Sunday, 29 July 2012

My everyday make up

Today I wanted to show you what is currently in my everyday make up bag :0)

As it's summer (well, British summer, meaning loads of rain and cloud!) I am currently wearing Estee Lauder BB cream.  I love the Estee Lauder Daywear Sheertint for when I am on holiday or when I don't want to wear a lot of make up so I was very excited when they brought out the BB cream.  I love this one as it' not too heavy and not too light - perfect for the summer months.

  I then use the classic Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat for under my eyes.  I sometimes use Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque as well.  For when I have blemishes, I use Mac Studio Sculpt Conceler.  I struggle with concelers because I have dry skin, but this one is a good enough coverage that doesn't dry out my skin.

I then use a little bit of bronzer to contour my face and just give me a bit of colour.  At the moment I am loving Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Deep.  I used to think you had to apply bronzer ALL over your face as some really bad old photos of me prove ha!  But now I apply it in a "3" motion on each side of my face - where the sun would hit your face.  So this is my temples, cheeks and jaw line.

For blusher I am using Smashbox O-Glow.  This is a clear gel that changes colour when you rub it in, which is meant to use your skin tone.  I think this is perfect for during the day as it's really light but just gives you enough colour.

I tend to change up what I use on my eyes day to day.  I am loving Stay Don't Stray by Benefit.  I think I prefer this to Urban Decay Primer Potion just because for me I think it makes the shadows I use last longer.

I then use Mac Paintpots in Painterly for matte shadows and Base Study for shimmer shadows, although some days I do wear these alone.  They last for ages as well so I think they are brilliant!

I also have my Mac eyeshadow quad which has (from top left clockwise) Naked Lunch, Omega, All That Glitters and Quarry.  All these colours work well together and are the ones I wear the most.  2 other Mac shadows I sometimes use are Wedge and Brule.

I then use Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner.  As you can see it's well loved as all the writing has come off the pen!  I used cake/gel eyeliners for a long time but this pen is definitely the best one I have used. I draw a really thin line for during the day, but at night it's really good for thick, flick lines as well, love it!  Finally on the eyes, I use a tiny bit of Mac Kohl Pencil in Smoulder on 3/4 of the water line, so it's not as harsh.

And my favourite mascara EVER, is They're Real by Benefit.  I love this mascara, I am really lucky to have long lashes anyway, but a lot of people have asked me if I have false lashes on when I wear this, so it must work!

Then finally, the lips.  I swap between these 2, Mac Tinted Lip Conditioner in Fuchsia Fix and Clairns Lip Perfecter in Apricot Shimmer.  Both are lovely but I probably wear the Mac one more, just as I work in an air conditioned office so my lips get really dry.

I hope you enjoyed my post!

Cat XX

Saturday, 28 July 2012

How I Tint My Eyebrows

I am off out tonight and am tinting my eyebrows, which I thought was the perfect opportunity to share with you how I do it.

I tend not to go to salons to get my eyebrows tinted - mainly because it fades quickly but also because you can do it yourself at home for a lot cheaper!

As with any dye, make sure you do a skin sensitivity test 24 hours before tinting you brows/lashes.

Here is what you will need:


I am currently using a Coloursport 30 day mascara, eyelash & eyebrow kit in dark brown, you can get this in Boots for £8.25.  I used to use the Eyelure one, but every Boots I have been too does not have it in Dark Brown anymore, so I think it's discontinued :-(

You also need Vaseline, cotton buds and some cotton pads.  The Vaseline is to stop you dying the skin around your eyebrows (never a good look!).  Just put a small amount on the cotton bud, and make sure this is spread all around your eyebrow.

Once this is done, you need to make up your tint.  On the instructions, it states for your eyebrows, you need 2cm of the cream and 8 drops of the developer liquid.  You mix it together in the tray that comes in the box.

Now, this is one of the reasons I prefer the Eyelure kit, it that it comes with a mascara wand to put the tint on.  With the Coloursport once, you get a kind of bendy stick?  I personally find this hard to use, so would advise getting a clean mascara wand.

You then need to leave on for 10 minutes.  Once this is done, simply get one of the cotton wool pads and soak it in warm water, then wipe off the tint done!

Hope this helps!