Friday, 31 October 2014

My makeup essentials

Being a chronically lazy university student means I frequently forgo most makeup, especially when I have those pesky 9am lectures that I barely manage to get up for, so often a dab of concealer to cover up my dark circles from too late a night and a lick of mascara will do. However, having read beauty blogs and watching beauty youtubers since 2009 has led me to a certain fascination with makeup. I possess far to much for one person to realistically use and every time I pass a shop I have to pick up the latest suggestion from the youtube elite.
If I do have time in the morning I like to experiment with makeup but I do have some essentials that combine to make a fail safe makup look.

L-R: real techniques powder brush, unknown angled contour brush, mac 217, unknown mac eyeshadow brush, ted baker eyebrow brush, maybelline gel liner brush, real techniques expert face brush.
These are my standard brushes at the moment (I have a lot more but these are the ones I'm currently using lots). I have to confess I use the same brush for my contouring and my blush but this brush works so well and I just have no idea where it from to get another one.

L-R: maybelline baby skin instant pore eraser primer, sleek blush (923 pomegranate), rimmel stay matte pressed powder (001 transparent) , bourjois chocolate bronzer, collection lasting perfection concealer (1 fair), rimmel wake me up foundation (100 ivory).
All my face products are looking rather worse for wear because apart from the blush and sometimes foundation these never change. I have been using the same powder make since I was thirteen and it works so well. It's even Tanya Burr approved.

L-R: maybelline the falsies mascara (waterproof), maybelline gel liner (01 black), clinique eyes to go palette (all about shadow).
 My eye routine tends to change much more than my face as flip between a lot of palettes and a couple of mascaras (my other favourites are Maybelline the rocket volume express and Benefit they're real). Having said that my eyeliner tends to stay the same. I love this gel liner as it doesn't dry up quickly in the pot like a few I have tried but it doesn't budge from your lids once you apply it and it sets.

Clinique eyes to go palette in all about shadow.

In this palette I tend to only use the first four colours as I find the purple really helps bring out my grey eyes and they work so well together. The palette looks a lot better in real life so if you have a Clinique counter near you I suggest going to look at it.

In terms of lip products I really couldn't pick a favourite so I will have to do a separate post on my favourite ones. However a couple of current loves includes Mac cream cup lipstick, Tanya Burr's lipgloss in let's travel the world and Rimmel Kate Moss 107.


  1. Always wanted to try the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. Wish we had it here in PH! </3 I also wish I knew how to put eyeshadow on LOL.

    1. It's a really beautiful foundation because it sparkles slightly in the sun so you have a beautiful glowy complexion. Also if you get the right brushes eyeshadow is dead easy. I watch Pixiewoo and Tanya Burr for most of my makeup ideas.

  2. The Clinique palette looks amazing, I've never tried any of their shadows before.

    1. The Clinque shadows are beautiful, they blend really well and they have amazing staying power. The only thing is they are much more sheer than Mac shadows and stuff but for the purples and greens in that palette it works perfectly them being sheerer.