Sunday, 28 August 2011

Work Appropriate make up

Bit of an un-festive post as it's a bank holiday here in the UK and I'm talking about work but there we are!

This is all about striking a balance between speed in morning application and long wear throughout the day, as well as giving a polished and conservative look (within reason)

So no mean feat!

These are my go-to products of the moment


Rimmel 25 hour foundation is still the winner here for long wear, although the colour is too dark for me now that we haven’t had any Sun for about 14 days, so I have to mix it with my Bourjois healthy mix in 54. I bought this way back at the beginning of Spring so it’s still too light, but mixed with the Rimmel it’s fine. I’m getting totally off topic now and digressing into a post about foundation mixology so I’ll leave that for another day!

I use whatever primer I grab out of the drawer first, usually the L’oreal studio secrets one as it holds the foundation the longest I think

Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer is a must, although I do usually have to reapply it at lunch time (7 hours later)

I think this is more to do with the air-con in our office than the concealer: it sucks all the moisture out of my skin and make my dark circles grow blacker by the hour, so the concealer has to be topped up. This doesn’t happen at the weekend, so yeah, I blame my work :)


Just for convenience I use the little Estee Lauder palette which was free with purchase in June. It’s so handy for travelling and the products are great. It has bronze/contour colour, highlighter and blush, also it has a mirror. Happy days.


For speed and long wear (starting to hate that phrase), it’s all about the paint pot. Bare Study was my go-to, everyday eye base but that’s used up now so at the moment I’m stuck with ‘vintage selection’ which is a bit frosty but still does the job. My new Chanel illusion D’ombre is also beautiful for this purpose but more time consuming to apply as it’s not opaque in one swipe like a paint pot is.

If I can be bothered I’ll probably add a bit of NYX suede, urban decay Buck or one of Sleek Au natural shadows into the crease for definition.

I don’t look awake at 6am without eyeliner and for speed, reach for L’oreal Superliner. The applicator is so fool proof I can do it on the bus and it is an intense black shade. Also it lasts aaaaages. Again, if I can be bothered I’ll put a shimmery brown on the waterline such as UD bourbon or MAC lord it up but I usually don’t have time.

I use Rimmel professional eyebrow pencil most of the time as it’s faster to apply than powder and obviously has a brush on the lid. I forget the proper name for this because mine is a stub of a pencil, I’ve repurchased it about 5 times though

I don’t care how “stripper” my colleagues think it looks- I need massive eyelashes at all times so I use my normal mascara.


I like a deep neutral for work as creamy nude or pastel pink can look way too high school for the boardroom. My too favourites recently are NARS mindgame and MAC kissable lip colour in Super.

I like these not only for the colours, but also because they are both moisturising and you don’t have to look in the mirror to apply them.

It might sound like I do all my make up on the bus, and though that does happen I don’t actually advocate doing this!

Drivers start to delay moving off from stops in case you poke yourself in the eye.

Other women stare at you either with pity that you’re obviously a disorganised slattern that can’t put herself together before she leaves the house, or laugh at you for the same reason. (Can’t blame them)

Once a builder was sitting next to me on a coach when I used to commute 90 minutes to my job, at the end of my transformation he said

“whatever that stuff is, I bet it costs a LOT of money”

Some things are just better off done in private....

Do you have a dress code for work or just wear whatever you feel like- turquoise liner and all?

Hope you're all having a great 3 day weekend in the UK!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Review & FOTD

All the shades in this longwear luminous eyeshadow range are stunners.
It was a toss up between the peach, the bronze, the black (don’t ask me to write out all the French names) and, well also the other 3 would have done quite nicely too.

I decided to be practical nonetheless and go for Emervielle, a shimmering peachy champagne colour.

Colour wise it is obviously similar to the following in my collection:
MAC Naked pigment (Emervielle is peachy and not as cool toned)
MAC Naked Lunch eyeshadow
MAC bare study paint pot (Emervielle is less sparkly)
No 7 Wheatsheaf eyeshadow (Emervielle is brighter)

It certainly rivals MAC paint pots for me as a creaseless base or stand alone shadow. In fact I even prefer it to Bare study a teeney bit as it’s softer and smoother in texture

This is the least made-up hopefully you’ll ever see me,

I’m wearing Emervielle on it’s own, a bit of blacktrack fluidline, Famous by Sue Moxley shimmer brick, Estee Lauder sumptuous extreme mascara and 17 skin adapt foundation-which offers about 1% coverage

The only downfall (apart from the price tag) is the application, it can takes a few layers to build opacity.

Other than that I am completely in love with it, it delivers on its’ promises of creaseless longwear and is brightening and beautiful.

I feel a hymn coming on…

Have you succumbed to these yet?

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Concealer Questing

I have had serious trials and tribulations with concealers of late so I thought I’d tell the tale...

My concealing routine and requirements used to be pretty simple- MAC studio finish SPF 15 concealer in a pot (NW25 but NW20 pictured)

Then I started getting frustrated with the creasing under the eye and went in for MAC pro longwear concealer in the same colour, hoping that would solve the creasing problem.

It did, but the shade wasn’t the same as in the studio finish (it was a lot darker and seemed to oxidise on the skin and get darker still as the day went on) so by the time my skin was tanned enough for the concealer, it ran out.

Therein lie my problems with pro longwear- the application is total pain in the bum, too much comes out or nothing does, it lasts just a couple of months and I feel like a lot of the product was wasted.

Also you have to layer the concealer on to get the kind of coverage I need under the eyes, a far cry from simply swiping on studio finish.

I’d heard great things about Benefit concealers and I thought getting the ‘confessions of a concealaholic’ set was better value and made more sense than trying to choose between Boi-ing and erase paste.

A few points about this set from me:

I love ‘that gal’ as a primer. it gives long lasting radiance that holds your foundation on, unlike Clarins Beauty Flash balm which gives a far more stunning glow but causes my foundation to slide off after a few hours

I hate ‘lemon aid’. It doesn’t correct the discolouration on my eyelids, it just casts a white layer over them and more importantly it doesn’t work as an eyeshadow primer at all on me, my eyeshadow creased and actually separated in the crease so I was really not impressed with the oily mess on my eyelids

I don’t love
eye bright in pot form, I prefer the stick product as it’s easier to use

Then came a bigger problem, developing a deeper tan.

This rendered all 3 concealer shades useless to me. You get shade 2 of erase paste and 1 & 2 of boi-ing so I thought that would suffice for NW30 skin, sadly not. The erase paste creased under my eyes quite badly but the bigger issue is that it turned that area grey, as did shade 2 of boi-ing.

I am really hoping that come winter time I will pick this up again and be amazed though

Finally I turned to Twitter and asked you guys to recommend me a cheap concealer so I could match my tan but not spend a fortune (the back-up plan was to get Estee Lauder Doublewear as I know that works and has more than 2 shades)

You were pretty unanimous in your vote for collection 2000 lasting perfection, and i got the shade 4 ‘deep’ which has been perfect, I got shade 3 'medium' as well to mix as I get less tanned

I confirm it rivals EL Doublewear concealer for less than £5

My reasons for rejecting all the other concealers in the group photo are summed up in one word each:

Bobbi brown corrector and creamy concealer- too fiddly

Ruby & Millie concealer duo- too slimy

Maybe I'm a bit fussy...?

What concealer are you using and would you recommend it?

Thursday, 4 August 2011

FOTD- Two Birthdays

It was my birthday last Tuesday and them my boyfriend’s the day after so I thought I’d show you my FOTD for his and hers (me!) birthdays

It’s a shame my skin was horrible for both days but it made me decide to use the last 2 applications left of my crème smooth foundation- if anything can make you look good, it’s this foundation!


The weather wasn’t that great but it was a lovely day, I got some beautiful flowers from my boyfriend which I’m posing with in the garden for these pictures


Laura Mercier crème smooth foundation

MAC Pro longwear concealer NW25

MAC highlight powder in golden nectar (LE) as contour

MAC well dressed blush

I wanted to go for a really fun, bright pastel look, hence the Sleek Monaco palette making an appearance

Sleek Monaco palette: bamboo, kiwi zest (lid)humming bird (crease + outer corner) lotus flower (above crease)

MAC blacktrack fluid line

Estee Lauder sumptuous extreme mascara

MAC behave yourself sheen supreme lipstick


Totally opposite look to yesterday although using the same base and liner/mascara

Another great day, had fun playing with the new coffee maker I got him and going to dinner at a tapas restaurant

Laura Mercier crème smooth foundation

MAC Pro longwear concealer NW25

MAC highlight powder in golden nectar (LE) as contour

My pro longwear concealer also ran out after these two days- bad times!

Famous by Sue Moxley shimmer brick

Ruby & Millie beige blush

No7 eyeshadow trio in cappucino

MAC blacktrack fluidline

Estee Lauder Sumptuous mascara

MAC Russian Red lipstick

I know I've been MIA the past 10 days due to special occasions, I'll try to post up some July photos in the next couple of days so you can see what I've been up too!