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TEXT ► Five minute make up and Holy Grails!

Published January 17, 2012 by Nicoco

Pictureless post because my dresser is a mess and I’m in a hurry.

I will admit I do actually live off “five minute makeup” in the morning. When I have to choose between sleep and a full face, I’m afraid sleep wins every time.

So, what’s in my five minute face list?

1. Prime: Foundation, Eye Primer, Translucent Powder and Moisturiser
I quickly moisturise, place my eye primer on while it’s drying, and whip on foundation using a stippling brush as my base. I find the stippling brush gives the quickest flawless results. Then I set the whole thing with translucent powder.

2. Blusher
This is five minute make up so I skip my attempts at contouring and head straight for a basic blush like Thrrrob by Benefit that lends a natural flushed glow to the cheeks. I only brush it along the cheekbones and blend it in just below the temple as Thrrrob is quite sheer, like most Benefit blushers.

3. Eyes: 17 Cream Eyeshadows, UD Sin, and Dior Extase
17 Cream Eyeshadow in Wild Nude is my go to base for pretty much every colour at the moment. It’s not better than things like MAC Paint Pot, I will admit, but my eyelids can get by with 17 as a base and it’s cheaper! Anyway. That plus Sin brightens up my eye area nicely, which makes a perfect monochrome lid to me. Lastly, with Extase, it just defines and adds a nice bit of volume to my long-ish lashes.

4. Lipgloss/Lipbalm
Since it’s all about being quick, a translucent lipgloss or lipbalm is the kind of thing I can just throw on while running out of the door. At the minute, I’m using UD’s Lip Love in Failbait.

So, there you have it. What kind of things are on your five minute face make up list?

Also! Holy Grail Foundation: What recommendations do you have?

New Year’s Holy Grails

Published January 10, 2012 by Nicoco

Make up desk

My make up desk! My make up is stored in the polka dot drawers I picked up at WHSmith back in October. The old Glossybox box at the back houses an NYX palette, Dior travel brushes and my make up wipes.

And underneath is my nail polish holder. It’s a Ted Baker carry all and my polishes don’t even half fill it up, but it’s a nice storage place.

So, for my first post, I thought showing my make up desk at uni at the moment would be a nice start. But I’m not stopping there, and I’m adding my Holy Grail products of the moment.


1. Make Me Gorgeous Make Up Bag from Primark
I looked everywhere for a make up  bag that had a second compartment to hold my brushes in. I love this cheap steal (£3) for my make up pieces on the go.

2. Boots Botanics Blemish Prone Day Moisturiser | Vaseline Hand and Nail Moisturiser
I definitely prefer my moisturisers to be light and not oil-based. Botanics’ face moisturiser for blemish prone skin works perfectly with my skin type and the vaseline hand moisturiser is great for daily moisturising.

3. I Love Love perfume by Moschino
Though it doesn’t quite replace Gloria from Cacharel (and nothing will, TBH, I’ve been looking for years), this fresh perfume really helps me feel revitalised.


1. Make up HGs!

2. Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Not going to lie, this isn’t without its problems, but I find it so much easier to apply than cream based primers like Benefit’s Lemon Aid.

3. Naked Palette by Urban Decay
What can I say about this palette that hasn’t already been said? A perfect mash of nudes with a lovely black and gunmetal colour to finish it off. I just wish it had more mattes.


1. NYC 4 Colour Palette in Union Square
More nudes! I love this when I don’t want to haul Naked somewhere.

2. 17 Wild Eyes Cream Shadow in Wild Nude
I wear this as a base for almost all my colours – but I particularly love pairing it with Sin from the Naked palette for a monochrome look.

3. MAC Glitter and Ice Mineralise Eyeshadow in Shimmermint
I wasn’t going to buy this after reading reviews and seeing swatches online, but I literally. Cannot. Resist this colour. And even with the wear issues I absolutely adore it.


1. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Rockstar
This liner was recommended to me by one of the UD MUAs, and I’m thrilled with it. It’s an eggplant colour that brings out the green in my eyes perfectly.

2. Diorshow Extase Mascara
This is so small because it was part of the Christmas Gift sets and came with a full size Iconic mascara. But I’m addicted to this one in particular.

3. Pop Face Magnet Primer
This works amazingly at priming the skin. It’s a bit stickier and not as velvety in finish as things like Bare Escentuals’ primer, but it works perfectly at holding the make up.


1. Model’s Own Blusher in Cheeky Pink
I can’t resist a bright pink, especially something as pigmented and buildable as this.

2. Chanel Beige Petale Lipgloss | Collection 2000 Creampuff in Cotton Candy
These two make a perfect combination. The Matte finish Creampuff is a lovely colour, but by itself somewhat drying. I slick the Beige Petale over it to make it a shine finish. But Beige Petale by itself is a lovely natural lipgloss for daily wear – excellent when you’re paying Chanel prices!

And lastly, I can’t resist showing off my lovely new uni bag from Peacocks.

It’s just… well, me in a bag, if I’m honest!