P I N K ,   G R E Y ,   +   N U D E

I had a question pop up via my Instagram recently about how I do my makeup, and it got me thinking about the fact that I’ve never actually shared a tutorial for my everyday, so-routine-I-could-do-it-half-asleep, makeup look!

That’s probably, I guess, down to the fact that it’s taken me a little while (easily a good couple of years!) to work out exactly how I like my makeup to look on a day to day basis. I still do tend to fiddle around with it fairly regularly (some days I’ll swap in liquid liner instead of a shadow line, other days I I fancy a bold lip), but this is the base look I come back to time and again.

It’s a pretty muted, natural look, with softly defined eyes (using a charcoal grey shadow for liner, in place of pencil or liquid), a subtle contoured cheek, and peachy pink blush and lips.

Here’s the how-to! >>


01. Apply your favourite base- right now I’m using Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, and a beauty blender-type sponge for a flawlessly light and natural finish. Add concealer beneath the eyes and to any blemishes.


02. Sweep a light, creamy toned shadow over the whole of your eyelid, and up onto the brow bone.

03. Work a light grey shadow into the outer corner and crease of your eye socket, blending it in with the base colour.

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04. Using a fine brush, carefully line the top of your eye using a charcoal grey shadow, and then use the flat of the brush to smudge a little along your lower lash line too.


05. Blend a rosy pink blusher into the apples of your cheeks- I love Benefit Bella Bamba for its gold highlighting qualities, but since it’s been discontinued, plan on buying Nars Orgasm soon as an alternative.

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06. Using a large fluffy brush, sweep bronzer down from your temples through to the contour of your cheeks. Blend well, so as not to create a strongly contoured look- I went a little darker than normal here for the sake of the photos, but usually like the bronzer to be super pared back and subtle!


07. Use a peachy pink liner or matte lip crayon to line the lips, and then go over with your favourite nude-toned lipstick. This Max Factor has been my favourite since last summer- and it’s on its last legs, now!



And that’s it, the finished look! If you recreate it (and I’d love to see photos, if you give it a go!) I hope you love it as much as I do.

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I just read this list back after finishing writing all ten points, and realised that they’re all pretty much baby or food related. What can I say, I guess those two things are just the main sources of happiness in my life right now! This week I’ve probably been more hungry than I ever have been before in my life, so it does make sense. Breakfast is on my mind as a fall asleep at night, snacktime comes at any hour of the day (make that ‘many hours of the day’), and I’m so hungry by the time I’m cooking dinner each evening it’s all I can do not to dive into the fridge every five seconds for something to graze on until Jason gets home. Speaking of which, it’s time for me to head to the kitchen…

1. Going on a mini baby-shopping spree in London in the middle of the week! It’s all too easily to fill a basket until it’s overflowing with tiny sleep suits and mini leggings…

2. Discovering the magic of the Beauty Blender (one of those fancy foundation sponges). It gave me easily the most natural looking face of makeup I’ve ever done, I totally love it!

3. Dinner out at Byron with Jason on Thursday evening. We’re all about the milkshakes, fries, onion rings, and that epic Caesar salad Byron seem to do so well! (I’m SO hungry right now, and just typing this has made my belly ache…)

4. The sight of so many tomatoes growing fat and green on the plant in our garden…

5. A slice of chocolate and salted caramel cake from the bakery in our local Waitrose. It was GLORIOUS.

6. Girl chat over milkshakes with Tania and Freya on Wednesday. Always leaves me with an aching belly from so much laughter, and aching teeth from those ultra rich milkshakes…

7. The baby in my belly that always seems to wriggle extra hard when he or she can hear Jason talking. Makes my heart ache with love <3

8. Grapefruit! Pineapple! Mango! Basically all the fruit, because you know how obsessed I am right now. (Honestly, if we don’t have at least two grapefruits in the fruit bowl at any one time, I start panicking…)

9. The new pink cushion on our bed. It’s so pretty and girly in our all grey and white bedroom, it makes me happy every time I look at it!

10. Watching Elsie chase a butterfly whilst out on a walk last Sunday! She’s so cute, it’s kind of ridiculous.

What’s made you happy this week? :)

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&  T H E   B U M P   A T   S I X   M O N T H S .

Is that not the garden of dreams, right there? Note to self- win the lottery, buy a house with lots of lovely land, and then employ a gardener to create flower beds that explode into a riot of colour each spring…

In other news (back in reality and not dreamland)- isn’t the weather right now just beautiful? Sure, this morning is kind of overcast, but it isn’t raining, it isn’t cold, AND we’ve had a few consecutive days of glorious sunshine so we have to be grateful!

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The ducklings out on the pond are growing bigger by the day, and spend their time snoozing in a fluffy heap in the sun on the banks, whilst inside Elsie finds any patch of sunlight she can that shines through the windows, and parks herself in it looking ever so pleased with herself.

And speaking of getting bigger, this bump is suddenly making itself known! Up until the past week or so it would only really show if I wore actual maternity clothes, but now all of a sudden, at six months, I feel like a properly pregnant woman!

And I’m totally, 100% loving it.
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One of the things I’m enjoying most right now is adapting my regular clothes to fit my pregnant shape.

Whilst I have been building up a little collection of lovely maternity pieces to see me through the final few months of my pregnancy (writing ‘final few months’ feels so scary, yikes!), it’s also nice to feel that with a bit of creativity, most of my ‘regular’ wardrobe is still full of possibilities!

And actually, this above-the-bump skirt plus a tied off shirt combo is my new favourite!

Though I have to confess, I put together this outfit, did my make up and hair and put shoes on and grabbed my handbag to leave the house, then whilst walking to my car realised that in raising the skirt up a few inches to my new, much higher waist, I had also brought the slits in the skirt up to a *very* inappropriate height!

But I liked it too much to change, so decided just to walk a little more carefully so as not to let the skirt fly open ;) And hey, our neighbours were entertained I’m sure!

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We spend this past weekend clearing out the guest bedroom, ready for the arrival of nursery furniture in the next couple of weeks.

Whilst the process was pretty tiring and not particularly exciting, it was also insanely satisfying (so many bags of useless rubbish were taken to the dump!), and kind of cathartic in a way, too.

Clearing and sorting out the mountains of ‘stuff’ we’ve gathered over the past few years of living together, realising how little of it was truly useful or necessary, and then emptying out the room ready for its new purpose- well, it felt like a little life milestone!

And for goodness SAKE, I am TOO excited about having a lovely little cot all of our own in there!

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Tell me, how did you spend your weekend? I hope it was a lovely one!


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Jason and I have never been all that great at sorting out the finishing touches, round our house.

We love to start a project, oh my goodness do we! But those last few bits and pieces, like putting up artwork and finding new handles for our wardrobe doors (not kidding, we only just did this after a year of being handle-less!) and putting photos into frames and replacing the cushions in the living room? Well, we’re not so great at all that!

Until, that was, my nesting urges kicked in! Now I’m blitzing this house like it’s an episode of Changing Rooms (remember that, British children of the 80s and 90s?!) and have been ticking things off the ‘Household’ to-do list in my Evernote app like I’m on some kind of mission. Which, I suppose, I am.

Right now I’m in the middle of updating our living room (it was the first room we ever did in the house, so was in need of a soft furnishings refresh), and also have been finishing up jobs in every other room of the house.

I’ll be sharing a post with all the changes I’ve made in a few weeks time (though the nursery will be deserving its own post, I think!), but today thought I’d share a little inspiration board I’m working from at the moment!

Links for all the products featured are below…

Braided storage basket
‘Milk’ print
Pink textured cushion
Grey edged cushion
Black chalkboard planter
Wood & grey cube shelf
Turquoise teacup

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