Base

This seems to be the make up look of doubles – double foundation, double mascara… But anyway, no matter how many products I have doubled up on this is my guide to a low key evening look that ensures you look like you’ve gone to some effort but your face isn’t going to wipe off on somebody when you go in for a hug.

Let’s kick it all off with the base and my new favourite product, the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot primer. I’ve been noticing recently that during the day, maybe an hour or so after lunch I get a few shiny patches appearing. This is all very new and exciting having had the driest skin for my entire life. I think it might have something to do with looking at a computer screen all day, but nevertheless it’s led me to this wonder product. It smooths on and keeps everything looking semi-matt for the rest of the day. Following that the only reason I have doubled up on foundations is because my Bourjois CC cream doesn’t have quite enough coverage when I want a really flawless base.

Cheeks

For cheeks I went for a super pretty flush of pink, nothing too bright as I’m well aware of what the effect a glass of wine does to my face (oh hello bright red wine face!). Then I focussed mainly on slapping the highlighter in all the right places. This Collection highlighter is my go-to at the moment and super easy to use in it’s handy cream stick form.

Eyes

Now we’ve got to the eye section we hit the doubling up big time. This Maybelline cream shadow gives a really nice base colour to add on to. From there I added a bit of sparkle with my Topshop gold shadow stick which is perfect at distributing a nice layer over the eyelid. To finish the look I like to add a nice simple cat flick with the Soap and Glory Supercat liner. For mascara we’ve got one more double up of products. The Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is perfect at beefing up the lashes, but I like to add a layer of L’oreal Telescopic to lengthen as well.

Lips

And finally… the lips! I have to admit I did not go for a bright red lip when I wore this look, but that’s because there was dinner involved and I didn’t want to run in to that ‘really dark line around the outside, and nothing on the inside’ look. So the option is to go for a nice postbox red like this Avon number which will look fab with the slightly brown-y/gold eye, or pair it with a nude if you plan on eating in peace. Voilà!

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I have a tiny little tendency to hang on to things for way longer than necessary. It’s not quite hoarder style, but let’s just say I have quite a lot of things. Recently I’ve been trying to de-clutter a bit, create some space and a slightly more minimal living space. What has this got to do with hair, I hear you cry! Well thanks to my habit of hanging on to things with the intention that it will probably come into use at some point in the future, my hair has a bit less frizz and marginally more shine going on.

The first product here actually came to me as a free sample with a magazine. Admittedly it was a long time ago (it’s that clinging on to things habit) but now I’ve got round to using it it’s become a member of my daily routine. The Percy & Reed Wonder Balm is not a product I would have used in the past – I used to be a much more ‘wash ‘n’ go’ kinda gal, but since my foray into hair dye, it takes a bit more effort to get things in order. A small blob of this stuff onto damp hair makes sure my hair smooth and what might even be called sleek.

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Elvive Extraordinary Oil is a product I ‘borrowed’ off my mum, back when I was too poor to buy my own. It’s by no means something that will break the bank, and I would definitely buy my own bottle now. Except I’m still on the same one! This stuff goes a long long way, and a tiny spot is all you need to give your hair some nourishment that might be missing.

My final hero of the batch is the Charles Worthington Shine Spray. This is my fail safe option that never lets me down. Should I happened to have skipped both of the previous steps, then a little spray of shine spray will smooth my hair down to a more manageable state. Anything that requires little effort and time, but does a mighty fine job is a hero in my book.

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Face

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If you caught my previous post about Rome, you’ll know that I spent a lot of the time moving slowly in a desperate attempt not to sweat all too much. It may be TMI to tell you all about my sweating habits but it’s due to the heat that I’ve formulated a fairly fool-proof plan for holiday beauty.

I’ve mentioned before that my usual routine is not too complicated and I tend to keep things fairly natural. Whilst in Rome I managed to strip things back even further, despite taking a bursting make-up bag away with me – it’s always over-packing central in my house! But anyway, here are a few tips if you need to save a bit of space in your suitcase. One plus point is that you’ll always have more space for any Duty Free purchases…

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Base

I should probably point out here that prior to this step I of course, moisturised and covered myself in SPF. But what happened next is something that I’ve only recently got fully into, and that’s primer. I’ve currently only tried the Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro primer, as I wanted to keep the price down on the first trial. I’d only been using it for a few weeks before heading to Rome, but I am so glad I had it with me. Since I completely abandoned foundation for the vast majority of this trip, having a primer really helped in smoothing my concealer over the places I needed it (mainly under the eyes and around my nose) and also gave a bit more staying power. I brought along two concealers, my Collection Lasting Perfection and the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer, just in case the Collection one was a bit too light. I also gave up on powder altogether. I’m not sure whether it would have helped with the shine that I ended everyday with, but I was going for a more ‘dewy’ look anyway! The final step to the base was just a touch of The Body Shop Radiant Highlight across the tops of my cheeks and brow bone. Obviously you can chose to add more or take away another product, but this was basically my quick and easy staple routine whilst battling the heat.

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Eyes

This is where things get even simpler. After sorting my base I quite literally just tamed my brows using the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper to keep them in place throughout the day. Then curled my lashes and used a bit of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which is perfect if you want thicker longer lashes using only one coat. How freakin’ simple. Once again, this is just what I found works, and I got a bit lazy on holiday sometimes just stopping at the curling stage and not bothering with mascara. If you feel you need a bit more, then by all means pop it on yo face.

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Lips and Cheeks

Apart from my faithful Carmex lip balm that I apply multiple times a day regardless of whether I’m on holiday, these are just a few additional items that I popped on if I felt like it. Most days, particularly at the start when I was as pale as you can get, I swept a bit of Topshop Mohawk bronzer across the top of my forehead and cheeks in an attempt at looking as golden as the locals. And on a few occasions I popped some blush on the apples of my cheeks, even though one sweaty trip on the metro was enough to get my looking pink cheeked. Of course I took my L’Oreal Privee lipstick away with me. There was no other lipstick to take.

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Top photo from Dom John

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In approximately a few weeks time I’m going to reach a landmark in my life. As it’s something that’s never happened in my life before  thought it deserved a mention over here, despite my lack of beauty blogger status. I’ve never finished a make up product. Sure, I’ve had mascara’s and eyeliners dry up on me, but I’ve never managed to get all the way through a product before that happens, nor have I ever had a ‘oh god, I’ve hit pan’ moment. At the moment I have one product that is getting pretty close to the end of it’s life, and it’s purely because I can’t stop wearing it.

In terms of what I put on my face on a daily basis, I keep it pretty simple. I do some evening out, some covering up and a tad of lengthening/volumising of the lashes. Sometimes I also tame the brows, but I like to get it all sorted and presentable in a very timely manner. Because I keep most of my face fairly basic, I often like a little bit of sumthin’ on my lips and this is where my secret weapon comes into play. Most beauty fanatics will spend a lot of time searching for the illusive my-lips-but-better lipstick/gloss that you can pop and run out the door in a few seconds flat. My favourite is a L’Oreal Privee in the colour Eva’s Nude. Although I was dubious about the colour at first (I definitely don’t have the similar golden tones of Eva Longoria – pale is the key word over here) but it literally hasn’t left my lips! So much so that I might have to buy a new one soon, which as I mentioned before, is a record in my books.

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