Easy Squeezy Make-Up When Time is Short

Usually I am an all or nothing make-up wearer.  Because I don’t have the time for make-up every day, I like to do it properly when I do do it (doodoo. *chuckle*).  Sometimes though, for whatever reason, things just go awry.  Do you ever have days where you have approximately 20 seconds to get ready and out the door? I’m sure I’m not the only one.  Sunday was one of these days for me, and I thought I would share my tried and tested favourites for an easy make-up look.

 

 

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I don’t know about you, but when I have limited time, the last thing I want to be doing is fiddling around with new products that I have never tried before.  Routine and consistency is key in these emergency situations! These are my top picks for a quick and natural look, when I have under ten minutes to get my ready-to-be-seen-in-public face on.

I always start with a moisturising primer, like the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer.  While this primer doesn’t increase the lasting power of my base, it does add a much-needed hydrating layer to my dry skin.  It’s not the cheapest, but I would repurchase this over and over again.  I just love it, and a little goes a long way.  £27 – here. 

 

Despite having the largest concealer collection in the history of the world, I can count on one hand the few that I actually rate.  In times of need, my top pick is the Maybelline Fit Me concealer (I use no. 15, and I also have no. 10, which is actually darker than 15,weirdly).  It is an easy to use, affordable concealer.  It doesn’t cake, or settle into fine line, and it does an admirable job of covering dark circles and blemishes.  Not bad for £5.99 – here.

 

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I don’t bother setting with powder when I’m in a rush, because I can’t stand the disappointment quite frankly.  I always think it will be a good idea, then feel frustrated when it ages me by 30 years. Bronzer, highlighter and blusher go on to mostly naked skin.  I don’t know what it is about using a palette, rather than individual pans, it just feels as though it is saving time.  I’m pretty sure it makes no difference whatsoever, but whatever.  Recently, I have been loving this W7 Bronze and Glow duo.  The highlighter in particular is gorgeous.  The bronzer is very subtle (not a bad thing) and looks a little shimmery in the pan, but it isn’t glittery on the skin.  The best part? It is only £2.98 – here.

 

For blusher, I gravitate towards the Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop, when I am rushing. The colour is absolutely gorgeous (read about my love affair with peach blushers here) and because it is very subtle, it is perfect for a quick sweep on the cheeks. Any more colour, and it would be too scary to use in a hurry.

 

 

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My favourite palette of all time is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette.  It was my first high-end palette, so it has a special place in my collection anyway, but it’s not just that.  The colours are perfect for both natural, and more intense looks.  There is a good mix of matte and shimmer, and cool and warm toned shades.  The chocolate smell is divine, and makes it a pleasure to use.  When I am rushing, I definitely don’t overdo the eyeshadow, and I tend to stick to the warm browns in the Chocolate Bar, with a shimmer on the brow bone if I’m feeling fancy. If you don’t have one yet (er, why not?) get it here.

The Maybelline Big Eyes mascara is a well-loved member of my hoard.  It has two wands; a normal one, and a tiny one for the bottom lashes.  The formula is easy to work with, which makes it one of my favourites for slicking on in a rush.

 

Finally, lips.  I have a bit of a thing for tinted lip balms at the moment.  I love the ease of them, and the moisturising properties, when my lips are dry and cracked.  The Physicians Formula Super BB All-In-One Cheek and Lip Beauty Balm in Berry Pink is my current fave.  It is a pretty, pale pink and it is easy to pop on as I run out the door. No mirror required.  Physicians Formula is not easily available in the UK; I purchased this from Amazon (here).

 

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I can slap all this on in around ten minutes, maybe even less if I am not interrupted (which is rare). It is quick, fresh and perfect make-up for busy mums, or just busy anyones.

 

What do you think? If you’re rushing, do you have favourites that you come back to?

 

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Haul / What’s New on the High Street

On a rare child-free afternoon last week, I ventured in to my nearest shopping centre and had a mooch around Boots and Superdrug. So thank you to my parents for looking after my youngest little monster, allowing me some time for some retail therapy.

 

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There were a few bits and bobs that I wanted to try, and some others that caught my eye on the day. I believe most of the products I bought are new to stores, which makes them all the more exciting in my opinion.

 

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First up the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in Ivory. Under normal circumstances, I probably would never have been drawn to this foundation, what with my skin being so dry. The word ‘matte’ strikes fear into my dry, dusty soul. However, I have seen many of my favourite dry-skinned YouTubers rave about it, so I thought I would give it a go. I will let you know how I get on.

To go with the Dream Velvet foundation, I picked up the little sponge applicator. Ordinarily I would have ignored this Dream Blender as a gimmick, but there was an offer on in Superdrug, so for the sake of a couple of pounds I thought I would give it a try.

 

Now, I need another mascara like I need a hole in the head, but I wanted to try the Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara. It was the ‘push-up’ bit that got me. I have mentioned a million times before that I generally look for a mascara that lifts and separates my lashes. Lengthening and thickening are a bonus.

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No, your eyes do not deceive you; that is a second foundation. What can I say? I don’t get out much and I need to grab things when I see them, or forever hold my peace. Also, because I am slightly nervous about the Maybelline foundation, I thought this one might be slightly better suited to my skin. The Bourjois City Radiance Skin Protecting Foundation, in Ivory Rose, sounds right up my street.

In addition to this, I purchased the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in Ivory. Like mascaras, I have yet to find the perfect concealer, and I NEVER miss an opportunity to try another. I think this is going to be a little more of a brightener than a concealer, but I need to have a play with it. When I swatched it in the shop, it reminded me of YSL Touche Elcat, which is no more of an under eye concealer than I am a tree.

Next, this funny little lip balm. The Maybelline Babylips Balm and Blush is designed to be used as both a lip balm, and a blusher. Yes, really! Did the name give it away? I have tried this, and on the lips it is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. I have the colour Innocent Peach, and it is a wonderful sheer, peachy nude tint. It is best applied while doing an impression of a duck, because it is so MASSIVE that this is the only way to apply it where you want it. It feels a little sticky on the cheeks, but the colour is nice and subtle. I popped it on as a quick test just before washing my face, so I can’t say what happens after any length of time. It may simply slide away, but I will try it properly and see.

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The Sleek Makeup Barekissed Illuminator in Monaco is a liquid highlighter. It can be mixed with foundation; applied alone, or simply used to highlight the high points of the face. I love highlighters. Seriously. Adore them. I don’t recall ever using a liquid one, so I am looking forward to experimenting with the Barekissed Illuminator.

 

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And finally, the Smashbox Double Exposure Eyshadow Palette. I was actually looking at the smashbox stand because I was eyeing up their new Primer Oil.  I decided against that (regretting that now) and started sticking my fingers into the tester of this palette instead. Oh boy, is it pigmented. The colours are all gorgeous, and the shadows can be used wet or dry. As soon as I swatched the silver (top middle/ left in the above pic) I knew I had to have it. I genuinely cannot wait to use this palette.

 

I plan to do full reviews of most of the products here, so come back soon for those!

 

Is there anything here that you have tried? Or anything that has caught your eye?
 

 

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November Favourites

 

I am going to say it, even though everyone says it every month: where on earth did November go? It’s December 1st, and that means it’s nearly *squeak* Christmas!!!! I love December, every year I put up the decorations slightly earlier.  If it wasn’t for my husband’s voice of reason, I would leave the Christmas decorations up all year round.  Yes, I’m that person. Anyway, I digress. Welcome to my November Favourites!

 

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I mentioned the L’Oréal Lash Architect Mascara in my last post, and it is the mascara that I have reached for most often during the month of November.  It gives a bit of length, and is light enough that it doesn’t weigh down my lashes.  It dries very fast, which is a plus in my opinion, so layering needs to be done relatively quickly.  I have discovered that used in tandem with the mascara, the Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner is fab.  I love to Tightline (lining the upper waterline), because I find it makes my eyelashes look darker and thicker.  The only problem with doing this is that it can trasfer on to the lower waterline, which I don’t always want. This eyeliner – being waterproof – doesn’t transfer, and stays put until I choose to remove it. Sometimes waterproof eyeliners  want to stick around for days, but I find this one easy to remove.  Now, I am a huge fan of shimmery, glittery eyeshadows.  I wear them during the day, without a care in the world, but realised recently that I needed some matte eyeshadows.  Yes, needed.  So I went on the hunt for an affordable matte palette, and came up trumps with this Sleek Make-Up I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Ultra Matte V2.   The colours are a great selection, and work with most eye looks that I am likely to create.  They are very pigmented little pans, and do blend out eventually, with a little bit of effort.

 

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Topshop Lipstick in Naturist; Bourjois Contour Clubbing Eyeliner

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topshop Lipstick – Naturist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love me a nude lipstick (read about my top three here), and this Naturist Lipstick by Topshop is no exception.  Overall, I haven’t had a huge amount of luck with the Topshop Beauty range, but I do really love this lipstick.  It applies very smoothly, and is so comfortable on my sensitive, dry lips.

If you have ever watched a beauty tutorial on YouTube, then you will have heard of Morphe make-up brushes.  They are loved by the US based experts in particular.  When I saw that they were available in the UK, I got very excited and ordered a couple, and they really are worth the hype.  The M505 Point Blender Brush is my favourite, it is just so soft and fluffy.  It is the perfect shape for blending eyeshadow into the crease, and it isn’t even slightly scratchy or uncomfortable.  And they are so affordable!

 

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In the last few months my skin has been a bit of a sod.  Although overall it is more clear and healthy than ever, for some reason I have been suffering from regular spots for the first time in my life.  I have been trying to figure out what exactly has been causing these breakouts.  After a lot of trial and error, I am almost certain it was the cleanser I was using on and off since before the summer.  So, long story short, I have been using the Murad Age Reform Refreshing Cleanser instead.  It’s too early to say if the change in cleanser has sorted my little problem, but it is a lovely cleanser regardless. I use it in the morning, and I love how clean and soft my skin feels after I wash my face.  I am hoping that my skin will continue to be spot-free, but only time will tell whether that is the case.

What are your favourites for November?

 

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W7 Eyeshadow Palettes : Review

 

W7 In the Buff, In the Night Eyeshadow Palette

W7 is a brand that I have not had much experience with, but I have seen other reviews of their products recently.  The general consensus seems to be that their range is good quality and affordable, so I thought I would check them out.  They started in 2002, and have apparently been building gradually over the last 13 years.  Prices are reasonable, although I found them to be not particularly consistent across online stockists.  For example, the two palettes I have range from around £4 on Amazon, to £9.99 on the W7 website (which you can’t purchase from, incidentally).

The W7 In The Buff Eyeshadow Palette contains 12 nude shades; 3 mattes and 9 shimmer shades.  The colours are typical nude colours; golds, browns and taupes.  It also has a matte black, which is a useful addition to any palette.  The colours are reasonably pigmented, although not intense (which allows the colour to be built up) and blend well.  I also found that they lasted well on my eyes – although admittedly I don’t usually have an issue with creasing or shadows relocating elsewhere on my face.  When buying eyeshadow palettes – which I do frequently – my main concern is whether I can create a complete look from it. I don’t want to have to rummage around in my collection to find complimentary colours, or a transition shade.  So it is pleasing to me that the In the Buff palette contains both light and dark colours, in shimmers and mattes.

 

W7 In the Buff Eyeshadow Palette

 

W7 In the Buff Eyeshadow Palette

 

The W7 In the Night Palette, on the other hand, contains only one matte as far as I can see (it’s black).  The colours are fab though; if you like smoky purples, pinks and heather/greys.  And shimmer.  Again, the colours are fairly pigmented, and easy to blend.

Unusually for an eyeshadow palette, they also both contain a decent brush.  It is double ended however, and has one of those useless sponges on the other end (why do they even bother – I always put these straight in the bin).  They also both come in a tin, rather than a plastic palette, which makes them sturdy, yet lightweight.  They remind me of the tin pencil cases we used to have at school, except these don’t have tippex graffiti on them.

 

W7 In the Night Eyedhadow Palette

 

W7 In the Night Eyeshadow Palette

 

 

 

Having looked at the website (here) I can see that the range is impressive, but the buying options seem limited, as I mentioned earlier.  I haven’t personally seen anything by W7 in an actual shop (as opposed to a virtual shop – my favourite kind).  I bought these both from Amazon, and didn’t pay more than £5 for either, which I think is pretty good value.

 

Have you ever tried anything by W7? Is it stocked in a store near you?

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Models Own Chrome Eyeshadow Palette : A Review

If I remember correctly, the first time I saw the Models Own Chrome Eyeshadow Palette was on Instagram.  I pretty much decided I wanted it then and there, which is a daily occurance in the world of Joyful Things.  It took me a little while to track it down, but track it down I did.  Models Own is only stocked in Superdrug stores, and online (here and here).  My local Superdrug didn’t have it, so eventually I purchased it online.  I have had a chance to have a little play, and thought I would share my opinion here with you.

 

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Models Own Chrome Palette

Although the actual palette is much smaller than I expected, it is excellent quality for the price (£5.99). It is good and solid, and closes with a satisfying click.  The six cool toned cream shadows range from a very glittery white, to a deep brownish bronze.  Being creams, the chrome eyeshadows are not the most user friendly.  The colours are soft, highly pigmented and blendable though, and I think it is worth the extra preparation to use them.  I would recommend anyone with lids that are on the oily side priming the eyelids properly, in order to minimise creasing. I don’t suffer from oily lids, and, even after setting with a powder shadow, I found that I had more creases than a pair of linen trousers on a hot day.

 

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Some may consider the metallic colours a little too much, but I personally love them all.  I am not someone who shies away from glittery eyeshadows – I proudly wear shimmer on my eyes on a daily basis.  This is probably breaking all the rules – because I have moderately hooded eyes, and because I am over 25 – but I genuinely don’t care.  Life would be pretty boring if we followed the rules all the time wouldn’t it?

So, if you are looking for some bright shimmery eyeshadows for a very reasonable price, and aren’t opposed to using creams, then I don’t think you will be disappointed with the Models Own Chrome Palette.

Tell me, have you tried this eyeshadow palette, and did you like it?

 

You may also want to read: My Top Three Eyeshadow Palettes

 

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My Top Three: Eyeshadow Palettes

I have been thinking about writing an eyeshadow palette collection post for a while now, but I haven’t quite been able to pull my finger out and actually get started.  The issue is, I just have far too many palettes to mention.  I wouldn’t describe it as an addiction exactly, but it’s just that I need all the palettes.

So, with great difficulty,  I thought instead I would choose my current top three instead.

 

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Makeup Academy Eyeshadow Palette – Spring Break – £4

Apart from the fact that this little palette is a real so-and-so to open, I love it; it is a lovely mix of mostly muted colours.  Of the 12, there is only one matte brown, and the rest are shimmery shades.  There is a deep plummy purple, complemented by neutrals and pinks, and the mint green is a gorgeous pop of colour.  For the price, this is a great addition to any makeup collection, and it is slim enough to fit in a bag for touch-ups throughout the day (if you are so inclined).

Makeup Academy Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Academy Spring Break Eyeshadow Palette

 

Makeup Revolution Affirmation Palette
Makeup Revolution Affirmation Palette

Makeup Revolution Affirmation Eyeshadow Palette – £8

This super affordable 32 shade palette is in my top three for the range of colours, 12 of which are mattes, and 20 of which are shimmers.  There is a good mix of golds, browns and purples with charcoal and rose pink thrown in for good measure.  This is one palette that can be used to create a whole look, without fiddling around elsewhere for a transition or crease shade.

 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette -£39

This palette will always hold a special place in my heart, because it was my first Too Faced purchase, and it started my love for the brand.  Admittedly, this is a creepy loitering in the bushes kind of love, but it’s love all the same.  The colours in this particular palette are a mix of golden shimmers, and neutrals complemented by pinks and plum shades.  The colour payoff is superb, and to top it all off, it smells like chocolate.  It can be used for a complete eye look, including two brow bone highlighting shades (one matte, one shimmer).  It is less affordable than my other two choices, but I think it is worth it.

There they are, my three favourite, and most used eyeshadow palettes.  Except, I just have to give an honourable mention to the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette £38. I can’t really include this in my top picks, because the colours are not what I would describe as easy to wear.  I have used it; I love wearing the pink and purple shades together, and I have used the silver all over the lid on top of a less vibrant purple.  It is just so gorgeous though, the colours are mind-blowingly pigmented, with a soft blendable texture.

 

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Do you have a favourite palette?  What do you love about it? Let me know below; I am always on the look out for new eyeshadow palettes!

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