I am incredibly lazy when it comes to my makeup in the morning. I have a 10-minute slot where I try to throw enough slap on my little face to make me look semi human.
Over the past month or so I’ve been throwing a lot on my face to see what sticks and figured I’d accumulated a good amount to write about. I’d like to dedicate this post to Sephora’s sheet masks which have brought my tired skin back to life.
When my bestie gives me makeup to play with, I like to accept the challenge of cack-handedly applying it all over my face until I find a way to make it work.
When the postman drops off a shiny pink package you know the contents are going to be exciting. Especially when it contains the latest lip revolution from Lancôme. Oh, and some jelly beans, hello!
Sometimes I love me a nude lip. Even more so right now when the bitter cold and late-night netball games outside have chapped my lips to pieces.
As soon as the winter chill sets in I like to vamp up my makeup with a strong berry lip and I have three lipsticks that I’ve come to rely on. Enter the delectable Chanel, Mr Giorgio Armani and my good friend Lancôme.
The one where I drew comedic brows and concealed lips on my beautiful cousin Gem, aka Mrs Bow Retro. And where she attacked me with dramatic smokey eyes and a pronounced cupids bow. And the one where I honk like a seal several times. All in the name of a blindfold makeup challenge.
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In the mornings I don’t have much time to put a face on. I whack on a bit of tinted moisturiser, conceal the dark shadows under my eyes, curl my eyelashes (this takes the majority of my time as they’re refusing to hold a curl these days), jab some mascara on and pow, done.
I’m having a love affair with purple at the moment. I have this purple dress, the hat and a purple animal-print scarf that has been tightly wound around my neck now it’s turned chilly again, so it only seemed right to experiment a little more with my makeup.
When I first saw this Lancôme Hynôse Doll Eyes Palette in Reflect d’Amésthyste, I wasn’t sure about the shades and how I’d make them work for me. There are five shades, two pale pinks, one pale purple all with a lot of shimmer, and then two punchier deep purples. The palette comes with a suggested guide showing you which shade to apply where to create a wide-eyed look.
I, however, decided to ignore all of that and dive straight in for the boldest of the bunch. I also decided to use my fingers and forgo any brushes for this look, making it the quickest smokey eye I’ve ever applied.
I swept shade 3 all over my lid, smudging it as I went, before applying shade 4 to the middle and finishing with a dab of 5 in the iner corner as a highlighter. When I normally do a smokey eye I always run a brown or black liner along my top lash line, but today I decided not to. Instead I smudged a tiny line of Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in Neptune in the outer corner, hoping it’d help highlight my natural baby blues.
To finish, as always, I applied a couple of layers of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama Mascara. I have a few on the go at the moment but this is still my favourite in terms of holding a curl and giving volume.
And there you have it, a three product smokey eye in less than 5 minutes.
It’s no secret that I’m addicted to my Urban Decay Naked Palette. This weekend I felt the need to bust out some shimmery-gold shadow to complete my 70’s-inspired look alongside my flares, and there was only one palette worth picking up. You guessed it.
I started by blending Half Baked all over the lid, however, when I applied it, I decided it was far too brassy for my pale skin on its own. I toned it down by applying Smog over the top, resulting in a gorgeous golden brown metallic colour. I finished with a thin line of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag on my top lashes just to make them appear fuller, before lashing on layers of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama Mascara. This mascara has just started drying up which is when it’s at its optimal for me.
I filled in my brows with a few strokes of Soap & Glory’s Archery Pencil and set them in place with Maybelline Brow Drama in Transparent. This holds the strays in place all day and is super cheap.
I felt this look wouldn’t be complete without a slick of red. My Topshop Lip Bullet in Joyride has become my most-loved red lippy at the moment. It glides on like a dream and doesn’t dry out my lips, which are already super cracked at the moment. And there you have it. Golden Eye.