July Makeup and Skincare Favourites

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Here we are once more; monthly favourites. I have Caroline Hirons with me again so you’ll need to prepare yourself for a fair amount of chatting. In Caroline’s skincare video, at any rate – I edited the makeup video down from thirty-two minutes to about nine, but Caroline has gone for the director’s cut and published something that’s not far off a feature-length movie. Ha! If I were you, I’d grab a glass of wine (but not if it’s still breakfast time) (and not if you’re at work) and make yourself comfy. Perhaps have a little plate of olives to hand? Some breadsticks maybe?

Whatever nibbles and beverage combo you end up going for, you may want to have a notebook ready because there are some gems in these videos. I’ll paste the makeup links below the videos, but for the skincare credits you just need to click through to Youtube at the bottom left hand corner of the video. Enjoy!

Clarins Tinted Moisturiser – I use shade 1: http://tidd.ly/8a694806

Clarins Brow Kit: http://tidd.ly/1f47ced2

PAM London Jan Sewell Makeup – sorry, can’t find this but leave a comment for Caroline and I’m sure she’ll enlighten us!

Becca Shadow and Light, launches 14th August. Pre-order:http://goo.gl/Y5O1YV

Real Techniques Dual Fibre Brush: http://tinyurl.com/oeh33qj

New CID i_glow in Coral Crush: http://tinyurl.com/p2cq5r9

Bourjois Creme Blush in Shade 1, Nude Velvet:http://tidd.ly/f50c7491

Bobbi Brown Palette in Surf & Sand: http://rstyle.me/n/mm3hct6a6

Lancome Grandiose Mascara: http://rstyle.me/n/m63rkt6a6

Urban Decay Subversion and Perversion Mascaras:http://tidd.ly/4d221bc2

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Healthy Glow Makeup: Guerlain’s Joli Teint Powder

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There are two ways of looking at Guerlain’s “Terracotta Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo” (longest product name in the world, and breathe): either it’s a finishing powder that you sweep over your skin to warm it up and add that final layer of faked “rude health”, or – if you have particularly fair skin – it’s the perfect subtle bronzer for all-year-round bronzing. On me, with my fair-medium skintone, the Joli Teint powder works in much the same way that Chanel’s Les Beiges does: the effect is almost imperceptible, at first, but then after a few goes with the powder brush there’s a noticeable change in tone and glow. It’s not shimmer, it’s not colour, it’s just…a kind of healthiness.

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Many people will see these types of powders as being rather pointless; they either want to bronze themselves or not. They want to finish with a powder that will keep shine away, or not. If they want to add a subtle hint of blush then they’ll do so, and they’ll do it with their blusher, thank you ever so much. Something that’s so subtle you can hardly tell that it’s there is many people’s idea of a total waste of time. However, I will say that I use my Chanel Les Beiges powder on an almost daily basis and it does have an effect: just one that you can’t quite put your finger on.

Chanel Les Beiges video review…

The Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo is very similar, but with an added crescent of pinky powder to mimic that “lightly sunkissed” effect. I have the very palest shade (00) and could probably, in all honesty, do with a tad darker, but have a look and see what you think. Here I am with just foundation (actually BB Cream, it’s the Precious one from l’Occitane, shade 02):

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The skin looks fine, but see how the Joli Teint peps things up a bit in the next photo.

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It’s just like a very subtle injection of life, isn’t it? A day spent outdoors tending to the flower beds, or what have you. (Does anyone actually do that? The moment the sun comes out I’m usually flat out on a towel with my eyes closed! Sod the flowers.) Unless I’m going completely and utterly bonkers, there is a definite difference. Actually more so than you get with Chanel’s powders, I think, but mainly because with Les Beiges you match the powder to your skintone, so it has less of a hue to it, more of a glow. (You can go a shade or two down, to get that pale-bronze effect, but I’m not sure it’s as warming and summery as this Guerlain gem.)

Read about the best nude makeup products…

And so: one person’s pointless is another’s treasure, or whatever the saying is. There are those who see no point in any of the subtle no-makeup makeup products on the market, but then there are others (me included) who bloody love them for their natural finishes. And also the fact that it’s very hard to overdo it with these types of “barely there” cosmetics – you’d have to be some kind of demented brush-wielder to get this powder wrong. It’s utterly, utterly foolproof.

You can find all four shades of the Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo (*takes a nap*) on Escentual.com here – they cost £31.95 each.

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Twilight Woods Inspired Makeup

Hello my beautiful Makeup Geeks! Today I have another look in my “Bath and Body Works” series. This look is based off the packaging of Twilight Woods. I was inspired by the cool tones mixed with a warm color and hints of glitter.  I knew this would be a stunning look for any person. The great thing is this look will be ideal for any skintone and will make for a great night time look when you want something more dramatic.

Also, if you are one of my YouTube subscribers, leave a comment saying you would like to win and why and we will pick a person to win the bath gel, lotion and body spray that is the inspiration behind this look. I will announce the winner on Facebook and Twitter. Enough blabbing, let’s get on to this amazing look. 🙂


  • Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Foundation – (Sephora)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush – Glisten – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • NYX Cream Blush – Rose Petal – (Amazon) (eBay)


  • NYX Eyeliner Pencil – Dark Brown – (Makeup Geek)
  • MAC Eyeshadow – Fig – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Simply Marlena –  – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • MAC Eyeshadow – Goldmine – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Beaches & Cream – (Pan Version / Compact Version)
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Milk – (Makeup Geek)
  • Makeup Geek Pigment – New Years Eve – (Makeup Geek)
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara – Carbon Black – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • L’Oreal Chrome Eyeliner – Black Shock – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Ardel False Lashes – #305 – (Makeup Geek)
  • Duo Eyelash Adhesive – (Makeup Geek)


Illamasqua Lipgloss – Artifice – (Sephora)


  • Makeup Geek Smokey Eye Brush – (Makeup Geek)
  • MAC #219 – (Amazon) (eBay)
  • Beauty Blender – (Makeup Geek)

Let me know if you try this look and how it works for you. I hope you are enjoying this series and this amazing summer weather. As always I hope you are staying happy and healthy! 🙂



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Previous “Bath and Body Works” looks.

  • “Coconut Lime Breeze“
  • “Be Enchanted“

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