Monday, 24 November 2014


Here are some shots (not of tequila, unfortunately) for a project where I collaborated with an amazing photographer called George. 

I named this project 'A Beauty Series', original, I know.

The shoot and video basically shows a timeline of my no makeupped' bare face, then gradually building up on natural make-up: concealer, foundation, etc, and then the video ends with more dramatic looks: lipstick and smokier eyes. 

There are generically two types of beauty looks, natural (day time) and dramatic (night time), for some night/day giggle inspiration, watch this. Feeling inspired? Great. I asked the lovely make-up artist Giselle for some tips on how to do a natural look and then top it up for an exciting event into the night. I'm going to start with natural. She told me it's important to have a fresh face before you apply make-up. I have to admit, I'm lazy when it comes to looking after my skin, but I've learnt how important it is, so I tried various products to see what works well, I've found my routine:

Natural Everyday Make-Up Look

1. Cleanse. I soak a cotton pad with LANCÔME EAU FRAÎCHE DOUCEUR, the great thing about this product is that you can use it on your whole face including your lips. Start from the forehead and make your way to the jawline. This removes excess oil and dirt from your skin. You'll find the excess in your cotton pad (yum). 

2. Rehydrate. I have really bad dark circles, they're annoying because I look like this when I first meet people. I'm yet to find an eye cream that works really well on me, but for now Lancôme Génifique Eye Cream does the trick. Squeeze a 5p amount onto your fingers and pat it on the inner corners and outer eye, onto your circles, try not to pull your lines, this could stretch your eye elasticity and that area is super sensitive. 

3. Moisturise. I use NARSskin Aqua Gel, it makes my skin soooo' soft and it's perfect for pre-make up wear. Rub and massage onto face. 

4. Again, my dark circles need to hide themselves. I have a few favourite concealers, my favourite 'save' one is Garnier Caffeine Roll-On in fair, (there are 4 shades) this one is ideal for everyday wear. My favourite 'splurge' one is, NARS Stick concealer in Ginger, omgawd', I can't emphasis how much I love this concealer, it literally hides those bad boys away. Use your ring finger (because the eye area is sensitive) and blend in a circular motion. 

5. Lightly apply foundation onto face, I use NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Ceylan, it matches my skin colour perfectly. Squeeze a bit onto hand and use a stippling brush because the application is thinner, you don't need to apply it all over the face, apply it to the areas that need it most, like the redness around the nose, chin and a little on the forehead. 

6. Optional: lightly dust powder onto your face, I usually don't apply too much or it looks kinda cakey. I use Mineral Foundation usually, like BareMinerals Radiance in Flawless. 

7. Sorry for the zillion steps, make-up is an art darling! Tight-line your eyes (which is also known as sneaky invisible lining) using your usual eyeliner, I use M.A.C Eyeliner and draw the top lash line, this makes your lashes look fuller and thicker. Optional: fill in your eyebrows with M·A·C EYE BROWS, if you feel that they need some shape. I usually go without because mine are naturally dark, thick and I get them threaded. 

8. Curl lashes, the best one I've used is Shiseido and apply mascara. I use Yves Saint Laurent because even though they're mega thickening and lengthening, I have really tiny and thin lashes and using this mascara doesn't make them look chavtastically' unnatural. It's my favourite mascara, like, ever. 

9. Use a rosey shimmering blush Dior Blush in Rose Cherie and highlight the high points and the apples of your cheeks. Smile when you do it to highlight the key areas. 

10. Finish off with your favourite lip balm. I use either Vaseline or Burt's Bees. Chapstick does the trick too.

I don't want to sound like I'm giving a YouTube make-up tutorial but, 'hope you enjoyed my beauty regime guys, click and subscribe'. Ha. Let me know if any of my favourite natural beauty goodies make it to your Christmas stocking this year.

Location: George Samuel Studios

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


I've been seeing a lot of dark and vampy' looking lips in the AW14 (Autumn Winter) fashion press recently, and without having any tenancies to start my own Bella from Twilight story, I've always been, kind of obsessed with the smoky Gothic look.

There's something sexy about bright, but mysterious eyes and oxblood lips.

1. MAC Lipstick in Heroine 2. Dior Lipstick 3. NARS Lipstick (Scarlett Empress) 4. YSL Lipstick  (Prune Avenue) or (Golden Lustre) 5. Topshop Lipstick (Inhibition). 6. Tom Ford Lipstick (Bruised Plum) 

How to wear purple lipstick is a question I’ve tended to seek an answer to. I mean, hey, that’s purple lipstick we’re talking about – super sexy, super edgy, super chic yet, unfortunately, super difficult to wear. Dark lipstick can make it seem like you're trying to be Rihanna or just confused about when Halloween is.

I personally think that with the right makeup it can look really hot (even though it's more suitable to wear in cold seasons or you'll end up looking like a confused Emo). To make it work for you, warm skin tones will suit a reddish to purplely' lipstick, whereas cool skin tones will suit cooler purple lipsticks. It'll work to your advantage to keep eye makeup natural, in the shoot I did above, Neon, my lovely Makeup Artist, didn't build heavy layers in the eyes as my features would clash and could probably give a panda a run for his money. 

Opt for sexy, nicely lined cat eyes, or give a natural looking smoky eye a try. Lastly, flawless skin makes the perfect finish, you kind of want to keep the rest of your face neutral and shine-free, grab your fave matte foundation and aim for full coverage, it’ll polish your skin up to that porcelain-like perfection. 

I've listed my favourite plum lipstick products and some of my other favourite gothic treats. Happy lipping!

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Location: South London

1. MAC Lipstick in Heroine 2. Dior Lipstick 3. NARS Lipstick (Scarlett Empress) 4. YSL Lipstick (Prune Avenue) or (Golden Lustre) 5. Topshop Lipstick (Inhibition). 6. Tom Ford Lipstick (Bruised Plum) 

Photographer: Jon Reid

Make-Up Artist: Neon Velvet

Saturday, 15 November 2014


It's Winter! 

That was sneaky. Winter has crept up on us. Sorry we couldn't hold on to you for much longer Sun, although, we did get a good wrath of you for a couple of months (hello rare tan). See you next year, sundresses, bikini's and short shorts which I have to store under my bed. *Puts on best sad face*. 

I know, I know, it only feels like yesterday that you've dug up all of your Spring Summer clobber. But, it's time to break the friendship with light and sleeveless wear. 

[Insert best attempts at cold winter faces]

Now before the weather sets in, the skies turn grey and the wind starts to chill our British nips, you need to get your wardrobe in order.

I love snugging up in a cosy jumper with a hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course) by the fire, eating hearty foods like cottage pie and err, pie, all kinds of lovely pie. I've written pie three times there. Ah I love pie. 

With Christmas approaching (one of my favourite times of the year, I'm too excited) it's all about double wrapping your socks around your chilly feet and layering your thick wooly scarf. Anyway, you're thinking, what the f**k shall I wear? Well, besides digging out last years Winter stuff, the staples you need for AW14 are:

The statement winter dress which meets the fine line of being appropriate to wear for work but suitable for evening dinner at that fancy pants restaurant or after work cocktails.

Here are the dresses which have caught my eye as a three-in-one:

And the AW14 dresses that are calling my (and your) name for the upcoming merry season:

A long sleeved smart collared blouse (loving the Peter Pan collars ATM) or a nice silky blouse:

The tailored trouser:

Warm layered wool coat:

Good old chunky boots:

*Phew* I hope you find at least one gem to brighten up your winter. If you do, make me a cup of tea? It's cold outside.


Location: Hampstead Heath

Photographer: Przemek Czaicki

Monday, 10 November 2014


Something rare has happened. Thanks to MY-WARDROBE I have found the perfect special-occasion-and-pretend-that-I-go-award-ceremonies dress. 

It's Alice by Temperley at and shows off a bit (but not too much) of my little leg, unless I outright thrust my leg forward and do the can-can; it avoids showing off all of my pin to the point where it gets it's own Twitter page

Anyway, with Christmas season almost upon us, it's time for the dreaded dress hunt, and I've always struggled with finding one that allows me to stuff as many mince pies and look sophisticated. My Alice by Temperley wonder is fitted at the waist so it kind of forces your stomach in and the timelessness and sophistication of black is welcome to any wardrobe. If you're not comfortable eating in a fitted dress, this floaty' beaut' allows us to gobble down that thanksgiving turkey whilst leaving room for the Christmas tummy expansion. 

As a follow up from my previous post, with Ella and Rachel, I'm gliding around The Tate, London. The high ceilings, tall white pillars and marble architecture in contrast with the black dress created the scene for a winning Alice in Wonderland chess tournament. After the rain stopped (standard British weather) we took my lovely dress for a spin outside near the park by the fully blossomed trees, quiet pathways, and a serene of London, in light cool air. 

The make up was simple with a touch of glam, winged eyeliner and pink lips, the products that the lovely Rachel used are above this post. Unfortunately this dress has sold out, boooo', but step up, (sorry I had to) and have a browse of the at similar pieces below.

Location: Tate Britain, London

Photographer: Ella H
Make Up: Rachel Williamson 

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Friday, 24 October 2014


Once upon a time, I wanted to start a Blog. A place where I could log my experiences, and create some kind of scrapbook to look back on my life, whilst hoping at least one poor sod would read it (that person being me).
With a full time job, finding the time to Blog was a juggling act. I can announce that I don't have that problem anymore. I quit my job to travel. They say follow your dreams. I'll let you know if it was the right decision.

Today I relaunch this Blog, with an editorial called Fire, shot by super talented photographer Ella H and wonderful Make Up Artist Rachel at the Tate in London. A wonderful way to say goodbye to my beautiful city where I have lived for 5 years, to travel the world. 

ProjectM is a Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog. I will be launching my travel and foodie posts early 2015.
You're welcome to join me in my adventure.

Monica x


Location: Tate Britain, London

Photographer: Ella H
Make Up: Rachel Williamson 

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