10 April 2016

The Five Minute Face

As women I'd say we all have mornings where we crave an extra five minutes in bed instead of spending it in front of the mirror doing our hair or makeup. Those days have been coming around a little more frequently lately as I've been really struggling to get out of bed in the morning. I think this has been down to a mixture of not sleeping the best and putting in more hours at the office.

So, to enjoy those few extra minutes cwtched up in bed without worrying that I'll stroll into work looking like a mess, I have perfected my five minute face with a few makeup bag staples.

To start with I mix a small amount of my Seventeen Skin WOW Primer (£5.99) with my MaxFactor Lasting Performance Foundation in shade 100 Fair (£9.99). This combination leaves your skin looking dewy whilst being incredibly long lasting. I apply this with my fantastic new Kabuki Brush (99p) that I bought after seeing Fee at Makeup Savvy talk about it (#bbloggersmademedoit...). I love kabuki brushes for applying foundation and this blends my foundation out in super quick time. The bristles are soft, short and really dense which leaves your skin with a perfect airbrushed finish. Plus at 99p it's the bargain of the century!

Next I fill in my brows with the Virgin Vie eye definer pencil in Walnut Whip. This has unfortunately been discontinued and I'm gutted because the texture and shade are perfect. If anyone has any good eyebrow pencil recommendations I'd love you to leave them in the comments below. I like a cool toned brown eyebrow pencil best with a waxy texture to help my brows stay in place all day.

After filling in my brows I move on to my eyes. When applying my makeup, I apply my foundation first, then I work from the top of my face down. Does anyone else apply their makeup this way?

On a typical work day I don't wear eyeshadow to the office, I prefer to wear just mascara and eyeliner. Lately I've been using H&M's Eye Colour To-Go in Treasure Hunt (£3.99). These eye crayons are buttery, affordable and oh so pigmented. I'm in love with this olive green shade as I find it so much more flattering than black under my eyes. For mascara, I've been gravitating back to my Diorshow New Look mascara (£25.00). I reviewed this back in October and lately I haven't been able to stop wearing it. My lashes are quite short atmo too and the little brush works wonders for defining and volumizing them for me.

Lately I have been wearing H&M's Powder Blusher in Cameo Pink (£6.99) when I haven't got time to apply blusher, bronzer and highlighter. Somehow this does everything that your cheeks need in one. The formula is soft and pigmented, and it blends out evenly. I would describe the shade a neutral pink with a slight nude undertone. I have been applying it with my Nars Kabuki Artisan Yachiyo brush dupe that was another Makeup Savvy recommendation. At 99p instead of the original £43 I would say this was a find and a half!

Lastly I have been wearing the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in shade 630 Nude Perfection (£4.00) with Nars Orgasm Lip Gloss (£19.00) on top. I have always loved this combination as I find it to be the perfect warm nude lip. It looks professional whilst still looking like you've made an effort.

I manage to complete this whole routine in around five minutes before dashing out the door, grabbing a croissant on the way. This look makes me feel fresh and put together even if I'm not 100% feeling it inside.

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend, I'd love to know what makeup makes your feel confident when your in a hurry? xoxo


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