Friday, August 22

Hourglass Brow Pencil in Blonde first impression.

I've been coveting this pricey little stick for far too long. So when I had some SpaceNK points about to expire (that's how they get you, isn't it?), I thought this was my window. My window to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a pencil to colour in the tiny hairs above my eyeballs. Oh, beauty products.

As per usual, Estée was to blame for planting this product in my head as I-have-to-have-it after mentioning it in numerous videos of hers. And after she applied Soft Brown to me when she did my makeup, well if the deal was not already done, it was super done after that.

I'm gradually switching as much [if not all] of my makeup/skincare/hair products/etc. to cruelty free brands. This product (at least according to the packaging) is vegan as well. Great!  As the title of this post states, this is only my first impression of the product as I haven't had it very long. But I love it already. I've been using two MAC (not cruelty free) shadows to do my brows and the Hourglass finish is miles more natural than I could ever manage to achieve with powder. This pencil is so much more precise. Also having the spooly on the other end makes all the difference. And I didn't have a spooly before. So. I just bought a £25 spooly. Beat that.

I got the lightest shade--Blonde. It works great with my fading ging/strawberry blonde hair. There are some ever so slightly warm undertones in the product colour that pulls this off. If you wanna see me with one eyebrow done to get a sense of the difference or closer than you ever wanted to be to my eyebrow, there you go.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde £26

Thursday, June 26

Fourth Meal 001

So I'm in love with a little thing called Instagram. And it is undoubtedly one of the contributing factors to the neglect the poor marionhoney blog has experienced as of late. So let's resuscitate some content here with a little some'in'-some'in', yeah? I present to you Fourth Meal--a recurring roundup of things I've been eating in London. Where should you go and what should you get? This.

Clockwise from top left

1// EGGS FLORENTINE with a side lamb's lettuce salad lightly laced with honey mustard dressing. I'm at The Breakfast Club far too much. My Instagram feed is a testament to that statement. It's a London staple for me and it will be for you too. If you want breakfast, get there before 5PM!  £8.40

2// TOASTED CHEESE SANDWICH. You will shell out the £5 for this luxury grilled cheese and you will love yourself. Brought to you by the good folks at Kappacasein Dairy. You will stand in the queue that wraps around its Borough Market stall (it moves quick). And you will be surprised that you like leeks. Thursdays-Saturdays, okay?  £5.

3// POTATO ROSTI with a fried egg, cherry tomatoes, and shreded basil. Right, so you can't buy this. Soz. Because I know it looks tempting. But if you go on enough okcupid dates you might find a boy who likes to cook and is damn good at it. Inspired by this Gordon Ramsay dish. CAN'T BUY ME LOVE. Or maybe you can. With food.

4// D.O.C. PIZZE -- that's Italian for really frickin' nice pizza. The breadlike dough. The sweetest tomatoes. Princi is a place I'd walked past countless times whilst bumbling around Soho. Their glass exterior invites you to look onto everyone's magnificent meals. Avoid the Crodino drink though. Sanne got it and baaaaad aftertaste.  £12.50

Fourth meal.  Even if you've already had your daily three, these pictures might make you consider just one more. Got any places I need to hit up? (Yes yes, okay okay, I know, the gym.)

Thursday, March 6

MAC See Sheer.

MAC lipstick in See Sheer £15

I still have a very strong memory of going to the [jank] Macy's in downtown Los Angeles with my friend Annie to try on lipsticks at the MAC counter.  This was honestly my first foray into the brand: trying on a loud shade of orange and then prancing off to Spring Street for a coffee and book browsing.  And I remember feeling like I just could not get the formula to work for me.  Maybe I was choosing the wrong shades or the wrong finishes, but I always felt that the product caught on my lips in all the wrong places (or how I usually term it: I was a victim of the "chunky lip").

But that seems to be all in the past.  At least for these two shades.  You can see the post I did on Plumful (pictured right) not too long ago here.  See Sheer is just as good in terms of its smoothing-down power and has similar colour payoff.  I really like it because if it wears off, it doesn't look weird looking--a common problem for me and my bolder lip colours.  And in general it comes off as a deepened, enhanced hue of my own natural lip colour. I'd highly recommend this.

Here's a cheeky bonus photo of a swatch and how the lipstick is picked up by flash.