A MINI FRENCH DRUGSTORE HAUL

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Due to my long break from blogging while trekking Paris, I had a backlog of photographs that I had intended to turn into posts but I never got around to it. On my first day in Paris I uploaded a mini pharmacy haul, and this was the makeup counterpart! Arriving on European soil I found a plethora of new products that I had never seen before from brands I love. I tried to keep my composure and only pick up things I knew were going to be amazing so I didn't blow my budget in my first week, which would have been a tragedy.
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APPS THAT MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON

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Provocative title, non? But in all seriousness, I definitely tend to turn to apps when it comes to making a habit, breaking a habit or for general self improvement needs - the life of a phone addict. There are some great ones out there and some not-so-great ones that seem great for the first five minutes until they ask you to subscribe to keep using - non merci. I've tried them all, trust me, and I've weeded through the good and the bad to help bring you this curation of the very best apps the app store has to offer.
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WHAT'S IN MY BAG

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'What's in my bag' posts and videos have a very special place in my heart as they were my first introduction to the online beauty community. I remember back in 2006 (for my sanity, let's not even reflect on how long ago that was) I would come home from school and spend my time watching these kinds of videos - namely rewatching as YouTube definitely didn't have the variety it does now back in the day. There is some addictive quality about them, and I'm sure everyone reading this has a similar story about their introduction to the beauty community, or simply an addiction to watching them!
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My YouTube Debut

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This is not a post I ever thought I'd be making. As much as I have wanted to dip my toes into the YouTube pool for years now, I've never mustered up the courage to do so until today. Something came over me this morning and I found myself out the door and soon stamping around the 7th arrondissement of Paris, collecting clips of beautiful places that mean a lot to me. At first, I just wanted to experiment with editing - to see what it was all about. I never really thought I would upload the finished product, but I was proud of it and though why not? It's hard to say what will come of this, as I still feel so much more comfortable behind the camera, but all I know for sure is that I found the experience of filming and editing so, so exciting. Regardless, I hope you enjoy Paris still managing to be breathtaking on even the cloudiest of days!
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Life, Paris and The 20-Something Crisis

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Sometimes I sit down to tap out a beauty post and partway through a half-hearted description of a lipstick I realise that there is something much bigger on my mind, and something I'd much rather be writing about. I love to think of this as a positive place, so I tend to feel guilty discussing those "negative" parts of life we all go through. However, there isn't really anything "positive" about hiding raw emotion and masking it with a fake-positive review of a beauty product. Today I am trying to abandon that guilt that seems to haunt me whenever I make a post that is possibly "too real". This is real life and there is a real person behind this blog, so what's wrong with writing a real post?
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Burgundy Times Nine

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As much as I've heard the complimentary colour rules over and over in the beauty world, the idea of anything red toned around my eyes never appealed to me. Picking up a super affordable burgundy Kiko shadow some months ago on the insistence of a friend, I fell in love with not only the way the shadow looked but how much greener it made my eyes appear - it really was like magic! That's how I came to find myself considering a palette full of these warm, russety shades at a MAC store in the depths of Paris.
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Vamp

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A gorgeous rich and dark lip has to be one of my favourite makeup looks of all time. For the past two years now I've been trying to find the lipstick and liner that are just right for me in terms of colour and formulation, and I'm glad to say that I have finally found them! Combined, this liner and lipstick create a lip dark enough to give that edge I'm looking for, but also red enough that it can be worn in a multitude of ways. The products in question? MAC's lipliner in 'Burgundy' and lipstick in 'Sin'. Now, aside from that perfect deep, oxblood colour I was looking for - these two provide a lovely matte but non-drying finish as well.
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