Makeup

3 Holy Grail Bronzers and 3 Holy Grail Highlighters

Bronzers

Benefit Hoola bronzer £24.50

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder £7.99

LOreal Glam Bronze La Terry £12.99

Highlighter

Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlight (OMG) £34

Jouer Powder Highlight  (Ice) £16

I ♡ Makeup Goddess of Love Triple Baked Highlight £4.99

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Makeup

Make Up Look – Inspired By Leighton Meester

 

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Leighton’s skin always looks so naturally flawless so I used the Pore fessionals Base Primer by Benefit to help even out my skin tone and fill in my pores to make them less visible.
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The next thing you would think to do to get that flawless looking base is to use a high coverage foundation, but for this look I didn’t use a foundation at all. I know, shocking. I actually used a concealer on the problem areas of my skin and the one I used was the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. This concealer has high coverage for a drugstore product but it worked wonders for that natural flawless skin look. This concealer, when blended, is a perfect match for my skin tone so it looks like I’m not wearing anything on my base at all. The brush i used to blend the concealer in was the Cheek Brush by Real Techniques. I’m sorry if me not using the right brushes for things offends any of you. I just use what brushes work for my skin when applying certain products. This brush happens to be perfect for applying concealer/foundation as its not harsh and doesn’t make your product go streaky on the skin, which is what I find happens when I use a stippling brush.
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The next thing I did was set the base with my all time favourite powder, which is the NYX HD Finishing Translucent Powder. I have super oily skin so this powder takes a lot of that away but still makes me look dewy as I am not a fan of having overly matte skin. Leighton’s skin looks flawless and dewy so it is the perfect product to help achieve her look. The brush I used to do this was the Blush Brush by Real Techniques as this is the perfect shape to powder under my eyes and the sides of my nose.
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After that, I took a blush by Zoeva called “He Loves Me, Maybe” which is a subtle pink colour and I used the Multi-task Brush by Real Techniques to make my cheeks healthy and rosy just like Leighton in the photo.
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For brows I just filled my brows in the way I always do them with the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in the shade Ash Brown as everybody has their own brow shape and the way they like to do them so I thought i’d keep them the same as how I have them every day.
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Next I put on some mascara. I used the Benefit Roller Lash as it has a small, thin wand to curl your lashes right up from the root, to A) make them curlier and B) give the illusion of wearing eyeliner without the hassle of messing it up. Just don’t stab yourself in the eye with the wand, I’ve done that on many occasions.
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The next thing I did was take a small amount of bronzer around the outside of my face (forehead, chin etc.). Even though I don’t think Leighton is wearing any, I still like to bronze. It’s like my statement product. For this I used a big fluffy brush by Isabella Scott which I purchased at Homesense.
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The final thing I did to get that bold red lip, I used a lip palette. This was sent to me by mistake, however it is the best product I have ever used to get a red lip and the edges not looking to harsh and over drawn. The palette I used was the L’Oreal Color Riche Lip Palette in Rouge. I applied it to my lips using a thin and flat brush from a company called Royal and Langnickel. The product is so creamy and doesn’t transfer that much. It doesn’t make the outline of my lips look harsh when i use this product and the pigment is amazing too. Better than any red lipstick I have ever tried.

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Makeup · skin care

How I Remove My Makeup + Additional Steps

Step 1:

I take the Bioderma Micellar Water on a couple of cotton pads and I gently wipe away the product on my eyes and my eyebrows, as I find that if i just use water then I don’t get all of the product off and cleanser sting your eyes.

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Step 2:

I then rinse my face in warm water and apply the Sukin Cream Cleanser, lathering it into the skin to take up all of the base make up on my skin. Then I wash it off with warm water on a micro-fiber face cloth.

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Step 3:

I then rinse my face again with warm water to open up my pores and I use the Origins Frothy Face Wash to cleanse my face and make sure my skin is completely clean. I then rinse my skin one last time using cold water to close the pores.

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Step 4:

I moisturise my skin using the Alpha H Essential Hydration Cream.

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ADDITIONAL STEPS (IF I FALL ASLEEP WITH MAKE UP ON THE NIGHT BEFORE)

I think we are all pretty guilty of falling asleep with our make up on at least once, if you haven’t then good on you for being so efficient!

Step 3 changes:

The next day, instead of using the Origins face wash, I use the L’Oreal Purity Clay Mask to get right into my pores to dig out all of the residue from the make up that may have sunk into my skin. I wash the mask off also using a micro-fiber face cloth.

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Step 4 changes:

I change moisturiser for a few days to the Sukin Facial Moisturiser as it has natural ingrediants which wont be harsh on the skin and can really help correct the damage.

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Hair Care · Makeup · nails · skin care

Mini Superdrug and Boots Haul

Superdrug

Barry M Glitterati Nail Polish – Fashion Icon (£3.99)
Barry M Nail Polish – Diamond Glitter (£3.99)
Tanya Burr Mrs Claus Pink Glitter Nail Polish (£3.99)
Bondi Sands Everyday – Gradual Tanning Milk (£7.99)

Boots

Sukin Cream Cleanser (£5.30)
NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil (£8.00)
Ted Baker Opulent Petal Shower Cream (£8.00)
Ted Baker Pretty Pearl Body Wash (£8.00)
Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash (£16.50)

Some of these products are re-purchaces as you may have seen some of them in previous posts. I spoke to a fellow blogger (Sea of Beauty – Rachel) about Origins products. I mentioned that I had the frothy face wash before and that it didn’t work for me. My skin is in a much better way so I thought I would re-purchase and see if it does anything for me this time around.

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