Last Saturday I wanted to go a little bit more on the au naturel side with my make up but having just bough the Smashbox Always Sharp Eyeliner I decided that I would make it the focal point of my look.
While writing down all the bits I’ve used I came to realised how expensive a set these are together , at least for me anyway. It’s half expensive and half super cheap and yet they do work well together. I’m happy to have found a foundation my Porefessional primer works with but not so sure completely on the shade match but I’ll explain that most likely next week once I’ve fully road tested the Smashbox foundation. Some of these bits could easily be swaped out for other more affordable ones which I hope to find in the future. I’d love to find a dupe for my Clinique Poppy Plum blend as it’s just my absolute go to shade for blusher for my pale skin.
Smashbox and Other Makeup Worn
- Benefit Porefessional Primer £24.50 – Review
- Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation £27.50 – Sample
- Clinique Fresh Bloom All Over Colour in Poppy Plum Blend £26 – Review
- Mac Studio Fix Powder in NW 10 £21.50 – Review
- Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine – Review
- Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray 30 ml £9 – Review
- Dainty Doll Eye Base £6.24 (Amazon) – Review
- Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner £16
- 2True Wow Volumising Waterproof Mascara in Black £3
- Mua Palette Undress Me Too £4 – Review
So I wanted to keep my make up as quick as possible to apply. No fuss but still slightly more polished than the I just woke up 10 minutes ago and now you want me to leave?
Now as you can see I have stumbled upon mostly Mua make up and when I replace the Maybelline Great Lash which really needs to be got rid of soon I think I’ll try one of the Mua mascaras as I would have then a full face of Mua which I think could be nice and budget friendly. I wanted to wear the Nars as it is so easy to use but realised that if I had a £3 Mua mascara then all the make up combined with the other lipstick would be 50p cheaper than the Nars Velvet Matte Pencil alone. With that I applied the Mua first to show how you can still get a great look from a very budget friendly brand. The Mua matte lipstick in Wild Berry is much more sheer but does give a nice wash of colour, where as the Nars is more in your face and look at me.
Here I just wanted show that I kept the eyes super simple. I tried out the Gosh smokey brown quad but it was too much going on and I still don’t quite have the hang of it. I went with the basic matte in naked from the Mua Undress Me Too palette all over the lid then added a little of the shade shy which is a sort of pearly white that I ran just along the lash line just using my finger. This I sort of picked out as one of the au natural trends due to be big in spring to see if I could pull it off. Along with this at Christmas I picked up the Undress Your Skin foundation that gave me a light to almost medium coverage. It really did make a difference to perk my skin up without it being heavy and this is usually £5 and comes in 3 shades.
The Mua Matte lipstick feels cheep and plastic but if you can get your head around this feeling it’s actually really good for £1. It’s like a balm with a tint but a more thick lipstick consistency. It is matte but not drying one bit and when it’s on it doesn’t take a steady hand to get it right, you just layer it up to get more colour. I used the Mua blusher in Bon Bon that’s a £1, it’s highly pigments and with my blush brush I ran it over my hand before applying to my cheeks so I didn’t look crazy. It’s a pink flush that just warmed the face up to stop it looking flat.
I do believe there is something that can suit every budget and not everyone can afford to buy Nars. The Velvet Matte lip pencils will set you back £17.50. This is only a theory but unless you’re a blogger most women have a small or normal sized amount of make up. If you can find a shade you love then most will stick with what works and this is one of those products that you can wear everyday and not have to worry about your lipstick smudging or disappearing as soon as you take a drink. I also have the shade Sex Machine a dusky nude pink with shimmer and that gets used more often than 90% of my other lipsticks.
I still haven’t got my hands on the Revlon Matte Balms which I think could lay somewhere between the Mua and Nars in texture and shades with a middle ground price of £7.99.
If anyone wonders why most of these Face of the Days have a doll’s house in the back ground it’s what I store most of my make up in. My mum actually built it for me when I was little so I could have one like hers. Sadly I wasn’t the play with Barbie dolls kinda girl so it never got painted. Hopefully when I move I can do it up but I think at least it’s getting a lot more use out of it, it deserves more attention.
If you’ve meandered around my blog before you may notice I have acquired a liking for matte lipsticks. This is simply on the theory they should last longer and be less fuss to deal with. I like to apply my make up and then not have to worry if it’s half way down my face by the end of the day. On a recent trip into Selfridges I picked up a Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte lipstick in Razzberry. This is unlike anything I’ve tried before and I love the shade and the texture is just not like other mattes. So I road tested this today on a trip to the cinema and then onto Pizza Express to have a late birthday treat. I’m still sticking with my resolution of getting healthy and I’m pointing with weight watcher and even though it’s not exactly good for you I’m still within my limits.
I applied my foundation and concealer with my fingers as I still think this is the best way this goes on. I paired this look with a simple eye shadow look with Maybelline in Naked Beige over the inner two thirds and then the Natural Collection in Chocolate on the outer edge and crease to add a little depth. I also used Rimmel Scandaleyes in Nude in the water line to brighten my eyes. I used the Lush Santa Lip Scrub as prep along with lip balm but other than that I used the lipstick alone straight from the bullet. The Mua blush is highly pigmented so you have to be careful and this took a couple of attempts to get right without looking like a rag doll.
- Nivea Hydrating Primer £4.99
- Mac Matchmaster Foundation in shade 1 £27
- Mac Select Cover Concealer in nw15 £15
- Natural Collection Eyeshadow in Chocolate and Crushed Walnut £1.99 each
- Maybeline Mono Shadow in Naked Beige £4.09
- Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black £4.99
- Mua Powder Blusher in Bon Bons £1
- N07 Eye Colour and Contour Brush £7.25 each
- Eco Tools Blush and Angle Brush ( part a set) £14.99
These are the two MUA Matte Lipsticks I picked up from Superdrug I think I would have picked up one of each shade had they even had stock in as they are super value at £1 each.
In the top left and bottom right are each of the tubes partially deconstructed by that I mean the colour at the end of the tubes of lipstick are the product. This is the first time I’ve seen or noticed this done and I think its a great idea when you can’t open the sealed lipstick but you an see what your getting. That bare in mind though when you swatch them they are sheer mattes as you can see compared with the Rimmel Kate Matte which is opaque. So it shows a dark colour with Wild Berry but in fact it’s nothing like it in use. The other image is to show because they are only a £1 the quality of the tube and how the lipstick is held in place is rubbish as pressure as you apply it bends the lipstick over so when you twist it back in you end up with the lines cut into the lipstick. It’s a cheap enough lipstick for this not to matter much in my opinion as you can easily replace it if you wanted to be fussy over the appearance after all it’s white plastick with silver writing.
At first test I wrote off Totally nude as it didn’t work well at first it’s almost like a coating over the lipstick you have to break to get to the colour. The actually texture is quite nice but it’s a matter a layering up the colour so takes a little longer to apply but means you can choose how light or dark you have it. That in mind the nude doesn’t suit me and washes my lip colour out but maybe would work on someone else.
Mua Matte Lipstick in Totally Nude for £1 in Superdrug
This is a clear favourite and is not what I expect but is much more wearable and is buildable with a suprisingly even shade. This is easy to apply even for me and didn’t settle in the creases of my lips. I did put lip balm underneath but blotted just before adding the lipstick. I love the sheer berry stain it added and came between matte and a little satin in effect. I’m not sure how good wear time is but its easy to reapply without even having a mirror with you without having to worry about it.
Mua Matte Lipstick in Wild Berry for £1 in Superdrug