I had a couple of early starts last week and over the weekend. As a consequence, I have kept my make up routine to a minimum, as well as making sure that what I do put on has a decent amount of staying power...
I thought that I would show you what I have been using, including some great brushes that help get me slap on efficiently.
Let's have a look:
1) A reliable mascara
NYC High Definition Volume: I bought this a few months ago, and like most mascaras that I buy, it requires a bit of maturation in the draw before it is usable. It's now 'ripe'.
This mascara is a repurchase. I like the plastic wand, which means that the mascara doesn't clump.
The formula does not smudge, flake etc, and is reasonably buildable...overall it's a great everyday mascara.
2) A easy to apply black liner
Primark Beauty Eye Liner Pen (£1.50):
Another repurchase for me. I love how blacker than black this liner is, but also it's so easy to apply and the tip doesn't splay after a few uses. It's also quite heavy, by which I mean that I think that there is plenty of liquid in the tube. Anyway it's so amazing, I'd buy two if I were you...
3) Eyebrow definer
ELF Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Coffee:
I know that this is an eyeliner pen, but it's at the end of it's life now...too dry for the lid, sooooo I have been using it as an eyebrow defining pen. I like it because it is so fine a nib that I can create a natural bit of definition. It's a waterproof liner so it stays on...
I did review this many moons ago, which you can read about here.
A great blush is not always easy to find. I don't have that many blushes, but I have been wearing this one solidly for the last 3 weeks, because if I apply it correctly, it looks like I have used a blusher and a separate highlighter. It blends well over foundation, also it lasts on my skin most of the day and looks natural.
I did think that Accessorize make up was being discontinued, but there is still a stand in Superdrug near me.
These are the 3 colour tattoos that I own, I wish they would release some more neutral shades of these. Colour Tattoos need little introduction. Basically, I have been wearing them as a wash, paired with some liner top and or bottom.
L'Oreal Infallible in 016 Coconut Shake:
If you read the MUA reviews on this, you'd be seriously put off. I bought this on ebay for next to nothing, but it is my all time favourite blending shadow. You don't need masses on the brush and it will stay on your browbone even if you haven't put a primer on beforehand. The key is in which brush you choose. More about that below...
I love a good brush, don't you? These are the ones that I am reaching for at the moment...(from left to right)
Primark Beauty Foundation/Concealer Brush: I think this was £1.50. Unfortunately, I had to glue the top foundation part back on before I could use it, then WOW! What a great brush. I use this for cleaning up and concealing only, rather than a full face application.
It's also amazing for sweeping over the concealed area later in the day, just to tidy things up if necessary. I wish I had a travel case for it, then I would pop it in my handbag.
It is easy to wash and hasn't shed a hair!!
Eco Tools Tapered Blusher Brush:
I was looking for a bigger blusher brush in Boots when I came by this a couple of months ago. I love Eco tools. This is a great brush for those baked blushers like the one I am using. Not a hair shed when washed either.
Real Techniques Stippling Brush:
I have been wearing different foundations, all liquid, but wasn't happy using the flat kind of foundation brushes that I own. I am a fan of the Real Techniques range, so I had a look at the website and watched a video, which describes the different kinds of foundation brushes, and their best uses...
This is another great Real Techniques brush, perfect for use with a light liquid foundation or BB cream...I purchased it on Amazon, it was a bit cheaper there than the Boots/Superdrug price.
Again, little introduction needed, but I use this, or one of it's dupes that I have, to apply my Maybelline Colour Tattoos with. If I need any additional definition, say in the crease, then I will use the same brush to press some matte eyeshadow in the crease.
Random Blending Brush:
It isn't labeled so I am not sure where it is from, but basically it's a big, soft, natural hair brush, perfect for blending crease to lid with my Coconut Shake...I only use a tiny amount of shadow, but this brush blends everything out perfectly! I wish I knew the make, I will endeavor to look it up...
Do you have any faves for fast morning make up?Hope that you are having a great day!
Bye for now
Your BBFF xxx