Day to Night Makeup

There are often times when I need my makeup to last all day and all night. Transitioning day makeup to night makeup can be simple with just a few additional products. So after a day in the office, spare five minutes to make your makeup cocktail hour ready!

Day to night

In the morning, I start by applying a primer to my face. This will make your base last longer and look fresher throughout the day. I like to use my Smashbox Primer Water. Unlike traditional primers this comes in a spray bottle form. This is great because you can also use it to set your finished makeup look.

Following this, it is important to apply a long-lasting foundation so it stays put all day. I used Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation, followed by Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to cover any blemishes. To give the face a bit of colour, add your favourite blush or bronzer to your cheeks. I used Milani’s blush in Coral Cove.

When I want my eye makeup to last, I always make sure I apply an eye shadow primer. I like to use Mac Paint Pot in the shade Soft Ochre as it has a skin like colour that camouflages any redness on the eyelid, while making eye shadows last. On top of your primer apply your eye shadow. I used a soft rose gold colour on the lid, a medium brown in the crease and a cream colour on the brow bone. These shades were from The Balm’s Nude Tude palette.

I always fill in my brows as they are rather sparse, but (as with all the other steps) please feel free to skip this one if you are lucky enough to have full beautiful brows! I used MUA eye shadow in shade 19 on a small angled brush to fill in any gaps.

To finish off my day look I apply a nude lipstick or gloss. I used Nars Audacious lipstick in the shade Raquel.

For giving your makeup an extra something for the night, I start by spot concealing any areas that need an extra bit of coverage. Following this, I top up the blush I applied earlier on in the day and use a highlighter along the high points of my cheeks. I used MUA Highlighter in White Gold.

I then use a brow gel to set my brows in place and to give them a neater appearance. L’oreal Brow Artist Plumper is a good one to use as it adds a little bit of colour and fullness to brows. To give eyes extra definition, apply eyeliner to the top lash line. I like to use Bourjois Pinceau Liquid Eyeliner, however if you don’t feel comfortable applying liquid eyeliner then use a pencil or dark eye shadow.

To complete my night makeup I use a bright colour lipstick. I feel like this always gives the impression you have put a lot of effort into your makeup without doing a lot! I used Revlon’s Colourburst Lacquer Balm in the shade Whimsical.

FOTD: 10 Minute Makeup

Face of the Day

A quick make-up look for busy mornings, featuring a bright lip and simple eyes

FACE

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Milani Baked Blush in Bellissimo Bronze

EYES

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

Sugarpill eye shadow in Kitten Parade

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara

Mac Charcoal Brown for brows

LIPS

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Online Beauty Shopping

Shopping for makeup on the high street can provide a fair range of variety and choice, especially living in larger cities like Cardiff or Bristol. However, in smaller towns the options are somewhat more limited to the counters in Boots and Superdrug. Yet, there are a number of shopping opportunities online where you can access brands that are hard to get hold of, and often at discounted prices.

  

Amazon have an amazing variety of brands available to buy here in the UK. One of my favourite brands,The Balm, (super pigmented products in beautiful kitsch vintage packaging) have a whole variety of products on Amazon. This includes their famous ‘Lou Manizer’ range, which consists of the top rated ‘Mary Lou Manizer’ and ‘Cindy Lou Manizer’ highlighter, and ‘Betty Lou Manizer’ bronzer. They have a whole other selection of blushes, eyeshadows and lipsticks. I recently picked up The Balm Jovi palette, which usually retails at £38, for the reduced price of £16, bargain!

Anyone who watches beauty videos on YouTube will have heard of the numerous American brands of makeup, such as Milani and Wet n Wild, which unfortunately are not freely available in stores over here. However Amazon supply a wide range of products from American brands. My top recommendations would be any of the Milani baked blushes (approx. £4.99) and Wet n Wild megalast lipsticks (around £2.50). Amazon can charge a little extra than what you may pay in America but that can be expected. Just make sure you’re not paying over the odds by doing a little research.

For those of you looking to delve a little further into the market of American makeup, beautyjoint.com have an extensive range of products that are shipped at reasonable prices when selecting the standard shipping option. I often make orders on this website and haven’t had any problems with delivery or customs charges. Parcels usually arrive approximately a week after their dispatch date. 

Another hidden gem of a website is cutecosmetics.co.uk. They sell a variety of eco friendly brands from the UK and America. This is my favourite stop for Lime Crime Velvetines – super long-lasting liquid lipsticks, and Sugarpill loose eyeshadow pigments. 

 I understand some people like to test makeup products in person and see the colour against their skin. So I get that online makeup shopping might not be for everyone, but as a makeup junkie, I like to be able to access all the brands I possibly can! Before buying anything online, I always make sure I search for product reviews and swatches online. That way I can get the best possible idea of what to expect before buying.  

2014 Beauty Favourites!

The run down of my favourite, most loved products of 2014!

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Revlon colourstay foundation
Max factor 3 in 1 foundation
Garnier BB cream
Nivea lip butters
L’oreal lumi primer
L’oreal infallible eyeshadows
BH cosmetics galaxy chic palette
Too faced chocolate bar palette
Kat Von D monarch palette
Maybelline the nudes lipsticks
Mac velvet teddy lipstick
Milani bella eyeshadows
Wet n wild Megalast lipsticks
Nyx Xtreme lip cream
Max factor clump defy mascara
Mac tan pigment
Bourjois healthy mix foundation
Maybelline Superstay foundation
Collection lasting perfection concealer
Milani luminoso blush
Benefit Rockateur blush
MUA highlighting powder
Elf pinktastic highlighter
MUA single eyeshadows
Mac soft ochre paintpot
Mac Indianwood paintpot
Anastasia dipbrow
Real techniques brushes
Elf stippling brush
Nyx taupe blush
Mac Melba blush
Bourjois liquid eyeliner
Sally Hansen nail varnish
Barry M gelly nail varnish
Essence express dry nail oil
L’oreal cleansing oil
Lush let the good times roll
Eucerin aquaphor
Simple moisturiser
Vo5 hairspray
Dove oil care shampoo and conditioner
Herbal essence naked shampoo and conditioner
Original source skin quench watermelon and jojoba oil body wash
Garnier oil beauty body lotion
Kringle candle watercolours
Yankee candle magarita time
Yankee candle sugar apple

American Makeup Haul

I have accumulated a fair amount of American brand makeup over the last six months or so for a number of reasons, such as family visiting from the states, the discovery of beauty joint.com etc, etc! I did a fair bit of research into the products I ordered, and a lot of the items are well known products in the beauty community. So I will say I’m very happy with the majority of these items!
 

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Milani Bella Eyeshadows – Love these! They are incredibly pigmented and have an amazing range of shades. Most of the shades are shimmer finish, but they do have a few matte shades, which make great crease colours. I own 15 of these at the moment. After ordering a couple of shades a few months ago, I had to go back for more! My top recommendations would be Bella Copper, Bella Gold, Bella Khaki, Bella Mandarin and Bella Rose.
 
Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks – Super affordable, massive range of shades that provide great dupes for higher end lippies and last ages on the lips! My favourites of the moment are Sugar Plum Fairy, Bare It All, Pinkerbelle and Rose Bud.
 
LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints – These are compared to the Too faced Melted lipsticks, however I feel that while the packaging of these products are very similar the finish is totally different. Too faced Melted lipsticks dry to a matte finish, whereas the LA girl Glazed lip paints maintain more of a glossy finish. I find them more comparable to OCC lip tars, with their finish and highly pigmented gloss effect. Again, these are really affordable and have a unique range colours available. I love Whimsical, Tango and Tease.

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette and Walking on Eggshells palette – I really enjoy using these palettes. There has been a lot of hype over them, and for good reason it seems. I particularly loved the Walking on Eggshells palette. The shades look very neutral, but give such an amazing shimmery, fresh look to the eyes. This also contains some good dupes for Mac shadows.

(For UK readers, these products are available on beautyjoint.com)

 

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Anastasia Maya Mia palette – The Anastasia palettes have been really popular in the YouTube community, so I wanted to test one out for myself. I really like the warm tones in this palette with a few pops of colour. This makes a good everyday palette or something for travelling with as you can achieve a number of looks with just this one palette.

Kat Von D Chrysalis palette – I picked up the Monarch palette on my last trip to the states and the pigmentation was so wow that I had to get the Chrysalis palette too. Beautiful and unique colours, and some of the best shadows I’ve ever used. Kat Von D rocks my world.

Lorac Pro 2 palette – Another product which has had an amazing amount of hype surrounding it. I don’t often opt for cool tone shadows, but these shades are lovely. Again this is a highly pigmented palette and I can see why everyone loves it!

And that’s it! I need to start building up my beauty wish list again for my next trip to the US, so if you have any recommendations or must-have products, then please let me know!

Lyndsey
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