Great Makeup Brushes

I still have a long way to go when it comes to makeup brushes, but these are the best ones I’ve come across so far:

                                     MAC 182 Kabuki Brush                                                                          

YVES  SAINT LAURENT Shade Blender Brush                                 

                       KANEBO Face Brush

What is your HG brush? Have you tried any of these?

Love, snm

Essence Fix & Matte Loose Powder

Remember the post on Clinique Stay Matte Pressed Powder where I mentioned a better AND cheaper dupe? Well, this is it – as you asked what the dupe was. 😉

There is quite a big difference between the two, however, one being loose powder and the other pressed.  Of course loose powder can get everywhere in your purse, so I’d use it as a stay-at-home powder.  A very good one, I must say. It’s white/transparent (don’t worry, you won’t look white no matter the skin tone!), mattifying, helps makeup look fresh for hours and is available for less than a fiver. I got it on the go when my usual Clinique wasn’t available and never regretted the purchase.

I’d highly recommend this when on a budget. 

Have you tried it? Anyone? 😉

The Inspiring Blog Award

Thank you, dear Mademoiselle Snow! My third blog award :blushing:

Don’t forget to check her blog out for your daily fix of glamour!

The rules are to answer the questions:

1. What clothing item makes you feel at your best?

My Burberry bag. Wait, does that actually count as a ”clothing item”?

2. When are you most energetic? Morning/noon/evening?

In the evenings, for sure…

3. Time to kick back and relax! What’s your pick-me-up food/drink?

Pretty much anything unhealthy, I’m afraid.

4. Your favorite kind of chocolate?

After Eight – chocolate meets mints, mmm…

5. To follow-up on that, what’s your favorite pastime?

Planning future trips…

6. What sound do you love?

Cats purring. 🙂

7. If you could pack your bags and leave right now, what country or city would you go to?

Japan if I craved familiarity and New York for novelty.

8. Do you have any bad habits?

No. Seriously?

9. What’s one habit others do that you absolutely can’t stand?

All those that I can’t stand about myself, if I dig a bit deeper. Which I have to,  every week, in order to become a shrink. 😀

Once again, I would like to pass this award on to the fab 10:

  1. A Beauty Junkie in London
  2. Heather Poole
  3. British Beauty Blogger
  4. Vex in the City
  5. Mademoiselle Snow
  6. Thoughts in Little Boxes
  7. KofyKat
  8. cupcakesakura
  9. Sweetjellybean
  10. Peach Milk Tea

Sexy Sundays

Not the best song, not the best lyrics either but definitely a great sense of humour, though! Christina plays  a serial killer, killing men after having sex with them. What amuses me the most is the way the blood is shown – light blue, barbie pink or fuchsia confetti…pick your own! Needless to say, the sexy part is Xtina’s body – the black outfit is to die for!

So, what do you say, sexy or cheesy?

Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer

A self-professed beauty addict that I am…and this happens to be my first primer! What can I say… a late bloomer, I guess.

Anyway, this late bloomer is a convert, once again!



  • apply before foundation
  • feels light and matte on skin
  • visibly evens out skin tone
  • leaves a nice, translucent, satin smooth finish
  • helps makeup last longer, with no greasy film for hours (at least on my combination skin!)


I have used it a couple of times at my MUA school and would definitely recommend it if wearing a bit heavier makeup is your cup of tea!

For official info click here.



Love, snm

L’Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Thermo Cell Cream

I’m so in love with this that I don’t know which category to list it under – beauty or sex.  Perfection!!!

If your hair is quite damaged and you’re looking for heat protection, look no further. This is it.  Just apply the cream (milk?) to the lengths and ends (avoiding roots!) and style as usual. It will keep your hair in  fab condition, whatever the heated tools! I promise you this. And so does L’Oréal, I suppose. 🙂 For official info click here.

And remember, less is more!

WOULD I REPURCHASE? If I ever run out of this, most certainly.

xxx, snm

Moroccanoil review

The oil which generated the biggest hype in the beauty world in the past few years.

So, what’s the hype really about? And more importantly, is it worth it?

Moroccan oil, or argan oil is harvested from the argan tree (or, to be more precise, the nut of its fruit), which is pretty much exclusive to Morocco, hence the name. There is an interesting story behind it – with Berbers and goats, which you can google if you’re into that kind of stuff.  I know I did. 😀

The important thing is, study the ingredients list carefully when buying any argan oil.  Pure, 100 per cent argan oil is rare to come by and thus pretty expensive. I don’t own it so can’t really comment on the benefits, but rave reviews and long history might speak for themselves.

The one above, however, is packed with silicones ( ”-cone”).  Let’s have a look at the ingredients list:

Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha- Isomethyl Ionone, Red no.17, Yellow no. 11, (2012 formula)

As most people are aware of, the key to reading the ingredients list of EVERY product, be it food or makeup, is bearing in mind that the order is what matters.  In other words the ingredient that weighs the most is listed first, and the one that weighs the least is listed last. While the most popular version of argan oil is not too deceiving with the oil coming third on the list, it’s far from pure.
Still, I would repurchase, as it does make my hair soft and shiny without weighing it down.  The light version is recommended for blonde or fine hair. For the whole range of products click here.

Give it a go and tell me what you think! 🙂