Posts in Makeup
GRACE'S FACE : THE BIRTHDAY EDIT

In contract to the typically pared back approach I take the rest of the year, there's no time like your birthday to allow one's inner exhibitionist to embrace colour and glitter with full force. And the best thing about a January birthday? After a December’S worth of festive parties and Christmas soirees the glam look is perfected. Ahead of an evening of food, drink, dancing, and laughter with my closest girlfriends, these were the products I reached for.

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LESSONS ON FAUX-GLOW IN WINTER

For many years I championed the pale look in lieu of jumping upon the faux tan bandwagon; admittedly, partly from laziness and partly from fear of a category of beauty to which Boots devotes a section larger than that housing toothpaste [an overwhelming enough category as it is]. However, pursuing a career in beauty writing meant that, inevitably, parcels of false tan began to frequent my doorstep, and [after initially surrendering these to the depths of my wardrobe] curiosity eventually got the better of me. I’ve since discovered that, as extensive and overwhelming as the range on offer is, it’s very easy to sort the good from the bad, and admittedly this is a task typically aided by a higher price tag...

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Skin, Makeup, The JournalGrace Day
TOP 10 BEAUTY DISCOVERIES OF 2015

Despite my best intentions, a ‘year in beauty’ post didn't quite make it into the works this year. Given the time I could easily have compiled an exhaustive list of brands and products I’ve used and loved this year, but I’ve edited it down to just ten in order to truly set the elite above and apart. These are the best of the best, each 100% guaranteed a repurchase and a permanent home in my makeup drawers/bathroom cabinet/heart. If you’re a long-term reader you’ll undoubtedly recognise these from numerous posts, and my monthly favourites roundups throughout the year.

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Skin, Hair, Body, Makeup, The JournalGrace Day
BEAUTY BITES : DECEMBER 2015

December brought with it an explosion of festivity and cheer that couldn't help but inspire me to shake up my beauty regime just a little - see below, a do-it-all primer, a new hue of eyeshadow, and an indulgent in-shower treatment. Similarly, the weather’s effect upon my complexion called for a boost on the hydration front, and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt this year it’s that moisture can [and should] be sought from more than just one’s moisturiser. This month, replacing my makeup remover with a cleansing oil, followed up by a luxe treatment oil has been just the ticket in restoring a much-needed glow.

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GRACE'S FACE : THE FESTIVE EDIT

Any trip home for the festive season requires a calculated effort on the packing front. Fitting a week’s worth of loungewear and cosy knits in around carefully wrapped presents and those select pieces of laundry you trust only to your mum’s washing machine [wisdom] leaves little room for anything more than the bare necessities when it comes to beauty. For this reason I cultivate a skincare edit consisted almost entirely of samples and miniatures in order to efficiently accommodate the many requirements for a suitably festive makeup look.

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8 EVENING CLUTCH-BAG BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

Think of the contents of your clutch bag as the artillery base of your on-the-go beauty cannon. Party-season demands no less than the brightest, boldest of looks, which necessitates a portable beauty strategy as quick and effortless as it is alluring. Products worthy of inclusion must be both compact and high-performing additions - never has the need to streamline your beauty edit been quite so vital. 

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Makeup, Hair, The AlmanacGrace Day
10 BUDGET BEAUTY BUYS FOR WINTER 2015

If the inevitable increased spending activity ahead of the holidays is already giving you an uneasy feeling, and preventing any self-indulgent beauty purchases, then consult this compilation for ten beauty buys that strike the perfect balance between quality and affordability. Because editing your beauty routine for winter [and amping up the the luxe factor] needn't always come hand in hand with an extravagant price tag...

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Skin, Makeup, Hair, BodyGrace Day
10 LUXURY BEAUTY BUYS FOR WINTER 2015

Since I’m a winter-lover through and through, writing this season’s content is one of my favourite times of the year. Come November I relish the chance to shake up my beauty routine; the shelves of department store beauty halls are always crowded with exciting new releases, and old favourites come back into play, bringing nostalgic scents and reaping seasonal benefits.

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Makeup, Skin, Hair, Body, The AlmanacGrace Day
THE CASE FOR PINK EYESHADOW

Despite being a typically spring-inspired hue, pink, in almost every form and variation was rife across the AW15 runways - just one of many features contributing towards an overwhelming trend for a simultaneously excessive yet delicate femininity.

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Makeup, The AlmanacGrace Day
GET THE GLOW MAKEUP

Over recent seasons we've become accustomed to a makeup look that is increasingly natural and minimal; gamely swapping an opaque matte base in favour of a complexion that is overwhelmingly sheer and dewy. "Shiny" was once the dirty word of the makeup world, but these days shine is in - glossy skin with a fresh sheen-like finish is all about recreating the appearance of a well-rested [and well-moisturised] healthy glow. 

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Makeup, The AlmanacGrace Day
BARELY-THERE : THE BEST NATURAL BLUSHES

My requirements for a successful addition to my blush collection call for a light wash of colour that serves to subtly warm, sculpt, and enliven my skintone without looking clown-like. Effortlessly natural and wearable, a barely-there blush dials down the bigger/brighter/bolder associations of rouge and negates the need for precision placement and copious blending. 

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Makeup, The JournalGrace Day
ROUND TWO

Whilst I'm rarely short of beauty products [and as much as I love trying new launches], I am a creature of habit; especially when it comes to beauty products that work really really well, do exactly what they say they will, and make a difference with immediate and lasting effect. This is especially true of skincare; for after years of struggling to find the perfect products for my complexion, when I do fall upon The One, I'm loathe to risk replacing it and tend to stick to those I love. 

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BEAUTY BITES : OCTOBER 2015

They may have fallen from favour within the wider blogging community, but I will always remain both an avid reader and committed author of monthly favourites posts. I will always relish a peek into another's bathroom cabinet or makeup bag, and the idea of presenting a capsule collection of beloved beauty products to you on a monthly basis still excites me - barely has the month begun and I am already racking up a list of likely candidates. Today, meet five firm favourites from October, the best of the best of the month. 

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NARS DOES PINK

Whilst in fashion, the autumn collections prescribe a quintessentially autumnal range catered to transitional-season dressing, the beauty forecast brings a fresh and original alternative to traditional diktat. Worlds away from summer’s molten metallic lids, autumn trends tap into a clean, fresh, girlish beauty exhibited all over in varying shades of pink - a modern twist on a feminine classic. From subdued pastels, offering a subtle and soft enhancement of sorbet hues through to decadent floral shades - petal pinks and poetic rosy stains, pink is most definitely in

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Makeup, The AlmanacGrace Day
CLARINS AUTUMN 2015 'PRETTY DAY & NIGHT'

Elegant and feminine, Clarins' Autumn collection is essentially a culmination of the season's most lady-like trends. A curation of products that cater to both the current seasonal diktat and to the brand's luxury heritage, designed around a narrative that inhibits an effortless day to night transformation. 

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Makeup, The AlmanacGrace Day