Empties March-May 2014

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First up, apologies for the rubbish quality of the picture, I took it on my phone with bad lighting. As you can see, I have collected a pretty big stack of empties over the last couple of months, so I thought it was about time I talk you through it!

Makeup

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – This is my go to powder because it’s reasonably priced and keeps me matte for long periods of time, without making my makeup look caked on.

No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation – My absolute favourite foundation. I had repurchased before I ran out because I can’t bear to be without it!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh – I adore the scent of the this perfume; it’s so sweet and light and floral. I just wish it lasted a little better. Perhaps using it in conjunction with the body cream is the answer.

Skin care

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – Yes there are in fact two empty tubes of this. I use it every day and sometimes twice a day. That might make it look like it doesn’t last well, but one tube will last me a good two months on average.

Body Shop Soothing Peppermint Foot Scrub – A really nice peppermint foot scrub to make your feet feel smooth and soft for summer. It was noticeable when I stopped using this over the winter how much more dead skin I seemed to have. Warning that this does dry up after a few months.

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream – I really like the scent of this and it doesn’t break me out at all, but it is quite thick and I generally prefer a lighter moisturiser.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar AI – This is a life saver if you suffer from breakouts. It helps clear up spots more quickly and can sometimes prevent a spot developing if you catch it early. I can’t imagine life without this now.

Hair care

V05 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Creme – I swear by frizz ease creams for when I blow dry my hair because it gives some heat protection and definitely makes my hair less poofy. I quite liked this one and would consider re-purchasing

Candles

Yankee Candle Christmas Eve – This smelt so unbelievably good and to be honest I just can’t wait till Christmas to buy it again, assuming they bring it back!

Yankee Candle Black Coconut – This smelt incredible in the shop when I sniffed it, but when it was actually burning I was disappointed. It didn’t have a very strong or lasting scent so it wasn’t really a worthwhile purchase.

And another red berry candle which I can’t remember the name of. I liked it though.

What’s in my makeup bag?

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This post has a bit of a misleading title as I don’t actually keep these things in a make-up bag, but it has the right idea, as these are the things I use day to day at the moment. I might vary the lip colour or blush every now and again, but these are the things I am reaching for most.

Face

The two foundations I vary between are No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation and No 7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation. I use the first, slightly thicker, foundation the most because it has a nicer consistency and obviously gives better coverage, but the other is nice for a change.

The two concealers I have been using are the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and No 7 Match Made Concealer. I’m not crazy about either although the No 7 concealer works great with my skin tone.

My absolute favourite blusher is L’Oréal True Match Blush in True Rose. I just adore the natural rosy glow it gives me.

Finally, the powder I am loving and getting through a lot of at the moment is the Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in Transparent.

Eyes

No surprise that the eye shadow palette I am using is my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I just adore the variety of looks I can create and the beautiful colours.

My favourite mascara of the moment is Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara. I think this gives my lashes the perfect mix of length and volume but doesn’t clump them together AT ALL. I have the waterproof formula, which is sadly not really waterproof at all.

I vary my eyeliner a lot, switching from pencil to liquid and back again. At the moment I am favouring my No 7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner which is just the easiest style eyeliner to use ever and lasts pretty well.

Eyebrows

Very simply, I am just darkening my brows a bit with one of the brown shadows from my MUA Undressed palette.

Lips

My two favourite lip products at the moment are Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm in the shade Elusive and Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Stellar, both of which I think are fantastic bright, fun Spring colours.

I think that’s everything now. What are you loving at the moment? What should I be trying?

FOTD #1

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For today’s post, I thought I’d share one of my favourite evening make-up looks with you all.

I’ll start with basic face products. To create this look I have used No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Calico as a base with Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer in Ivory on any blemishes. I then dusted some Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Powder in Light to set the base make-up and added my trusty Bourjois Blusher in Lilas D’Or to add some colour to the apple of my cheeks.

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I don’t generally use a lot of products on my eyebrows because I naturally have quite clearly defined eyebrows anyway, but I did apply a little brown eyeshadow from the MUA Heaven and Earth Palette just to define them a little more. I used the shade second from left on the bottom row as I have quite pale eyebrows and this colour adds a little more depth without being too dark. 

I wanted to exaggerate my eyes for this look as I will no doubt be drinking and therefore end up rubbing off any lipstick I wear anyway. I started by applying Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer all over my lids. I then applied a silvery grey shade from my MUA Starry Night Palette (second from left on the bottom row) all over my lids and then took a gorgeous purpley-lilac shade (far right on the bottom row) and blended it into the outer corners of my eyes.

I wanted clearly defined eyeliner for this look so I used a black liquid liner – Collection Fast Stroke black liquid eyeliner. I also applied some Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner in Zero to my waterline and under my eye and smudged it through a bit. I finished my eyes with Max Factor Clump Defy mascara.

Finally, I applied Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude to my lips.

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These pictures are following a walk through Manchester. I don’t know what happened to my hair. It sort of developed a crazy, out of control look!

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Here I am drinking a beer cocktail in Brewdog. It was delicious!