Too much choice is a curse. That's certainly how I feel, particularly when it comes to makeup. With beautiful eyeshadow palettes being brought out every week (costing £40 a pop, making it impossible to own every single one) and every girl in the world claiming to have found a 'revolutionary foundation', I have found it incredibly difficult to know which way to turn when it comes to beauty.
Everything I know now I have learnt either from other bloggers or a very expensive and long winded process of trail and error. I still have a wish list as long as my arm and things that I definitely want to improve on BUT I also know, finally, what works for me and have found products that I find easy to use and look good once applied to my noggin.
Although I do love reading a good blog post focussed primarily on one product, I have always found myself wanting something a little bit more. That girl looks great; what does she wear every day? How many of these products do I actually need? Help me, I want to start again, what should I be buying? Basically will someone hold my bloody hand through this massively over complicated process please.
And so just in case anyone else is feeling anything like me, I thought I would share with you some of the products residing in my makeup bag that I turn to basically every morning. With a little bit more time to play around with on the weekends (and more interesting places to go) I do mix it up, wear a little more and use different palettes but as far as my every day makeup look goes, it's pretty much the same thing every day.
So without further ado; here's the makeup that I wear every day and why it's there:
This is a relatively new product to my makeup bag but seeing as Charlotte Tilbury is my actual queen, I am making it my life mission to try everything that she owns. This has not disappointed me, it's quite dewy and whilst the coverage might not be ideal if you have problem skin or are prone to acne, for a day to day natural look, it's perfect. I have what they call 'normal skin', which can get a little dry at this time of year but as long as I have moisturised, this is great: it's not too heavy, applies easily and is actually just a bit magic.
To be honest with you, I don't love myself for owning this. I bought this in May just before Nars started stocking in China meaning that, according to Chinese law, they would now be testing on animals. I didn't want to waste it by throwing it away and so have been using it and, I'm ashamed to say it, loving it. I won't be replacing it after I've run out personally as I am against animal testing in any shape or form BUT I'd be lying if I said it wasn't great.
A little goes a long way, it conceals my bags and is great for sneaking into my handbag and doing an emergency spot coverup.
Can you tell that this is an incredibly well loved product?! So, I don't know much about contouring (who does?!) but my sister bought this for me for Christmas last year and I absolutely love it. I use the centre bronzer for those soft natural looks (the days when I tell people I'm not wearing any makeup but usually am), the bottom right is for day-to-day looks when I wanna look saucy and then sometimes I venture to the bottom left when I'm on holiday or prepared to spend hours blending.
Anastasia Beverly Hills has created some incredible palettes and the Modern Renaissance Palette has been on my wish list for ever so I'd recommend checking out the collection anyway.
This palette is an absolute must have. I use it for the highlight (bottom right) in this makeup look but I also find the whole thing SO incredibly useful for my 'hardly any makeup days' and for when I'm travelling. It's the ultimate all in one and saves me squishing an eyeshadow palette and a contour palette into a permanently full suitcase.
The top three shades are eyeshadows, bottom left is for your face, dark contouring powder in the middle and a very pigmented blush on the bottom. When I'm not using the UD eyeshadow palette below I'm normally using this one. Thank you Queen Charlotte.
I've always been shamefully lazy with my eyebrows and am the first to admit that I haven't got a bloody clue what I should be doing. This little pencil arrived in a Birchbox a few months ago and as you can see, I've been using it well!! For me personally it is a perfect shade and helps me fill in my brows. For any novices I really recommend it.
SO. I think I own nearly every palette that Urban Decay have ever made (don't judge me, I may well have a problem) and for the life of me I don't know why I've gone mad for this one recently but there are a couple of main reasons. 1) It's £24 which is super. 2) It is the most perfect basic set of colours and just creates the most wonderfully natural look.
One of the main issues I have with the UD palettes is how big they are and how hard they are to transport. This one is perfect, it slips easily into a makeup bag and makes creating a very soft smokey eye as easy as pie.
Not being a dab-hand when it comes to liquid eyeliner (because really, who is?!) I have found this to be an incredibly helpful product. The shape of the pen makes application a million times easier and allows that great thick flick that takes about forty years to achieve with any other eyeliner I have tried.
I'm about to say something bold: THIS IS THE BEST MASCARA I HAVE EVER USED. Oop. It's out there now, can't take it back and don't even want to. Honestly I've heard amazing things about this for years and for some reason I never got around to trying it. About a month ago though I bit the bullet and kick myself that it took so long.
My eyelashes have never looked longer or fuller or darker or more beautiful. I will never look anywhere else for mascara ever again. Better Than Sex....
WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO FIND LIPLINER?! (I think growing up in the '90s probably frightened me away from it.) I use this with the matching lipstick, the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Pillow Talk Lipstick, (spoiler alert, it's the next photo!) and it makes my lips look one hundred million times bigger and I love that. I now hardly ever wear lipstick without putting liner on first and when I'm really desperate I will use this on it's own.
Okay so you can wear this lippy without the lip liner, it hardly smudges at all and works well on it's own but personally I recommend both things together. You can save a bit of money by buying them as a set (link HERE). I always get a bit nervy about wearing lipstick during the day, the potential for a dark smudge ending up on your chin or a bright pink front tooth is utterly terrifying and that's why I love this shade so much.
It's natural enough, not overwhelmingly bold but still enough of a statement.
So there you have it! The makeup I wear every day and why I love it! This is the first post of this kind I've ever done so if you found it interesting please let me know, I'd also love to know what you've got in your makeup bag and why you love it, 'cos, ya know, a girl can never have too much war paint.