Fresh face beauty is something I’ve seriously grown to love.

Yes, minimal makeup is the ‘lazy route’ without a doubt but I also love the feel of it, the fresher more glowy skin and also finding new products for it.

I used to go all out or nothing everyday. I found it impossible to just pop on some concealer, a lick of mascara and lip balm and head out the door. Yep, every morning I’d do an entire full base, winged eyeliner and matte lipstick without fail. In the end I got really bored of it and found a more suitable makeup look that I feel good in and I’m carrying it through to winter with me to make sure I don’t fall back into my old habits.

If like me you would rather a quick and easy routine in the morning and to leave the house feeling fresher faced and ready for the day, I hope you can find some goodies to try out in my winter makeup routine.

I’ll now cut the waffling and get right into it shall I?

My new and updated routine contains very few products in comparison to what I was using, and here are my current favourites…

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer; This is an absolute must have for dehydrated winter skin. Not only does this primer prep your face for the entire day/night, it also blur blemishes and adds an instant surge of moisturise that lasts all day. A pea-sized amount of this is all you need and you’re good to go!

I skip the foundation part so feel free to add whichever is your preference. I feel primer and concealer is all anyone needs for a fresher face – and lets face it, the winter chill does wonders for your skin.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer; This lil gem is my go to for covering blemishes and hiding those god-awful panda eyes. I dab a small amount onto my ring fingers, warm it up by tapping them together a few times and dab onto the areas that need concealing. Quick, easy and effective so you can’t go wrong. This range of concealers from Urban Decay also comes in various shades for various issues such as redness and fatigue.

MAC Give Me Sun; A bronzer I use all year round to give me the sun kissed glow I desire. This warm toned bronzer is one I use all over the face, more so on the forehead and cheekbones to add some colour into my skin.

A big fluffy brush is most effective to apply this with!

Cover FX Enhancer Drops; These highlighting drops are something I can’t do my makeup without. As I like to use an equal mix of powder and liquid products I find a liquid highlighter sits so well with that glowing winter skin look. These drops are so pigmented you need to smallest amount possible and stay put whatever the weather.

Or, I either use Benefit’s GALifornia or Fenty Beauty Shimmer Skin Stix in Ridiic.

Benefit Brows; I like to mix up my brow routine so this isn’t the same everyday I have to admit. If my brows have been threaded and tinted I’ll stick to my trusty old Gimme Brow to keep them in place. Or, if they need some TLC I’ll use Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Pencil to add some definition.

Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette; This warm toned palette is all I’ve been using for the past couple of months, I seriously can’t let it go. Its warm oranges and burnt shimmers are all I need to create all the warm looks I love. Can’t go wrong really!

I have a couple of mascara faves and most days I like to mix two…

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara; This is one I rely on for volume and length. This is a jet-black mascara to add the most amazing definition to your lashes.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara; Then, I go in with this. I usually use this as my last coat to add more length and also comes with a great wand for the bottom lashes. If I add to choose just one it would be this.

Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix; This setting spray is my new favourite and I simply can’t finish my makeup without it. I find it locks everything, hydrates my skin and is also one I use to refresh my skin if it needs it throughout the day. This is a very handbag friendly size to, which is a bonus.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb; I wear this gloss all day every day, I’m hooked. This is a gloss that doesn’t give you that icky sticky feeling and adds a stunning bronze effect to your lips, which I think is so perfect for the Christmas season.

There we have it, my winter makeup routine. It might seem a few fair products but it only takes 15 minutes max and leaves my skin still looking like skin and lasts me for the entire day, with the occasional lip gloss top up.

What are your winter beauty favourites?

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Hello you lovely lot. How are we all?

Gosh it seems a heck of a long time since I wrote up a beauty review/round up post. I’m so glad I’m making a bit of a comeback with some autumnal beauty picks, as these are my favourite to read, as well as write. I shan’t waffle on, I’ll let you in on the good stuff.

When a new season arrives I can’t help but change up my beauty routine. Apart from it being a habit, it feels nice to switch up your makeup bag and bring back old faves and even find some newbies.

This autumn it’s all about that beautiful warm glow (when I can be half-assed to do more makeup this just a lick of mascara) and a hydrated base. Nothing beats finishing off your base with a warm blush shade and to be honest, my makeup never feels complete until I’ve done so. Blush is a must for the A/W months, there’s nothing quite like lil rosy cheeks to make you look and feel even more snug. So, here are my favourites for the autumnal months ahead…

If you’re one for a budget beauty steal then there are two I highly recommend. Not only are they affordable, I find them just as amazing as the higher end products. First up is my favourite out of the two, Essence’s Silky Touch Blush in Indian Summer, the most perfect muted blush colour for the autumn months. In the pan it doesn’t look nothing special but on the skin is a whole other story. It’s a gorgeous warm peach shade with brownish undertones with a slight sheen to it, but no glitter – hurrah. I find many drugstore blushes contain a hell of a lot of glitter but this one has none whatsoever. The formula is so so creamy, long lasting and a real bargain for just £1. Yes, you did read that right!

For something a little more on the rosy side we have the Milani Powder Blush in Romantic Rose. This shade kinda speaks for itself I think. When applied to the skin it turns into a true English rose colour, which I find really flattering and gives you that ‘I’m a little bit flushed at how cold it is how here’ look, if ya get what I mean.

This post had to bring back a very old favourite of mine as it’s one I bring back out every year without fail. It’s the MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul (aka my fave, my go to and my blush best friend). I’m pretty sure I spoke about this quite a bit last year on here but I’m bringing it back – its that good. I purchased this on a whim as I found it on offer online and it turned out to be a very good sale purchase. The shade is an easy to wear peachy bronze blush and is just amazing if you love the trending peach toned makeup. This is a blush that would look incredible on many skin tones.

If you’re into your bronzed glowing skin then my biggest babe from my beauty cupboard for this is the Nars Blush in Zen. I’ve had this blush for a very long time, I actually think it was my first expensive blush purchase, and it sure didn’t disappoint. It follows the brands blush expectations, as its very finely milled to leave your skin looking like skin, long lasting and is very easy to blend. The shade almost looks like a bronzer but it has slight dusky rose undertones when applied to the skin, but ever so slight. It’s just the perfect blush if you want to spice up an all bronzy look.

Last but by no means least is a newbie to my stash, the Fenty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Ridiic. This blush in the stick screams bright and bold, which is typically your go to blush in the summer, however it transfers very different on the skin depending on how you apply it. When I saw this at the Fenty Beauty preview I was a bit terrified of the it but once I watched it apply to someone’s face I was in love. Its so lightweight and creamy and blends away like no other cream blush I’ve seen before. It looks so natural on the skin and leaves an orange flushed glow, perfect for autumn. Orange and autumn just go hand-in-hand, don’t they? This is a go to on the minimal makeup days, which are happening a lot at the moment.

What are your favourite blush picks for Autumn?

Megan ♥

 

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For the past few months I’ve been quite repetitive with my eyeshadow looks, switching from golds to bronzes and not much in between. I was introduced to the new Urban Decay Afterdark Palette* a couple of weeks back and it’s taken me back to experimenting again with purples, greens and reds… finally!

Urban Decay are continuously releasing new products that I adore, but this palette was something I’ve been most excited for. Although the palette is full of jewel toned metallic glitter shades that I would sometimes only use for a glam look, I find these really wearable in the daytime depending on how you use them. Also, unlike some other glitter palettes there are a lot of muted glitter shades that are easy to work with and are easy to apply even if you’re new to glitter. This new palette boasts 7 brand new shades and 3 cult favourites that no UD junkie should be without.

For this look I only took a few matte transition shades and then used one shade from the Afterdark palette for the lid and one for the lower lash line, and it was super easy and quick todo. It’s one of those palettes you can use for a simple look that appears well thought out and seems that you’ve spent a lot of time on.

Unlike any other glitter eyeshadows these are really seamless to blend and there isn’t any ‘chunks’ of glitter throughout each shade. They are very finely milled which is why they are easy to blend and also means you don’t get much fall out or creasing. Before using the shadows I primed my eyes with a concealer and set with a translucent powder to give a blank canvas and also means the shadow is less likely to transfer or crease. With any glitter look I always do my eyeshadow as the first step in my makeup, but these would be fine to do after you’ve applied your base as there isn’t much fall out at all, especially if you tap the excess off of your brush. All of the shades pick up so well with a flat shader brush as well as your fingertip, and both ways give amazing pigmentation. I usually find that applying lid shadows with your fingertip gives off more pigmentation, however these shadows work just as well with a brush. They also work well wet if you like to dampen the brush for extra intensity.

I’ve been loving the shades Supersonic, Lounge and Fringe for either all over the lid for some intense glittery glam or as a pop of colour on the lower lash line. However, for this look I decided to use the darker purple in the palette as it’s so beautiful and I just online pharmacy amoxil don’t wear these shades enough.

I used the Morphe 35N palette which is full of warm matte shades, and I mixed 3 warm orange toned browns together to deepen my crease and then went straight into the Afterdark Palette. On the lid I’m wearing the deeper purple shade, Backfire, which has a slight pink hue to it when applied to the lid and I applied this with a flat shader brush from Crown Brush UK. This shade is more of a muted purple than a deep purple when on the lid, which I found really flattering with my brown eyes. For the lower lash line I went with the shade Sinful, a really pretty warm gold that added an extra pop of something special to the look. To apply this I used both sides of the dual-ended brush that comes with the palette, which is so great at packing on colour.

I wore this look in the daytime and actually received a lot of compliments on it. I personally think that adding a different colour to the lower lash line gives any look an extra special touch and looks like you’ve put a bit more effort into it – when is reality, it was so simple! As I say, the palette is so versatile you can literally create any type of glitter look with it and use the shades as you please. I will definitely be using this for an evening out and going all in with the more ‘daring’ shades.

The products I’m wearing:

  • Yves Saint Laurent Blur Primer
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
  • Nars Loose Powder
  • MAC Give Me Sun Bronzer
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil
  • Benefit GALifornia Blush
  • Cover FX Enhancer Drops in Sunlight
  • Cover FX Perfected Powder in Sunlight
  • Urban Decay De Slick Spray
  • Morphe 35N Palette
  • Urban Decay Afterdark Palette in Backfire and Sinful
  • Ardell Wispies
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
  • Kylie Cosmetics Lip Liner in Dolce K
  • Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Oil Gloss in Pure Peach

Another thing I adore about this palette is the packaging, and Urban Decay always exceed my expectations. They’re all so unique and personal to the products inside. I love the metallic purple finish, it’s so fun but sophisticated at the same time. It’s also not as bulky as the other palettes so it’s super easy to slip into a makeup bag and it also comes with a large mirror on the inside, which is super convenient for on the go.

Urban Decay have been pulling so many goodies out of the bag recently, I’m so so excited to see what’s to come! The Afterdark Palette is available to purchase here.

Have you tried any new in bits from Urban Decay?

Megan ?

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A halo eye is one of my favourite eye makeup looks that I don’t do often enough. They seem like a lot of effort, but they really aren’t. I’m no master at it but I do always enjoy how it turns out, and you can literally use any colours you like so its super fun. I don’t do it often enough, but when I do I always feel so glam and a lot of people ask how I achieve it. So, I’ve got a written guide to help you create your own and to let you know exactly how I do it.

First up, my favourite colours to use for a halo eye are warm gold’s for the centre and deeper tones for the edges, such as browns, cranberries and even blacks. As I say, you can literally use any colours for this, from bright and colourful to subtle, it’s entirely your choice. Also, I feel these halo eyes look professional and complex but it really isn’t that at all.

For this exact halo eye I used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. I fell head over heels with this palette when I first got it and I’m so glad I got it back out again and here’s how I achieved it:

  1. Prime your lids. I always use concealer and powder to prime and set my lids as I feel it creates the best blank canvas and by setting it with powder means your shadows wont move or crease throughout the day/night. The Tarte Shape Tape is what I use for concealer and I set it with the Nars Translucent Loose Powder.
  2. Define your crease. This step is really important if you’re going for a warm and blown out look. I go for mid tone buy amoxicillin us browns/oranges for this and blend until seamless. For this particular look I used Raw Sienna and Realgar from the palette and a large fluffy blending brush.
  3. Add your edges. Pick your colour, its best to go for quite deep dark shades if you want the halo to pop. Apply the shade to the outer v (last third of your eye) and blend, and then do the same to the first third of your eye. Make sure it’s blended out towards the middle of the lid but keep the middle blank – its fine to smudge out the shadow you’ve just added to the middle. I then blend this through with the previous large fluffy blending brush so the shades are all blended together and also helps deepen the crease. For my look I used Red Ochre and a small crease brush.
  4. Create your halo. This is always my favourite part as its what makes the whole look. Now your crease is smoked out and the outer thirds of your lid are done, pop your desired colour into the middle. You can used a flat shader brush or your finger and put it directly in the middle of your lid. Do this until you have the desired pigmentation and then blend the edges softly so there are no harsh lines. I used Primavera for this with my finger.
  5. All done. I told you it was simple. If you wish, add some definition to your lower lash line. I mixed all three matte shades and swept it underneath.

I first experimented with these about two years ago, and here is the first ever one I did with this exact process.

Would you try this? What’s your favourite type of glam eye look?

Megan ?

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When I find a lip combo I love, I wear it pretty much everyday, and recently I’ve found my perfect match. If you saw my Pop Of Pink post the other day, you’ll know I’ve been loving a splash of pink at the moment. It’s not a shade I usually go for, but I’ve found some really sophisticated tones and products and I can’t stop using them. Let me tell you about my perfect pair.

First up, it’s not everyday I wear pink lips so this combo must have something quite special about it. I’m usually more of a nude/brown kinda girl, but I’ve bit the bullet and stepped out of my nude-ish zone (and it feels good). The pair of the moment is ColourPop’s Ultra Matte Lipstick in Clueless, a gorgeous dusty mauve with MAC’s Lip Liner in Soar, the perfect dusky pink. These paired together gives the most stunning rosy pink/mauve, which is so nice paired with a golden eye.

Let’s talk about the formula, as I find this the most important part of lip products. ColourPop Ultra Matte lips can be quite drying, but not if you apply a balm underneath. The formula is lightweight and I never buy doxycycline canada feel like I have anything on my lips, and you do only need just one swipe for amazing full coverage. To ensure it doesn’t dry out my lips, I apply the MAC liner all over my lips as this acts as a base and adds a contour effect as the liner is a touch darker.

The wear for this pairing, and the Ultra Matte lipstick alone, is just incredible. I go through the day eating, drinking and it stays on for at least 8 hours. The only bit I ever need to touch up is the middle, which is common for me with any lipsticks. I find the MAC lip liner very long lasting, more so than the lipstick, but it holds the lipstick down well. I just wish the lip liner wasn’t in a wooden pencil as the Pro Longwear Liners from MAC are much creamier, however you get amazing pigmentation with Soar.

I just can’t get enough of this combo and the look I typically go for is glowing skin with a golden eye, here (above) I’ve used the Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette.

What is your favourite lip combo?

Megan ??

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A bold eye look with a bold lip is without a doubt quite daring, but this look I created with a few bits from The Body Shop* beauty range really had me feeling good. As well as for a true romantic date, I find this look perfect for this time of year and even for Christmas Day. Want to find out what I used?

To start I used the Eye Colour Stick in Siberian Quartz (top), a gorgeous brown purple, pigmented enough to wear by itself for a subtle but elegant wash of colour. Then the True Romance Eyeshadow Quad is what really made the look that extra bit special. This palette is naturally inspired by shades that compliment each other, with both true mattes and metallics that you can use for a day or night time glam. I find these shades are quite flattering with all eye colours and skin tones to, which I find so great for a quad shadow palette with only a select few shades.

So, after applying and blending the Eye Colour Stick I used the top right shade over the colour stick with a damp shader brush, and deepened the outer corner and crease with the deeper buying priligy brown shade underneath. For the lower lash line, I used the bottom left shade to smoke out the look, this is a very pretty dark brown with cooler undertones, and this also helped the look come together. With the light cream shade I highlighted my brow line and also popped this in the inner corner for that extra bit of brightness. This eye look is super simple and really quick, overall it took me about 5-10 minutes with adding the lashes.

For the lip I used the Matte Lipstick in Osaka Plum, a true wine red. It’s a little brighter than I imagined, but it works really well for this time of year. The wear time for these is hours and it didn’t budge or transfer. But you do need to apply a couple of layers to get full opacity.

I’ve really been loving this look and have recreated it multiple times, which you can also check out on my Instagram. I think the eyeshadow also pairs really nicely with a nude lip for a daytime look, shown below. Now, I must try a few more products they have, especially the eyeshadow palettes! To shop the range, click here.

Megan ??

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