The one where I drew comedic brows and concealed lips on my beautiful cousin Gem, aka Mrs Bow Retro. And where she attacked me with dramatic smokey eyes and a pronounced cupids bow. And the one where I honk like a seal several times. All in the name of a blindfold makeup challenge.

Enjoy. Because we sure did.

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The Pros and Cons of St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion

Anything that can be done in the shower, saving time, is a winner for me. From shaving my legs and brushing my teeth, to applying my tan, say what?! As soon as I saw St. Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower Lotion that could be applied from the comfort of my shower, I was all over it… After the Boots offer of selling it for a tenner was over, of course. Here are my pros and cons.
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The Pencil That’s Upped My Brow Game

I’d like to start this post by stating the obvious. I am blonde, with the help of regular highlights, and I do have dark brown brows. There. In fact I’d go as far as saying I embrace the fact that my brows are dark. I like having them as feature. I am indeed a lover of a strong brow.

I am a hairy girl by nature (TMI right there) and my eyebrows are probably one of the most notable parts. To keep them in shape I tweeze them maybe two to three times a week, only taking hair from below the brow.

This hasn’t always been the case. Back when I was a teen I tried a variety of brow shapes, I plucked above and below, I even once shaved in a slit when it was all the rage… With the boys. I’ve tried waxing which is far too painful and threading, which was great but means going to town to find a good one and having it done in the middle of a busy shopping centre is not what I want. Also I hate how much it makes my eyes water!

Natural brow to the left and pencil-filled brow to the right

I’ve accepted that my brows are more sisters than twins and that I can get away with not doing anything to them, but that doesn’t mean I won’t. These days I’ve come to rely quite heavily on two items in particular. Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Pencil and Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara in transparent. Both have massively upped my brow game.

All I do is run the pencil through the gaps at the front making them appear fuller and more defined and a little through the ends where my left brow finishes shorter than my right – sisters I tell you. Add to that a slick of Maybelline Brow Drama to keep them in place and avoid looking like a nutty professor and I’m laughing.

That’s right, super slick brows for less than £13 *raises right brow suggestively*.

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Speedy Summer Nails

I love painting my nails but hate waiting for them to dry. I’m super impatient and as a result always have smudged nails. Always. I picked up Barry M’s Speedy Quick Dry nail paint and instantly knew that I was on to a winner.

First off the colours are gorgeous. They’re lighter than pastel, with a really prominent white base, which I love. It’s like they filled the bottle with a white polish and then added just a couple of drops of colour. I picked up Pit Stop, a pale grey, Eat My Dust, a pale blue, and Road Rage which is a very pale peppermint.

I was instantly drawn to Pit Stop, which actually looks way more sophisticated on the nails than I’m used to. The formula applies easily, especially with their new rounded brush, but can be a little sheer so I painted three layers and ended with a top coat.

What’s even better is the fact they dried within minutes, meaning no smudge factor. Winner.

I’ll be rotating these three shades to see me through summer.

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10 Stories to Read This Sunday

This week it’s all about the return of Zoolander, the opening of the V&A’s Savage Beauty exhibition and the biggest trends from fashion month. Boom, get reading.

No Optical Illusions Here. The Bags That Look Like Cartoons – Stylist

Suzy Menkes: Savage Beauty Indeed – British Vogue

Why is Fashion, of all Places, Still a Man’s World? – Man Repeller

Why Fashion Needs Zealander 2 – Telegraph

How to Get a Head Start on Next Season Before You Accidentally Buy Another Pair of Ripped Jeans – Man Repeller

The New Rules of Social Media Etiquette – The Cut

The 14 Biggest Trends from Fashion Month – Fashionista

18 Beauty “Fails” We Actually Love – Refinery29

Top Drugstore Foundation Finds – Vivianna Does Makeup

Nicholas Kirkwood’s New Shoes Are Every Mod Girl’s Dream – Refinery29

Image courtesy of Facebook/JumpFromPaper

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The Best £37 I Ever Spent = Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette

Last week I confessed that I’d ordered the latest palette from Urban Decay, today I can confirm that I own it.

When this package arrived at work I was like a kid at Christmas, ripping open the packaging, the box and tissue paper, scrambling to get to the goods. My initial thought was Jesus Christ this is huge, but then I remembered exactly what it contained, which is pretty much your entire face. And mine needs a lot of work.

The packaging is gorgeous. It’s a hard case which means it’ll travel well and won’t get dirty, unlike my Naked 1 palette which picks up every bit of grubby fluff and dust. 
For me, as soon as I lifted the lid, it was love at first sight with the shade Resist. It’s a beautiful metallic taupe with a hint of shimmer. I put this over Fix, the soft matte taupe shade, which on it’s own is a beautiful neutral, giving the lid a hint of colour.

I have never used one of Urban Decay’s legendary 24/7 Glide-On Pencils before which for a kohl lover, is pretty ridiculous. Stag is a new shade in their collection and is a satin deep brown that glides on like a freaking dream. I seriously questioned myself over not having tried these pencils before.

I pretty much poured the entire contents of this palette on my face, using the Perversion mascara, Naked gloss in Sesso, which is a better-than-your-own lip colour, the blush and just a hint of 5050 as a highlight. 

I can’t wait to try out the other shades and create a really smokey brown eye.

Best £37 I’ve EVER spent. That’s for sure. Urban Decay, once again, I salute you. Now I just need to go somewhere so I can take this bad boy out the house with me.

You can get yours now from Urban Decay.