Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Everyday Make Up



Every now and then, I get asked what make up I use and so I thought that this would be a useful blog post to do. I will be writing about the products that I've used to create this look (above). The products pictured below are all bought with my own money, and being a typical girly girl, I have a lot of make up but these are products that I use on a daily basis (hence the messiness of how some of them look! I did try to clean them up before I photographed) and some that I have been repurchasing for years! I actually use the same make up during the day and for when I go out on an evening, I just wear it more heavier on a night out.

Now, I am not a make up guru and I rarely experiment with new colours but I do wear make (almost) every day and like most of you, I turn to blog and youtube for tutorials. I like finding make-up tutorials specifically for oriental girls as I find them more useful to me, especially when it comes to eye make up. I suppose I should've made this in to a video but I haven't got the confidence to do that! I have practised and practised but I can't bring myself to upload it. Anyway, I hope that some of you will find this blog post handy and that it answers some of the questions that some of you had about my every day make up!

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Here's a snapshot of all the products I use for both day time and on a night out. The difference is that I apply a lot more of the product during a night out, and I set the make-up with a powder foundation for a matte coverage.

I usually save the Lancome La Base primer for nights out but I love the product so much that I decided to show you and recommend it. It's a smooth, oil-free and matte flawless finish, very similar to Benefit's Porefessional. The BB Cream is something I have recently been trying for the first time. I don't wear liquid foundation because I have yet to find a one that I like, so for now, BB Cream and Liz Earle Skin Tint will do! 

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I can't believe I have just caught on to the BB cream craze. I have come to the realisation that my skin isn't as good as it was a few years ago and when I noticed uneven skin tone, I was willing to give in to the hype! I have bought the Garnier one aswell but I prefer Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB. It is a little on the oily side so I try to avoid it on a hot day! It does the trick of hiding away redness, dark circles and evens out the skin tone.

The alternative is Liz Earle's Sheer Skin Tint (beige 02) which offers light-medium coverage. It gives a dewy look so it's not for those who love matte and full coverage but I really like it though. I like that it's natural and light - I don't like that "heavy" make up feeling throughout the day, it somehow agitates me!?!

Before I apply powder blush, and for a healthy glow, I use High Beam on the apples of my cheeks and this is a product that I've been buying for about 8 years! I first bought it when I was at college and it was a substitution to my favourite beauty product, the discontinued Lancome Illuminateur. I've only recently discovered that you're only suppose to keep High Beam for 6 months after opening (this is printed on the bottle) and my conclusion is that it's a very expensive product for something that has such a short expiry date. The concealor I use is by 17 Cosmetics from Boots. I don't need to invest in a high end concealor just yet so for now, the 17 Hide Away concealor will do! It's cheap, cheerful and does the job!

mac pinch me blusher blush

A lot of you have asked what blusher I use and I have about 4 different ones but this one from MAC (shade: Pinch Me) is the one I use the most! It's really pigmented, as most MAC products are, so it lasts a long time. Before this, I was using Sugarbomb by Benefit, but I much prefer the MAC one. 

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If I was stranded on a desert Island and was only allowed one luxury item, it would be pencil eyeliner! It's the only product that really transforms the way I look! I swear by MAC Kohl Pencil which I use the on the waterline, and the liquid eyeliner for the eyelids.

For years, I was using MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner but it was always drying out so quickly and I couldn't afford to keep buying so I decided to try the Eyeko Graffiti Pen which I purchased ages ago and it hasn't dried out yet! They have rebranded this product and it now called Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. It's a good products but if I'm going to nitpick, it's not as black as I'd like it to be and I will consider trying something else once this runs out! I am not loyal to any specific mascara, any will do for me as long as it doesn't clump my eye lashes together. The one pictured is MAC Opulash.

hd brow kit

I got the HD Brow Kit in one of the Glossyboxes, and I think it's my favourite product I've ever received from them! I use it all the time and I'm sorry the mirror is dirty. I tried to clean it with a tissue and then a cloth but the dust kept sticking to the mirror!

I use the black shade on my brow, and then I use the other 3 colours as eye shadow. I use a thin eye shadow brush to layer and contour, starting with the lightest colour and ending up with a sweep of black eye shadow.

I like how pigmented the HD Brow kit is, but I also LOVE the shade Carbon from MAC. It's got good staying power and I wear more of it on nights out! I always hear that girls with small eyes or asian girls should never use dark eye shadow because this makes the eyes appear even smaller, but I personally only wear dark eye shadows. In fact, I have only ever bought black/dark eye shadows. I think it accentuates my eyes and makes them look bigger and wider! I've tried blues and greens but I never feel comfortable - as much as I'd love to try different colours, I don't think it suits me at all.

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In the first image, the lipstick I am wearing is Full Fuscia (again, from MAC) but you can't buy the shade anymore so here's an alternative. The lipstick in the photo is a shade called Lustering and it's more moisturising than Full Fuscia. It's a lovely sheer hot pink which is perfect for a dash of colour but it can be layered to create the full coverage, brightness and vibrancy of Full Fuscia. I would say that it's a lovely day time pink. If I feel that lipstick it a bit OTT for the day, I use Burt's Bee's tinted lip balm and my favourite colour is Pink Blossom.

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41 comments

  1. I wish I had the patience and ability to put on makeup everyday. Your makeup looks really really good!

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  2. Ah, love this. I haven't visited for a while and this post is great! I too bought the Garnier BB cream, but wasn't convinced, so I might try your recommendation :-) I like your mix of products and use a variety of things myself. Your mix certainly works well as you look absolutely beautiful. xo

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  3. you look lovely :) i love the lipstick colour!

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  4. WOW. You are gorgeous! I use a lot of these products daily! My favorite is high beam!

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  5. You are so beautiful Sarah, your makeup always looks impeccable! I always notice how pretty your lip colour is too. Pencil eyeliner is probably the one item I would choose too, that or mascara, always feel like it makes such a difference to my face and that I look really different without it xxx

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  6. Ooh I love seeing people's make up posts. I am really minimal with make up too, but do have a love for BB cream. I'm actually really lazy with blusher despite having a whole drawer full of them! That fuchsia pink is gorgeous on you!

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  7. This lipstick looks lovely on you. I love finding out what products bloggers actually use - I have so much make-up but, like you, I stick to the same things on a daily basis and don't really change anything for the evening besides making my day look a little stronger. x

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  8. I always love seeing what people have in their makeup bags!
    The Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner is the best liquid pen liner I've ever used and it's only about £6, that would be well worth a try.
    That MAC blush is such a stunning colour, I may need to treat myself to that :)
    Kirstie x
    coffeeand-cakes.blogspot.com

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  9. That was a very nice post =) I'm sure Lots of girls like to read posts like this ! I know I do =)

    xxx Vee

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  10. This is such a great post! Really down to earth and easy to follow for a pretty daytime look, without all the jargon you can sometimes find on beauty blogs by 'experts'.
    Definitely considering investing in some of these products! :) X

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  11. your skin always looks so flawless in your pic, im so going to buy that liquid liner to try out, mine keeps drying up too quick

    missy

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  12. I am using the MBBcream at the moment and loving it for summer, it's so light and with a lil' bit of powder does the job well! I have dry skin so I like the oily side to it. I have tried SO many eyeliner pens and none of them are very black or pigmented so I gave up. I really want the HD brows and I don't own and blushers because I am naturally blushed ha, but want to start experimenting with some blusher shades after wearing bronzer all the time. xx

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  13. You are so so so pretty Sarah! xx

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  14. Yay! This post answers all my questions about your makeup haha. I didn't know High Beam only lasts 6 months - I wonder why. I've got a small sample and it has lasted me for ages even though I use it everyday! It still looks, works and smells fine...

    I also don't understand the whole black/dark colours make your eyes smaller. White does not make my eyes look bigger - makes me look weird. Black definitely defines and largens.

    xx

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  15. I love Liz Earle, her products are such a good quality and work amazingly! Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. Just want to go off topic here and ask where that bedding's from? Its SO cute! I love those products, the maybelline BB cream is one of my all time fave products :) If you like the Eyeko liners the Collection 2000 24 hour liner is really similar and a really nice inky black.

    xxx

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  17. i know absolutely nothing about makeup, but i do know that you're a pretty flower bean.xx

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  18. your skin is perfect!!

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  19. gorgeous make up (: i have to agree, the MAC blushes are very pigmented.x

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  20. I love MAC lipstick. I've been wearing a pretty pink color this summer, and it's amazing! And it smells so sweet, doesn't it?!

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  21. Great post huni, your makeup always looks gorgeous :)

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  22. Very informative post - your make-up is lovely! I swear by my pen eyeliner, and I use the black Topshop one which has lasted me ages, hasn't dried up and is perfect for precision :) x

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  23. I have such a weakness for MAC blushes, and this one is now on my list haha! Great post :D xxx

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  24. This is an amazing post - I love your fresh look but with hints of colour. I have been looking for a primer & I use Lancome foundation so I will be checking this out. The Mac lip really suits you, I will adding this to my wish list too! xxx

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  25. Your makeup is so pretty! I absolutely love your lipstick it really suits you!X

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  26. I loved this post, the make up looks lovely! PLEASE start making videos. I love reading your blog posts and i'm pretty sure you would make an excellent 'youtuber'. You'll have a subscriber in me!

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  27. Love this post, the make-up suits you so much, especially the lipstick. PLEASE start making videos, I love reading your blogs and i'm sure you would make an excellent 'youtuber'! xxx

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  28. i love posts like these as I love rummaging through people's make up bags and I love burt's bees tinted lipbalms too. Just bought my first MAC blusher actually so glad to hear you prefer them to benefit. I'd say you have pretty flawless skin, the coverage even in BB creams doesn't seem to be enough for me but I quite liked a Skinfood one I had only it was too scented
    xox

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  29. I love how you apply your blusher.

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  30. What a great post. I so need to get more into make up!

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  32. I love your blog! This post is awesome!
    Check out my blog, write your opinion and maybe...follow?
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  33. I really love MAC blushes, I think that's the one thing that I buy of theirs. I must try this Lancome primer! :) Great post.

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  34. Hello, Thank you so much for your lovely comment :) It made me smile :) I love your blog, shame on me that i didn't know your Blog before :O

    I hope we can stay in Contact :) Best wishes, Shia

    Ps: your cute, too :D :P

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  35. i really like your blog :)

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  36. youre always flawless, S <3 i'd adopt this make up routine if my skin wasnt so gross ;-) hope you are well sweetness!

    xx james

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  37. I've always wondered which blush colour you are wearing in most of your pics, and I've heard a lot about Pinch Me lately !! Defo need to check it out, the colour is amazing =)

    xxx Vee

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  38. You are so gorgeous, i love you style! if you have a moment check out my blog http://bebeautiful901.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. Are you serious? At first thank you for your comment on my blog I mean... I love it! You have lots of style sense and if you say that I really suit my glasses, wow, I'm sure I do haha. It would be lovely if you could do a couple of blog posts with the make up tips for glasses. I'm scared about lenses, I don't know they just scare me.
    Though do you feel comfortable wearing them on a night out? How long you wearing glasses for?

    Ana, http://lights-colours-sounds.blogspot.co.uk/ xxx

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  40. You are so pretty! ^^

    xoxo Suesue
    sueii92.blogspot.com

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  41. You are so gorgeous and I love the blush your using!

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