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FOTD #10

17 March 2016

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Ever since I discovered my new favourite moisturiser (review coming soon), I have really gotten back into trowelling a load of stuff onto my face. Because my skin no longer resembles an iguana’s backside, foundations and BB creams have been looking so much better. I’ve finally given the Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream a proper go after not being that impressed by it when I bought it ages ago, and I must say I’m enjoying it. Proof that the most important step in your makeup routine is a well-prepared base! I also love that this BB cream has SPF 35 which is perfect now the sun has come out of hibernation.

COMPLEXION
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Medium/Dark
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Caramel
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer Ivory
Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder 53 Light Beige
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (review here)

EYES
Bourjois Colorband Brun Dadaiste  (review here)
L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim Black
Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara Blackest Black (review here)

EYEBROWS
Anastasia DipBrow Pomade Dark Brown (review here)
2True Mascara Clear

LIPS
MAC Lip Liner Spice

FOTD #9

9 November 2015

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With darker evenings upon us, I feel like I can get away with more stuff on my face which was my general mantra this weekend. I didn’t exactly branch out in terms of colour selection but I did discover a new foundation match made in heaven. My NARS Sheer Glow is slightly too light, and my YSL Le Teinte Touche Eclat is slightly too dark so I mixed them together to concoct the perfect shade. The finish was incredible – soft and flawless and quite a bit more matte than I was expecting. I also played a bit more with the I Heart Chocolate palette which I have fallen in love with this month, it has everything you need and is a real joy to use.

COMPLEXION
NARS Sheer Glow Barcelona
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation BD60 (review here)
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector Orange/Yellow (review here)
Garnier Anti-Dark Circles Roll On Light
Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder 53 Light Beige
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer
MAC Powder Blush Ambering Rose

EYES
I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner Black (review here)
Gosh Boombastic Mascara (review here)
Beauty UK Festival Palette Orange
TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer

EYEBROWS
Anastasia DipBrow Pomade Dark Brown (review here)
2True Mascara Clear

LIPS
MAC Lip Liner Spice
MAC Lipstick Mehr 

FOTD: Matte Neutral Eyes & Glowing Skin

2 February 2015

fotd-matte-eyes cropfotd matte eyesExcuse the fact that my big ass forehead looks obnoxiously gigantic in these photos. Anyways, this is my go-to daytime look if I feel like making an effort, which when you work in an office that has more than one weak-bladdered dog wandering around, isn’t very often. I don’t always use the exact same products to create the same look, so I’m certain everyone will have stuff in their makeup collection to at least attempt it.

COMPLEXION
Revlon Photo Ready Perfecting Primer
L’Oreal True Match Foundation Golden Cappucino
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 25
Too Faced Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer

EYES
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Foxy, WOS, Naked 2 & Faint
Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil Brown Copper
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner Black (review here)
Maybelline Big Eyes Liner Black & Nude
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Black

EYEBROWS
Topshop Brow Pencil Spike Brown (review here)
2 True Mascara Clear

LIPS
Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil Nude Perfection (review here)

FOTD: Everyday Drugstore Look

5 December 2014

everyday fotdWhen I say minimal, don’t be fooled – it still takes me three and a half years to do this look. No matter how early I start my makeup, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll still be frantically hurling myself out the door in a cloud of panic and confusion. However, if unlike me, you have your shit together, you can do this look in 15 minutes so don’t let my bad example put you off.

I’ve been opting for less makeup recently, gradually weaning myself off heavy eyeliner, and most days I go foundation-free.

Apologies for the horrendous lighting – it’s dark when I get up, it’s dark when I get home and the spotlights make for extremely shadowy photos. Flash is all I had left.

Disclaimer: This is almost all drugstore products – the lipstick is MAC but I’m sure you’ll get over it.

COMPLEXION
Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer
Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Eye Concealer Nude
Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder
Sleek Face Form Medium
Accessorize Merged Baked Blush Scandal (review here)

EYES
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner Black (review here)
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Liner Black

EYEBROWS
Topshop Brows Pencil Spike

LIPS
MAC Lustre Lipstick Syrup

FOTD: Glowing Skin

13 October 2014

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There’s no point fighting it: dismal autumn weather is here. It appears that ‘fall’ as our American friends like to call it isn’t all joyous skipping on crunchy leaves and sitting around draped in faux fur throws drinking chai lattes. Rather, it’s Sunday dread all week long and resorting to using flash on the camera. Usually I pile on plenty of eyeshadow and liner but for today’s FOTD I decided to focus on glowing skin to perk myself up a bit.

I was also going to pan out a bit further and show off my new long weave but I had no bra on, and my chest isn’t the type anyone wants to see unharnessed.

Also, to add even more unprofessionalism to today’s post, I forgot to include the lip products I used in the photo. Apologies!

COMPLEXION
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Barcelona
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Cream Stick 55 Bronze
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
NARS Highlighter Albatross
Accessorize Merged Baked Blusher Scandal (review here)
Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder

EYES
Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette Angel, Lowlite
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Liner Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Liner Bronze
Gosh Forever Eyeshadow Stick Light Copper
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (review here)
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara Black Drama

EYEBROWS
Topshop Brow Pencil Spike

LIPS
Gosh Velvet Touch Lip Liner Nougat Crisp
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Notting Hill Nude

FOTD: Soft Cat Eye

8 August 2014

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I fancied doing a softer cat eye today with my new purple liner from Bourjois. I also used the bargainous Beauty UK Festival Posh Palette for the first time to spice things up a little bit. Apologies for the slightly melted face, I took these photos after enduring a very sweaty journey home from work so things weren’t exactly looking peach. Saying that though, I’m impressed at how good my skin was still looking, three cheers for Garnier!

COMPLEXION
Garnier Miracle Skin Cream (review)
Sleek Face Form Medium
Accessorize Merged Baked Blush Scandal (review)

EYES
MAC Paint Pot Painterly
MAC Eyeshadow Handwritten
Beauty UK Posh Palette Festival No.3 (orange)
Bourjois Liner Feutre Noir Violine
Maybelline Master Drama Khol Liner Dark Brown
Gosh Boombastic Mascara Black (review)

EYEBROWS
MAC Eyeshadow Handwritten

LIPS
MAC Matte Lipstick Mehr
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Notting Hill Nude

FOTD: Daytime Orange Lips

19 June 2014

daytime orange lipGoing to have to keep this short as I need to go wax my ‘tache but today signalled the first daytime bright lip of the season so I felt it deserved a post. Keep a’scrollin’ to see what products I used.

COMPLEXION
Benefit The Big Easy Deep Beige (review here)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 25
Sleek Face Form Contour Kit Medium
Accessorize Merged Baked Blusher Scandal (review here)

EYES
Maybelline Gel Liner Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Eyeliner Nude
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara Black
GOSH Boombastic Mascara Black

EYEBROWS
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil Black/Brown

LIPS
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Audacious

FOTD: Friday Night Purple Smokey Eye

29 April 2014

fotd friday night fotd friday nightWhen I’m attempting any sort of heavy eye makeup, I get it out of the way first so I can clean up the inevitable mess I make before applying foundation. Plus, I lose patience towards the end so it’s best to get the trickiest part over and done with before you lose the will to live.

I prepped my eyes using MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, before using Naked 2 from the Naked Basics palette to create a base. I then used the dark purple shade from the Maybelline Big Eyes eyeshadow quad in Luminous Purple as the main colour on the lid, and darkened the outer corners with Crave from the Naked Basics palette to create a smokey eye. I used Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner in Black to line my upper lid, and Maybelline Master Drama khol liner in Black for my upper and lower waterlines. I used Maybelline Master Drama Chromatics in Purple Light along the lower lash line and used a pointy cotton bud to blend. My mascara of choice was Max Factor False Lash Effect in Black and I popped Ardell Demi Wispies on top. Yet again I reached for the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and chucked a bit of Venus in the inner corners. Eyes done!fotd friday night Half my eyeshadow ended up on my nose and cheeks so I cleaned up with some makeup remover, and applied some moisturiser to ‘prepare the canvas’. I slapped Rimmel Stay Matte primer all over my face before applying two very thin layers of YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation in BD60 (review here), avoiding my under eyes. At this point, I could no longer take my face seriously without sorting out my face caterpillars (eyebrows) so I filled those in with the Sleek Brow Kit in Dark and set with 2True Instant Colour mascara in Clear. Normality resumed, I corrected my highly offensive dark circles with Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfector in Orange/Yellow (review here) and applied Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Sand. I’m a sucker for OTT highlighting if I’m going out so I dabbed on MAC Prep + Prime highlighter in Light Boost in triangles under my eyes. I contoured, bronzed and highlighted with the Sleek Face Form contour kit in Medium. For blusher, I used Guipure (yes, I had to look that up too) from the Sleek Blush by 3 Lace palette. For a touch more glow, I used a tiny it of Topshop Glow highlighter in Gleam on my cheekbones. Lips were Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Pink Pout (review here).fotd friday night

And there we have it – crikey, that is a lot of products, no?! A purple smokey eye perfect for making brown eyes a bit more exciting!

FOTD: Daytime Smokey Eye

23 April 2014

daytime smokey eye I’m not going to lie, most mornings I barely have enough time to have a shower and slap on a bit of concealer, never mind a full-blown smokey eye. However, I’ve bought the motherlode in beauty products recently and today I forewent the extra few minutes lying in my pit to make a bit of an effort for the office. I decided to do a quick and simple brown smokey eye to add a bit of definition to my haggered face. Is it just me but do you always feel a little awkward putting on a bit more makeup at work? I always get teased by the boys and my manager thinks I’ve got an interview elsewhere. There are so many bright lipsticks I want to wear during the week which are shunned until the weekend for fear of the comments.daytime smokey eyeAfter prepping my face, I popped NARS Sheer Glow in Barcelona to even out my skin tone. As I type this, I’ve just realised I forgot to put concealer on (well done, stupid!) but the foundation seemed to mostly cover up my offensive dark bags. This shade is slightly too light for me so I lightly contoured with the bronzer from my Sleek Face Form palette in Medium to add a little life back to my face. A little bit of Accessorize Baked Blusher in Scandal (review here) finished off my complexion. I lightly filled in my brows with Natural Collection Eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut which is a great multi-tasking colour. I used the same eyeshadow as the base for my smokey eye which is perfect for adding a little bit of definition without going overboard. I blended KIKO Eyeshadow in Pearly Cocoa (which I used for the first time, I was blown away by its quality, and it’s only £2.90!). I added a quick flick of liner using Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama gel liner in Black and finished it all off with 17 Falsifeye mascara in Black. A quick slick of my beloved Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating lip balm in Pink Sheer Tint (review here).

FOTD: Date Night

18 February 2014

Gone are the days when I’d hit ‘da clubs’ on a Friday. These days you’re more likely to find me at home hassling Chicken or in a comatose state on the sofa. But a couple of weeks ago Mr TBL coaxed me out of my boring lull with the promise of carbs and steak at The Ivy. He didn’t have to tell me twice.

One of my favourite parts of a night out is putting my makeup on – there’s something about the transformation from ‘drab to fab’ as they say. Anyway, here’s the finished look which boringly, isn’t too different to my standard going out look. I did add the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick to brighten up the eyes which I thought really elevated the overall look, oo-er.

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COMPLEXION
L’Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Touch Instant Blur
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Barcelona
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer Ivory
Sleek Face Form Medium
Accessorize Merged Baked Blusher Scandal (review)

EYES
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Faint
L’Oreal Superliner Ultra Precision Black
Maybelline Master Drama Khol Liner Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick Bulletproof Beige (review)
Benefit Mascara They’re Real
Ardell Lashes 102

EYEBROWS
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Faint
2True Instant Colour Mascara Clear

LIPS
Max Factor Color Elixir Lip Liner Pink Princess
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick Pink Pout

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