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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?

CHALLENGE ► items unused

Published January 14, 2012 by Nicoco

What do the following items have in common?

If you said they’re make up items I always forget to use, you’d be right.

So, I decided that I would keep them on my dresser to try and encourage me to reach for them more than others for a while.

Starting from top, going clockwise:
Skin79 BB Cream: When I first got this (after a hell of a lot of trouble, thank you German Customs), I loved the crap out of it. I really wanted to pale down my skin, and it worked perfectly. Unfortunately, it’s very heavy coverage, and I started pulling away from it in favour of foundations that offered more build-ability.  I also gained more confidence in my pale-olive skin tone and felt washed out when wearing it. Now I’m just looking to finish it.

MUA Bronzer in Shade 3: I bought this because it’s a matte bronzer I thought I could use for contouring.  I can, but I underestimated how often I forget to contour. But hopefully I can keep using it and get into a habit of contouring.

Topshop Lipstick in Rumour Has It: I really like both of the lipsticks that were in Topshop’s A/W collection and bought both of them. I probably could have included Pillow Talk in this challenge, now that I think about it. But Rumour Has It is a neutral/nude-brown lipstick that works with loud eyes, I think.

Model’s Own Lipgloss in Golden Nude: To go with Rumour Has It, mostly. I managed to get this while Model’s Own were doing their promo with Diet Coke. Okay. So I totally bought the Coke to try the lipgloss. Shh.

Art Deco Blusher in Shade 11: Like the BB Cream, I loved this when I got it. But I think my style’s evolved beyond wearing such loud blusher. I’m sure I can figure out how to use it up, though.

Diorshow Iconic: I actually still use this quite a lot! But I recently bought 17’s Peep Show Mascara and just want to be sure that I don’t forget that Iconic still exists.

MAC Gel Eyeliner in Blacktrack: I so blame UD’s eyeliner in Rockstar for this. But I’ve been cutting back on the heavy black liner quite a bit (you know, until Perversion is released by itself and I live in it). So I want to use this before it dries.

Barry M Dazzle Dusts: I have about… 8? 9? of these. Which I continually forget to use. I did try to use Pink Gold and Peacock together… it didn’t go well. But I chose the two most neutral colours I own from them (and forgive me, but I cannot remember the names because Barry M uses a number system on the actual jars. :|)

Brightening Primer: I don’t remember who made this – most of the info has faded off it – but it’s basically a cheaper version of eye primers like Lemon Aid.

Shiseido Eyeshadow Single: Yup. More “love ’em and leave ’em” products. It’s a darker brown which I just. Need to finish because there are so many eyeshadows in my stash RN.

Benefit’s The Porefessional: I’m actually not a huge fan of this primer, which is strange because I adore all that Benefit chooses to be. Can’t quite place why – it does reduce pores and make my skin smoother, but I don’t really enjoy using it, when I have my Face Magnet Primer by Pop instead.

Benefit’s Thrrrob Blusher: I kind of threw this and Dallas to the back of my stash a while back, but having it out again reminds me how much I adore it. I hit pan a while back and am just waiting to finish the product up completely.

I guess this is kind of my version of  Project 10 Pan. But I haven’t placed a spending ban yet. I don’t think I could.

I am using other products with these, but trying to concentrate on these lot more for daily use than I have recently. Hopefully it will make way for some more space in my make up drawer, and maybe even kindle some love for some unloved products (or rekindle, in the case of Thrrrob).

This post was brought to you by one of my Christmas Presents: Mr. Owl the necklace! Isn’t it cute?