Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Everyday Drawers

Yeah, I have a lot of makeup. Some of it gets drowned in all the other lovely things I own, so for the things that are used every day, I keep them in mini muji drawers on top of my dressing table for easy access. The majority of this stuff will have been mentioned before, possibly numerous times, and I recommend everything 100%.

There is no particular rhyme or reason behind how I crammed everything into the drawers - basically just what fitted where. Like makeup tetris. The Max Factor facefinity primer (legit stuff) and the My Little Box illuminating primer are slapped on everyday, as is the MAC fortified skin enhancer in neutralise. 3 products before I even get to foundation... I am so high maintenance. For eyebrows I use MAC charcoal brown and the Rimmel clear brow gel every day. So easy, and takes 5 seconds. The Bobbi Brown corrector in porcelain bisque is OK, I wouldn't buy it again but I am using it up. The Seventeen Phwoaar paint has an awful name, but is such a good product for blemishes. So creamy but with so much coverage. The Clarins instant concealer is for under my eyes, and is basically amazing. 

La Roche Posay cicaplast lipbalm is one my all time favourites, and something I use every morning. It really moisturises the lips but doesn't take an age to sink in. The prep and prime highlighter gets used a lot, too. I have two contouring products - trusty ol' Kevyn Aucoin, and the Charlotte Tilbury bronze and glow. 

For eyes I have a matte white eyeshadow for blending out eye looks - I have a Kevyn Aucoin one because I bought it on sale but any would do, really. I have MAC blacktrack gel liner for when I can be bothered to reach all the way over to my brush... and the Eye of Horus black liner for when I want to have a flicky bit at the corner of my eyes quickly. Lastly the Bourjois 1 seconde mascara in ultra black is so nice and something I am obsessing over at the moment :)

Do you have any everyday staples? Hope you enjoy the sneak peek at my storage :)

Monday, 23 March 2015

Morning Skincare, at the moment

We all love skincare, non? Hopefully you are also as nosy as me, and love looking at other people's routines. I know that whenever I am at someone's house and see all their skincare in the bathroom, I get too excited. I just love to know about other people's beauty routines. 

morning skincare routine for dry skin

So, at the moment. Cleansing in the morning is the Sarah Chapman rapid radiance cleanse. It's a milk that doesn't get too oily, but definitely helps me feel refreshed and a bit more awake. It is one of those brightening cleansers, so it's good for dull or drier skins. I haven't noticed a massive difference in my general skin, but I'm only about half way through the bottle. I don't know, cleansers don't give instant results? Then I tone with La Roche Posay Serozinc, which feels amazing, and put 2/3 drops of the trilogy rosehip oil on (spoken about here). 

After 20 minutes or so of faffing about, I apply a pea sized amount of the Origins make a difference serum all over, and then pat in some Kiehl's creamy eye treatment. Love this eye cream, it's so hydrating. My under eye skin gets really dry, and at the moment I'm not bothered about anti-ageing eye creams. Then, I use the Make a difference plus + moisturiser, which is amazing. Smells so good, leaves my skin so soft. I use the La Roche Posay effaclar duo on my nose and chin, and then finish it off with the LRP Anthelios XL sunscreen. New purchase, so can't report back but seems legit. Time will tell with sunscreen, I guess?

Tell me about your skincare routines :)

Friday, 20 March 2015

NARS Bettina

A matte lip brownish-peachy-pink housed in a chunky crayon which means you just scribble all over your lips... Sounds good, right? Say hello to NARS Bettina. 

NARS Bettina

NARS Bettina

NARS Bettina

During an innocent perusal of Space NK on my lunch break a month or so ago, this accidentally slipped into my basket, and I accidentally bought it. Oops. The NARS Velvet matte pencils are some of my favourite, as they are SO easy to use and last such a long time on the lips. I love the matte finish, and these are basically the ideal formula. Plus, I had only tried brighter and bolder colours in the formula, and pretty much had to investigate as to whether a nude was as good. Bettina in colour is not worlds apart from my natural lip colour - just infinitely prettier. Sort of peachy with pink and brown and not too warm or cool. I can imagine it might look chalky on darker skin tones, but on me it manages to brighten things up a notch. 

Bettina in particular feels really creamy and almost slippery when you apply it - it dries down to a matte finish and then lasts for ages. I basically am in love. 

It's a thumbs up from me.