Do you have a daily make up routine? Or certain products that you rely on and use everyday? Here I am going to share with you my all time favourite products that I use on a daily basis, and sharing a few of my secret tips with you along the way..
Beep beep beep – urgh there goes my alarm! But hey, time to get beautiful! My morning routine starts by pinning back my hair, and cleansing my face with Olay Daily Facials cleansing wipes (Combination/oily or sensitive) retailing at £4.99 for a refill box of 30 wipes, which foam up by adding a little water. I also use a drop of the BodyShop’s Tea Tree Facial Wash (£5.50 for 250ml), which help keep the spots at bay! (Tip: With the Olay Daily Facial Wipes – I cut mine in half, as I find the whole wipe quite big and a bit of waste. This doubles the quantity straight away. Another tip is buy these from Superdrug online – they ALWAYS have a 2 for £6 offer on! Yay!)
Once the morning cleansing is done, I dab my face dry, and use Avon’s Care Rich Moisture Nourishing Face Cream. I have used many face creams in my time, and this wins by far! It is the only moisturiser that doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy and oily, as the last thing you want to do is be prone to more spots by encouraging the oil in your skin! (Tip: Avon always have offers on – this face cream is a steal for how good it is.)
I leave the moisturiser to soak in for about 10 minutes, as then your foundation will sit better on your skin. Some people would recommend using primer at this point, as it helps your foundation stay on for longer, but I find my foundation is good enough without that.
So now onto the make up. I start with my favourite liquid foundation, SPF10 Mac Pro Longwear Foundation. At £25.50 for a 30ml bottle, it is quite pricey, but it wears oh so well, and also I find there’s enough in the bottle to last nearly a season! Another of my favourite foundations, belongs to Maybelline New York, and their SP15 Dream Matte Mousse in Nude. Absolutely brilliant – and much more purse friendly retailing at around £7.69. It’s also better for those with oily skin, as often liquid foundation slips off! (Tip: Be money savvy. Remember girls to look out for those 3 for 2 offers in our much loved cosmetic stores, a chance to stock up, or try something new!)
I then add some blusher that people always ask me about! Maybelline’s Dream Touch Blush. A lot like their mousse, this blusher smooths on instead of using a foundation. I find this lasts a lot longer than blusher, and creates an fresh face look. This retails at £6.49, but is worth every penny as it lasts forever!
Next I add a light dusting of mineral foundation powder, and I find that any brand is OK for this job! I currently use Collection’s loose powder in Translucent or Barely There, because I already have a base foundation on, and this just takes away any shine. (I really don’t like a shiny face!) Collection is also VERY affordable! Feel free to experiment with any brand.
Next up – time for some sun!! (I wish!!) Get the just been sun-kissed look by lightly dusting on some bronzing powder/pearls on the parts of your face that are more likely to catch the sun. Don’t do it all over your face, although tempting I know, but it will result in you looking like an umpa-lumpa, and you’ll end up on one of those posts about how not to wear make-up! My favourite bronzers are; Rimmel Natural Bronzing Powder at £5.99, Barry M After Glow Bronzer at £5.59, and my lastest addition – thanks to Becca – Revlon’s Highlighting Palette Bronze Glow at £9.99.
Now it’s time for enhancing your best features! In my case, my eyes! 😉 At a later date, I will give an in-depth post about eye make up, but for now here is what I use for a daily eye look. For the lower lash line, I outline my eye with Barry M’s Bold Waterproof Eyeliner in Black at £3.99, which is the BEST kohl pencil I have EVER used, and believe me, I have used LOADS!! (I have literally just stocked up on these as they are hard to find!) For my upper lash line, it is always best to use a liquid liner, and again I have tried SO MANY, and my winner is Bourjois Liner Pinceau Ultra Black for £6.99, and I can’t emphasise enough how AMAZING this liner is!! That flick it creates?? I mean.. WOW!!
Last but not least- mascara. Use your favourite, and add a bit to your upper and lower lashes. They do say, don’t put mascara on your lower lashes if you are wearing eyeliner, but I think it gives you a wide-eye cute girly chic. Now mascara is a whole ‘nother topic altogether. I have tried endless amounts of mascara, and I always come back to Rimmel’s Volume Flash x10 Mascara in Black Extreme 1 at £5.99. Not only is it a great price in all things mascara-ey but it just gives the best damn eyelash coating a girl could need. I remember when a professional make up artist did my make up for my friend’s wedding, and I was one of the bridesmaids. She swore by this mascara too! (Tip: Layer up mascara coats by letting each coat dry slightly in between. Tip 2, slightly bend your mascara wand to create a curled lash effect, it saves buying a separate wand for this.)
Finally I pop on a bit of lipstick. At the moment I’m currently crushing on MAC’s lipstick in bright pink (I can’t remember the name) retailing at £15.50. But for a cheaper option try Avon’s Kiss & Go Lipstick in Doll Pink, which only retails at £3.75. I think these lipsticks are aimed at teenagers, BUT these lipsticks do not budge when you put them on.. you can drink and eat as much as you like, and you’ll still be wearing the lipstick after. Wow! (Lipstick Tip 1: Remember to blot your lippie with a tissue, and add an extra coat for extra vividness and staying power. Tip 2, if you find your lipstick comes off quickly, use Lipcote for £3.99 which “locks lippie to perfection!” http://www.lipcote.com.)
Now you can unpin your hair, style it – and hey girl you’re ready to face the world (or the office!)
I hope my tips and recommendations encourage you to try out some.
Leave me a comment to let me know what you think!