colour correction primer

DRY SKIN 101- xoxo

so i thought i would do a blog post about my beauty regime & dealing with dry skin.. i get extremely sensitive and dry in my t zone area, especially around my mouth & forehead, as a skin care and makeup lover i thought i would share some of my fave products, tips & my daily skin care regime. 

so the women in my life have always told me the importance of taking care of your skin from a young age, my great grandmother was a huge lover of water.. she used to just sit and drink boiled water with lemon all day long, she said it was her top secret for her wrinkle free skin at 92 lol!. so my first tip is WATER. try and drink as much water throughout the day as possible, 8 glasses a day is always my goal! i’m not a huge fan of fizzy drinks, but i do drink a lot of coffee.. which can actually dehydrate your skin (i’m trying to cut back on that). 

my SKIN CARE REGIME consists of 1 mask a week, usually something creamy that contains coco oil. there are tons of DIY masks you can make at home too, some great ones are: banana, baking soda & honey, oatmeal, egg white & coco oil, and avocado, aloe vera & olive oil. i use a daily facial wash by clean and clear to help with my blackheads, its not harsh at all & leaves your face silky, followed by the clean and clear toner. one of my favourite toner water’s is the garnier skin naturals micellar water oil infused water (the yellow one is for dry and sensitive skin) i like to use this after removing my makeup with a cotton pad. for moisturiser i like to switch it up depending on how dry my skin is, if its super dry i like to use a cream called astral.. this was my great grandmothers holy grail & she introduced me to this cream when i was about 10 years old, its a very rich formula that locks in moisture and really keeps your skin hydrated, i recommend this to everybody as its so affordable, smells divine and great for sensitive skin. at the moment i’m using a day and night sensitive skin combo from nivea, another company i trust on my skin, the day cream is a light formula & the night cream is slightly thicker, i am really enjoying this combo at the moment its really brung back a lot of moisture to my skin. for removing my makeup i do like to use facial wipes, my face wash (twice a week) & then my night cream.

PRIMING the face before makeup is a must before applying my base, too ensure that it stays on for longer, if you are like me and have dry skin you may (or may not) be aware that the gel-like formula is not the one to be using!.. the primer will cling to your dry patches making them stand out more which we are trying to avoid at all costs. for christmas 2016 i asked for the smashbox photo finish primer water, i use this after my day cream has soaked into my skin, it’s packed with revitalizing electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture, it wakes you up like crazy and leaves your skin feeling extremely hydrated. when writing this i had a look at any other options that i could add onto this for you guys to try.. 1. the smashbox photo finish hydrating primer (the blue one) 2. clinique super primer face primer colour corrects redness, and 3. pixi flawless beauty primer.

BASE MAKEUP i’ve just recently found a foundation, concealer & powder combo that i really love, for foundation i am currently loving the MAC studio sculpt the lady pointed out to me when i was looking that this was for dry skin and i explained my skin and we both agreed this was a great option to try, i used a primark pro foundation brush with this which was a super cheap pick up on my trip, and i loveeeee how it works and have been using it for a few days now. my 2 favourite concealers are the anastasia beverly hills one, and the MAC studio finish i like to blend these in with a beauty blender from real techniques- i pretty much use all there brushes. for powder i use the holy grail.. laura mercier translucent setting powder, its just the best really. 

if i think of anything else to add to this i will, let me know if you want any body, hair or hygiene regimes.

xoxo - amy. X 

How to Choose a Face Primer

Face primers are fantastic, and even though I don’t wear one every time I do my makeup , if I need my makeup to look last and look flawless all day I’ll use one. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are just another product to buy so brands can get more money, they are much more than that.

In short, primers are amazing products that you apply after you’ve cleansed and moisturised your skin, but before you apply any coverage products like foundation or concealer. Majority of primers are designed to help make your makeup last a lot longer and smooth over the surface of the skin so your makeup applies evenly.

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anonymous asked:

what are your makeup stables? what do you use for everyday? what do you use when you go all out? which products are your current faves?

okay full disclosure for this post - any makeup recs i make should be taken in the context that i am really, ridiculously pale. like vampire, i-can-see-your-veins, get-some-sun-miccaeli okay-mum-jesus pale.

everything but lips

  • primer - point no. 1 and we’re already hitting elf, which proves how awesome they are lmao. elf is one of those brands that has a whole lot of high end dupes at really great prices that are still pretty good products themselves. I use the elf mineral primer in clear (they do have colour correcting primers, but if you’re gonna colour correct you should probs have a dedicated product for that). garnier perfect blur is also a good buy, and it’s a bit more heavy duty but benefits porefessional is very much worth the hype. HIGH ENDsmashbox primer, bar none.
  • concealer/highlighter - i don’t use a lot of concealer but like. the under eye area is an ISSUE. i fluctuate because i haven’t found the perfect one, but i like maybelline’s fitme, even if they always market it as ‘breathable’, which is creepy and weird. nars creamy concealer is good too. for highlighter i use revlon skinlights, which is both awesomely named and legit makes you look like some kind of glittering midsummer night’s dream-esque florence and the machine otherworld creature
  • bb cream - i use bb cream instead of foundation because i hate the feel of product on my face so i like to keep it light. i use maybelline and i like garnier’s as well, though it’s veryyy drying. i’ve tried just about every bb cream under the sun so
  • blush - blush is imo probably the most versatile makeup product, because it comes in so many different forms. i tend to like liquid/gel blush the most, because i feel like it gives a more natural look than powder. i use elf blush in headliner, l’oreal bb blush, and for powder i love thebalm’s blushes both for their staying power and their bomb ass packaging (they’re in a compact mirror/case, i usually keep one in my bag), and milani baked blushes. HIGH ENDnars outlaw, dolce vita and mata hari, any benefit blush
  • brows - honestly i don’t do as much to my brows… i hate the feeling of wax on them lmao. but anastasia dipbrow is THE brow product, the nyx brow kit is also pretty good, as is benefit gimme brow/brows a go-go
  • eyeshadow - i use urban decay potion primer, but elf primer is a great, cheaper option. i also really love maybelline’s colour tattoo eyeshadows, which are a cream blend that can work on their own as eyeshow or as a base/primer. For actual eyeshadow, URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTES. I have them all and I’d say 3 is my favourite because I love the rose hues, but I probably use 2 the most, and people say it’s the most universally flattering. for day to day i love to use eyeshadow quads, because they come in complementary colours you can use for your crease/inner eye/etc without having to think about it. I use clinique (because my mum gets them in those gift bag giveaways lmao. god bless), chi chi and i have ONE chanel les 4 ombres quad that cost a frankly ridiculous amount and which i cherish accordingly. HIGH ENDLORAC PRO PALETTE. mac eyeshadow pots, and they’re not high end but i have a few barry m palettes and i love them
  • mascara - mascara is one of those things that seems pretty simple… until you start looking for colours other than black. black mascara ALWAYS ends up smudging on me and it makes me look hungover and not in a fun way, so i prefer dark/blackened brown for every day. revlon’s lash potion is awesome and i use rimmel extra super lash as well. i tend to use non-waterproof mascara because waterproof is honestly a fuckin bitch to get off. for blacks i like covergirl’s clump crusher (honestly so much of a mascara is about the brush, and covergirl always has good brushes), maybelline lash stiletto won’t give you volume but nothing beats it in length, and physican’s formula just feels nice. no high end for this cause like, it’s mascara, though i guess MUFE counts so smoky extravagant. i will say though that i think benefit they’re real is TOTALLY OVERRATED 
  • eyeliner - i started using liquid eyeliner first because im one of those throw urself in the deep end ride or die bitches. the nyx curve liner is really good and is so easy to apply because of its shape, i like the elf essentials liner, and i use gels for tightlining - rimmel and australis. i have glitter eyeliners from both elf and nyx. HIGH ENDstila all day liquid liner, i know it’s hyped a LOT but honestly it deserves all the praise and more. this shit does not fucking BUDGE even if you don’t prime, it’s amazing
  • brushes - i love real techniques brushes, they’re AMAZING.

lips - another preface: as previously established i’m pale as shit, and i have cool undertones so i don’t lean towards warm/orange hued lip products. it’s all pale pinks and blue based reds for meeeee

  • lip treatments/balms - maybelline babylips are a fav, and i love their pink electro pop, but honestly once i started buying lanolips i stopped buying every other lip treatment. it is SO GOOD and i use it as a clear balm, as a base for drying creams or matte shades, you can even use it when you wake up first thing in the middle of winter and your lips are dry like the sahara. also i like lush’s lip tints, especially it started with a kiss.
  • glosses/stains - NYX BUTTER GLOSSES. OH MY GOD, THEY ARE SO FUCKING UNREAL they all smell like birthday cake? some kind of sugary baked product and the colour range is sooo good and they’re completely buildable, from sheer to solid AND THEY LAST FOR AGES honestly go right now and buy twenty. revlon’s whole line of stains/balms/clinique rip off sticks are AWESOME. HIGH END ysl glossy stains. l’oreal makes a pretty good dupe but honestly you buy one of the ysl ones and it’s like shooting yourself in the foot because YOU CAN’T GO BACK. as always, i go for blue based reds, like rouge goache.
  • liquid lipstick/creams/lacquers/WHY ARE THERE SO MANY KINDS OF LIP PRODUCTS - this probably didn’t need its own section but honestly i just wanted to rec NYX LIP CREAMS, which in this stupidly long makeup rec post could be my favourite product. they’re named after cities (which makes no difference to the product. i just love it) and they come in heaps of different colours/shades, and these things FUCKING. STAY. they’re a pretty dry formula but they are NOT BUDGING FOR ANYTHING. you can eat and it’ll still be perfect after, I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. i have almost every colour lmao. for liquid lipsticks i like elf’s, which are dupes of stila, and rimmel apocalips lip lacquers.

lipstick lmao this is ridiculous, i know