Book, beauty, blogging: September favourites
I am Pilgrim
To say that I am obsessed with this book would be putting it mildly. I am Pilgrim is the kind of book that makes you looking forward to every moment in the day when you will get to open it: commute, lunch break, bed time... I am usually very excited about going to bed every day but this has become even truer since I have a good excuse to go to bed right after dinner. This novel is the story of a secret agent. I don't even want to tell you anymore than this, I hate spoilers, but I can assure you you won't regret starting it.
I am still new at the blogging game and so far I have loved every minute of it. I love this blog because this is my own little space, where I write about whatever I please whenever I please. As a journalist, I very, very often had to write about topics I couldn't care less about, sometimes even words I didn't agree on, truly reluctantly. Unfortunately, journalists need to be paid, and their revenue almost entirely relies on advertisement, meaning that if no-one clicks on your story, it is very unlikely that you will ever get to write another one, or at least not on the same topic. Here, I just do whatever I please, and I don't need to please anyone but me. I call it complete and utter freedom.
My Babyliss tongs
In France, we are not got with our hair. Among my friends, I could count on one hand the amount of girls I know who actually do something with their hair in the morning, apart from obviously washing it on a regular basis and barely brushing it. The messy high pony ? The messy bun ? They were undoubtedly created in France, out of laziness and lack of skills, but the rest of the world though we actually meant it to be this way. Long story short, I am so bad with my hair that straightening it is pretty much the only thing I sometimes try and do, unlike my fellow Irish girls, who seem to all have a degree in hair styling. I don't know how they do and most of all, where they find the time to do it in the morning. I usually spend less than 30 seconds dealing with my hair in the morning, mostly spraying some dry shampoo to give it a bit of volume and shaking it randomly hoping it will go down in a not-too-ugly way. And Bob's your uncle, I am out the door.
When I recently found some old Babyliss tongs I bought like 2 years ago in my drawer, I tried giving it a go, with very little hope. Maybe my Irish girl friends are starting to rub off on me a little, but this time, I managed to actually make my hair look someway decent. Since then, my curler and I are in love, truly.
MUF Ultra HD foundation
I got this foundation in September last year, right after we got back from our holidays on the Amalfi coast. I was pretty tanned and I got the shade that was working for me at the moment. Meaning that a month later, I was already too pale to wear it anymore. I was absolutely delighted to be able to use it again this September, especially since I don't sweat as much as I used to when I lived in Paris.
The texture is lovely, the coverage is good but light enough so my skin doesn't look dull. The colour is luminous and it blends perfectly whether I apply it with my fingers or with my new brush - see below. I am definitely adding myself to the long list of the MUFE Ultra HD foundation fans.
The Real Techniques brush set
I have owned a couple of Real Techniques brushes for a couple of years and I have had my eyes on the 4 brushes set for a while now but I always thought that 30 euros was a bit much. When a Canadian friend of mine, completely beauty obsessed, offered to get them for me in Canada, I couldn't say no.
With the dollar exchange rate and the lower price, I basically got them for half price, which they are definitely worth. I absolutely love the foundation brush, as well as the contouring one. The blusher one is also really lovely to use, but I already had similar one so I just use it a bit less. Fifteen euros for this set of four brushes makes them an absolute essential for this month.
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Clear
Because of my job, I can't wear colourful nail polish anymore. My hands are on camera at least one a week and they need to look very clean and extremely plain. It means short nails and no colour. But the issue is, when you spend a lot of time cooking and cleaning, your nails get really weak. To prevent them from splitting - an issue I have had for years - and to make them look healthily shinny, I have been using this clear nail polish and it's been doing a pretty good job at helping my nails looking decent onscreen.
Last year, I wrote a story about sleeping packs, a sort of face mask you apply before going to bed, massage into the skin and wash it off in the morning. I got to try the Vichy version of this Korean product, and I have loved it since the very first use.
I like the fact that it makes me spend some time massaging my skin, I love the flowery smell of it, I like the gelly feeling on my skin, and most of all I like my complexion in the morning. I use it once to twice a week, and I am pretty sure I will purchase a new one when this one is gone.
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
One of the most popular highlighter has recently made its way into my makeup bag and has been filling me with joy ever since. I absolutely love the shimmer it gives to the skin without being over the top.
I use it on a daily basis and I think if you aren't heavy-handed, it can be really beautiful and subtle - on the other side of the scale of what you can see at the moment in the streets of Dublin, where all the young girls look like they have just fell in a swimming pool of glittery glue - I guess the excessive use of highlighter will bring as much shame to the younger generation in their older years that over-plucked eyebrows do to mine.
Rimmel Extra 3D Lash
I picked up this mascara pretty randomly last winter and I have to say it has been one of the best makeup items I have been using in the past few years. Yeah, it's that good. It has gotten me a lot of compliments about my lashes when to be honest they are pretty shit. It gives length, a good bit of volume and most importantly, a lot of definition - no clumps in here. And if I remember well, this beauty can be yours for about 8 euros.
Seventeen Stay Time concealer
Last but not least, one of the best value for your money you can get in the drugstore. This Seventeen Stay Time concealer is usually at about 5 euros and I got it for 3 in a special sale in Boots, which is at that level basically free. The coverage it gives you however is worth about 15 times that price. It stays put for a good bit of the day, and not only does it cover dark circles, it also makes it brighter. That's basically killing two birds with a tiny piece of gravel.