How To Create a ‘No Makeup’ Makeup Look

Hi guys!

It’s not always possible to try over-the-top/ full glam makeup looks when it’s 7:45am and you need to leave for work in 15 minutes. Sometimes you need that extra smack on the snooze button, okay?! But there are also days when you want to keep things minimal but still want to wear makeup. Hence the phrase ‘No Makeup-Makeup’.

So I’m going to share with you guys, the steps I use when I’m running late (more like my everyday routine, since I’m forever late) and the products I use to help bring it all together.

Primer

Firstly, I like to use the Too Faced ‘Primed and Peachy’ matte primer to prep my face. Primer is a great base for any makeup application. This particular primer can be worn with foundation, but it looks great on its own if you wanted to forego foundation/CC cream. I try to only use this where I have pores and where my oily zones are i.e. forehead, nose area and chin.

Foundation

Once the primer has set into the skin, it’s time to cover up your secrets with foundation. You don’t necessarily need to use a full coverage foundation when you are trying to create a ‘natural’ look but if that your thing then, go for it! I am completely and utterly in love with Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and Poreless. It is very much a build-able full coverage foundation which means a small amount will go a long way if that’s not the look you’re going for. I like to either use my Morphe Y6 brush or a blending sponge, both applicators will leave a soft, airbrushed look.

Another option would be a CC cream. This is a lighter formula than a foundation but it can still give you decent cover.

Concealer

Moving onto concealer, I like to use Maybelline’s Eraser Eye Concealer. Simply swipe the applicator under your eye, I tend to avoid applying it anywhere else as I think it can look cakey, which isn’t ideal when you’re going for a natural look. This concealer blends beautifully with a damp beauty sponge.

Setting Powder

After you have applied your cream/liquid products, you need to set it. Rather than baking the powder, lightly dust it all over your face with a powder brush, you can dust off any excess if needed.

Or if you do prefer to bake, use a damp beauty sponge to really adhere the powder. Sometimes, it’s also useful to bake the necessary areas, and use a pressed powder on the other areas of your face. This all depends on how matte you want your face to be.

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Primer, Foundation, Concealer and Setting Powder

Contour/Bronzer

Now it’s time to add some dimension to your face! Depending on your preference, you can either warm the face up with some bronzer and leave it at that, Urban Decay’s Beached Bronzer is a good choice for this. Or you can keep going and use a contour palette to carve it out a bit more. Morphe’s Sculpt and Shimmer palettes are inexpensive and do a great job of this. (Bonus: these palettes also come with 4 highlighters, which brings me to my next step…)

Highlighter

You are lying if you don’t love a bit of a glow. Highlighters always leave your face with a little pop and always look stunning. For this look, a subtle highlight is the way to go. A highlight with gold tones, lightly dusted on the highest points of your cheeks is just enough for a glowy look. Of course, if you want to have at it and go crazy with it then by my guest!

Eyebrows

Some people prefer to do their eyebrows before contour and highlight, either way works as long as your eyebrows are poppin’ at the end of it. Whether you use a pencil, powder or pomade – always make sure you brush through your brows with a spoolie. The spoolie will evenly distribute the product, and can also create the illusion of a full and feathered brow.

Mascara

This step is pretty simple…add mascara to your lashes. Too Faced’s ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara has been at the top of my list for a while now and I’m yet to find a better one that won’t cost a limb. Using your eyelash curler beforehand will help you curl them up to the high heavens.

Setting Spray/Finishing Off

Now all that is done, and girl you are looking stunning! You can finish the look off with a nude lipstick, for my skin tone I like to use Kat Von D’s Ophelia liquid lippie. When that is applied and has dried down, you should spritz (read: drown) your face with a setting spray to really lock it into place. My new favourite spray is Skindinavia’s Bridal Setting Spray – it literally does not move. Fun fact: Skindinavia are also the geniuses behind Urban Decay’s Sprays.

Side note: I don’t usually wear eyeshadow the days that I want to look natural, but if you want to add a little something extra, a warm/neutral eye look would look beautiful yet effortless which is exactly the look we want to go for.

I hope you liked my little ‘How To’ tutorial! If you enjoyed it, what else would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to like and follow my blog to be notified of when I next post ūüôā

Love, Beth x

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Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Liquid Foundation Review

Hello my lovelies!

I am always on the hunt for a good foundation that won’t melt off my face, and having combo/mostly oily skin doesn’t make the hunt any easier for me. I have heard many things about the¬†Maybelline¬†SuperStay¬†Foundation on both the internet and in person. Some good things and some bad things, so I thought I would put it to the test and see how it performs.

Product Description:

I bought this foundation from ¬£9.99 from¬†Boots, while it’s not as cheap as my holy grail Fit Me Matte and¬†Poreless¬†by¬†Maybelline¬†(¬£6.99, BTW) it’s still a pretty decent price for a budget foundation. The foundation claims¬†to be¬†full coverage that will can last up to 24 hours. It also claims¬†to be¬†lightweight, matte and suitable for all skin types.

If I could complain about the¬†initial¬†product, it would probably be the shade range. There are 12 shades, which isn’t a lot considering how many shades other brands can produce and how many skin shades exist in this world. So, there isn’t a lot to choose from if you’re very fair or very deep.

First Impressions:

Once my primer¬†was applied, I used one pump to¬†the back of my hand. My first thought was this foundation is very thick with a similar consistency to the Urban Decay All¬†Nighter¬†foundation. I used my¬†Morphe¬†Y6¬†brush to blend the foundation on my skin. It felt very heavy¬†and it looks kinda¬†cakey. I switched to a damp¬†BeautyBlender¬†which helped it blend better, in the end I had an airbrushed kind of look. The coverage is crazy good, pores? I don’t know her. But…even after I used the sponge, it still felt heavy on my face. I also noticed after I wore a collared shirt all day that I had transfer on the collar and if I touched my face at all, you could feel the makeup coming off.¬†

The next day, I used a smaller amount. Half a pump of foundation still covered my entire face and still gave me the coverage that I like. It felt a lot better and didn’t transfer at all compared to the day before. So, I definitely recommend starting off with a small amount and apply more as you see fit.

 

Is It Long Lasting?

With other foundations I nearly always have to touch up a few times a day, you know the drill: blotting sheet, powder, repeat. Oily skin, forevs <3. However with this foundation I only touched up once in 8 hours. I also noticed that I still had okay coverage after a full shift at work, which is more than what could be said for Kat Von D’s Lock It foundation which vacated my face after a few hours of wear.

Could it last 24 hours though? I’m not so sure, I was pretty oily after a full day and it was starting to separate a little on my nose and cheeks. My guess is, if I had gone over even 14 hours of wear, it would stop looking good.

Final Thoughts:

Honestly, I like this foundation. The coverage is seriously impressive and the fact I didn’t need to touch up as much proves it works pretty well. This definitely works better using the littlest amount. Foundation on the collars of your shirt ain’t cute and this foundation definitely transfers. Overall, it’s high up on my list of budget makeup and I absolutely love wearing it.

Rating: 4/5

Love, Beth x

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August Goals

Hi guys!

I’ve completed my first month of blogging! While I didn’t post as much as I would have liked, I learned new things about blogging and can’t wait to put them into practice.

Moving on, August is finally here and that means 2 things:

  1. Summer is well and truly here but also, autumn is close and it’s almost time for dark nights and cosy jumpers.
  2. My birthday is this month, I turn 23 on the 28th and I’m gonna PARTAAAY (read: eat food and watch Netflix with my dogs)

I thought I would start the month off right by setting a few goals for myself. A good way to know that you’re still moving forward even on a bad day, is to set goals for you to see your progress. For you to see that you’re not wasting your time and your efforts are worth it. Here are a few of mine:

Post 3-4 times a week

I originally wanted to do a blog-post-a-day challenge but I gathered I’m not experienced enough for this (the future, maybe?!) So now the plan is to post every other day, that way I have enough time to produce good content and really get into the swing of blogging.

Hit over 150 views on my blog and 20 followers

My blog is still relatively small, and by small I mean, tiny. Hopefully, this is a realistic goal that I can reach. Goals, no matter how small, are still goals and each one should be celebrated. So, that’s my blog goal for this month!

Improve my photography skills

Photography is something I’m still coming to grips with, I have recently bought a few things like phone lenses, a light reflector etc. that will help me create the best photos that I can, with practice of course.

Learn how to create a halo smokey eye

My makeup challenge this month is to finally crack the halo smokey eye! Since it’s my birthday at the end of the month, I’m going to be celebrating in some way and I’d like to wear this look and be #servinglewks.

 

So that’s it! Those are my goals this month, what are your goals for August? Are you planning on learning something new, or something simple such as taking a walk everyday? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Beth x

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July Beauty Buys: Morphe Galore at Beauty Bay!

Hi guys!

So, a couple of days ago it was announced that my beloved Beauty Bay is parting ways with everyone’s favourite, Morphe. Initially, I was most upset because it’s so easy to order from Beauty Bay but then I read ‘discount’ and I was like, HELLO.

I haven’t personally dabbled into Morphe’s makeup, so I didn’t have a lot to go off apart from the rave reviews from almost every Youtuber with an affliate code. I do own a lot of their brushes though and they are pretty decent, I wasn’t worried about quality issues.

Eyeshadow:¬†There wasn’t a lot to choose from since a lot of the stock has already sold out and they haven’t replaced it for obvious reasons. But the first thing I found was their 350 35 Colour Nature Glow palette which has been on my list for a while now. The palette arrived undamaged and ever so pretty! I don’t believe you can ever have too many warm-neutral toned shadows, and there’s enough of them to create both day and nighttime looks. The shadows all swatched really well, none of them were chalky. While it’s a big palette, it has pretty much everything you’d need.

This usually retails for £23.00 however, I paid £17.00 with the discount.

Primer: I also bought, which was totally unrelated and not in the sale, Milani’s eyeshadow primer. This was rated quite well on Beauty Bay and for ¬£8.00, you can’t complain. It’ll be interesting to see how this works against my holy grail, Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Highlighter: I have wanted this highlighter for so long! These shades are all great, except ‘BehBeh Gurl’ which is the lightest shade. I’m not sure if I got a bad batch, but this shade was really chalky and disappeared when I tried to apply it. The other shades were great though, and I’ll be able to use the darker shades for shimmer eye shadows. I bought the Babe in Paradise highlight palette for ¬£24.00.

Setting Spray: I have seen this setting spray all over Youtube and when I saw this in the sale, I knew I had to try it. I really love the continuous mist, over the pump sprays with other setting sprays. You can feel the extra coverage you’re getting without your face being damp, it also feels fresh and light. I paid ¬£12.00 for this, it usually retails for ¬£15.00.

Their sale is still online now, so be sure to get involved here! What are your opinions of Morphe? Do you like it or is it over-hyped? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Beth x

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How To Apply Makeup To Oily Skin

Hi guys!

In an ideal world, I’d have beautiful blemish-free skin, zero pores and no excess oil. In the real world, my face is so oily¬†and makeup thinks my face is a Slip ‘N Slide. I’m going to share with you step-by-step, what products I use to help keep my oily face at bay throughout the day.

The best way to start is to make sure you have a clean face and clean fingers. Clogged pores ain’t cute and there’s less chance of dirt and oils being trapped if you’re working with a clean base and clean tools.

  • Once you have completed your prepping, it’s time to finish that up with an oil-free or gel based moisturiser. I like to use Simple’s Oil Balancing Moisturiser from Boots for ¬£4.29. It’s really moisturising and lightweight enough that it doesn’t leave a greasy texture. This is a great base on its own however I still like to go in with a primer on top.
  • After your moisturiser has soaked into your skin and your feeling hydrated, it’s time to apply your primer. Benefit’s ‘The Porefessional’ primer gel¬†is ideal for people with combo/oily skin, however it does come with a bit of price tag of ¬£23.50. The matte primer instantly blurs pores, and absorbs excess surface oil. It’s best to apply a small amount of primer only on your oily areas, and not your whole face.
  • Once you are primed and lovely, it’s time for foundation. For my everyday look, I like to use Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless. This foundation offers a lot of coverage (what pores?) but still feels so light on your face. It’s also really affordable at ¬£6.99 from Boots, which is a bonus if you ask me! But if you are looking for a more high-end foundation, Urban Decay’s All Nighter ¬†retails for ¬£29.50 and is an amazing foundation for this skin type as it is oil-free and absorbs excess oils to reduce shine.
    • Avoid applying your foundation with your fingers as you will have a better finish using a BeautyBlender or foundation brush. My favourite brush is Morphe’s Y6, this leaves an almost airbrushed finish and you will look FLAWLESS!
  • The next step is to apply your concealer, you can use whichever one works best for you. After you’ve blended your concealer, you need to lock it in with loose powder. Too Faced Peach Perfect Loose Powder is a really good powder to use under your eyes and over your T-Zone. I also like to dab a bit on my chin as that can be quite oily too. Leave this for a minute or so to allow it to soak into your skin then dust off the rest with a powder brush.
  • You can then carry on applying the rest of your face as normal. Before you leave the house to start your day, be sure to apply setting spray to really make sure your makeup stays put. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray is a classic which everybody loves, you can buy this for ¬£24.00. Another great setting spray is Skindinavia’s Bridal Finishing Spray, this costs ¬£16.80 from BeautyBay and I find it to be stronger than the UD spray.

When you are out shopping for makeup it is always best to go for products for your skin type, the product needs to be oil-free and please avoid coconut oil at all costs. Coconut oil will sit heavy on your face, making you more oily than before.

Here are a few tips to help you combat that oily sheen:

  1. Avoid washing your face too often, it may seem like the obvious choice to wash off the oil but this means you are stripping the natural oils which will encourage excess oil production. No thanks!
  2. Try not to touch your face as this will transfer the germs from your hands to your pores, causing them to clog.
  3. Carry blotting paper in your bag to dab at your face during the day.
  4. Another staple in your bag should be pressed powder for you to touch up during the day.
  5. Keep your makeup brushes clean. They are a gold mine for germs and so, ideally you want to wash your base makeup brushes after each use or at least after every 2nd use.

I hope you liked this post, and has helped you! I am always looking for new tips so if you have any, feel free to leave them in the comments below ūüôā

Love, Beth x

July Birchbox Subscription Unboxing: First Impressions

Hi guys!

So, subscription boxes are everywhere it seems. Whether it’s beauty, grooming or even clothing, there’s a subscription for everything. Beauty boxes are ideal for new makeup artists to help build their kit, but also for beauty collectors like us. Birchbox advertises their boxes for ¬£10 a month, which is one of the cheaper boxes on the market, however, Birchbox is very highly rated.

My box arrived this month and it was a super cute, pastel pink and yellow watercolour box. Inside, I had the usual 5 products which were a mixture of full-sized and luxe size. I received two makeup pieces this month, both of them were full sized.

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  1. The first product was an eyeshadow/blush by Manna Kadar Beauty, this is a gorgeous deep peach colour which swatched beautifully. It’s a little bit too dark for my skin tone however it would look beautiful on someone with a deeper skin tone. It also has a slight shimmer to it, with some MAC Fix+ this would look stunning on the eye!
  2. The next makeup product I got was an Eyeko London Fat Eye Stick in ‘Satin’. Now, I don’t usually use cream or stick shadows so I’m always apprehensive about trying these out. When I swatched this initially it looks really pretty, a metallic taupe with lots of pigment and shimmer. However, once I blended this in, I lost a lot of the pigment which is a shame but I’m guessing you can build up the pigment again.
  3. Moving onto skincare, I received the What’s in it for me..? Shower Scrub. This was a luxe sized exfoliant, and oh my god it smells amazing! It has a sweet orange and jasmine scent which is really fresh and perfect for this time of year.
  4. Next in my box was the Balance Me Congested Skin Serum, this was rated 4+ stars on Birchbox’s website so I was super excited when this arrived. It is ideal for blemishes, breakouts or breakout prone skin. The serum works to balance skin and refine your pores. Skincare is something I want to do more, I have a super basic skincare routine and would love to branch out. Subscription boxes are a perfect way to test different things out and work out which product works for you.
  5. The last thing in my box was the BeautyPro Under Eye Mask. This mask is a hydrogel patch with marine collagen, infused with soothing green tea, aloe vera and vitamins A and E, it is designed to leave you bright-eyed and de-puffed. I live for sheet masks so I’m excited to test this out.

I am definitely pleased with my box this month, however, if I wish I could have been sent more makeup products but I can’t really complain with what I received. I can’t wait to see what I get next month.

If you could make your own subscription box, what would be in it? Comment down below!

Love, Beth xx

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My Latest Beauty Buys: Laura Lee’s Palette, Ofra Highlighter, Milani Lip Scrub

Payday is my favourite day of the month. Payday means I can log into my BeautyBay account and fill my basket with goodies while angels sing around me, not a worry in the world.

¬†The first thing I bought is something I definitely needed as this is a problem area for me. I unfortunately have ‘seasonal flu’ all year round so dry lips are a definite issue for me. I haven’t been able to find a decent lip scrub or maybe I just depended on my¬†Carmex¬†way too much, but¬†Melani’s¬†Keep It Sweet Lip Scrub is¬†uh-mazing. The scrub cost me ¬£10, not the cheapest one on the market but it’s still less expensive than the likes of¬†Jeffree¬†Star and¬†Tarte. Definitely a win for me!

I also bought the Glazed Donut highlighter by¬†Ofra, which is an extension to their¬†Everglow¬†collaboration with the queen¬†NikkieTutorials. I was super excited to receive this,¬†since pretty much everybody loves it. I paid ¬£25 for this highlighter, again a little pricey since it’s a single highlighter but OH LORD, it’s so pigmented! This highlighter definitely requires a light hand, unless you want to blind people then girl, go HAM.

This week, I finally got around to ordering Laura Lee’s¬†Nudie¬†Patootie¬†palette. Not only is the palette visually pleasing with its millennial pink colour scheme, but the shades themselves are¬†dreamy.¬† I paid ¬£38 for this but while I think it’s quite expensive for a new indie brand, the palette is really high quality and the pans are a great mixture of¬†mattes,¬†shimmers¬†and two GORGEOUS foils. I adore Laura, she’s one of my favourite¬†Youtubers¬†so major props to her for this awesome palette.

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What recent beauty buys have you made lately? I’m always looking for inspiration so let me know in the comments below!

Love, Beth x

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