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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Beauty Essentials I Packed For Paris

Paris in winter is stark and beautiful. It’s also magical and quintessential. Maybe even a bit manic. Last weekend R and I took off to explore this enchanting wonderland for the second time. No matter how many times you visit, the city inevitably draws you into its charming aura. I’m not too fussed about makeup when I’m travelling, but I wanted to look put-together while gallivanting around the city, so I packed a few of my current favourites.

Glossier Priming Moisturiser// A pretty basic moisturiser that wears well under makeup. It's lightweight, absorbs quickly, and doesn't leave a greasy feeling behind. It’s not very hydrating so I always layer this over a serum or mix it with a few drops of the Pai Rosehip Oil. I reckon this will be a great summer moisturiser, but for the winter months my skin needs something more rich and emollient.

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (dark)// I don’t wear a foundation/tinted moisturiser on a day-to-day basis because it feels like an unnecessary additional step. But the Skin Tint has become my go-to option for days when my skin needs a little pick-me-up. Once blended in, it looks completely imperceptible on the skin. It feels a lot like Mac Face & Body foundation, but with much less pigment and coverage.

Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher// I forgot to include the concealer in the picture but my current favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher in the shade Medium. Offers a wee bit more coverage than le famed Touché Éclat. The salmon pink undertone counteracts any discolouration and brightens up the under eye area. It's not long-wearing by any means, but it’s perfect for a barely-there look.

Tom Ford Soleil Bronzer (Terra)// I ummed and ahhed for a long time before buying this bronzer and I’m happy to report that it has proven itself worthy of staple status. It provides a sheer, luminous finish and the cool undertone is perfect for subtle sculpting. The powder is so finely milled that blending is seamless and relatively patch-free.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows// This brow mascara in the shade Cara is a great slap and dash option. It provides a soft, flexible hold without stiffening up the brows. The wispy brush deposits the right amount of pigment and is great for creating brushed up, bushy brows – a look that I absolutely love!

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine// I wore a red lipstick on pretty much all days in the hopes of channelling some insouciant charm that French women possess. Rouge Coco Shine in the shade Dialogue is a beautiful ruby red that doesn't look overpowering when paired with a smudgy, smoky eye look. The formula is peerless; it's highly moisturising with a luminous finish. 

Diorshow Mascara// My stubby lashes have a tendency to disappear in photos, so I'm very reliant on mascaras to make my eyes look wide open. The Diorshow Mascara is a semi-favourite as I'm still on the fence about its volumising claims. While it does a good job of lengthening without clumping, I prefer something that offers more va-va-voom volume. 
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