My Everyday Makeup Essentials

 

Hey Guys,
Today’s post is all about the makeup I use on an everyday basis. I don’t like to look too overdone when I am going to work and to be honest I just can’t bring myself to get up any earlier in the mornings. I prefer to look noticeably more glam for nights out as opposed to looking too over done in work. I generally spend 20 minutes getting ready in the mornings before work. I prefer to spend longer for night’s out but that is another post coming up!

Moisturiser

I love Nivea, I find it so gentle on my skin and it is excellent for the cold weather. I pop this on about 5 minutes before I start my makeup!

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Primer

The every day primer I use is the Catrice Prime and Fine. I only need a small bit and generally put it on my cheeks as this where my makeup previously used to come off throughout the day.

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Foundation

I am using Rimmel’s Wake Me Up foundation in Soft Beige for Monday to Friday. I apply one layer of that and then I tend to put a very light layer of MAC Studio Fix over the top. I find this gives a nice finish without being too heavy on my skin.

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Concealer

I have been using Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer in 010 Ivory. I haven’t been using it all that long so I’m still testing the water on this one. The reason I decided to go for this option is because it has added highlighter, which saves time in the mornings. I always go for a lighter shade when it comes to my concealer as it helps hide my dark circles!

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Contour / Highlight & Blusher

The Sleek contour Palette is by far my favourite product at the moment. The three in one is just so handy and means I am not rooting for other products (I’m not very organised in the mornings, anything that can save time is key!) I also think the colours are excellent, I use the shade 373 Light.

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I do also use the No7 highlighter (which I’m always raving about!) on the top of my cheekbones and on my brow bone. Highlighting is one of the best makeup tools available and I usually just add those quick little dabs after I have finished my makeup.

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Powder

Catrice Matte Plus Powder is great for setting foundation. I tend to only apply it under my eyes and a small bit over my forehead. I use 030 Warm Beige. Working in an office can dry out your skin so I find too much powder will end up making skin looking dull and in some cases highlight dry patches. Not what us ladies want!

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Eye-Shadow

I’m a huge Urban Decay fan when it comes to eye makeup. I don’t generally do much with my eyes Monday- Friday as I said lack of time being the main reason. I do however use the Naked 3 ‘Limit’ shadow along the crease of my eye as it adds some definition. Sometimes if I have more time I will use ‘Limit’ on my lid and add ‘Nooner’ or ‘Liar’ along the crease.

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Eye Liner

I swear by white eyeliner at the moment. It really brightens up my eyes and makes me look more awake. I’m loving the Natural Collection’s offering and it’s only roughly €2.00 ladies!

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If I’m using a gel liner, I opt for the Essence Liquid Ink as I find the brush is really good.

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Mascara

At the moment I am using the No7 Lash Impact mascara. I find it is lengthening my lashes without being too clumpy. I hate clumpy mascara that sticks your lashes together. It drives me mad!

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Eyebrows

As I’ve said before I love the Sleek eyebrow kit. I love that is has a mixture of wax and powder so that you can achieve a natural look. The angled brush is also a life saver.

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Lip Liner

I own about a million different lip liners. I buy new ones to go with new lipsticks 😛 At the moment I’m using the Natural Collection in the colour Almond

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Lipstick

I’m a big lover of lipstick. I love trying new brands but one of my all time favourites is Clinique for everyday wear. The quality is amazing and ensures your lips feel moisturised throughout the day. At the moment I’m using the Sweet Honey colour.

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Quick pic before work this morning using the above products:

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I never retouch my makeup throughout the day (I’m just too lazy) so I like to ensure it is applied correctly in the mornings. It has to last 11 hours after all. The products listed above are all generally great value so I don’t have to worry about using them everyday. I will be doing a post on my Night Out and Occasion Makeup preferences or as I like to call it my ‘weekend makeup’ soon so stay tuned 🙂

I hope you enjoyed guys ❤

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

 

Embrace the Brow

Hey Guys,

The 90’s may be back when it comes to Fashion, but one thing that hasn’t returned is the over plucked, super skinny brows associated with that particular era. I am the first one to hold my hands up and admit that I too fell victim to the barely there brow. Thankfully that look is now well and truly gone, with full length and thickness being the main focus. All you have to do is look at the hottest models at the moment, all of which have certainly embraced the brow. Cara Delevigne is one of the best eye brow inspirations I’ve seen in a long time! Unfortunately due to years of wanting smaller eyebrows, I still need to fill in a few areas where the hair is still thinner.

Eyebrow’s shape your face and can make such a difference to your look. I have become so particular about eyebrows and I always try ensure mine are not too thick or too thin and have a nice arch (the arch is key ladies!)

It is due to this that Sleek Makeup’s latest brow kit has become my 96027226-2ultimate makeup essential. The product comes in a neat little compact, mirror included and is perfect for slipping into your bag. With a pigmented wax for shaping and a powder for setting also included, it is ideal. It is a complete bargain at €10.00 online and €12.00 in Boots. You can choose from four different shades; Light, Dark, Black & Extra Dark I opt for the ‘Dark’ colour as my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes are quite dark and this matches perfectly. I would be a bit cautious when it comes to using the Extra Dark and Black due to the dark colouring of the one I already use.

At €10.00 it is an absolute steal so it’s definitely worth a trial, so make sure to check out http://www.sleekmakeup.com

Brow Kit

 If you don’t like ordering online, pop into Boots and get some points on your loyalty card 😉

Happy Shopping

Z x

 

Ice-Queen

Hey Guys,

This weekend I had an event to attend, one which was quite difficult to assess in terms of what to wear. On one hand I didn’t want to be too over dressed but I certainly did not want to be under dressed. Anyone who knows me understands how much I love to play dress up and stick the war paint on! It would be a cardinal sin for me to turn down an opportunity to get dolled up! I wanted something different and strayed away from my usual dark colours and opted for muted, Winter pastels.

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Top €6.99, Necklace €14.99, Shoes €24.99 all Newlook Pencil Skirt €18.00 River Island (on sale, WINNING!)

Aside from the statement necklace, I kept my jewellery quite simple. I just wore my watch (I always wear a watch!) my Pandora bracelet and a simple band ring I have from Links of London. I didn’t want to over do it and take away from the simplicity of the outfit.

Needless to say by the end of the day I was nearly the same colour as the skirt, thanks to the good old Irish weather, but nothing a few sneaky vodkas couldn’t fix!

Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Z x