My Everyday Make Up Items

Confession time – I went through a phase of literally rolling out of bed, putting mascara on and pretending I was ready for the day but then I felt like this simply wasn’t good enough. I have since kicked myself into gear and adopted a decent routine that doesn’t take FOREVER. Although admittedly I think doing my make up only used to take forever due to the fact I never actually used to wear any…which put me off even more! However, this is no longer the case….

I tend to shower in the evening as I prefer to relax afterwards so this is when I do the majority of my skincare. By doing this, it means that I don’t have to rush in the morning to do anything but I do use the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap which is so quick, easy and freshening before I apply my make up.

I’ve found my foundation goes on so much nicer when I mix it with my moisturiser so I usually tend to do this by mixing them together on the back of my hand and then rubbing it onto my face with my fingertips. As I have dry skin I find this works so much better for me than brushes or beauty blenders when I’m having a particularly dry skin day. My favourite concealer to cover up blemishes and spots is the No7 Match Made Concealer  in the shade Cool Ivory. The packaging of this is really nice but I wouldn’t recommend just applying this product directly your face as it’s quite stiff so I use my fingertip to apply it as it warms it up and makes it easier to spread. After applying a base I dust over with the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed power as I find it makes everything stay in place better.

No7 Concealer

No7 Match Made Concealer 

I don’t know why but I hate the feel of my lips when I’m putting on make up so after I’ve put foundation on I always pop on some Vaseline whilst I am applying the rest of my make up. I find this also makes my lips feel so nice and soft before putting on lipstick which is normally one from the Kate Nude Collection for Rimmel.

As a highlighter I have really begun to like Collection’s Illuminating Touch Concealer I just put some on my forehead, bridge of my nose, under my eyes and on my chin and I find blending this in with a beauty blender works so well to lighten up my face. It’s a lovely consistency and the brush applicator makes it so easy to use.

Collection Highlighter

Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer 

I mix and match bronzers and blushers but one that has never let me down is Clinique blushing blush in bashful plum. This is so nice and rosey and pink and gives such a nice glow. It’s so pigmented you only need such a small amount it lasts forever! I am so desperate to try out their new cheek pop blush.

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Clinique Bashful Plum Blush

I never used to be into eye shadows but since I was given the Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Trio  (I could not find this anywhere other than here ). This really got me into eye shadow and is so easy to use. When I am running late I use this beauty to just get myself out the door! One of the reasons this is so easy to use is that it actually has written instructions under each shade and I always use all three. This has got to be my favourite make up product of all time I love it that much! Keeping with eyes, I haven’t really found a mascara that I am 100% happy with and I have just purchased the Maybelline Falsies Push UP Drama Mascara but I use either the Maybelline Colossal Mascara or No7 Lash Impact Mascara  as these are the ones that seem to make my eyes bigger but even though I have tried a fair few, I am still hunting for one.

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Clinique Eye Shadow Trio

Even though this is a long post, I promise this really only takes me 20 minutes at most and is really a get ready for work/school/everyday any day routine! Let me know what your quick make up bits are and if you have any tips that bring out the best in them!

A- x

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Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

I have been mixing and matching my evening routine recently as I want to try more mask type products which is what originally led me to finding the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask which I bought for £10.00 from www.sanctuary.com.

The packaging for me isn’t the best for two reasons. Firstly, the product if quite thick and gloopy and you have to really wipe the mask away or it gets all round the edges and in the lid if you close it and I am a bit OCD about keeping things like this clean as I hate it when they get all crusty and disgusting! The second reason is I like to get the most for my money and I feel like as this is already quite a thick consistency it will be really hard to squeeze out the last bit it will be even more difficult because of the type of tube it’s in but that’s just my personal opinion.

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I have used this a few times now and I have to say I am pleased with this purchase. I have only used it four or five times so around once a week, however, it recommends using it 2-3 times a week but I don’t feel it necessary to use a detox mask as often as that.

It claims to be ‘Intensely purifying yet non-drying deep cleanse mask’ and I feel like this is one of those things that actually does what it says on the tin. As I’m prone to dry patches on my face I really don’t need any more dryness so this works really well for me.

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As explained above, the texture is thick and gooey. It says to apply a thin layer so you have to kind of work the mask on your skin by going over it a few times to spread it across your skin. I only use one or two fingers and spread it in one direction as I think it would be a very bad idea to start rubbing it around in circles or something!

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One last thing I definitely should mention is that this is the kind of thing you need to tie your hair back as if you get this in your hair it’s so horrible sticky once it gets in your hair!!

Let me know what face masks you use or post a link to your review!

A- x

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My Skincare Routine

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My skincare routine is one of the most important things in my everyday life. It’s not something I change or mix up too often either and ever since I really developed a ‘routine’ I have always used No7 products. I discovered these when I received a gift set for Christmas a couple of years and I generally feel No7 is a range that is so underrated for what you can get. Even though in the UK you can only buy it in Boots, lets be honest – Boots is everywhere so it’s not really a problem!

 

Balm and Muslin Cloth

Wash balm swatch

So to start. Every morning I use the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm in Dry/Very Dry. I suffer with dry patches on my face and I use this product with a muslin cloth to gently exfoliate which I love doing in the morning before I put my make up on so I know I’m not putting it on top of ‘old’ skin. I use a dollop of this and rub it into my face and neck in circles to make sure I get everywhere. This is normally £9.50 in Boots stores and online, they also have a lot of offers with 3 for 2 on these as well as money off vouchers. I also find that it seems to last FOREVER, I use this a lot and I don’t seem to have to buy it very often so in my opinion it’s good value for money.

Night Cream

After I have washed my face I use the No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream in Normal/Dry this is also spf 15 which is always a bonus and it just rubs into my skin so nicely. It never feels like it’s sitting on my face or anything icky. In the evenings I use the No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream in Normal/Dry. This cream is obviously thicker but it’s not so heavy that it feels caked on and seems to absorb in quite quickly but you still need to use less than the day cream. These creams are generally around £13.50 each in Boots and online but as the cleansing balm these last for ages as well as you only need to use a teeny tiny bit each time.

That’s a wrap for my everyday basic skincare routine. If you use No7 or have any other skincare basics let me know your tips!

A- x

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