My 2017 make-up routine & favourite products

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Today I'm going to show you the contents of my make-up bag. It's not overly exciting - there's no high end brands or anything technical or complicated in here, it's very basic, simple, and affordable. First I'll go through my base products (primer and concealer) then the finishing touches (eyes, blush etc.) Lately I've been trying to use as many cruelty free products as I can and ones I am currently using that aren't I plan to replace with cruelty free alternatives when they're empty.

CF = Cruelty free.

MUA Skin Define Hydro Primer (CF) | MUA Pro-Base Moisturising Primer (CF) | MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15 | Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair (CF) | Seventeen Stay Time Concealer in Extra Fair (CF)

KIKO Weightless Perfection Wet and Dry Powder Foundation (CF) | Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba (CF) | MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in Pink Shimmer (CF) | GOSH Defining Brow Gel (CF) | Barry M Showgirl Extra Lengthening Black Mascara (CF) | Eylure No10 Dark Brown Eye Pencil

🙂 I would highly recommend those two primers up top; used together they're even better. The Hydro Primer has a jelly consistency which feels weird to use at first but it soaks in really nice, and the other primer is more of your typical velvety creamy texture (with bonus tea-tree). I put the jelly one on first then the Pro-Base and let them both soak in for 3-4 mins.

🙌 I use a crap ton of concealer - I'm not a fan of foundation so I tend to just use concealer on the areas I need it most. The Seventeen Stay Time concealer is my all-time fave, I only ever use the Collection one on hard-to-cover spots and the MAC one when I'm having a naff skin day (it's the most foundation-y concealer out of the three). The MAC concealer looks way darker in the picture above but trust me it's a very pale shade (because I am the whitest of white).

😚 When the base is done, I brush some KIKO powder over my T-zone - you can use this powder as a foundation too but I never do. I should probably try it out one day, though. I then use probably the best blush I've bought in years by Natural Collection. The shade Peach Melba is stunning, I cannot put into words how gorgeous and highly pigmented this blush is. It's so cheap too. You only need the tiniest bit on your brush to cover both cheeks. I then dust some highlighter onto my cheekbones and nose. Not too much, I'm not crazy in love with highlighter but I do appreciate it on dull skin days.

👀 I then work on my brows with the Eylure pencil - I like my brows to be slightly darker than my hair colour, so instead of opting for the blonde pencil I go for dark brown. My hair is naturally dirty blonde so I feel dark brown matches better than blonde. Next I run over my brows with a clear brow gel from GOSH so they stay tamed all day. I finish off with mascara - this Barry M purchase is fairly new and despite it's meh reviews online, I love it. It's very subtle which is what I wanted. It doesn't give you thick, dramatic dark lashes but instead gives them a healthy coating of black and makes them look fluttery and natural.

👄 If I'm going all out, I'll add some lippy too. My faves at the moment are Tanya Burr Lipstick in Pink Cocoa (CF), and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rum Raisin.

🛍 My favourite place to pick up make-up is definitely Superdrug - their rewards scheme is the best out there, so if you're not already consider getting a Health & Beautycard. P.S. Superdrug's own skincare ranges are all cruelty free.

Hope you like that little tour around my make-up bag. I might do a skincare version of this post very soon.

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