Friday, 18 May 2012

My Week in Makeup

I woke up this morning, rejoiced because I have a day off and then duly set my mind to what to write today. Unfortunately, my mind was a total blank. This isn't especially unusual for me as I'm not really a morning person and my mind has been similarly blank as I've been getting ready each day this week. Makeup wise, I've relied on tried and tested items that I know will make me look human and prevent me from frightening the already anxious students.

Face Products1

Foundation - I used Max Factor Second Skin foundation* this week. It offers a bit more coverage than my usual Rouge Bunny Rouge tinted moisturiser but it's still quite a light foundation.

Concealers - BECCA Compact Concealer* in praline on blemishes and redness. YSL Touche Eclat* on the undereye area.

Cheek Products - NARS Laguna bronzer, BECCA Turkish Rose, Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicata and Laura Mercier in Petal Pink. I used various combinations of these depending on how drained I looked. My favourite combination at the moment is Delicata all over the cheek area with a tiny sweep of the Laura Mercier on the apples.

Eye products

Brown Liners - I've used both the GOSH Truly Brown and Ben Nye liner in Espresso this week. I prefer the GOSH, I have to admit, as it is easier to apply and lasts longer without smudging.

Eyeshadows - I'm sure you won't be surprised by this taupe fest! I used Solstice Halcyon, Gracious Arasari, the mid brown from Guerlain Les Bois de Rose and various colours from Les Fumes. I also used the highlighter from the Dior Smoky Nude palette on a couple of occasions.

Yesterday I went for a bit of a smoky eye layering the darker colours from Les Fumes over MAC Dirty Greasepaint stick at the lash line then blending out using the pinky tan shade. I was really pleased with the end result and it still felt work appropriate.

Shu Uemura H9 Seal Brown brow pencil and Too Faced Shadow Insurance are both daily staples.


Mascara - No.7 Lash Adapt mascara*. I rather like this for everyday but the formula is a little on the dry side so I think that there's a limit to the number of layers you can apply.

Lipsticks - I wore Rouge Bunny Rouge Murmurings and Ilia Arabian Knights interchangeably almost everyday. Arabian Knights stays at home and whilst Murmurings lives in my handbag. I wore my old favourite Rouge Bunny Rouge Irreverence with the smoky eye yesterday.

Hopefully next week I can get myself organised and pack a makeup bag that I can grab for the early morning starts. I'm hoping to fit Edward Bess Dusk and Olive Violeteare in there for some more work appropriate smoky eyes.

Do you have a selection of products that you know won't let you down? Are you quite adventurous with your makeup at work or do you favour neutrals day-to-day?

* Items labelled with an asterisk were received as PR samples. 


  1. How do you like les bois de rose? do you use the warm colours?

    1. Hi baby in a corner! Bois de Rose was passed on to me by a friend. I get on really well with the colours at the sides (the dark plum and taupe-y brown) but the colours in the middle do scare me and I haven't really used them. If only it was possible to mix and match colours from the various Guerlain 4 pan palettes, I'd be in heaven!

  2. I like the look of the brush in the first picture. Can I ask what it is? Do you use it for liquids, creams or powder? :)

    1. Hi Gillian, I realised after your comment that I totally forgot to mention the brush! My apologies. The brush is the RBR Contour brush and it's a favourite of mine. I use it with powders and I find it's great both bronzer and blusher. I have the RBR blusher brush too but being a contrary soul, I favour that for applying face powder :D

  3. Look at all those lovely neutrals! And I see some depots! *fist pump*

    1. Phwoar at the neutrals! Despite my initial worries, the depotting has been really worthwhile. I'm currently trying to decide which empty palette to get. The Z palette Pro looks dauntingly huge and I fear it will lead to an urge to start depotting random things!

  4. I enjoyed reading this post, Im a nosy so and so =P. Ive recently started using a makeup bag rotating products (whenever I remember) to make sure I use what I have. Ive decided I am in love with the ila lippie in arabian nights and I want it. x

  5. I love all the products for a work-friendly look. Turkish rose is one of my favourite cream blushers. I've hit pan on mine, but it's still going strong for a little compact! Happy Monday!

  6. Nice post Mrs MB. Very excited you like the Shu eyebrow brush - I just bought this last week so the fact you have it totally validates my purchase

  7. Interesting post as there are certain products I have that are ones I know won't let me down like you say and I think the majority are in the natural/taupe colour range as well :) xx


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