The Weekend Post #62: A New Rotation

Come on you don’t need me to tell you about my highly organisational tendencies again, do you? The weekend for me is wholeheartedly reserved to eating, sleeping and tidying my beauty tools and arsenal (as vastly documented in this feature). Amongst the cleaning and clearing that goes on, every few weeks I like to sit and work through my stash. Throwing items back into the Muji drawer mix that have been missing in action or are new to the clan. Out with the usual suspects, and in with something a little different. Here’s what caught my eye today and has subsequently earned their place in my daily grind rotation…

I’ve been a bit of a floozy with foundations recently: flirting with tinted moisturisers, swearing to BB creams, then coming back round to something a little heavier coverage again. I can’t help it, ever since my beloved Jemma Kidd Light As Air was discontinued I’ve been mixed up. I’ve currently plumped back to Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation in Sand*, a formula I drew comparisons with Jemma Kidd’s L.A.A to when I first sampled it and still do. It’s not a spot-on, ‘I’m going to shout about it from the blogging hilltops‘ dupe, but it’s mid-ish coverage, equal measures of matte and dewy in all the right places and stays put. It’ll do for now. Eye bag emergencies will be covered by my third tub of Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer in Sand and the more bright eye awakening Clinique Airbrush Concealer*. And to pep everything up, I’ll be getting my mixing kick from adding a pump of Clarins Instant Light Complexion Perfector in Rose Shimmer* to two parts foundation, for some extra dew.

Contoured cheeks will come courtesy of Benefit’s Hoola; a product that has been collecting dust too long in the depths of my drawers. Slightly warmer than my usual cheekbones chiseller – Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sculpting Powder – I’ll be dusting this all over my apples for a dusky glow. One constant in my collection right now is Hourglass’ Arch Sculpting Brown Pencil in Soft Brunette, nothing even comes close to its shading and staying-put properties. It’s a keeper. For eyes, I’m going back to my one-shade, smudged-out roots; MAC Cork all over the lids paired with a surprising appearance from Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara (my L’Oreal Telesopic’s dried out and I need to get off my todd and buy out another one). Lip-wise I’m trying to contain my excitement at being in ownership of one of the new shades of Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors* – to be seen on counters in May in the UK – I just had to whip one into my rotation. Candy Shimmer 05, is my pick of the bunch. A petal pink, my-lips-but-better-esque shade.

So say hello to some old favourites and welcome to a handful of newbies. Special mentions to the dark circle clouting Clinique Airbrush Concealer and a hotly anticipated new shade of Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, soon to be on a counter near you which is a bit of a dream for a fangirl like myself to be trialling. Into the drawer they reside, in grabable, get-up and go distance for the week ahead. You know what they say – tidy makeup drawers equal tidy mind. 

*PR Sample


  • Daria Buonin

    I love your ‘inside the Muji drawer/make up bag’ posts 🙂 Xx

  • This all looks so clean and lovely!  A little bit jealous of how few products you’re able to use….I need to tone my everyday look down a bit! x

  • Anna Blush

    I can’t wait for the new shades of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors to be released! I’ll definitely be picking up atleast one shade. I also really want to try Hoola! x

  • Francesca x

    Lovely products! I would really like to see a FOTD with all of these!

  • Denise F.

    Nice products!


    love it!

    Talisa from Bemsa xxx

  • Maddy Cane

    You have so many lovely products, I really want to try the Hoola bronzer, does it go patchy at all? xxx

    • Jllmason

      No it doesn’t.

  • Hollie Galvin

    I  cant wait to see the new instant lip perfectors! And you’ve reminded me I need to get a new pair of eyelash curlers. Mine are so old x

  • I can’t wait for the new Clarins Lip Perfector shades to be released.  The current shade offerings are a bit too light for me but Candy Shimmer definitely looks promising! 


    love this post too! 

    Recently started a new blog would love if you could check it out! Talisa from Bemsa

  • rebeccalouiseee

    I’m really looking forward to the release of new Clarins lip perfectors!

  • argh new lip perfectors! *grabs purse in preparation of release*

  • Katie Hello

    Love the look of those Clarins lip perfectors!
    Katie xx

  • Pippa Jones

    Love finding things I forgot about, and getting excited about using them all over again.

    Pipp xx

  • I’ve recently rotated a few new products too! I rediscovered the Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave. Princess, MAC Paint Pot in Rubanesque, and my Origins Vitazing! 

  • Raluca Xo

    I’ve always wanted to buy the Hoola bronzer by Benefit but I don’t know if it will suit my skintone 🙁
    – i am almost ghostly white haha xx

    • penny_r

      I’m also ghostly pale, but Hoola works a treat on me! It needs a light hand, definitely, but applied with care it contours like a dream.

  • katherine.parkes

    lovely choices! really want to try the Bobbi Brown foundation x

  • Lola

    I was a bit displaced in foundation terms since the Jemma Kid went off the shelves. I still have a spare unopened tube of the JK, but I’ve been struggling to find a good dupe, I think the Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid comes quite close as a dupe for the JK, I think you should try it!xxx