Beauty: Drugstore Favourites

I wrote a few weeks back about my high-end favourites, well today it’s the highstreet’s turn. Whenever I wear makeup it’s more often than not a combination of pricier items together with budget-friendly picks. For one, I can’t afford to plaster my whole face in high-end products, and two? I’m pretty sure that I’d struggle to find a higher priced alternative that does a better job!

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I must admit I shy away from cheaper lipsticks and eyeshadows, but everything else? I’m a magpie for a bargain!

These bits are all favourites of mine. Some of them I use every single day, other’s I have rediscovered over the last few weeks and need to refit into my routine. I can’t believe I’d forgotten about some of these gems!

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Bodyshop’s Mineral Foundation

This is on the verge of not being budget friendly, shooting up to a price of £15 nowadays (I’m convinced it was £2 less this time last year). However it is my most-commonly worn foundation, my everyday foundation if you will. A light dusting of this takes under 30 seconds to apply, yet evens out my skintone and lasts all day without feeling heavy. A pot lasts me a good eighteen months, so when there’s a 40% off code floating about it’s not too bank breaking!

Max Factor Match Masterpiece Foundation

My ‘going out’ foundation that has quickly replaced my entire Rimmel collection – the finish of this one just looks a lot more natural and it photographs well (full review here).

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No. 7 Illuminating Stick

One of my favourite products of 2014, since I’ve stopped wearing liquid foundations this has been a little neglected. It’s a shame as it’s a lovely daily highlighter – enough to add a glow, but not too OTT or glittery. I’m definitely aiming to use this more over the summer!

Max Factor Blushes

I’ve spoken about these a few times, they were pretty hyped up this time last year but (typically) the blogging world seems to have forgotten about them. By far the best drugstore blushes I have tried, these definitely deserve a lot more love! Pigmented, yet with natural colours, radiant without being glittery, super-blendable and a good shade range – these are on a par with Hourglass blushes that I have swatched and winced at the price of.

Barry M Light Reflecting Concealer

This is something that is hugely overlooked – it’s my go-to undereye concealer. With an amazing shade range for pale peeps, this is a light fluid that actually soothes the undereye area, brightens it up and makes me look a whole lot more awake. It’s not the highest coverage I’ve tried, but the fact that it NEVER creases means it’s a winner in my makeup bag. I would avoid using it as a spot cover though (I pick up 17’s Stay Time for that job!).

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Burt’s Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm

Whilst I’ve a big lover of Nuxe Reve de Miel in evenings, I find it too heavy to wear during the day. I picked this up when visiting W one weekend (my lips suddenly decided to chap and I needed some form of balm). The scent is gorgeous, it’s hydrating yet matte, sinks in quickly and actually makes a difference. Kinda like what I hoped the Nuxe stick would be!

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Of course, there are other bits and pieces I love in the drugstore. There’s KIKO lip liners (of which I want to own alllll the colours), Revlon Matte Balms (though admittedly these now irritate my lips), Natural Collection mascaras (because nothing has done the job better), and Barry M nail polishes. Oh, and Collection’s Gel top coat – by far the best I’ve tried.

What’s your favourite bits and pieces of drugstore beauty?

Beauty: High End Favourites

I was really reluctant to write this post. I’m a student, I’m broke, and I don’t really want to advocate ‘spending all the money on makeup’ – however the vast majority of these bits were gifts, or bought using loyalty points. The main point, though, is that all of these are used, and used pretty regularly. I don’t see the point in ‘leaving makeup for best’ (I would never use it if I did!), so I tend to use a mix of high-end and drugstore bits whenever I wear makeup. And despite their high prices, I would repurchase every one of the products in this post…
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Ah, so predictable! By far the most expensive piece of makeup I own (full review here), but by far the one used most often. It’s quite rare that I head out without a light dusting of this, and it’s also an essential for during-the-day top ups. It adds the perfect amount of coverage and glow, without being glittery or cakey. It sets foundation, adds a subtle highlight. My only complaint is the darkest shade is slightly too warm-toned for me, but making sure I use a light-hand fixes that. I’m so surprised I’ve not yet got near to hitting pan!
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Nars Douceur

The only one I can’t repurchase, I managed to get hold of this lusted-after blush just as it was discontinued. The perfect blend between rosy and brown, this adds a really natural looking flush and contour. It blends beautifully, lasts all day and is the perfect tone for my skin.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Tapered Blush Brush

And to go with the blush, what else other than my favourite ever brush?! The Bold Metals collection didn’t initially tempt me, the reviews aren’t great, but every brush I have (which is a fair few of them!) I’ve loved. This one is by far and away my favourite, it makes blending anything effortless, never sheds, stays in shape and is oh-so instagrammable. I keep one for blushes and one for foundation blending.
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Naked 2 Palette

It can’t be a high-end round up without a Naked palette, and the one I’ve gone for is Naked 2. I do love Naked 3, it being the first (and only!) bit of makeup W bought me, but I doubt I’d repurchase simply because I don’t use it quite often enough. Naked 2, however, almost wins the award for most-used palette. The combination of nude matte shades with slightly bolder, slightly shimmery shades is a winner, and combined with the buttery texture makes this palette a firm favourite – and for good reason!
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Charlotte Tilbury Sophisticate Palette

Now this is my all-time favourite palette. From the beautiful rose-gold packaging to the perfect shade selection, this quad is always in my makeup bag. The finish is somewhere between matte and satin, making them perfect for a natural look, they blend seamlessly and are the only shadows not to fade or crease throughout the day. To make my point: I recently had a busy day which involved getting ready at 5:30am. I adulted all day, rushed across Zurich, caught a flight, spent 3 hours on the UK rail network and still had to spend time removing this stuff just before midnight…If you want to spend all your pennies on just one eyeshadow palette, I’d go with this one. Vintage Vamp is next on my list…
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MAC Lipsticks

My lipstick of choice, I very rarely wear non-MAC lipsticks these days (I find quite a few other brands now irritate my lips?!). I wouldn’t say MAC are the highest quality I’ve ever used, but what I have found is the shade selection is miles better than anywhere else, particularly for warm-tones. The majority of my shades are the slightly less-popular ones, with my all-time favourites being Creme In Your Coffee and Diva.

Are you are high-end makeup fan, or more of a budget girl? I like to think I’m a mix of both – I’ll be posting my drugstore favourites very soon!

Beauty: Two New Lipsticks

You may have seen in my ‘What I Got‘ post that my lipstick collection was added to over the Christmas period. I’ve been quite restrained with my makeup buying in the last few months and (other than trialling wedding potentials of course!) I will continue to focus on using what I’ve got. However there were two lipsticks on my wishlist and I was lucky enough to receive them both.

 photo New Winter Lipsticks 3_zpszrcsm6aj.jpgThe first is my first ‘drugstore’ lipstick in a long, long time (the Halloween lipstick doesn’t count, right?!). I’ve been intrigued about Kate Moss’ collaboration with Rimmel for a while, but wasn’t taken with any of the original shades. Her Nude collection however was another story, so I asked to be surprised with either ’45’ or ’48’ – I ended up opening ’48’ and I’m really rather glad. It’s an extremely unique shade, unlike anything I own. Initially I wasn’t sure but I’ve grown to love it.

It’s like a vampier version of my all-time favourite lipstick. I do find the formula slightly tricky – it’s soft in the bullet making a fine line more difficult than what I’m used to, and I am discovering it is a little drying. Nothing extreme though, and the colour more than makes up for it. Whilst it isn’t particularly long-lasting I do find it wears off evenly and reapplies fairly well. If only the packaging didn’t feel and look so cheap!

 photo New Winter Lipsticks 1_zpsn3wfmunx.jpgThe second has almost, almost become my favourite lipstick. It’s definitely pipped itself right up there to become my top red lip, I absolutely adore it.

Slightly darker and cherry-toned, MAC Diva the ideal red lip for a pale girl with warm undertones. Nothing makes me look more ill than a blue-toned lipstick (despite the benefit it has on my teeth), and thankfully this is completely different. With hindsight maybe asking for this without a single swatch was a little risky, but it’s a risk that’s paid off. I love the darker, bold red, it lasts extremely well (a fish finger sandwich, chips, two glasses of rose and a whisky didn’t wash away this bad boy!), and I find the colour really rather flattering. It’s not the most comfortable lipstick in the world, but as a matte it’s far away from being the worst. If you’re looking for a new red lipstick I highly recommend giving Diva a swatch!
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What’s your current favourite lipstick? I’m on the lookout for super long-lasting ones so feel free to give a recommendation!

Beauty: Max Factor Miracle Match Foundation Review

Up until a few months ago I was perfectly content with my (rather small) foundation collection. In all honestly I’m not a huge foundation person; I don’t wear it on a day-to-day basis, I’m pale enough to make shade selection difficult and it’s all just a bit much faff for me. I tend to only wear it on an evening out, and it was during my birthday drinks that I noticed Rimmel’s Match Perfection definitely does not photograph well. Que wandering round Boots trying to find a foundation that was both pale enough and didn’t contain SPF. And this was surprisingly difficult.

 photo Max Factor Miracle Match Foundation Review 3_zpsfjyiimqt.jpgI stumbled across this offering, and swayed by the free gift offer (I may have picked up a nail polish too) it was quickly purchased. And it’s not a purchase I have regretted. I picked up the lightest shade called ‘Light Ivory’ and it’s *just* pale enough for my ghostly complexion. I can get away with it as I have a slight olive tone to my skin, if you have cooler undertones I’d possibly avoid this one!

On applying, this foundation feels quite refreshing on the skin, almost like a serum. It noticeably evens out my skintone without looking heavy, and gives pretty decent coverage over any breakout areas. I have noticed that it feels a little sticky when you first apply it but after giving it that few minutes to ‘dry’, the stickiness disappears and powders apply easily over it. I really wasn’t getting on with this foundation at all as I found powders were causing it to look cakey; waiting those few crucial moments completely solves this problem.

 photo Max Factor Miracle Match Foundation Review 5_zpsqoewazuy.jpgThe finish is quite radiant. It’s definitely not matte, but far from shiny. It’s full-coverage, yet doesn’t look flat, and I’ve found my skin looks awake and fresh. Despite all this, I’ve found it still looks really natural. Miracle Match is a foundation enriched  with vitamins high levels of water and glycerin (1st and 3rd on ingredients list respectively) to moisturise and treat the skin. Whilst I have next-to-no clue on the actual effects these have, I can say that this foundation feels comfortable to wear, is long-lasting and doesn’t seem to dry my skin out after a few hours. In fact this held out very nicely for my latest job interview; a nice 13 hours with just a quick powder at lunchtime.

It also wins on my biggest criteria; this photographs extremely well. With no SPF causing a whitecast, no tiny glitter particles to add shine, this looks natural both in person and in photographs. It’s quickly become my night-out go-to, and even became the only foundation I bought back from university at Christmas.

My one complaint? The smell! It’s that awful, pungent fake tan smell – thankfully it completely subsides very quickly after application but those few seconds are not pleasant. It’s a little bit off-putting applying something that smells that bad to your face, though W assures me he can’t smell it!

 photo Max Factor Miracle Match Foundation Review 10_zpsofrmzbsh.jpgSo, a brief review of Max Factor’s Miracle Match Foundation – a medium-high coverage foundation offering a natural finish that lasts all day and photographs well. As long as you don’t mind the smell of biscuits.

What’s your favourite high-street foundation? Any high-end ones you can recommend?

Beauty: Brands I Want to Try in 2016

2015 was the year I bought a lot of makeup, but I also discovered what I liked (bold lips), what I hated (cheap eyeshadows), and what suited my skin (not a lot!). Towards the end of the year I really cut down my spending, not buying myself a lot and only asking for a few special bits as gifts. Playing around with more ‘me’ pieces has led to some serious lust over the high-end alternatives and I’ve ended up with a lot of brands I want to try over the next year.

 photo Makeup 3_zpsumedhc0e.jpgAnd I know it’s wayyyy too early, but I’m planning on doing my wedding makeup myself. And I’m pretty sure it’s just so I have an excuse to treat myself…
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Nars

I treated myself to my first Nars product in the January sales last year; the now discontinued Doucuer blush. I love it – the formula is great, the colour perfect. And this has sparked a major interest in the brand. I’ve heard nothing but good things, so I think the next thing to investigate is their lip pencils!

The blush itself is the perfect colour for my pale complexion, adding definition and a bit of colour without being too dramatic. Why have they discontinued this?!
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Hourglass

Possibly a bit of an obvious one for me given my love-affair with the Ambient Lighting palette, but I definitely want to try more from the Hourglass stand! I’m mainly tempted by the powders and blushes – Mood Exposure will be mine!

Tarte

Oh, how I wish this was easier to get hold of! I’ve been super impressed with one of their blushes, but I’m desperate to get hold of their powder foundation. I’m a big fan of powder foundations but do find the coverage to be hit and miss so this sounds like the perfect answer!
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Charlotte Tilbury

Having tried an eyeshadow palette that has quickly become my go-to, this is a brand I know I’ll love. I’m most tempted by the lipsticks – the mattes seem to have the most amazing formulation and gorgeous shades!

The eyeshadow palette I have is ‘The Sophisticate’ and if I’m 100% honest I’m not actually tempted by any of the others. This one however is the perfect basic neutral quads. The shadows are satin finish – not shimmery, but not quite matte. They apply like a dream, blend beautifully, last a decent time and when they do fade do so evenly. I’ve found this palette perfect for daytime wear as well as amping up for an evening look – perfect for a weekend away!
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So, a bit of a mix, but it is (I say quite bashfully!) mainly high-end. It’s wishful thinking really as I know the vast majority of this is completely out of budget!

What brands do you want to try more of?

Beauty: An Easy & Sophisticated Halloween Look

Not being the hugest fan of Halloween, I never go all out with a costume. I’ve never been trick or treating, I highly doubt I would enjoy apple bobbing, and the smell of carving pumpkins makes me feel a little queasy (though I’ll still do it, purely for virtually unlimited roasted seeds!). This year is the first time I’ve gone out for Halloween at university, and I’m actually quite excited.

 photo Halloween Makeup5_zpsyhkr4sri.jpg photo Halloween20Makeup4_zps4v0jm49m.jpgUnfortunately, “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it” is taken all too seriously. It was getting insanely difficult to find an outfit that covered areas I don’t wish to display publicly, especially one which didn’t threaten to bankrupt me. In the end I’ve gone for ‘Vampire-ess’ – a red dress I have stolen borrowed from my sister, a dracula cape (£3.79 inc delivery from Ebay, thank you very much!), and some dramatic makeup. The perfect excuse to buy yet another lipstick…

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My makeup look is actually something I’m really proud of. I experimented last Wednesday with it (good use of studying time!), and decided I liked it enough to take multiple selfies and share it. Because realistically, if I can do it in about ten minutes, anyone can do it in five!

On the night I’ll be setting my palest foundation with talcum powder, adding in some severe contouring and getting my housemate to backcomb my hair. However the stars of the show here are the eyes and lips…

 photo Halloween20Makeup2_zpsa1mcyyth.jpgThe lip colour is the darkest I managed to find on the high-street, and the cheapest too (thankfully). At £1 from Makeup Revolution this isn’t the best quality, I find it stings a little, it takes a couple of apply-blot-apply routines to get a solid colour. However it is dark, purple, makes my teeth look whiter and is completely different to anything I own. I’ve bought a dark lip liner (Barry M) since which I’m hoping will ease the application, the weekend will tell!

 photo Halloween Makeup6_zpsvv58wp37.jpg photo Halloween Makeup7_zpspzmlqb68.jpgThe eyes! I was seriously impressed with how I managed to create this eyelook! I started by lining my lower waterline with a black liner (I’ll be lining the upper too on the night, just for more drama), before taking a big fluffy brush and blending a matte purplely-brown colour everywhere. I used my Smashbox Double Exposure palette, but I’m pretty sure this kind of shade can be found pretty easily. I then piled on a matte black shadow onto my actual lid, blending the two together slides. Some heavy mascara and it’s good to go…told you it was easy!

I’m in love with this makeup look…I’m already wondering about whether I can pull of this lipstick on a more standard night out.

What are your plans for Halloween this year?

Beauty: Autumnal Tones

Autumn. It’s my favourite season, partly because of the memories it holds, partly because of the beautiful colours of the trees and the sunsets. It doesn’t hurt that ‘on trend’ Autumn makeup includes all of the shades that I love, that suit me perfectly.

 photo Autumn Makeup 8_zps7ugnhffk.jpgIn Autumn I can get away with dying my hair progressively more and more ginger (doing so in the summer results in a slightly orange look). I can paint my nails with dark colours and not look gothic. I can wear the same scarf and ankle boot combo many times and not look like I’m recycling outfits.

 photo Autumn Makeup 3_zpse8vczghh.jpg photo Autumn Makeup 6_zpsxbmzwol6.jpgThe majority of my autumn makeup has been rolled over from last year, with just the addition of some new nail polishes. After seeing swatches I couldn’t resist picking up some from Tanya Burr – both colours are so different to anything else I own, the finish seems glossy, they’re ridiculously cheap. Now I just need to find time to paint my nails…

I’ve also gone slightly away from the norm with some of my nail choices. I adore the chocolate brown shade – it’s so rich and glossy, I’d swear I’d just dipped my nails into melted chocolate. The red is unlike anything I’ve ever owned – it’s warm, orange-toned but slightly muted. The perfect bold shade that’s just a little easier to wear than a pillar-b

 photo Autumn Makeup 2_zps2ua2bff7.jpgThere’s unfortunately nothing new in the lip department. I’m mixing and matching lipliners with my MAC lipsticks, and to be honest I’m relatively satisfied with my collection at the moment. Though I wouldn’t say no to having Diva in my collection…My favourite everyday shade has to be Velvet Teddy (bit of a cliche I know, however the warm tone is super flattering on me), and I love Craving for a night out. If I need something to stay put all day then I’ll go for the Rimmel matte balm in Sultry – a staple in my makeup bag.

A slick of plum lipstick, an oversized scarf and really I’m good to go. Autumn is just so easy compared to summer.

What’s your go-to makeup look at the moment?

Beauty: The “No-Makeup Makeup Bag”

Yep, you read that right. A post on how to back a makeup bag for a no-makeup look. I promise I haven’t gone mad! Well, madder than I already am at least…

 photo a34d8a2b-1b08-48cb-9f6e-7ec009ae4e84_zps9ojg5fcr.jpgI treated my recent trip to Devon as a bit of a detox. I significantly cut down on screen time – no laptop was taken, and I only used my phone/tablet for an hour each morning and evening. I didn’t have my camera permanently attached to me. And, perhaps most importantly, I hardly wore any makeup.

Some makeup was worn, and I make no apologies for this. I’m not one of those people who can look good without anything at all, and quite frankly I don’t feel overly comfortable in going out and about like it. I’ll nip to the shops completely bare-faced, sure, but a whole day outside of the house? I can guarantee you I don’t be bare-faced for that (so no need to panic!). But I didn’t wear a lot, so here’s what I stuck to…

 photo babe9b17-1a0b-49ff-8159-6eb8ecb1700d_zpscv3u60bo.jpgA glow-boosting moisturizer with SPF20. I’ve waxed lyrical about this moisturiser from Garnier, but I do love it! Inexpensive, light-weight and it doesn’t break me out. Unfortunately we didn’t see a huge amount of sunshine during our little break, but I always like to make sure I’m wearing a little protection.

The only other makeup I wore was concealer and mascara. My favourite concealer is currently 17 Stay Time as it’s the only one pale enough to blend into my skintone, however I’d heard good things about a relatively new Barry M release so picked it up the day before. I definitely think it’s better under the eyes, but I did manage to fail in picking up the correct shade! I’m not fussy where mascara is concerned and usually use a free one I’ve obtained or a cheapy one from Natural Collection. Currently on the go is Max Factor’s False Lash effect, but I also have a mini tube of a No. 7 one to try, as well as a full sized Maybelline offering.

Oh, and lipstick doesn’t count as makeup right?! I did however only stick to MAC Patisserie in an attempt to use it a little more. It’s very sheer and doesn’t do anything on my lips, so I’m not too impressed!

 photo 6213a019-5856-4169-bb7d-93521c462981_zpsiwzomnte.jpgAnd that’s it! Also in my (perhaps oversized) wash bag was facial soap, a little Pixi Glow Tonic, some eye makeup remover (I left mine in London so picked up some lotion in Waitrose – and it stung my eyes like a bitch!), face cloth and deodorant.

 photo c9fbf720-fb88-4c88-a148-c6d7745d8e06_zpsmuukutho.jpgIt felt so good to be bare faced a little more, and actually I ended up not wearing foundation for nearly two weeks afterwards. My skin definitely thanked me for it!

Do you try and go “makeup free” at all? What are your must-wear items?

Beauty: A Love of Lip Liners

Up until six months ago I thought lip liners were a waste of time and my precious pennies. Why on earth would I need another layer of colour to do what my lipstick was doing perfectly well?!

 photo db7ea3b6-0f0e-46fc-99a1-c9ec80161bd4_zpsvm151mfz.jpgAnd now I have loads. Most of them are from a recent trip to Kiko, where I added a grand total of six to my collection. Safe to say I’m pretty obsessed.

I’ve matched most of them to my lipsticks, but I also have some brighter, bolder colours to wear either on my own or under a sheerer colour (I find MAC Patisserie a really wishy-washy colour without a bold liner behind it – definitely not one to live up to it’s hype). I’ve found the perfect match to Velvet Teddy, a match that keeps the red-brown tone and doesn’t turn it mauve like most of the recommended liners seem to do. I’ve found the most lovely colour that is almost a match to my natural lip colour, just a touch more red. I’ve found deep berries, vibrant fuschias and even a warm coral (not entirely convinced this suits me).

 photo 2015-05-15 20.29.34_zpsbo6bk1z4.jpgI’ve written about my L’Oreal wine-toned liner before, and whilst it’s not my favourite formula (a little too much slip), the colour is second to none. Max Factor provided me with an introduction to lip liners, and I do love the formula. For a while. I find these dry out really quickly, especially if the lip falls off in a crammed make-up bag. A little disappointing perhaps…

 photo b1dd371a-2161-41dd-9572-1a560ea64d4d_zpseemhyxk3.jpg photo 11c5dec1-9efc-4e7d-97c6-d6691a2bc06a_zpswvweygvd.jpgThe Kiko formula is pretty much spot on. A couple of the pale-pink colours don’t have quite the pay-off I’ve like, but the bolder and nude ones? They apply like a dream. Soft and creamy enough to wear on their own, these have a great lasting power that really glues my lipstick on. They haven’t dried out yet, the colour selection is amazing (I really need a dark brown one!), and the best bit – they cost £1.20. Can you really blame me for picking up a handful?!

 photo c0d418f2-b3ae-4ad0-b608-38ce64d273f2_zpst33aykaj.jpgA bit of a quick post from me today, I completely forgot to schedule anything for today until late Thursday night. Slightly tipsy from leaving drinks, an early train to Devon on Friday. I knew I wouldn’t have chance to get anything live and had this half done in my drafts. I was planning on doing a ‘matching liner with lipstick’ post, so do let me know if that’s something you’d still like to see and I’ll whip the camera out!

Are you a fan of lip liners? What’s your favourite Kiko product?

Beauty: From Day to Night, Work to Play

This week marks my last week of work, my last week of a 13-month placement. At the moment I’m feeling pretty emotional and trying to steel myself against shedding a tear come 5pm on Thursday. This week also marks a week of leaving celebrations. Not one to do things by halves, I’ve scheduled a total of three leaving meals, plus drinks. Damn you tube strike for making things difficult…

 photo 0804338b-a8c7-4c57-8024-68e1821be678_zpsckjvjwtx.jpg photo 18f7e2f4-2617-40db-93d2-3a802fa7110b_zpslbat83tz.jpgHeading out after work is something I’ve become accustomed to over the head. Many Fridays were spent legging it to the station with suitcase ready for a loved-up weekend with W. I’ve gone to blogging events, met with friends, and sampled all the local Thai restaurants (multiple times). With an evening out comes the need for a two-minute-touch-up of my daily makeup. And actually, I’ve got the routine pretty much down…

 photo 26930160-731b-478f-a676-b196b04605e2_zpsb5lx5whd.jpgI’ll apply a teeny, tiny dot of eye cream first (I always keep some at my desk, along with lip balm and hand cream), as my eyes get super dehydrated sitting at a computer all day. I’ll then go in with the concealer to hide any dark-circles. I’ll add some grey eyeshadow to my crease, and my lower lashline, smudging it all out for a smokey effect. A quick coat of mascara and my eyes are looking good.

 photo 382b035e-43c0-4655-a9cb-3bd61a64c1d9_zpsqd1zgq3e.jpgBase wise, and my Hourglass palette is a total lifesaver. A big fluffy brush and this is all I need to make my skin look as flawless as it did at 7am – and it will last until I stumble through the door too. I’ll use a combination of all three shades to brighten, highlight and add warmth and definition. The mirror means I can do all my of makeup at my desk or on the train if necessary – major bonus!

 photo caa35e87-ebab-45e1-af91-b8f759c0faf4_zpsy96kzjuk.jpgA quick slick of lipstick and I’m good to go! My lipstick changes daily, depending on what I’m wearing – and I’ll just throw the day’s lipstick in my bag for top-ups if needed. If I know I’ll be eating/drinking I’ll also use a matching lip liner too; I’ll be talking more about these next week but I LOVE Kiko ones.
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I’ve got this routine down to just under three minutes now (yep, I’m pretty impressed with myself!). What are your quick-fix makeup items? How do you take your makeup from day to night?