How do you define beauty?

Beauty is a word which can conjure a clean and definitive image in our mind every time we hear it. Whether it’s a Victoria’s Secret model strutting down the catwalk, or a bunch of freshly cut long stemmed roses… beauty is a word which can mean many things, to many people.

I’ve had a love hate relationship with ‘beauty’ my entire life and today I wanted to share my continuing journey with what ‘beauty’ means to me, and hopefully hear your thoughts too.

From the age of around 9 years, there was only really one image in my mind of what a beautiful woman looked like. She was a young sophisticated woman, tall, slim, with long blonde hair and a beautiful face. You could say the epitome of beauty in my childish eyes equaled a cross between a real life barbie doll, and the woman I was reluctantly about to welcome into my family as a ‘step-mother’.

As I grew older, my sense of what ‘beauty’ meant to me changed. I had an accident as a 10 year old child which led to me having my forehead scar, which meant that I would no longer fit into my own ideals of what a beautiful woman looked like, or would grow up to look like. Thus meaning, I’d have to work extra hard to become ‘beautiful’.

As a preteen and teenager, I rebelled against the rules of society and along with that, the rules of ‘beauty’. I was what you’d call misunderstood, and looking back, in bad need of reassurance, therapy and to be quite honest – likely just a hug from my parents.

Fast forward a few years and after cutting my long thick brown hair into a jaw length bob, plastering my eyelids in eyeliner and dressing head to toe in black, I did my best to fight against the very essence of my beauty ideology. I skateboarded, sang in a hardcore punk band and thew a few moves in a ‘mosh pit’ which in itself is a slightly beautiful rebellion in a sort of cliche poetic way.

However, it was pretty much the internet which dragged my sorry sullen ass out of beauty black hole, and helped me become confident in my skin. Continue reading

A Mini Sleek Palette Haul.

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Sleek,haul,i divine palette,highlighting palette,makeup,pale skin,my pale skin, em ford, pale, eyeshadow, highlighter, highlighting paletee
Sleek,haul,i divine palette,highlighting palette,makeup,pale skin,my pale skin, em ford, pale, eyeshadow, highlighter, highlighting paletee
Sleek,haul,i divine palette,highlighting palette,makeup,pale skin,my pale skin, em ford, pale, eyeshadow, highlighter, highlighting paletee
Sleek,haul,i divine palette,highlighting palette,makeup,pale skin,my pale skin, em ford, pale, eyeshadow, highlighter, highlighting paletee
It feels like it’s been a lifetime since I last bought anything from Sleek. It’s not because I don’t like the brand or the products, it’s just, well I guess I often forget all about their products to be honest. After finding my rose gold blush buried deep in my blusher drawer, I decided to have a look in the drugstore at what else they had to offer.
I love shimmer eyeshadows, and having heard a lot about sleek palettes, I thought i’d start at the beginning and pick up the Sleek i-Divine Original Palette. It has such a wide range of gorgeous shades that are perfect for day to night and even when you’re feeling a little bit edgy! At £7.99 it’s a bargain for 12 shades!
The Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting palette also made it’s way into my basket as I’m really into that glowy highlighted skin at the moment, which means that i’m buying almost every highlighter I find. I’m not 100% sure if i’ll get on with these and the bronzing powder in the bottom right of the palette looks suspiciously gold and warm for my liking.
So those are my picks from the sleek range! I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I grabbed,let me know in the comments! And if there’s anything I should be trying from the range, do let me know!

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The Marc Jacobs Beauty Airblush Duo Launch

Sometimes an email lands in my inbox, and I squeal a little with excitement. This was definetly the case recently I was invited to L.A, California for the launch of the brand new Marc Jacobs Beauty Airblush Duo.
Set in the goreous Beverly Hills Hotel, the launch took place over brunch in the beautiful hotel gardens, and just oozed old Hollywood glamour.
Gilbert Soliz, head makeup artist for Marc Jacobs Beauty was on hand to give demonstrations using the Airduo Blush range (inspired by one of the first celebrity makeup Artists – Way Bandy) and it was incredible to hear about how Bandy and Jacobs were friends and club kids together back in their heyday.
Inspired by the creative vision and styles of Way Bandy, the range is all about beautifully draped cheeks, using a silky soft air whipped pressed powder. Available in 5 different shades and suitable for all skin tones, the blush contains a fusion of lighter and deeper shades with each palette being hand filled and inspired by vintage cigarette cases.
The Lines and Last Night Airblush Duo is my favourite of the bunch, with it’s gorgeous golden peachy tones, it’s incredibly flattering on fairer skin tones. Long lasting and buildable to truly sculpt your cheeks for that Way Bandy look, it has been a struggle to go a day without wearing this blush since it has come into my life.
Priced at £28.00 and available exclusively today at John Lewis and in-store on Oxford Street on 1st September in the UK.Also available in Sephora in the US, these blushes are worth checking out and welcoming into your makeup bag.

Your Favourite MAC Lipsticks in Fragrance Form

MAC Velvet Teddy Shadescent Eau de Parfum Review

If you have grown a little tired of the conventional fragrance launch – I mean there’s only so much frolicking in a field one can take – and long for something a little more original, the release of the six new MAC Scentshade Eau de Parfums may somewhat excite you, both in terms of scent and concept.

MAC of course are not synonymous with the world of fragrance, sure they’ve dabbled with a few sleeper hits along the way but nothing has really reached cult status. This is not a criticism, what MAC are renowned for is lipstick and cosmetics in general, something they execute very well – we’ve all at the very least dreamt about owning a MAC lipstick or two haven’t we? As such, I do believe that the reason MAC have held off from focusing their attention on the world of fragrance is that they wanted to wait to ensure they not only really made their mark, but also combine the world of make-up and fragrance as one. Arguably MAC have did just that, the new MAC Scentshade Eau de Parfums does just that – not only are there six new scents to choose from but they have been created to capture the essence of six of their best selling lipstick shades. In a word genius.

From what I have gathered, the idea is that using certain MAC lipstick shades they have translated how wearing each shade makes the wearer feel – for instance we have MAC My Heroine Eau de Parfum which in my opinion evokes a sense of self belief, think of it as a fragrance power-suit. Something you can mist on for an added boost of confidence via a rich, robust top note of leather. Then there is the sexy yet sultry burst of patchouli which dominates MAC Lady Danger Eau de Parfum and the bright, candy, tutti-fruity inspired punch MAC Candy Yum Yum Eau de Parfum which is great for those with a sweet tooth or those looking to brighten up the dullest of days.

As an avid wearer of MAC Velvet Teddy in lipstick form and as such this was always going to be the first of the six Scentshade fragrances I tried. Now if I was to negatively comment on anything about the MAC Scentshades, it would be the ambiguity of the note structure of each creation; it is very vague with each description divulging no more than two accents, which if purchasing online could be off putting. MAC Velvet Teddy is said to be a blend of Honey and creamy musk but I feel it has a kick of Tobacco leaf and perhaps bitter chocolate too. If you are familiar with Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille and Thierry Mulgler Alien Eau de Parfume, and if you can somewhat imagine them combined, you pretty much have MAC Velvet Teddy Scentshade Eau de Parfum. I personally love it – it reminds me of two of my favourite fragrance ever but if my Instagram feed back is anything to go by, this is very much a make love or loathe scent but hey wouldn’t life be boring if we all liked the same things?

MAC Scentshade fragrance here for £35/50ml (currently £31.50 at the moment)

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection Picks

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection

The MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection launched in the UK whilst I was in New York and as the U.S gets the latest launches a week before we do, the collection had all but sold out in both locations before I had a chance to snag a few of the key products (the face kits were the things dreams are made of). I was however fortunate enough to receive two of the new MAC Nutcracker Sweet lipsticks and one of the best-selling MAC Khol pencils too – perfect for creating a subdued yet polished festive look, be it for a party, work or a stroll around the local supermarket (I really do live my best life, don’t I?).

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection

The first thing that I noticed and inevitably want to mention about the MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection is the packaging. I rather like that MAC have side stepped the traditional festive and often garish colours associated with the season, and settled on a refined palette of bright pink, plum and hints of gold. It’s modern, quirky, unexpected and frankly perfectly presented to create a memorable gift – I’m not here to judge if that person happens to be yourself. Continue reading