How much is my face worth?

The title of this post runs the risk of immediately provoking several sarcastic responses, but stay with me – it’s not as self-indulgent as you might think.

Makeup is something we near enough all use, and buying the various products comes as second nature – but unless you’re having a blowout beauty splurge, do you know how much your day-to-day face actually costs?

Now, I rarely make that much of an effort, but when I have to leave my bed and actually see people I opt for a minimalist approach:

How much is my face worth

So how much does my everyday, minimalist face cost? £129.70 – yep, that’s right over one hundred pounds. Pounds, not pence, not Euros, pounds.

And this isn’t even noticeable, fancy night out makeup. This is bog-standard, I have to look like I care about my appearance makeup…

Let’s break it down:

Simple Light Moisturiser – £1.20

MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation – £21.50

MAC Select Cover Up – £15.50

MAC Mineralise SkinFinish (Medium) – £23

MAC Mineralise SkinFinish (Medium Deep) – £23

HD Brows Brow Palette – £25

Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner – £6

Avon SuperShock Mascara – £8.50

Avon Blusher – £6

I couldn’t even bring myself to include the brushes and tools that are used for fear of taking the total past £150…

Who knew beauty could be so expensive?!

– love Stef x

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My MAC makeover

I love makeup – nothing makes me happier than lipsticks and eyeshadows, eyeliner and good conturing (it’s the only girly thing about me).

One of my amazing Christmas presents from the boyf. was a gift card to go and get some MAC makeup and have a makeover.

*Now, this was very clever on his part – he’s not only showing he knows me very well, but also has the bonus of seeing me look like less of a tramp for a day. Well played, boyf. well played…*

My appointment was made for 25 January at the Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, Manchester (Stoke doesn’t have one, we’re not that classy)…

The makeup artist was Fran and she was absolutely lovely. She put me at ease, had beautiful makeup on (some can have a little too much on and I didn’t want that look – far too much effort), and asked what kind of makeover I was after.

Because I’m a bit dense and was too excited to be sat at a MAC counter, I hadn’t really thought about what look I wanted. In the 30 seconds after Fran had asked, I made the quick decision of a smokey eye and contouring.

MAC Makeover 1

Starting with my eyes, she worked her magic and created a coppery smokey look, winged eyeliner and false lashes (well, why not go all out, ay?). Then it was time for the base…

I knew I wanted to buy some MAC foundation and this was the perfect opportunity to figure out which shade was the one for me.

Turns out I’m an NW15, and we opted for the Studio Fix Fluid foundation, with NW15 Select Cover Up concealer and Mineralise SkinFinish powder in Medium and Medium Deep.

After a matte peach blush finished the face, we moved on to the final part – the lips.

Up until now, the boyf. had dutifully sat, took a few photos, munched on cookies and was generally well behaved. As soon as lipstick was mentioned, he chirped up and declared I wasn’t allowed to wear my ‘usual goth colour’ – hmpf.

So, seeing as my favourite deep plum (not goth) lippy was vetoed, we instead decided on a nude lipliner and coral lip. Et voila!

I was over the moon with the whole thing and couldn’t thank Fran enough. To top it all off, I bought the foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer and eyelashes before heading off for a lovely meal.

An amazing MAC makeover and an all-round amazing Sunday.

Have you ever had a makeover?

– love Stef x

My girly night in

A girly night in
                   

After all the excitement illness and wisdom tooth pain of Christmas and New Year, I’d finally stopped feeling like death and started to be able to eat again – just in time for going back to work on Monday.

Thanks to my body’s impeccable timing, I thought I may as well cut my losses and make the most of my final weekend before heading back to the office.

The boyf. was out having a night of Call of Duty and rum-drinking, so it was only right that I use the time to myself wisely and go for full-on girly-ness…

Starting with a beautiful purple bubble bath courtesy of a Lush bubble bar called The Comforter, I soaked for a good hour, listened to The Courteeners and lathered my hair to within an inch of its life.

I then did the magical thing of covering myself in body moisturiser, had a tiny Rachel from Friends moment (“Ooooh love to love you baby, ow!”), before putting on my Christmas ‘jamas – yes, they’re a thing – and slid into bed.

Now, because I was alone, there was only one thing for it…

Sit and revel/sob in the delight of The Fault in Our Stars and eat copious amounts of chocolate. Just because, you know.

I also may have swapped my usual two-legged furry friend for a four-legged furry friend in the shape of Denv (sorry boyf.)

I woke up feeling extremely refreshed and ridiculously pampered.

So there you have it, my girly night in.

– love Stef x

Ciate Mini Mani Month: 12 days of Christmas

Before the boyf. departed for Thailand, he surprised me with a present to keep me occupied while he was away (he’s very good like that).

My Ciate Mini Mani Month advent calendar was a bargain from TK Maxx and something that I may have had a little squeal over.

Although there are 24 doors to open with a mini Ciate behind each one, I thought I’d share the first 12 with you:

Ciate Mini Mani Month

On the first day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Snow Globe

On the second day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Boudoir

On the third day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Amazing Gracie

On the fourth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Silver Caviar Metallic Pearls

On the fifth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Hoopla

On the sixth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Sugar Plum

On the seventh day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Main Stage

On the eighth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Midnight in Manhattan Caviar Pearls

On the ninth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Candy Floss

On the tenth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Pillow Fight

On the eleventh day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Pepperminty

On the twelfth day of Christmas Ciate sent to me: Gold Caviar Metallic Pearls

I absolutely LOVE all of them although I haven’t braved the caviar pearls just yet. With 12 more to go I can’t wait to see what comes next.

The boyf. did good – a nail polish a day keeps the girly-ness at bay 😉

– love Stef x

The Christmas wish list

Last year I got exactly what I’d been asking for for 18 years – a dog. My lovely (if somewhat rather large and mentally unstable) Labrador, Denver celebrated his first birthday on November 19.

But, although I was over the moon to finally get my puppy, I’m now stuck for ideas as to what I’d like for Christmas (ditto birthdays).

Other than a house, I couldn’t really name anything that I’m desperate to unwrap on December 25. But, after countless hours perusing the internet, I’ve come up with a slightly fantastical Christmas wish list:

 

The Christmas Wish List

 

               

What is Santa bringing you this Christmas?

– love Stef x

Fave 4: Lipsticks

Favourite Four - Lipsticks

I love makeup, but what I truly adore and cannot get enough of is lipstick. It can bring an entire look together, compliment an outfit and generally make you look and feel however you want to on any given day.

So I thought I’d share the top four lippies that I always find myself reaching for – although sometimes my go-to is just a slick of vaseline (what?! I’m lazy alright?)

MAC – Ruby Woo

You may have seen this cult classic on my beauty wish list, and thankfully my lovely work friends spotted it there too – I received my very own, much wanted Ruby Woo in April and it’s barely been off my lips. MAC’s cool, blue-toned lippy is perfect for everyone, yet it’s notorious for being a bit of a lip-dryer. For me, this is actually a good thing as its long-lasting and not likely to end up all around my face like slicker formulas.

Topshop – Infrared

This beautiful orangey red just makes me happy. It’s also the reason I’ve become slightly obsessed with orange on the whole – clothing, makeup, nail varnish, everything! Topshop’s Infrared has accompanied me to summer events such as Latitude and Leeds Festival, and is even taking me through to Autumn despite its bright colour. What can I say, I love it!

ColorTrend – Doll Pink

Yes ColorTrend is Avon’s teen makeup range, and no I don’t care. Doll Pink is vibrant and perfectly pink – as in full-on shocking Barbie pink. This is the colour I opt for on those days/nights when I actually feel like being a bit girly, although I’m not generally a pink kinda girl. It’s bright, flattering and just the right shade.

Avon – Sparkling Nude

And as you can see, being an Avon lady has its perks – quite a lot of my makeup collection is Avon based. Sparkling Nude is exactly that – very wearable, very pretty and subtle enough for daytime. Add a touch of lip liner and a gold gloss though, and it instantly becomes the perfect nude to accompany a night out’s smokey eye.

What are your favourite lipsticks?

– love Stef x

Being Mia Wallace: Urban Decay Pulp Fiction

 “I’ll be there in three shakes of a lamb’s tail.” – Mia Wallace

Mia Wallace
It’s been 20 years since Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction hit the silver screen and the iconic Mia Wallace sashayed barefoot to You Never Can Tell.

Last month my favourite makeup brand, Urban Decay, released its limited edition Pulp Fiction palette dedicated to Mrs Wallace herself – and I want need it.

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction

Containing five eyeshadow shades (three of which are new) and a double-ended brush, the palette is to die for, however, the collection also includes an eyeliner, nail varnish, lip pencil and lipstick.

BUT (and this is a big but), all the pieces are sold separately. And I am half furious, half gutted.

Completely unlike the fantastic Oz the Great and Powerful palettes, which held eight eyeshadows, an eyeliner and a lip crayon in one set. So, in my fury I haven’t gone out and bought any of the Pulp Fiction collection.

I’m cutting my nose off to spite my face, but in all honesty, I can’t justify spending in excess of £50 – Mrs Mia Wallace, I want to be you, but not that much…

Have you bought any of the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction collection? More importantly, can I borrow it?

– love Stef x