Step 1 – Prime
It’s so important to use a oil free primer to keep your makeup in place all day, my favourite is the body shops ‘tea tree pore minimiser’ (£8.50)
Step 2 – Foundation
The L’oreal infallible matte 24 hour foundation (£7.99) stays in place all day and gives amazing natural looking coverage. To apply this I use the real techniques expert face brush (£9.99).
Step 3 – Concealer
Collection lasting perfection concealer (£4.19) is perfect for concealing under eye circles and blemishes, to blend i use the real techniques miracle complexion sponge (£9.99 for pack of two).
Step 4 – Powder
Next I use the bareMinerals spf 20 pressed powder (£26) to set everything.
Step 5 and 6 – Bronzer and blush
I then use the bronzer and blush from the Rimmel Kate sculpting pallette (£6.99) with the brushes from my bare minerals starter kit.
Step 7 – Brows
Benefit’s ‘gimme brow’ (£18.50) gives my eyebrows shape and definition without looking drawn on.
Step 8 – Eyeshadow
I like to apply a small amount of Maybelline’s colour tattoo 24 hour shadow in ‘on and on bronze’ (£4.99).
Step 9 – Mascara
I curl my lashes and apply my favourite mascara of the moment which is the Maybelline lash sensational (£7.99).
Step 10 – Lips
Lastly I use Benefit’s posie balm (£14.50) for a subtle hint of colour.
What’s your everyday makeup routine?
Garnier BB Cream
This mattifying BB cream gives great coverage and blends seamlessly, it also contains salicylic acid which is perfect for spot prone skin!
It retails for around £9.99
Benefit Posie Tint
Benefits ‘posie tint’ leaves a natural looking flush which lasts all day and can be used on lips and cheeks – a makeup bag must have!
It retails for around £24.50
A good eyelash curler is a necessity for my limp straight lashes, i’ve had this one for years so I’m not sure where its from but you can find them pretty much everywhere.
Kiko Ultra Tech Curve Mascara
This is honestly the best mascara that i’ve ever used, it is also one of Kiko’s best selling and I can definitely see why! It leaves my lashes looking thick and volumised without being clumpy and can be built up for an amazing dramatic look or you can apply less for every day wear.
It retails for around £7.20
Benefit ‘gimme brow’
The best brow product i’ve ever used, it holds your brows in place whilst filling in any sparse areas and lasts all day long.
It retails at around £18.50
What would be in your makeup bag?
I’ve tried and tested a lot of different products throughout the past year and thought I would share my favourites with you!
This rose coloured lip and cheek tint blends seamlessly and lasts all day long. It’s a bit pricey at £25 but totally worth it!
Topshop lipstick in ‘Inhibition’
This lipstick is a gorgeous dark berry colour which is perfect for Christmas parties! It goes on smoothly and leaves an incredibly pigmented matte finish which lasts for hours – even after eating!
Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Pac
These sachets only cost £1 or less and are great for pampering yourself. This one is for combination/oily skin as it cleanses pores but there are lots of different ones to suit your skins needs.
Prada Candy perfume
This has been my go-to perfume this year. It is described as a ‘unique signature in keeping with the traditions of High Perfumery, combining Laotian benzoin, a synthetic Caramel accord and a more neutral cocktail of musk.’
Benefit Gimme Brow
This product leaves my brows looking even and defined yet still natural. It retails at around £18, however i’ve used this one everyday for 8 months and it’s only starting to run out now!
NYX soft matte lip cream
These lip creams glide on smoothly and then don’t budge! They’re also extremely buildable and can be put on lightly for everyday and layered up for a dark, bold look. I bought this one from Feelunique.com as they aren’t available in the UK yet.
Real Techniques brushes
These brushes blend my makeup flawlessly and are well priced at around £8 each.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo
This cream eye shadow is great on its own or as a base as it doesn’t crease and conceals any discolouration on the lids. It retails for around £5.
What were your favourite products in 2015?
Benefit Gimme Brow is a tinted brow-volumizing fiber gel. It looks almost like a mini mascara and needs to be applied in gentle strokes until you reach the desired look. Most importantly, it gives an extremely natural looking finish and is quick and easy to use; perfect for when you’re doing your makeup in a hurry.
Its also has amazing staying power, I wear it for around 12 hours on average and it does not budge at all! I’ll definitely be repurchasing.
It retails at around £18.50 and I wear the shade medium/deep.
Have any of you tried it out? If yes, what do you think?
After writing about this mascara in my ‘Makeup/Skincare Wishlist’ post I decided to finally give it a try! I’ve been using it for the past week and can honestly tell you that it definitely is worth the hype. It curls lashes perfectly, meaning there is absolutely no need for an eyelash curler unless you’re going for a really dramatic look (as seen below). I put two coats on which leaves my lashes looking long and thick – but if you like a more natural look one will suffice.
Benefit claim that the Roller Lash mascara works so well due to the ‘Hook n Roll brush’ which is said to grab, separate, lift and curl (using the same idea as hair rollers)…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. I can vouch that it really does last that long; I put my makeup on at 6.30am and when I get home at 6pm this mascara hasn’t budged at all! Perfect for when you need your makeup to last all day.
It’s a little more than I would usually pay for a mascara at £19.50 from Boots, but it really does what it claims to and is definitely worth a try if you have limp, hard to curl lashes like I do.
Have any of you tried Benefit’s Roller Lash?