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cold weather survival tips so y’all can start the new year with soft glowy skin

I posted a list of beauty tips for hot weather on my old blog at the beginning of the summer and it went over really well, so I thought I’d do a cold weather version now that we’re in peak chapped-lips-and-cracked-hands season.

  • Do yourself a favor by going to the nearest drugstore and buying the biggest tub of Vaseline/petroleum jelly you can find. 90% of Dry Skin Problems™ can be solved by slapping some Vaseline on there. 
  • Seriously. Chapped lips? Use Vaseline as a lip balm. Dry, cracked heels? Slather those feetsies with Vaseline right before you go to bed (just put socks on to keep from getting your sheets all sticky) for an overnight moisturizing treatment. (You can do the same thing on your hands if they’re dry and cracked!) I’ve even used Vaseline to fix severe dry patches on my face and neck. This stuff is a lifesaver. 
  • (You might also wanna get one of those tiny mini tubs to keep in your jacket pocket or in your bag, so you’ll always have it on you. It works way better than lip balm and is the only thing that can keep my lips from cracking and bleeding all winter long.)
  • While you’re at the store, it’s a good idea to invest in a good lotion. Most scented lotions (especially Bath & Body Works brand) actually make my dry skin worse because of the perfume in them, so you might want to look into an unscented formula. Try to avoid formulas that contain alcohol (which is sometimes used to make the lotion absorb faster) because they’ll dry you out worse than before. 
  • I always recommend using lotions and moisturizers made for sensitive skin even if your skin isn’t actually sensitive, because they don’t have as many harsh ingredients that might draw moisture out of your skin! Looking for formulas with all-natural ingredients (like Burt’s Bees and Yes To) is another good way to avoid heavy chemicals.
  • Replace your makeup remover with olive oil. It melts makeup right off, and you don’t have to scrub at your face like you do with a lot of makeup removers. It’s also super hydrating and makes my skin feel SO SOFT after I use it. (Just be sure to wash it off with a cleanser before you go to bed.) A lot of people use coconut oil the same way, but I’ve never tried it so I can’t speak for how well it works compared to olive oil. 
  • If your foundation sticks really noticeably to the dry patches on your face, a good hydrating makeup primer can help a lot. e.l.f. has really good, really cheap primers that I swear by, and they even have one specifically made for dry skin! (And you can find them at Walmart and most drugstores, so you can swing by and pick it up while you’re getting your groceries.)
  • Avoid “matte” or “mattifying” foundation formulas in general if your skin is really dry, because they’ll just make your dry patches more noticeable. Use a “satin finish” or “dewy finish” foundation instead, and if you want to make it look more matte you can always set it with a powder to take away the shine! 
  • If your lips are really dry and scaly, the best thing to do is just exfoliate the dead skin away. You can make your own lip scrub really easily by mixing sugar with either olive oil or honey, and just rub it on your lips to buff off the dry skin. Be sure to follow with Vaseline or a good lip balm!
  • As a matter of fact, you should really be exfoliating your entire face once or twice a week, especially if you have really dry skin. You can buy exfoliating scrubs at the store for a few bucks or make your own. (My favorite is a homemade scrub with 1 tablespoon of cooled green tea, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and a few drops of tea tree oil. It makes my skin soooo soft and helps fade my acne scars.)
  • Consider replacing your moisturizer with a face-safe oil like jojoba or rosehip at night. (I wouldn’t recommend using olive oil or coconut oil for this though, because they’re a little too heavy.) I started using rosehip oil every night to help with the scarring on my face, and it makes my skin feel so good. It doesn’t absorb right away, so it’s almost like sleeping in a face mask every night, and you wake up with a baby-soft face. This is the first winter I haven’t had really dry patches on my face, and I think using facial oils has a lot to do with it.
  • If your lipstick is drying out your lips, use a very light layer of Vaseline as a lip primer! This also makes the lipstick go on smoother – I’ve been using this trick for chalky/streaky lipsticks for years. (I told you, Vaseline is a lifesaver.)
  • I know everyone on tumblr is always saying this, but it really is important; you gotta stay hydrated. Drink water. (Drinks like soda actually dehydrate you, so it really does have to be water.) If your skin is just feeling a little dryer than usual, it could be because you just aren’t getting enough water. Increasing your water intake is a really easy, completely free way to help your skin out. 
  • And fyi, these tips aren’t just for girls! If you’re a guy with dry skin, feel free to use any and all of the things I talked about in this post! Taking care of your body is gender neutral and everybody deserves to have nice skin. 
Fuck Proof Makeup Mini List

Fucking is fun but if you want your makeup to stay on after your face was pushed into the mattress, check these out.

Primer: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer (sooo hydrating), Kat Von D Featherweight Primer

Foundation: Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Cream, Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation, Dermablend Cover Creme

Setting Powder/Spray: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Microfinish Powder, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, Laura Mercier Universal Translucent Setting Powder

Eyeliner: Kat Von D Ink Liner, Lancome Drama Liqui Pencil, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

Mascara: Bobbi Brown Smoky Eye Mascara, Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara, Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

I’m not going to include lipstick because I find that it comes off anyway and when I’m heavily making out, it will end up everywhere.
Now I’m not saying that this makeup will not come off at all during sex. However, they will hold on better than some other stuff.

I recommend carrying foundation powder, eyeliner, and a concealer in your bag in case you need to touch up after you’re done.
If you like to do the whole routine in the morning but you don’t want to carry all your stuff to someone’s house, you can always ask for a couple of samples at Sephora for the liquid/creme products before you meet up with them.

Add more stuff if you want. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

sorry--notsorry  asked:

“Whenever I apply foundation on my dry skin it always looks dry and flaky. What’s the trick to preventing that? ”

Having dry skin I know the struggle of flaky, dry, unnatural looking foundation all to well and it’s something I used to constantly suffer from on a day to day basis. Luckily over time I’ve found a few cures to fixing flaky skin and making makeup look great.

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ciobellaaxoxoo-deactivated20160  asked:

Best drugstore makeup? I need a list for school essentials 😄

loreal magic perfecting base: for a super smooth finish
revlon photoready skinlights/loreal magic lumi light infusing primer: if you want that glow
nyx shine killer primer: for oily skin types
elf hydrating face primer/maybelline master primer (smooth+illuminate): for dry skin types

loreal infallible pro matte: for oily skin
covergirl 3 in 1 outlast: for combo skin
loreal true match lumi: for dry skin

hard candy glamoflauge: for heavy duty concealing
nyx orange concealer jar: for color correcting under eye circles
maybelline fit me: for general concealing
maybelline better skin: for a natural concealer

elf high definition powder: most natural
revlon nearly naked powder: for sheer coverage
physicians formula happy booster glow & mood boosting powder (beige): glowy finishing powder, hourglass powder dupe!

nyx matte bronzer: to contour
nyx taupe blush: contouring for very fair skin
la girl pro conceal: for cream contour/highlight
milani baked bronzer: to bronze

nyx powder blush
• elf studio powder blush
• nyx cream blush
• milani baked blush

personal fave drugstore highlighters
for fair skin
• for dark skin

elf eyebrow kit: personal fave/you can make it look natural or bold 
nyx brow pomade: for more definition
loreal brow stylist plumper: adds more “hairs” to the brows/tints them

maybelline color tattoo: you don’t need a primer, and it’s super easy to apply
loreal infallible eyeshadow: amazing color payoff and the shades are so gorgeous
best eyeshadow palettes

nyx super skinny eye marker: for wings
nyx slide on eye pencils: great shade selection
maybelline gel eyeliner: best drugstore gel eyeliner !

maybelline define a lash waterproof. that is all. 😂

LIPS (basically some of the best drugstore lip products out there)
• nyx lipliner
• nyx soft matte lip cream
• wet n wild mega last lipstick
• nyx butter gloss

loreal makeup extender spray: love this! actually makes my makeup last longer
nyx makeup setting spray: there’s a dewy and matte finish that you can choose!


- MILK Cooling Water $24 (for the full size, pictured is a sample size!)
- ELF Prep & Hydrate Balm $8

I got this MILK cooling water in a set of minis and love it so much that I’ve nearly used it up! But once I saw this ELF balm I knew it was probably meant to be a dupe! I use these products as a primer to hydrate and calm my skin before foundation. They both work wonderfully and both have a hydrating, cooking effect. The MILK one does seem to reduce redness while the elf does not. But they are definitely similar enough for the elf to be a great dupe at 1/3 the price!

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 

anonymous asked:

hi Rebecca what foundation n primer would u recommend for very dry skin?


  • Too Faced Hangover Rx
  • Becca Backlight & First Filter
  • MUFE Hydrating
  • YSL Touche Eclat Blur
  • Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer
  • Hourglass N° 28 Primer Serum
  • Glossier Priming Moisturizer (I’ve seen a lot of people with dry skin use it as primer)
  • It Cosmetics Feel The Moment


  • MUFE Ultra HD
  • Armani Luminous Silk
  • It Cosmetics CC
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
  • Cover Fx Natural Finish 
  • YSL Touche Eclat
  • MAC Face & Body
  • Milk Sunshine Skin Tint
  • Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint 
  • Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation
  • MUFE Water Blend
  • Illamasqua Skin Base
  • Becca Aqua Luminous 
  • Hourglass Vanish Stick

Easy Sunday Brunch Makeup Look

When it comes to makeup on the weekends, it is great to try something a little different, like a sparkly eye or a gorgeous red lip, especially if it is something you can’t get away with at school or the office, but sometimes you may prefer just to keep it simple. This makeup look is great for the weekends, brunch, and hanging out with your girlfriends it is glowy, understated and natural looking but still enhances your best features. Only the smallest amount of product (product, not products) is required to keep it looking soft and simple.

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Makeup tips for dry skin!!

1. Proper skin care! Make sure you are exfoliating just enough to remove dead skin but not over doing it. Use a face oil (I like argan oil) before your moisturizer if the moisturizer by itself isn’t cutting it.

2. Use a HYDRATING primer!!! You can use a smoothing or pore filling one too, but use it sparingly only when you need it.

3. Apply your foundation with your fingers. I know you’re thinking “what??? But everyone on YouTube uses a kabuki brush/ the beauty blender/ the sili sponge/ the morphe m53820264828.” Work gently to spread the foundation over your skin and lightly tap the edges to blend.

4. Skip powder. I know you’re thinking “whaaat? But-but baking!! My laura mercier powder!” No. You don’t need it!!! If you are more normal-dry, use a veryyy light dusting to set your undereyes and your nose, chin, and forehead.

5. Cream face products look more natural than powders. They just do.

6. Go easy on the highlighter. It may make you more “glowy,” but a lot of highlighter will emphasize any texture on your skin and might make it look even more dry. Just dry and sparkly. We don’t want that.

7. Setting spray is your friend, especially if you’re skipping powder. I use a long lasting one but I also use a hydrating one before that to make sure it doesn’t dry me out.


💕Gorgeous tutorial by the lovely
#Repost @woodlyelan (@get_repost)
I know it’s been a while since my last video! 🙋🏾but hey im back!

Eyebrows: @anastasiabeverlyhills brow definer in “granite”

Eyes: @anastasiabeverlyhills @norvina single shadow k. Henna and morocco and Lyra from the aurora glow kit / @hudabeauty lashes in style Sasha/ inglot gel liner in 77

Hydration and primers: @embryolisseusa lait crème concentré /@maccosmetics strobe cream in Goldlite / @farsalicare rose gold elixir and unicorn essence/

Face: @yslbeauty le teint touche éclat in “B90” ( please YSL bring this shade back I don’t understand what you discontinued the darkest shade?🤦🏾‍♀️@lauramercier candle light powder in number 6/ @lagirlcosmetics pro hd concealer in cafe and @tartecosmetics shape tape in rich and deep( please tarte 3 dark shade is not enough could you make more?👀concealers are set with RCMA no colour powder
Glow: ahh aurora glow kit in “spectra” and “Lyra”(absolutely beautiful on darker complexion)

Lips: @marcbeauty lip laquer in “taboo”

Setting spray: @katvondbeauty new setting spray (amazing I need to get extra bottles of this)

Nails by @carlos_nails
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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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Makeup Products on Dark Skin

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anonymous asked:

gabby do you have any cheap makeup brand recs? i'm low on cash rn but in desperate need of some new lip products and pretty much everything tbh :(

i’ll give you some of my fave products from them too if ya want honey

mua / makeup academy - do not test their products or ingredients on animals but ingredients aren’t necessarily vegan or vegetarian friendly, ships worldwide

  • paint box lip palettes £4 - i have all 4 and i adore them, my faves are imperial plums and rose rouge, but they’re all incredible and have matte and gloss looks in them that you can mix for different colours or finishes and come with two lip brushes for lining and filling
  • luxe velvet lip lacquers £3 - comparable to gerard cosmetics hydra matte liquid lipsticks (£20 on their site or £9.50 on beautybay (!!!!)) (especially packaging wise) my faves are dash and passion but you can get a bundle of 8 for £20
  • lipsticks and matte lipsticks £1 each!!! - idk if it’s the fact it’s £1 and i can’t complain but they’re very similar to the freedom lipsticks £1 (which i also love and you can get 5 in a set for £5) and great to build up a wide collection without breaking the bank
  • 12 shade palettes £4 - similar to sleek’s palettes £7.99 if you’ve ever tried them, quality wise similar to mur palettes (great pigmentation especially for the price) my faves are heaven and earth, undress me too, romantic efflorescence and spring break
  • luxe eyeshadow palette £8 - 10 shades/palette, all incredibly beautiful and pigmented, both palettes are gorgeous tbh and they’re paradise and utopia (like look at the pictures those shadows genuinely look like velvet)
  • eye brushes from £1.50 to £1.95 - their e4 eyeliner brush is so great, i’ve used it with gel liners before and it’s >>>> and their e7 eyebrow brush is great for powder and wax brow products and also the thin-ness (lmao) of the brush makes it great for gel eyeliner application also
  • face brushes from £1.95 to £5 - i don’t use many brushes outside of my morphe set atm but i do still use their f11 highlighting brush, it’s great for defined highlighting on the cheekbones
  • undress your skin highlighting powder £3 - i haven’t actually tried any of these but i’ve heard and noticed from swatches i did at superdrug they’re pretty much the exact same as the mur vivid baked highlighters £3 or £8 for a palette of all 3 colours (mua’s iridescent gold is the same as mur’s golden lights which is one of my fave highlighters ever tbh)

makeup revolution and sister company i heart makeup - do not test products or ingredients on animals, cannot claim products which are vegan friendly but are looking into it, ships worldwide

  • radiant lights highlighter £5 - i already mentioned their vivid baked highlighters which are a fave but,,, lemme tell you about radiant lights,,,, this shit saved me. no exaggeration one of the most beautiful highlighters i’ve used, like it has the most beautiful pearlescent finish, if you ever see my wearing highlight especially on my nose, aka most of my selfies bc this is my holy grail, i’m using this. it’s perfect for everyday natural looks and buildable for more glamorous looks and usable as a subtle all over highlight. i use exhale but i also have the radiant lights palette £8 and sometimes use the others over a matte bronzer and they’re gorgeous. the palette is an incredibly affordable alternative to the hourglass ambient lights palette £60 (!!!) and most of their products are styled as affordable dupes so
  • i heart makeup blushing hearts highlighters/blushes/bronzers £4.99 - dupes for too faced sweetheart blushes £24, my faves are goddess of love, peachy pink kisses and summer of love
  • face palettes £4 to £8 - blush, bronze, concealer and both powder and cream contour palettes, great for building up your makeup collection, all come with 8 shades. their ultra cream contour palette and ultra contour palette both £8 are very similar to the ABH contour kits £30, their golden sugar blush palette £6 is one of the prettiest palettes i own, all their blushes are incredibly pigmented and only need a super light hand so will last forever, their hot spice blush palette £4 is another fave. they also have concealer palettes £6 and a bronzer palette £6. 
  • ultra velour lip creams £3 - i have a few of these and i adore them, i would say they have a demi-matte/cream finish but they’re really hydrating and pigmented and i use the colour can’t we just make love instead pretty much all the time i take it everywhere with me
  • i heart makeup lip lava £2.99 - slightly comparable to too faced melted lipsticks £19, if you apply it sparingly and spread it, you can achieve a matte/demi-matte finish or if you put translucent powder over them, you can get a matte finish but otherwise, they’re liquid lipsticks and have a satin finish for the most part, i use the colours tremor and unleash
  • i heart makeup i tint my brows £1.99 - just a good tinted brow gel with a perfect sized brush, not a great colour selection but it does slightly darken my brows to give them a thicker look and has a better brush than certain drugstore brow gels (*cough* tf is up with the maybelline brow drama brush pls god)
  • pro fix makeup fixing spray £5 - highkey,,, i prefer this fixing spray to my mac fix+ £17, the smell is a lot more pleasant, and it leaves my foundation looking freshly applied all day like it genuinely looks perfect after like hours and hours of being outside like i went into town it ended up raining and i’d been walking in the rain for a good two hours tbh and i didn’t have an umbrella i was sticking to the sides of buildings in hope of shelter i got home and my face was like,,, honey u thought,, it was still full coverage and everything i was like damn!!! i use the normal one cos i have dry skin but there is one for oily skin too. 
  • brushes £1.99 to £9.99 - genuinely good brushes, don’t shed at all and are really soft, their e301 crease brush is an essential imo
  • eyeshadow palettes £1.50 to £8 - their £8 palettes have 32 shades (comparable to morphe’s 35 palettes but much smaller), my fave is flawless matte, their i heart makeup line has several takes on too faced’s chocolate bar palettes (original product priced at £39) for £7.99 and they also have urban decay naked palette (original products priced at £38.50) dupes for naked 1, naked 2, and naked 3 with 12 shades for £4 and like i’m not lying when i say they are reaaaaally similar to the real thing. they also have a dupe for the lorac pro palettes (original around £30 i could only find the price in $) so lorac pro 1 and lorac pro 2 dupes are £6.99
  • also if you sign up to their newsletter/email thing, they have new offers every week, and sometimes they have an offer where if you spend £30 on makeup, you get an extra £30 worth of makeup (already chosen by them) for free. they did it on black friday and back in september but you get so much considering how cheap they are

freedom makeup - does not test on animals, ships worldwide, from the makers of MUA and MUR so very similarly priced and styled, but targeted to a much more ~professional consumer

  • pro makeup essential artist kit £18 - includes a colour correcting kit, similar to the nyx 3c palette £10, mattifying primer, a highlighter, an eyebrow kit, an eye primer, a fixing spray and a contour powder duo. 
  • pro studio strobe cream £8 - just a really pretty liquid highlight tbh, you could probably get cheaper alternatives, like the nyx born to glow liquid illuminator £7
  • pro melts £3 - lip lacquers that come in the prettiest shades like sold out, no heroes and d-ream
  • pro lipstick collections 5 lipsticks for £5 - i have the bare collection, and they have the prettiest neutral shades, although if i’m honest, on the lips, they’re not that different from each other. they have nice packaging though, great for storage as you can see the colour on the bottom of the tube

elf - do not test on animals, do not ship worldwide but do ship to a wide variety of countries and have sites specific to different countries

  • hydrating under eye primer £4.50 - prevents under eye concealer from looking cakey and dependant on the concealer can reduce creasing. tbh is my second favourite to smashbox’s photo finish hydrating under eye primer £21
  • contouring blush and bronzing palette £4.50 - comparable to nars’ blush and bronzer duos £32
  • baked blush £4.50 - i don’t actually personally own a lot of elf stuff but my sister has this in pinktastic and it makes for such a pretty highlight

new york color / nyc - owned by a parent company that do test on animals, but apparently only do it when required by law (i think only when retailing in china) so do third party testing, idk if they ship worldwide but they do ship to a lot of places

  • liquid eyeliner £2.49 - one of my fave drugstore products ever tbh it’s great and lasts forever imo
  • expert last lip lacquer £3.99 - my fave is madison square mauve
  • smooch proof 24hr lip stain £3.99 - i have quite dry lips so i never used to wear lipsticks or anything, and i lived by this product for years through high school tbh 
  • nyc big bold bronzer £2.99 - it was probably the first bronzer i ever used and i loved it tbh

sonia kashuk - do not test on animals, sold in target who ships via borderfree to over 220 countries but not all

  • eye couture eye palette £14.98 - one of my fave matte palettes tbh, this and the sonia kashuk quads £9.99 are great eyeshadows imo but not the most affordable in comparison to the above brands
  • clear brow gel £4.37 - great for setting your brows if you’re using a powder or pencil (i use this when i’m using my brow whiz and the hairs stay in place all day and i don’t ever have like smudged lines or anything

individual products i love

  • milani baked blush (cruelty free, sold at target shipped via borderfree) £5.32 - i could yell all day about how much i love luminoso and dolce pink
  • collection lasting perfection concealer (cruelty free, only available in the uk as far as i know but could be on amazon) £4.19 - i wish this was available everywhere so y’all knew how great it is honestly i buy 2 whenever i run out of one it’s my holy grail the coverage is amazing, not so great under the eye unless mixed with a primer or moisturiser. their illuminating touch £4.99 would be good under the eyes and is comparable to maybelline dream lumi and l’oreal lumi magique
  • collection #blushandglow £4.99
  • collection eyebrow kit  £3.99 - before the brow whiz this was my fave brow product ever, comes with two brushes, a clear gel and three colours
  • colourpop, any product tbh $5 to $8 i believe (cruelty free and vegan with a few exceptions, only ships to a couple of countries but will hopefully expand or you can ship them through a courier, i used comgateway) i have the where the light is quad, the where the night is quad, lumiere lippie stix and lumiere lippie pencil - the pencils are a little creamier than i’d like but great for filling in the lip and incredibly long wearing
  • nyx soft matte lip creams £5.50 (cruelty free, idk if they ship worldwide but they’re available through a lot of retail stores) - my faves are amsterdam and sao paolo
  • barry m nail polishes £2.99 to £3.99 (cruelty free, ship worldwide but have restrictions on certain products) - my fave nail brand tbh, i own so many barry m nail polishes, mainly classic, glitterati and speedys, my fave ever shades are ballerina (classic) (pretty much my go to, i’ve repurchased twice, it’s my fave ever), starlet (glitterati), speed demon (speedy), lap of honour (speedy), get set go (speedy), berry cosmo (classic) and ruby slippers (classic)

Doing the 5-minute Face in 2 Ways!

Here are 2 ways to get out the door quick while looking polished. 


1. Look for bases with high coverage. Whether you do the first method (powder foundation) or second method (liquid/cream) the key is something that gives a lot of coverage quickly.

2. If you have very oily skin, the first method is better for you. If you have dry skin, the second method gives you a better effect. If you have normal skin, you can do either!

3. When you don’t have much time, the easiest way to look “done” is to use a stronger lip color and/or blush and keep the eyes simple. Strong eye makeup usually takes more precision and time to do.

Products for The Powder Foundation Method:

  • A good concealer. If you need to cover spots and scars, look for high-coverage concealing products like The Body Shop’s Pencil Concealer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, or any camouflage cream. 
  • A high-coverage powder foundation that has some luminosity. Powders can look quite flat and heavy so products with some reflective properties like Shu Uemura’s The Lightbulb Powder Foundation would be better. (As mentioned in the picture above, never buff your powder on if you don’t want to buff off the concealer you applied beneath. Pat.)
  • An oil-free lip/cheek cream or stain goes on quickly and will last well. But if you did a lot of concealing on your cheek area, a powder brush will work better.
  • A powder highlighter in a soft, universal shade like champagne or beige.
  • Mascara and lip color.

Products for The Liquid Foundation Method:

  • A full-coverage camouflage cream or foundation that can be diluted as foundation and used straight from the tube/pot as concealer. Products like Cover Mark Extra Formula, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, or Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation work well.
  • A primer or lotion to “dilute” the foundation. Choose based on your needs. If you want a matte effect like I did above, go for something like Lancome’s La Base Pro. If you need hydration, use either your favorite lotion or something like Laura Mercier’s Hydrating Primer.
  • A powder blush. Again, this was chosen as I was going for a matte effect, but if you prefer a dewy finish go for a cream blush.
  • A powder or cream highlighter for the center of the lid.
  • Mascara and lip color.
How to make your Makeup Last

One of the most common questions I am asked is “How do I make my makeup last?” Long wearing formulas are great and all but for makeup that lasts the whole day a little more effort is required. This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know and every step you need to complete to keep your face makeup in place all day and all night. 

Start off by cleansing your skin. I find regular facial wipes work best before makeup application but a good proper cleanse never hurt anyone.

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UNDER HYPED: Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Smashbox is my favourite brand when it comes to primers, they’ve got everything from colour correcting to oily controlling and line reducing versions  and even one for the under eye area. An under-eye primer may seem like just “another” product to buy and another unnecessary product to add into your beauty routine, but the results are oh so worth it. Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer has been a favourite product of mine for many years now and it really doesn’t get enough hype or recognition. Whether you’re someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup (or someone who wears a lot) has severe dark circles or just a little discoloration underneath the eyes this product works a full on treat and is well worth the price. It’s super hydrating, but thanks to the silicone like texture it doesn’t cause concealer to crease, in fact it actually helps improve its staying power so you don’t have to worry about your concealer slipping around all over the place. It’s also packed with light reflecting pigments and has a peachy pink base to it, meaning that it helps counteract darkness and blue tones in the skin which in turn makes dark circles appear less obvious and reduces the need for a large amount of concealer. All in all I love this product. If you’re someone with severe dark circles or has problems with concealer creasing it’s definitely worth checking this product out. It’s also great for wearing alone on no-makeup days and for mixing in with concealer to make it more blendable.

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