They say you are what you eat and apparently the same goes for what you pour over – you write what you read. So I’ve been balancing out my Buzzfeed sessions with something a little more high-brow, Nina Garcia’s, ‘The Little Black Book of Style‘.

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If there’s one thing you’ve to know about me is – aside from the fact that I just love hogging the bed covers – it’s that I need a good 30 minute warning before bed to complete all the necessary steps and pre-slumber beauty tasks. First there’s the skincare routine, any additional bolt-ons, heck sometimes even a chipped nail SOS sesh before I slip into bed to carry out those final few bedside beauty must-dos. It’s lengthy, but I love it. So this weekend I’ve been raking through the bedside stuff and streamlining my stash.

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What started as a quick dash to pick up one product turned into a full-blown spree here’s what made into my basket on the aforementioned expedition. Oh yep, I’ve been hauling…

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Because all good nail polish looks better with a ring side accompaniment, right? Well I was a little lacking on the ring front; not being too into jewellery, my collection contained a handful of chunky necklaces, one watch and a few odds and sod rings that I’ve purchased as impulse buys when they adorn the checkout – Forever 21 I’m looking at you. But with a feeling to get a little funky with fingertip jewels in my belly I set out on a mission to add to my stash and add to my stash I did with new rocks from Ayesha Accessories, Accessorize and Koovs. So without further ado from left to right on Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Drama Sheen painted pinkies we have:

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When it comes to trains, I’m well travelled. My commuting days stand me in good stead and I can recite the timetable home from work, along with never needing to peek at a map. It’s all up here. But one thing I never really mastered on my daily journeys was gauging the right levels of beauty stuff to bring along; too much and I began to resemble a cosmetics camel, too little and I sat there (if I was lucky enough to get a seat) looking a little sad and dull like the chips that hawkers sell. But after some contemplation and a revision last weekend to test my theory I think I’ve got the balance just right, so here’s my en route edit for beauty movers and shakers:

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Eyeliner look

I’ve never really been one for eyeliner; too fiddly for my sleepy morning fingers to master, a little stark for my everyday look and trying to match up my non-symmetrical lines usually ends up with me sporting a line about an inch thick against each lash line causing me to crack out a bottle of Bioderma and start over. Phew, it gives me an attack of the shaky hands just thinking of it. But after a makeover last week where I plucked up the courage to request a feline flick and was treated to a graphic eye doodle that took 20 minutes to perfect as I juiced the Makeup Artist for his peeper scribbling tips; I’ve been experimenting with the line making arsenal in my stash and through the age old process of trail and error have mustered up the following conclusions; my eyeliner do’s from one eyeliner noob to another (unless you’ve already mastered it, in which case – share your knowledge!):

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Vichy Crabtree and Evelyn The face shop Guerlain May Coop

There is now a whole drawer in my beauty set-up that stashes away a rather large smorgasbord of cute looking minis. Collected from numerous trips to Sephora, added extras from online shopping orders or just tester-scaled try me’s from discovery kits I keep them holed away for times when I’m feeling a little experimental; which judging by the title of this post just so happens to be today. So I’m turning my back on my creature of habit ways and cracking open some new pamper-time testers; here’s the low-down on my sample-sized Sunday beauty menu:

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