Daily Routine

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Every girl has a daily make-up routine that she sticks to. Most of us don't like to experiment too much on a day to day basis, so we tend to play it safe and rely on key products we are most comfortable wearing. In this blog post, I will introduce you to my seven staple items that create my Monday to Sunday face.
After being addicted to dream matte mousse about 5 years ago like every other fourteen year old at the time, it was a sad moment when the product became discontinued and I had to start a search for a new foundation. Foundation is a must have for me, some girls have the luxury of clear blemish-free skin, and although mine isn't bad, I like to even out my skin and achieve a smoother finish by wearing it. After wasting god knows how much money trying to find one that works well with my skin - I finally did.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
This foundation has been glued to my make up bag for about two years now and it certainly does the trick.
It comes in seven different shades and I always use the soft beige. One pump is enough to cover the entire face and leave a smooth even finish. It blends in well with the skin and doesn't leave any dodgy looking orange patches. One thing I look for in foundation is good coverage, and this foundation is a steady 7/8 on the coverage front. The nice thing about Wake Me Up is that you can apply additional layers and build up the coverage if you're going out for a special occasion and want your make-up to be slightly heavier. At £8.99 it's not the cheapest, but it's certainly a fair price. Keep an eye out in Superdrug and Savers because you can sometimes grab it for around a fiver when it's on offer.

No 7 Stay Perfect Blemish Cover Concealer
Concealer is something I've struggled with in the past because I've always stuck to cheap brands and never been entirely happy with them. I had a voucher for Boots and I was due a concealer replacement so tried my luck with No7, and I'm incredibly happy with the result. It comes in a shimmery white plastic stick which you twist just like a lipstick. I normally apply it either before of after foundation depending on how big or red the blemish or spot is, and have a small brush which I dab some of the concealer onto before applying. As far as concealers go, this one is pretty good for reducing the redness of spots and making them blend in with your skin so they are less noticeable, which is always a good thing. It lasts a good few months and for a slightly higher price of £7 a pop from Boots, it's definitely worth the money.

Rimmel Professional Eye Brow Pencil
An eye brow pencil is a definite staple product for me. I use it to lightly fill in the sparse areas of my eyebrows so they look an even colour. I'd like to point out that I purely use this product to fill, not to reshape my eyebrow and create a rigid and pointy slug like shape which some girls like to go for. I've used this eye brow pencil for a good year now and have no complaints. You'll be pleased to know this product is only £2.99 and comes in a range of colours so you'll be able to find a suitable colour whether you're blonde or brown.

Benefit BADgal Eye Liner

I've previously blogged about this product and if you're keen to know more then look here.
In a nutshell, this product is brilliant. It provides an easy and smooth application which leaves a bold long-lasting line of black. Benefit is a really high quality brand, and being an avid eye liner user, it's a product which I'm happy to pay a bit extra for because it's very good. With this eye liner you don't suffer from faint black lines which smudge and fade easily - the eye liner is extremely durable. At £14 and available from department stores such as Debenhams, I can't recommend this product enough.

Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara
I was extremely impressed when I first applied this mascara to my eyelashes. I normally use Maybelline mascara but received the Benefit mascara as a Christmas present. My eyelashes are very short and straight which is something I've always hated, so it's been a lifelong search to find the perfect mascara, and this is the best I've come across so far. If you spend a little bit of time working the mascara onto your lashes then the build-up makes them nice and thick without looking clumpy. Again, being Benefit, this mascara is quite expensive and will set you back around £16, but if you're looking for a mascara to give you volumised and thick lashes, then this is the mascara for you.

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder
This is another product which I've used for as long as I can remember which says one thing and one thing only - it's good. I like bronzers which have brown tones instead of pink, the warmth of the brown suits my dark hair colour as I think pinks would wash me out. Bourjois bronzer is very smooth and gives you a natural bronze finish when applied to the cheekbones. If you're looking for a bronzed look all over you can apply it lightly all over your face with a large bronzing brush. This product is £6.99 from Boots and comes in a range of shades depending on the look you wish to achieve.

Rimmel Vinyl Gloss Lip Gloss - Take A Chance
For an everyday look I like to go for quite natural lips, so I tend to apply the Rimmel Vinyl Gloss to achieve this. The lip gloss comes in 6 different shades in Superdrug and is only £4.99, so not too expensive at all. It has a kind of light brown base colour teamed with a slight shimmery finish. It isn't sticky once applied and feels soft and shiny when you press your lips together which is a property that I like in a lip gloss. These lip glosses are great for everyday wear and are easy to carry around with you if you need to reapply.

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