Since bleaching my way from blonde to grey hair in June, the upkeep has proven as high-maintenance as fellow bleached babes forewarned. Having gone a bit too long between touch-ups and a bit too careless with complimentary conditioners while travelling (purple shampoo saves lives), my hair deserved a bit of a reboot…
For over twenty years, I have been incredibly disheartened by the lack of Halloween spirit in London. Having spent my happiest childhood memories dressed up as Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas for Orlando’s Horror Nights, the candy corn and trick or treat-less streets of the capital were a noticeable change during Halloweens spent in London.
As they say, life is what you make it.
This year, I celebrated my favourite holiday with two gargantuan parties, a plethora of candy corn, and an incredible pre-party party with an even greater amount of Chandon (Moet’s heritage sparkling wine).
The celebrations kicked off on Friday with Beauty, Bubbles, and Beats at Benefit‘s flagship Carnaby Street store. On the last Friday of every month, the brand get DJ Sophie Bond on deck, Chandon in hand, and brows on point for an evening of delightful girly fun. As it coincided so perfectly with Halloween, I brought my girl gang along to get dolled up before taking our sparkling Argentinian wine addiction to dinner.
One or two Dolly Parton dance-offs later, we walked down Regent Street and settled in to my appropriately-Argentinian favourite, Gaucho, for a feast.
Thankful to be in a group of fellow plate-sharers, we worked our collective way through spinach & stilton empanadas, seabream tiraditos and chorizo – my confit-topped kryptonite – before moving on to a medium-rare carousel of mains; the Lomo fillet (tender and delicate), Ancho rib-eye (marbled and flavourful), and seared seabass (for good measure).
With a table peppered in sides and Chandon, the evening also marked everyone’s first time trying humita salteña (a traditional dish of roasted pumpkin and sweetcorn served in a corn husk and a dish we haven’t stopped raving about for days).
Knowing we could squeeze in a few desserts over the final half-bottle, we then chose to nibble through Gaucho’s decadent chocolate tart (with kumquats and honeycomb), pan tres leches (a light sponge soaked in three milks), and a selection of Cryer & Stott cheeses before heading off into the Hallo’ed eve.
For your viewing pleasure, I have decided to film a beauty haul with a difference! Instead of simply showing you the new beauty products I am excited about, I decided to go from makeup-free to full face using only products I have never used before. There is even a temporary hair colour thrown in, for good measure!
Watch the full haul and first impressions try-on, above, and let me know what you think in the comments.
Nude by Nature Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation in Ivory
Nude by Nature Perfection Concealer in Ivory
Nude by Nature Flawless Pressed Powder Foundation in Ivory
Nude by Nature Buffing Brush
Nude by Nature Natural Glow Loose Bronzer in Bondi
Nude by Nature Kabuki Brush
Vichy Normaderm daily exfoliating cleansing gel
Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 micellar solution
Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten Palette
GOSH Boombastic Swirl Mascara in Black
B. Vibrant Lip and Cheek Colour in Goji (swatched on arm)
GOSH Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Raspberry Dream
MUA Power Pout Acrylic in Decorous
Pixie Lott Paint Spray on Colour in Silve
Estee Lauder at BoxPark
Estee Lauder have opened a stunning little pop-up store in Shoreditch’s famous shipping-containers-turned-mall installation, BoxPark. Let’s pretend I wasn’t going to be obsessed.
The focus for the store was intended to be 3-minute beauty services for customers (focusing on skin, eyes and lips), but its accidental call to action has become the availability of the very exclusive (and very frequently sold out) Kendall Jenner Pure Colour Envy Lipstick, Restless.
On my first visit I left the pop-up with a brimming bag of tricks and have since fallen in love with two products, in particular – the New Dimension Shape & Sculpt Face Kit and Pure Color Envy Lip Volumizer. The former is a foolproof cream contour and highlight palette (with the most stunning sea blue casing) and the latter is a minty, hyaluronic sphere-utilising lipgloss which smooths and plumps while adapting itself to your own personal ‘rosy’ lip colour. No make-up bag should be without either.
Vichy Dermablend Foundation
When my super pale self saw that Vichy had recently expanded their range of Dermablend shades, I couldn’t help but nab myself a bottle of Fluid Corrective Foundation in Porcelain. Though I’m not a ‘foundation person’, Dermablend’s cult following (due to its high-coverage, lightweight formulation) was too enticing to ignore.
Trialled during my trip to the almost unbearably hot Qatar, the foundation not only kept my skin hydrated (thanks to its concentration of mineral-rich thermal spa water) but stayed put for hectic 16-hour days without demarcation or caking (see?).
Wild Mint, Watercress & Thyme Candle from Rathbornes
As a candle-loving beauty babe, I’m quasi ashamed that it has taken me this long to own a Rathbornes candle (they the oldest candle brand in the world). The hand-poured wax candles are renowned for their unique scent pairings, lengthy burn times, and are all infused with the highest quality natural essential oils. My current obsession is the invigorating Wild Mint, Watercress & Thyme candle – a sharp and sweet blend of lemon, eucalyptus, camphor, rosemary, ginger and pure scent seduction.
I have countless sensory memories that feature Clarins. From the first time I read The Art of Happiness (in a Clarins-lined bubble bath) to the first time I went on a press trip (buying a duty free Clarins cleanser when my previous cleanser exploded in my handbag), the beauty brand has been a sneaky support art.
Sneaky, that is, until I was introduced to their ridiculous collection of double-duty makeup products that take you from fresh-faced to flawless in minutes.
Since then, I have created two videos with the brand to celebrate their key five minute face and ten minute face products – both in studio and in a moving vehicle (hashtag #realness).