Don’t judge me for being on my laptop while on holiday – it’s raining cats and dogs in Venice and I’ve got some marvellous evening plans to make me feel like I’ve not squandered the hours at my laptop (not that blogging is squandering, but you know what I mean…).
I’ll put together a nice juicy bundle of pictures of Venice for you to look through soon, but in the interim, here’s a look at the (very) restrained contents of my make-up bag out here //
TOM FORD VENETIAN BERGAMOT // Woody, spicy and uplifting, this is a perfect autumn scent. And it’s got Venice in the name, which pleases me every time I gaze out over the crumbling rooftops while spritzing it on.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY FILMSTAR BRONZE & GLOW / The bronze/contour shade is okay (I’m not a fan of the contour on myself so would prefer something a little less intense that I can also add warmth with), but the illuminator is heaven – so subtle, so wonderfully glow-infusing, so very easy to just dust on high points to light up the face and enhance bone structure.
JOAN COLLINS TIMELESS BEAUTY CLASS ACT MASCARA / I’m so taken by this that I’ve recommended it to pretty much every beauty fan I’ve seen in the past month – it’s the perfect classic black lengthening and building mascara. I have previously mentioned my ardour for the Collins – this mascara has served to consolidate my feelings about this range, which seems to be comprised of brilliant make-up curated by one of the few celebrities who actually loves the stuff.
PIXI BY PETRA MESMERIZING MINERAL PALETTE IN MINERAL CONTOUR / These eyeshadows would suit pretty much anyone – they’re just natural colours that are found in the skin laid out from dark to light: couldn’t be easier. I’ve been using them lately for an effortlessly-defined eye (see this FOTD post), but you could take it up a notch with the black. Very affordable, too, for this kind of silky eyeshadow.
BECCA UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING CORRECTOR / I’ve switched this in where I’d usually use under-eye concealer of late – it’s a lightly pearlescent pink that colour corrects under eye darkness when applied directly on skin before base. Once I’ve popped a bit of foundation over it, I don’t need any further concealing, but if you do the order of play is: Becca, foundation, concealer, powder (you don’t by any means need to do them all! Have a play).
SISLEY LOOSE FACE POWDER in 2 Mate / Well this has just gone and usurped YSL’s Souffle Powder – it’s a BEAUTY. Very finely-milled, I only need a whisper of this to take down shine without it making me look like I’m wearing powder (the biggest no no in my books). The one I’ve got is a ramped up re-release of the original that’s out any day and comes with a powder puff that is about the softest thing I’ve ever felt (though I’d say go easy with it – I prefer to use a little fluffy eyeshadow brush to apply powder only where needed).
TOM FORD SWEET SPOT / My Tom Ford lipsticks are a huge indulgence, but my God are they a joy to use. Slightly glossy and very moisturising, this apricot shade has been adopted by my sister and several friends who liked it on me – when paired with a touch of bronze on the eye, it seems to bring most complexions to life.