Anyone else ever get days when they really struggle to write? I’m not at a point where I’ve run out of ideas for my next post, I just mean that these last two posts have felt like they’ve taken me ages to write; don’t even get me started on how hard I found it to write an introduction! I’m blaming it on my exams: somehow, I’ll be finished in just two weeks and two days, which somehow has come around so fast. Almost too fast though: I still have four exams left, and I feel like my brain is about to explode. I’m really looking forward to life returning to normal.
Speaking of normal, this week I wanted to keep things simple on my Instagram: is there any better way to do that by sharing my everyday makeup routine? I have some old favourites and new finds that I wanted to share my thoughts on with you, as well as not having really discussed a makeup routine since my 13 Steps To Flawless Skin, which was all about my glam routine anyway. So today, here’s my natural, everyday routine (a far cry from the looks I normally share) and how I achieve it!
- MUA Pro Base Moisturising Primer
- Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 50
- Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in 01 Ivory
- RCMA No Colour Powder
- Bourjois Poudre de Riz de Java
My choice of primer depends on how my skin is behaving that day. It’s currently doing pretty well, although I expect things to take a turn for the worst as I prepare to sit in that exam room again! I’m currently using the MUA primer to provide me with extra moisture, which is needed before getting on the central line! Seriously, some days I can feel my face cooking on my way home, because it’s so warm.
I’m currently following that up with a lot of Bourjois. I’ve had a few hits and misses with them, the concealer being in the first of those (for the latter, check out my review of a few of their lip products). It gives a good amount of cover without being cakey. I do wish they made more than three shades, because this is pretty much the same as my foundation.
Speaking of, I won’t go into detail about it as I am planning a full review, but the Healthy Mix foundation is giving me Urban Decay Naked Skin vibes. I follow this and the concealer with some baking under my eyes using the RCMA powder, then I finish with the Bourjois powder all over my face. It has a bit of an old fashioned scent, and it’s definitely glittery when you tip it out of the pot, but that all blends into a lovely, smooth finish once applied. It isn’t quite matte, it’s not cakey at all, and it doesn’t leave my face feeling flat. So far, I’m enjoying it!
I’ve been a Dipbrow girl for the past couple of years now, but seriously, who has time for that every morning? I wanted something to make my life a little easier, and so far NYX pencil is doing the trick! It’s such a far cry from the Rimmel one I used to use back at school which gave me caterpillar brows: this one fills them in and keeps them looking very natural. The Max Factor gel is also a new purchase, and it’s really good for giving that fluffy, full finish. so far, these will definitely be repurchased at some point! I also clean up underneath my brow with concealer to keep things neat.
I don’t have time for eyeliner most days, but everything always feels complete when I do add it. I feel like this Maybelline one was the first drugstore gel liner to really take, and everyone had it, but in the same way as I felt my Naked palette hadn’t aged very well, there are probably much better formulas out there now, and I’m looking to switch things up.
As for the mascara, I bought it because I was looking for a dupe for the Urban Decay Perversion mascara, and this came up. I’m only using this at the moment because I just feel like it’s too soon for me to purchase another mascara (unless Debenhams has a sale on makeup, which is exactly what happened yesterday… Whoops!): it gets very clumpy, and it’s too easy to achieve spider lashes with it. I have to keep an old Benefit They’re Real mascara wand on hand to separate my lashes. I’m not even sure I can bare to keep this until I’ve finished it, it may end up in the bin sooner than that.
- NYX HD Blush in Taupe
- *L’Oreal Paris Glam Bronze Duo 101 Blonde Harmony (Amazon)
- Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
- Revolution Hyaluronic Fix
- Revolution x Sophdoesnails Highlighter Palette
There’s really not much variety in my face products at this point. I use the HD blush, and along with the bronzer they are the only items I currently own in their category! (Although I’ve had my eye on the Butter Bronzer for a while now). The Milani blushes are definitely my favourite formula right now, as they give a healthy, glowy finish. They’re also not too pigmented, so you can build them up without running the risk of going over board.
I have a full review up on the Soph Highlighter palette, and I stand by what I said at the time: it really isn’t very pigmented on me, but that’s why it works for everyday: as much as I love a popping highlight, I don’t really need it for the office. Still, to amp it up a bit, I like to spray my setting spray first, then go in with the highlight. I used the two light gold shades here, which I think I’ll be wearing throughout the Summer.
- Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Manila
I like to match my lipstick to my blush, so when i’m using Luminoso, this is my shade of choice. I actually bought this back on Black Friday last year and didn’t like the shade at all, but now that the weather is getting warmer (even if we’re still not seeing the sunshine most days), I’ve fallen in love with it! plus the formula is super comfortable and not at all drying.
That’s it for my everyday look! Let me know what you thought of it, or if you would like me to review any of the products I used! I’ll definitely be doing more posts like this in the future, so don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know what you guys would like to see.
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