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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Product Lust. July.


Like almost every other woman and blogger I seem to have a constant list of products that I lust after. Not matter how much I buy, there always seems to be something else! So here are the current products that I'm convinced I need :) If you have any of the above products please let me know what you think of them! Payday is just around the corner, and you all know what that mean.. SHOPPING.
1. Joe Malone Pomegranate Noir Candle: My Mum has this scent in a perfume. I think it would be the perfect candle scent for the end of summer/ start of Autumn. Plus everything Joe Malone is beautiful. 
2. The Zoeva Luxe Complete Set: I'm starting a full time makeup artistry course this coming October. I've left my Food Science degree and I am well on my way to studying my passion in life. So I need a full set of brushes, and I've heard nothing but amazing things about Zoeva brushes. Plus their price point is really good!
3. I saw these River Island boots online and fell in love. They are the perfect casual and formal boot. You could definitely wear them with leggings, jeans, dresses, everything! They are a chunky ankle boot and also come in taupey beige colour.
4. Smashbox Primer Water. I love MAC Fix+ and every other type of makeup spray, so I feel like I need it. Primer sprays, setting sprays etc etc, they all suck me in everytime and this time is no exception! I really do love the concept of this product and have heard ah-mazing reviews :)
5. How cute is this River Island satchel! I love satchels, I have way too many. However what I love about this is (a) the colour (b) the mix of textures, the suede base and leather handles and straps (c) it can be worn on your back. I feel like this is the ideal bag for college, being functional while not compromising your appearance. 
6. Urban Decays Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. A bit of a mouthful but I'm hearing about it everywhere! I love a full coverage liquid concealer that isn't too cakey and is easily blended. I feel this will check all of those boxes, I'm definitely getting this this month :)

So now that I have justified this months spending, I just have to wait for payday! And pay my car insurance... 



"Whoever said money cant buy happiness simply didn't know where to shop"



Lauren x


Images (boots.ie, riverisland.ie, zoeva.de, brownthomas.com, debenhams.ie)


Monday, 27 July 2015

Skincare Routine.

I'm obsessed with watching/ reading skincare routines. I feel like I've watched hundreds, no exaggeration. So I decided I'd share mine with you today. Just some background on my skin, I have combination/ oily skin. I don't suffer with acne but I do get the odd breakout, like most other people. I used to have extremely oily skin, like I literally had my makeup slide off my T-Zone after wearing my makeup for an hour. Now I've got my skincare down to a fine art and it really has controlled the oil so much! No more powdering every five minutes. My main skin issues are blackheads and large open pores on my nose, an oily t-zone and I can have very dull, tired and washed out skin. So here are my morning and night routines :)


 



Morning Routine:
  •  I feel that I have quite a minimal morning routine. I prefer to shower at night and I'm not a big fan of washing my face in the morning. So I use the Garnier Micellar Water for Combination & Sensitive skin. This is amazing, its cleanses your face so well and really does make you feel like you've just washed your face. 
  • Next I use the Boots Botanical Rosewater Toner Spray. Now mine is not in the original bottle because it was too large to carry around with me on holidays so I put it into a smaller spray bottle. This toner is so gentle and refreshing, its so light and not harsh at all. 
  • I then put on my Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Serum, this has really helped reduce the size of my pores and it smells gorg, it also acts as a really nice base for your makeup as it keeps you matte.  
  • I then put on the Simple Soothing Eye Balm to hydrate my under eyes. Never ever put normal moisturiser or serum on your under eye area as these products are too heavy. 
  • Lastly I apply my MAC Strobe Cream. It is a really light moisturizer and gives a beautiful glow to dull skin, its also an amazing makeup base. Just because your skin is oily don't shy away from illuminating products, this one just gives a beautiful natural glow without the oil. 





Night Time Routine:
  • My night skincare routine is a little more extensive. I remove my face makeup using the Garnier Micellar Water. I then use the Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover to remove my eye makeup. I use little circular cotton pads and the product to remove my makeup.
  • I shower at night so I wash my face before bed. I use a makeup removing wash in case I've missed any leftover foundation or mascara. I like to use the Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean face wash. It's a foaming face wash which I love and it covers a few steps in my skincare routine. It cleanses, tones and removes your makeup. It also smells amazing!
  • Next I apply my Advanced Night Repair. This really is a cult skincare product, it basically repairs all the damage your skin cells go through on a daily and nightly basis. I've really noticed this has greatly improved the appearance and texture of my skin.
  • Lastly I apply Estee Lauder's Advanced Time Zone Moisturizer. This is an anti aging night cream. I know I am only 21 years of age but I'm definitely not going to wait until I get wrinkles before I start treating them. This has a gorgeous rich texture but isn't too oily. 



I'm really hoping that these products might help some of you that are suffering from really oily skin. I've found that by not over washing my face or by using products that are not oil free has helped so much. If you deprive your skin from oil it's just going to produce way more, and you'll end up with a total oily mess! I'd love to hear your favourite skincare products or any suggestions you have :)



"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty"
 -Coco Chanel



Lauren x

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Love LeRouge



I was lucky enough to get my hands on Estee Lauder's new fragrance Modern Muse LeRouge. I have been MIA for the last few days as I have been at product training for Estee Lauder, as I do work as a beauty adviser for them :)


So one of the amazing new products we got to try was Muse LeRouge! The new face of this product is the lovely Kendall Jenner. As far as I'm aware it has already been released in the USA, however it wont be in the UK and Ireland until the 27th of July. As some of you may know all Modern Muse fragrances have accords and not notes. LeRouge's accords are ripened roses and velvet cream. So basically every person that smells it, smells something slightly different! This is the exact same concept as the other Modern Muse fragrances.


Personally I love it!! The red roses accord is definitely the most prominent to me however I do get the velvet cream scent after wearing it for a while. Its a very sexy scent, I feel like you could definitely wear it day and night however if you prefer a light scent during the day this probably isn't the one for you! It is now my favourite Estee Lauder scent, closely followed by the original Modern Muse and the Bronze Goddess.


I'd really suggest you all head down to your local Estee Lauder counter and give it a sniff! And on a side note, isnt the packaging beautiful?! Love it!



"A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting" -Christian Dior


Lauren x



Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Love Liner.



I love wearing liquid or gel liner, it can really complete your eye look and unless you are a pro at applying false lashes it really is a must in order to hide that lash band!! I alternate between gel and liquid liners and in terms of what are my favourites I recommend MACs Blacktrack Fluidline and the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner. For liquid liners I love the Estee Lauder Double Wear Liner and the Rimmel Exaggerate Liner. So if you love wearing liquid liner or are wanting to try it out I've put together four different but easy ways to wear liquid eyeliner.




So the first way to wear your liner is the simplest. Just apply your liner as thin or as thick as you want to just above your lash line. You can wear this with or without eyeshadow and is ideal if you just want to hide your lash band or give a little more definition to your eye.You can easily achieve this look using any type of eyeliner, with a sharp enough eye pencil you can definitely achieve it. I personally prefer using a gel liner for it. You can also smudge it out to get a more grungy casual look.



So if you want to add a little more you can create flick or cat eye. Simply extend the liner past your eye at a slight angle and then fill it in. This eye look used to be typical when paired with a red lip but you can now wear it on its own or with any look, casual or dramatic! Again liquid or gel liner will do the job, but I like using a liquid liner to create the flick. If you having trouble with it there are loads of videos online using the tape method, I'd definitely recommend checking those out. You can eye that method for creating crisp eyeshadow looks too.




I binged watched Carli Bybel's videos a while back. She introduced extending your liner into your inner corner. It really does create the illusion of a bigger eye, especially when paired with winged eyeliner. It adds more dimension to your look without being too dramatic. The trick is to keep the extension as thin as possible and as close to the eye as possible so that you don't end up with a gap in between. Liquid liner is my personal fave for creating this, and paired with a sparkly inner corner highlight it will add an extra something to your eye makeup.




The last suggestion is the most dramatic and in my opinion its definitely not an everyday look. So again you just add on from the last look. I put the liner underneath my eye and and extend past the bottom part of my eye, and join it at the inner corner. I put some pencil eyeliner on my waterline and smudged it into the liquid liner, because otherwise you would be left with a strip of skin colour between your liner and your eye. Paired with a statement lip or smokey eye I love this more dramatic liner!





"Never ask a woman with winged liner why she is late"



Lauren x

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Travel Bug.



I feel like a lot of people in this world I was born with the travel bug. The only problem with this infectious disease? Money. I saw a picture before on Instagram that said "If travel was free you would never see me again". To be honest for most people in this world I think that would be extremely accurate.

I want to travel the world for so many reasons. To see new places, new cultures, new people,  new environments and most importantly to open my eyes to the amazing world outside my front door. Even the small things like the weather, the food, the new beauty products! I'm Irish, living in Ireland in the beautiful countryside, but the rest of the world always seems more appealing. The grass is always greener I guess. So I wanted to started a list on my blog, of countries Ive visited and countries on my bucket list that I have yet to explore. Hopefully this post will constantly be changing as (fingers crossed) I travel the world. As always leave me a comment on where in the world YOU would like to visit?



Countries I've Traveled to:                                                           

  • France                                                 
  • Portugal
  • Spain                                                             
  • Cyprus
  • Italy    
  • England    
  • Scotland    
  • Wales         
  • Canary Islands
  • Abu Dhabi   
  • Australia    
  • USA

My Travel Bucket List:
  • New Zealand    
  • Mexico    
  • Canada    
  • Greece    
  • Thailand    
  • Bali    
  • Fiji    
  • Switzerland    
  • Hawaii    
  • The Dominican Republic    
  • Bora Bora


Now all I need is an endless supply of money and unlimited time off work, and then I'd be sorted to take on the world one country at a time :) I think I'm going to buy one of those very Tumblr inspired maps for my bedroom wall, to get me motivated :) Happy Tuesday everyone!








"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us"




Lauren x


 (Photo: Flickr denise.weerke)

Beauty & Makeup Hacks.

Beauty hacks (basically tips and tricks) can really help you out when you are in a pinch. I've learned these over the years off friends, family, youtubers, bloggers etc. They have seriously helped me out when Ive gotten into a sticky situation, beauty wise that is :)




(1) When your nail polish has reached that point of no return and its thick, gooey, clumpy and over all nasty but you dont want to throw it out? (especially limited edition colours!!) put a few drops of nail varnish remover into the bottle, close the lid and shake it! Your polish will be good as new.


(2) When you have the worlds shakiest hand but you want the perfect winged liner? Pop some sellotape to the side of your eye running just past your lower lashes and extending outwards (remove most of the stickiness on the back of your hand). Now simply do your liner, it doesn't matter if you smudge onto the tape because once you remove it, you'll have a perfect crisp flick!


(3) I have oily hair, its a fact. There is nothing worse than waking up to get ready for work, its too late to shower, your hair is greasy and you have run out of dry shampoo. Baby powder!! It works the exact same, just make sure you brush thoroughly and your good to go. Oil free hair and it smells lovely.


(4) Sun protection for your hair can cost a fortune! My hairdresser gave me this tip to protect my highlights/ hair from sun damage but also save me money. Simply mix in a spray bottle some factor 50 suncream, conditioner and water and your good to go. Sun protection and hydrating your hair all at once, for a fraction of the price.


(5) I hate when I've created an eye look that I love and I ruin it once I apply my mascara and dots on product end up on my lid. To avoid this get a piece of card and place it behind your upper or lower lashes. Now hold it in place so when you apply your mascara the product gets all over the card and not your lids.


(6) Teeth whitening products cost a fortune. A quick, simple and cheap teeth whitening system is to add a little baking soda to your toothpaste every second day. There is no bleach, no chemicals but it gives amazing results.


(7) Do I have cool skin or warm skin? The infamous MAC NC or NW question. Here's a simple way to find out if your skin is cool toned, or warm toned. Pull up your sleeve and look at the veins in your wrist. If they are blue you are most likely cool toned and if they are greenish your most likely warm tones. If your seeing both you have a neutral skin colour!




 (8) If your hair is really light or soft and you cant get bobby pins to grip your hair securely, spray the pins with hairspray and then apply them.



 (9) To make your perfume last longer apply it to your pulse points. These parts of your body produce heat because your blood vessels are closer to the surface of your skin, so they make your perfume smell stronger for longer, kind of similar to melting candles smelling stronger than those not lit. Apply to your wrists, inner elbow, behind your knees, your cleavage and to your neck. Adding Vaseline before your fragrance will also make the scent last much longer.



(10) To make a smoother base for you lipstick and to remove all that dry skin you want to exfoliate your lips. Lip scrubs are damn expensive, but do you know whats not? Simply run your toothbrush over your lips in soft circular motions to remove any flaky skin. Another option is to mix a little sugar with some olive oil and use it to exfoliate those lips! You can also use this as a body exfoliater.


"Beauty is how you feel about yourself, not what you see in the mirror"


Lauren x

Monday, 20 July 2015

Jenner Lip Favs.

Personally I used to think brown toned lipsticks were reserved for Mums and Grannys. Then Kylie Jenner changed the game of nude brown lips, and now everyone wants the Jenner lips. So I have bought about 50 million brown/ nude lipsticks over the past few months in the hope of finding the perfect Kylie lip. I honestly now wear these lip colours with everything. It suits a smokey eye, coral eye, colourful eye or a simple look with just mascara. The list is ENDLESS. So now I'm going to show you a few snaps and swatches of my fave nude/ brown lipsticks at this moment!


 


So I'm going to talk about each lipstick individually and then I'll post swatches of them all below. As usual there will be clickable links to where you can find each of the products!

NYX Thalia Thalia - I find this lipstick the most grey toned brown on me. There isn't too much red or pink in it. For some reason this doesn't really show in the swatches but oh well. NYX can be difficult to find in Ireland but you can shop online and its really inexpensive. This lipstick isn't matte but isn't particularly glossy either.

Estee Lauder Intense Nude - I love all of these Pure Color Envy lipsticks but Intense Nude is by far my favourite. It's definitely my most used nude lipstick. Its the perfect combination of creaminess, its extremely pigmented and super long wearing. I also think its really close to the perfect Kylie Jenner lip colour.

MAC Syrup - This lipstick is a lustre finish. This is a pink toned brown nude, its definitely the most subtle of the bunch. Its a very easy product to apply and is the kind of lipstick you can just throw on with very little effort. It's very glossy and is not as pigmented as the others, its also not as long wearing. However I love it because of how quick and simple it is.

MAC Cosmo - Cosmo has an amplified finish. Its extremely similar in colour to Estee Lauder Intense Nude but a little less red. It is a slightly reddish brown toned nude and is really pigmented. It doesn't have a very glossy finish but it isn't matte either. Its quite moisturizing and extremely long wearing. You probably wouldn't need both this and the Lauder lipstick in your collection as they are very similar.


From Left to Right: Thalia Thalia, Intense Nude, Syrup, Cosmo and Dervish.



With all of these lipstick I use the same lipliner. I don't like to overdraw my lips too much, I prefer to highlight my cupids bow and contour under my lip instead to create the illusion of bigger lips. The lipliner I use is Dervish by MAC. Its really versatile and goes with virtually every nude lip. I have other nude liners but always reach for this one, always :)








"If at first you don't succeed, apply more lipstick" - Benefit Cosmetics



Lauren x


Saturday, 18 July 2015

More Than Makeup.

I think nowadays a lot of people forget that being a beautiful person is more than just having a beautiful face. Your personality, your conscious, your confidence and your ability to put others before yourself - This is what makes you beautiful, not the DNA you were born with. However this is a beauty/ makeup blog, and I'm going to give you a few tips on how to make yourself feel more beautiful, without your makeup. On the plus side as well as improving your body & minds beauty, these tips will also (hopefully) improve your skins natural beauty which will make your face even flawless than it is.





SLEEP
 -So whats the key to beauty? I don't know, and I really do think beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However I feel like sleep is quite possibly the answer. Sleep helps in the healing and repair of your blood vessels, it improves your concentration, it helps to regulate mood & relieve stress and your skin repairs itself as you sleep. So sleep improves both your inner beauty, minds beauty and your skins
beauty. Now I not for everyone its not as simple as just closing your eyes and sleeping for hours. However deep meditation/ a really relaxed state can give almost the same benefits as sleep. Personally when I cant sleep I love to listen to sounds. By sounds I mean the sound of the ocean, waves, raindrops. Automatic relaxation for me. Check out Youtube videos of ocean or rain noises. Some of them run for hours so are ideal for falling asleep to.

The recommended time we should sleep is 7-8 hours. I do agree with this 100%. However this isn't always feasible for everyone. Id day 6+ hours of sleep or deep rest and your well on your way to improving all aspects of your beauty! 

So maybe try add a few extra hours sleep to your 'beauty routine'.





FUEL
-By fuel I mean food and water. Fueling your body with healthy foods and plenty of water will make all the difference to your health. Eating all the essential vitamins and minerals, as well as hydrating your body will help to keep your skin clear and can also help with relieving symptoms of depression. By fueling your body with everything it needs you are really going to help your skin to look its best, but also its going to make you feel your best, help boost your positivity and thus making you feel more beautiful than you already are.



CONFIDENCE
-What is more beautiful than a confident woman? At the end of the day no matter how pretty, fit, healthy etc. you are, the most beautiful thing to see if confidence in yourself. Someone who is confidence in their appearance, with their personality and with their flaws. Whether its sleep, a healthy lifestyle or makeup be confident in you, because you just like everyone are beautiful inside and out.



Sorry for the rambling and slightly off topic post today. I was working late and didnt have any makeup photos for a blog post. So I said I'd write this random collection of advice. Hopefully someone somewhere found it useful, or at least entertaining! Enjoy your weekend :)


"When your comfortable in your own skin.. your beautiful. Confidence is the best makeup you could every wear"


Lauren x


Friday, 17 July 2015

Wonder'full vs. Wake Me Up.



So I bought these two Mascaras when I was in Boots today. I bought them purely because one is infused with Argan Oil and the other with vitamins and cucumber, and to be honest that intrigued me.
Both mascaras are by Rimmel. The one on the left is the Wonder'full Wake Me Up and the one to the right is just the plain Wonder'full. The packaging aside from the colour is the same but they both have totally different wands, they both retail for about €9.99 in Boots.



So here are my lashes pre-mascara. Naturally I do have quite long eyelashes but they don't have a lot of volume to them. So I'm always looking for something that will elongate my lashes further, while adding loads of volume. I hate clumpy mascara, HATE IT and I also have a nack to getting the product all over my eyelids and face. So if I can apply a mascara, anyone can.


You can click on the picture to make it bigger, it might make it easier to see what my naked lashes look like. I'm just dreadful at taking up close pictures of my eyes, I fail every time!!






Wonder'full Wake Me Up Mascara: Comes in a bright green container and doesn't have a plastic brush. The wand kind of has an hourglass shape to it. The first thing I noticed about this was the smell. Holy Moly does it smell like cucumber, if cucumber isn't your scent then avoid this like the plague because its definitely not subtle. I don't mind the scent to be honest however cucumber scented mascara is quite strange, however if your eyes are sensitive to fragrance this one might not go well.

What Rimmel Says it does: Rimmel describe it as having a precision brush for volume, lift and length. Its cucumber fresh and vitamin charged. Wake up to uplifted lashes. Eyes look energised and revitalised.

Honestly I dont think its bad. The scent is strange and I do think the brush is way too big to call a precision brush, because I did end up getting it all around eye trying to coat every lash. I also found it a twincy bit clumpy, but I am picky because clumpy mascara is my pet peeve. Overall I'd rate it about a 6/10. There was nothing majorly wrong but it wasnt amazing either. I will still use it for an everyday mascara as it added a medium amount of volume and definition, so it wasnt too dramatic.



Extreme Black Wonder'full Mascara: The Wonder'full Mascara comes in just normal black and in extreme black, both have different coloured packaging. I chose the extreme black because why not. This one has a really light scent as mascara goes, and you can get a hint of the Argan oil in the scent. This mascara has a plastic wand (my personal favs) and is in copper and brown packaging.

What Rimmel Says it does: Formulated with argan oil. Has extreme black pigments for deeper impact and features an ultra flex brush to define lashes from root to tip.

I love this mascara. I'm a sucker for any kind of beauty product with oil (hair, body etc.) , so the fact this had argan oil in it made me like it before I even tried it. This mascara really separated out my lashes, it didn't clump and it added volume. To be honest it wasn't any blacker than the other mascara but I just really liked the brush. I think formulas on most mascaras are quite similar and that the brush will make it or break it. I give this mascara an 8.5/10. I love the fact that the oil will nourish your lashes all day long while making your eyes look great (double bonus!).

So overall the Extreme Black Wonder'full Mascara was the winner for me. The photo below shows my lashes after the mascara was applied. In the picture my left eye is wearing the cucumber Wake Me Up and my right eye is wearing the Extreme Black Wonder'full. If you click the picture it will enlarge so you can see clearer. I'll also post a picture of both mascara applicators below. Hopefully this post was helpful if you were on the fence about which mascara to chose. 


                      
             

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"Inner beauty is great, but a little mascara never hurts"

Lauren x



Thursday, 16 July 2015

Brush Wars.

I'm sure you've heard every second blogger and youtuber rave about both MAC but especially Sigma brushes. To be honest for the longest time I just ignored every plug these brushes got on social media. One day in my vulnerable state (duvet day) I went onto Sigma and bought two brushes, and then onto MAC to buy another. Don't get me wrong I love to spend money on cosmetics but I'm always wary of stepping outside of my comfort zone, brand wise that is. Three brushes later and my eyeshadow game has totally changed. I now understand the phrase "a workman is only as good as his tools", but seriously I now wonder how I ever created any eye look?

So in short I only need three brushes to create virtually any eye look. Everyday and every night I use these three brushes regardless of the intensity of the look I'm going for. Of course I add in other brushes occasionally but these three are my holy grail, couldn't live without eyeshadow brushes!

Sigma E55 Eye Shading - Ideal for packing on colour to the lid, can be used both wet and dry. I also use this to blend shadow under my eye and to apply product under my brow-bone.

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending - Ideal for adding a transition colour into your crease. Also amazing for blending harsh lines in your shadow. It has got black hair and is a fluffy brush ideal for blending. You can also use it for adding highlighter to your cheekbones.

MAC 217 Blending Blush - I now have three of these brushes, that's how much I love them! I really only use it to apply colour to the crease of my eye. It really does an amazing job at seamlessly blending colour into the crease and creating a really professional and crisp look. It is a must have brush to add to your collection!




"You cannot achieve good makeup without good tools" - Fran├žois Nars


Lauren x


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Flawless Summer Skin.

Everyone wants that flawless "I'm not wearing any makeup" look for summer (well, probably year round!) but finding the perfect products to achieve it is not always as simple as it seems. I literally have been using the same products all summer to achieve what I like to call the glowey, poreless, flawless face, all while not wearing ten layers of foundation and taking six hours. Challenge accepted, and here are my minimalistic products (realistically not) and hopefully my glowy but shine free flawless summer face. Enjoy :)



Using my favourite products you could still see my freckles and my actual skin. I do have combination skin and have a very oily t-zone, however I have been lusting after that glowey (but not oily) skin. It took a lot of trial and error but fingers crossed I've got it. So if you have oily skin please give these a shot and hopefully they will work for you! Remember when controlling your oily skin, your skincare should be doing all the work for you. I've added clickable links to the end of the blog to the stores where these products are sold, they will however be links for stores in Ireland.

This face makeup is still ideal for wearing out at night or to a more dressy occasion. Just up your eye makeup, add some lashes and a stronger lipstick and your done :)




I always start out with either washing or cleansing my face, it just helps remove whatever oil or dirt is on there and gives you a clean base. To be honest I'm not loyal to any face wash but my one and only cleanser is the Garnier Micellar Water. Then I apply my Estee Lauder Idealist serum which is amazing for helping anyone suffering from enlarged pores. Then just put a pea sized amount of MAC's Strobe Cream all over your face, focusing on your cheeks and forehead. I then rub the excess on my t-zone. For foundation I mix the Loreal True Match foundation with the Garnier BB Cream. I go about half and half and then apply it to my whole face.




I then like to add a soft concealer to highlight but also conceal parts of my face. I used the Loreal Lumi Magique highlighting pen under my eyes, around my nose and on my chin. I then applied my MAC Dervish lipliner and dabbed a small amount of my Estee Lauder lipstick in Intense Nude for a softer look. Sometimes I add my lipstick before finishing my face, why? I have no idea. You can also add some of this concealer around your lips just to make them pop a little more. If you have any blemishes on your skin you'll probably want to use a higher coverage concealer.




Next I fill in my brows with MAC's gel liner in Dipdown and I also use their brow gel in Quiet Brunette. With these products less is more. Once you add too much product its really hard to remove without smudging it everywhere, you want them to look like they are naturally yours and not painted on! For mascara Im in love with the combination of Estee Lauders Little Black Primer and Sumptuous Infinite. It gives a beautiful doll eye look without looking clumpy. Plus they dont smudge or flake, LOVE.




I love the Chanel Bronze Universal. Brows do frame your face so I prefer to do my brows first. I use a pointed Real Techniques contour brush to apply these to my temples, the sides of my nose, my jawline, my chin and most importantly to the contours of my cheeks. Then set all of this with MAC's Give Me Sun MSF, Ive only started to use this MSF recently but its beautiful! Its not matte but its not shimmery, its just got a beautiful natural sun kissed glow. I put this overtop where I put the Chanel bronzer and then I dust it down my neck & chest and blend a little into the crease of my eyes.



Last but definitely not least I use MAC's Melba blush. Its a matte peach shade, I prefer non shimmery blushes if I'm going to be using a highlighter. I like to apply it to my cheek bone area, I have a round face so adding it to the apples of my cheeks is just not a good look. Then I use my all time favourite highlighter which is MAC's Soft and Gentle. It extremely versatile and flatters so many skin tones. I add it to my cheekbone, below my brow bone, the inner corner of my eye and to my cupids bow. A fan brush will be your best friend when applying highlighters, and remember not to be too heavy handed.



"A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear" - Marilyn Monroe

Lauren x



Where to find products mentioned:

Brown Thomas - MAC & Chanel
Debenhams - Chanel & Estee Lauder
Boots - Garnier, Loreal & Estee Lauder














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