Monday, 31 October 2016

Beauty: My Everyday Face

Since writing my last favourites post back in March, I haven't really updated my blog with current beauty bits I'm loving, and aside from my Sephora Haul, there hasn't been a single beauty post for about four months. 

Before I started blogging, my interest in beauty was very minimal, and I would only ever try out new products if I couldn't find my current one, or had a real reason to switch things up. I didn't have a skincare routine, I rarely wore lipstick and I definitely didn't know about contouring or how to even begin to attempt winged eyeliner. 

Throwing myself into the blogging world exposed me to so many amazing beauty bloggers, and so my initial intrigue and interest grew into a full on obsession. My new-found love for trying out products and learning techniques became something I wanted to share on this little space too.

But now that this slightly intense stage of discovering just about everything I didn't know before is coming to an end and I've found a bunch of great products that work really well for me, I just don't have as many changes to update you all on. Although my beauty habits have changed dramatically over the past year, I'm still a gal who likes to stick by a product when it works really well for me. 

As I don't have enough new products in my routine to write a full-blown favourites post, I thought I would run through my 'everyday face' instead. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Primer & MAC Matchmaster Foundation

Since I discovered this primer I haven't been able to use anything else. It's so cooling on the skin and it is such an effective base. I also find that if I'm travelling light it can temporarily replace my moisturising step in the mornings. 

The MAC Matchmaster Foundation was the first non-high street foundation I had ever tried, and having used it consistently now for a couple of months I am convinced that it is worth the extra money. I tend to prefer matte foundations so I love the finish that this coverage gives, however as I have reasonably dry skin I do have to ensure that I moisturise thoroughly and regularly otherwise it tends to highlight drier areas. 

The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer & Sleek Blush By 3 Palette (Lace)

I've been using The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer for a very basic cheek contour for a while and I can't see myself seeking out an alternative any time soon. It's a strong colour so it does need a fair bit of blending, but it's such a nice earthy tone so you never have to worry about orangey streaks. 

The Sleek palette was a purchase from Sephora, and one that I've been really happy with. All three colours are really usable on a daily basis, but are also different enough to provide some options. The shimmery shade is also great when you don't have time to highlight, which for me tends to be every day!

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer & Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

I first tried this concealer as part of the How to Look the Best at Everything set, and had to purchase a full size when that ran out. It's a thick, creamy consistency that covers pretty much any marks on the skin. 

The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is one I've been using for as long as I can remember, and I can't really fault it. It does the job, it's cheap, and you can always rely on being able to find it in almost any high street drugstore. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion & Naked Eyeshadow Palette

I go through phases of loving and hating the Urban Decay primer (similar here). If I don't have enough time to let it dry a bit before applying eyeshadow then it can make the product really difficult to apply, particularly with lighter shades. But there's no denying that it makes a difference when it comes to how long the eyeshadow lasts. 

The Naked palette however is my go-to option for a neutral everyday look. I particularly love a blend of Sin and Sidecar. 

Archery Brow Tint and Precision Pencil & Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Soap and Glory Archery is another product I've been fiercely loyal to since first trying it. I love having the option of both the stain end and the crayon.

After my Benefit Roller Lash ran out, I decided to give Maybelline Lash Sensational a go, and honestly, there isn't much between the two.

Collection Lip Definer & MAC Taupe Matte Lipstick

Most days in the week I run out of time or just can't be bothered with the upkeep of lipstick for a day in the office, but on the days when I fancy that extra bit of effort I will always reach for the Collection Lip Definer in Cappuccino or Nude Pink and either MAC Taupe or Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

And to finish off, I can't leave the house without setting my makeup with the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray. No matter how minimal my look, I'm always confident that I'll still be in a fit state to be seen in public by the end of the day!

In case you don’t follow me on Twitter, I should also let you know that this will be my last blog post for a month, as I’m going to be taking part in #NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) starting from tomorrow – so wish me luck and I’ll see ya on the other side…

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