Saturday, 8 March 2014

Bloglovin ...

Just a quick post to say I thought I would allow people to follow my blog with bloglovin so here goes ... 
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My Eyebrow Routine ..

Filling in my eyebrows used to be something I was never really interested in, but over time it seems to have wormed its way into my essential make up routine. I get my eyebrows tinted and waxed at my local Benefit counter every 6-8 weeks for £18, and I normally ask for quite a subtle tint as I like the well groomed but natural look. At the moment, I am coming up to about 8 weeks since I last had them done so apologies if they are looking a bit untidy. 

These are my eyebrows without any make up on and as you can see they are quite sparse. The products I like to use are Mac Omega with an angled brush (I can't even remember where my one is from but it was just a fairly cheap standard one from either Boots or Superdrug), and Maybelline's Browdrama in Medium Brown. 

I like to use Mac Omega first, and then Maybelline Browdrama afterwards to set everything in place but give my eyebrows a bit of colour as well. Mac Omega is an ashy brown, matte shade that in the pan looks quite light for me as I have dark brown hair but personally  I think it is just the right shade when my make up is finished. One thing that I really like about the Maybelline Browdrama is the brush which is a small circular brush at the end of a more typical mascara brush which makes it really easy to apply accurately. I also really like the colour as it is not too obvious. Generally, my eyebrows tend to stay in place all day and the eyeshadow doesn't become chalky so overall I am really happy with my current routine. 
The Maybelline Browdrama brush

With foundation and eyebrow make up on just the left hand side
With both eyebrows finished
With all of my make up finished
 What's your eyebrow routine?


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

My Every Day High Street Face ...

So I thought I would write a blog post on an every day face with products from just the high street. I personally love the high street for make up, especially because I live in Manchester city centre so there is a really big Boots on my way home from uni (very dangerous) so they have a really good range of everything. Although the branch of Boots closest to me has high end brands available as well, I thought it would make sense to only include the brands you would normally find in a high street shop. 
Well that's attractive! Haha 
In the picture above I had just cleansed using a face oil, toner and moisturiser. I started off using the L'Oreal  Lumi Magique Primer, which I have really enjoyed using. It's the second time I have bought it now and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for glowing skin. I used it under my foundation here but it is nice mixed in with foundation as well. I then used the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in 52 (Vanilla). Foundation colour range is probably where I struggle most with high street foundations. I am just too pale! However, I really like this foundation. It is really lovely to apply, and blends well. It provides light-medium coverage, and leaves a funnily enough really healthy finish to the skin with, in my opinion, a moderately dewy finish (although it says semi-matte on the packaging). I then used the Maybelline, Browdrama, scuplting brow mascara in Medium Brown, lightly through my eyebrows. I haven't used many eyebrow gels so I can't really say if this is amazing or not, but it does the job quite nicely for me. 

I then moved onto my eyes, and as I don't have a high street eye primer, I jumped straight into the eyeshadow. I used a recent purchase, the Revlon quad in Moonlit Clair de Lune, which is a lovely combination of browns in a satin finish. I have to admit that eyeshadows are generally things that I tend to stick to high end brands with because the quality and the lasting power just seem to be so much better, even if they are more expensive. However, I was really impressed with this quad, and even though they might not have as much pigmentation as say the Urban Decay or Mac eyeshadows they were still good. I used the lightest shade all over my eyelid, and then used the shade below it over the 
 rest of the eyelid, with the darker two blended into the outer corner and underneath the eye. I then used my Rimmel Scandaleyes precision micro eyeliner in black on my top waterline and eyelid. I really like this eyeliner, and find it really easy to use and manipulate. I then used my Masterpiece Max mascara from MaxFactor, which I have loved for a really long time and is especially good if you want a heavier mascara look. I then used my No7 Natural Blush in Honey (I'm hoping that No7 count as high street but sorry if you feel it doesn't) for a subtle contour, followed by the L'Oreal blush in True Rose on my cheeks. I love this shade! It is a really lovely subtle colour and is great for a naturally flushed look. I then used my Soap & Glory Glow All Out face powder to set my face, and then another new addition to my make up collection, Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede lipstick in 010 Womenswear, which I really love! It stayed on for so long, and was really creamy but slightly matte as well.
 I think I will definitely be looking at more of their range! 

Although it sounds like a lot of products, the finished look isn't too heavy because I have used most things sparingly! In some cases, it is definitely worth spending the money on higher end products, but the high street has some fantastic products too!