Lipstick on your collar.

A few people have messaged me asking what make up I wear, and I always enjoy these posts on other blogs so I thought I'd share! I am a slight make up addict, though I don't wear it every day. These are my most used or most loved products (generally). If I did this for all the make up I'd probably be told that an intervention was needed. This is going to be a photo filled post, apologies if that annoys you.

Since I went from a brunette to a redhead I have bought some new things, I found some colours just clashed really badly. This included my old favourite Russian Red MAC lipstick. I've found plenty of other options to replace it though, and less harsh reds.

I generally stick with affordable brands, except for foundation. I think a lot of the time you're just paying for the fancy packaging and although I am sucker for that, I'm trying to be sensible.

Everyday make up.

Make up.
L-R: MAC Studio Sculpt NW15, Benefit High Beam, ELF Studio Foundation in Fair, ELF Studio blusher in rose, Illamasqua precision ink in Abyss, ELF tone correcting concealer in Rosy Beige.

Make up.

I feel pretty naked without eyeliner, but apart from that none of it is too heavy. If it's a windy day I have to scrap the eyeliner because my eyes water and I look like a panda. I use illamasqua precision ink which is expensive but has better staying power than anything else I have tried. You can get it on ASOS so ocassionaly you can get a deal on it with vouchers etc!

I went for a MAC Makeover to find a decent foundation, this is the lightest the girl could find after 5 attempts and I reckon it's still a bit too dark. I've been told Bobbi Brown is good for pale skin so I'll try them when this one runs out.

Blushers.

Make up.
L-R: Body Shop lip and cheek stain, Topshop cream blusher in flush, ELF rose, Sleek in Pixie Pink, Benetint, 17 cream stain (no idea of shade, it's rubbed off) and Natural Collection in Dusky Pink.

Make up.

I've only really started using blusher since I had it put on at my mac makeover and now I love it. I used to just stick a bit of Benetint on there and that was it. I really love the cream topshop ones, need to get some more as they are fab. The bodyshop cheek stain came free with a magazine, it's pretty expensive to buy in store and pretty rubbish to be honest. About ten times less strength than Benetint, I have to apply it over and over for any hint of colour and then it vanishes after about 10 minutes.

Eye liners, mascara and lashes.

Make up.

Eyes and lips are my favourite to do. I hate not wearing eyeliner, so I pretty much always have it on in a cat eye flick. Like I said Illamasqua has the best staying power but that Rimmel one is pretty good as well and if I didn't have such sensitive, watery eyes I would stick with it. I just use a standard rimmel eyeshadow pencil to fill in my brows. I bought the fill and lift ELF pencil this week and it is horrible, it's like applying clotted cream to your brows - seriously so heavy and messy.

The pink mascara is Models Own. I used to only use Benefit Bad Gal and it was the only make up product I always used and refused to look elsewhere, but then having loved Models Own products so much I thought I'd check out their new mascaras. This Volumize one is an AMAZING dupe for Benefit Bad Gal, and it doesn't smudge as much under my eyes. Brilliant, I really can't recommend it enough.

Make up.

For my water line I use Bad Gal liner. I got it free in a magazine but I love it and will probably buy a new one when it runs out. That Barry M pencil is a great dupe for it, however.

Make up.

For my falsh lashes, which I generally only wear on a night out, I tend to stick with eyelure. I am sad and love anything with Chezza on it (my second favourite Geordie after my twin MessyCarla, way aye!) but those Girls Aloud ones are really good. I also love the ELF natural lashes there and for £1.50 they are amazing value. The glue is rubbish though, so get a little bottle of Eyelure Lash Fix which lasts ages. Also if you want something more dramatic the Nicola Girls Aloud ones are perfect.

Eyeshadows

Make up.
L-R: ELF cream shadows in Mocha Swirl and Black Licorice, Topshop crayons in Zephyr, Sunshower and Blackjack, Sleek storm palette, Models own (?) and Sleek Molten Metal.

I don't usually wear eyeshadow unless I am on a night out, in which case I do a smoky eye. I hate using powders because I get them everywhere, so I love the Topshop crayons which are super quick and mess free. Or eyeshadow creams, like those ELF and Sleek ones. If I have the time to use a powder I use my Sleek palette. It's amazing, really pigmented, long lasting and cheap. I think I paid around £6 for that. Although I lost one in Paris, oops. I just bought the ELF creams this week and I love them.

Make up. Make up.

The Models own is one I was really excited about because I love their other products so much but this was a disaster. It stained my eyelids! I had blue eyelids for about 4 days, no amount of soap, creams or remover would work at all. Has anyone else had this problem? I'll avoid their shadows until I hear otherwise!

Lipsticks.

Make up.
L-R: Utterly Frivolous, Diva, Ramblas Red and Russian Red.

I usually use MAC, they're worth investing in, good staying power. The Russian Red is a matte one so I always need gloss over it or it is way too drying.

Make up.
L-R: ELF Cheerful cherry, Posh and Fantasy.

I love the ELF lipsticks, though I actually find the ones from their basic collection better than the more expensive (but still ridiculously cheap) Studio collection on the left.

Make up.
L-R: Models Own Deep fushia, plum, scarlett, blackberry gloss pot, red hot gloss, blackberry gloss.

I have all of the Models Own lipsticks but typically could only find my least favourite 3 for this. They're still really good, but I bought the plum one online where there was nothing saying it was shimmery and really it's more pink than purple. The glosses are great though I probably wouldn't buy the tubs again as they are really messy to apply without a brush.

Make up.
L-R: Sleek Mulberry, Cherry, Barry M 144 and Touch of Magic Green.

I rarely use those Sleek lipsticks. They are nice colours but they go on really cakey and thick and are just a mess really. Maybe I am doing something wrong. The Barry M ones are brill, the green one changes colour on your lips depending to the PH level. So basically it's a different colour on different people, I bought this for the novelty factor but I actually use it a lot because it goes on a really lovely berry pink on me.

Make up.
Accessorize Coral.

And lastly a new addition, the only product I have tried from the Accessorize make up collection. I really like it, but in general I find their products a bit tacky looking and expensive for what they are (which is quite similar to the cheaper Barry M stuff). I'd be willing to try more though because the quality of this lipstick is quite high.

Current favourite brand: TOPSHOP.

Make up.
Eyeshadow in Sunstar and Stain in Bitten Berry.

I never thought I would like the Topshop make up. I had this thought that it would be a bit half assed and not great quality but I was completely wrong. I love it and can't get enough of it. The colours are amazing and long lasting and right on trend. I especially love their eye products. I have one of their nail polishes and it's okay but for £5 I'd rather just buy a Models Own bottle. The lip and cheek stain is great but make sure you get it right on your first application because it's a total pain to wash off!

Make up.

And this is how I store them. The cases come in loads of patterns from Primark and I think they're around £5 or less. The little case is my everyday stuff and it is from Forever 21. When I move next month I really want to get a set of clear drawers for them. I can only find ones for around £30 or £40 on ebay and that seems way too much (I am cheap) so if anyone has any links send me them to check out please! I hope you liked this post, I know it's not the kind of thing I normally do but so many people had asked so I thought I would go for it. xo.

12 comments:

  1. Ohhh you have inspired me to go on a bit of a make-up shop. I was dubious about the topshop make up too but i popped in the other day and ended up getting a blush, lipstick and the skin glow and I love it all. The blusher is amazing.You pick such nice colours too x

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  2. Ahhhh lovely post! I love Models Own lipsticks, I swatched the Plum one once and looooove it. Russian Red is one of my favourite lipsticks and I'm really jealous that you have that Gold Topshop crayon, I so regret missing out on that.

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  3. woza, so much awesome make up. I have quite a few of these things especially the benefit makeup. also have the barry m green lippie, it's bloody amazing!!!


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  4. I adored this post!
    I made me want to try so many new products xx

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  5. I have that floral bag on the left, I store my nail polishes in it :)

    And you are so right about the Sleek palettes, such amazing quality for the price. I also keep seeing the Topshop cream blushers and everyone says how good they are, so I may treat myself come pay day :)

    I love that you have a mix of high end and drugstore products too!

    Zoe xoxo

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  6. Ooh also, try Muji for clear drawers. They come in different sizes and are stackable, so you can keep adding a new drawer when you fill the others...

    These are the ones I have http://www.muji.eu/pages/online.asp?V=1&Sec=9&Sub=39&PID=2424 and they are around £10 :)

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  7. Love posts like this, you have a great make-up collection! Yep, I agree with Zoe, check Muji. I got my clear make-up drawers from them and their great. I think you can get 2 drawers for under £10 :) xxx

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  8. Lots of lovely looking make-up :) especially the Topshop bits, I'm getting really tempted to try some out. I love your pink glittery Forever 21 make-up case too :)
    For a drawer set, places like Asda sell plastic clear drawers with a silvery plastic frame. They aren't too fancy but they do the job :)

    Fiona x
    http://sparklerosedesigns.blogspot.com

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  9. What did you think of the Mac Makeover? Would you recommend it?

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  10. Well lovey considering you say you don't go for expensive makeup in fancy packaging, your collection is astounding and if it does the job for a third of the price then all the better! :) That green lippie sounds A-MAZING, and odd, in equal measure. I have quite dark-tinted lips so lippie often doesn't look very bright on me. And sorry to say but I totally disagree with Toppers makeup, though I've only tried the eyeliner and the nail varnishes and my two attempts were both pants! :( I think the colours are beautiful but I'll just have a look for inspiration there in future, then run to Boots haha :) ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  11. What an amazing collection of make up. Lots of variety. Makes me want to go raid the beauty counter NOW! x

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  12. This is such a great post and I love your photography <3 It's great to see what other people are using, it gives me inspiration! :)

    http://thedollhousediary.blogspot.com/

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