Cult Beauty Haul - Georgietoms

For my birthday this year I decided to full on treat myself to some beauty products. I can spend hours perusing the cult beauty website, slowly collection a wishlist that would break my bank account but I whittled it down to some classics I’ve wanted and lusted over. I’ve had these products for over a month now and finally wanted to share what I thought on all my new favourites.

First up, the two fully integrated staples of the bunch. I picked up the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium, which is the product I’ve had used on me by makeup artists for years and now I can finally get on and use it myself. This is a purchase that has been a long time in coming. Its a perfect contour shade, the greyish brown looks great against my skin at its palest but also when I’m remembering to use the fake tan. It’s a buildable product that’s easy to buff out, blending like a dream to create cheekbones that cut and create definition in the most natural way.

I also finally got around to picking up the Becca X Jaclyn Hill Highlighter in Champagne Pop. Slightly late to the champagne party right? This highlight is a golden champagne that picks up so much product from the softest swipe of a brush and the tops of your cheekbones then proceed to send out beams of golden light. The first application I thought it was too intense but as I fluffed it in with a fan brush it settles onto the skin and although very obvious, it blends onto the skin and stays on for most of the day. Now a month into usage I’ve gone past the stage of thinking it’s too much and just pile it on, like the magpie that I am. I’ve never come across a more flattering and pigmented highlight. Becca know their formulas and Jaclyn found an incredible colour.

The other product that I’ve been eyeing up for a long time, a ‘bloggers made me buy it’ item and its the Nuxe Reve De Miel. A lip cream that’s thick, nourishing and smells like lemon. This will be getting some serious usage throughout the winter months. A lip balm that is great for applying while you do makeup, so your lips are soft and smooth by the time you move onto applying lip products. Equally, it’s a great bedside lip balm as it works so well at nourishing and hydrating the lips come morning.

Cult Beauty Haul - Joeur Lip Creme - Georgietoms.com

Lastly since I got some lip balm I thought I should get some pretty colours to apply on top of more nourished lips. I’ve loved the brand Jouer for a few years now and was anxious to try out the Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipsticks so I picked up two nude colours, Creme Brulee and Dulce De Lechee. Both are matte liquid lip products that take a while to settle down but are easy to apply and work well even without lip liner. You can top them up easily throughout the day and they fade out nicely. Dulce De Lechee (below, right) is a pink nude that closely matches my own lip colour, being the slightest bit more pink. And Creme Brulee (below, left), once dried I almost jumped around with happiness, its sets to a light peach nude colour, a colour I’ve never tried before but fell in love with the moment this was on my lips. When first applied the colours come out darker before they settle on a lighter matte colour. I’ve worn both as much as possible over the past month, but I’ve now taken to wearing them together, with Dulce De Leche all over and then the lighter Creme Brulee in the centre of my lips to create a more defined fuller lip.

Cult Beauty Haul - Joeur Lip Creme - Georgietoms.com
Cult Beauty Haul - Joeur Lip Creme - Georgietoms.com

If you couldn’t tell I’m in love with everything I picked out. All those hours of browsing and debating with myself paid off. Do you have any of these products? Do you love them?

sephora haul + youtube giveaway | georgietoms.com

This week I popped into Sephora to pick up a few bits and pieces and I somehow came out with a brand new foundation. Oops. Check out the video below to see what I bought and to get in on the mini giveaway I’m hosting over on my youtube channel. All you have to do to enter is subscribe to my channel, like the video below and comment on the video. And you could win a cream highlighter and a YSL lipstick. It’s open til next Thursday (29th September) if you want to get involved!

It’s still a balmy 30 degrees in Milan but now fashion week is starting and October looms ever closer I can’t bring myself to buy another off the shoulder top or think about anything other than boots and warm snuggly jumpers. Here’s a little sneak peek into my ASOS wish list. Its jumper heavy, prepare yourself.



Have you started buying your autumn wardrobe yet? What are you wishing for?

EVENING FACE MASK ROUTINE | georgietoms.com

EVENING FACE MASK ROUTINE | georgietoms.com

Welcome to my one stop shop for getting my skin back into its best shape when it has lost its way. A five step face mask routine that I can do leisurely throughout an evening. This is for when my face needs a deep clean so to speak. And it all starts off with a lovely old cleanse to take the day off before moving on to the main event.

Step 1, Exfoliate.
I start with a gentle physical exfoliant, the Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm is gritty but not overly so making it a perfect starting point. It doesn’t take much product, I scoop a little onto a finger then mix it into my other fingers before circling softly over my face, making sure I get into areas that are congested or uneven. With this balm you can get some water involved and the product becomes a smooth milk but I tend to get a damp hot cloth to take off all my face masks, its a very quick and effective way to buff them off the skin without being too rough.

Step 2, Peel Off Mask.
I’ve repurchased the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask mask for many years now and I bring it out not all too often but it is always what I reach for if my skin gets clogged and I need a refresh. This can be heavy and a bit rough for my skin as it’s a peel off mask, I only use this on days when the blackheads are taking over.
I use a MAC 190 Brush to apply, as its black mask that’s incredibly sticky and things can get messy. It’s good to apply a decent layer, not overly thick otherwise it’ll never dry, but its needs to cover enough to peel off easily. The mask draws out any impurities and if you have oily skin reduces the oil buildup.
I can’t help but love peel off masks, there’s something about it that is incredibly satisfying.

Step 3, Resurfacing Mask.
This is the acid mask and an absolute favourite. Its the mask that I tend to use most often and on its own. The Oskia Renaissance Mask is an acid exfoliant, working the skin on a deeper level than physical exfoliants, the fruit enzymes and AHAs within this mask work to get rid of dead skin cells, all while renewing and refreshing the skin to give a brightening effect. I use this mask the night before an important event to help clear up the skin, giving it an even texture and to help brighten and add a little more luminosity to the skin.

Step 4, Add Serum.
Not a mask but important all the same. Serums are where all the action happens in skincare. It’s always best to invest in a great serum over everything else. I use the Clinique Smart Custom Serum, I can’t help but love this serum, it works so well for me. If you’d like to read up a little more on this serum I wrote a post all about it here.

Step 5, Overnight Mask
The hydration stage, an all-important step for a dry to the bone skinned lady like myself. The Body Shop Bouncy Sleeping Mask is a cross between a jelly and a mousse, kind of marshmallow like and so much fun to use. I love putting a good scoop of this on my face and leaving it to sink in. I like to use this at least an hour before I lay my head down on a pillow to let it get to work on my skin as it does sit on the skin for a long time. I’m one of those people that happily sits with oil and moisturiser caked onto my face for hours, I’m putting it down to the dry skin issues. This mask really helps pump moisture back into your face and waking up the next morning you can see a lovely difference in the smoothness and almost plumping of the skin as its retains all the moisture.

If you’d like to see this routine in action, I made a quick little video which you can watch down below.

27 THINGS AT 27 | georgietoms.com

On the last day of July, I turned 27. This birthday seems like a turning point in my life somehow, I’m not sure whats going to happen next but I’m working on change and this year feels like it’s going to be a good one. So in the spirit of all the change I wanted to reflect on what I’ve learnt over my life. Below is a list of 20 things I’ve learnt, followed by 7 things I want to achieve, do or improve over the next year of my life.

If you aren’t up to reading, then there’s a video format of the list at the bottom of the post.

20 Things I’ve Learnt

1. Being an adult is hard, and no one knows what they’re doing.

2. Owning the roof over your head is magical. After travelling and living all over the place for a few months each time is great fun but not very settling, in the last 6 months I moved into a new flat that is officially half mine and I’ve decided to not travel so much and settle into Milan properly, this feeling of contentment from staying in one place that is my own is everything to me right now.

3. Travelling is one of the most enriching things you can do. And my only regrets with travelling around with modelling is not trying to fit so much more in and really appreciate the situation that was presented to me.

4. Friendships need to be cultivated and looked after. It’s something I’m constantly trying to push myself into. I’m so introverted, I forget sometimes that I need all my friends, family, my boyfriend. Learning to show appreciation of them being in my life is something I’m working on. I want to spend as much time as possible with the people I love most.

5. You don’t need many friends in life, just some really good ones. They last forever and when you see them its like you never spent time apart. Also for someone that struggles with keeping up with people, fewer is easier.

6. Having a dog is a presence I’m forever grateful for and sometimes get a little overwhelmed with love my little poodle gives me. He’s the little love of my life and I’ve learnt so much caring for him.

7. You can’t please everyone. This I’ve known for a long time, especially with being a model. You learn very quickly that it’s not you personally, you just aren’t the face a client has in their mind for a job. Some days it’s easy to remember and some days not.

8. Which leads on to, learn to love your body. It’s a personal thing and shouldn’t have any impact from outside parties. Your body is yours and how you feel about it should not be impacted by what outside parties think and I’m learning that, slowly.

9. Coffee doesn’t agree with me, it gives me headaches and bloats me to painful degrees. Stop drinking the damn stuff.

10. The 80/20 rule is life when it comes to food.

11. Moving my body, in any way helps me sleep and calms my mind, like meditation in a way. Everyone should move their body and find an exercise they love, trust me when I say there’s something out there for everyone.

12. Reading is so important. I’m addicted to audiobooks at the moment, having someone read me a story is one of my favourite things. I love it too walk the dog too and fall asleep too, but nothing beats holding an actual book in your hand. I need to remember to never stop reading.

13. I don’t love music and that’s ok. I don’t listen to a lot of music and don’t enjoy going out to listen to it really. I don’t enjoy discovering new bands. I rarely switch music on. And that’s ok. It used to bother me so much but now I’ve learnt that its personal preference and I don’t care anymore.

14. Not to care about others opinions of you. Not giving a shit about what anyone thinks is the reason I started this blog and my youtube channel and something I live by in general because you can’t please everyone and the people with the worst opinions of you aren’t worth your thoughts or your time.

15. Fake tan and high SPF are where it’s at. I tried for a few years to get a real tan and it gave me fine lines and burnt skin. I’ll stick to the shade cheers.

16. Drinking at least 2 litres of water every day is important and a habit that is well worth the never ending trips to the loo to go and pee.

17. Never stop writing. I love writing and got out of the habit because i thought i was so bad, I was but i shouldn’t have stopped. I now have a little file on my google docs which is a daily diary where the key is to write 500 words a day. Even if its rambling journal entries or a blog post. It’s therapeutic and hopefully improving my writing but most of all its getting me to do something I enjoy every day.

18. Consistency is the key to life. There no quick fix, save all solution. This goes for food, exercise, work, youtube videos. If you are consistent, the results will come.

19. Getting rid of someone on your social feeds that doesn’t make you feel good about yourself is healthy. Some people make me turn green with jealousy and I hate that so I unfollow them, some people have vastly different life views? Unfollow. I want my social feeds to be full of what I want to see and what brings me joy.

20. Do what you love. It brings so much fulfilment into your life. I didn’t know what I wanted or loved for long time. But I’m finally starting to figure it out and I couldn’t be happier.

7 things to learn, do and achieve this next year.

1. Exercise regularly. And by regularly I mean every day. i got into such a great routine in London at the beginning of the year, but after moving cities and joining a gym i dont love, I’ve fallen out of the habit. I need to figure out a good schedule and stick to it.

2. This year I need to up my Italian game, I’ve been saying this for about 3 years now. It gets more and more embarrassing the longer i live here. I need to learn this bloody language.

3. I want to keep consistently putting out 2 videos a week for the next year because then it’ll be an achievement I’ve never had before. I don’t have a consistent job and it’ll be very very cool to be able to stick at something I enjoy doing for so long.

4. I want to learn more about photography this year, Its about time.

5. I want to spend more time with Ciro (the boyfriend) because sometimes we pass each other by in the house, we need to remember to make time for one another more.

6. I need to learn to be a bit tidier. I need to learn to tidy as I go or at least tidy a little every day.

7. Last but not least, I want to learn to be happy with myself and be more open to opportunities and really push myself to do better this year. Thats three things smushed into one goal but they all roll together.