Monday, 13 January 2020

My everyday makeup

Just a quick one today while I finish off a longer post I've been working on. I went to dinner the other night and actually had the forethought to photograph my makeup. This is my go to makeup for work, or simple nights out, it's minimal and quick to do but wearing eye shadow always makes me feel like I've made an effort.

Foundation - Make Up For Ever Water Blend in Pink Alabaster
Concealers - Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover in Porcelain // Fenty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch in 100
Blush - Nip/Fab Liquid Blush in Mauve Movement
Brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ash Brown // NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Espresso
Eyeshadow - Morphe Hot Spot Palette shades Babe's Night Out and Spotted
Lashes - Glossier Lash Slick
Lips - Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in shade Bright Berry

I'm sure I will have posted this exact look in the past because I've favoured the orange / terracotta eye for a long time now, however the products have definitely changed over the years.

I was helping out in the makeup store PAM last year for a few days while they were in a bind, they are my go to stockist for Make Up For Ever so while I was there I thought I would give the Water Blend foundation a go. I've used Ultra HD in the past so I know the brand has shades that work for me but I'd heard good things about Water Blend from other artists. It definitely lives up to it's name, it's the runniest foundation I think I have ever encountered, but I really love it. I was worried it wouldn't be high enough coverage for my troublesome skin but actually it works fine and looks a lot more natural and dewy. It's buildable to an extent which helps and then I just go in with extra concealer. It's a great everyday foundation and also beautiful for the summer months when you don't want to feel smothered.

I've used the Bobbi Brown concealer for a long time now and I always liked to use their foundation in the past. (I've not gone off the foundation at all, I'm just experimenting with others right now such as the one I've just talked about.) The Fenty concealer however is a new addition, I can't say I'm in love but I use small amounts as a lighter shade where I need the highlights.

I grabbed the Morphe palette in TKMaxx last summer because it was affordable and had plenty of different shades to play with. I'd used Morphe brushes in the past but was yet to try any of their cosmetics and discovered they're great for the price tag. I used to use two shades from the Kat Von D Shade and Light eyeshadow palette which were almost identical but I've switched to Morphe at the moment for speed. It's so much quicker to work with eyeshadows that aren't as highly pigmented, no fighting fall out. I still adore that KVD palette though so it's my go to when I have more time.

Everything else I've talked about in recent posts so I won't bore you all over again. I remember a time I wouldn't go anywhere without a swish of black liner over my top lashes, these days the only time I wear eyeliner is with lashes, maybe I should bring it back? What do you think?

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

2019 Beauty Favs

Hello 2020! It's great to be back - yes yes, you have deja vu, I DID make a reappearance about this time last year that lasted all of three months. I'm not going to promise that won't happen again, but here I am to attempt to start a monthly favourites series.

I wanted to give my monthly favs a kickstart by sharing some of my top products of 2019 as a whole, there's been so many so it wasn't easy to narrow down to just a few.

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Sunday, 24 March 2019

Orange Eyes for Spring

Despite these occasional storms it's really starting to feel like Spring and I couldn't be more ready for it. I'm definitely a summer lover, I'd happily trade in the other three seasons. One colour that always gets me thinking about Spring whether it's on lips, cheeks or eyes is orange, I love seeing a pop of orange in someone's makeup it's such a happy colour.

Monday, 18 March 2019

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Rouge

I'm sorry if you're well and truly bored of looking at lipsticks after the three Anastasia Beverly Hills posts of late but I HAD to share this with you guys immediately. I won this lipstick on Twitter from one of Dave Lackie's generous giveaways and finally got round to trying it. I'd RT all the time and never expect to actually win something myself, so exciting!

I won a YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick in shade 01 Le Rouge and was so thrilled, I don't own a lot of YSL makeup so it always feels super fancy and winning this was such a treat.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Glitter Charcoal Face Mask

Face masks aren't something I've really talked about on here before even though they're something I use regularly. I reckon a lot of you will agree that slapping on a face mask is one of the easiest ways to feel pampered with minimum effort.

It was my birthday last weekend and this mask was one of my gifts, it came at the perfect time as I was just about to stock up on peel-off masks after discovering to my horror I'd run out. It's like they knew!!

Beauty Skincare peel off face mask

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

REVIEW // Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette: Part 3

I can't believe it's the final part of this review at last. Having so many shades to share in each part has made this feel a lot more of a slog than it really was. If you haven't checked out part 1 and part 2 yet go have a peek first. This last part is slightly different than the other two because the majority of these six shades are mixing colours.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette Review lipstick swatches

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Blue on blue eyes

For as long as I can remember I've heard people say not to wear blue eyeshadow if you have blue eyes. To be quite honest I think I'd struggle to brave blue eyeshadow whatever my eye colour, yet I saw someone talking about this the other day in reference to the new Colorpop x Zoella eyeshadow palette and thought I'd have a play around.

I don't own that palette I'm afraid so I had to delve into my kit in search of a striking blue with the aim to do two quite different looks, one big and bold and the other slightly more wearable.

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