Saturday, 6 February 2016

On my dressing table...


I don't often do beauty posts, only when something comes up that I really believe in. I'm definitely no beauty expert, but I am certainly more interested in beauty products as I get older. I'm also privy to a lot of products: beauty sales at Red, product launches etc. So I thought I'd share a few pictures of what's actually on my dressing table, and what makes the grade.

Nail horse fertiliser: £17, Butter London. Nail polish in 'Babe Watch', £7, Cheeky. 'English pear & freesia' cologne, £42, Jo Malone
I rarely paint my fingernails, but I do like to keep them in good condition - this horse fertiliser keeps them nice and strong and when I do, they're usually blue. I love Mavala 'Cobalt Blue' but Cheeky also do fab colours - I get lots of compliments on this colour.

The 'Prozac' cannister is one of my favourite brands, Jonathan Adler - my sister bought it for me from New York (it's much cheaper over there, and the store on Greene Street Soho is so much fun). It's a far more interesting place for my cotton wool buds!




I love trays to separate items - Muji has great china ones, as does H&M. I keep my perfume on mine, 'English Pear and Freesia' by Jo Malone was my wedding fragrance and it's divine - I can never afford the full size bottle, so it's always these handy smaller sizes I use (better for travel, anyway).


Day cream, £85, Verso. Micellar water, £25, Darphin. Gentle eye make-up remover, £3, Nivea
This is where it gets sad, as this verso cream was a gift (I would never spend this much on moisturiser) but it is so amazing that I don't want it to run out! I love the packaging, the thickness of the cream - it's dreamy. This Darphin micellar water is also my first choice of toner - it's not cheap, and when I'm feeling a bit ore frugal, the Liz Earle one is also good for £10 cheaper. The Darphin is also gentle enough to remove most eye make-up. I do, however, usually like to use a separate eye make-up remover - and this Nivea one for £3 does the trick.


You are probably aware by now that I swear by Muji storage. These acrylic drawers separate all my favourite jewellery and stop all my fine chains from getting tangled. Anthropologie and H&M also do lovely ring stands (I love my quirky mushroom one from Anthropologie, pictured).

Wearing  nail polish in 'Babe Watch', £7, Cheeky.

Nail horse fertiliser: £17, Butter London. Nail polish in 'Babe Watch', £7, Cheeky. 'On The Hoof' foot balm, £19, Cowshed.
I love a bit of 'me' time, and keeping my feet soft with this cowshed balm is my idea of heaven. I also love anything by Margaret Dabbs - her foot oil, in particular, is divine.

'Cato' desk, £125, Habitat. Storage basket: H&M. Peacock print cardboard box, TK Maxx
We ended up buying a desk instead of a dressing table for this room, as the space was so narrow, nothing else would fit. It has served us so well and at a good price we ended up buying the grey version for a second desk in our spare room. 

In terms of make-up, I am a creature of habit. I often carry the same items in my Anya Hidmarch washbag. I mainly stick to a neutral, soft palette with a touch of rosy cheek. These are my can't live withouts...


Stay Matte powder, £22, Clinique - this helps tame the shine.

Eye Basics, £21, Laura Mercier - I've sung the praises of this so many times - helps eye make-up's durability and eyeliner no longer runs down my face!

Corrector in 'Extra Light Bisque', £19, Bobbi Brown - I now wear this religiously underneath my concealer, and have had a few compliments.

Studio finish concealer, £15.50, MAC

Magic eyebrow concealer, £10, Lord & Berry - this pencil is great as it is not just one colour and blends really well.

Express day tan for face, £22, James Read - the only fake tan that hasn't given me spots.

Cream blush, £27, Chanel - I prefer cream blush to poder for a more 'glowy' look.

Camera Ready BB Water, £29, Smashbox - this has revolutionised my make-up regime. Stays on like foundation but feels very sheer, almost like nothing.

Lipstick in 'K.I.S.S.I.N.G Bitch Perfect', £23, Charlotte Tilbury

Liquid eyeliner, £15, Eyeko - my everyday liner. So easy to apply.

'They're Real' mascara, £19.50, Benefit - I'd heard good things about this mascara, and it lives up to my expectations.

Illuminating balm, £42, Bobbi Brown - I've just started using this under my makeup for a dewy glow.

17 comments :

  1. Please can you tell me where your mirror is from? I love it! Also top tip for minimising spots - savlon! It has changed my skin when nothing else worked (tried dermalogica, clarins, clinique, microdermabrasion, IPL treatment and others). My skin is much clearer now because of the savlon!

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    1. The mirror is from eBay, my sister got it for me, as she's so good at picking vintage finds! And good tip re spots!

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  2. I love your dressing table! I just realised the other day I don't have a dressing table as we don't have much furniture in our bedroom, and I have such fond memories of watching my Mum get ready at hers it has made me want to get one! Your mirror is lovely and I love the Muji storage. I need to investigate the nail horse fertiliser, my nails are never very strong.

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    1. I have been doing my make-up sitting on the floor for about 6 years....and when this space was almost redundant in our loft (due to health and safety we couldn't out the stairs here - v weird!), my husband let me have it! Makes such a difference getting ready!

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  3. Great post! The babe watch nail polish looks blue on you and in your pics and then more of a lilac in the link you posted. Is there another babe watch polish which is blue or is my computer making the colours looks odd? I love the colour you are wearing which is why I am asking! Thanks so much! x

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    1. It is definitely Babe Watch, but I agree it looks more lilac on the website - it's more a blue lilac for sure x

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  4. I love your dressing table, could you tell me where the chair and mirror are from? Thanks, also I would need a light on the table, is there anything that you think would go?

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    1. Thank you! The mirror is a vintage one from eBay, around £30...the chair is old - my husband found it via a cheap Italian website - not sure of the name, sorry! And lighting wise, I love the John Lewis House range, or I just bought the copper one from Habitat for £30 - you just touch the base to turn it on, so no fiddling behind the desk for the switch!http://www.habitat.co.uk/rica-copper-brushed-metal-touch-table-lamp-448362

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    2. My husband sent me the link for the chair :) http://www.bellelliufficio.it/en/

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  5. Great setup, I like that keep to just items you love plus that clear chair is to die for!

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    1. Thank you! The clear chair makes the space look bigger, too, I think! x

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  6. I'm so glad to see it's ot just me because whilst this is fab to read (everyone loves a nosyn at what someone else uses!) all i kept thinking was how BEAUTIFUL that mirror is! You're sister is fab! What a find!!! Love it more now knowing that it's vintage xxx

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    1. Oh yes, everyone loves a good interiors nose! xx

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  7. If only i can organize my beauty products like these, I somehow scatter everything all the time including a bunch of products i don't even use. Your mirror is cute.
    Modavracha | Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I go through my 'spare' box of make-up regularly - a bit Marie Kondo and really throw out what I don't use/need/will never get round to using. My make-up lasts so long it seems silly having spares around....

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  8. If only i can organize my beauty products like these, I somehow scatter everything all the time including a bunch of products i don't even use. Your mirror is cute.

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