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T&T 17 | A Chat With Lorna McKay of The Perfume Society

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To round off our February episodes, this week I’m in conversation with the wonderful Lorna McKay, co-founder of The Perfume Society and co-author of The Perfume Bible. As a lover of scent, I’ve been a fan of The Perfume Society since soon after it first launched a few years ago, and I’ve been to several of their fantastic events in London. Lorna is an expert in all things beauty and fragrance related, and so it was a real treat to chat with her. I loved hearing about how she first got started in the beauty industry working for Harrods and becoming the buyer for their international department, before moving onto Liberty.

As well as describing her interesting career, Lorna had lots of fascinating tips to share about perfume, including her suggested list of top 5 fragrances women should try at least once in their life and the up-and-coming perfumers she’s keeping an eye on. I also enjoyed learning a bit more about what goes into creating a perfume and was also thrilled to get some suggestions as to rather more affordable alternatives to my all-time favourite scent ‘Portrait of a Lady’ by Frederic Malle.

Listen for an entertaining discussion on the delights of perfume.

Do you love perfume? Which are your favourites? Do you ever associate certain smells with a particular person or place?  I’d love to know!

Miranda Loves: Elizabeth Arden Skincare

As is probably clear by now, I’m a bit of a skincare junkie, and all through my 20s, I’ve always enjoyed trying out different brands. I rarely stick to one brand for all of my skincare products, but instead pick and choose my favourites from a pretty wide spectrum.

I recently had some Debenham’s gift vouchers to use, and (having been so impressed by the Elizabeth Arden serum I mentioned in this video), I decided to try out the EA cleanser and toner. I definitely find keeping my skin in good condition is most challenging in the winter, as – apart from the cold wind and rain that feels ever present in London – seasonal viruses also tend to wreak havoc on my skin.

This year, however, my skin is holding up better than usual. Although I’ve never been (touch wood!) particularly prone to breakouts, I can suffer from dry and slightly sensitive skin, so I’ve been on the look out for products that hydrate as well as cleanse and are gentle on the skin. The Elizabeth Arden cleanser and toner are beautifully moisturising, and I’ve been very pleased with the results so far.

Do you have any favourite Elizabeth Arden products you’d recommend for me to try?

Please note: this is not a sponsored post; I really do just enjoy sharing what I’m loving at the moment through my Miranda Loves series. 

My Favourite Autumn Beauty Products

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Another round-up post, but rather than books, today I’m sharing my favourite beauty products that I’ve been using day-after-day throughout the Autumn and that I’ll be continuing to use into the winter.

Click on the photo below to watch my video, featuring the products I use to create the curly hair-style I’ve been loving lately, my favourite face-creams, mascaras and more!

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Curl in a Bottle / Chop Stick Curler / Nuxe Day Cream / Nuxe Night Cream / Nuxe Multi-Purpose Oil / Elizabeth Arden Serum (have to say I had no idea how expensive this is!! It is lovely, but I’ll definitely be eeking out my sample size a bit longer!) / Apricoderm Lip Balm (I can’t find a link for this; I think it’s only available in Europe)/ Chanel Mascara (sadly 40 seems to have sold out, but there are some other colours available) / Urban Decay Mascara and Lash Primer / Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her perfume

Do you have any beauty recommendations?

Miranda Loves: Charlotte Tilbury

Miranda Loves | Charlotte Tilbury

Even though I have a tendency to be wary of new makeup trends and am loyal to brands I know and love best (Chanel, Chantecaille and Laura Mercier dominate my make up collection), I’ve been wanting to try Charlotte Tilbury‘s beauty range for ages. Finally, I took the plunge and booked myself a make-up consultation at the CT counter in Fenwick. I always find the best way to test a new brand is to try it out thoroughly through a proper consultation (and it’s also a great way to pick up fresh beauty tips!).

My interest in Charlotte Tilbury products had been piqued by the many rave reviews I’d read from beauty bloggers and writers whose opinion I trust. I liked the brand’s practical approach to helping every girl master her own beauty routine by the wide range of ‘how-to’ videos available, and the playful side to Charlotte Tilbury’s products also appealed to me. The core products are categorised into 10 different ‘looks,’ ranging from ‘The Rebel’ to ‘The Ingenue,’ and you get to choose which one(s) appeal to you the most. Debating which look I’d go for (should I embrace my inner rockstar, or channel Audrey Hepburn?!), I arrived at Fenwick ready to enjoy myself and see if Charlotte Tilbury lived up to the hype.

Miranda Loves | Charlotte Tilbury

I was lucky as I had the only make-up session booked that afternoon, and the lovely beauty consultant Katerina (do ask for her if you ever fancy getting a similar consultation at Fenwick – she was truly fabulous!) handed me a glass of Buck’s Fizz and proceeded to guide me through more information about the brand and also do a truly fabulous job on my make-up.

It probably won’t come as a shock to any of you that the look I settled on was ‘The Sophisticate,’ which is apparently inspired by beauty icons Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Portman (in the end, I always go for a classically elegant look!). I absolutely loved everything Katerina used to create ‘The Sophisticate’ and ended up getting the Sophisticate Beauty Box so I could add my own twist to the look at home. It’s hard for me to pinpoint a favourite product, as everything really is great quality: I love the eyeshadow palette that is equally good for day or night with pretty tones that I feel really complement brown eyes. A surprise favourite for me is the lipstick, as I don’t generally go for such pale tones, but this shade is perfect for an understated lip and still gives enough colour to be flattering (especially when paired with the gloss). At work the other day, a woman asked if I was wearing blusher, and if so, which one, as it looked so natural and youthful! I was wearing the Sex on Fire CT blusher, which – no surprise – has become a daily staple for me!

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Impressed by the makeup, if anything I loved the Charlotte Tilbury skincare range even more, which Katerina used before applying my makeup. The famous ‘magic cream‘ lived up to expectation: it’s wonderfully rich, but not cloying, and I’m rapidly making my way through the small pot that came with my Sophisticate box. I also completely fell for the Goddess Mask (which I’ve now got my mum hooked on too!). The mask is a real miracle worker, leaving my skin feeling glowing, plumped and hydrated: it’s perfect to apply before a big day or event where you know you’ll want to look your very best. Also, once I run out of my current cleanser, I’m going to try the Charlotte Tilbury one as I loved it when I got to try it out at Fenwick.

Are any of you Charlotte Tilbury fans (I know I’m a little slow to the party here), or have you too been pondering whether to try any of her products? If you’re tempted to book a consultation at Fenwick, it’s worth noting that the make-up session costs £45, redeemable against your purchase(s).

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Please note: this post has not been sponsored in any way (I always mention it if a post is done in collaboration with a brand).

Beauty Tips for When You Have a Cold

Beauty Tips For When You Have a Cold

As we enter the season of snuffles and coughs, I thought it would be useful to pull together my top beauty tips for when you’re battling a cold. Last weekend, I did a little modelling for an online magazine, and I was rather anxious about the shoot because I’d been sick with a cold for the past couple of weeks and felt I looked far from my best. Fortunately, though, I’ve got so used (as a Primary school teacher) to covering up the tell-tale signs of a head cold, that I knew exactly which products to reach for to help me fake a healthy complexion. Here are my tops tips (and here’s hoping you won’t need them!):

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This is the single most important tip! Your skin tends to get horribly dry when you have a cold, and keeping it as hydrated as possible is crucial and will help with any redness too. The products I always use when my skin is a flaky mess drastically in need of rescuing are: Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Mask and Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Serum. For a wonderfully quick fix, I apply the Burt’s Bees mask and simply remove any excess by gently pressing my face with a piece of tissue. When in the midst of a cold, I take care to apply the mask a couple of times just around my mouth and nose during the day. This is the best trick I’ve found for diminishing a red nose asap!

It’s also important to keep your fluids up when you’re sick, so add some slices of lemon and some mint to a jug of water and keep pouring during the day.

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Key to regaining a smooth, even skin tone is exfoliating. I like to use an exfoliating cleanser, such as Chantecaille’s Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser, or Emma Hardie’s Rosehip Exfoliating Seeds. Also, I love my Clarisonic, which I always use whenever I’m having a skincare related emergency! It’s the best tool to get rid of pesky spots or flaky skin.

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My lips suffer terribly when I’m sick and seem to become dry and cracked within a day. I slather on lip balm in favour of lipstick (by Terry’s rose balm is gorgeous, not least because it has a beautiful rose scent), and if I do get made up, I take care to go for strong eye make up paired with a dab of dewy pink gloss on the lips (a favourite is this Chanel one). There’s nothing worse than a bold red lip colour when your lips are chapped.

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When getting made up, I find I have to use more concealer than usual to help cover any red areas (and the inevitable bags under the eyes). It’s a good idea to apply blush only very lightly (as you’re bound to have more pink in your face than normal), but make sure you use a powder to set your make up, as I find when I’m sick that makeup wears off even more quickly (especially when you’re sneezing into a hanky all the time!). I love Eve Lom’s Sheer Radiance Powder which adds a glowing finish to your makeup routine.

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Ultimately, when you’re feeling awful, it’s best to stay in bed and catch up on your favourite TV show(s). When life dictates that you must drag yourself out from the duvet and show your face in public, though, then I hope all the above tips will be useful!

Wishing you all a very healthy and happy start to the autumn! What are your best tips for looking your best, even when feeling your worst?

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The Perfume Society Workshop

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I absolutely LOVE perfume and have an embarrassingly large number of beautiful bottles of the stuff in my bathroom cupboard, by my bedside, on my desk, artistically arranged on my dresser…in fact, wherever you are in my flat, you’re bound to be only a few feet away from a bottle of scent. I wear different fragrances for work, weekends, evenings and when I go to bed. I am seriously addicted!

You can imagine, then, how excited I was last Saturday to attend The Perfume Society‘s How To Improve Your Sense of Smell workshop, held at the fantastic perfume shop Les Senteurs (another gem of Portman Village). I know I’ve raved about my love for The Perfume Society before, but honestly, if you’re a fan of the smelly stuff, then I’d definitely recommend becoming a member. My membership (£25 for the year) has brought me so much joy already, largely through the fantastic events I’ve been able to attend. The Lankaran Forest party was the best event I’ve ever been to, and the How to Improve Your Sense of Smell workshop made for a truly fabulous Saturday afternoon. Better yet, both these events were free!

The Perfume Society Workshop | Miranda's Notebook

I’d never been to Les Senteurs before, and goodness, it is beautiful! Mum (who is also a Perfume Society member) and I had arrived a little early, so we spent some time wandering around the charming shop and sniffing rapturously at lots of delicious scents. I was especially excited to see an extensive collection of Frederic Malle perfumes. I’d heard about Frederic Malle many times before (his Carnal Flower seems to have rather a cult following amongst the lifestyle / beauty blogger crowd), but had never had the chance to try his perfumes before. Frederic Malle scents are special in that emphasis is placed, not on branding, but on the ‘nose’ behind the perfume: each of the fragrances are created by a well-known perfumer, and their name is placed upon the bottle. I instantly fell for Carnal Flower (an exquisite tuberose) and Portrait of a Lady (a floral oriental with surely the best name ever, especially for book lovers!). Interestingly, both these scents were made by the same perfumer – Dominique Ropion. Obviously, I’m an admirer of his work! Sadly, Frederic Malle perfumes are definitely not cheap, but luckily Les Senteurs sells 10ml phials, so I was able to pick up a couple to try out and decide which I liked best before spending a great deal more money.

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I really must point out that the service at Les Senteurs is impeccable. It would be easy to feel intimidated in the shop, as there are no price lists on display, but fortunately, this only encourages interaction with the staff, who are absolutely lovely and not in the least pretentious. I always feel that quality of service can really make or break a shopping experience, and the lovely people at Les Senteurs played a big part in making the afternoon fantastic. If you’re an absolute perfume novice, but are dying to find a scent that suits you, then I’d suggest Les Senteurs would be a brilliant place to start, as, from my experience, the service is incredibly knowledgable, respectful and fun!

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But back to the workshop! At the start we were all led downstairs, where tables and chairs were set up. As a guest of The Perfume Society, you really are made to feel pampered: plates of delicious chocolate biscuits and jugs of water were placed on all the tables, and everyone was offered their choice of tea or coffee. A pretty, brightly coloured Perfume Society Notebook, with a mini Green & Black’s Maya Gold chocolate bar strategically centred on the top, was placed in front of each chair. The point of the chocolate was soon made clear: in a fun experiment to see how much sense of smell really affects taste, we were told to hold our noses as we chewed a square of chocolate. As soon as we let our noses go, the sudden burst of flavour from the chocolate was quite astonishing.

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I had actually been a little nervous of the event, as I don’t think I have a great sense of smell and always seem to find it difficult to pinpoint specific scents. I don’t much enjoy wine tastings, as I always seem to get the wine completely wrong. When most people talk about smelling notes of pear and apple, I’m often thinking the wine smells of tinned asparagus!

To my joy, though, the perfume workshop wasn’t about trying to pinpoint the different elements of each of the scents we tested blind. Instead, we were told to simply have a sniff and then jot down in our notebooks the thoughts, memories, pictures and emotions that each perfume conjured in our mind’s eye. As the leader of the workshop (a lovely lady whose name I sadly cannot remember) said, smell is so closely linked to our feelings and memories, that it is more important, when picking a perfume, to concentrate on what that perfume makes you think of, or how it makes you feel, then the exact ingredients within it. This experiment was so much fun, and I definitely recommend trying it yourself with any perfume samples you have at home! For me, one light, fresh perfume conjured a vision of newly washed white linen blouses flapping in the breeze on a washing line; whilst another made me think of the words: ‘bouquet of flowers, lilac ribbon, string of pearls and cameo brooch.’ The latter perfume turned out to be Ruth Mastenbroek’s Amorosa (pictured above), which was my favourite of the three perfumes we tested.

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What was really fascinating, was how often people had similar reactions to the scents. One fragrance conjured up the image of an old dressing up box stored in the attic for a few people, and another made several think of a mechanic carrying oily rags (this was definitely my least favourite perfume…)! The atmosphere was friendly and intimate, with less than 20 people at the event, and at the end everyone got out their favourite perfume which we’d been asked to bring along and we all had fun exchanging our perfume stories and smelling each other’s favourites.

The Perfume Society Workshop | Miranda's Notebook

I honestly had the best afternoon at this event, and I can’t wait to attend more. Are you a fan of perfume? Do you have a favourite? In case you’re interested, the one I brought to the event was Chanel’s Chance Eau Tendre (not that I have only one favourite perfume, but I find this is the perfume I reach for on a daily  basis the most at the moment).

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Spring Beauty Picks

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With spring fast approaching (we’re into March! Hooray!), I’ve been busy rummaging through my bathroom cabinet and pulling out my favourite products for the season. The transition from winter to spring can be tricky, but I think one of the best ways to start the change is through make-up. While it’s still definitely too cold to discard our winter coats, a pretty pink lip balm and eyeshadow palettes that incorporate corals, blues, greens and metallics can go a long way in making your ‘look’ feel fresh and new.

Here are some of my top spring beauty picks to ease my transition from winter:

1/ Jo Malone’s White Jasmin and Mint perfume has a deliciously fresh and floral scent that is perfect for early spring.

2/ I love this Chanel eyeshadow palette to freshen up my look.

3/ As the days get warmer, I like to have an increasingly low-maintenance look and switch to a tinted moisturiser over foundation. Laura Mercier’s is my favourite.

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4/ As you know, this tinted lip balm is rarely out of my handbag – it’s perfect for a slight touch of pink.

5/ Korres products have been a fairly new discovery to me, thanks to a friend who recommended them. I absolutely love their Guava Body Butter and Shower Gel, which smell delicious and are helping to get my rather scaly arms ready for when they’ll see the light of day again!

6/ My skin is always dry after having suffered through numerous colds and biting winds, and this Chantecaille mask offers great hydration.

Spring Beauty Picks | Miranda's Notebook

7/ Another skincare life-saver is Colbert’s MD face oil which is brilliant at bringing back that youthful glow.

8/ Chanel’s Ballerina and May nail polishes are my favourites for spring.

9/ This body mist is wonderfully refreshing and makes your skin feel and smell incredible.

What are your top spring beauty picks?

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Handbag Essentials

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Perhaps I’m an especially nosy person, but I’m always fascinated by what people carry around in their handbag. In the past, I’ve greatly enjoyed reading ‘what’s in my bag?’ style posts on other blogs, so I thought it would be fun to do my own!

As you can tell, I’m far from minimalist in what I consider to be handbag essentials (and yet I never seem to be that pulled together girl who remembers a hairbrush, sigh). I’m definitely more of the Mary Poppins type (I do admit, though, that the handbag pictured in these pictures doesn’t have the magical proportions of the Poppins bag; I generally cart about one much bigger, but for the sake of pretty pictures I’ve opted for this much daintier piece).

Here, then, are a few items I hate to leave the house without.

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*A bespoke coin purse that doubles up as a key chain. Perfect for saving space, as you can fit a few coins, a note or two and your bank card snugly inside.

*A personalised chocolate biscuit mirror. I love Nikki McWilliams products, and these personalised pocket mirrors are so sweet.

*Chunky earrings to transform a daytime look into evening wear.

*A pretty hanky.

*A fun necklace (in case I forget to put one on in the morning). Another Nikki McWilliams piece!

*A fresh, neutral scent. I love Jo Malone’s grapefruit cologne as an easy, everyday scent that isn’t too overpowering.

*Burt’s Bees Pink Blossom tinted lip balm. I love these lip balms, as they give your lips a touch of colour (and a lot of moisture), without the fuss of applying lipstick.

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*I hate being cold, so will always carry a scarf with me. At the moment, I’m loving the pretty pastels of this Ted Baker scarf which make me think of spring (here’s a very pretty similar one).

*My iphone (in my favourite Kate Spade case, but I also love this one.).

*A notebook and pen.

*My oyster card and various Museum membership cards.

*Burt’s Bees hand salve (works wonders on my poor, dry hands).

*A wrap bracelet. Again, perfect for transitioning an outfit from day to night, as is a bright red lipstick.

*A mini mascara (great freebie from Dior).

*My favourite Jane Austen novel.

 {Items not pictured: packet of tissues; scrunched up Costa napkin; numerous ibuprofen tablets scattered at bottom of bag, along with assortment of indeterminate crumbs, a smashed breath mint and the odd penny (never a pound, alas); dozens of receipts; an extremely old, worn hair tie and a (still not posted!) Birthday card}

I’d love to know – what items are essentials for your handbag?

My Everyday Skincare Routine and a Chanel Giveaway

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Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who said she was too embarrassed to ever leave the house without a full coverage of makeup. Having this conversation inspired me to write a post on my own everyday skincare routine. Skincare is a real passion of mine; much as I love makeup, I believe firmly in putting the most attention into taking care of your skin. It will definitely thank you!

I know my friend isn’t the only one of us who panics at the thought of facing the world makeup free. I think it’s such a shame that so many people (men and women alike) often suffer serious anxiety and insecurity because of their skin. I would hate to feel I couldn’t be seen in public without makeup. Although I always think makeup is great, there are many situations when I don’t wear it, or wear a swipe of mascara at most, and I hope to encourage everyone to take ownership of their skincare so they can take pride in their foundation-free countenance!

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People often question me about my everyday skincare routine, and I assure them there’s nothing magical to the process! I do, however, follow a few simple skincare rules that I feel would help everyone, regardless of their skin type:

Skincare Rules
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Stay out of the sun as much as possible and always wear adequate sunblock. This is my single most important rule! Sun is terrible for your skin (I’ve witnessed people close to me suffer from skin cancer) and really ageing. I know a bronzed physique is all the rage, but it’s honestly not worth it. Your 45 year old self will thank me!

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Watch what you drink. Already at 28, I’m beginning to see the difference between people who partied like crazy at uni, and those who were a little more restrained. Excessive alcohol is really hard on your skin. If you want to get a bit of glow back for winter, I recommend cutting out all alcoholic beverages for a couple of weeks (mocktails are yummy!). I’m no angel and I like my wine, but I always try to drink a glass of water alongside. It’s a good policy to bear in mind: for every drink you order, ask for a glass of tap water on the side too. This is the same for any dehydrating beverage, like coffee or tea: for every cup you drink, match it with a glass of water.

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Invest in your skincare. In the above picture, I’ve shown my favourite skincare products that I use everyday. These products are not cheap, but they suit my skin (which is very sensitive), last for ages, and I know that as long as I use them regularly, I won’t suffer from particularly problematic skin. I can assure you, it took me years to figure out which products suit my skin best, and I do not have naturally great skin. I have rosacea on my cheeks and get an oily t-zone, but by using fantastic products and sticking to my skincare routine, I’ve hugely improved my skin over the years and am happy with its condition. Whatever your budget, try to go for the best quality products you can afford (I’ll be sharing my favourite products that are a little more reasonably priced, and that I use when I want to cut down on expenses, in another post soon.).

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Stick to your skincare routine religiously, day and night. I cannot emphasise enough how important this is. However tired I am, I never  go to bed without taking off all my makeup and properly cleansing and moisturising my face. If I ever skip this, I can almost guarantee I’ll get a spot the next day. Truly, there really is no magic to great skin.  A lot of it is simply down to putting the time in, so when next you’re tempted to roll into bed at 2am without washing your face, or just want to reach for a baby wipe to clean off the makeup quickly, stop! Take the time to go through your skincare routine properly. You’ll look much better for it the next morning!

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Don’t be scared to mix and match products. My daily skincare routine doesn’t just incorporate one particular product line. Remember, if you love the cleanser of a particular beauty company, that doesn’t necessarily mean their moisturiser will suit you the best too. It’s a good idea to test out several different companies and mix and match your favourite products so you develop a skincare routine that is unique and perfectly matches your skin’s needs. Here’s what I do everyday, but remember – everyone’s skin is different, and you need to find what is right for you (I do honestly recommend all of these products though, and anyone I know who has tried them loves them too!):

Morning routine:

I wash my face using a Chantecaille foaming cleanser; next I spray my Chantecaille rosewater toner over my face and pat it in with cotton pads, patting quickly and lightly, especially over any area where fine lines are starting to appear (around eyes, on forehead); I apply a serum (either the Chantecaille or 001 Skincare ones are fantastic; I tend to alternate between them each day) all over my face, eyes and neck; on top I rub in Chanel’s Le Jour cream, then my Chantecaille moisturiser.

Evening routine:

I take off my eye makeup using this remover; again I cleanse my face, apply serum, Chanel’s Nuit cream and this face oil (wonderful if you suffer from dry skin).

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As I’m sure you’ve gathered, I’m skincare obsessed and could talk on and on about it for hours. Partly as a thank you if you’ve made it through this incredibly long post, and partly to hope to encourage you to branch out and try some different skincare products, I’m holding a giveaway on instagram!

A few months ago, I bought Chanel’s latest trio set of serums: Le Jour, La Nuit and Le Weekend, and I absolutely love them! They really help to make my skin look translucent and glowing. I also bought a travel sized set of all three (pictured above), which I haven’t used myself and which I thought would be great for a skincare related giveaway.

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To enter the giveaway: simply repost the image immediately above on instagram, using the hashtag #mirandasnotebookgiveaway ; follow me (@mirandasnotebook) on instagram and tell me about one of your own favourite skincare products. I shall announce the winner on December 1st, as a nice Christmassy surprise. Good luck! 

Please note, this is in no way a sponsored post – I genuinely love this product, which is what makes me eager to share it!

I’m very interested to hear your thoughts on skincare – do you feel it’s as important as I do? Do you follow a regular skincare routine? What are your favourite tips & tricks for great skin?

Everyday Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

I’m thrilled to announce my everyday smokey eye makeup tutorial! I’ve so enjoyed doing my Miranda’s Makovers that I felt filming some video tutorials would be a lot of fun too. I have to say though, this video very nearly didn’t make it for so many reasons. As soon as I started looking into creating youtube videos and reading (or watching) advice from vloggers, I was horrified by how complicated the process seemed to be! Youtube pros all seemed to have studio lights, screen backdrops, fancy camera gear, background music that didn’t infringe copyright laws and complicated looking film editing tools. OK, I decided, maybe I’ll attempt a video 2 years down the line! I’m so eager though to share the beauty tips and tricks I have picked up over the years, that in end I thought oh, what the hell, filmed myself by a window with my ipad and didn’t edit at all! I apologise, therefore, for the rather amateur quality (and lack of background music), but I hope you still find this video useful.

makeuptutorial{Makeup used: Chantecaille eyeshadow palette; Chanel mascara (prune colour), eyeliner, eyebrow palette and lip gloss (21 Distinction); Nars ponytail brush (similar here)}

Now we’re truly into autumn, I love to do a smokey eye look as part of my regular daily makeup routine. The deep purple and coppery coloured shades I’ve used look lovely with all eye colours, but I think are especially great for brown or green eyes. With a bit of practice, this is an easy and effortless look to recreate. I hope you get some inspiration from the video, and do please let me know if you have any questions or requests for other beauty / skincare tutorials you would like me to do.

Is a smokey eye a look you like to do yourself? Do you have any tricks I’m missing to get that soft, smokey quality?