Why You Need Wayne Goss Makeup Brushes

Ever since I bought my first Wayne Goss brush last November - see here - my older makeup brushes have been languishing in oblivion while the WG brushes have not left the top of my vanity.
Believe me, the hype is real. Every bit of it. All my other brushes are just knocked out of the ball park with these.
Before we go any further - I bought these. Wayne Goss has no idea I exist. I gain nothing except maybe lose a few hours taking photos, writing, cropping and so on.

Scroll down for deets on all the Wayne Goss makeup brushes and how I use them.

Review of all the Wayne Goss makeup brushes and how I use them.

Mad Beauty Vintage Kellogg's Nail and Lip Care Products

Mad Beauty is a UK-based brand that specialises in making cosmetics fun. They have the cutest foot files, glosses, makeup brushes, pretty nail polishes, bags, lip balms, bath and body products and nail art supplies. Whatever I have tried so far is good quality, and the prices are reasonable.
I picked up a few of their products from Notting Hill way back last July, and thought I would show you their Kellogg's range first.

The Mad Beauty Kellogg's range displays a series of vintage Kellogg's advertisements.

 The Mad Beauty Kelloggs range displays a series of vintage Kelloggs advertisements.

Beauty Products Emptied in January 2016

For once, there is a makeup product among my empties. There is, as usual, much more skincare, but a lot of it was used in December rather than January. I am taking things slowly because of the staph outbreak and only use prescription products now but have been purging the harsher products from my cabinets and - hurrah - buying new skincare after careful examination of INCI lists and consultation with my derm. Will show you my haul posts once everything gets here.

Scroll down to check out the beauty products I emptied in January 2016 and my thoughts on each.

Here are the beauty products I emptied in January 2016 and my thoughts on each.

Fleur de Force Eyeshadow Quad in Cosmic Bronze Review, Swatches

My infection is down by about 25 per cent, and I have antibiotics for three more weeks. It has been about a month now. My skin is beyond flaky - no surprises there. I have been playing with some lip and eye makeup, since foundation - and anything I cannot remove with plain water - is out of the question.
Feelunique's 2015 Advent Calendar, reviewed here, included a very exciting beauty product - a Fleur De Force Eyeshadow Quad. Fleur launched these quads in two shades - Cosmic Bronze and Lunar Rose. I received the former.

Scroll down for review and swatches of the Fleur de Force Eyeshadow Quad in Cosmic Bronze.

Review and swatches of the Fleur de Force Eyeshadow Quad in Cosmic Bronze.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review, Results

When a woman with sparse eyelashes marries a similarly sparsely-eye-lashed man, their offspring - me - ends up with fuzz, in place of proper eyelashes. I have more hair on my palms and soles than I do on my eyelids. Yes, that actually means none. And I have no idea how to use a curler (something I intend to rectify this year). Not that I have lashes long enough to fit into one.
Back in August, Duty Free had a 3-for-2 offer on Benefit. I stocked up on PoreFessional primer and looked a bit lost, so the SA talked me into adding Benefit Roller Lash Mascara to my stash despite my attempts to stick to mini-sized mascaras. Them full-sized tubes just lead to colossal wastage. 

Scroll down for the review and before and after photos of Benefit Roller Lash Mascara.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara review, results, before and after photos of curled eyelashes.

Personalised Blog, Life and Work Planners for 2016

Have you got your planners for 2016?  I ordered mine a few months ago. As soon as I learned to write, I had begun keeping a daily diary and had wall-planners from my high school days, but swapped both diary and wall-planner for a planner notebook two years ago.
I patronised boringly respectable, dour business organiser-style planners, but decided to go in for something more fun this year. But you cannot take the nerd out of me at one go, so I got two planners from personal-planner.com - a formal planner, and a somewhat more fun planner for the blog.

Scroll down to check out these personalised year planners for 2016 and where you can buy them.

Personalised year planners for 2016 and where to buy them

Charlotte Tilbury Nocturnal Cat Eyes To Hypnotise: On The Prowl Eyeshadow, Supernova Kohl Review, Swatches, EOTD

I am yet to come across a Charlotte Tilbury product I dislike. I am SO obsessed with her products that I just want everything in multiples, thank you! I was thrilled to find a couple of Nocturnal Cat Eyes To Hypnotise products in my Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 2015, reviewed here. The Nocturnal Cat Eyes To Hypnotise sets contain an eyeshadow and a complementing eyeliner - all you need for a complete eye makeup look. I received the eyeshadow in the shade On The Prowl, and Rock 'N' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Supernova.
Since these came in the Advent Calendar, I did not get the external box that comes with the Nocturnal Cat Eyes set.

Scroll down for review, swatches and eye makeup looks using Charlotte Tilbury Nocturnal Cat Eyes To Hypnotise On The Prowl.

Review, swatches and eye makeup looks using Charlotte Tilbury Nocturnal Cat Eyes To Hypnotise On The Prowl eyeshadow and Supernova Rock N Kohl.

Third Blogiversary Beauty Giveaway: Open Worldwide

This blog turned three years old on January 15. I did a special post on vintage compact collecting - see here.
To thank you for your support over the last three years, here is the first of three multi-prize makeup and skincare giveaways that will be held on this blog until April.
There will be two winners, and the prizes are open worldwide. To enter, and for more deets about the prizes, scroll down.
 Beauty and makeup giveaway, open worldwide.

LookFantastic Beauty Box January 2016 Review, Unboxing

LookFantastic's theme for their January Beauty Box was detox. Makes sense after all the Holiday festivities. They have also reverted to the old black box after a few months of special packaging. They have, however, retained the new beauty box magazine, which now not only includes product details and contests, but also articles such as yoga tips and smoothie recipes.

Scroll down for the unboxing of the LookFantastic Beauty Box January 2016.

Contents, review and unboxing of the LookFantastic Beauty Box January 2016.