I was scratching my head over this month’s ‘Beauty Bag’. So far we’ve had sparkles, sheers and an impressive amount of lip lacquer, but my recent downsizing attitude towards my product stash and love for alliteration landed me at the theme of ‘Multitasking May’. Beauty bits that serve a multitude of functions – I’m all over that. Time and space savers, I’m no stranger to a dab of blush on the lips or lash product through the brows. Heck this is coming from the girl who used to cake concealer on her lips back in the day. Massive error, I promise to never, ever repeat that process. It’s time to get a little creative and welcome the multi functional May makeup additions.

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Come on you don’t need me to tell you about my highly organisational tendencies again, do you? The weekend for me is wholeheartedly reserved to eating, sleeping and tidying my beauty tools and arsenal (as vastly documented in this feature). Amongst the cleaning and clearing that goes on, every few weeks I like to sit and work through my stash. Throwing items back into the drawer mix that have been missing in action or are new to the clan. Out with the usual suspects and in with something a little different. Here’s what caught my eye today and has subsequently earned their place in my daily grind rotation…

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Super Liner Blackbuster

L’Oreal Paris just seem to bring it when it comes to products that seamlessly weave their way into your everyday routine. The Super Liner Gelmatic in Blue, The 6 oil Nourish Extraordinary oil, The Anti-Breakout Facial Cleanser – oh have I not mentioned the last one before? That will be popping up soon, but you get the gist. Kick-ass products that leave you scratching your head as to what you used before them. Their Super Liner Blackbuster doesn’t so much fit into that category. It’s a black, felt liner that when placed into the wrong hands can create panda eyes in seconds. However duo-ed with a gentle touch and informed technique it can be pretty much whatever you want it to be.

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Two years ago my face was an oil-free product zone. Being the oily skin type category I winced at my greasy T-zone and slapped on products more likely to be aimed at the teenage section. Stripping, foaming and most definitely oil-free formulas; the drier my skin felt the happier I was. Fast forward to the present day and my skincare set-up couldn’t look more different. Age, life and my general disregard of my recommended water intake (it goes right through me if you get my drift), has wedged my complexion in the more combination grouping so I like to layer on emollient creams, balm textured cleansers and a hell’a load of oils. The latter being the most satisfying product to apply of the bunch. A mini spa-esque massage each night propped up at my basin – my skin drinks up the stuff. Here’s the need to know on the oily ointment that I’ve tailored into my routine…

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As a general rule I like to have a rough idea of what the landscape of G&M will look like for the next week. I sit down on a Monday, notepad in one hand and scribble down what I fancy popping up on the blog for the next seven days or so. Sometimes I stick to the book and sometimes I don’t. Today is an example of when I don’t. After trying something a little different nail-wise last night, while keeping one eye on lacquer activities and the other on Mad Men; I did a manicure which seemed rather well. Cue me having a bedside photo shoot at 11.30 pm last night, clad out in pyjamas followed by a 7 am blog writing session which cumulated with today’s original post being scrapped. But when the creative juices are flowin’, there just ain’t no stopping them. Here’s what all the fuss was about…

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I’m tired. You know those weeks where you forget what it’s like to have your little toosh settle on a nice comfy sofa and you’ve lost all feeling in your feet due to marching through the streets in your ‘oh so lovely looking, but oh so painful‘ kitten heels? Well it’s been one of those weeks. A good’un, but one that’s left me day-dreaming about my soft, soft duvet. So I’m not messing around today with a fussy routine. It’s a product rotation that’s tried and tested and just does its job; bringing me back to the land of living with some serious R&R, all combined with a mid-afternoon nap I think. 2 products, that’s all – it’s time to bring out the big guns…

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Time for a bit more of Revlon and in this episode I find lavender-pink lipstick heaven!! I have the shade Porcelain Pink and it’s love. Oh my goodness, I am loving this lipstick. It’s a perfect pearl, doesn’t dry the lips, feels super comfortable and also looks amazing. I love it! I am obsessed with pink lipstick and Porcelain Pink really is my perfect pink. I am SO glad I chose that shade. I absolutely love it. It is easy to apply, makes lips appear fuller and more flawless and literally lasts and lasts. The major plus point is that it is very nourishing and doesn’t dry out the lips at all. And I am loving this shade!

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