What’s In My Make Up Bag?

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be featured on Her.ie discussing all things beauty, particularly what I carry in my make up bag. I shared all of my must have beauty products that I use on a daily basis. I also featured some of my essential products that will carry me from day to night. I feel extremely grateful and honoured to have been featured so I just wanted to share it with all of you today.

As women, we all have the urge to have a good old rummage through other ladies make up bags. I think it says a lot about them and how they look after their appearance. Some can create a truly effortless look with minimal products, I however need a good army of essentials with me to master the ‘no make, make up look’. 

  
I absolutely love shopping for make up and I could spend hours watching my favourite You Tuber’s creating this seasons hottest looks and TRYING to recreate my version of it. As I have quite sensitive skin, I like to invest a little more money into to my everyday look, however I still adore Superdrug for its purse friendly brands that I swear by.

Usually during a week day morning, I have around twenty minutes to create a semi decent face due to my sheer laziness to get out of bed. I keep it simple as I don’t like to wear too much. That all changes though come the weekend, I enjoy nothing more than spending some extra time blending out that perfect smokey eye or keeping it classic with a bold statement lip and a subtle contour using Soleil Tan De Chanel and highlight with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette

 I kick start the process with a good skin prep and cleanse, and after applying my La Roche Posay eye cream and Effactlar Duo {+} products I top it off with some moisturiser and I’m good to go. I always prime my face with the Laura Mercier Foundation primer in Radiance, it’s my wonder product and it gives an absolutely beautiful glow to my skin leaving it feeling silky soft. This makes applying and blending my foundation and other products all the more smoother. I can never go without primer, I think it is such an important item to include into your daily make up routine.

  
Next step is my foundation. I have tried and tested an ridiculous amount of brands over the years for my oily skin type. For about two years now I have settle with drug store brand, Revlon. It was recommended to me by another beauty blogger and I haven’t looked back. Costing only £12.99, it is an absolute bargain and must have if you ask me. It is medium to full coverage and has a semi matte finish with a lovely dewy effect.

 I have just recently switched my concealer to Urban Decay’s Naked Skin weightless complete coverage which I am madly in love with. I have problems with my eyes, from dark circles to Malia leaving me feeling pretty self conscious. I like a full coverage look that doesn’t leave my eyes looking dried up. If I apply powder, it ages my under eye area and some concealers crease around my Malia. I believe that concealer should be applied throughout your face to help balance out your look and help it look more dimensional. 

  
When it comes to blush, I usually opt for a soft coral shade that is quite natural looking with a soft sheen. I switch between Benefit’s Rockateur and Max Factor. These two are a must have for me, they are bold enough to notice without overpowering my face. Topping it off with some Bourjois Healthy Balance powder to use in my t-zone and helps keep my foundation in place with the drastic cake effect.

  
Eyebrows have never been a strong point for me so I always need to have hem filled in, enter Anastasia Beverly Hills. I first purchases her Brow Whiz pencil when I was in New York and I have never looked back. It helps to mimic my hairs without looking too harsh and leaves them looking a lot fuller and tidy. As I have dark brown eyes I love creating a warm smoky eye using Charlotte Tilbury’s Vintage Vamp palette. The colours are absolutely stunning and the pigmentation is pretty impressive. This little quartz is so easy to use and blends like a dream. I’ll always top off my look with some Benefit Rollerlash mascara, it curls my eyelashes so beautifully and doesn’t clump or smudge around my eyes.

  
Finishing off with my lips, I prime them with MAC’s Prep + Prime. I have been using this product for years now and I swear by it. I love a 90’s neutral lip for my daytime look so I wear Boldly Bare lip pencil with either Hourglass nude lipstick or Charlotte Tilbury’s, Bond Girl. For an evening out, I would apply Make Up Forever’s Rouge Intense lipstick. All of these lip products are long lasting and never bleed, definitely worth investing in if you ask me.  

  
So what did all of you think of my feature? I would love to hear your thoughts on all of it. See you all Friday.

Nx

Superdrug Beauty Haul

Last night I took a quick trip into Superdrug to shop up on a few of my essentials and take advantage of their festive offers.

I love the beauty brand, Bourjois, so I was over the moon when they had a 3 for 2 offer across all of the beauty collection. With this offer I got their 123 foundation corrector, a natural base eye shadow and a pretty pink lip crayon.

I also decided to stock up on my favourite red nail polish by Rimmel and the amazing backcomb dust by TRESemmè.

I’m a secret geek who finds joy in grabbing a good offer so couldn’t resist sharing. Enjoy! 😉

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Hope you all have a great weekend. Enjoy your Christmas shopping! ♥

Nx

Conceal, Blend & Highlight

I just wanted to show all of you the bargain concealer palette I purchased in Superdrug. It’s from their MUA concession and I’ve fallen in love with it.

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For my dark circles and general skin tone, I find it does a great job for when I’m on the move. There are three different shades to conceal, blend and highlight any problem areas you might have.

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This little palette only cost me £5. Now, no one can pass up a bargain like that. I genuinely like it, but, everyone is different. It’s handy to carry in my bag and touch up when I’m on the move.

Nx

Superdrug Haul

Yesterday I ventured into Superdrug with the intention of buying some nail polish remover. Next thing I know, my bank balance was £60 down but I could be happier. Sometimes it’s the small things in life that make me happy like buying a new blusher, trying out a new product or treating myself to my new favourite make up brushes by Real Techniques. (That makes me sound extremely materialistic but you know what I mean! )

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I’m going to start my haul with something Simple. I used this brand before for all of my skin care but since converting to another brand, I’ve recently found heaven again in their eye make up remover pads. They’re soft on my eyes, which is great since it’s such a delicate area. There is no alcohol or oil, artificial perfume or colouring which is important when taking care of your skin.

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Next up on the big haul, is these stunning Bourjois blusher, eye shadow and lipstick. I’m going to kick it off with this beautiful blusher in a smouldering Rose Coup shade. It is a fine, lightly textured and incredibly transparent blusher which is perfect for blending. It gives such a healthy glow and looks perfectly natural.

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Moving onto my new favourite colour shot eye shadow, it literally sparkles like a diamond and is perfect for the summer season. I love how it offers an intense and high coverage look while lasting long throughout the day and night. It’s highly concentrated pigments blend into a very silky and easy to apply powder. You can even use it as a liner by applying it with a slightly wet brush, perfect!

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If there is one beauty product that I love, it’s the trusty and timeless lipstick. I picked up this gorgeous coral shade from Bourjois and their Rouge Edition range. I love how soft it is yet provides you with a serious pop of colour. Once again, it’s perfect for the summer months and can be worn during the day or on a night out. It adds a touch of moisture to my lips which I absolutely love. I bought all three Bourjois products and got these pretty summer sunglasses free with my purchases. Not bad, eh? 😉

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I’ve recently become addicted to Samantha Chapman’s Real Techniques make up brushes, they’re soft and professional and perfect for applying make up with. A while ago, I bought this brush set ( you can view my post here ) and I wanted to expand my collection. I bought myself a blusher, powder and stippling brush. Each brush provides you with a flawlessly blended look for an air brushed and highly defined look. I can’t recommend these enough, they’re perfect and are sold at such an affordable price!

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I bought a few other pieces, but, I don’t think you ladies need to see my hair spray and nail polish remover! 😉 Hope you’re all having a fabulous weekend!

Nx