Thursday, 9 February 2012

Daily Beauty & Make-Up Essentials

Sorry for being a bit absent lately, it's down to a combination of work, uni and being ill! I thought I'd share with you my daily beauty and make-up essentials, as I've had quite a few emails this week asking me what products I use so I thought I might as well answer them all at once!

This looks like quite a lot now! This is my everyday make-up, how much of I actually wear depends on how much time I've got to get ready and how I feel. For example, yesterday my housemate was in the shower for an hour and a half, until I banged on the door and yelled! I had twenty minutes to shower, get dressed and do my make-up. Oh, and dry my hair! I somehow managed it, but just used my primer, foundation, eyeliner, mascara and a bit of blusher before I raced out of the door!

Got this primer from Asda a while ago, as I was running out and desperately needed some! I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was, it keeps my make-up in place, leaves my skin feeling really soft and moisturised after using it. It's a little bit tinted, but isn't at all orange on my ghost skin! I think it's about £5 usually, but I managed to snap it up when it was on offer. After reading Terri's review, I think I'll be trying this primer next!

I'm not going to go on and on about this, I posted an in-depth review on it here, but I can safely say this is my Holy Grail foundation!

I posted quite an unfavourable review on this here, but I decided to give it a second chance as everyone else was raving about it, so I went and bought another one. I'm so happy I did, as this new tube is amazing! I don't know what was wrong with the first one, but this one just glides on, and you can't feel it, unlike the other one that felt really sticky and gluey.

A blogger favourite, the MUA Heaven & Earth palette is an essential in most make-up bags. I love it, because if I want a really natural look I'll just use this and a tiny bit of eyeliner for definition, you can use it to create a smooth and even base so when I do my typical daily liner flick, my eyelids are beautifully creamy and smooth, and you can also do a pretty smoky eye look, which might not be as dramatic as when using blacks and silvery-greys, but it's still pretty and sexy none-the-less.

I also really love the MUA Immaculate Collection palette. I got this for free in a promotion, where if you spent £8 you got this for free. I use the silvers, greys and black to create a really dramatic smoky eye, the golds and browns for a less dramatic smoky look and then play around with the colours when I have more time to get ready! I love a smoky eye done with colours instead of the standard brown/black.

I have a small scar across my left eyebrow from where I banged my head on a desk as a child, so I use my trusty eyebrow pencil to fill in my brows a little and add definition. This is the only one I've found that applies well, lasts all day and doesn't look gingery!

This has swiftly become my all time favourite liner. I won't lie, having gone from liquid liner and pencil to a gel liner, it did take me a while to get used to the brush, but I do prefer it to the slanted eye liner brushes that you can get. I've had my pot for about two months now, and I've hardly used any, so it's going to last me a while and I use it every day. Might do a proper review on this if people are interested, if you want to see a more in-depth review on anything here let me know in the comments section!

My mum bought this blusher last year, and I absolutely love it. It's really flattering on my skin tone, and is a lovely rose pink with a slight peachy golden shimmer. The shimmer isn't obvious on your skin, it's sort of a glow rather than a gold sheen, which I was relieved about as gold really isn't my colour! I'm not sure if they still sell this colour online, but I have seen it in Superdrug! They have some others online here.

I was given this mascara by my mum as well, she always donated her make-up things to me! I wanted to try it anyway after seeing some reviews, and I've managed to lose my L'Oreal 4D mascara. I like this one, but I just wish it gave me the same length as the 4D mascara. I usually use this along with another mascara that's volumising and lengthening, as I love long lashes! It's only £2.99 though, so I'd buy it again because it does work well.

This is my favourite lipstick, I've reviewed it in detail here, but it's basically my lips but better! It's incredible, and for a £1 you really can't go wrong. I'm loving MUA at the moment, and I've heard they are bringing out a range of lashes soon which I'm very excited about!

What's in your everyday make-up bag?

Love xxx


  1. Great Post:):) I love both of the MUA palettes, especially Heaven & Earth xx

  2. Great post! I really like the maybelline gel liner as well. Thanks for following me, i just followed you back!
    xx, Kels

  3. i really want an MUA pallete!! i just bought that mascara today, havnt used it yet tho :) xx

  4. Great products, I also love MUA, and OMG they're bringing out lashes? Amazing :D

  5. Love your blog!!

    would you mind following mine?:D


  6. I love Mua eyeshadows too they come in great colours! My make up routine doesn't consist in much more than some B B cream, eye shadow, mascara and a little eyeliner flick :) xx

  7. After reading this I went out and bought the MUA eye primer and lipstick in 11 and I love them both. The primer keeps my eyeshadow on all day long and the lipstick is really really pretty and natural. I am so going to Superdrug and buying loads more. If you don't know, check any Superdrug receipts you have as you can get 25% off MUA (and all Superdrugs own products) by completely a short survey. Making the £1 items 75p! :-)


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