It’s safe to say that I’ve been wearing this blush every day since I got it, I’m so smitten with the pretty colour. A limited edition offering, NARS Blush in Day Dream (£21.50) is from the brands holiday collection which was inspired by cult photographer Guy Bourdin. As he’s known for his flamboyant and often risqué photography, the collection is rather bold and full of colour, but the brand did manage to include this little number which I just adore.
Day Dream sits somewhere between Orgasm and Deep Throat I would think, it’s a little brighter and packs in more pink than Deep Throat but doesn’t have the same gold shimmer that Orgasm offers. It’s described as a peachy pink on the NARS website, though it does have a lovely soft shimmer that lifts the complexion and adds some warmth. I usually apply it with the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush and apply it a little higher than the apples of my cheeks to add some definition.
This is the kind of blush shade I usually go for as it’s just so beautiful against my fair skin, but I think it’s one of those colours that suits all tones – it will compliment tanned and olive skins, and even dark skinned gals can layer it up for that pop of colour that just looks so fresh and healthy.
I personally think the NARS powder blushers are some of the best, they definitely top my list as they’re so easy to blend so even the striking shades look gorgeous on fair skin. Day Dream really doesn’t disappoint, it’s such a beautiful shade and I hope they make it a full collection product at some point.
My makeup bag is playing host to quite an interesting array of makeup this month, I have to admit I’m embracing products that I wouldn’t have thought I would ever go for – such as sculpting powders, under-eye concealers, berry lips, a full-coverage foundation and even a new mascara.
The Origins Plantscription Anti-Ageing Concealer (£17) has become a regularly used product of mine, despite never really using under-eye concealers in the past (I’ve always thought I looked a little bit odd with my eye bags covered up…) - as I mentioned earlier in the week I’ve been taking the matte approach to my makeup, so I haven’t really been all that interested in highlighters. Instead I’ve been using this under my foundation to highlight and brighten, slicking a little down my nose, in the corners of my eyes and under the eye area. It’s such a nice way to give the face some definition without the shimmer.
To achieve my matte look, I have been using the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (£37.50), something that I never really got the hang of until recently – I had always mixed it in with primers or moisturiser but now I use the smallest amount (we’re talking around the size of a grain of rice) and really buff it in using a buffing brush – the results are truly flawless. I’m a little bit addicted to this stuff, and I’ve always liked using a tiny, tiny amount of a good coverage base rather than loads of a sheer base.
I’m having a little bit of a Kevyn Aucoin moment, as the Sculpting Powder (£33) has also been on my regularly used list lately. I’ve always been a little scared of contouring, I thought that it made me look a bit… muddy? Since discovering the cult contouring product that is the sculpting powder, I’ve really been contouring quite a lot. Someone recently commented that I had cheekbones… though I think they were just confused by my chubby cheeks. I really recommend this if you’re put off by contouring!
As always, I’m all about the one wash eyes – the latest love of mine is the Esteé Lauder Pure Colour Stay-On Paint in Chained (£19), which is a really lovely bronzey shade that isn’t too pink. I love these creamy shadows that don’t budge, they’re so easy to sweep on in the morning and require no touch-ups throughout the day. I also smudge a little in to my lower lashes if I’m wearing liquid liner, too.
It’s really rare for me to fall for another mascara but the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (£22) really is impressive, the small brush is great for coating every lash and you can fan the lashes out for brighter eyes, too. I can make my lashes look really, really volumised and curled with this and it only takes a coat or two - it’s pretty plumpin’!
Finally, I’ve been using my much loved KORRES lip balms in their stick form, my favourite being the Korres Mandarin Lip Butter in Rose (£8), a nice berry shade that isn’t too full on for those of us who prefer a light lip. These have enough pigment to make a statement but also hydrate the lips and leave them feeling super soft – and there’s no awkward application as they come in a handy stick.
I’ve been promising this post for a little while now, but it’s finally time. I have a full video chat coming on this but for now, here’s a little bit of information on toners and purple shampoos, and of course how I get the lilac tint to my hair.
I went blonde in September and since then it hasn’t been the same colour twice, the best bit about blonde hair is that you can tone it so it looks completely different every time. A lot of blondes don’t even realise that they can get ash blonde hair, a silver tint, or even a nice caramel colour to their blonde hair without bleaching it again or using dye. You can ask your hairdresser if they can tone it, and you can even choose your own shade of toner. I did this the first time around, but now I tend to do it myself.
The most important product to have on hand (after conditioner!) when you’re a blondie is purple shampoo (also known as silver shampoo), which neutralises the yellow tones in hair. I often hear people say “I really want to go blonde but I’m worried about it going really yellow”, that is quite a common fear as no one wants brassy hair. You can take the yellow tones out of hair by neutralising it with a purple shampoo, so there’s no need to bleach it again – just whack in the shampoo and you’re done. You can get proper toners in Sally’s or even buy the new Bleach London White Toner Kit (£7), which contain peroxide – these work great if your hair is in good condition, but they are semi-permanent so you need to keep at them, and top up with purple shampoo throughout the week (once should do it). I used the Bleach London one recently and it was good, so if you’re looking to go lighter, that’s a good place to start. Another good one is the La Riche Directions White Toner (£2.79) – it’s really good at getting your hair a bright shade of blonde.
I went to a hairdressers not so long ago and they didn’t tone my hair there, which was really weird. My hair was glowing yellow, as I’d just had my roots done and more highlights (and a bleach bath to remove the green), so as soon as I got home I slapped on the toner! What a difference it made, my hair was back to bright blonde with an ashy tint – even my boyfriend said “that’s better!” after I had toned it.
I have a number of great purple shampoos on hand so I can switch up my hair regularly – the cheapest and easiest to get hold of is the Provoke Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo (£2.32), which is sold in Boots and works great at keeping those yellow tones at bay. Use it like shampoo but leave it in for a little longer, usually around 5 minutes if you just want the yellow tones gone. To get a nice silvery, ashy colour, leave it in for longer – in the past, I have left it in for up to two hours, but it depends on your hair so just keep checking it and leave it on for 30 minutes at first, and try an hour the next time – if your hair is quite dry, it will slurp it up and look uneven. I always apply it to wet hair as it can go too purple if it’s on dry hair – and always before conditioner! I often follow with a super strength deep conditioner so my hair isn’t feeling dehydrated.
To get my hair the lilac colour that it is, I use the Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo (£9.79), which is a much more potent version of the above! It’s the same idea but it has more violet pigment in it so it does leave your hair looking a little more lilac – it’s the easiest way to get a lilac tone to your hair and it smells… incredible! Like vanilla pudding or something, it really is a bit fun to apply. I probably wouldn’t use this one if you weren’t after a lilac tint in your hair, I leave it in for about five or ten minutes once a week to keep up the lilac – and always on wet hair as it’s just too pigmented for use on dry hair, unless you want quite a purple tint. Sometimes I’ll leave it in for a little longer so that it lasts longer but I prefer just a tint.
A couple of times I’ve used the La Riche Directions Semi-Permanent Dye in Violet (£2.79) in my hair to achieve the lilac, this is a conditioning colour treatment that will only work on bleached hair (preferably white) and won’t damage the hair. I buy Violet and mix it with lots of white conditioner to get it a pastel colour and then apply it to clean, dry hair and then leave for about 15 minutes. You can buy lavender shades but the violet and conditioner method works out cheaper and lasts longer. This is a nice way of doing it, I tend to do this once a month and then top up with the Fudge shampoo to keep it going – but I could happily live with using the Fudge stuff.
I also love the Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Shampoo (£15) for topping up the colour, it leaves my hair looking a nice , soft lavender shade – though I don’t think this alone would tone it lilac so it’s best to use this to top up with.
I also have been using the Jerome Russell Bblonde Platinum Toner (£4.99) since I first went blonde to keep up my blonde hair. This stuff is seriously amazing and you can get it in Champagne and Honey, I’ve used the Champagne one a few times too – it’s more of a nice pearl colour and I love it as a change from my lilac or ashy blonde shade. I use the Platinum one regularly to keep my blonde nice and bright, it’s the best way to change up your hair or freshen up the tone without going to the hairdressers.
To get rid of the purple tint, you can wash it with washing up liquid, baking soda or clarifying shampoo a few times to remove it – but make sure to use a good conditioner afterwards! Always, always deep condition.
Note: I would stick to the methods here when getting a lilac tint to your hair, I’ve tried others such as Crazy Colours which have left my hair really, really green! I actually had to get it fixed at the hairdressers twice because of the green pigment in my hair, so stick to either the purple shampoo method or Directions, I really wouldn’t recommend anything else. All the methods above are what I do and use regularly, it’s all been trial and error for me as I like to learn to do these things myself as it gets a bit costly if you keep going back to the hairdresser. Luckily one of my friends in Glasgow is a hairdresser, so I usually just ask her for advice. I think I’ll ask her to do my hair a really vibrant silver shade next…
Would you consider a purple tint? Do you use purple shampoo if you’re a blondie? Ps. the above snap was a film outtake that I used to focus my camera, I don’t know why I look like I have a cold. I don’t have a cold.
It’s another week of makeup lovin’ over here as I have myself a true skincare routine at the moment so there’s not much knew there (though obviously I have been loving a little suhin suhin lately)…
I’ve been using this Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash (£27.60) for as long as I can remember, even before I blogged! I have a full size of this somewhere in my stash, and I usually come back to it every now and again because it’s just so amazing for leaving skin so soft and resurfaced. Around this time of year my skin tends to get a little rough and I never know what to do with it so I always come back to this little wonder as it saves my skin, really changing the texture and helping it to look so much clearer. I often use it with my Clarisonic, I can’t even begin to tell you how soft it makes my skin feel! Mmm.
My base combo at the moment is made up of the Origins Plantscription Anti-Ageing Concealer (£15.30) and the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (£38), I use the concealer first as a highlighter, blending it in around my eyes and down my nose to brighten, and then following the the skin enhancer as my foundation. That may sound shocking but I use such a tiny amount and really buff it in for a really amazing base, I think I’m actually in love with the finish and coverage of this – it’s truly flawless.
Lastly, my lip and cheek colours have come from NARS this past week, I’ve been wearing the Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi (£17.50) patted on my lips as a pop of coral for day. It’s quite a bright lip pencil but you can keep it minimal by using your finger to apply. It’s a really gorgeous colour, it has more of an orange tone so it’s ideal for autumn.
My blush of the moment is the NARS Guy Bourdin Blush in Coeur Battant (£21.50), which looks terrifying!! I promise it looks gorgeous when applied, especially with a light hand and minimal eye makeup.