My Daily Make Up Routine

 

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My every day make up routine is perhaps not as extensive as I would like to be, as I often prioritise sleep over getting ready in the morning. I see girls at university sometimes dressed to the nines in fashionable clothes and a full face of make up and I just look at them and think, you look lovely, and I could look like that too, but it’s 10am in the morning and I just don’t have time…

It’s also quite funny because a lot of my lectures don’t begin until 1 or 2 in the afternoon… and that sentence will still apply, but lets not talk about that..

I usually don’t do much to my face in the morning skin care wise as I have quite a thorough night time routine and don’t want to dry my skin out or take away too many natural oils!

 1/ Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream – I first heard about this moisturiser from Nic from Pixiwoo who absolutely swears by it. I wouldn’t say I swear by it, but I hate fragranced overpriced moisturises, I often find things like this work the best for simply deeply moisturising the skin. Which is why I love E45 for the night time, that I definitely swear by. However – it is a good day moisturiser as it really does moisturise, without being too heavy and so it’s easy to apply make up over the top without my foundation sliding all around my face! You only need a pea sized amount for your whole face and it only costs about £7 too! Bargain!!

2/ I usually use Neutrogenas Lip Balm on my lips, but I have run out of that at the moment so I’m using Vaseline’s Paint the Town Red EditIon lip balm. It doesn’t moisturise as well as Neutrogena’s and I mainly use it because it gives a really nice red tint to the lips, which makes them look so fresh and healthy.

3/ Lasting Perfection Collection Concealer – I don’t really need to explain this one do I? Every beauty blogger I know has tried and loved this. It costs about £4.99 and is by faaar the best concealer I have ever used. I normally use it to cover any redness or spots, but sometimes if I want a heavier coverage, I will use it all over my face which gives me a flaw free complexion without it looking cakey.

4/ L’Oreal True Match Foundation in N1 – A lovely medium – full coverage foundation, that has a really thin moisturiser so it doesn’t look cakey at all. It blends really well and the great colour range means you are sure to find your exact colour match. It has a natural finish, which I love and good staying power throughout the day – although I use a different one during the night as I find it can move sometimes when I sweat/ dance/ all the other things you do when you’re out and intoxicated..

 5/ ….I apply it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush which should be a staple item in everybody’s make up bag. It has soft but very dense bristles, which spread foundation evenly and give a flawless full coverage. Real Technique brushes have been a revelation to the high street beauty market over the past couple of years and I am excited to see where they go in the future.

6/ Eyebrows Eyebrows Eyebrows. My love. I thrive off having good eyebrows, they really make a difference between a good and a bad day for me. I found a good shade for me in the Big Beautiful Eyes Benefit palette, it doesn’t have a name but it is simply a matte dark brown which I’m sure you can find anywhere.

7/ Rimmell’s Stay Matte powder is definitely a holy grail product. I have never, and will never use anything else. It locks in my make up all day and the powder is so refined, it doesn’t look cakey at all no matter how much you apply. The best thing about it is, it costs about £3.99!

8/ …I apply this with a Mac 187 brush in stipiling motions. I like a full coverage, and using a face powder brush just doesn’t give me the coverage I want. I also find it easier to lock my make up in place using this brush and the stippling method, as some face powder brushes can wipe your foundation away.

9/ Another holy grail product of mine, L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara. I would say this is similar to Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, but less clumpy. The applicator is very thin with rubber bristles, that really helps my lashes to separate and look long. I have tried other products and nothing compares – I could never see myself using anything else!

10/ I haven’t been using Nars’ Laguna for very long. And I have mixed reviews on it. For the day time, with the paler foundation and generally less make up that I use, I find it a bit too orange toned. Especially as I like to contour rather than bronze, this isn’t always ideal. However for the evening it’s great, especially when I use my darker toned foundation. I’m still unsure and on the hunt for the perfect contour shade though, especially as I’m still grieving over Benefit discontinuing no.10 which was my ultimate highlight and contour, and probably my favourite product ever!

 

What do you use for every day make up? Can you recommend an amazing brown toned contour for me please!?

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BARRY M GLITTER NAILS

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I know I’m a little late but I really wanted to get these pictures up as I was really pleased with the way this nail varnish came out… It was Christmas and New Years and in my eyes, it’s illegal not to have those tacky – all out – glittery nails. Because in the words of Love Actually if you can’t say do it at Christmas, when can you eh?

I used Barry M’s 337 Nail Polish, simply called Pink Silver Glitter (£2.99), and I used 2-3 coats to get an opaque coverage. I got loads of compliments and people said they didn’t think they were tacky (but maybe they were just being nice?)

What do you think?

MY BEAUTY COMPARE | beauty junkie heaven

The world of the blogosphere has grown more than ever these past few years and has given beauty bloggers like myself a chance to explore all different kinds of products that are tried and tested by unbiased and real people – but the problem is, one product that works on one person may not work for you oryour skin tone and type –  simply how do you know without wasting your money?

So, what if I told you that a website has been launched to revolutionise the way you search for products online – as it searches and compares over 200,000 products especially for you. That’s right – newly launched website mybeautycompare.com keeps you from being overwhelmed with product reviews that aren’t right for you by refining your search based on the information you give.

 I set up a free account with My Beauty Comapare to see if it really did work and to see if it was more than just a gimmick – so below I recorded my steps to show you how you can too. After entering the basics, for example, your skin complexion, type, concerns etc.. this website gives you a chance to provide even more information that affects the type of skin you have – some things I didn’t even think of! (See screen shot 2)

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As you can see My Beauty Compare takes into consideration your diet, water intake, amount of sleep you get and your occupation. This definitely gives a more personal feel when you get your recommendations, because it is much more than saying – ‘she has dry skin, give her a moisturising foundation’  – this website is really tailoring your wants and needs into the perfect product matches. After a really quick and easy joining process, I was ready to go!

Foundation is something that I find really hard to buy, as I have fair skin that also has a lot of redness, so I was really interested to see what product matches they had for me. I was really impressed with their selections, when I clicked on the #1 foundation, it’s description states that it contains a 15 SPF,  that its suitable for fair skin tones, and skin with imperfections. Powder foundations are never something I have looked at for myself properly before, but the product description fits perfectly so I will definitely be trying it out.

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Overall I think My Beauty Compare is a great website that all beauty lovers should use and will love, as it refines its searches especially for you and allows you to search across 1500 brands and 200,000 products whilst giving you unbiased reviews by people with the same or similar skin type.

Give mybeautycompare.com a go and tell me what you think?

Sorry if you cannot see everything in the screen shots – I tried my best to get it up to the greatest quality. Best thing to do is try it for yourself!

NAILS STINC.

First of all I would just like to apologise deeply about the bad pun in the title ….. *tumbleweed* I thought of it and couldn’t resist putting it as the title, even though I’m sure most people didn’t get it or mainly, didn’t find it funny at all……… haha.. anyway…

It always angers me when I buy an expensive product that has had rave reviews and it turns out to be shit.. It happened with a MAC brush I bought a couple of years ago, (yes I’m still annoyed 2 years on…) Aussie shampoo and conditioner and now a Nail Inc nail polish.

 

I should have learnt my lesson the first time really – I bought a Nails Inc polish a few years back and wasn’t impressed about how long it stayed on for but I thought I’d give it a second go.  I’ve had this nail polish for quite a while now, I just haven’t properly used it, it’s called Saville Row and it’s a lovely deep purple colour with an underlining red tone. So I guess an easier way of saying that would be a ‘plum shade’…

I put it on and the immediately I didn’t like it the way it went. The coverage is really uneven and if you get a fraction of more product on one section of your nail, you can really tell, as it does not spread easily at all. However… I put another layer on and it appeared to even out, so I got over that one quickly.

Buuut! After a double application AND a top coat, after just one day it had chipped! ONE DAY! I have a limit of a minimum two – three days (depending on how expensive the product is) before I think it is acceptable for a nail polish to chip. However again… I just painted over it and let it slide, hoping that I had just badly caught or hit my nail on something.

(after 2 days it looks like i’ve been wearing it for 7) also as you can see, the surface is very scratchy.. even though I did not go out/ do anything drastic for at least three hours after I painted it. I expect a smooth, glossy finish for the price.

 I feel like I was really generous with this nail polish, but it just tipped me over the edge when I looked down and saw two nails on my other hand seriously chipped at the top. For a nail polish, which average price is £11, I think it is really disappointing… I know that I’ll be sticking with Essie nail polish, which very rarely lets me down.

It just shows that paying more for a product doesn’t always mean you are getting higher quality..

Have you ever been really disappointed by a product you paid a lot of money for!? Share it so we can all be warned!

photo credits: (1) http://blog-mademoisellec.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Nails-inc-savile-row13.jpg


(2) my own.