26 January 2015

Daily Makeup #4

Since it's a new year, and i've been using more new products, I thought i'd update you on the products i'd reach for whenever I want to wear makeup for an everyday look. Previously, I would just use the basic products, but recently, I have been incorporating a few more extra steps into my routine, which is slightly more time consuming. I would say this is more of an enhanced/upgraded everyday look, so without further ado, let's get right into it...

To prep my skin for all the makeup that will be applied on top of it, I have been using the Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer, it is an amazing product that I couldn't rave about enough. It injects just the right amount of moisture into my oily skin without it looking greasy, yet it is the best i've tried for oil control, I only begin to get slightly shiny after 5/6 hours, which is incredible for my skin!

I have been quite interested in colour correcting products recently, and the one i've found to be the most easily accessible and affordable for me is the MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Palette. I like to mix the peach and the light skin tone shades together to conceal my dark circles, and then using the green shade to tone down the redness of any blemishes on my skin.

Moving onto the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation #2 that i've been using religiously for probably a whole year now, I use one pump and dot it all over my face, then I dampen the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to pat and blend the product seamlessly onto the skin, which leaves a lovely natural skin-like finish. 

To brighten up the area underneath my eyes, I like to apply the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer by drawing an upside down triangle from my under eyes all the way across the tops of my cheekbones, and down alongside my nose, then I pat it in with the Sigma F86 which is great, as it tapers to a point, perfect for getting into the corners of the eyes. 

I've really been enjoying cream products to add a little more colour back into my skin as it looks more subtle and natural on the skin because they blend into the skin much nicer than powders do. For this, i've been using the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick #315 Soft Honey, I apply it to the perimeters of my face, concentrating on my forehead, temples and jaw line, and lightly blending it onto my cheek bones as well. 

Onto the ultimate concealer combination to cover up any blemishes and scars, I mix two shades of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer #1 and #3, and a drop of the Aritaum Full Cover Liquid Concealer in a 4:3:1 ratio for the perfect colour match and texture. 

Going back to the joy of using cream products, i've also been using cream blushes a lot recently, specifically the Stila Convertible Colour #Magnolia, a beautiful mauvey brown colour that melts into the skin, leaving a very natural flush to the cheeks. The Topshop Cream Blush #Flush is a corally pink colour that dries down to a matte finish, a good choice if you're aiming for a more feminine/girly look. 

To set everything into place, using a small brush, I apply a light dusting of the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder on areas that become oily easily such as my nose, forehead and eyes, I also like to concentrate some on any large blemishes to ensure that they stay covered up all day. Then using a large fluffy brush, I apply a very thin layer of the Mac Blot Powder all over the face. 

After applying powder, the cream blush becomes a bit toned down, therefore, I layer on a slight touch of one of my holy grail products, NARS Blush #Douceura stunning neutral rosy brown shade, which is a slightly similar colour to the Stila blush. The Mac High-Light Powder #Crew would be a nice option if you want the "i've been out in the cold" look, it's a lovely cool-toned pale pink colour that adds a hint of glow to the cheeks. 

Highlighter isn't something I always go for, but when I feel like I want my skin to look extra radiant and dewy, I gravitate towards the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter #Pink Shimmer, it doesn't contain any large glitter particles, therefore it looks nice and subtle on without accentuating the pores.  

In order to help my brows appear more full, I apply the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, which has a pretty small wand, making it great for precise application, the product also contains fibres in it, therefore giving the illusion of more hairs.

Curling the eyelashes is a must for me as my lashes point straight down, so curling them helps open up my eyes a lot more. I use the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, i not only curl my upper lashes, but also my lower lashes, as they point outwards, therefore I curl them to point downwards. Then I apply the Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus, which is amazing for lengthening and defining each individual eyelash, however, it does smudge under my eyes a bit, so i'm up for any awesome mascara recommendations! I've been loving the No7 Heated Eyelash Curler, it lifts my lashes and boosts up the curl even more, it's incredible!

Finally, onto the lips, this is probably the product I change up the most depending on what I feel like wearing, therefore, I have quite a few on rotation. The Peripera Tint Water is a product I use almost every time as a base, so that when the lip product I applied on top wears off throughout the day, I still have some colour to my lips. I never used lip liners before, but i've been using the Makeup Gallery Lip Pencil #Rose quite a lot, as the name suggests, it's a really pretty rosy shade. The lipstick i've been reaching for the most is the Topshop Lipstick #Minkit's a mauvey brown colour with a tiny hint of taupey grey hues in it, which is rather similar to the very popular 90's lip trend. Another product that follows this trend if the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm #Sultry, a muted deep rosy brown, I love the matte finish as it glides on so smoothly onto the lips, and isn't drying at all. The Maybelline Color Elixir #Caramel Infused is a 'my lips but better' rosy beige shade, and is the most natural looking of the bunch, it has a beautiful thick and creamy texture that doesn't feel horribly sticky at all. 

We're finally done! This post ended up being quite long, nevertheless, I hope you enjoyed reading and found this somewhat helpful. I also wanted to briefly mention that I don't do every single one of these steps every time I wear makeup, I would sometimes skip out extra steps like colour correcting, highlighting and the additional dose of powder. Anyways, if you want to know more about the products mentioned, I do have reviews on most of them, so be sure to look them up in the search box at the top of the page.

What are some of your favourite everyday makeup items? x

19 January 2015

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm

I recently saw viviannadoesmakeup use this in one of her videos and she looked absolutely stunning in it, furthermore, I've been really into matte lip products lately so I definitely had to pick one up for myself. 

The product is housed in a crayon form with a twist up mechanism, therefore meaning that the product does not need to be sharpened (hallelujah! I despise sharpening makeup with a passion). Furthermore, the pointed tip is great as it will be a lot easier to ensure precise application, also, the colour of the tube matches with the actual shade of the product, so it'll be a lot easier to look for in your collection. 

There are 10 shades available in the range, and I have #255 Sultry, which is a muted deep rose colour with a hint of brown (it isn't as red as it's shown in the swatch), it's such a beautiful colour, and is very A/W appropriate. It is extremely pigmented, and of course, as the name suggests, it has a lovely matte finish. But it isn't drying at all, the formulation is so smooth and creamy, and glides onto the lips without accentuating any dry or flakiness. Also, it has a really nice minty scent, which I quite like, and isn't too strong or overpowering.

I definitely recommend this, especially this particular colour for the colder seasons, it looks so gorgeous, now I really want check out the other colours in the range and purchase some more! This is available from Superdrug and Boots for £7.99. 

12 January 2015

L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper

I don't really bother with my brows much, and only really use brow gels, i've been using the Maybelline one for quite some time, but I spotted this new one, so I thought i'd give it a go to see how it would compare. 

First off, the packaging looks very nice and sleek, with a slim black tube, brown cap and gold detailing, it looks more expensive that what it was actually worth. The brush inside is the perfect size, it's quite small and tapers to a point, which helps with precise application, and applies the perfect amount of product, not too much, and not too little. 

There are 3 shades available, and I have #Medium/Dark, a cool dark brown colour, which is a great match for my hair, I find that a lot of these types of products from the drugstore tend to lean more warm, so it's great that this has cool undertones. Similarly to the Benefit offering, this product has fibres in it, therefore meaning that it not only adds colour, but also helps the brows to look a lot more full, almost as if there are more hairs. 

The product glides on smoothly, you can apply it lightly for a more subtle look, or you can built it up for a more stronger brow look, but it still looks natural. After its been applied, the product dries down, however, it doesn't feel really crispy or hard at all, furthermore, it stays on all day, which is good.

I definitely prefer this over the Maybelline one I was previously using, this really helps to naturally define and fill in the small sparse areas of my brows, it is perfect for everyday use as it's so quick and easy to apply. This can be purchased for £5.99 at Superdrug and Boots.