Easy Desk to Dancefloor make-up video

It’s nearly that time of year again when don our sparkly tops and go a bit overboard with the glitter! Transforming your day make-up into night make-up doesn’t have to be complicated. I find that metallic cream shadows are the quickest to apply if you’re in a hurry. Most cosmetic brands do cream shadows now, we love the ones by Clinique, Estee Lauder, Armani, No7, New CID, Benefit, the list goes on!

What’s your favourite cream shadow?


Rita Ora Inspired Make-up Look – strong brows, bold lip

Hi everyone, happy Friday. I am loving this video by Fran, I think it’s a look that really suits her. I’m currently obsessed with brows at the moment so will add that to our list of videos to make.
Well-shaped and nicely groomed brows really help to frame your face and I feel it’s one of the most important things to pay attention to especially as you get older.

The foundation she used from Bourjois is one of our favourites, it goes on like a dream and so easy to blend so if you’re looking for a new affordable foundation go and try the tester.

*Remember – to test the right shade foundation for you, put a little on your jawline, then go outside into natural daylight to check the colour. If you can’t see it, it’s the right shade for you.

Fresh is Best

When you’re in a hot country (like Thailand – yes I’m still here and I promise I’m not showing off ;)) and feeling clammy, these towelettes are drenched in cologne and are a great way to freshen up. They smell divine and are old school brand with bags of history. What a way to bring a little touch of class to your travelling or just to have nestled in your handbag for an emergency.


Time for some Christmas shopping?

Then head to Liberty of London, it’s my favourite department store. I really love their beauty section as it’s less manic than Selfridges and a much more enjoyable shopping experience. Their fragrance section is beautiful and you’ll find lots of perfumes that you wouldn’t usually see on the high street. My current favourite is by Escentric Molecules ‘Escentric 01’, a couple of my friends have been wearing it for years and I thought it was about time I tried it out.

Buying fragrance for someone can be tricky but you’ll definitely find something in Liberty as it’s aΒ relatively small department where you’re free to browse and spray to your hearts content! I’ve always found the staff very helpful too (which always helps). Happy shopping!


Travelling Light

Travelling around South East Asia means you need to travel light! Whilst having all of your beauty essentials of course 😜

As you can see in the photos below – here are a few of my travelling essentials. Sun protection is a must. We need it to help protect against skin cancer, pigmentation and premature ageing. You will still tan even if you use a high factor. I promise. Burning is not an option and no one wants to look like a dried prune by the age of 40. As I am fair skinned I have been wearing Avene factor 50 suncream mainly on my face. It’s pretty light on the skin and water resistant – however I would always reapply after a couple of dips in the pool/sea.

My next must is something a lot of us forget about and that’s sun protection for your hair. My hair has been treated and it can get very dry in the sun and repeated exposure to salt, chlorine and humidity. I have also been using the Phytoplage shampoo and hair oil for extra protection as well as Aussie Miracle Moist conditioner. The Phytoplage shampoo also doubles up as a body wash which is handy. These products keep my hair hydrated and stop it from breaking too much.

After a day at the beach there’s nothing better than scrubbing off the day with a light body scrub – this one from Diptyque smells gorgeous and isn’t scratchy or oily which I find irritating with some scrubs. To moisturise I have been using Clarins After sun to rehydrate my skin. For evening I’ll use something with a little more perfume, like this Diptyque body lotion to save me travelling with lots of different scents.There just isn’t enough room in my bag so anything that doubles up is perfect!!

For my face I have been using an Origins moisturiser from their ‘A Perfect World’ collection with an SPF of 25 (I would use factor 50 on the beach). This is an anti ageing moisturiser and it smells amazing. I always keep it in my handbag as constant exposure air con always makes my skin dry so I make sure I have it on hand! Origins Modern Friction is a great face scrub and again not to scratchy. It feels like exfoliating fibres. Be careful to rinse off well because it really stings if you get it in your eyes! 😲

Your world beauty blogger…FRAN πŸ’‹