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The No-Makeup Makeup Look

I love all things Fashion & Beauty. I love getting dressed up, doing my hair and having on point make up. For me when I look good, I feel good. Simple things like having neat hair and healthy looking skin can boost your confidence 100 times over compared to a day when you feel like a frump. With that said, I don’t like to wear a full face of make up every single day. Especially now that I am a stay at home / work from home mum. It just feels silly. If I am at home with my son then it makes no sense to me to have thick foundation all over my face. I want to look presentable but natural during the day. The last thing you want is to bump in to Karen from work looking like you have been beaten with the ugly stick one too may times. That is why I go down a simple route. I do the No-Makeup Makeup Look to look like a natural beauty. (even though I am totally cheating) #wokeuplikethis not!

One thing I love about this routine is that it is quick and easy. When you are getting up at 6:30 am every morning with your little one the last thing you want is to spend an hour getting yourself prepared.

So here is my “No Make Up” Make Up Routine that helps me to look fresh and natural during the day while keeping it simple and easy.

 

The “No Makeup” makeup look

 

My go to brand at the moment is Bobbi Brown. I used to be an exclusively Mac kinda gal but recently have been using a more products from Bobbi. I find that they are a really good quality and that the range of colours are prefect for my skin tone. Plus their packaging is really cute.

"No Make Up" Make Up Look "No Make Up" Make Up Look

 

NATURAL DEWY SKIN

 

My secret weapon to fresh dewy skin? Bobbi Browns Extra Moisturising tinted moisturiser. This product got me so in love!!!! I wanted something that would give me a semi decent coverage but would feel light on my face. I hate feeling like my skin cannot breath. What I found was that a lot of bb creams either dried out my skin or make it feel sticky and oily. However this moisturiser has been perfect. It evens out my skin tone while feeling like I am not wearing anything at all. The plus side is that it gives me a dewy look as opposed to my foundation which can be a bit matte.

 

"No Make Up" Make Up Look

 

PINK LIPS AND CHEEKS

 

Blush has always been very important to me. I would always add a bit of colour to my cheeks before leaving the house, even if I didn’t have any other make up on. I found it gave me an instant glow and livened up my skin when it looked a bit dull.

The only problem I had was that once I left the house, the powder blushes would fade very quickly. And carrying around a blush palette and brush was not ideal. This is why this Lip and Cheek pot was perfect for me.

 

"No Make Up" Make Up Look

 

This product is my all time favourite. I don’t know how I managed without it. It adds a soft flush to your cheeks and a natural colour to your lips. The texture is super easy to apply. It glides on like a thick moisturiser. Just rub a little on to the apples of your cheeks and dap on to your lips and you are good to go. You can add a bit of lip balm if you want a more glossy look.

The compact itself is small and easy to carry around with you in your bag or clutch. It is perfect for when you are traveling.

 

"No Make Up" Make Up Look

 

FINISHING TOUCHES

 

If I have time then I apply a quick bit of mascara and I brush and pencil in my brows depending on their state. I find the if I get HD brows regularly then I rarely need to do anything to them as they look neat and filled in automatically. As you can see though in these pictures, I haven’t had my brows done in ages.

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"No Make Up" Make Up Look

"No Make Up" Make Up Look

"No Make Up" Make Up Look

 

Now you have my secrets to looking fresh and presentable everyday while staying natural. It is important for us to always feel good about ourselves. Little things like this can make a huge difference in your self-esteem.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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How To Wash Your Make Up Brushes (And Not Have To Wait Days For Them To Dry)

With Christmas and New Years Parties I must admit that my make up brushes have taken a beating in the last few weeks. They have been covered and recovered in foundation, eyeshadows, lip shades, concealer and then packed into a tight make up bag. As well as been the cause of many tanned coloured stains on my pouches and table tops!

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If you are anything like me than washing your brushes is not something you enjoy. The process of takes time and waiting for them to dry properly before using them again can be excruciating.

Putting that aside, it is essential that your brushes are washed regularly and properly. Besides the obvious reasons of hygiene, reusing dirty brushes can make your make up look amateur, no matter how skilled you are. And don’t forget the damage it can cause to your brushes! ( which must I say, they are pretty expensive so you don’t want to have to keep buying them).

So I thought i would share with you my cleaning routine which has been a game changer for me and my brushes.

When to wash

I try to wash my brushes at least one a week. Especially my foundation and concealer brushes. As they tend to have the most residue on them, making them a breeding ground for bacteria. I make it a Sunday ritual along with my weekly face mask and exfoliation.

How to wash

Using my finger tips and nails to get deep into the bristles. I dab a drop of shampoo with some water and gently clean in between the bristles. Depending on how dirty the brushes are, I usually repeat this process until the water runs clear and the brush starts to go back to its natural colour.

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Drying them

Once the brush is properly clean, it is time to dry them. Since finding this method, this is my favourite part of the process. I used to hate drying them as it would 1. take ages for them to dry and 2. Risk damaging them if not done properly.

Using a hair tie, I tie the brushes bristles down on to my towel rack. This allows them to drip dry without any water seeping into the glue at the base and potentially damaging it. A bonus is that my towel rack is heated so it dries faster and evenly, and are usually ready to go the next morning.

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Quick Tip : If you wear a full face of make up almost every day then washing once a week may not be enough. So I bought an anti-bacterial daily brush spray that i use throughout the week. Just spray it over the bristles and wipe with a tissue. This should ensure that there is not too much residue sitting on your brush for a week!

There you have it. I hope this helps!!

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