FOTD: Pints and Pool

Not a very glamourous sounding Face of the Day, but since the mister and I seldom go out, I take any chance I get to do my makeup up a bit.  I am also proud to say I had a very good game of pool this weekend (and apparently the only girl there who didn’t need coaching on how to hold a pool cue, haha!).  I apologize for the red-eye, as it was in the evening was forced to use the dreaded flash.

2013-01-26 19.39.26I was actually really happy with my hair, you may know I have the world’s flattest hair, this is the result of an upside down blow dry and a bit of hairspray!

And the products, a few favorites I haven’t talked about and my Sleek Storm palette had been neglected in favor of MUA palettes recently:

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Mix of Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish (will be reviewing this, BB creams were giving me shiny face by the end of the day absolutely love this more mattifying foundation) and 17 BB Cream

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder-Still a firm favorite!

MUA Mosaic Bronzer Shade 1-No shimmer so great for contouring.

17 Blusher China Pink-Picked this up after seeing Lisa Eldridge use it in her Audrey Hepburn tutorial, great universal colour that you can be quite heavy-handed with.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer-What else is there to say about this cult favorite?


Revlone Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey-Perfect everyday colour!

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MUA Professional Eye Primer

Sleek Storm I-Divine-light Brown in crease, Gold over the lid and underneath the eye

Barry M Intense Eyeliner

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius-I’ve been using this over the Thick and Fast mascara to keep it from flaking since the mascara isn’t waterproof, works wonders!

And there you have it!

How are your pool skills?   English, American, or is it Snooker all the way?



How Much Is My Face Worth?

A little late to the party on this tag, but if you hadn’t come to the conclusion yet, that’s just how it is around here.  I’ve been meaning to do this tag for a while just because I am curious as to how much all my slap adds up to.  I’m not expecting a huge figure, I am conservative in what I spend and tend to go for budget brands.  So without further ado, here is the face:

And the products:

17 BB Cream £6.99

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder £3.99

MUA Professional Eye Primer £2.50

MUA Clear Mascara £1.00

MUA Undressed Palette £4.00 (on sale for £3 on the MUA site at the moment!)

Barry M Intense Eyeliner £3.99

Rimmel Max Volume Lash Flash £6.99

MUA Mosaic Bronzer £2.50

17 Blusher in China Pink £3.49

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick Beige Rose £7.19

And the grand total comes to:


Which is actually a bit higher than I was expecting, but when I think of how long this makeup will last/how long it has lasted, I am pretty happy with that figure.

Have you totaled up your daily look yet?  Do you think it will be higher or lower than my “face total”?


Immaculate Collection Looks: Smokey Purple Eye

This look is a bit different for me and a bit out of my comfort zone.  Mostly because of the purple, purple eyeshadow can be a bit tricky, especially if you don’t want to end up looking like a victim of domestic abuse.  I kept the rest of my face quite neutral to go with the dramatic eye, I was quite pleased with the results.

Definitely something to wear on a night out, I, on the other hand, was messing around with makeup on a Sunday afternoon, mister comes back from the shop and asks me if I’m planning on going somewhere (no, it’s for my blog!).


Collection 2000 Concealer in 02

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder

MUA Mosaic Bronzer Shade 1


From the Immaculate Collection:  Shade 3 over the lid (Medium Pink), Shade 7 in Crease and under eye (Dark Purple), Shade 4 to deepen Crease (Black)

Rimmel Max Volume Lash Flash Mascara

Barry M Intense Eyeliner in Black


Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Beige Rose

What are your favorite colours to wear?  Am I the only one who plays around with my makeup even though I have nowhere to go?


The Crap Spot: Maybelline Line Definer

A few months back, I found that my trusty twist up L’Oreal kohl eyeliner refused to twist up anymore.  So I had to find a replacement eyeliner and quickly, eyeliner being a weekend going out staple for me.  So I popped into Boots and to be honest, I hadn’t purchased eyeliner in the UK before.   There was a 3 for 2 offer on Maybelline products though and because I am familiar with the brand I picked up the Maybelline Line Definer Liquid Black Eyeliner, along with some Dream Touch Blush and Dream Matte Powder.

As you can see from the photo, this liner has a fairly thick felt tip nib.  I thought this would work nicely for lining my top lid and winging my eyeliner.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.  I really wish I had done some research on this product before I purchased on a whim because I have not seen any good reviews for it.  It comes out gray and opaque even when it was brand new.

It also smudges easily and takes forever to dry.  There’s really nothing good I can say about this product.  It’s pretty much useless as far as I am concerned.  I have since picked up a Barry M Intense Eyeliner which does the job.

What’s the worst eyeliner you’ve used lately?


FOTD: Rose Gold

The mister and I headed into town today after a thorough cleaning of the flat (he completely cleaned the kitchen top to bottom all on his own accord, this is why I married him, haha).  Here’s what I wore out:


-ELF All Over Cover Stick in Apricot Beige

-Dream Matte Powder in Rose Nude

-Dream Touch Blush in Berry

-ELF Wet Gloss Brow and Lash Gel


-Sleek I-Divine in Storm (champagne color as base and highlight from lid to brow bone, light pink over lid, dark pink in crease)

-Barry M Intense Eyeliner in Black

-Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion


-Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Beige Rose

What are you doing this weekend?


5 Minute Makeup: Daily Work Look

My daily makeup routine is quite minimal.  My morning usually consists of the following:  alarm goes off, hit snooze button 1-3 times depending on how late I stayed up watching episodes of Dexter, gather clothing, shower, make cup of tea, sip tea and browse the internets, realize I have to leave in 10 minutes and throw on some basic makeup before heading out the door.

So as you can see, my makeup routine is not high on my priority list and I am definitely in the less is more camp.  I used to not even wear makeup to work, just a sweep of face powder if I was looking particularly shiny, but being that I am interacting on a face to face basis with customers every day, I have taken a bit more time to develop a routine.

So I’ll walk you through my quick and simple makeup routine (that also will not break the budget!).  I start off using some of ELF’s All Over Cover Stick in Apricot Beige, I usually just dab some under the eyes to cover up my under eye circles and anywhere else that looks a bit red (around the nose and my chin usually, I do generally have pretty clear skin though).  After concealing, I used my ELF Kabuki brush to buff Maybelline’s Dream Matte Powder in Rose Ivory over my entire face.  I started using this powder after I heard MissGlamorazzi raving about it on Youtube and it is an amazing face powder.  It makes your face stay perfectly matte all day (although my skin has been quite matte just using the Monu Revitalising Moisturizer I received in my November Glossybox).

This powder also has the coolest packaging with a substantially sized swing out mirror and compartment for the applicator.  I am not using foundation at the moment just because I don’t really think its necessary, I want a natural look and my skin isn’t in a condition where I would need the extra cover at the moment.

After powdering my face, I use ELF’s Eyelid Primer on my eyelids.  Now this is an amazing product for the price, it really does keep my eyeshadow from creasing and falling out and I don’t see the need to spend any more on a higher end product.  This is one of ELF’s gems in my opinion.  My eyeshadow looks have been created mainly using neutrals from my Sleek Storm I-Divine palette or my MUA Heaven and Earth palette, love the colours in both of these palettes.

For the finishing touches on the eyes, I add some Barry M Intense eyeliner and use my Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion mascara.  I really love my Lash Blast Fusion mascara, but I bought it while I was still living in the states and I’m pretty sure you can’t get it here.  I do believe there is a Max Factor equivalent that I will have to look into because I absolutely love this mascara.  The Barry M eyeliner is nothing to write home about.  I will also use ELF’s Eyebrow Gel if my eyebrows are looking particularily unruly in the morning.

For blush, I use Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in Berry.  I really love this blush and you only need a small amount of product to get a healthy looking flush.  As you can probably tell, I am a fan of Super Drug’s 3 for 2 deal, haha 🙂  Then I finish with popping on some lipstick, really liking the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Beige Rose.  It’s a nice neutral pink and not too garish for the workplace.  And by this time, I look presentable to the general public and can head out the door.

How long does it take you to do your morning makeup routine?  Do you have a quick go to every day look for when you are running short on time?