Race Day FOTD

 

 As some of you will know I have been training for a 10K run for the past few months. Well D-day is tomorrow and I’ve been meticulously making sure my running kit is washed. My bag is packed and I have everything with me I could possibly need. In my bag I’ve packed makeup wipes, sweatpants, blister plasters and flip flops for post run however I’ve also been thinking about my makeup and what I’ll be doing beauty wise on ‘race day’.

Yup, that’s just the kind of weirdo I am and before you say ‘but you’re running who cares what your face looks like’ the answer is – I do! I always have been someone who struggles to leave the house without a bit of slap and that’s purely because it feels like part of me and is also something I enjoy doing. On the day of the race I’m going to be seriously nervous and therefore I want to keep my ‘routine’ as normal as possible to keep me calm! 

For my race day I obviously don’t want to be wearing a full face I just want that little bit of something to help me feel put together. 4 possibly 5 products is all it will be to highlight my features and not give fellow runners the fright of their lives! These 4 products include…

Dr Jartt BB Cream – this BB cream is more like a super dewy lightweight foundation. It adhears to my skin nicely and if it melts off slightly won’t leave me looking patchy as it’s very much like for like to my own skin tone. Plus it has SPF 30 which is great as the weather is due to be pretty warm.

Rimmel Brow This Way Clear Brow Gel – I’ve used this in combination with my MAC Cork eyeshadow on my brows for ages however I don’t want a smudgy brown line down my face when I start to sweat so I’ll just apply a little of this on its own to keep them in place.

Maybelline Classic Volume Express Mascara in Black Waterproof – I’m not normally one to ever wear waterproof mascara as I find it a pain in the bum to remove however there’s not a lot worse than looking like a panda in a photo. I chose this to give me a small amount of definition and making me look a little less like a newly born hamster which is exactly what I feel I look like without mascara. 

Clarins Eclat Minute Lip Perfector – these are a perfect lip balm/lip gloss hybrid which I find ideal for keeping my lips from drying out whilst also giving a light sheen.

I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a full face which is why I won’t be applying any powder products. Plus when I run I’ll be red in the cheeks anyway… However I may apply a small amount of the Stila Convertible Colour in Lilium to the apples of my cheeks if I’m looking a little washed out pre-run. For those of you thinking I’m mental to even consider apply makeup when running a race I think it’s all a matter of preference. I haven’t faked tanned – which I did consider given how pale I am but I will be doing a full body exfoliation which should get my muscles loosened nicely in the morning.

Let me know your tips for makeup whilst excersizing and if any of you have a good tips for 10K runs then leave them below… I’m gonna need it!

Topshop Beauty Haul // Feel Unique

So a while ago Feel Unique had their annual Summer Sale and I managed to pick up a few really nice bits from the Topshop Makeup line. I used the opportunity to pick up some unusual products and am really pleased with the bits I purchased!

TOPSHOP1Eyeshadow – Chameleon Eyeshadow Glow in Wax and Wane

This is a seriously awesome eyeshadow that looks genuinely futuristic and in all honesty I ordered it thinking it was a super unusual blusher. So when it arrived I quickly realised it was a pink eyeshadow with a green/blue metallic shift. It’s like no colour I’ve ever seen before however for someone who loves neutrals I was a little apprehensive about trying this as pink eyeshadow can make you look a little ill. However using this wet along the lash line really makes for a quirky and cool eye look. Personally I like this with dewy skin and something very simple like a lip balm on the lips, anything else can make you look a little like you have conjunctivitis.

Blush – Metallic Cream Blush in Aura  TOPSHOP2

As a big fan of cream blush this little pot of lovliness was screaming to be tried. It’s a perfect rosy pink cream blush which is perfect now that we’re coming into the winter months. It gives a subtle hint of glowiness and is a product I feel like I’ll get a good amount of use out of. It’s really easy to apply with your fingers and also can be used as a stain on the lips!

Bronzer – Beauty Bronzer in SaluteTOPSHOP3

I was initially attracted to this bronzer thinking it would be a good dupe for either NARS Laguna Bronzer which is cool yet red in tone and I was right – yay! It’s very pigmented so a light hand is most definitely needed though it’s a really blendable formula that felt very finely milled and high quality. I would love to get my mitts on a lighter shade as more of an everyday colour too!

What are your favourite Topshop beauty products? Leave a comment with your recommendations!

FOTD: Last of the Summer

EndofsummerSome of my favourite makeup is worn in the summer months when it’s all about sheer bases, luminous skin and dewy tones that make you feel alive even when it’s raining: yes, I live in the UK… summer is all about rain unfortunately! Though I love makeup at all times of the year I thought I’d bring out a couple of products for a work day look that still adds the last little bit of spring into your step before you fall into wine coloured lips and smoky eyes!

Base

I started off by using the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation which I mixed with a very small amount of the Maybelline Fit Me foundation which I used to add a little more depth in colour – yup even I’m not quite into my winter foundation shades yet! I then applied some of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer under the eyes to brighten and illuminate.

Eyes

On the eyes I applied a little of the Gosh Forever Shine Cream Eyeshadow Stick in Light Copper all over the lid and then applied the Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Half Baked all over the top and in the tear duct for a hit of gorgeous golden glow! I blended this out using a small amount of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked in the crease and applied a small amount of the Maybelline The Rocket Mascara for a separated and defined look. Finally I used a little of the Rimmel Special Eyes Eyeliner in Rich Brown in the waterline.

Finish

On the cheeks I used The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer with the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Face Brush. This bronzer is SUPER pigmented therefore a duo fibre brush doesn’t allow heavy handed girls like me to go too over the top. I then popped on a little bit of the Gosh Blusher in Rose Whisper on the cheeks for a pretty natural flush.

Lips

It had to be coral for an end of summer look and I mixed the Essence Lipstick in the colour Coral Calling mixed with a little of the Tanya Burr Lipgloss in I Found Nemo in the centre of the lips. 

Let me know your favourite summer lip product?

FOTN: Yup, that’s right… A Green Smoky Eye!

greensmokyeyeAs someone who lives out of neutral eye pallets I wanted to slightly step out of my bronze/brown comfort zone and create a smoky eye look that would make a statement. This makeup look is believe it or not so simple and easy to do! Also being green it suits everyone and is one of those looks that people actually stopped to ask how I did my makeup!

Base

I started off by using the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville, as one of my all time favourite foundations this gives a medium/full coverage with a satin finish! I buffed it out using the Real Techniques Contour Brush which I actually really like for a fuller coverage foundation look. I then applied the Urban Decay NAKED Concealer in the shade Light Warm under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, a little on my chin and my forehead to highlight. I blended this out using the Real Techniques Setting Brush! For powder I used the Collection Lasting Perfection Powder which I find gives me another layer of coverage and makes my makeup look really polished.

Finish

I applied the 2True Matte Bronzer into the hollows of my cheek bones, under my chin and into my forehead using the Real Techniques Multi-task Brush for a natural sun-kissed glow. I then used the MAC Blusher in Tenderling on the high points of my cheeks. For this look I avoided highlighter as I really wanted to make sure the eyes did the shinning. 

Eyes

Now for the juicy bit! I started by using a synthetic brush to pack on the Australis Mettalix Cream Eyeshadow in Jay Zed all over the mobile lid. I then took a small amount of the MAC Eyeshadow in Lucky Green in the outer V and blended Urban Decay’s Buck through the crease. I then spent a while buffing out this crease shade using windscreen wiper motions to really give it a polished look. I then took a small amount of the Jay Zed on a small brush and wiggled this into my lower lash line and smoked it out. Finally I applied the Maybelline Colossal Mascara in Black to frame the eyes.

Lips

For the lips I lined them with the Gosh Velvet Lip Liner in Nougat Crisp and filled them with MAC’s Hug Me Lipstick, a full review is available HERE.

It’s a super simple look which looks like you’ve made quite an effort on your eyes. For added glamour this would look great with some false lashes! I’d love to know what you think and what your favourite eye product is?

My 5 Favourite Multi-Use Products

I’m a beauty addict but I like to be price conscious and not buy products that I genuinely know I’ll never wear. The only reasons why a product ever gets chucked-out for me is that I either have one very similar in my collection – I’m guilty of buying lots of nude lipsticks and warm brown eyeshadow palettes or the product just doesn’t perform for me/breaks me out.

I am however a big advocate for a multi-use product there are a few that are built for purpose that I love, such as the NARS multiples that are great on the cheeks and lips! However here are a few that I’ve discovered work really well for various different purposes…

Maxfactor Creamy Touch Blushes – Lip stain/Lip balm?

Some of my favourite cream blushers these tiny pots work really well on both the lips and cheeks for a subtle flush of colour. I also find the shade 03 soft copper also works really well as a cream contour for very pale skin tones.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Gel Liner – Cream Eyeshadow?

This works really well as a base for a super dark smoky eye look. Rather than purely using it as a liner use a flat synthetic brush pat this on before your dark shadows and it’ll prevent them from going patchy and will really make shadows with a velux pearl finish pop!

MAC Pigment in Vanilla – Highlighter?

I’m not always a fan of MAC pigments as I always feel you get almost too much but the shade Vanilla really is one that I think I might actually reach the bottom of. This works beautifully not only on the eyes but also as a stunning cheekbone highlight. Don’t get me wrong it’s probably not one that I would wear on a daily basis but it’s gorgeous on a night out.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate – Cream Blush?

These are some of my favourite cream eyeshadows however the shade Metallic Pomegranate can be used as a super pretty opalescent blush. This works really nicely on a range of skin tones for a warm blush with a hint of shimmer.

Palmers Coconut Hair Conditioner – Shaving Gel?

Shaving gels and foams are just another thing sitting in the bottom of your shower when a good hair conditioner will work just as well. Ideally you want to use one that’s nicely nourishing and isn’t hideously overpriced. I find the Palmers Coconut Conditioner is lovely and moisturising, gives me a great close shave and smells delicious too!

Fantastic face masks that won’t break the bank!

Having gone through a few weeks of craziness; we’ve moved house, gone on holiday, bought a kitten, tried to get the house in some kind of order alongside our day-jobs – therefore my skin (and blog writing – sorry!Mask) has suffered. I was religious about doing a full in depth skin routine twice a week including an dual cleanse, exfoliator, mask, oil, serum etc. however in the midst of the madness I stuck with a simple cleanse and moisturise. This is better than nothing but my skin hasn’t thanked me for neglecting it so upon my most recent trip to Superdrug I picked up these two masks.

Currently on 2 for £3 – a total bargain Superdrug does a brilliant range of own branded skincare. I love the Clearly Youthful, Vitamin E and B. is for Beautiful ranges and find them all to be fantastic value for money. These masks however seem to sit on their own and don’t belong to a specific range! In my local Superdrug they seem to sit with all the other face masks and lip balms? For me having a face mask in a tube is a must I can’t bare mucking around with a sachet when you have wet hands and a pot always seems to get water logged on the side of the bath. It also might seem a little strange to buy one moisturising mask and the other to detoxify and combat oil however my combination skin appreciates the mix-up!

Superdrug Hydrating Vitamin E Face Mask the blue one

This mask comes out as a nice pale white cream, its easily applied with fingers all over the face and smells lovely and fresh. It felt nice and mild on the skin and didn’t irritate it in anyway at all! I’d be happy to recommend this for those with sensitive skin as it contains mild oils such as grapeseed for a quick hydration boost. Don’t get me wrong it’s not mind blowing but my skin felt plumper and soft after using this paired with a cleansing oil (The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil). I’d recommend this for a cheap and cheerful mid-week mask for those with normal, combination and drier skins!

Superdrug Dead Sea Mud Face Mask the pink one

I love a mud mask and seem to gravitate towards them to give me a noticeably clearer complexion. They seem to alleviate the symptoms of PMT skin and are great if you’re going through an oily skin phase. Though I’m a big preacher of hydration battles excess oil sometimes a mask will help detoxify and balance the skin. This is a nice clay mask with a smooth consistency for easy application. Again it smells clean but I don’t feel like it compares to my all-time favourite; The Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask which really gives you a deep clean!