My thoughts on being a makeup enthusiast..

When people ask what my hobby is, I never really know what to respond with. I have things that interest me of course, but not a real “active” hobby as such.

I guess my hobby is makeup, I am a beauty product enthusiast! I spend most my money on new beauty purchases and I can spend hours watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. However, I always seem to feel a bit embarrassed announcing that makeup is my “hobby”. A lot of people’s perception of people who love makeup is often “fake”, “vain” or “bimbo”; I know that I am none of those things, not at all, however I always feel a bit reluctant to go into detail about my passion due to people assuming that this makes you a little…unintelligent?

In fact, the reason I like makeup isn’t just because it’s pretty, it’s the fact that you can do so many things with it. You can unleash your artistic side and change your look depending on your mood. It also takes skill to be able to apply makeup in a flawless and professional way…it’s not just a case of slapping it on your face and your done (although in some people’s case it may be!).

In fact, it takes intelligence to know what goes where, what looks best on who and which colours will suit your complexion. So, in reality I shouldn’t be embarrassed to announce to people that my hobby is makeup. It’s something that interests me and that’s all that matters!

Do any of you ever feel the same? Do you feel a bit reluctant to let the “real” people in your life know about your beauty blog or the fact that you spend most your wages on the stuff?

That’s my thoughts for the day anyway….let me know what you guys feel on the topic?

 

Smokey Eyes..

smokey eyesUsually I like to be quite minimal with my makeup and a full on smokey eye is something I shy away from, however I thought I would give it a go and see how it looked.

I actually quite liked it, and worked with greys rather than blacks in order for it to be less harsh on my eyes. I didn’t do too much, in fact I used very minimal products. I started off by applying a cream metallic grey colour from my Illamasqua Empower Palette, and put that all over the lid as a base. On top of that, I used gunmetal from the Urban Decay Naked Palette, and applied that on top of the base all over the lid, blending where needed to give a neater appearance. In the corners and on the crease I used creep – a dark almost black shade, again from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I used my MAC 217 to blend around the edges and get rid of the mess I created around the eyes.

That was pretty much it for the eyeshadow, apart from a quick brush along my bottom lashes and in the inner corners to put give more dimension and edge to the look. I then used the Avon Super Shock Gel Liner pencil on the bottom and inner waterline and on my lash line. Then, lashings of Loreal Telescopic mascara and it was done! On my face I wore the Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum in shade 52, followed by MAC Select Cover concealer up in NC20. I have Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in Peach on my cheeks and a bit of Benefit Hoola to contour. On my lips ia MAC Please me and that’s the whole look! Something a bit different to my usual get up…

My “Off to Work” Makeup Routine

Usually, mornings for me are spent rushing around trying to find matching socks or trying to figure out what top will go with my trousers. I know I should prepare every night before I go to bed, but it never seems to happen.

The slightly over dramatic rushing around like a headless chicken, tends to mean I have little time to sit infront of my mirror and concentrate fully on what I’m chucking onto my face. I try to spend no more than 15 minutes applying, just so I can have a teeny bit of time to take a breather and enjoy a coffee. Got to be done!

So, after rushing about and getting myself into a stressy mess, I sit down, take a look at my not so pretty morning face, and attempt to sort it out. To begin with, I moisturise with my Nivea light daily moisturiser, applying generously over my face and neck with no time to let it sink in. Imagine an army general shouting over your shoulder, telling ordering you to hurry up and get it done – that’s how I feel every morning.

Then, with little care I kind of just chuck my foundation on and hope for the best. No time for brushes, just a quick once over with my hands and the jobs done. I tend to vary with what foundation I choose, but it’s usually the trusted Rimmel Wake Me Up. Then, concealer to conceal those nasty blemishes and under eye bags, which usually tends to be the MAC Select Cover Up that is chosen to carry out this particularly important job.

Still rushing about, picking products up and chucking them back down, I then choose what’s going to happen with my eyes. Being the lazy person I am, mixed with extremely bad morning mood, the eyes tend to be very minimal (and very rushed). I just whack on my MAC Paintpot in Groundwork, attempt to draw the straightest line I can with my Topshop gel liner and then a quick once over on the lashes with whatever Mascara I choose on the day. At the moment it’s the Loreal Telescopic.

With the eyes done as best as I can be bothered to do, I move back on to the skin, concentrating this time on the cheeks. Out comes my trusted MAC cremeblend blusher in Something Special. That gets a light dab across the cheeks, followed by my Benefit Hoola bronzer to contour. As I tend to get oily throughout the day, I add a light dab of Clarins Mineral Loose powder over my face and for the lips, I usually just plaster on whatever is nearest at the time (unless it’s a bright red or orange of course) and voila. Done in just 10/15 minutes…I pretend it was effortless of course, no one needs to know the effort that was put in to make me look human….

This is how it usually turns out…nothing special as you can see!

My work makeup routine

My F.O.T.D

Today I have the day off before I start my new job tomorrow, so I had the time to sit and play around more with my makeup than I usually do. This can either go two ways, really good or really bad! Luckily, I think it turned out quite alright today.

I went with a few different picks of products (which I will list below) and had a bit of a play around with my new gold eye liner from MAC and here was the result.

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What I used:

Face:

Benefit Porefessional Primer

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NC20

MAC Select Cover Up Concealer NC20

MAC Cremeblend Blush in Something Special

Benefit Hoola Bronzer to contour

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to set

Eyes:

MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork

Urban Decay Naked Palette, Naked and Buff

Topshop Gel Liner

MAC Khol Liner in Powersurge

Diorshow Iconic Lash  Curling Mascara

Lips:

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour in Bikini Pink

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