My Everyday Face.

I am the biggest creature of habit. If I find a routine that works I will not change it for years. That being said, a few new things have been added, some little things I’ve picked up and a few things I’ve found whilst shopping my stash. So this is what I put on my face.


So as always I start with my Estée Lauder BB cream, which I apply with fingers. But, recently what I’ve been doing is after I’ve applied with fingers I go over with the big kabuki brush from Tropic. This helps make sure everything is blended and just takes that top layer off to make it all look more natural. Then after concealing I set with any drug store matte pressed powder. 


For concealing I always have a two step process. First, I use the Rimmel concealer to deal with under my eyes and on blemishes or redness, where it is stippled using the blue Eco Tools brush. Then after powder is applied if any problem areas are still poking through I use a little of the stick concealer, this one is from MUA in Superdrug, to cover them up.


Next is my cheeks, I’ve rediscovered my Body Shop Honey Bronzer and I apply that using the Real Techniques brush is a vague contour shape that just adds warmth to the skin. Then I use the Eco Tools brush with the MUA blush on the apples of my cheeks. I find this adds a nice fresh flush to the skin, making it look a tad more natural.


Last thing to do is, brush through my eyebrows with this brush that’s as old as time. I don’t do anything with my eyebrows day to day because it adds more time and I have quite a strong brow naturally. 

So, that’s it. Those are the products I use on my face everyday. What products do you swear by?
Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

A look in my makeup bag and workday look

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First off, appologies for the radio silence on the blog front, life seems to have stepped up a notch in the last month and making time to draw some of my ideas into posts hasn’t seemed to present itself.

To break that habit I thought I’d talk you through my current minimal makeup look, which, more often than not, I apply on the train.

The whole look is cemented by a groomed brow, and that’s where Benefit’s Brow Zings (Light) comes in. This little pallet comes with a wax and powder, alongside two brushes and a teeny tweezer set, you have the option of using one of the brow products ir a combination. I am very fair, and as I have been told by a beautician once, basically colourless eyebrows, so for a subtle yet defined look I tend to use the Angled brush and powder alone. If I used the wax also I end up with an intense look more suited to a night out.

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Next I apply concealer (Rimmel Match Perfection Ivory 01) under my eyes, my T Zone and anywhere I have redness and I blend it all in with my finger tips. I powder (Maybelinne Matte Maker 10 Classic Ivory) my entire face with a small blush brush to both set the concealer and matify my look.

I apply two or three coats of No 7’s Intense Volume Mascara, this is a lovely wet formula with a classic bristle brush. I enjoy the slightly spidery finish this gives me and feel very pretty in this. This was a sample from the lovely No 7 girls from the last blog event, the more No 7 mascaras I try the more I love. The brand have a great range of hard wearing formulas and brushes.

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My final step is Revlon’s Colourstay Moisture Stain (25 Cannes Crush), last week I was wearing a more pinky red colour than was impactful whilst this one is subtle. This is a lovely lazy girl product, you get a beautiful sheen off this which wears off after an hour or so biut if replaced by a subtle stain that hangs about until lunch time. Perfect product for a lazy girl like me who doesn’t want to appear vain at work constantly touching up my makeup! I actually need to purchase a couple more of these colours, they are a real hero product in my makeup bag right now. Great, long lasting, low maintenance colour!

After applying some perfume on my pressure points from this adoreable mini bottle, I end up with a pretty polished look from my selfie below, I feel fairly “done” and pretty which is a great way to start the day.

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– Emily

My Eyeshadow Palette Collection.

A great eye look will always perk up your life, we all know that. And a good eyeshadow palette makes life so much easier. But being a make up hoarder you can never just have one palette, that is never enough. As you grow so does your collection and this is mine.

Let’s start how we online shop…cheapest first.

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This MUA palette was around £8 and it’s years old but I’m sure they do something similar. MUA is exclusive to superdrug and despite the low price point the quality is pretty darn good. This would be a great start for someone who is just getting into eyeshadow because it has a great range of neutrals.

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With 3 mattes and the rest are sparkles you can make a great eye look with just this palette.

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Yeah so the name is rubbed off mine but this is the L’Oreal La Palette Nude. We all that L’Oreal make great quality products and their eyeshadows have great pay off.

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Although this is a nude palette it has some great transition colours for more colourful looks.

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This might be my favourite palette. The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is so perfect for travel and great for an understated neutral look.

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It has everything you could possibly need if you were strapped for space when packing for a holiday.

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My last eyeshadow palette is the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, don’t ask me why I don’t have any of the others. Really good quality, great colour pay off and not a bad price point for the amount of colours you get.

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I love how they’re neutrals but a bit more than the usual browns. The purples and greys can really help make a multitude of looks. As much as I love my mattes, I always find myself using the metallics because they give such a pretty shimmer to the eyes.

So that’s my little collection, hopefully it’ll grow in the coming years. I’d love to know your favourite palettes and any recommendations for me.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Make up look: five minutes to get ready

If your anything like me, if you have 30 minutes to get ready you will spend the majority of that time procrastinating (read: texting/Netflix/youtube).

This is how I make myself look presentable in under five minutes. This was at the end of the day when I’d worn makeup to work and was popping to the pub to catch up with a friend.

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After running a brush throwing my hair I grabbed these three products: a makeup sponge, a lipliner and a bright lipstick.

After wetting the Makeup sponge I tapped it across my face to blend whatever bade I had left. This evened out my skintone nicely. This one is from a Glossybox and so far I’m preferring it to my Real Techniques makeup sponge.
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I then grabbed my Autograph Universal Lip liner, this is an interesting product ad it doesn’t have a colour pay off, meaning it helps keep your lip colour in place, regardless of the colour. Little tip with this one, apply with a gentle hand. It snaps really easily
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I finished with MAC Pickled Plum, first I dabbed this onto my lips to stain them, then I applied straight from the bullet with two layers dabbing off the excess in between.

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not my best selfie, but i have an evened out base and am feeling so much more “done” 😊

The lipstick is the main feature of this look, and it’s a really fun impactful colour (if that’s even a word). If I’d had a couple more layers I would have applied a touch of concealer to my cheeks and chin, and a brightening concealer under my eyes but I was really happy with how it turned out.

What do you so when you have a very short period of time to get ready?

-Emily

The Best Sports Bra Ever.

As bras go they may not be the prettiest or most comfortable but I would argue they are one of the most important. When I’m killing it on the cross trainer I would like my ladies to stay where they are and not take my eye out. Now I haven’t got the biggest bust but I’m a D cup and I can find excersise hard on my bust. But not anymore.

I have tried a fair few sports bras in my time. When I was first starting out I went to primark…colossal mistake for us bigger boobed gals (sure it great if you’re smaller busted). Then I tried Matalan, which was good for a while and a great price point. I’ve also tried H&M and actual sports brand from Sports Direct but I found the holy grail at none other than Marks and Spencer.

I have been buying my bras at Marks and Spencer since my first bra fitting aged 11 (I was an early bloomer). And on a trip to get something new for everyday I saw they had a new range out and my draw nearly dropped when I saw they did EXTRA HIGH IMPACT. its what I had always needed. So I got home looked online and found this beauty and instantly ordered two.

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The first thing that drew me to it was the extra high impact and then it was how pretty it was. Not that people were going to see it but I liked the idea of a nice looking bra for the gym. It isn’t super cheap at £16 but it is such great quality. The girls do not move at all. And it’s pretty darn comfortable.

Let me know if you have any sports bras you swear by or sportswear in general.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

March Glossybox Unboxing

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I have been subscribed to Glossybox for well over a year, and find its the perfect way to both curb the spending of my beauty habit and try new products. I’m reviewing a box for the first time this month.

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-417 Catharsis Vitamin Mineral Shampoo and Conditioner
The conditioner had a very smooth and fluid, consistency similar to a body milk. It applies very evenly as a result. Leaves my very long hair on the dry side so a hair oil or serum is unavoidable for me.

The shampoo worked well on my hair but I don’t often struggle to find a good shampoo. I’ll probably keep these in my travel bag and won’t be purchasing them.

Collection Speedy Highlighter
Tend to apply under foundation first, the stick isn’t the softest so I worry it would drag my makeup around. I will apply via my finger tips if I wish to have it on the top of my base. I really like the finish, it reminds me a little bit of Benefits Watts Up.

This one I’ve actually had in my makeup bag for a few months when it first came out, I prefer powder foundations but I love how natural this looks on. No need to repurchase as I now have two!

Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum
This is the hero product of the box for me, it applies smoothly and is absorbed so quick. It feels like a drink for my skin. I might have to buy this one but since falling in love with No 7’s Early Defense Night Cream I don’t know if I can commit to two amazing pieces of skincare. Watch this space.

Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream
This has gone straight to my mum who is saving it for a holiday. I’m a little scared of anti aging products at the moment so it’s not something I’d opt for unless I was in a pinch.

Luxie Rose Gold Large Angled Face Brush
I am yet to use this, when I establish a way to work it into my routine I’ll let you all know. I do however love the colour, and how the bristles feel on the back of my hand.

As boxes go I would probably give this a four our of five, even though only two of these products really worked for me i absolutely adore them. Now big question, do I purchase a full size of the serum?…

-Emily

A mini, slightly spendy Boots haul

This week I have something every beauty blogger has probably written at some point, a boots haul. I popped into boots mainly because I had a voucher that knocked down the price of makeup and skin care, and after the match made event we were invited to previously I have been thinking about buying a No 7 foundation.

No 7 Stay Perfect Foundation

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I got this in Calico, which is the colour I was matched with. Loving having a new foundation, especially with £3 off!

No7 Early Defense Night Cream

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I had a sample of this a couple months ago and really enjoyed using it. Hannah and I spent a while looking for night creams that didn’t have traditional night cream ingredients as they can actually cause your skin to depend on them and age when they’re removed.

I’ve used this for the last few evenings and it can’t recommend it highly enough.

Sanctuary: 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

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I had a single using of this from Christmas and I really wanted a new face mask, unsure of when I’ll next be in Lush I wanted to give this a try again. Ive really got into face masks in the last month and am trying to find a favourite.

L’Oréal Extraordinary Oil Buttery Balm

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My hair is a touch on the dry side so I’ve bought this one to use once or twice a week to help combat this. I chose this one as it was the only non Tresemme hair mask thing and I really like some of L’Oréal’s skin care bits. I’ll let you know how I get on.

Baring in mind I entered boots intending to buy the foundation and thinking if buying the night cream it was a little speedier than I’d anticipated. Now, what to spend those boots points on…

-Emily