Friday, 10 November 2017

five minute face - my current workday routine


"Remember, you need much less makeup than you think." 

- Jessalyn Gilsig

Everywhere you turn in the beauty blogosphere, as well as Instagram & Youtube, super-glam make up looks are ‘all the rage’, as my mum would say! There’s no denying that perfect cut creases & full-coverage perfected foundation make for great images that are beautiful to look at and are great inspiration for our own looks, but it has to be said that we can’t all look like that every day, and a lot us would never chose to!

There was a time when I just didn’t bother with make up on a day-to-day basis (for work etc.) because it wasn’t even close to measuring up to Insta-perfect make up looks I’d see online. But nowadays, after slowly I shook myself out of this silly way of thinking, I totally embrace the true intention of makeup – to enhance the natural beauty and individuality of our faces!

Because like most people, I work a full-time job, my day-to-day look has to be quick as well as simple. I’ve got myself in a pretty good routine lately, and feel like I’m only wearing the products I really like/need to wear on an average work day. I force myself to switch up the products I use from time to time, but always stick loosely to same type of products. So, with that in mind, I thought it’d be interesting to share with you my most recent work-day routine, and the products I’ve been using in it!

All the products listed in this post can be found at The Beauty Store. They kindly agreed to send me some items recently, so I made sure to choose to restock on some of my work-day faves (that I’ve actually used for a long time now!) to be able to share this post with you!

Step One: Foundation

My first step after my skincare is always foundation. Sometimes in the Summer I definitely miss this step, but now that the weather is colder (and I’m not going to be sweating it off as soon as I step out of the door!) I like to add it into my daily routine. I always feel more put together when I know I’ve evened out my skin tone a little, and added a little bit of healthy radiance. I look for a medium coverage, that can be powdered to stay in place whenever I feel like doing so!

My foundation of choice at the moment is the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation - I use the shade Creme. It’s a foundation that I find really easy to build up, or blend out depending on how I feel on the day. It gives my skins a beautiful luminosity and never feels heavy!

Step Two: Concealer

It’s safe to say that I DO NOT mess around when it comes to concealer! I love a full-coverage concealer that can help me get rid of dark circles, and also address any hard-to-hide blemishes or spots that the foundation can’t cover. I find that using concealer to cover my problem areas means there’s less need to use powder, than if I used foundation only. They saying powder means I can lay off using much else!

The Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage covers all bases for me (pardon the pun!) when it comes to my work day face. It’s so easy to apply and blend, and can be buildable as needed. It’s a duo concealer, with the more orange based side doing wonders for my dark under eyes, and the lighter flesh colour going on top to perfect under eyes, as well as any rouge spots!

Step Three: Blush

After all that coverage I can sometimes find myself looking a little washed out, so blush is always my next go-to! Again, in the colder weather I feel more comfortable throughout the day wearing a cream or liquid blush, rather than a powder. I feel like I don’t really mind what shade of blush I go for, as long as it brings me to life a little - which seems to be most shades I’ve ever tried.

I loooove love love the Daniel Sandler Watercolour LiquidBlush and have tried and loved them in a few shades now! The current shade I’m using is Glamour, which is the perfect coral-peach! It blends so, so beautifully and does wonders for my overall work-day face. It lasts all day, and I always getting compliments whenever I wear it!

Step Four: Brows

I don’t tend to wear anything on my lids for work, as I always end up going over-board, then end up spending so much time getting both eyes to match, etc. etc. - so I just don’t bother!
So when it comes to my brows, I try not to go to over the top. I like to use a pencil in a shade that is slightly lighter than my natural brows, and just fill in the gaps & smarten the shape along the way.

The Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil is absolutely perfect for me. It’s not too soft, so lasts well throughout the day, and is one of the only eyebrow pencils that I’ve found that has a light enough shade (this one is Fair Blonde) that isn’t overly red and ginger-looking for blonde brows. I actually use this one exclusively at the moment, and just amp up the brows with brow gel at the weekend.

Step Five: Mascara

The last tep is one I couldn’t do without. There’s something about wearing mascara that makes me feel super feminine and put together. I normally try and go for a volumising, super black mascara. I tend to stay away from anything heavy, as its all too easy to go too far and end up lumping up my lashes, which add unnecessary time to my usually quick routine.

The mascara I’m using at the moment is the Daniel Sandler Intense Volume Pro Mascara and is the PERFECT work-day mascara. The wand is a medium bristle brush (I just can’t get into plastic applicator!) and I find it’s so quick and easy to get uber-black fluttery lashes in seconds. I’m really loving Daniel Sandler and can’t wait to get my hands on more of his range!




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