but topping it would have to be a bottle of Tom Ford Azure Lime Eau de Parfum. It is one of those fragrances that has haunted my dreams since I tested it out on counter. Fresh, zesty and very much Summer ready.
Feel free to let me know what you have been enjoying over the last seven days or perhaps what you are looking forward to most in the coming days?