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

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June Favourites

For a bit of beauty inspiration, take a look at the products I have loved during the month of June…

No7 Stay Perfect Foundation (£14.50)

I hadn’t tried any of the Boots No7 foundations until recently. After having a £3 off No7 voucher I decided to give them a whirl. This foundation claims to last up to 24 hours with a natural and lightweight feel. The product gives good medium coverage, and while it lasts a long time, it doesn’t dry to a matte finish so it still manages to look luminous and fresh. Sometimes, long-lasting foundations can tend to cake up and cling to areas of the face during the course of the day. However, I actually think that this foundation looks better as the day goes on. It’s great for those with normal, dry or combination skin. If you prefer a more matte finish maybe try out No7’s Beautifully Matte.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow (£25.00)

I have been using this highlighter for the majority of the month as it’s just so easy to wear. This highlighting powder contains two different shades in a compact. Half is a pale shimmery pink that counteracts any dullness in the skin. The other half is a white gold shade that adds a luminous ‘candlelight glow’ to the face. I usually swirl the two shades together to give a fresh glow to my cheekbones. It does contain shimmer, but doesn’t give an ultra-metallic sheen, so it’s perfect for everyday wear.

Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick (£4.99)

These lipsticks come in a chunky pencil form, which means you get a bit more precision than a regular lipstick. The finish is satin matte, but doesn’t dry lips out and has a creamy texture. They last a really long time on the lips too, so I don’t need to think about reapplying throughout the day. There is a good selection of shades available ranging from everyday nudes to fluorescent pink. I have been wearing ‘Nude Perfection’ a medium nude and ‘Berry Much’ a deep plum.

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

The 20-day Palette Challenge!

I have far, far, far too many eyeshadow palettes, and next to my lipstick collection, it is the most overpopulated category of my makeup stash. So this month I have set myself the challenge of using a different eyeshadow palette, for everyday that I wear makeup, for 20 days! The main reason for doing this is that I have so many beautiful palettes, but they are often neglected as I end up reusing a small selection of palettes over and over again. I will be updating the list of palettes I have been using several times a week. If anyone wants any in-depth reviews on any of the palettes I have mentioned, just drop me a line!

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1. Urban Decay – Naked 3 (Strange, Nooner, Buzz, Factory)

2. Too Faced – A Few of My Favourite Things (Cream Coloured Ponies, Milk Chocolate, Taffy, Woolen Mittens)

3. Wet n Wild – Comfort Zone (All shades)

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4. Stila – In The Garden (Nectar, Breeze, Freesia)

5. Too Faced – Joy to the Girls (Snow Angel, Cookie Dough, Joy, Mulberry)

6. Mac – Warm Neutrals (Brule, Amber lights, Saddle)

7. The Balm – Nude Tude (Sassy, Sultry, Seductive, Sexy)

8. Anastasia Beverly Hills – Maya Mia (Vanilla, Warm Taupe, Caramel, Glisten)

9. Too Faced – Romantic eye (Soulmates, Bouquet toss, I do, Cut the cake, First dance)

10. Kat Von D – Chrysalis (Lifelike, Glasswing, Transition, Mezzanine)

11. Urban Decay – Naked (Naked, Buck, Toasted, Sin, Hustle)

12. Too Faced – Matte eye (Velveteen Bunny, Chinchilla, Coffee Bean)

13. Urban Decay – Vice 3 (Truth, Alien, Alchemy, Bondage)

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14. Urban Decay – Deluxe Shadow Box (Shag, Scratch, Underground)

15. Urban Decay – Naked 2 (Bootycall, Tease, YDK, Busted)

16. Cargo – Vintage Escape Fall (Autumn, Withered Leaves, Hot Cocoa)

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17. BH Cosmetics – Galaxy Chic (Sun, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars)

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18. Stila – In the light (Bare, Kitten, Bubbly, Bliss, Sunset)

19. Kat Von D – Monarch (Entomology, Telepathy, Vanish, Wrath, Papillio)

20. Too Faced – Chocolate Bar (White chocolate, Salted caramel, Marzipan, Hazelnut, Champagne truffle)

20-day palette challenge completed!

This was really beneficial to me, as it made me make use of all of my palettes and not rely on just a few select palettes for a quick and easy look. I used only the colours in the palette that I used on each individual day (no additional crease/highlight colours). This definitely made me realise which palettes were the most versatile. Versatility is great with eyeshadow palettes as it means you can create a number of looks that require no additional products, hence making them pocket and travel friendly!

Although I love the majority of these palettes, my top five palettes from this experience have been:

1. BH Cosmetics – Galaxy Chic
2. Too Faced – A Few of My Favourite Things
3. Kat Von D – Monarch
4. Urban Decay – Vice 3
5. Cargo – Vintage Escape Fall

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FOTD: Wedding Guest

Face of the day

Face – Maybelline Baby Skin, Max Factor 3 in 1 foundation, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, Sleek pressed powder, NYX taupe blush, Mac Warm Soul blush, Mac Soft and Gentle highlighter

Eyes – Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Mac Quite Natural paint pot, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, Bourjois Pinceau liquid eyeliner, Rimmel Wonderfull mascara, Rimmel Scandal eyes in Nude

Brows – Mac Fluidline in Dipdown, Mac Charcoal Brown, Benefit Gimme Brow in Dark

Lips – No.7 Lipliner in Nude, Urban Decay lipstick in Native

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