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15 Sep 2014

Blog slacker

Many apologies. It’s been quite a while. I haven’t abandoned you – I have just been really busy at work and had to focus on that for a week or so.

But here I am, bringing you one of my same-same-but-different faces of the day that has defined how I have been wearing my makeup for the 10 days.

Foundation: Dior Star
Powder: Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation
Blush: MIlani Luminious (LE)
Eyes: Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage, theBalm Mary Lou Manizer, Maybelline gel liner and MUFE Smokey Lash
Lips: MAC Pure Zen

I haven’t even attempted a variation from this product list because everything used performs well and lasts through a long day. There are a few stand-out items though that I must talk to you about:

Dior Star foundation - this was a reckless purchase, reckless because the day I picked it up I was shopping my feelings and was not informed about the finish, wearability or….well anything really. Fortunately the makeup Gods were aligned and what could have been a waste of money has instead become one of my favourite foundations.

The easiest way to describe how this looks is “Make Up For Ever HD made glossy”. It won’t give you “perfect plastic face” in the same vein as Clarins Extra Comfort but it makes you look “well” – medium coverage with a delicate glow. I picked up shade 33 - okay post-holiday but I predict that I’ll need to downgrade to a less oompa shade next time.

NB: This does last well on me - 6-8 hours with no settling in fine lines - but I have normal/combination skin and always set with Laura Mercier Mineral Powder. 

Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage – I felt like a total idiot when I first bought this: sucked in by the brand to pay over the odds for neutrals. Now, however, I feel completely vindicated. Phew. There is something very different about the quality/blendability of this palette.  It is incredibly easy to work with and makes even the sloppiest of appliers (AKA me) feel like an artist. In all honesty I wouldn’t rave about any other Tom Ford palettes that I have but I feel like this is a neutral-wearer’s BFF.

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer  - what a great powder highlighter. Seriously. I feel a love for this as intense as when I first got Dior Ambre Diamond (RIP). It’s one of those icy champagne highlighters that’s milled so finely that all it gives you is a great glow. I wear this on the cheekbone and in the inner corner.

MAC Pure Zen lipstick – if you are on my wavelength lipstick wise then please do ensure that this is in your collection. If not, then do feel free to roll your eyes at the mention of yet ANOTHER, yes another, nude lip product. This is a peach/coral number – very neutral at face value but like with Tom Ford’s Spanish Pink it does something when worn. The undertone of it makes lips looks healthy and juicy.

It’s a cremesheen formula which polarizes my opinion. On the one hand – yay, it’s so moisturizing and glossy – but on the other, boo, because it will almost certainly degrade into a smooshed mess before I know it.  

So these are my current favourites but I feel a change coming on and a makeup bag update is imminent. In the last week NARS Dione and the Kat von D Tattoo Liner entered my world and I am already crushing hard. Expect a lengthy bit of prose extolling their virtues very soon :) 

What products are you absolutely loving at the moment?


  1. Thank god you are back..missed your posts a lot! I have been dying to try this new Dior foundation out! Would you say it is good for normal to dry skin! I have been using Dior BB Creme for god knows how long and as it is getting towards winter, I wanted something with more coverage!
    Great post!

    Rachel xx

  2. My current favorite products are MAC Hot Tahiti Lipstick (Its amazing, I always wonder why no one talks about it) and TheBalm Blushes, in particular Down Boy which is like MAC Well Dressed on steroids (in the best posible way).

  3. Just went to Nordstrom online and ordered Pure Zen! I've been wanting to try Spanish Pink for sooo long now, but I can't justify the $50 price tag. hehe

  4. I am very glad your a back Laura.
    I am reposting the message I wrote on your last post because it would mean so much to me if you could take the time to answer my questions.
    "Dear Laura,
    I wanted to ask you to some questions regarding your job/ blogging and so I think this post is perfect for this.
    1) I always wondered if you ever considered blogging full time (now I know the answer is no). But since your writing is so smart have you ever considered becoming a writer/author?
    2) I think this is the first time you indicate the field you are working in. I understood you had a law degree but then built your career in a different field. How did you knew that digital design would be the field for you? Was it easy to make the change? I have just finished my PhD in Life Science and I am struggling in the choice of what to do next (since I know that research is not for me!)…
    3) Beauty and shopping however ;-)…I have been thinking about starting my own blog for quite some time now and do it “on the side” like you. But I was wondering, do you think/find that having your face on a blog could somehow prejudice your “real career”?

    I would really appreciate if you took the time to answer to my (I hope not too personal) questions.

    I love your outfit! Perfection as always,


    Thank you so much!

  5. So glad you're back! I need to check out Pure Zen. Although I may go for Hue. Or Peach Blossom. These decisions are so difficult.

    Lately I have been loving Chantecaille Future Skin, the Koh Gen Do Aqua Illuminator in beige, and Laura Mercier 60's Pink. Such perfection.

  6. I'm loving the Georgio Armarni Luminous Silk Foundation at the mo! I think I might have to get on the Mac Pure Zen bandwagon though! Ps. Looking gorgeous as ever!

    Hayley xo | Sailor Stories

  7. Pure Zen looks like a lovely every day shade. I'm only just getting into MAC lipsticks, but it definitely looks like something I'd like to try. I'm a bit fan of nudes and browns at the moment, with Autumn upon us!

    Jo - blogdesherrell.com x

  8. The Doir foundation looks great on you. I must get a sample next time I am in Sephora.

  9. I love Pure Zen, I found out about it some time ago through Jaclyn Hill and have worn it tonnes since I got it!

  10. anything that is bright coloured lippied at the moment. we are getting warmer by the minute now and the brights are really making me feel happy.
    i have to hunt this lipstick though, i think i need it in my life. i just said good bye to a lot of my nude mac lippies so maybe this should replace it :)


  11. Ooh I do love it when a good spontaneous splurge pays dividends :) Glad to see you're back.


  12. Missed your posts Laura! I'm off shopping tomorrow so have added Mac Pure Zen to my list!
    Hugs xoxo

  13. So so stunning! Are you wearing a highlighter here or is it just the finish of the foundation/blush?
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  14. Today I have tried Dior Star and I am going later to buy it!

  15. I need a new foundation so I might give Dior Star a go too... I remember loving their spray foundation years ago, not sure if they even do it anymore. Btw might bump into you, I moved to Dubai two weeks ago! Soooo hot... can't wait for it to cool down.

  16. Glad you're liking the Nars Dual Intensity, cant wait to hear your thoughts. I am really searching for perfect plastic skin so I think I am needing to pick up the Clarins foundation no?? My skin is just look blah whatever I pile on it at the moment.

    Never wanted Pure Zen before but I have enough for a 'back to MAC' and it's calling my name. Loudly.

    Stacey xxx

  17. Your make-up looks flawless. I find that as much as I love Dior products, their foundations seem to dry out my skin. I haven't given TF's eye palette much thought, but the neutral eye looks beautiful on you, so I might give it a try. :) I love the lipstick, the color is beautiful, perfect nude/pink.
    Do you miss the blonde hair yet? I do like the highlights around your face.

  18. Bobbi Brown is my absolutely fave. I have sensitive to dry skin and they products are so good & last a long time. I recently wrote a post about my beauty routine: follow here http://www.worldbydoris.blogspot.co.uk/

  19. So glad you're back! I've been really loving Nars blondie eyeshadow lately.


  20. Yay your back! LOVE that lipstick...I think I need it in my life :-) x

  21. Mac flamingo lipstick over dabbed on concealer. Stunning.

  22. Yayy! You're back! (I've also been a bit slack in these parts lately - been so busy!) So from this post I've decided
    1) I need to test that foundation
    2) I NEED that TF quad for the Autumn
    3) I'm wearing my MAC Pure Zen tomorrow!

    Hope you're well and not too over-worked!

    Lis xx


  23. love your makeup! natural but sexy!! will have to try that foundation and mary lou manizer is one of my all time favorite highlighters. xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

  24. Looking lovely as always Laura! I love the glowiness of this look. I can assure you that Pure Zen has been added to my list. I think I am starting to realise that I can never own too many nude lipsticks. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  25. You look so gorgeous! Your eyes are lovely. This is such a nice nude lip colour :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens