Peachy spring & summer make-up look


Illamasqua Skin Base foundation, Benefit "Moonbeam", MAC "Swiss chocolate", MAC "Expensive pink", Max factor "Soft copper" cream blush, and Kiko glossy liner in 605.

So, now that summer has arrived in England it’s all about the minimal make up – well for me. Today was the first time this year I’ve gone out in the heat with make up on so I thought I’d show you what I wore.

So, for summer I always like to wear as little base product as possible so, I only used half the amount of foundation I usually use. I also mixed the foundation with Benefit liquid highlighter in “Moonbeam” which is now discontinued (boo!) to give it a glowing finish. I skipped concealer because my under eyes actually looked presentable. I also didn’t bother concealing any of the light scarring on some parts of my face just because they are aren’t that bad and I was going for a natural look. Keeping with face products, for my cheeks I used a cream blush to give that extra dewiness. What I love about this cream blush is that it has no glitter or shimmer in it but has a glowiness to it. Moreover, the “soft cooper” really adds a a natural peachy colour to the cheeks which is the look what I was going for.

For my eyes I wanted to add that summer glow so I very subtlety put MAC “Swiss chocolate” eye shadow through the crease just for some definition and also to keep with the warm hues on the rest of my face. I always like to lay down my crease colour first so that I can control the dramaticness of the definition in the crease. Then on the lid I put down MAC “Expensive pink” eye shadow which is gorgeous because it’s the ultimate rose gold shadow, and even though it’s duo chrome you won’t look like you’ve walked out the 80’s. Obviously, I swished my MAC 217 around so it looked seamless. I skipped eyeliner and applied lashings of L’Oreal telescopic mascara which isn’t in the picture because I’m a divv. (Does anyone use that term anymore?)

For my lips I used Kiko’s glossy lip liner in 605 which is a straight up orange. Even though it’s a lip liner I wore it alone. I wore it sheerly because I wanted everything on “da face” to ties together rather than clash.

So that’s my peachy summer make up look very simple and quite natural. If anything was the focal point it was the glowing skin which I think is nice in Summer.

Tell me what’s your favourite make up look in summer? Do you like peachy make up?


Farewell to a friend

Today, I met up with one of my friends who I know I will probably not see again for a long time. The end of uni also marks a significant moment in many friendships and whether they’ll survive time and in some cases distance. For me and my twin (what I call my friend because we are very alike in some ways) Manchester has been the root and heart of our friendship but it’s a place where we can’t stay because our academic life is over. It’s probably one of the hardest aspects of finishing university for me because to me it feels like these people that you’ve always seen in that context you won’t see anymore because everyone just goes thier own way. It’s like a huge dispersal of so much hope and anxiety packed into every single student as life and work will take over and student freedom will become something of many moons ago that we’ll reminisce on. I know technology makes its really easy to stay in contact with people but sometimes you just want that person to be there.

I wish I had phlogged today better but it came to me as an after thought on my way home so, these are the pictures I took.





Some of these pictures probably don’t make sense I mean I’m sure no one wants to see a parking and the backs of buildings. But, I just like how in this picture the car park is full and the buildings are crammed together, because they just contrast against the comfortably spaced out clouds in the sky.



We didn’t really do much we just went to eat and sat on the grass. I always think the best friendships are those where you can do anything, everything or nothing, and still have the best time.



I really had to put on a brave face at the end in the train station. I said “see you soon” to which my friend replied “not really” – always one to yank me down back to reality whilst on the verge of a emotional breakdown: a true friend.

Keeping it how it is.

Not too long ago I write a post about changing my blog name because after a whole year of blogging because I felt like I had grown out of it. However, with hindsight, I realise it wasn’t that thescribblingtrain was failing to represent what I wanted it to it was more so that it was just in a rut. Not only was I having to deal with upcoming exams for my final year at uni, I also had skills test to do so I could get on to my PGCE, and life was just a bit overwhelming. I felt almost disconnected from my blog with everything else going on, yes I was still posting, but I didn’t really know what do with it. What I mean is when I first started blogging I just thought it’d be about random thoughts and feelings I have, basically my life experiences, and just a mish-mash of everything. However, simultaneous to the time I started blogging I became more and more interested in make up and I started writing about that too, which is fine because it comes under life and I like writing about it, but I didn’t feel thescribblingtrain represented all those things.

I also thought about perhaps creating a posting schedule so that I can put everything I wanted to write about on my blog for example life posts on Sunday & a beauty related post on Wednesday but then I realised I don’t even want that. I know I kind of post every Tuesday/Wednesday at the moment but that’s kind of naturally fallen in to place. I don’t want to be scraping my brains out every Saturday night trying to think about what was the highlight of my week or how my uni life is or rant about what annoyed me (rant post coming soon) because to be honest my life isn’t very interesting neither do I want to fretting up till Wednesday about what I could write about make up, so I can’t put my name down to days and dates and times. Also, I don’t even know if I’d be able to maintain posting twice a week, especially when I start my postgrad in September I know it’ll be too much for me. It’s a predicament. I bet if I looked on Google images I could find a poster or meme that say’s something along the lines of “There’s someone out there who works 5 days a week and has two kids, who is writing up blog post drafts for next month right now” however, that doesn’t change anything for me just that they are a very hardworking individual and kudos to them.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that this blog it’s not really changing at all it’s going forward as it is, and it’ll become with multi-dimensional place on the internet that goes back and forth between everything and anything in between. At the end of the day this is thescribblingtrain not the-linear-going-in-one direction-train. I think I’ll set myself a target of trying to post 6 times a month starting this or next month (you’ll have to wait & find out), so basically every 5 days. I don’t really know if I’ll keep that up come September but we’ll see. If you chose to stick around then just expect more of what has come so far in a higher dosages, and maybe sometimes it’s just about waiting for change rather than trying to force change.

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What’s in my bag | undergraduate edition

So I love reading or watching these kinds of posts because I’m nosy curious. However, I thought I’d put a twist on it and do an undergraduate edition just because I’m still in denial about my undergrad days being over, so really this is just a what’s in my uni bag.

I never really had one bag that I took to uni but I had a few bags that were rotation depending on what I was taking in and what I was wearing.



Now on to the actual content of what I put in these bags as an undergrad.


Starting with the two most important things in my bag which are my purse and rail card. As a commuting student having a rail card has been essential to saving money and my purse because it houses my money, bank cards, ID ect.

I also always carry some water because I try to drink the recommended 2 litres a day. Other bits and bobs in my bag that you’ll find are tissues, a hair tie, and some neurophen because you never know what could happen whilst your out and about. I usually also carry the lip colour I’m wearing that day so I can top up when it fades.

Onto the more “academic” content of my bag. I obviously carry a handful of pens and a few highlighters so I’m prepared to take notes. Another obvious one is my note pad; I love note pads with a design on the front. I also carry post it notes and those pointer/arrow stickies to make notes in as I’m reading. Last but not least, I always carry the novels I’m reading for the different modules. Some modules have these huge anthologies which literally leave bruises on my shoulders which I hate.



Things that are sometimes in my bag are the Rimmel stay matte powder and Real Techniques setting brush. I use to also carry a travel umbrella but I never used it even when it was raining so I just gave it to my friend.

And that leaves the bottom of my bag…


So that was my what’s in my bag undergraduate edition I hope you enjoyed reading it. Perhaps I’ll do one for when I’m a postgraduate and see if it’s any different.

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Wishlist for graduation

So after I finished (as in completed my final exams of my final year)  uni yesterday, my friend and I went for a celebratory meal at Bella Italia and a wonder around Selfridges, which left me desiring a lot of things. Does anyone else “treat” themselves after they’ve completed or achieved something? I do, pretty much after every exam or assignment, I bought NARS Dolce Vita yesterday after my last exam (total impulse purchase totally worth it), so it would only be right to have a hefty wishlist after completing a whole degree? – Imagine I bought all this. 

All the things I require for graduation. Images of items are not to scale.

These aren’t in any particular order, actually they are the ones in bold and italics are absolutely necessary for graduation day, but starting from the top…

1) Illamasqua blush duo in Lover & Hussy

2) Illamasqua hydraveil 

3) Bite Beauty ‘Deconstructed Rose’ lip gloss wardrobe

4) Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation

5) Tarte amazonian clay blush in ‘Exposed’

6)  Jo Malone perfume in ‘Orange Blossom’

Ooo, that turned that pretty well in a list one just italicized one bold and italicized it’s the simple things like that pleasure the slightly OCD self.

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Previous beauty wishlists because I’m a materialistic peasant

Beauty & skincare wishlist

My beauty wishlist #1



Orange lipsticks off the highstreet

When orange lips first became popular I was a bit like I don’t think so, and now I take my statement back I am sorry and I am completely obsessed with orange lips. There’s just something about the orange lip it’s like the eccentric sister of the classic red that sometimes can seem bolder, or sometimes can seem softer. Orange is uplifting and it brings the skin to life automatically adding a golden hue that suggests that you’re just glowing from within. Even though, the orange lip has sometimes been accused of making the teeth look yellow I think it’s forgivable, and there are ways to work around it- you wear the orange lip the orange lip isn’t made to cater to you- especially now with summer acting slightly shy I think there’s no better way of encouragement than adorning the lips with a pop of orange. So, over with my ode to orange lips and on to the line up.  Now none of these are “I’m easy my way out of my comfort zone one step at a time” no these are the wham-bam-thank-you-mam of of bold orange lips.

We’ll first start off with the one that is pretty much straight up orange which is Revlon’s “Kiss me coral”. What I love about having this lipstick in my collection is that not only is it straight up orange but it is actually so versatile. Other than wearing it straight out the bullet, I love to wear this as a stain, or I like to blot it to give it a more matte finish with a dab of powder, or even make it more luscious than it already is by adding a juicy gloss on top. If you’re thinking “well you can do that with any lipstick” well, you hold your judgments because this lipstick is a bit of a chameleon, add a red lip liner underneath and you’ve got yourself a red-orange lip with fierce undertones. Now, I don’t know if this is true as I don’t own of the following, but rumour has it that this lipstick is the in between colour of MAC Morange and Lady Danger, so perhaps with it morphing powers I just told you about you could pretty much have both (with the aid of a lip liner) at half the price. Killing three birds with one stone.

Revlon 750 "Kiss me Coral", Rimmel 214 "Firecracker" & Topshop "Rio Rio"

Revlon 750 “Kiss me Coral”, Rimmel 214 “Firecracker” & Topshop “Rio Rio”

Next, we have the lovely Rimmel “firecracker”. This colour is a softer orange with strong pink undertones that reminds me of the inside of a grapefruit. Now, I’m not going to lie, sometimes, I find this colour hard to wear, sometimes my skin automatically rejects this colour, and I sadly take it off. However, don’t be put off especially you girls with cool/pink undertone skin as this could be your one step to an orange lip, if you’re struggling. Anyway, the days that my skin rejects this colour are few and far between and some of the time I force it to work with my perseverance, I blend some onto my cheeks so, I have a bit of complimentary-complimentary matchy-matchiness going on that even my olive skin tone can’t overthrow.

Left to Right: Revlon 750 "Kiss me Coral", Rimmel 214 "Firecracker" & Topshop "Rio Rio"

Left to Right: Revlon 750 “Kiss me Coral”, Rimmel 214 “Firecracker” & Topshop “Rio Rio”

Last, but by no means least is perhaps the lipstick that some may argue is not even orange, but I think it’s orange alright? This lipstick is Topshop’s Rio Rio. This is an orange lipstick that is loaded with hot and slightly neon red undertones. I personally think this one’s a bit of an all year round wearer because in the summer you can be like I’m showing my support for the sun, and in the autumn you can be like I’m mourning the beautiful death of all the green leaves that blossomed this year. Yeah, I’m really feeling at one with nature today. Anyway, this lipstick is pigmented just as much as the previous two, but this one has a satin finish. This lipstick also really compliments warm toned, olive toned, or tanned skin it just makes you an empowered woman that demands attention and is brimming to the edge with ferocity.

So, anyway that was my fill on the orange lipsticks that you can find on the highstreet. If you’re wondering on how to wear such bright lips I would say lashings of mascara (maybe top liner), polished skin, and a nice framing of bronzer along the perimeters of the face. So will dare to go bright orange or will you be keeping it a calm coral, or not even going close to the colour at all?

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Seven deadly sins of beauty|Tag

I thought I’d do this tag as one of my pre-prepared posts, so my blog isn’t completely dead whilst I’m away during exam season.

So, here are the questions:

GREED: What is your most inexpensive & expensive beauty item?

My most inexpensive beauty products are my e.l.f brushes they’re cheap, cheerful, and functional! Also, my MUA lipstick such a creamy formula and amazing pigmentation for a quid!

My most expensive product is most definitely my Illamasqua Skin Base foundation that comes in at a whopping £32! It’s amazing though so, the wounds in my purse will heal eventually.

Illamasqua Skin Base (shade 5.5) & Elf Brushes

Illamasqua Skin Base (shade 5.5) & Elf Brushes

WRATH: Which beauty item do you have a love/hate relationship with?

My YSL touche eclat highlighter! Oh my goodness, I had so many expectations for this product because its such a cult favourite and 60% of the time it does not work for me. I mean at £25 it should at least make me look amazing?! – That’s all I expected of it. Sometimes, it will work if I try really hard with it and the outcome is so-so, but it’s 25-flipping quid I should only have to apply it and it should make me fabulous. When I first got it and it didn’t work I tried to convince myself it was me and my awful application (sound like someone stuck in a relationship), and really I would love it eventually, but after trying, trying, trying, I’m still ambivalent towards it. I can’t use it under my eyes (see this experimental post), and sometimes it makes me look ashy. I have shade 1 which is the “universal” shade that is the only shade with the “highlighting properties” in it (the other shades are just concealers apparently) and I don’t feel like it does sh*t half the time.

GLUTTONY: What brand makes up the biggest chunk of your make up collection?

My make up collection isn’t huge but definitely, MAC. I think I just hand them over my money. I love they’re lipsticks, eyeshadows, brushes, and Prolongwear concealer. They were the first high end brand I tried like many girls dipping their toes in the more luxury brands, and they will continue to take my money by seducing me with their amazing products over and over again.

Crazy MAC lady.

It’s not a problem I swear! Someone is missing from the family photo do you know who?

SLOTH: What product do you neglect to use due to laziness?

Primer for face and eyes. I have primer but I only use it on special occasions (and that’s only if I remember) when I just want my make up to be flawless but I know it’d help with general make up wear too!

Meet the primers.

Meet the primers.

PRIDE: Which beauty product gives you the most confidence?

Okay, foundation! Even though I have generally good skin I still love a good foundation (that can be sheered out or worn at a medium coverage as I don’t really wear full coverage) to give me that flawless skin that looks approachable and touchable. I don’t want to mask my skin I just want it to be unblemished, and healthy. However, lip products are a close second, I also love red lips because they’re a timeless classic, or even a bright or dark colour because they also make me feel empowered, and sassy! (Did you do your sass face?)

LUST: Which item is at the top of your beauty wish list?

At the moment it’s the Ted Baker make up bag because I don’t actually have a make up bag I just store my make up on my dressing table. Also, a Jo Malone perfume because I think they’re so sophisticated. I might get one for my graduation so I can associate it with that day and it’ll be all sentimental.

ENVY: What make up product / look looks great on others but not on yourself? 

Blusher. I’ve only just started getting into blush up until last summer I was anti-blush! The traditional way of applying blush (on to the apples of the cheek and swept upwards) really doesn’t suit me because I have a round face and it just makes it look like a ball. However, I’ve learnt off gossmakeupartist that applying blush slightly higher, and further back on the cheekbone itself can really help give a round face structure. Also, at the moment I only like peachy/orange-y blushers because I feel pink blush make me look like Noddy, and the blush has to be shimmer/glitter free, but I do like both powder and cream formulas.

Tell me if we commit any of the same beauty crimes? 

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