Everyday Makeup Routine

Today, I am going to be talking you through the makeup look that I have been loving throughout the months of Winter.

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Firstly, I use the L’Oreal Mattifying Primer. I find it so hard to find a primer that actually does the job properly, but this definitely does! This primer really helps to keep my makeup in place all day and helps control oil and shine.

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The foundations that I have been loving are NARS Sheer Glow in the shade Fiji, and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B20. Both of these foundations give the complexion a very fresh, glowy finish which I think is really important at this time of year as it so easy for skin to look dry. NARS Sheer Glow has a bit of a higher coverage than the Vitalumiere Aqua, so the foundation that I use depends on my plans for that day. To apply my foundation, I use the Zoeva 104 Buffer brush. This brush is flat and applies and blends foundation perfectly, buffing it in until there are no lines or creases. For today, I am going to be using the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

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Next, I use my much loved Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade Fair 1 under my eyes to cover up any dark circles and to make me look slightly more awake. I use the same concealer in a slightly darker shade, Medium 3 to cover any redness and blemishes that I may have. I use my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to blend in my concealer, I find that this just blends my concealer in that bit better than a brush and gives it a nicer finish.

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Next, I use the MAC Studio Fix Powder to set my concealer under my eyes and on my t-zone. To apply this, I use the Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush 100. I absolutely love this powder, it keeps my makeup in place all day and really helps to control oil and shine. I also really love this brush, it is so soft and is perfect for applying powder.

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To contour, I use the Clinique Contour Chubby Stick. I apply this to the hollows of my cheeks, either side of my nose and along my hairline. I then blend it in with a beauty blender and this just gives a bit more depth and definition to my face. I then use Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer. I go over all of the places that I have contoured to help set it and to add even more definition to my cheekbones. I do this with me Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek brush.

I then use my Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in the shade 01 to highlight my face. I apply this to the tops of my cheeks, down the centre of nose and on the middle of my forehead. I also blend this in using a beauty blender, and this just makes my skin look a bit more awake and glowy, without it looking oily and shiny.

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For my eyebrows, I use my Soap and Glory Archery Pencil in the shade Brown & Out. This is great for creating hair-like strokes and makes eyebrows look a lot more natural. I then use the Maybelline Brow Drama in the shade medium brown to help set and keep my eyebrows in place.

Nine times out of ten, I will be wearing gold eye shadow. I usually use Urban Decay’s Half Baked, but I have also made a fairly new discovery and this is Mac’s eye shadow in Amber Lights. I have SO many gold eye shadow shades but I just could not resist this one! It is quite a dark, rusty golden shade with hints of shimmer running through it, but nothing too heavy. There is no fall out and it blends really well, I apply this using my Zoeva 234 Luxe Smoky Shader brush as it makes it really easy to pack the eye shadow on. This looks lovely on it’s own, but I usually pair it with Smog from the original NAKED palette. I apply this into the crease using my Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease brush and this just adds a bit more definition to the eyes. I then take the Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease brush to blend it altogether to get rid of any harsh lines.

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Now, this next bit usually depends on how late I am running in the morning! This is the cat-eye flick. I love a good cat-eye, and to do this, I use the L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim. I start from the inner corner of my eyes and work my way outwards and flick my eyeliner the opposite way to draw on my flick and join it up with the rest of my eyeliner. I love this eyeliner because it is super thin and is great for precision!

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One of the (many) mascaras that I have been using recently, is the Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll mascara. I absolutely adore this product! It is a thin, plastic brush which makes it perfect for grabbing every lash and really gives you that false lash effect. Plus, the packaging is beautiful!

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Now, for lips. This is the one thing that changes on a daily basis, it just depends on my mood that day. The lipsticks that I have been reaching for the most recently, is Persistence by Mac and Glastonberry by Charlotte Tilbury.

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And those are all of the products that I use pretty much every day! I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know what products you use every day!

Links and prices below;

L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer £7.99

NARS Sheer Glow £31

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua £33

Zoeva 104 Buffer Brush €16.80

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99

MAC Studio Fix Powder £22

Real Techniques 100 Bold Metals Brush £25, now £20

Clinique Contour Chubby Stick £19

Benefit Hoola Bronzer £23.50

Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek €14.80

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat £25

Soap and Glory Archery £10

MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow £13

Zoeva 224 Luxe Smoky Shader €8.80

Urban Decay NAKED Palette £38.50

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease €8.80

Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease €8.80

L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim £6.99

Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara £25

Mac Persistence £15.50

Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry £23

 

 

 

 

L’Oreal Infallible Foundation

As I said in a previous post, the two foundations that I use on a daily basis are NARS Sheer Glow and NARS All Day Luminous Weightless. I love both of these products and they both suit my skin type, which is combination. I use Sheer Glow on the days where my skin is a bit drier, such as this time of year, as my skin tends to dry up as it gets colder. All Day Luminous Weightless is better when my skin is a bit oilier. These cost £31, and £32 and I have been trying to find a cheaper alternative for a while now, for days when I don’t need a lot of makeup or if I’m only going to be out for an hour or so.

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This doesn’t mean I am going to be neglecting my NARS’ foundations!

I have finally found it…

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This is the L’Oreal 24H Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation. I bought this in the shade 200 (Golden Sand) and it suits my skin tone perfectly. This foundation lasts me all day and doesn’t transfer, which is a bonus! It is so easy to blend and is medium coverage, but could easily be built up for a fuller looking complexion which is what I tend to do. I only bought this two weeks ago, and I have worn it every single day since I bought it.

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It gives a dewy, satin finish and really brightens and hydrates the skin which is really important, especially during cold, winter months. It has a pump already attached which is massive plus! I also find that one pump is enough to cover the whole of my face, however if I want more of a fuller coverage then I tend to use two. Here is how much one pump distributes, which I feel is enough for a medium coverage look.

I alternate between two foundations brushes, however they both do the job perfectly. These are the Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques and the Zoeva 102 Silk Finish, which clearly need cleaning!

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It is very similar to NARS Sheer Glow in terms of formula and finish, so this is perfect if you want something like Sheer Glow but can’t afford the £31 or if you just can’t justify spending that amount of money on foundation. This only costs £9.99 so is a perfect alternative.

If you’re looking for a new foundation, I would highly recommend this one and I will most definitely be repurchasing!

NARS: All Day Luminous Weightless foundation VS Sheer Glow!

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation VS NARS Sheer Glow.
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So, the question on everybody’s lips is which of these two foundations they should buy. But honestly, it is completely and utterly down to the skin type of each individual person.

Some people have dry skin, some people have oily skin and others have a combination of the two. I have combination skin so I am quite lucky in the sense that I can use both of these products, however it does depend on how my skin is on the day. The shade that I use in both foundations is Santa Fe.

I am going to talk you through both of these foundations and the different qualities that they have and which one is most likely to suit your skin type.

NARS Sheer Glow offers a variety of different shades. Each shade offers different pigmentation, some of them having more yellow undertones and others having more pink undertones. This makes it easier for people to decide which shade would best suit them.

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Sheer Glow is aimed at people with normal to dry skin. This product is also very moisturising when it is applied, leaving the skin feel healthy and hydrated. This helps with the application of the foundation, making it smoother and easier to blend, leaving the skin looking bright and radiant with a dewy, satin finish.

The coverage of Sheer Glow is medium to full and can definitely be built up for a fuller looking complexion without it seeming too thick or cakey. Also, a little goes a long way with this product.

Sheer Glow costs £31 for a 30ml bottle. The product is in a small, rounded, glossy glass bottle with a black lid that you just twist-on. The only downside is that this foundation does not come with a pump which makes it a lot harder to distribute to makeup brushes. However, pumps are available to purchase for just £3. Even though you are able to purchase a pump, the lid of Sheer Glow will no longer fit whilst the pump is attached.

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Now, onto the All Day Luminous Weightless foundation.

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This foundation also has the same shades as Sheer Glow and is also very highly pigmented. The pigments include gold and green tones which help give the luminous effect and counteracts any redness of the skin.

This foundation is best suited for people with an oily complexion. When this product is applied to dry skin or dry patches, the foundation tends to stick and cling to these areas, making the skin appear patchy and flaky. The consistency of the All Day Luminous Weightless foundation is rather watery, therefore needs to be shaken before every use in order to prevent the formula from separating.

All Day Luminous Weightless is quite hard to blend into the skin as it tends to set and dry quite quickly, meaning that you need to work and blend it into the skin at a rather fast pace.
When the foundation has been applied to the skin, it gives the complexion a matte finish which does make the skin look particularly dull in comparison to Sheer Glow, however does look more natural.

This product is also 30ml, costing £32. This foundation comes in a tall, thin bottle with a frosted glass finish and does include a pump, unlike Sheer Glow.

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Neither of these products come cheap, however I definitely think they are worth the money and they do go along way. The foundation that you buy does depend on what type of skin you have.

I have combination skin; therefore, I am able to use both of these products. However, I do prefer Sheer Glow overall as it gives my skin a fuller looking complexion and makes it look a lot more glowing. Although if my skin is feeling a little oilier than usual, I will use All Day Luminous Weightless.

I also find that All Day Luminous Weightless is a lot easier to apply with the hands and does give it a better finish, whereas Sheer Glow is a lot better when applied with a brush.

I prefer Sheer Glow as a product, however the presentation and the packaging of All Day Luminous Weightless looks a lot more elegant, especially as a pump is included.

Let me know which one you’ve been loving!

You can buy both of these products from;

http://narscosmetics.co.uk
http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk
http://www.johnlewis.com
http://uk.spacenk.com