diorhaul.jpgPicked up a handful of Dior products while I was in Paris a few weeks ago. I’m a little obsessed with the liners, they’re great, but the mascara has fallen a little short of my expectations.

I’m loving how high end brands are finally keeping up with makeup trends rather than sticking strictly to classics.

The liners are smooth, highly pigmented, and have great staying power. The mascara however goes on this and clumps. It took a fair bit of brushing out with a clean spoolie to get a look I was happy with. Tarantula lashes aren’t for me. The colour payout is good though, so I won’t rate it too poorly.

Diorshow On Stage Liner 8/10

Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara 7/10

 

Spent a lazy Sunday strolling through Portobello Road Market, hay fever has had me in it’s grips for the last few weeks, so as I’m a bit worse for ware I went with a pretty basic look.

 

There’s a saying ‘West is BEST’ and it’s said, as one would expect, by people in live in west London. It’s an interesting borough to be sure, it’s home to the Portobello Road Market and Carnival, it’s where the film ‘Notting Hill’ took place and is home to some of the wealthiest and the poorest in the city. There is a massive divide between the have and have-nots. It was the site of the horrific Grenfell Tower disaster a year ago and the scars are still visible…

I used to work in the area but haven’t visited in a few years. This visit was heavy, the poverty and the wealth were suddenly more obvious to me.

I had decided to sport a high end handbag, to make myself feel less out of place and less judged by the monies milling about the area… but it mostly just made me feel guilty. Growing up poor, and now not being such, is really complicated. I struggle trying to establish an identity that is honest about both and it’s hard.

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Outfit details;

  • t-shirt by Armani Exchange, (thrifted)
  • Mom Jeans by Topshop, (thrifted, found these brand new WITH TAGS!)
  • leather trainers and sunglasses by Vans
  • Givenchy ’13 Rottweiler shopper

Sometimes you’ve got to go back to your roots. I am a nerd. Truly, madly, deeply I am. Now that I’ma little older it doesn’t always show up in my day to day wardrobe, but in days past it did. I either looked like Courtney Love in vintage dresses I’d had my mom alter a ‘little too short’ as she’d say, or I looked like Curt Cobain in oversized t-shirts, tatty jeans, and dad jumpers. This look is kind of an homage to my teenage self… this is what my teenage self would have liked to wear had they had the confidence and the budget. I even tried ‘faux freckles’ for the first time to add another layer of youthful fun to the look.

I’ve been struggling with being stylish for the past year. I’m climbing my way out of one of the longest and hardest depressive spells I can remember and it’s been a struggle. The things I really enjoy I just stopped doing, and I do enjoy clothes and styling. My ‘Outfit of the Day’ posts started way back as a way to document the daily looks I pulled, but now, here on the blog they’re more a personal log, to remind myself that I can do it and that I love it, and that sharing that joy with other people is what getting dressed is really about(for me anyway). I hope you’ve been enjoyin

I’ve jumped back in with both feet, but for a lazy Sunday afternoon of lunch with my husband and mother-in-law, a visit to the British Museum, and some errands in the west end I wanted something simple and comfortable, and what’s more comfortable than JEANS AND A TSHIRT? I gave it a little twist and voila!

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‘Mens’ Oversized denim jacket by ASOS, ASOS

Denim skirt by ASOS, thrifted

-Godzilla 1985 Tee by OldSkull Japan, Camden Market

-Gamer Girl Clutch by Soul Katherine, TkMaxx

Black Leather Vans

Frilly socks, Topshop

-Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in ‘Chaos’ (blue) by Urband Decay

-Vinyl Couture Mascara in ‘The the Trouble‘ (blue) by YSL Beauty

-Nyx Lipgloss in ‘Sugar Pie

 

 

Had a spectacular time shooting Shahira who runs AfroGlory. Such an inspiring person and I joy to photograph!

Do you have a morning routine? I don’t really but I do have a single ritual; COFFEE.

Routine as Ritual.

At home I grind two shots every morning, and brew a large cup of coffee. I add a heaping tablespoon of honey and enjoy.

When the weather, like it is this morning. I drink my coffee on the small balcony I have that looks on to the gardens of the surrounding flats.

I try to have a little time for quiet and calm, but more often than not I am drinking it half cold mid way through morning chores, or while getting dressed or putting on makeup. Or as I am today, updating socials on my phone.

Me time or meditation?

How do you like your coffee?

What are your favourite spots in London?

When you don’t want to leave the house but you have to leave the house; a look.

My favourite Mascara

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Mascara has always been a pain for me. Since I started wearing it in middle school it has confounded me.

I’ve been searching for a product that goes on smooth and clean, builds length and body, holds a curl, doesn’t dry out and flake, and one that doesn’t transfer to under my lower lash line creating a shadow that makes my eyes look tired and puffy.

My top five favourites, compiled over many trials and tribulations and a few allergic reactions, are as follows;

  1. Tony Moly, Panda’s Dream
  2. Too Faced, Better than Sex
  3. Benefit, They’re Real
  4. Maybelline, Great Lash
  5. Coloured Mascaras

So let’s break them down;

Tony Moly, Panda’s Dream 4/5

I am becoming obsessed with Korean Beauty brands and the fun products they create! I picked up a hand full of Tony Moly, Etude House, and Skinfood products while in Korea and Japan over the summer. This mascara is my holy grail. It performs nearly as well as the Two Faced mascara which I ranked second. While it doesn’t create lashes as FULL as the Too Faced Mascara it squeezed into first. Unlike ‘Better Than Sex’ it doesn’t transfer onto my lower lid like literally ever other mascara I have ever tried ever. That and how unbelievable kawaii the packaging is it puts Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Mascara into my #1 Mascara spot.

I use this product almost daily.

Too Faced, Better Than Sex 4/5

I love this mascara, but I’m not in love with it. It goes on beautifully, clean, smooth and full. Thanks to the special brush shape I can create a beautiful fan of lashes that look long and thick and is totally buildable. But it let’s me down just like all the others; it transfers to my lower lid.

I use this products almost daily.

Benefit, They’re Real 2.5/5

Creates long lashes, such long lashes. However there isn’t enough volume or thickness created for me. This may have to do with the silicone spiked spoolie, it gives you great control and definition when applying the product allowing you to create long defined lashes, this just isn’t my preferred lash look. I end up with long sparse lashes, depending on the look I’m going for can work.

I use this one once or twice a month just to mix it up a bit.

Maybelline, 2.5/5

I had to include this iconic mascara, it was the first and the original. The only mascara I used for a decade. I have a soft spot for this one. It gives a very natural effect, subtly adds length, fullness, and definition while still looking very natural. It also transfers to my lower lid.

I use this product when I am going for a ‘no makeup’ look.

Coloured mascaras, Nyx&Rimmel pictured

These vary in quality depending on the colour and the brand. I haven’t found any coloured mascara that is as opaque as I would like. Considering what’s available I would recommend trying coloured mascara, even just one in your makeup kit can be really fun and is an easy way change up your look with a colour pop onlashes or and brows.

I use these products once a week, sometimes more.

Brands I have tried that didn’t make the cut; MAC, Estée Lauder, Clinique, Yves Saint Laurent, and Rimmel.