I’ve been planning something beauty related on this little corner of the internet for a while, and after tidying up my (small but reliable) make up collection a little and falling into a comfy face cleansing routine (check me out) I finally feel happy to share it all with you! Don’t get me wrong- I am still a real make up novice, but with the help of Youtube (and genuinely taking notes while watching videos- not proud) I’m getting there, so please bare with me- and enjoy…
Until about 6 months ago, my idea of a face cleansing routine was reaching for my Boots-on-offer-wipes and giving my face a once over. Done. Finito. Before you considering banishing me to skincare jail- this is fortunately, no more (unless I’m really really sleepy). For Christmas, I was lucky enough to receive the Foamingly Clean facial wash and Total Moisture moisturiser from the amazing Benefit range and I haven’t looked back. The wash literally makes my skin squeaky clean (I usually finish my eyes with some Simple eye make up remover) and the moisturiser makes my face soft as a baby’s bottom- and apparently incredibly shiny- which I’m guessing is a good thing. Additionally I’ve started using Estee Lauder’s Advanced Eye Repair– which officially allows me to spend all night surfing the web/cutting some shapes/reading under the covers without anyone knowing (dark circles be gone). I also use this Palmer’s body butter for some post-bath pampering/general care, which is again pretty lovely.
It’s Pamper Time
I can’t lie. I’m poor at pampering. Forget cucumber eyes, whale music and bubble baths which look like something from a film- I usually end up falling asleep. My idea of pampering is a quick pink bath and hopping into my pjs. Pretty much everything from Lush is perfect for a quick luxury and natural fix, and I particularly love this Think Pink one (although I believe this one was an Easter exclusive, the yellow version is still available online here).
Perfume: Fresh as a daisy
Ever since realising Impluse sprays probably don’t constitute as an appropriate substitute for perfume, I’ve been wearing Marc Jacobs’ Daisy. Or anything by him for a matter of fact. Having a pretty strong collection of Daisy bottles (yup, they are just a few of my collection), Dot, Lola and Eau So Fresh next to my bed- I’m pretty sure this classes as a signature fragrance- and I love it (and the bottles, obviously).
Brushes: Painting it on
It’s only recently that I’ve started using brushes for foundation application. The last time I’d used a paintbrush this seriously was during my A Level art, or in primary school with the huge blobbing brush. However, the Real Techniques brushes are something else (really Liv? Late to the party are we?) At the moment I use the Stippling brush, Blush brush and Foundation brush and all have made such a difference to my application, and my skin looks a little perkier for it.
Although my lip collection is slightly ridiculous (how many shades of red does one really need?) the amount of use they all get is probably justified. My big Chanel ‘purchase’ in Paris- was in fact this lipstick (it was the only thing in budget) and it really is, wonderful (despite the shop assistant telling me ‘it’s not quite applied like that’ when I tried to demonstrate). The above lipsticks are my absolute go-to’s and include; Kate Moss for Rimmel Shade 107, Chanel Rouge Allure Passion, Kate Moss for Rimmel Shade 01, Rimmel Moisture Renew and Topshop Mischief (but I love most of their red ones, as I’m not sure this is still available).
When I have the time and know I won’t be moving for at least an hour, I like to give my nails a bit of a ‘do. These sets of two are the pairs I usually go to for some pretty swish effects and know will probably last longer than a couple of days. My top picks are Essie in Midnight Cami (with Topshop’s Dark Knight on top), Barry M’s Red Glitter Polish with the Red Gelly Nail Paint and for nudes Estee Lauder’s Ballerina Pink and Nudite.
Ace of face
Unlie most girls, I have one make up look. This is the same when I’m working from home, in meetings all day, going out to THE party of the year (still waiting on that invite) or on a date night. It’s boring- but for me it’s fail safe. Saying that I’ve recently branched out to the world of the smokey eye- which has proved successful, so maybe this is the start of some crazy make up endeavors. Anyway- the things I use when I’m not being a make up maverick are; Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer (which is so moisturising), Estee Lauder Double Wear (give me the palest you got), Frat Boy by The Balm, Supercat Liquid Liner by Soap and Glory, No7 Beautiful Brows Pencil, Lord & Berry kohl liner and whichever mascara is handy (at present this is Volume Millions Lashes and Telescopic Lashes).