my daily cosmetics29.8.11
I'm currently trying to refine my routine: I'm after quality and not quantity, and a few products rather than a lot, all to achieve the same look. I went through a phase of impulse buying products that looked pretty but did nothing for me, but then my Mum spied my expanding collection, thrust some of her unused Lancôme, Chanel and Elizabeth Arden make-up upon me, and my attitude towards make-up changed drastically. By the way, nothing here was sent to me for review purposes, I bought everything with my own money (ouch!) with the exception of some things donated to me by my long-suffering Mum!
I've never used a foundation before in my life. Some find this very strange and hard to believe, but I was always told I wasn't allowed to wear make-up until I turned eighteen, and by then, I didn't have anyone to learn beauty related stuff from! I see that as a blessing in disguise, because I have a clear, light olive complexion with pretty much no blemishes/spots. Until I was 17, I used Lancôme's LCM cleansing range, then switched to what I use now, which can be found here.
I do, however, like to use my Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in #21 if I particularly want a more even skintone, as I have some highly pigmented areas on my face. I'll be writing a more detailed review of my experiences with BB Creams at my Uni blog if you want to read that! I prefer bright blushes, worn very sparingly for a wash of colour, and switch between my Elizabeth Arden 'Almond' blush and Benefit 'Dallas' to bronze and contour on occasion. I only use one brush, which is from Lily Lolo, that I repurchase over and over again.
Urban Decay have never failed me for eyeshadows: I have the Alice in Wonderland palette, the Naked palette and a few individual shadows. I personally prefer neutrals and warm colours, so the Naked palette is my HG, so to speak. My AiW palette is generally reserved for styling photoshoots and other Uni projects! I got my Elizabeth Arden gel eyeliner at LFWE two years ago and haven't gone back to kohl since, despite being tempted by a Chanel kohl liner! I apply it with the freebie brush which is small enough for travel, and perfect to create a steady line and a cat-eye flick. Mascara wise, I used to worship my Eyeko Big Eyes mascara, a firm favourite of many years, but since the price went up, I was reluctant to spend so much on essentially a drugstore mascara. Currently using Lancôme's Doll Eyes which is my favourite of theirs so far. I currently use ELF's eyebrow kit in light, but really want to try something new with more staying power.
My skin is a non-descript normal type, which gets a little dry if I travel. My skincare routine can be found here. I have a light olive complexion with a warm undertone, and I never leave the house without at least an SPF15 on. I have never used a sunbed or self-tanner.