YSL Leopard Print? I Approve

how to use touche eclat

I greatly approve of leopard print; not a season goes by that I don’t pick up some item or another that has been decorated with it. I like the texture that it lends to clothes – done well, it’s immensely flattering and adds a bit of interest to an outfit without being too much of an ocular assault. (I stress … Read More

Ruth CrillyYSL Leopard Print? I Approve

The “Vintage Vamp” Smokey Eye

charlotte tilbury vintage vamp palette

I was very much in two minds as to whether I was going to post up my “Brit Awards” makeup look – there’s something about it that irks me. I think partly the lighting – I like filming in natural daylight so much more – but it could be, as I mentioned a week or so ago, the little “winged” … Read More

Ruth CrillyThe “Vintage Vamp” Smokey Eye

The Cube of Great Frustration and Eventual Delight…

the body shop shimmer cubes shade 30

Hooray and Hurrah for the Cube of Great Frustration and Eventual Delight has landed at The Body Shop online. I featured this springtime eye quad earlier on in the week – it has the most bizarre little boxing set-up that I have ever seen! Four little plastic cubes, each with a little lid that has to be prised off with your manicure, … Read More

Ruth CrillyThe Cube of Great Frustration and Eventual Delight…

New and Wonderful: Dior’s Matte Tan Powder

bronzing face powder review

Newly beamed down from Beauty Heaven: Dior’s Diorskin Nude Tan Matte Sun Powder. A perfectly matte bronzer that (if you have a very light hand) can be swept all over the skin for quite a realistic “long weekend in Marrakech” kind of tan, or used in more targeted areas for adding contour. I think that matte bronzers are some of the … Read More

Ruth CrillyNew and Wonderful: Dior’s Matte Tan Powder

My Current Makeup Look (Winter into Spring)

ruth crilly model beauty blogger face makeup video

I didn’t have a clue what to call this makeup look, so I went with something yawn-inducingly generic. Sorry. But I do love this little routine I’ve got going with the slightly sultry, metallic eye and the pretty flush of pink on the cheeks. And I absolutely can’t get enough of my current skin perfecting dynamic duo; Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow skin … Read More

Ruth CrillyMy Current Makeup Look (Winter into Spring)

New Makeup Hero: Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder

Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder Review

My “powder of the moment”, both for everyday use and when I’m going to be on camera. It’s an absolutely invisible and weightless setting powder that seems to literally freeze time: over the course of a twelve hour rush about town last week, my makeup stayed exactly the same as it had been when I left the house. I was … Read More

Ruth CrillyNew Makeup Hero: Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder

Heart-Shaped Box…

too faced blush heart

I used to love the Nirvana song Heart-Shaped Box. When I was suffering my first ever proper crush on a boy, I listened to it over and over again on my little tape cassette recorder. That and Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill. Completely random and irrelevant piece of information for you there, but if anyone wants to listen to a bit of … Read More

Ruth CrillyHeart-Shaped Box…

Lips, Perfected.

urban decay ultra nourishing lip balm

I don’t tend to get excited about lipglosses (apart from crystal-clear pristine ones, see Gloss Prodige in the last “Thing of Beauty” feature) but the new Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing ones have really grabbed my attention. It helps, I suppose, that they are packaged nicely – in the metallic finish du jour, rose gold – and it also helps that they … Read More

Ruth CrillyLips, Perfected.

Thing of Beauty: Clarins Gloss Prodige in Crystal

gloss crystal

There are few things as satisfying, beauty-wise, as a pristine, crystal-clear lipgloss. It’s the cosmetic equivalent of fresh, untrodden snow. It’s virtually impossible to keep a transparent gloss clean and so I spent more time than was probably necessary taking photographs of this gorgeous Clarins Gloss Prodige, making the bubble rise to just the right level, painstakingly angling the wand and … Read More

Ruth CrillyThing of Beauty: Clarins Gloss Prodige in Crystal

La Diva: Seasonally Inappropriate

bright pink lipstick

Last week online magazine Modmods asked me to pick the brightest lipstick I could find for their “month of colour” feature. Sick of the gloomy days, they were encouraging the use of neons and outrageously lurid hues to add a flash of something interesting to the usual sartorial palette of greys and blacks and browns. It didn’t take me too … Read More

Ruth CrillyLa Diva: Seasonally Inappropriate