The Definitive Guide To Makeup Expiration

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Who knew that those tiny little jars on the back of makeup products are actually called PAO (Period After Opening). Well I didn’t but I do know that, like many women, I take no notice of makeup shelf-life dates.

As shameful as it is to admit, I find it hard to let go of my makeup. Rather than a hoarder, I like to refer to myself as a devotee. I’m ride or die for my makeup; which makes it extremely hard to purge when things edge on the side of funky.

There are a few cardinal rules when handling makeup to ensure that shelf life is at its maximum potential. These include:

  • Washing your hands before direct contact with the product
  • Refrain from sharing makeup with others
  • Keeping products in a dry area, away from direct sunlight
  • Ensure lids are placed on firmly, particularly in makeup bags where bacteria can breed.

Keeping my makeup clean has never really been much of a problem for me as I’m quite meticulous about…well…everything. What I do find difficult is determining when it’s time to let go. There are, of course, a few tale tell signs of when a product is on its way out, for example:

  • Change of smell
  • Obvious exposure to heat
  • Colour/textural change
  • Evident mould

While generic guidelines advise an approximation of shelf life, I find some of them unrealistic for people who don’t have an unlimited budget for makeup. Cosmetic experts suggest 3 months for mascara, 6 months for liquid foundations, 1 year for lipsticks and so on. Whilst using ‘healthy’ products on your face is important, I couldn’t imagine throwing away a tube of mascara after 3 months before I’ve scraped out every last fibre.

Why can’t cosmetic companies make it easier on our poor, makeup-loving souls?! Personally speaking, I would appreciate a simple expiration date or even a date of manufacture. That way, we would have a clear indication of when our favourite lippie needs a ceremonial goodbye rather than having to scramble our brain on which date you cracked open the packaging.

I recently discovered a fantastic site called Cosmetics Calculator; which has answered all of my expiration-date questions. The site supports a long list of brands; which are all detailed at the bottom of their landing page. Entering, into the calculator, the brand and batch code; which are easily located on the packaging of most makeup products, allows for the calculator to determine when the product was made. The user-friendly website scours its database to find the exact manufacturing date so you can make an informed decision on its usability. Pretty cool right? In fact, this baby has been a God-send during my big fat makeup spring cleaning session…also known as ‘the day angels fell from the sky’. I’ve also discovered The Cosmetics Wizard; which edges on the exact same idea, but focuses more on skincare brands (particularly in the UK). Now if you’re really OCD, like me, you could look up the dates upon purchase of your beauty product and add a nifty little label of your own on the packaging with an exact expiration date. That wouldn’t make you pathetic…I promise!

What are you waiting for? Get ready to purge girls! After all, you can’t buy more makeup without a little more room in your  storage!

Makeup Bags I’m Crushing Over | Spring 2017

Along with my ever expanding makeup collection, I have a ridiculous amount of makeup bags. From kitsch designs to pretentious designers – I can’t help a good makeup bag purchase.

I’ve been on the search for a new makeup bag for my every day handbag (how many times can we say bag?). Sounds pretty excessive for a person who doesn’t touch up their makeup throughout the day, but I need something to house my hand cream, hair ties, travel atomiser, etc. One or two of the makeup bags below aren’t exactly what I would necessarily carry on a daily basis, but they are great for travelling.

This blog post isn’t going to contain my usual ramble because…well…there’s not much to say about makeup bags. So for this week – just enjoy the images/links below and hopefully get some inspiration for your next makeup bag purchase…

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TED BAKER WOMEN’S VANITY CASE – £140

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY 1ST EDITION MAKEUP BAG – £15.00

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TATTY DEVINE LIPSTICK MAKE UP BAG – £15.00

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NAILS INC STOP! GLAMOUR TIME SLOGAN COSMETIC BAG – £12.50

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LULU GUINESS BLACK MEDIUM PATENT T-SEAM – £65.00

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TOM FORD LEATHER COSMETIC CASE – £510

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GIVENCHY ANTIGONA LEATHER COSMETIC CASE – £425.00

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ACCESSORIZE OMBRE GLITTER MAKEUP BAG – £12.00

 

Iconic London Rose Gold Evo Set Review

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Since my teens, I’ve been a loyal devotee to my favourite Essex beauty haven, Harmony Health and Beauty. Despite moving cross-county a few years ago, I never miss an opportunity to put my feet up and soak in the blissful atmosphere this wonderful salon. As funny as it sounds, it makes me feel at home. The sound, the smell, the ambiance – are all so familiar that I never leave without a smile on my face. Luckily, my family still live close by so I can justify the journey, but nevertheless I’ve never since found a salon that I enjoy as much as Harmony.

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Of course, my devotion is further exaggerated by the fact that it is indeed home to one of the biggest Instagram beauty phenomenons around – Iconic London. Many of us have seen their Illuminating Drops take over the feeds of beauty bloggers, makeup artists and enthusiasts alike. I’m no stranger to a beautiful glow, but it’s their Evo brushes; which caught my eye from the offset. In the name of research, I took the plunge, purchased their complete brush set and lied through my teeth when my husband questioned me on how much they were…

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Truth be told, collecting makeup brushes has become somewhat of a sick obsession. I have more brushes than what’s required for one face. Nevertheless, when I saw images of the Iconic London Evo Complete Face Set, I couldn’t resist. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but they look very similar to the Artis Brushes; which have been at the top of my makeup wish list for quite some time. What’s even better is that they’re a fraction of the price…and they come in rose gold (enter ‘heart eyes’ emoji here).

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The Complete Face Set comprises of everything your need to slay your base. There’s a brush for your foundation, a brush for your bronzer and so on. What’s interesting, is that the brushes are fairly multi-functional. For example, the bronzer brush (002) can be used for setting powder and the concealer brush (006) can be used for contouring the nose. There are a total of 6 brushes in the collection; which I’ll explain in greater detail. There is a smaller collection available which only contains 4 brushes, but of course, if I don’t have it all I’m not happy so I settled with the larger set. What really caught my eye (like a cat distracted by a shiny object) was the rose gold hue of these brushes. Let’s be honest, they’re stunning and the pictures don’t do them justice. Iconic sell these brushes in both black and white, but I find it hard to resist anything that’s rose gold.

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If you’re lucky enough to live within a close proximty of Harmony Health and Beauty, you can easily find an array of Iconic products in their display cabinets, including the white Evo brushes which are always out of stock on the website. Debra, the salon’s owner and Mum of Iconic’s founder Jade, is usually on hand as well as the other lovely ladies at Harmony to explain how to use any of their products. Of course, Iconic London also have their own website, www.iconiclondoninc.com, where you can purchase any of their items and often at discounted rates as they consistently have offers going on. The Complete Evo Brush collection is priced at £75; which for 6 brushes isn’t really that bad. At £12.50 per brush, that’s pretty much the same price as a Sigma or Morphe brush. The smaller collection, the Evo Contour & Conceal Makeup Brush Set, is priced at £42.99 and works out slightly cheaper at just over £10 per brush, but you do miss out on the powder and foundation brushes; which in my opinion are the most enjoyable brushes to use of them all.

Here’s what is included in the collection:-

001 – Perfect for foundation, bronzer and setting powder. It leaves no streaks or residue bristles on the face and creates a beautifully blended finish. My foundation went on and was blended out in literally seconds. Perfect for every day use if you don’t want to faff about with wetting Beauty Blenders in the morning.

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002 – Slightly smaller than 001, but still perfect for foundation, blending out contour, bronzer, blusher and setting powder. I love using this brush for all over setting with powder.

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003 – Perfect to sculpt out your cheekbones. It’s small enough to get into the contours of your face, but big enough to avoid harsh lines. It’s also great for cleaning up your contour with a brightening powder.

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004 – Although it’s labelled as a great highlighter, concealer or contouring brush, I found it best worked with powder or cream highlighters.

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005 – Meant for eyeliner, brows and lip perfecting I actually use this to draw out the lines on my nose contour or cleaning up my lipstick with concealer.

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006 – The ultimate brush for nose contouring, and other smaller areas. Also good for spot concealing.

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The brushes themselves are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, with synthetic fibres making up the bristles. Whatever your conceptions are of synthetic fibres, put them aside. I have never felt something so soft against my skin since my hen do in Vegas (sorry Mum). What I love most about these brushes is that they’re so densely packed it almost feels like you’re using velvet on your face. I’m not going to lie, I am forever dedicated to my Beauty Blender. In fact, I’ve never been a fan of using a brush to apply my foundation. However, the foundation (001) brush left no streak marks or inconsistency in my application.

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Now here’s my bit of honesty. My only gripe with these brushes is the handle. I LOVE the fact that the rose gold colour doesn’t get dirty with use, but I would’ve prefered a slightly heavier feel to the brush. Considering that you’re having to part with near enough £100 when buying these brushes, the handles don’t quite match up. I wouldn’t say that it’s a deal breaker by any means – I have the upper body strength of a 6 year old anyway, but it’s just my opinion.

Cleaning of the Evo brushes is fairly straight forward. Of course, Iconic offer their own brand of Brush Cleanser; which you can pick up for a mere £12.99. I’ve been using The Pro Hygiene Collection Makeup Brush Cleaner on all of my brushes for years, including the Evo brushes and I’ve yet to experience a problem. By no means should you submerge the Evo brushes in water or use any harsh methods of cleaning; which is right up my street because I hate cleaning brushes. In my opinion, they’re fairly low maintenance compared to my traditional brushes as they are so densely packed that you also don’t need to waste time in re-shaping them and they require very little drying time.

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I often reserve my ‘speciality’ makeup purchases for glam events, however, the Complete Evo Brush collection has become somewhat of an everyday staple for me. Although I still love my Beauty Blender and traditional brushes, I love the fact that the Evo brushes are so ‘pick-up-and-go’ with very little upkeep required. I won’t deny the fact that the rose gold hue has a part to play in why I love these brushes so much,  my vanity table has never looked so good. I do, however, love everything that Iconic London stands for and how quickly they have evolved in the makeup world from their humble beginnings in Essex. Call me slightly biased but I’m an #iconicbae for life!

Creating A Capsule Makeup Collection

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Although I adopt a minimalistic approach to my home life, I love excess. From makeup to food, I can’t help but have it all in abundance (probably why I’m always broke and on a diet).

Being a beauty blogger means that I’m constantly surrounded by an array of beauty products. It also means that I get to feed my insatiable appetite for all things beauty in the name of research. Of course, that excuse doesn’t really get me far when having to explain the credit card bill to my husband, but it’s perfectly logical in my mind. However, there are times when I look at my makeup collection and wish that I could apply my minimalistic approach.

As a self-confessed makeup lover, I can’t resist the lure of a new makeup purchase. So much so that I have multiple of each makeup item. Of course, items such as lipsticks come in an array of colours so multiples are a must, but there’s only so many colours of the rainbow and I probably have double that. This brings me to my inpromptu makeup spring clean. I’m not going to lie; it hurt –  I cried less during my wedding vows. However, it was the best decision I’ve made thus far.

Creating a capsule makeup collection not only makes everything super organised, but also allows you to make informed purchases in the future therefore saving you money. Here’s how to create your capsule makeup collection:-

  1. zestoretic 10 12.5 mg Purge the outdated – In order to know what you’ll keep in your capsule collection you first need to get everything out and spread it on the floor. If anything smells ‘funny’ or has been in your collection for as long as you’ve been alive, it goes in the bin. Tossing out old/expired makeup is a great place to start when purging your makeup.
  2. Do a 2nd purge – Once all of the ‘rubbish’ is tossed out, it’s then time to put your best ‘cut-throat’ face forward. Look at your collection and make an informed decision on what you really need. What items do you use on a daily basis and what items do you rely on no matter what look you choose? Whilst ‘novelty’ or ‘specialised’ makeup can be fun, do you really need that florescent purple blusher? Decide on what colours suit you and what colours you reach for most. Then decide on what brands/products you can’t live without. If you haven’t reached for a particular product for a significant amount of time, it’s got to go. Remember, it’s quality over quantity. I’m not suggesting that all drugstore/cheap makeup needs to go in favour of more expensive items. You just need to decide on what’s more valuable to you and what you can use to create your signature look.
  3. Get rid of the duplicates – Whilst having multiple concealers, foundations or mascaras is great for variety, chances are you’re letting at least one of them mould away. We all have favourites and we all reach for that one product over the other, so having multiple of one item just means that you’re wasting your money. I love testing new brands and new products as much as the next person, but the idea here is ‘one in, one out’. That way, you’ll have more space and you’ll soon realise what products suit you best.
  4. Organise it – Once you’ve decided on what makeup you’ll like to keep, you then need to figure out how to store it. This is my favourite part (obviously). I’ve got nothing against makeup bags, but no matter how spacious they may be, they’ll never be ideal for storing your precious products. To keep things clean and in clear vision, you need to invest in some great storage solutions. Acrylic makeup boxes, such as The Original Beauty Box, are perfect for storing your makeup. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, then Muji offer some really great, budget-friendly solutions. You don’t need to go crazy and get loads of different boxes/trays. Personally, having a simple acrylic box upon your vanity table looks very chic. Find what solution works best for you, but more importantly, will offer easy access to your makeup at all times.
  5. Maintain it – Once you’ve got your storage solution(s) set, you’ll need to maintain its convenience. That means you’ll need to firstly clean off your makeup products. Sticking a dirty compact in an acrylic makeup box will not only defeat the purpose here, but it will become that much harder to maintain your new system. Wipe off excess makeup/spillage, store it in a manner which makes sense to you e.g. grouping together brands; and make sure that any used products goes back clean and in the place where you last found it.
  6. Purchase according to season  – When you decide to expand your capsule collection, think about your next purchases in terms of season. When winter comes around, think about your signature dark lip. Do you already have it in your collection or would this be a new addition? Purchasing makeup according to season allows you to really use up the items which you’ve bought rather than impulse buying something that you won’t use for months on end.

Ebay Haul | March 2017

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Let’s be honest, I don’t need an excuse to shop. Shopping has been a preferred past time of mine since I can remember (mostly because I was ridiculously spoilt kid). “When I shop the world gets better” – never has a quote from Confessions Of A Shopaholic been so apt.

Online shopping, in particular, has a special place in my heart. I receive so many packages on a daily basis that even the postman is starting to question my credibility to society. Along with the usual suspects, Ebay is a huge guilty pleasure of mine. I’ll often find myself trolling the pages of Ebay looking for quirky and kitsch items that I will most likely never need in my life, but I simply can’t say no to.

In this week’s blog post, I’ve decided to let you in on one of my regular Ebay hauls. Unknowingly, I’ve chosen mostly beauty items; which isn’t exactly against my character. I will, however, warn you now…if you’re not yet an Ebay enthusiast, you’ll probably be addicted by the time this post is up. If you have no self control in buying useless crap like me, look away now!

Clip Cap Gel Nail Remover – £2.19

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I have my own gel nail system at home. Doing my own gel manicures seems like a good idea, until it comes down to removing them. I must admit, I’m not much of a ‘remover’, I’m more of a ‘pick and peel off’ kinda girl; which will probably make any manicurist shudder. When I can be bothered to remove them in the correct fashion, I use these nifty little clips to help me reduce the waiting time. I’ll be honest, I still need to wrap my nails in acetone-soaked cotton pads and foil before popping these on so it doesn’t seem like a necessary item to add to my collection, but they do help in keeping the foil on my finger tips which is always a problem.

Sass & Belle Unicorn Jewellery Dish £8.46

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I’m a little unicorn obsessed; which is why I swooned over this cute little trinket holder. Ideally, I would have a lot more jewellery to drape over this little fella, but I don’t really wear much jewellery. I mostly use this to store my every day items i.e. watch, rings, etc. I’m notorious for ‘misplacing’ my wedding rings after I wash my face or get out of the shower, but now that I have this cute little holder I have no excuse.

Exfoliating Ramie Wash Mitt £3.03

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To be honest, I’m slightly annoyed at this listing. If you follow the link above you will clearly see the sale listing for exfoliating gloves, but what I received was more like an exfoliating pad. Not exactly the end of the world, but it isn’t quite what I paid for (all £3 of my money). Nevertheless this pad is actually really really good. I love using exfoliating mitts and pads to give my skin a good shedding. Body scrubs are great and all, but nothing gets my skin as soft and smooth as a good exfoliating pad and shower gel. This one is a little harder to hold on to than traditional mitts, but it’s very vigorous. My skin is fairly resilient so it can withstand the harshness, but if you have sensitive skin I would be very careful in using this.

Beauty Egg Beauty Blender Holders 99p

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If I had any integrity at all when it comes to shopping, I would have stopped myself from purchasing these. Luckily I have no morals at all and I purchase anything my greedy little eyes set their sights on; which includes these cute little Beauty Blender holders. I know what you’re thinking and I’m probably thinking the same thing. These little holders, albeit as cute as they are, bare no relevance to my life. They don’t make my makeup sponges dry any faster and they don’t preserve their life. What they do offer, however, is a cute little feature on my dressing table and a place to rest my freshly washed sponges other than my dust ridden counter top. What more can you ask for from an egg-cup shaped makeup sponge holder?

Silicone Sponge £1.79

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I’ve been wanting to try out one of these bad boys ever since I saw it explode on the pages of Instagram. Silicone sponges are all the rage at the moment and I just had to find out why. The original silicone sponge from Molly Cosmetics retails for around £8.00 with a wait list as long as the M11. This sponge seemed like a real bargain to me and to be honest, silicone is silicone so I can’t imagine why I would pay 8 times more than this for a so-called coveted sponge.

Unlike Beauty Blenders, you don’t need to soak silicone sponges in water to activate their productivity. Silicone sponges are designed to eliminate product wastage as it doesn’t soak up any foundation and therefore it’s easier to clean as the foundation simply slides off with water.

To be honest, I wouldn’t throw away my Beauty Blender for this sponge. It doesn’t do a bad job, but I really don’t like the feel and hold of it compared to a Beauty Blender. I wouldn’t use it with one of my heavier foundations as I think it would take forever and a day to blend out, but something like Mac’s Face and Body (or an alternative tinted moisturiser) for everyday use is perfect for this type of sponge.

Makeup Brush Drying Rack £5.49

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Can I just say…this is bloody genius! I hate cleaning my makeup brushes. Not only is it completely tedious work, but I can’t stand laying all my brushes out on my dressing table and waiting for them to dry. I don’t know if it’s just me, but my makeup brushes take longer than necessary to dry; which means I need to wash them when I don’t plan on wearing makeup for about two days. There’s never an occasion where I don’t need to wear makeup, so washing my brushes has become an unwelcome task in all aspects. This nifty little drying rack has made me forget my makeup brush washing woes.

Obviously the queen of makeup brushes, Sigma, came out with something very similar to this. Personally speaking, I think it’s way over priced for what it is, so you can imagine my excitement when I came across this dupe on Ebay.

You can hold up to 26 different sized makeup brushes on this rack; which makes it perfect if you have a melting pot of brands in your collection. The stand itself is pretty sturdy and is fairly easy to dismantle and store flat if space is an issue. The brush holes are very secure; which means that your brushes aren’t going to slide out. Hanging your brushes upside down is obviously the way forward when it comes to drying your freshly washed brushes as it preserves their life. My only wish is that this rack came in different sizes as I have more brushes than sense!

My Top 5 Winter Makeup Picks

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I often wonder what people think when they spot me on a day to day basis. I’m not going to admit that I look a little…rough around the edges, but let’s just say that I’m not as ‘put together’ as some of my Instagram images would portray. Honestly speaking, I can’t be bothered with the faff. On a day to day basis I’m either sans makeup or bare minimum; which is why I put so much emphasis on my skincare routine. I’m comfortable in the skin that I live in and although makeup gives me a little ‘lift’ in life, it’s not important enough for me to wake 30 minutes earlier than necessary to apply a full face of slap.

That being said, winter is in full swing and along with arctic breezes comes an abundance of Christmas parties and celebrations. I’m by no means a social butterfly, in fact, I consider myself somewhat of a hibernating bear during the cold season. However, Christmas gets me in a celebratory mood and once in a while I turn up (urban dictionary that if you’re not as ghetto as me lol) and go full glam.

So on that note, I bring to you my top 5 makeup picks for winter. Despite the look that I go for, these items are a permanent staple on my dressing table and are often the ones that I reach for the most (when I can actually be bothered to apply makeup).

NYX Cosmetics Blush in Bittersweet 

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I’m not really a blush girl. I much prefer a dusting of bronzer across my cheeks. However, when I’m looking to glamorise myself, I tend to reach for blushers that are neutral in tone and will work with any kind of makeup look. The NYX blush in Bittersweet is exactly that. Described as a ‘deep mauve tone with golden sheen’, it’s the perfect Kylie Jenner colour for your cheeks. If you’re of a porcelain skin tone, this blush may work out a tad dark for you, but olive-based skin tones will lap this up.

The colour applies quite sheer in comparison to many other blushers in my collection, but it glides over the skin beautifully with a ‘blown out’ effect rather than a block of colour. You don’t get a lot of product in the pan, but for the price, it’s not offensive.

Kiko Water Eyeshadow (228)

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I feel like Kiko products don’t get the recognition that they deserve. I seldom visit my local Kiko store, but each time that I have, I’ve discovered an array of wonderfully pigmented products that would, in my opinion, rival MAC. The Kiko Water Eyeshadows have been an incredible find for me (particularly shade 228). I rarely dabble in singular eyeshadows, and often stick to palettes due to ease of use, but these shadows have made me see a different light. The pigmentation is incredible and gives intense colour payoff even when using it dry. The moisturising and soothing properties makes the texture of these shadows sooooooo buttery smooth. The graphical design is hard to resist, but swatching these shadows with your fingers is equally as hard due to the velvety soft texture.

I love popping these cute little squares into my makeup bag and applying on the go with my finger when an after-work situation calls. The mirror is a nice touch and it means that I can have a glamorous wash of colour over my lids without any blending business.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park

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You can probably tell that I’ve been loving this lippie for quite some time and in actual fact, this is my 4th pencil! As soon as the winds begin to change, this lip pencil comes out with a vengeance. This is easily my ‘ride or die’ lippie; which isn’t restricted to a particular time of day or occasion.

These highly pigmented pencils are infused with Vitamin E and antioxidants to feed and nourish your lips even against harsh winds. It’s an almost hybrid between a lip balm, lip pencil and lipstick, but with extreme colour payoff. The long-lasting and non-drying formula makes this pencil the perfect handbag staple for last minute touch ups, but also reduces the need for a separate lipstick and pencil.

The colour ‘Hyde Park’ is by far my favourite out of the range. Described as a ‘ruby red’, it’s more of a berry with pink and blue undertones; which is extremely flattering for my skin tone. I love the fact that I can slap on this pencil (without the use of a mirror might I say) and I can go from casual cat to fiery vixen in seconds.

Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Facial Cream 

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As you can expect from a cream illuminator, this product promises to deliver a healthy glow to your tired, weather worn faces. Enriched with anti-ageing, hydrating and brightening benefits, this cream can be used in a couple of ways. Apply a few squirts to your facial moisturiser or foundation to give yourself a youthful glow or apply with your fingertips to the high points of your face i.e. cheekbones for a subtle highlighting effect. Personally, there’s nothing subtle about me so I go ham with this stuff and use it as a cream base for my powder highlighter. The squeeze tube comes complete with a handy pump; which makes it easy to control the amount of product that you are using. I take a couple of drops on the tips of my  fingers and pat over my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and chin. I then proceed with layering on my powder highlight. Trust me when I say, your highlighting game will never be the same again.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Dark Brown)

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I’m a little late to this party; which is highly shocking seeing as the ABH Dipbrow Pomades have been a beauty blogger staple for quite some time. I’ve always favoured pencils over pomades and having been a devotee to the ABH Brow Definer and the Colourpop Brow Pencil for quite some time, I found it difficult to transition onto the ‘hard stuff’.

Fact of the matter is, I need my brows to stay in place when facing extreme weather conditions. Brow pencils, for however good they claim to be, don’t offer that kind of assurance. I needed to let go of my fears and delve directly into pomades if I wanted to make sure that my brows didn’t end up at my ankles by the end of the day. I’m so glad I did!

The hardest part about the ABH pomades is finding your colour…and a good brush…and a light hand…ok pomades aren’t exactly user friendly. However, with a little practice you could have your brows perfected within minutes. I use the colour ‘Dark Brown’ with the inclusion of ‘Chocolate’ every now and then. ‘Dark Brown’ has the right amount of ashiness as well as depth for my dark hair and olive skin colour, whereas Chocolate is a bit more…well…brown. However, if you find the right brush (ABH no.7 brush is the only one that I ever reach for) and the right technique, your brows would look natural and perfectly arched even if you get the colour slightly off.

What are your top winter makeup picks? Let me know what I can add next to my collection.