Having just had a baby six months ago, I will admit that until recently make up was relatively low on my list of things to do, especially as I now work from home. I will confess though, that I have really missed my make up routine and am thoroughly enjoying getting reacquainted with the contents of my make up bag. I may have added quite a few new products too, all in the name of research of course.
My most used products of the last month all are ridiculously simple to use, offering fantastic performance with minimal fuss, I actually timed myself putting this make up on and it took exactly five minutes so is perfect for anyone who is pushed for time. All the products are also quite travel friendly, so good for keeping in your handbag and applying on the go.
The Base – I have definitely lost my pregnancy glow, so whilst I take good care of my skin I have been enjoying something with a good medium coverage. The W3LL People Narcissist foundation* is amazing for this, as it gives good coverage but looks incredibly natural and importantly is so easy to apply. I find this the quickest foundation that I own, as it comes in a simple twist up stick format I apply directly to the areas of my face that need coverage and blend with either my fingers or with a synthetic brush. I don’t bother with a separate concealer most days although I have a few that I am testing for review, but this is great under the eyes and can be layered for extra coverage. This foundation is so perfectly portable, a great handbag staple. A use the shade 2- Fair golden and it is a great colour for hiding redness on light skin tones, the shade range could be bigger, but it’s generous for a natural and organic brand and there are a couple of deeper tones too which is sadly quite unusual. I find that the finish and longevity is best if I powder the skin using a little of the RMS “Un” Powder*, it is so finely milled, it gives a lovely soft focus finish without feeling heavy on the skin. This also comes in a tinted version if you prefer but I am quite loyal to the original. I use a small setting brush to go around the nose, chin and forehead and under the eyes and with what is left on the brush go very lightly over the cheeks to prepare the skin for blush.
Easy flush of colour – Whilst I love my loose mineral blushes, when it comes to speedy application I find a pressed version much easier with less chance of spills. I wasn’t particularly enamoured with this duo from Lily Lolo when I first got it, but after using it for a couple of months it has really grown on me as an everyday product. I use the Cheek duo* in the shade Coralista, you get a very subtle light coral blush and highlighter. At first I felt the pigmentation was a little light, but that has actually worked out in it’s is favour because it is quite hard to “overdo” this colour, even when in a hurry. If you have anything other than a light complexion I wouldn’t recommend it, but Lily Lolo do have some more pigmented colours. I love that you have two products in the one compact, it comes with a nice sized mirror for travel and it is talc free too.
The perfect nude lip – I have tried many nude lipsticks over the years but never until now found “The one”. I have actually had this shade a while and I am not sure why I haven’t mentioned it before, because it is one of my favourites. The Vapour Siren Lipstick* in the shade 418 – Possess, has just enough pink in it for my skin tone, anything too nude and I risk looking like the walking dead, but this lipstick just enhances my natural colouring enough to pull the make up look together. Vapour lipsticks feel absolutely gorgeous on the lips, creamy but still with good staying power and the packaging is just stunning! Unlike some of my other green lipsticks (looking at you Kjaer Weis) I don’t worry about putting this one in my handbag as it is robust, plus they get extra green points for using recycled and recyclable materials, hurrah!
The eyes – I don’t bother with eyeshadow on a daily basis, although that may have to change with some of the lovely ones I am currently testing (Hello Swift shadows from RMS!). Mascara however is a must when you need to look awake, even on very little sleep. I have been testing a budget mascara that I wanted to love but sadly did smudge, this bad boy however is perfect! The Organic Glam mascara is a very natural looking everyday product. It has a synthetic brush and is quite a dry formula, so you can comb through the lashes giving them depth and curl without lot’s of smudging. I actually got it as a gift with purchase with a magazine, although I like a few Organic Pharmacy products I find them generally quite overpriced, so I am unsure if I would repurchase. For now though this formula is great for everyday, it doesn’t smudge and makes me look much more awake, which is always a bonus!
Do share below your everyday make up favourites. What products are you loving at the moment?