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My current Makeup Routine / Makeup in a hurry

My go-to Makeup!

My go-to Makeup!

Inspired by the fact that I just don’t have as much time as I used to for applying makeup, I decided to share my makeup routine with you and the products I am using a lot lately ūüôā ¬†This is a great look for if you want to look bright and glowing or just presentable for work and you don’t have much time.

Also, because the real trick to applying makeup is the tools you use – your brushes – I’ve listed just a few of my faves and why I love them for super quick but precise makeup application.

It might seem like a lot of products and steps but I promise you I have this down to literally, 5 minutes so with practice and the right tools, it can be done! ¬†Of course you can swap some products for ones you already have or leave some out that you definitely wouldn’t use but here’s what I use and how I apply¬†it:
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Using these products together will give you a lovely glow and hide any dark circles or signs of tiredness!

1. Apply a thin layer of Boots Botanics Radiance Balm to your face using your fingers, this gives a lovely glow to your skin.

2. Right now I’m loving BB creams because when the weather is a bit warmer they also double up as sunscreen and this¬†Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector¬†is my favourite since it is an oil free formula (I have oily/combo skin but they also do a hydrating one for dry skin) & it has an SPF of 20 which is great. ¬†Of course you can use your regular foundation too if you’d prefer and mix it with the radiance balm for a dewy finish. ¬†Just apply with your fingers for a quick application or a foundation brush if you have a bit more¬†time.

3. Dab some Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in a semi-circle under your eyes and using your ring finger, pat it in gently and evenly from the corner of your nose to the outside of your cheekbone.  This one is great for reflecting light and brightening up your under eye area.

4. Lightly load your powder brush with¬†Catrice All Matt Plus Powder¬†and dust gently down your T-Zone only as you don’t want the skin¬†to have a matte finish, it needs to have a glow but ensure¬†your base¬†lasts the day. ¬†Give a quick swipe under each eye¬†to set your concealer too.

5. This is optional, but if you want you can use a bronzer lightly all over the face or on your neck to blend the foundation to your skin. ¬†Also if you like a bit of contouring this¬†Bourjois Mat Illusion¬†bronzer is perfect for that and looks really natural, this one is a definite favourite of mine ūüôā

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1. This Smashbox Full Exposure Palette¬†is a great one to have for doing your makeup in a hurry. ¬†It has every neutral brown colour you could possibly need and the brush that comes with it is just fantastic, you will get great use from it which is a bonus! ¬†I mostly use the¬†first¬†3 colours on the bottom and I add the top middle colour to my lids for a bit of shimmer! ¬†Also, when applied with an angle brush (like the one in the Real Techniques kit below) you can use the matte black shade as an eyeliner, you just literally press it along the lashline with the angle brush and it’s much easier than using a pencil I find. ¬†You can also wet the brush for more intensity and staying power. ¬†I love, love LOVE this versatile palette ūüôā

2. If you’re not too confident with eyeshadow or just want something super quick, you can’t go wrong with a¬†MAC Paintpot. ¬†There is a good range of colours and you can literally pop them on with your finger and blend away the edges, job done! ¬†I know they are pricey, but they’re worth it cos they last and don’t crease like some others.

3. ¬†Eyebrows are really important to your overall makeup so if you don’t usually make time to enhance and define¬†your eyebrows, try it and it will transform ¬†your face, I promise! ¬†The¬†GOSH Eyebrow Kit¬†is perfect because it comes with 4 powder shades and a small angle brush, just pop a bit on the brush and run through your brows following your natural shape.

4. Obviously mascara is a must-have and this Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume one is great it really does give your lashes volume and 1 application is enough.  This is one I always repurchase every time I run out!
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1. ¬†This¬†Stila Convertable Colour¬†is a great 2 in¬†1 product. ¬†You can apply it on your cheeks (just pop on the colour and pat, don’t rub, gently with your finger to blend) and also to your lips and I love the range of colours!

2. I really rate the Topshop range of makeup and their Highlighters are to die for!  This Topshop Glow Stick highligher crayon is amazing and it blends really well.  Just swipe it lightly from the top of your cheekbones up to your browbone (in a C shape) and tap with your index finger to blend.  You can also take some on your ring finger and pop it on your inner tear duct area to give you a lovely wide awake look (perfect for busy Mammies!)4

1. As I said, no makeup look will be perfected without the right tools so for eyes, I love the¬†Inglot 4ss¬†for blending everything out after you’ve applied your eyeshadow, this is the secret to a ¬†professional look in a hurry!

2. I use the¬†NIMA BRUSH “Nichola” brush when I want to apply colour to my crease as its tapered end is perfect and applies the colour exactly where you want it to go.

3. If you’re looking for a basic brush kit, you can’t go wrong with this¬†Real Techniques Basics Kit¬†it has a great angle brush as well as eyeshadow brushes that can be used on powder or cream products.

4. The¬†Blank Canvas G25¬†powder brush is perfect for dusting setting powder or bronzer all over. ¬†If you’re really in a hurry and prefer to use¬†powder blush, you can apply just using the tip as it’s quite a big brush.

So there you go, I hope this was helpful ūüôā If you try it out please let me know here or on any of my social media pages, I’d love to see it.

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Christmas Cranberry Makeup Tutorial

So… I decided to bite the bullet and do another Youtube Video ūüôā¬† This time¬†I did a tutorial showing how to do a¬†Cranberry Smoky Eye which would be perfect for wearing out over the Christmas Holidays.

I am just learning about how to edit videos so you’ll have to forgive me if it’s sloppy in places but I will improve over time I’m sure.¬† My daughter is really into photography so I borrowed her Canon camera to¬†record this and it really makes all the difference!

Keep an eye out for¬†more videos coming soon¬†ūüôā

Going Out Makeup – Gold Glitter Smoky Eye

I did this makeup look when I was going out last weekend.¬† It’s a gold smoky eye with browns¬†and a bit of glitter added¬†for good measure ūüėȬ†¬† Since we’re into November now and not too far from the party season I thought I’d share it here to show you how I did it.¬† This is the look below before I went out:

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Below is after I got home so the glitter managed to stay on well despite all the dancing and drinking and not end up all over my face which was good!

Gold Smoky Eyes

These are the products I used on my eyes:

  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo¬†cream eyeshadow in Eternal Gold all over the eyelid
  • L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Goldmine over lid
  • INGLOT Freedom System Eyeshadows in Browns¬†in the crease¬†& outer corner¬†& Black to deepen the crease
  • Mix of 2 different INGLOT Bodysparkles Glitter placed on the lid with LA Splash Eyeshadow Sealer to make it stick (this is a must-have if using glitter!)
  • Maybelline Gel eyeliner in Black flicked out at the end
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara & False lashes
  • I also used my MAC Dainty Blush and Makeup Forevers Matt Plus Foundation (not pictured here)

Gold Glitter Eye Makeup

Then, for my lips I used this Lip Duo Lipgloss from Inglot in #17

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And that was it ūüôā¬†You just need to take your time when using glitter and use something to make it stick so you don’t end up having more of it on your face than on your eyelid by the end of the night!¬† I’d highly recommend the LA splash eye sealer, you can get it from here: http://www.makeupshop.ie/LASplash-Cosmetics/Gift-Sets/Eyesparkle/Sealer-Kit-Classic/p540

Don’t forget to check out my previous hair tutorial post and you’ll be¬†sorted for the weekend ūüôā

What do you think? Will you be giving this a go for the upcoming party season?

ÔĽŅStargazer Eye Dust Pigments &Purple Eyes Tutorial

I recently tried out some Eye¬†Dust¬†pigments from Stargazer¬†which I got from the Pro makeup show (a tenner for 3 – bargain!).¬†¬†¬†You can also¬†buy these online for only ¬£4 each from the Stargazer UK site.¬† They have amazing colours all with a bit of irridescence to them and they are so well pigmented for the price.¬† Considering you’d pay up to ‚ā¨20 for a MAC pigment, these are a steal and they¬†come in¬†48 different colours!

The two I used here were #29 for the lid colour (below)

Purple Pigment

and #14 for the inner corner & brow-bone (below)

Light Pigment

You can see how the flash picks up the lovely irridescent flecks, they really are gorgeous.

And here is the completed look

Stargazer Pigments Look

I just added eyeliner & mascara along with a nice pink blush by MAC, called Dainty and a Pink Lipgloss РJuicy Tubes by Lancome Рand I was done!

INGLOT – Copper Eyes Tutorial

I recently picked up this gorgeous Body sparkles pigment from INGLOT in #64, which is a lovely copper colour which shimmers with fine glittery particles and is just the most gorgeous colour ever!  Coppers and golds look beautiful on Blue eyed girls so I decided to give this a go on a recent night out.

Copper Bodysparkles

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To get this look I used the following products:

Base:

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix
  • Flormar Setting Powder
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Deep for contouring

Eyes:

  • MAC Kid (beigy brown) in the crease with
  • MAC Folie (a dark brown) on the outer corner
  • INGLOT Body Sparkles #64 packed on the lid
  • Maybelline Gel eyeliner on upper line and water line.
  • Lancome Doll Eyes Mascara

Lips:

  • Boot No7 Lipliner in Nude
  • INGLOT duo lip gloss in #14

And that’s it!

Would you try something like this yourself? ¬†Do you tend to wear colours that make your natural eye colour stand out? ¬†Let me know what you think in the comments below ūüôā

Classic Black Winged Liner & Red Lip Look

I recently went to a wedding and decided to do a kind of Hollywood glamour look with winged liner teamed with my favourite red lippy at the moment which is¬† No7’s “Love Red”,¬† but more on that later ūüôā

Winged Liner Red Lip

For the eyeshadow, I went for a shimmery beige on the lid with a contour of mid to dark brown on my socket line and then a classic black winged gel liner topped with my favourite Ardell Demi Wispie lashes.

Perfect Winged Liner in 6 easy steps:

Winged liner can be a tricky one but here are a few tips to master it:

Step by step winged liner

  1. Use a smooth gel liner such as Maybelline black gel liner and a good liner brush or angle brush.  The Inglot liner brush is my favourite.
  2. Trace the line on three quarters of your lashline, don’t worry if it’s not even, you can tidy it up later.
  3. With your eyes open, draw your line on the inner part of the eye.
  4. Outline your flick at the end, extending up from your lower lashline and pointing towards the end of your eyebrow. Open your eyes to see where you placed the flick on one side then looking straight into a mirror follow on the other side.  If you make a mistake, use a pointed cotton bud dipped in non-oily eye makeup remover to clean up the lines on each side.
  5. Bring the line from the edge of the flick back in to meet the thickest part of your liner and smooth out the line with black eyeshadow on an angle brush if you want it looking nice and even.
  6. Apply Mascara and false lashes to really elongate the eyes and add the “cat eye” effect.

Top Tip:¬† If you find it really hard to get the placement of the liner matching on each side, use a flesh coloured eye pencil (Rimmel now do a great one) to trace the lines until you’re confident that they’re lined up perfectly on each side then trace over with black liner for even flicks on both sides!

No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in “Love Red”

No7-Stay-Perfect-Lipstick-Love-Red-434x434This is the colour I am wearing above. It’s a gorgeous true red colour that looks really well on either pale or darker complexions.¬† It’s also a blue based red so it really makes your teeth look whiter too!¬† I found this extremely long lasting as well, I only had to top up a couple of times during the night despite eating, drinking and chatting ūüôā¬† It is definitely one of my favourites at the moment.¬† The cost is ‚ā¨12 and it’s available from all Boots stores.

Do you like this look?¬† Let me know in the comments below ūüôā¬† Also let me know if there is any particular makeup you would like to perfect and I’ll do a post on it to help you out!

GOSH Cosmetics Review & Makeup Looks

Recently, I was very kindly sent some makeup from GOSH Cosmetics to try out and review.¬† I am already a fan of GOSH Cosmetics and have some of their stuff in my kit, my favourite being their Silicone Primer (which is a great dupe for the Smashbox one) and Brow Palette.¬† I have to say I was very impressed with what I got.¬† GOSH Cosmetics is a Denmark-based cosmetics company and you’ll find them in some of your local pharmacies.¬† They have a wide array of makeup from eyeshadow palettes to lipsticks, liners, glosses and mascaras.¬† All with matte, shine, shimmer and glitter finishes in all the latest colours so you can keep up with trends without spending too much.¬† As far as price goes, GOSH would be at the higher end of the pharmacy brand prices but the quality of their makeup is excellent so you do get what you pay for.

So onto the products:

GOSH Cosmetics

GOSH Cosmetics

I received (L-R) BB Cream, Velvet Touch Lipstick, Catchy Eyes Mascara and the Smokey Eyes Palette (excuse the fingerprint marks!¬† I had a good maul of this before I reviewed it and then couldn’t get them off!)

BB Cream 02 Beige ‚ā¨12.45

I’m a big fan of BB Creams and this one didn’t disappoint at all and has actually taken its place in my makeup bag as my go-to foundation for everyday use.¬† I love the creamy texture of this and how it gives such great coverage for a BB cream, as well as feeling so moisturising on your skin.¬† It also has an SPF of 15.¬† This really lasts well during the day too and gives a beautiful dewy finish to your makeup.

Velvet Touch Lipstick – 43 Tropical Pink ‚ā¨8.05

Personally, frosted shocking pink lipstick is not really my thing ūüôā but despite that, there’s no denying what a good lippie this is.¬† It has a long lasting formula but it doesn’t dry your lips out and it comes in lots of different colours so there’s one to suit everyone.¬† I’ve tried this on a younger client and it was absolutely perfect for her, she really loved it.¬† If you’re looking for a nice long wearing lipstick for a night out that won’t dry your lips and requires minimum touch-ups, then this is the one for you.

Smokey Eyes Palette – 04 Blue ‚ā¨10.95

This is a palette of 4 eyeshadows from light bluey grey to mid tone greys to dark charcoal colours, all in a satin or matte finish.¬† It has a plastic overlay with a diagram to show you where you should apply each colour so it’s pretty foolproof.¬† The quality of these shadows is very good and I was quite surprised considering its not a high end brand.¬† The colours blend together well, are not at all chalky and have great colour payoff so I’ll be stocking up on a few more of these for my kit.¬† You could wear this toned down for daytime or totally smoked up for night so it’s a very versatile palette.¬† Loving it ūüôā

GOSH Smokey Eyes Palette

GOSH Smokey Eyes Palette

Catchy Eyes Mascara – Black ‚ā¨7.05

This is a really nice mascara and gives great length to your lashes as you can see in the pic below.¬† It has a rubber bristled wand with a curve in it that gently curls your lashes for a wide eyed look.¬† This lasted really well and didn’t flake off and for the price, it’s one I’d really recommend you pick up.

GOSH Catcy Eyes Mascara & Smokey Eyes Palette 04

GOSH Catcy Eyes Mascara & Smokey Eyes Palette 04

Here is a pic of me wearing all the products mentioned for a more daytime look:

Left: in natural light Right: with flash

Left: in natural light
Right: with flash

I also used them (along with other products) on a client of mine for a night out which resulted in a smokier look:

Smokier Look for a night out

Smokier Look for a night out

Have you used Gosh products yourself?¬† What did you think of them?¬† I’d love to know, so leave me a comment below ūüôā