Everyday Make Up in 10 Minutes 

 

 I go through phases with my make up, and currently I’d say I’m fairly happy with my routine which for me is pretty impressive, so I thought I’d share it with you all! I like my sleep so I’ve tried to cut down the amount of time I spend on my make up in the morning as much as possible. So, please find below a quick ‘how to’ for everyday make up in 10 minutes. As you can see from the picture it’s a really natural look, meaning it’s pretty easy to recreate!

First, prepping your skin is so important to ensure you get a good base for your make up to sit. I don’t use a primer, but I do make sure to thoroughly moisture my face with my everyday moisturiser. Then, comes the most important part for me, the concealing. I cover any blemishes/red areas using a concealer, my favourite at the moment is Hide The Blemish by Rimmel. I then also use this as a base for my under eye area.

Following this, I apply Oil Free Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser using my fingers as I prefer to blend that way. I take Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Medium and apply under my eyes. To set this all using the real techniques powder brush I apply Mac Select Sheer/Pressed Powder in NC5 over all of my face. I’ll then gently define my cheekbones using the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Palette in Bronze.

To highlight, I dab 3 dots of Benefit High Beam under my eye area and then blend in. Moving onto my cheeks, I take The Multiple by Nars in Orgasm and apply to the apples of my cheeks. I then blend this out with a touch of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Quartz using the Bobbi Brown Face Blending Brush.

Moving onto my eyes, I first focus on my brows. I fill in using the dark colour in the Focus & Fix Kit in Medium by Make Up Revolution. I then brush over to really tidy up using the Benefit Speed Brow Gel.

Using my finger I then sweep a layer of Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Sparkling Champagne over my eye lids and up to the brows. For my eyeliner I turn to my trusty Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in Sepia Ink and create a simple flick at the outer corner of my eye. I follow with a coat of mascara in Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in Black, and then another coat of Ultra Tech Curve Mascara by Kiko Cosmetics in Black.

Finally for my lips, I moisturise first using the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic Balm and then follow with the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Staunchly Stylish. I then apply a coat of Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour Lipstick in Neutral Rose for the final touch!

Writing it down it seems like a long process but I promise it really isn’t! I’ve done it half asleep before so it is almost like a foolproof guide to applying makeup.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Recipe: Valentine’s Heart Biscuits

Happy Valentine’s Day you lovely lot!

 

So as today marks the official day of love, I thought that it would only be right to bake some Valentine’s-themed goodies. I’ve given up chocolate for lent (sob) which is proving rather difficult; however, staying strong-willed I decided (forced myself) to make some pretty pink biscuits without the need of chocolate. I was watching Sunday brunch when I saw Will Torrent baking these lovelies with a mixture of raspberry and rose flavourings, so decided to give them a go (he also described them as reminding him of party ring biscuits, which were just the best thing ever).

 

The recipe is fairly simply, however there were a few bits I had to nip out and buy. They’re not essential for making the biscuits, but they definitely add a lovely, delicate flavour. I also changed parts of his recipe slightly depending on what I had and my taste preference.

 

Ingredients:

For the Biscuit:

25g freeze dry raspberries (I only used 10 and this was plenty for me!)

100g icing sugar

200g softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon rose water

Zest of half a lemon

2 beaten egg yolks

250g plain flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

A pinch of salt

 

For the Icing:

125g fresh raspberries

400g royal icing sugar (normal is also fine)

 

Method:

  1. To make the biscuit, beat the icing sugar and butter together until pale and light
  2. Add the lemon zest, vanilla extract and rose water. The rose water adds such a lovely taste, which you don’t often get; however use with caution as too much will easily overpower

3. Add the beaten egg yolks a little at a time, beating between each pour

4. Sift in the flour, salt and baking powder, and finally add in the freeze dried raspberries until a soft dough is formed

5. Mould this into a flat circular shape and wrap in cling film. Place in fridge for around an hour to let chill

6. Once chilled, place onto a surface dusted lightly in flour and roll out until the dough has a thickness of just less than a pound coin

7. Cut out heart shapes using a cookie cutter (or any other shape you like!) and place onto a baking tray with greaseproof paper
  
8. Set your oven to 170°C and leave your cut out shapes to chill again for around 10 minutes

9. Place the biscuits in the oven for around 12-14 minutes, or until they start to turn golden at the edges

10. Take out and leave to cool on a cool rack

 

To make the Icing:

  1. Crush and push the raspberries through a sieve into a bowl to remove all seeds, until you end up with a puree

2. Gradually add 300g of the icing sugar until the consistency is that of sticking to the back of a spoon

3. With the remaining icing, add drops of water until you achieve the same consistency as the pink icing. Place this white icing into a piping bag and cut the bottom to reveal a small hole

4. Coat each biscuit in the raspberry icing, following with horizontal lines of white icing. Then, take a tooth pick and drag up and down the lines to give a pretty, waved effect

5. Leave around half an hour before serving to make sure the icing has set

6. Enjoy!

These biscuits were delicious, and the icing really did remind me of the time old classic party ring biscuit in both appearance and taste, so top marks all around!

 

Would love to hear if you give these a go, or if you have any other recipes to share!

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

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Laura Mercier Product Wars: Non vs. Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser

Very annoyingly I picked up the wrong tinted moisturiser recently. In a panic as the sales assistant cornered me to ask what product I was looking for, I agreed to the oil free version of the tinted moisturiser, when actually I had no idea whether I used it or not.

Of course when I got home I realised I’d picked up the wrong thing; however, with my oily/combination skin type I thought this could be a blessing in disguise. My skin has been particularly oily/blemishy recently which is probably due to work stresses, as well as eating lots of chocolate to make myself feel better. So, I thought this actually could work really well for me!


Tinted Moisturiser (Oil-Free)



The Pros:

Obviously as it says on the tin, this product is designed specifically for oily skin, so aims to reduce the skin’s natural oiliness. My skin reacts so easily to new products, so I was terrified when I first used this. I have to say, after using for over a week my skin’s appearance does seem less oily, and the small hormonal blemishes I often get are better contained.

The Cons:

Compared to the non oil-free product this does feel a lot heavier on my skin. I stopped using foundation because I hated the feel of product sitting on my skin, which is what I feel I have with this. Being a tinted moisturiser, obviously it is not as heavy as normal foundation coverage, however I have definitely got used to the lightweight feel of the non oil-free product. Because of this though I’m really careful to only use a tiny amount as I still love a natural looking effect. Get those freckles out!


Tinted Moisturiser 


 


The Pros: 

Compared to the oil-free product, it is so lightweight. It does feel just like a moisturiser when I apply, with a really great smell. Because of this I feel like my skin has really improved (as it’s not being clogged up by too much product).

The Cons: 

By the afternoon my face has a definite glow (or increased oiliness). It’s definitely not enough to make me worry, or even bring powder to cover up. If it’s particularly noticeable I would simply take a tissue and blot my forehead.


What is interesting to bear in mind is that I now live in London. Sweaty tubes and the long walk to work definitely don’t help, when compared with working at home, arriving in an air conditioned car meant my skin was sweat-free…

Also, as I said before I am a little more stressed at work, so I think that is definitely a factor in my skin’s unsettled nature at the moment (I think I need another holiday!).
I haven’t noticed a massive difference between the two products, so I think it really is down to personal preference!

Right now I think I prefer the normal tinted moisturiser as I’ve been using it for longer; however, I definitely think having the two products will be useful for when my skin decides to play up! I can completely see the oil-free being a great winter product for when I want a little more coverage, and my skin hasn’t had much exposure to the sun to help clear any unwanted spots!

Would love to hear if you guys have either product.

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Review: Limited Edition Tahiti Nars Bronzer in Laguna

 

When a make up artist on the Nars counter recommended me this Limited Edition Tahiti Bronzer and mini Ika brush for an amazing price of £39 I really couldn’t say no! I was dubious at first as to whether I had been conned, but I am so pleased with my purchase! The original bronzer alone usually costs £27.50, and the full-sized Ika brush costs £43, so you’re saving an amazing £31.50.

 

First, as you can see above, you get 2g more product than the original bronzer (a winning situation all around!). This doesn’t sound a lot, but it really will make a difference, especially as it lasts so long. I originally purchased my old bronzer over two years ago, so it really is worth investing in. Even better, having that extra bit of product in the new palette means I’ll be saved another splurge for even longer!

I love the colour of this bronzer, as gives a gorgeous glow without being too overpowering. I originally saw this bronzer being used by the amazing beauty blogger Tanya Burr, and I am so glad I followed her advice. I like to lightly dust a covering all over my face to give a lovely healthy glow. With the handy contouring brush, I also make an effort to subtly define my cheekbones. It really is a great product for extenuating natural beauty by enhancing the look of a natural tan!

 

The mini Ika contour brush is amazingly soft, and makes it so easy to create delicately defined cheekbones. The loose hair bristles pick up less product than a denser brush, so distributes the product onto your skin really evenly, giving a lovely coverage. As well as this, there’s a really useful mirror in the compact, which makes it perfect for popping in your bag for touch ups throughout the day.

My only issue with this bronzer is that the packaging is much bigger than my old bronzer. I do love that the contour brush sits nicely inside, but as one of the larger items in my make up bag now, it takes up a lot more room!

 

(Quite a big difference in size!!)

If you haven’t tried this bronzer before, I would really recommend going to a Nars counter to test it out, you definitely won’t regret it!

Why I Love Clinique’s Chubby Sticks!

 

The full name of the product by Clinique is actually Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm, but I prefer to call it a Chubby Stick as it has a much nicer ring to it! It’s such a great concept, as it not only acts as a lip treatment by relieving dry, cracked lips; but there’s also a great range of colours meaning you can moisturise your lips all day long without forgoing great colour. It’s because it gives the intense nourishment of a lip balm, but then the fantastic coverage of a sheer lipstick.

 

As a result I have completely fallen in love with this product, so it is now a staple item in my handbag. They are firstly so, so easy to use. I’ve now mastered the art of using one without a mirror, which actually really isn’t that difficult. The length of the chubby stick makes it a lot easier to manoeuvre and control, and the sheer nature of the product means that if you do go beyond your lip line you can easily rub it away. Also, it’s retractable, so there’s no need to worry about twisting out too much product.

My favourite colour by far is Bountiful Blush (swatch on right hand side). This gives a lovely deep rose/pink colour which I find suits my skin tone really well! I find this is a great transitional product to wear, as the sheer nature of the lip balm means that it’s ideal for day to day wear, as the colour isn’t too intense. And, it’s equally as good for a night out as it gives your lips a gorgeous glow, making you feel super glam!

The other colour I have is Heaping Hazelnut (swatch on the left), which I would generally tend to wear throughout the day. As you can see, this is a far more subtle colour than Bountiful Blush, so I would use this to give my lips more of a natural glow. What I also find this colour to be ideal for, is if you are wearing heavy eye make up, so want something simple to wear on your lips.

My only criticism of this product is that you do have to reapply a few times throughout the day. But, as it’s so easy to use and super moisturising I really don’t mind!

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My Go To Nude

 

Apart from the red nail polish I posted recently, this nude is by far my favourite at the moment! It’s so easy to wear as it’s close to my natural nail colour, so really just acts as a base to neaten up my nails. I’ve worn it to all kinds of occasions from weddings to christenings to interviews as it’s so classic!

 

The colour is called Café Au Lait, and is from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range, which I absolutely love as it’s so long lasting! To give an extra shine, I use Sally Hansen Hard As Nails for my topcoat.

 

This is also a great base to use for a French manicure or pedicure!