Beauty

My make-up routine has changed yet again… I told you it would, didn’t I? 😆

This post discusses my way of creating a festive, Christmas 🎄  look easier and simpler than most. This look took me half an hour to do. (Excuse the hair, coconut oil is my best friend and a brush is my worst enemy, God bless). ❀

I’ve discovered that you do need more than three things in your make up bag to pull off an extremely flawless and photo ready face. So, I’ll walk you through my new routine. đŸ’đŸ»

My prepping and priming routine remains mostly the same – still using the Lush products such as Eau Roma Water and Magical Moringa but I’ve added Dark Angels to my routine because it’s a cleanser, mask and exfoliator in one – my face cannot exist with it, trust me, it has tried. I also now use Younique’s Instant Lifting Serum 10 mins before to smoothen out any* (all) laugh lines. 😂

I start by applying Anastasia Beverly HillsCream Contour Pallete (lightest shade first in a laid down triangle shape under my eyelids and stretched out to my temples). đŸ’†đŸ»

Then I dab some more highlighter (ABH Cream Contour in lightest shade) under my cheek-bone, Cupid’s bow, bridge of nose, between your eyebrows and chin (under bottom lip). 👄

Once that’s done, I proceed to apply the contour on jawline, forehead/hair line and cheekbones. I use the darkest shade on the ABH Cream Contour pallette. When applying contour on your cheekbones, be wary that you don’t let it go past where your eye pupil is directly above (symmetry) as that’s where your cheekbones will naurally stop. The space between your cheekbone and sides of your nose should have a few small pea sized drops of your matched skin tone foundation – applied to separate the colours. The same goes for your highlighted areas (around the mouth area and sides of nose). This further defines the contour and highlight lines or points that you’ve laid down. Also, in case I didn’t mention it before (which I’m certain I didn’t) for foundation, I’m currently using Bobbi Brown’s Serum Foundation – it is perfection. đŸ‘ŒđŸœ

Finally, I bake* the triangles under my eyelids with Mac Studio Fix pressed powder (blotting it) and then applying it as usual onto the other highlighted areas. In terms of contour, I use Cargo‘s powder contour pallette, it’s wonderful. I then go over everything with a HUGE brush from Real Techniques. Thinking about it, all but the contouring / highlighting flat double-ended unbranded brush which I used to get this look were from Real Techniques.

*Baking your face is when you apply a huge and excessive amount of powder onto foundation/highlighter/concealer to heat up the temperature of the area – giving a flawless finish to any makeup once the excess is tapped off.

I finish by applying my mascara (Charlotte Tilbury‘s Full Fat Lash), eyeliner (Maybelline’s Master Kajal Liner) and lipstick (Charlotte Tilbury’s Red Carpet Red).

As I said, this is my way of creating the perfect Christmas look – one that’ll make you stand out this party season. đŸ’ƒđŸ»

I’m currently suffering from skin redness on my chin and nose. It’s winter season, so… That’s inevitable, isn’t it?

The situation of my skin sensitivity is getting slightly embarrassing. Not even makeup can cover it. đŸ˜© Forget Rudolph, I’m the Red Chinned and Nose Human (and someone who resides in the North Pole via London).

I’ve got to admit that Lush’s skincare has yet again saved me. I cannot tell you how incredible their products are. I slid into their DMs (haha!) this morning asking them about what they’d recommend I try and they suggested Ultrabland, Celestial and the Rosy Cheeks (Chin & Nose in my case) face mask. I’ve got Eau Roma Water so – that’s just something I use anyway – redness or not.

I bought them all and tried them. I can say that the redness has settled and calmed, it doesn’t feel pain either. To compare what I looked like this morning to now (I won’t upload photos that are enough to put you off your food), my chin and nose were BAD! Now, they’re on the way to good thanks to Lush.

So, there you have it, if you’re going through a sensitive skin phase, do something about it. Turn to a good skincare brand. If Lush products aren’t your thing, Kiehl’s also done great skin soothing creams targetted at dry skin that are even suitable for babies with eczema. Banish that redness. Get your flawless complexion back you beauties! 😘

P.S. I’ve got to confess that I’ve also used Lush‘s Dark Angels on the sensitive areas (very gently WITHOUT the sugar granules), it was the best decision I ever made. The dry skin peeled off and is feeling less sore. So, be VERY gentle but try it if you dare. It’s surprisingly slightly soothing – if you follow the rest of the steps in this post that is…

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Kylie Cosmetics: Dirty Peach

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Dirty Peach is my favourite lip-stain right now! I have been wearing it for well over two months (and am sad to say that I’ve almost run out 😭).

The #KylieCosmetics Lip Kit is your secret weapon to create the perfect ‘Kylie Lip.’ Each Lip Kit comes with a Matte Liquid Lipstick and matching Lip Liner. Dirty Peach is a mid-tone yellow peach.

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Eyelash Curler

How anyone can use the metal eyelash curlers I don’t know… That scares me. Legitimately terrifying. They look like a gruesome, medical/dentistry instrument that can be found in an operating theatre! đŸ˜± #DrStrange

I can’t and won’t ever curl my lashes with them because the thought of putting my eyelids and eyelashes (or eyes in general) through that is a risk I never want to take.

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Charlotte Tilbury: Full Fat Lashes

Instead, I use Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes mascara, and it does the job perfectly (and safely). I love CT’s Full Fat Lash because it not only curls but lengthens, adds volume and looks good. Having said that, I do love a good Max Factor Masterpiece Max too.

Mind you, it’s probably got nothing to do with the mascara even, I truly believe it’s down to lash length, the wand and technique of applying.

I apply plenty of coats of mascara (with very little product) and curl my lashes by twisting the wand around them in upward strokes.

What do you think? Do you prefer eyelash curlers?  Get in touch, or don’t! 😉 X

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Lush: Million Dollar Moisturiser

I’m 25 and at that age where I need to start looking after my skin. SPF is vital (even if, like me, you live in the U.K. and get hardly any sunshine) when out during the day – because the lack of it speeds up the aging process and makes your skin receptive to pigmentation or dark/age-spots.

Million Dollar Moisturiser, from Lush, is the one I’ve been using for a bit and I’ll start singing its praises now.

Lounging in the sun is a job for the super rich, like the thick and creamy almond, sesame seed and oatmeal decoction inside this luxurious facial suncare. Reflective pigments will highlight your face with a Hollywood glow, so make your next walk on the beach a walk of fame safe from the sun’s rays (but maybe not the papparazzi you’ve attracted along). Beware: sweet tonka absolute and delicate lavender make you feel like a million dollars… so you might pick up some new, diva-ish habits on the way.

This Moisturiser has SPF 30 in it. To tell you the truth, I’ve been putting off purchasing this for so long because buying it would be an affirmation that I’m at that age now where I need to be taking care of my skin, as I want to maintain looking youthful for as long as possible. But, honestly, I’m kicking myself about not purchasing it sooner. It’s actually sensational. The smell? 😍 the thickness of the cream itself? 👏 (it’s similar to Magical Moringa), the soft, supple, highlighted and glowing skin revealed after application? ❀

Million Dollar Moisturiser lives up to its name. I feel like a million dollars when wearing it. I recommend that you visit your local branch of Lush and try some for yourself, I assure you that you won’t look back.

What’s more, it’s extremely luxurious, another reason why you won’t regret picking one up for yourself.

Only the finest and best ingredients went into this moisturiser, making it worth every penny. You’ve got the soothing and glowing properties of Honey, the nourishing and hydrating properties of Fair Trade Shea Butter (which is prominent in this), nutrition of organic Sesame Oil and the antiseptic and upliftingness of Rosewood Oil. They blend together to create the richest but most amazing sun-protecting Moisturiser I’ve ever used (also the only one I’ve ever stuck to).