I’ve mentioned before that the ‘Keep’ app on my phone makes for some entertaining reading: the late night scribbles and ideas that crop up as a product of my makeup-heavy reading list. ‘The Non-Ritual’ was a phrase coined by Allure when describing Mila Kunis’ low-key at home regime and it got me thinking – if there’s one common denominator between Mila and I, and I’m clutching at straws here, then that’s it. I like to doll myself up, even experiment with the war paint on the odd occasion, but most days I’ll happily plod along with a basic beauty routine. Hell, at the moment for a good three days of the week I don’t even wear the stuff, call myself a beauty blogger, eh? But makeup days still outnumber the barefaced ones and for when I’m against the clock or quite frankly ass-ed, out comes the non-ritual routine…

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This is some exciting shopping news. Aplava, a newly launched beauty site, offers the chance to shop all the latest products, which are hand-picked by a professional dermatologist.

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I’m not all that seasoned in the art of evening entertainment anymore. The 8 pm – 12 pm slot in my life is most regularly filled with playing catch-up with House of Cards – if I can fit two episodes in I deem it a successful night – bath time and resisting the urge to go to town on that tub of Baskin & Robin’s choco chip that’s languishing in our freezer. Rock n’ roll. But when my girlfriends came to visit last weekend, I hauled on my highest pair of heels, headed for town and saved Frank for another time. Here’s the makeup menu for my Girl’s Night Out:

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Studiowest

StudioWest is a new line of beauty products from the very same people who gave us Westside. When I heard that the new line was developed for Indian skin types, I satisfied my urge to splurge. Guess what 3 products ended up in my basket…

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No matter how immersed in the world of beauty you are – there’s always going to be gaps in your knowledge. I can reel off the whole of the Revlon line and correctly predict what nail polish you’re wearing in just three guesses, posses an innate knowledge of each beauty blogger’s current favourite base product and probably ace a pop-quiz on this seasons makeup launches – but when it comes to ingredients it gets a little patchy. Being completely self-taught in this realm, it was an all too often occurrence that I’d pick up a product I liked the look of and put it on without so much of a read of the blurb – but I’ve given myself a slap on the wrist, got my pen and notepad at the ready and I’m taking it into my own hands. Ingredients – I’m coming for ya’ – and I’m ready to get down to the nitty gritty.

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If there’s one thing I’m guilty of in the evenings, it’s not being able to switch off (and deciding that I wish to eat cake at 11pm at night). The Keep app on my cell is crammed with muddled midnight typings that I sleepily add in the desperate hope to get all things bloggy off my mind. It makes for some entertaining reading. Sometimes I just need to relax. And to get into that state I have a bevy of good smelling stuff to get me in the mood. Enter, Soulflower’s Energy Boost; a blend more formulated for a daytime hit of perkiness, but I use it all-day, everyday whenever I have a ‘pull yourself together woman’ moment. They happen. Often. A mix of Rosemary, Grapefruit, Lemon and Peppermint among others paired with some subtle mind games make me feel that wee bit more chilled whenever I roll it on. Temples, wrists and my pillow seem to be my favourite scent spots but it’s taken up permanent residency in the depths of my bag and gets hauled out whenever I need a roll.

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I don’t have much of an off-switch when it comes to reading. It’s about two minutes into dinner with my friends before I quiz them on what book they’re reading and free time is a largely reading dominated activity too. I’m like a sponge, me – absorbing all the book chatter up from every corner – I do love a good book. There’s something about packing out a bookshelf with a bevy of reads that feels just as satisfying as an A-Z brand organised makeup drawer. A welcome alternative to the bright back light of my laptop. Open up my current reading list…

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