Thursday, 24 April 2014

Hitting Pan | Bourjois Blush Exclusif

Hola Munchkins!
Oftentimes, I switch between products like an actual mad woman - it is that make-up and skincare junkie thing where one thinks there is always something better to come along.  Unusually, this is more or less the only pink blush I use, and testament to how much I love it is the fact that I have hit pan on it - something that I more or less never do.
Blush Exclusif uses pH technology to adjust it to what should be your perfect pink, and despite my initial doubts, I must say this little gem never fails to please me, or suit whatever make up look I go for.  As you can see in the above pictures, it has been well love - pan is now showing, and it will be one of those products I will never be without. Creating  a perfect flush of pink that can be sheered out, or built out as much as you like, this little gem is wonderful.
Much love, Ani x

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Line Up | Dehydrated Skin

Hola Munchkins!
I'm sure like me, many of you have skin that just does not react well to extreme changes in weather, or constant changes in weather - and unfortunately, current conditions are ultimately unsettled, and don't look to be changing anytime soon. Dehydration hits skin, and unfortunately, likes to stick around for a while, and as such I tend to treat my skin with products I know will really help, and that have really stood the test of time for me!
Hardest hit will always be my eyes and lips - eczema-prone, and perpetually dry, my go-to's are the all-natural Lush Enchanted Eye Cream, which is a HUGE bottle of thin eye cream that does miracles for dehydration and soothing around the eye ares.  Dr Lipp Nipple Balm is a thick, lanolin ointment that naturally moisturises the lips - perfect for night time.  In terms of skin, my go-to's are always, always the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which sinks into the skin, plumping it almost immediately, and showing results the next morning, and the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, which works to help almost any skin ailment you have.  Beautifully scented, soft and hugely spreadable in texture, a tiny bit goes a long way and improves the condition and look of skin instantly.
Love Ani x

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

New Skincare | Soap & Glory - the Creams

Hola Munchkins!
As you may know, I am a skincare junkie - it is what I do, and it is what (I like to think) I know.  Soap & Glory first stole my heart with their Peaches and Clean Cleanser, but I never really ventured out of the cleanser arena until now.  
The repackaging is lovely, and the inclusion of a SPF 50 had me from hello, and I've fallen literally hook, line and sinker. A lovely, thin fluid, slightly tinted, the Make Yourself Youthful Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+ is the perfect non-greasy everyday sun protection - I use it each and every day without fail, over my moisturiser and under my make up.  The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing moisture lotion is something I picked up to alternate with my Clarins Ultra Matte moisturiser, and in truth is quite the dupe for it. Cooling and hydrating, with the ability to help keep oil away for that little bit longer, I absolutely love it!
I also have a cleanser edition of Soap & Glory coming up - the love affair continues!
Love Ani x

Monday, 21 April 2014

What's In My Bag | The Night Out Edition

Hola Munchkins!
Today we have a little peek into my handbag, or to be more precise, my night out clutch.  Last night we had a little trip to Love & Liquor in Kilburn, and these are what made the final bag cut.

Lee Stafford Backcombing Comb | Hair Grip | Hair Band | No7 Candyfloss Lip Gloss | Nars Turkish Delight Lip Gloss | Mac Angel Lipstick | Burts Bees Lip Balm | Sleek Brow Pencil | Maybelline Matte Maker | Bobbi Brown Kabuki Brush | Purse.
Love Ani x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Playlist | Live

Hola Munchkins!
Today is a litttttle bit of a different post - I know in life I "do" beauty everyday, but - believe it or not - oftentimes, the beauty runs along the same lines as the previous day.  Sooooo I thought, for both cogency and honesty's sake, why don't we introduce a little variety into the old blog.  And so commences the first Playlist Live!  This is the current CD of choice in my car:
Faves definitely being 1 - John Legend All of me, 6 - Nicki Minaj ft Lil Wayne, High School, 7 - Mariah ft Miguel, Beautiful and 18 - Plies ft Ne-Yo, Bust It Baby.
Wonderful songs for sunny days =)
Love Ani x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

From Day | To Night | Face(s) of the Day

Hola Munchkins!
I have been away from my beloved blog corner for quite some time. I don't really know why - life gets in the way, work gets busy, weather gets sunny - but, I love make up. This is absolutely no secret. And I could not stay away.  I like to think that I do have a way with a brush - that I can use my skills to beautify myself.  It is also absolutely no secret that Kimmy K is my face, body and clothing idol.  I adore her face, and have recently sought to continually recreate her look.
Day | Night
Base: L'oreal Infallible Foundation, Vichy Dermablend Powder, Ben NYE Banana Powder (same for both)
Contour: The Balm Bahama Mama, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder Medium (same for both)
Highlight: ELF (same for both)
Blush: Rimmel Blush Santa Rose, Bourjois Cream Blush (same for both)
Eyes: Mac Paintpot Blackground, Nars, Bourjois Khol Kajal, Revlon Lash Potion (same for both)
Lips: Mac Angel, Nars Turkish Delight (day) | Rimmel Kate Moss 107 (night)

Love Ani x

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sunday's Stuff | 16th Feb

Hola Munchkins!
Here is all the bits and pieces I have been up to this week!
Row One: Sabrina, Grimm Legacy finished!, Quote from Bitter Greens, Bitter Greens finished!
Row Two: New dining room light, Pooh, Want this Soap & Glory SPF, Red Velvet Cake.
Row Three: Bambi, Landing and stairs painted Chocolate Milkshake, My eyes, Believe.
Row Four: My wonderful jewels, Drinking Water, A pic, Roses!
Much love,
Ani x

Saturday, 15 February 2014

From me to me | Valentine's Day

Hola Munchkins!
Yesterday was apparently the day of love - Valday as I like to call it.  I am single, therefore haven't received anything from a member of the opposite sex, however, I treated myself to a few shiny bits and pieces whilst on holiday, and in honour of Valday I have decided to share them with you.
From left-right: 
Smokey topaz (my birthstone) and white topaz in silver
Amethyst in silver
Blue Sapphire in silver
Pink Sapphire and tiny diamonds in gold.
I am luck enough to have an uncle as a gem dealer, and I think that gems may just be my new obsession - I shall start a collection!
Much love,
Ani x

Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentine's | Nails

Hola Munchkins!
Technically these aren't Valentine's nails - technically they are my favourite ever nails.  I'm sure you know my love for No7 Temptress - I adore and have been using it since I was probably about 18, but lately, like the fickle beauty blogger that I am, my poor Temptress has been completely and utterly pushed aside.  But never fear!  The classic beauty is back! With a top coat of my beloved Seche Vite, Temptress is the ultimate in super shiny elegance!
Much Love,
Ani x

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Troublesome Skin | Heroes

Hola Munchkins!
I'm sure I am not the only one who's skin is constantly playing up due to the weather.  Up until now I have had well-behaved skin for approximately the last 3 months - I had the luxury of a whole lot of Vitamin D thanks to my holiday and that always helps.  But back to reality with a bang and the last 2 weeks my skin has progressively turned from having eczema to just being troublesome.  So I've rediscovered some old faves and brought out the big guns.  Enter my troublesome skin heroes:
First of all, it appears I have remembered my wonderful Clarisonic: it always happens that it runs out of charge and I forget about it, or that my skin behaves and I don't think I need it.  But guess what - I do!  Just one use and I saw my skin just glowing like it hasn't since my holiday - soft and smooth and just brilliant.  I'm currently using it with the Adrien Arpel Papaya Enzyme Cleanser that I picked up in Sri Lanka.  It is a wonderful cleanser - has a slightly clinical smell that reminds me of the aesthetic clinic I used to work at, and a watery texture that turns into foam as you pump.  I definitely feel the chemical exfoliation of the papaya enzyme - it leaves my skin so soft and smooth and is even suitable for use on the eye area.  Now, to a product I haven't needed to use for a while, but one that never fails me - La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo.  This stuff is my go-to for when my skin plays up.  In all honesty I am pining for the new Effaclar Duo+, but one must finish up what one has before buying!  But the Duo is quite the brilliant little tube for treating skin when problematic. I find it to soothe and treat the skin fairly quickly, and due to my oily skin it provides enough moisture to use as a moisturiser.  For those times where I feel more moisture is needed - aka the winter - I use the Kiko Purifying Fluid.  Kiko is one of those brands I have loved for years - I have both make up and skincare from them, and they never seem to disappoint.  The purifying fluid is a light fluid as the name suggests, that moisturises without adding excess oil, and acts to help control oil production, which is perfect for my skin.
I hope you like my little edit of troublesome skincare products.
Much love,
Ani x