Beauty: 2014’s Fuss-Free Party Look

Some girls love the process of getting ready, of slowly putting their makeup on and carefully doing their hair. I’m not one of those girls. I like to throw it on quickly, give my hair a quick curl and volume boost, and run out of the door. Yep, that usually involves laddered tights, chipped nails and smudged lipsticks but as I don’t drive these are problems easily fixed en route.

 photo 5cf4c46c-46e8-4ec5-a0f2-1e6ceec385a0_zps891aaac9.jpgChristmas and New Year was no different for me. Both days were quite relaxed, time with my loved ones, but I still wanted to look relatively nice. Okay, NYE didn’t last, I was in a duvet on the floor by 10:30 as I felt dreadful. But the thought was there. Anyway, on those kinda days/nights I want a really quite makeup routine. Preferably something I can do without a decent mirror, and even more ideal if I can throw it on top of makeup I’m already wearing.

 photo 23d5d79e-62d9-465b-b3bc-c671372d34c5_zps6ae402c9.jpgThe Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette is perfect for this. A quick dusting over 10-hour old foundation and it looks freshly applied. A sweep of the highlight and a blend of the contour make me look polished. And all in under 60 seconds. Layering it up a bit more, with a little concealer, this can be all I need for a base too. I love it, and am dreading the day I hit pan.

 photo 5231b11e-ca76-4f5c-a210-c8eeec2f4060_zps78f3b850.jpgA simple eye make up is all I feel like if I’m wearing the makeup all day. Don’t get me wrong, I love a smokey eye, but all day?! I’ll only rub my eyes and ruin it! I just go for a thick coat of a good mascara, Bourjois is currently mine (and probably the rest of the blogging world’s) favourite.

 photo c029a2bc-c22e-48c4-bd71-690b87e231bb_zps5c72f429.jpgAnd it wouldn’t be festive makeup without a red lip, would it?! This little beauty from MAC is one a lot of people haven’t heard of, but I fell in love at first swatch. A glaze finish, it’s moisturising and sheer whilst still packing in some intense colour. This is a red lip that’s appropriate to visit your grandparents in, though don’t give them a kiss as it does transfer. Hot Tahiti is a warm-toned red that is simply stunning. It’s great on its one, but I also love it to touch up my Revlon Matte Balm when it starts to fade. A handbag essential, and I’ll definitely be on the hunt for more glaze finishes.
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That’s my look this season, effortless and fuss-free. Are you a fan of throwing on makeup in a rush, or do you prefer to take your time? Have you tried any of these products? What was your go to make-up bits over the festive season?

Beauty: The Perfect Winter Blush

This was my first ever MAC purchase. I fell in love at the tender age of 13, when me and a friend stumbled into Brighton’s MAC store. It was literally love at first swatch, but I never purchase. I lusted after it, swatched every time I went in store, and it finally earned a place high on my 20th birthday list.

 photo 0ef08e6c-eceb-4f21-9638-16f7d7b62b96_zpsb3d17e49.jpgExactly a year on, I’ve barely made a dent. That’s not to say I don’t use it! Most winter days see Love Thing flushed across my cheeks, blended well to give the rosiest of glows. You need the lightest of hands with this one, it’s so scarily pigmented a swipe will leave you looking clown like. And this blush sticks around too. It’s definitely still there when I go and take it off in the evening!

 photo 30c9e08b-1b0c-4964-9833-8389e6967896_zps8335203f.jpgI’m slowly becoming more confident with this. Last winter saw it being used to give the slightest hint of colour. This year I’m rocking the berry tones even more, and this blush goes perfectly alongside MAC Craving. Yup, it opened up a MAC addition I didn’t know I had.I can’t say any other of the blusher colours particular call out to me, but the formula seems like it’s pretty fail safe. A slightly dewy finish, a solidly baked powder that has survived multiple falls to the floor? It’s a winner in my book.

 photo 1cf8daa7-597a-44d9-af7b-305d8e6913cc_zps8e6f42f0.jpgNow, did anyone get my subtle hint above?! In case you haven’t noticed from posts becoming more excitable, and not-too-subtle twitterings, it’s my twenty-first birthday today! I’ve been utterly excited for weeks, with a whole three days booked off work for lie-ins and celebrations. My plans so far (I’m writing this in advance to make the most of my time off!) involve a pampering sessions with my lovely mum, my dad baking me multiple cakes, a romantic meal with my man, and then a family meal tonight. I’m hoping to squeeze in a brisk walk in the cold with my dog too, so I’m hoping for good weather! I also am being whisked away for a surprise tomorrow…

What’s your favourite blusher? Do you love berry tones in the cooler weather?