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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The Beauty Tin

I thought it was about time to do a post about my everyday beauty regime. The truth is, although I do love dazzle dusts and lipsticks in vivid hues, sometimes I crave a low-key, subtle look more suitable for daytime. Whilst I'm at University I don't have that much storage for makeup and so I tend to use a tin to hold all my daytime essentials so they're easy to grab-which is very helpful when getting ready for an early morning lecture! The rest of my make-up is stored in a basket for when I'm going out at time or want to experiment with more daring looks. Here's what's in my beauty tin...

Face products;

If I could only have two make-up products it would be mascara and foundation so it's essential that I have an easy routine when it comes to my foundation in the morning. I usually apply a primer like Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer after applying moisturiser. Then I follow it up with my beloved Clinique Stay Matte Foundation in 'Alabaster'. I tend to use my fingers when applying foundation in the morning as, for me, it's quicker than using a brush and perks up my skin. Then I use Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 'Ivory' under my eyes and on any blemishes. I have oily skin so I dust a powder like Rimmel Stay Matte Powder over my face before finishing off with a flush of colour on my cheeks. The two I alternate between are Clinique Blush in 'Precious Posy' for a sophisticated glow or 17 Blush in 'China Pink' for a rosy flush of colour.

Eye products;

They say the eyes are the window to your soul but after a late student night or the toxic snooze button it can be a little tricky to look more bright than frightful. Here's how I try to look half decent in the mornings:

First I start off with a light shade from my Clinqiue Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad palette and follow it up by applying one of the darker shades on my crease or the outside corners of my eyes. Alternatively, I like the metallic, creamy finish of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in the delightful bronze shade ' 'Bulletproof Beige' (a very fierce shade title I think you'll agree). I use a pen liner just above the eyelashes on my upper lid to define my eyes more, my usual go to is Maybelline Master Drama Liquid Liner Pen. I then curl my eyelashes for about 20 seconds each eye before applying a few coats of mascara. I idolise mascara and probably use a little too much for daytime but I rarely leave my halls without it adorning my lashes. My top picks for daytime are currently Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara and Benefit Bad Gal Mascara, both of which are great for building length. I'm not a huge fan of an overdone eyebrow but I do think it's important not to forget about your eyebrows and regularly groom them. In the mornings if I have time I apply a little Benefit Brow Zings Wax evenly before combing and tidying with an eyebrow brush.

Lip products;

I have to admit that my lip makeup is usually very simple day-to-day. I tend not to use lipliner but in my tin I do have a few favourite lip colours that I alternate depending on my mood. One of my go-to lipsticks is Maybelline Super Stay 14hr Lipstick in 'Ultimate Blush', a rosy colour with a metallic finish-it lasts so long! I also love the creamy, golden-pink hue and glossy finish of Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in 'Pink-a-Boo'. Occasionally I do like to go for a full-on glossy finish and when I wish to do this I use Bourjois Effet 3D  Gloss in 'Corail Idyllic' which is a gorgeous peach shade featuring a shimmer that makes lips look fuller.
When I want to change it up, I use Benefit Cha Cha Tint for a matte, coral colour that stays on lips all day. This product is so ideal to have in my make-up tin especially with summer coming up, given it's shade and also as it doubles up as a cheek tint too. And if all else fails I go for the lip balm!

What are your go-to products for an easy, low-key look?

NG <3


  1. such a lovely photo.
    I love having a nose at what beauty products people use... if I'm honest mine is pretty dull!

    New follower here :)

  2. Love your post! What a beautiful tin. I really love my Wake Up Almay makeups.

  3. Love seeing the products that people use regularly! I'd feel lost without mascara, concealer and my eyebrows filled in! xo

  4. amazing blog
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  5. you look so pretty and fresh in that last picture! it always boggles my boyfriend's mind just how much make up it takes to look like that haha. i personally also like the low key look. my must have item is this natural shade of red lipstick. it makes me lips look like i juts ate a bowl of strawberries :)

    xo Marlen
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  6. Great post! I love the clinique range especially their foundations they look amazing on :) I also have the 3D Effect Gloss my number one go too as it gives such a beautiful finish and really plumps the lips :-) great post xx
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  7. I love that Bad Gal mascara! Your hair is so pretty too xxx

  8. Great make-up selection! I use the same Bourjois gloss.


  9. Ooh I absolutely love Benefit Cha Cha Tint! You've inspired me to dig it out of my collection & start using it again! <3

    Jennie xo |

  10. I love Benefit :)

    And ur so pretty :)

  11. Love seeing what's in other people's makeup bags! Ive been wanting to try that eye liner and benefit pallet! You look gorgeous, thanks for sharing!
    Happy Friday!
    xo hannah

  12. fun make up xx

  13. Gorgeous look! I like how you store your makeup in a tin- that's really cute! I tend to have my makeup scattered so maybe I should store it like that :) I, too, apply my foundation with my fingers (not sure if that's good or bad? haha) but applying with a brush takes WAY too long for me, plus I have a hard time blending well...I always see these youtube makeup gurus using brushes to apply foundation and wonder how they get it just right.

  14. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, Looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pretty:D

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  16. I have the benefit palette but I haven't used it that much, might have to experiment with it more tomorrow!
    If you haven't tried the dr jart bb creams they're amazing for lazy days especially for uni!
    My faves the one that's meant for over 40s I think it's called the premium one, so good! Xx

    Rachael -

  17. Love your blog, now following!


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