This is a fun little tag that was started by Cecelia of Cecelia’s Corner. Thanks so much to Marisa of Marisa Loves Life/Style for nominating me. Check out some of her fab posts here and here. Keep on reading to get to know me a little better through my answers to these beauty questions and make sure you read to the end for nominations, it could be you!


1. Where does your makeup inspiration come from?
An easy one this, women with my colouring and skin tone. I don’t like to wear heavy make up, but with my fair skin and pale eyes, I can look really washed out. Although, I find that as I get older, I need more and more make up products to look less made up.

If I had to choose a beauty icon, then it would be Kate Winslet. I’ve always liked that combination of dark, perfectly shaped (but natural looking), eyebrows and blonde hair. Her make up doesn’t wear her, you notice Kate first. Plus, she’s not stretched, Botoxed or hair extensionised – not a real word, I know.

Kate Winslet
2. What are 3 of your makeup Holy Grail products you cannot live without?
Foundation – Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint, I’m pale as death without it. I use shade Beige 02, but really, I should use shade Bare 01 mixed with a smidge of the darker shade Beach 03.

Mac Powerpoint Eye Pencil in shade Stubborn Brown (doesn’t smudge or shift during the day) – I have always lined my eyes, only 2/3s of the way from the outside in though. I feel like Tilda Swinton without my eyeliner.

Tilda Swinton

Chanel Hydrabase Creme Lipstick No.47 shade Escapade (aka Desert Rose in some quarters) –  It’s been discontinued since forever and I seem to have depleted all stock from Amazon & eBay. I recent repotted 6 nearly used up tubes using this foolproof method and that’s keeping me going (for now). I highly recommend using a lip brush to apply lipstick, you still get coverage but use so much less product.

I also have one unused tube for any dire lipstick emergency that may occur. I must have about 30 lipsticks I’ve tried to match up colour wise, to Escapade and mostly they work, but I only feel ‘myself’ with this shade.

3. What is your makeup signature look which you have on most of the time?
Neutral eyes, Urban Decay’s Naked Basics or HD Brow Palette in Foxy (it’s been repackaged I think) – the shades are almost the same, but you get two more with Naked Basics.  I also line my upper lid with Carbon (it doesn’t budge all day) from the HD Brow palette using Mac’s Push Liner brush, perfect if you don’t have a steady hand. I use shade Ash Brown for eyebrows.

I then ‘pop’ my eyes with a burst of slightly shimmery colour using Mac’s Gleam or a touch of Mac’s All That Glitters in the middle of the lower lid, never above the crease line or the inner/outer corners of eyes as that just emphasises lines and crepiness.

I use two lip liners, Mac Spice and BodyShop’s Beech, Escapade lipstick and a slick of L’Oreal’s Glam Shine in Cherry Sorbet, also discontinued, but I have 4 new ones (yeah, don’t say it).  Any cream blusher (cream is kinder to mature skin), bit of careful contouring, whisper of bronzer and 20 minutes later (40 if Im in no rush, 10 if pushed) and I’m done.


4. Let us know your favorite makeup brands?
Liz Earle for their Sheer Skin Tint Foundation – It’s the only foundation (and I’ve worked my way through a lot of them) NOT to sink into my pores and make them look obvious. It IS very sheer though. Their ‘one shade only’ bronzer is also THE most natural looking non shimmer bronzer I’ve ever come across.

NYX – I’m a relative newcomer to this brand, but NYX Taupe Blusher used as a contour powder just can’t be beaten – I keep saying it, it IS the colour of shadow. Special mention also to NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in shade Milk, smooth and easy to apply,  keeps eyeshadow firmly in place and enhances whatever eyeshadow shade you wear over the top.

5. Your ultimate makeup pet peeve?
Heavy make up. We wore a lot of make up in the 80s, but it wasn’t layered on, that’s the difference. We wore lots of eyeshadow colour,  blusher, highlighter, bronzer etc, but we didn’t wear such heavy foundation. I look at some make up tutorials by really famous ‘beauty gurus’ and their skin colour is so pale compared to the final look. A lot of make up today looks like a mask and that’s just so ageing, even on young skin.

My other pet peeve, yeah, I’m cheating and having two, has to be those harsh, heavily penciled or tattooed, eyebrows so many women have today. To be fair, they do suit a few people, mainly those with darker skin tones, but for the majority, they’re just too perfect and hard looking, older women in particular, should stay clear of this unflattering look.

Natural, perfect looking heavy brows are achievable though.

Perfect eyebrows
6. You’ve heard about all the hype on this makeup item, bought it, tried it and don’t understand what all the fuss is about…Name that product!
I’m with Marisa here (and I suspect many other bloggers are too ) when I say YSL Touche Éclat Highlighter/Concealer pen. Don’t tell me I’m not using it properly, because I am! It just seems to highlight my dark, under eye area. Are you a concealer OR a highlighter? Because YSL Touche Éclat, you can’t be both!

Special mention too, goes to Nanoblur, or liquid Pritt Stick as I like to call it. Sinks straight into open pores you didn’t even know were there and takes up residence. Impossible to shift without rubbing really hard.

7. Concealer OR foundation ONLY for the rest of your life. Choose one and tell us the reason!
Oh foundation, of course. Mainly because I still haven’t found the perfect concealer shade. My cheeks are rosy red (rosacea) and I’ve yet to find a concealer that covers it without sinking into my pores. M. Asam’s Magic Finish (actually a ‘matches all skintones’ foundation), is the best so far, but the silicone finish can sometimes be just that little bit too matt for me. I want pore minimising coverage with a little dewiness.

I’ve got two concealer palettes, the ones with green, peach and beige tones you customise to suit your skin. Worked great when they were applied on me in store. Not so great at home, I’ve definitely left the house looking a tad greenish.

That was fun to do, a little light self-indulgence is always welcome.

I now tag:

Enjoy and check out Cecilia’s blog for the rules on how to take part.
I love Marisa’s idea of linking to two posts you particularly enjoyed written by the person who nominated you.  We get to spread the love and the links!


  1. July 10, 2014 / 10:39 pm

    Thank you so much for participating and good luck with your entry x

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