YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush 9 Rose Épicurien

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This is not a nail varnish.

It is, in fact, a beautiful lip and cheek stain from the beauty Gods at YSL. I love YSL products. Their mascaras are incredible, Touche Éclat is a staple, their Glossy Stainsare unbeatable and it's always nice to whip something so beautifully packaged out of your handbag.

This lovely little stain is my latest foray into YSL world and I am loving it.

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I tend not to be a fan of multipurpose products - I find they're either good at one thing and not the other, or just mediocre at both. But I've really been loving this for lips and cheeks, and as it turns out, I'm a fan of the matchy-matchy look. 

The texture is a beautiful velvet matte, that's really easy to apply. I've been applying it straight to my cheeks and then blending out with fingers, and I find it leaves a really soft, natural finish on the skin and it's staying power is pretty good too. For lips, just one little swipe of the doe foot and you're good to go. Unlike most matte lip products I've used, I don't find this to be drying at all, and it feels lovely and velvety soft to wear.

The shade I have, and am wearing in the picture below, is Rose Épicurien (an appropriate shade for a bonne vivante haha) and I think it's the perfect everyday shade, for my colouring at least. It's a nice dusty pink that looks very natural on the cheeks and a kind of my-lips-but-pinker colour on the pout. I can already see myself reaching for this over my much loved MAC Angel lipstick on a day-to-day basis. The two-in-one will be a life saver on manic mornings!

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(Top is Ted Baker)

They are expensive (£27) but they are YSL, so that comes with the territory. There are 12 shades all together, and I've already got my eye on number 6 Rouge Libertine. I think such an intense red would be a fun colour to play with on the cheeks, although must avoid looking like a clown. 

Anyway, what do you think of these? Have you tried one? 

*It terrifies me that this post was written two years ago. How time flies!


spring favourites

I decided to photograph my recent favourites on my windowsill, amongst my little collection of elephants and my little red cactus.

These are all the beauty products I've been finding myself reaching for time and time again lately.

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Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Perfume. I have lusted after this perfume for a very long time, and this past Christmas I was lucky enough to see Santa squeezing down my chimney with it. Since then, every time I put it on,  I fall in love with it a little more. It's dramatic, rich, seductive and heady, and makes me feel like behaving very, very badly. What more could a girl want in a perfume?

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never. I love this. It walks the line between purple and pink, is just blue toned enough to have that teeth whitening effect and works just as nicely as a dramatic day-time lip or a subtle night-time one. I'm a sucker for a matte finish anyway, and these Nars pencils (this is my second, I also have Dragon Girl) have a lovely texture, that's not remotely drying and is super easy to apply. They're not as matte as my Mac Ruby Woo, for example, but they don't come with the drawbacks of being drying and difficult to apply. Winner.

My Mac lipstick in Angel is getting more and more wear as the weather softens into spring. It's the perfect pinky nude and I love the colour of it. It's a Frost finish, but I find it to be very creamy and not remotely shimmery. Oh and apparently it's Kim Kardashian's favourite, and who doesn't want a Kardashian pout? No?

Perched on my Mac lippie is my gorgeous ROX Identity stud ring that you can buy right here! It comes in gold and a very pretty rose gold too. I love this ring, I wear it all the time and find it gets loooads of compliments. It's chunky enough to make a little bit of a statement, but not so much that you're granny's going to be horrified. Mine was a leaving present from my former (*sob*) colleagues who I miss very much and must see more of! 

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On the other side of my cactus, is the rather polarising vanilla scented hand sanitiser from Bath and Body Works in Sugared Vanilla Wish. I bought a few of these in lots of different scents when I was last in America (I miss you Kentucky!) and this has to be my favourite so far. It's really sweet, but there's something about it that smells like holidays. Like suncream or something. Anyway, they're all very strong smelling, which has caused some interesting reactions at work with about an equal measure of people begging me to stop using it as wondering where they can buy it. But it beats Carex any day in my opinion.

This Rimmel BB Cream is great. I have the shade 'very light' and it is actually light enough for my skin tone, yay! It gives much better coverage than I was expecting from a BB Cream and although it's not super matte, it's not remotely shiny which I appreciate given my oily/combination skin. Very easy to apply, I just blend it in with my fingers. It's the perfect product for a manic-mad-rush-morning, i.e. me, every Monday to Friday.

Bobbi Brown Brush Cleaning Spray. Okay, as much as I love clean make-up brushes, actually washing them is a pain in the ass. I rarely bother to do it, okay. It just pains me. There are many other things I would rather do. But then I heard that brush cleaning sprays existed and I knew I had to get one. I just spritz this on my brushes after use (if I'm not having a manic-mad-rush-morning, that is) and bam! they're a little more hygienic for a little longer. It hasn't entirely eliminated the need for make-up brush washing, but it has reduced the urgent need for it and alleviated my guilt for not doing so, almost entirely. YAY.

Soap and Glory's Kick Ass Concealer is my final beauty favourite of recent times, and I have entirely failed to photograph it appropriately for you. Inside you get a two colours of concealer and a mirror, just like your standard compact, and behind the mirror, in a little compartment there's a teeny tiny powder puff and a pale setting powder. This stuff means business. You get a peachy concealer, that's lovely and soft and easy to blend, perfect for combatting blue tones in those bags under your eyes and a much more yellow toned one, that has a thicker consistency. The yellow one is really great for covering redness, and boy, does it stick around. Set everything with the setting powder, and this concealer is not going to budge. It's war paint.

Other things I've been loving lately:

Salon I find myself being fascinated by every article I read on Salon. I've liked them on facebook, and pretty much every article they post, I read.

This advert is beautiful and it will make you cry.

And aaargh, Leandra Medine, I love you.

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Another favourite of recent months, was the weekend I spent in Newcastle with these ladies, and photographer Mhairi. It was the best, wildest, most debauched, hilarious, incredible, ridiculous weekend I have ever had and my little heart is overflowing with joy and love for these ladies. 

Bring on the next one.


life lately

Here's some bits and bobs from my life of late.

In the past few months I've had multiple job changes, two injuries and a dramatic increase in freelance work. I've felt incredibly busy and quite stressed, as well as frustrated at having to stop training for the half marathon, but it's made me appreciate the little things in between, like reading a good book with a good cup of coffee, simple dinners with friends on weeknights, brightly coloured outerwear and how beautiful this damn city is.

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This may be the most saccharine outfit I've ever worn.
Coat from Miss Selfridge, fluffy lilac cropped jumper from Primark and Mary Katrantzou x Topshop floral blouse peeking out at the top there.

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I have yet to read either last month's Elle or Porter magazine. Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, however, I finished. It was bloody good.

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I met my stepdad for a roof top lunch at the amazing Chaophraya on Castle Street one Saturday. That steak was called 'Weeping Tiger' and oh my god, it was delicious.
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The best thing about not having a niche/being remotely specialised in any area whatsoever, when it comes to translation, is that I get to work on lots of different kinds of texts. Last week I got to learn about Giulio Carlo Argan and Helmut Lachenmann. If I could do it full time, I would. 
One day.
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Nicola and I finally got together to make this salad I'd been obsessing over. Sautéed peaches, chicken, chilis and feta in a honey-soy-balsamic dressing. Yum.

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I squeezed in a Sunday macchiato and some Bruce Chatwin time before a caffeinated catch up and some free scones with Jules.
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Birthday girl in her namesake restaurant! An evening filled with good steak, flowing wine, a heady atmosphere and ridiculous dancing.

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Before this mist and rain descended on us in Edinburgh, I was enjoying wearing bright things. 
Coat from Topshop, shirt from Primark, Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Audacious.
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Beautiful, beautiful Edinburgh at sundown.