I just wanted to give a little shout out to my blog for it’s 1 month anniversary, woop woop! Thank you all for getting me here in one piece, I love you all very much. Very fittingly for the occasion, I have also hit 150 followers so that is ab-sol-utely fantastic! For a mini celebration I have started using a new signature on my blog (I first used it in my Bridget Jones post) that is a bit better quality than my Paint masterpiece I had prior!
I have yet to post about makeup when actually it is something I really enjoy (I’m just not very good with it!)
I thought the best way to showcase my limited makeup abilities and what I enjoy would be to share my general everyday makeup when I don’t have too long to get ready but aim to look slightly more alive.
I always use a bit of Sudocrem on my chin before applying makeup as I have very acne prone (yet dry) skin – yes it’s absolute hell, I can assure you.
Then I generally use a prescription cream on my face as a moisturiser as I need something pretty darn strong.
Foundation and Concealer
I start with my foundation which is the Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1W1 Bone. It has been pretty light for me for ages now but coming to the end of summer has made it a perfect match again. Although it is a bit on the pricey side, it is one of the best out there and works so well with my skin. My other holy grail is the Rimmel London Wake Me Up(orange lid) foundation but unfortunately I don’t have any on me at the moment. I consider it just as amazing as the Estee Lauder one – and it’s a fraction of the price tag!
My concealer is the Natural Collection concealer which is a bargain at £1.99! I find it is great for your under eyes as it is so light and creamy, blending so easily. I have used the Collection concealer (the one every YouTuber raves about!) for a while but I consider it more suited to blemishes than under eyes.
To apply both I use a damp blending sponge – I’m currently trying out the Primark one which is actually pretty good and I would definitely recommend it as a cheaper alternative to the Real Techniques one or the original Beauty Blender.
Powder, Bronzer and Highlight
This is my favourite part of doing my makeup. I have a lovely little quad (that is older than I should admit) from Elf that really does serve me well! It has a white powder that works amazingly as a translucent face powder – rather than the highlight I’m sure it’s intending for – and the dark bronzer is perfect to add some shape and definition to my chubby cheeks! I believe it has since been reintroduced to the collection and I’m about 80% sure that this is the new version of what I have as the colours are near perfect in comparison. Elf is also cruelty free which is a great added bonus.
My highlight is the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle and I frickin’ love it. MAC is obviously not cruelty free but I do have another amazing highlighter worth mentioning if that is what you prefer. I received it in a Glossybox a while ago and it’s called the So Susan Statement Skin Highlighting Cream. It comes as a stick highlighter rather than the powder of the MAC one but is honestly amazing.
I often put a small amount of eyeshadow on as it’s generally the focal point of my makeup – whether it is day or night. My every day eyeshadow comes from the Naked Basics 2 Urban Decay palette where I use ‘Skimp’ and ‘Cover’ the most to give a very natural look.
Eyeliner and Mascara
To finish off this simple makeup look I generally use just my Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner and my Natural Collection Waterguard Mascara. The Soap and Glory Eyeliner is so good. I have tried what seems like hundreds of the pen style eyeliners and this is definitely one of the best. I have linked the standard one that I use but there is also a ‘fat‘ and ‘skinny‘ option, depending how you like your eyeliner look.
The Natural Collection mascaras are one the best ones I have come across on the high street. They are only £1.99 but they do perform really well. My other drugstore/high street favourite is the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara although I will admit to not having bought this in a while – in favour of the cheaper option – so I hope the formula is still the same! My favourite high end mascara is either the Benefit They’re Real or the Lancome Hypnose that I bought in a gift set in the Boots sale last Christmas. The Lancome one is great but it does dry out reasonably quick which prevented me from repurchasing at full price!
And that’s it! It generally takes me 10-15 minutes to do this basic look which makes me look a little more awake than normal but isn’t too heavy for everyday.
I hope you enjoyed this first makeup post of mine and let me know if you think I should ever do any more or abandon it entirely!