Beauty Sticks, a Fake Tan Fix and a New YouTube Crush

Five Things

It’s time to bundle together the best of beauty from the past seven days. Edited down to five of the top products, videos, posts, releases and the rest that have had me clicking away:

1. Stick On Beauty. No fuss colour at your fingertips, who doesn’t love a good pencil product? Especially in the summer when glowy and natural rates high on my everyday makeup menu. My two favourites at the moment are the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist which is like a slightly less opaque MAC Patisserie and the Clinique Chubby Stick Tint for Eyes in Fuller Fudge which dishes out a smokey eye in one sweep.

2. My New YouTube Crush. Think Lisa Eldridge, but blonde and from Austria. Meet Monika Blunder, my fab new YT find whose channel covers everything from tutorials galore and makeup tips from her and her clients. Yup, there’s a 14 minute gem of a video featuring Molly Sims, where together they unload Molly’s personal makeup bag and give a how-to in the process. YouTube beauty gold right there.

3. Another Tanning Rave, Again. I know I’ve mentioned it before but can we just take another moment to sing the praises of the St Tropez Express Tan 3 hour jobbie? The past few weeks have seen a mini heatwave come to the UK and as always I was unprepared with unpainted toes, hairy legs and pasty limbs but two consecutive days of using this in evenings and rinsing off before bedtime left me looking seriously sun kissed in record time. Kudos. Again.

4. By Terry Baume de Rose – IN COLOUR? Yep, it’s happening people. I’ve seen this news bobbing around in the bloggersphere for a while now but I think a release date is getting close – correct me if I’m wrong – and I’m getting excited. I spotted the above picture on their official Instagram and I think the rosy pink shade in particular has Anna written all over it.

5. Dreamy Office Space. While I do love my little desk perched in the corner of my living room, with the smell of the kitchen bin to my right currently wafting over I do sometimes drift off and dream of a slightly less pungent and more aesthetically pleasing workspace. Enter Nouvelle Daily’s edit which has basically taken all the interior desk areas I’ve visited in my head and put them in list format.


  • Clementine Buttercup

    I went through a tube of the Soap and Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker in Nudist in record time. Bought something else afterwards to replace it but really need it back in my life. Went so well with a smokey eye.

  • Zazie Bibi

    Definitely will be checking out Monica’s channel!x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Lilian

    Great YT recommendation, Anna! I’ve just watched a few vids and I’m hooked!

  • I wish I had a cute little desk in an office. I love the picture you put up – it’s so bright and spacious!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • PeonyandPeach

    Excited about the tinted Baume de Rose! I’ve always wanted it but the original leaves a bit of an unflattering pale cast on my lips.

  • Samantha

    I always love finding more youtubers to watch, so I’ll definitely check out Monika!

  • Anna

    You should try the original 1-3hr tan from Cocoa Brown. It’s supposed to be brilliant.

  • I love Monika Blunder! Her videos are so informative and the time flies 🙂

  • I was thinking about how that girl looks like Lisa Elridge before I read what you wrote! 🙂

  • Have to agree with the office space – it’s just too pretty and perfect !
    Lauren x
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  • emily couture

    love the soap and glory sexy mother pucker glossy stick 🙂

    emily xx

  • Rachel Polansky

    the by terry balm looks lovely but i’m sure very expensive!

  • I must try the express tan! Clinique’s Chubbies are amazing, my favorite: whooping willow =]
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  • Ruby

    Hi anna! I love your blog so much, and your youtube channel! You are so honest and fun to read/watch and I love your work! If any readers would like to check out my blog, it’s xx

  • Love Monika, very talented but also such a sweet, friendly lady!

  • I love your ideas for the desk space! So pretty 🙂

  • oooh, such great picks! I’m gonna go watch Monika Blunder on YT now, if i’m addicted, it’s your fault. haha


  • Ahhh the Express Tan by St Tropez….I’ve been wanting to give it a re-mention on my own blog recently. It’s just the best! Hands down my favourite tanning product EVER! 🙂

    Lis xx

  • Lin

    youtube link and nouvelle daily links are not working on this blog post.

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  • Lala01

    Great ideas. Will definitely try the St tropez once we get to summer in Australia.
    Monika Blunder is amazing. Thanks for the intro.

  • Wow, I think we all dream of a less pungent workspace :’) There will come a day, don’t you worry 😉 – seriously though, my Uni desk was right next to the kitchen!

    You had me at Lisa Eldridge. I just checked out the videos and I think I may have found a new favourite! Also, even though I am pale 100% of the time and look really weird with a tan, you are seriously making me want to try out the St Tropez. It could be a disaster but I may just try it anyway…