My Current Drugstore Makeup Favourites…

Hello Beautiful People,

As mentioned in my previous post, today I will be talking to you about the alternative, (more affordable!) products that are also my favourites during summer!

  1.  Garnier Skin Naturals BB Cream: This product not only hydrates the face but also makes the skin appear radiant. It doesn’t provide a high coverage but will reduce the appearance of redness and blemishes. It feels very lightweight and blends really well with the skin.  This products costs £9.99.
  2.  If you prefer to use a foundation I have two to offer. The first one is REVLON COLORSTAY MAKEUP foundation.  This foundation has a buildable formula, depending on the type of look you’re going for, whether its daytime or night-time.  It provides an even coverage which results in the skin looking natural and healthy.  I don’t like foundations that feel heavy on the skin, and as it is summer I recommend the Revlon foundation as this one also feels lightweight. This product costs £12.99.
  3. The second foundation is RIMMEL WAKE ME UP foundation. Now before I begin, I wanted to let you guys know that I bought this foundation when I was tanned, thats why it is a different shade to the Revlon one, ( I had to clarify).  I love using this foundation during breezy summer days. Why? Because it makes the skin glow and when I mean glow, I mean GLOW! Don’t worry I don’t mean like a highlighter but it instantly removes the tiredness and provides a radiant, healthy looking skin. So, if you do want to go for a dewy and glowy look then do try out the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. This product costs £8.99.
  4.  The only drugstore concealer I use is the , Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer. I apply this directly under the eye and it really helps with under eye circles. Not only does it remove the darkness under the eye but it also brightens it. That is what I love about it, it instantly makes me look more awake. I also use this product on any other dark spots or blemishes across my face as it does provide a high coverage. This product costs £8.99.
  5.  For my eyebrows I use the KIKO MILANO PRECISION EYEBROW Pencil.  I need to sharpen mine but the shape of the tip allows you to achieve a more defined looking eyebrow. I also draw some hairs on my eyebrow to make it look more thick and I find it easy to do with this product as it says in the name it is very precise and enables you to have full control without smudging. It also comes with its own sharpener and separator comb! I bought this product during the sales and it only cost me £4.10.
  6.  I’m sure that you’ve heard about this product as it has become popular within makeup tutorials. It is the NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder. This product provides a translucent finish which is amazing as it can be used on all skin tones.  I’ve been using this powder for a while now and honestly from the first use it has left my skin feeling soft and looking silky smooth. I definitely recommend this product! It costs £9.00.
  7. As you may know from my previous post I enjoy using the NARS Orgasm blush, however, it is pricey.  So if you want to go for something cheaper then I suggest you invest in the BOURJOIS Little Round Pot Blusher. This one is in the colour 03 Brun Cuivré. The baked texture provides an easy application and feels light. It has shimmers in it and like the Nars blusher, makes the skin glow and feel amazing! This product costs £7.99.
  8.  As for bronzer I use the REVOLUTION ULTRA BRONZE. This bronzer is buildable and easily blendable which allows you to create any look you want whether it is subtle or dramatic. It adds colour to the face and gives a matte finish. It is ONLY…£3.00.
  9.  This next product is called REVOLUTION ULTRA CONTOUR PALETTE. This palette comes with various shades for contouring and sculpting. So I’ll leave the experimenting to you. The palette also comes with two baked highlighters that illuminate the cheekbones. A TIP: You can use this as a eyeshadow palette. Add the brown shade to your crease and the highlighter to your eyelid and brow bone, apply some mascara and you are ready to go!
  10.  The next two products are lipsticks. The first one is L’OREAL PARIS COLOR RICHE LIPSTICK in the shade 633. This lipstick is very pigmented and it leaves the lips feeling soft and moisturised. This product costs £6.99.
  11. The second lipstick is a RIMMEL MOISTURE RENEW LIPSTICK in the shade Notting Hill Nude. As it says in the name this lipstick is very hydrating, it is easy to apply and is a perfect shade of nude! It costs £6.49.
  12. The last product is a REVLON PHOTOREADY 3D VOLUME MASCARA. This mascara separates your eyelashes and gives you big voluptuous lashes. I love this one as it doesn’t clump or look too thick. Its natural and perfect for a daytime look…

Guysss… I literally took the hallway mirror down as a background for the makeup products… My mum thought I was polishing the mirror *laughing so hard* like who would do that out of nowhere. Definitely not me!

Below you’ll find the photos of each product. I didn’t add any filters so you can see the true colour and form of the product. Thank you for, reading this, giving likes and comments on my previous posts… It means the world to me and being able to share the things I love with you makes me happy!! I would love for you to check out and follow my Instagram, I just opened a Facebook account for this blog so if you like what I share, follow me on there.

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Hope you have a lovely week and see you in my next post. Stay beautiful and positive!

With Love

Ela xo

My Current Make Up Favourites…

Hello Beautiful People,

In this post I want to talk about the make up products I currently use and in love with. I don’t know about other places but for the past couple of days in England the weather has been so hot that I’ve been going make up free and it feels amazing. So, before I talk about the products I just want to say, always love your skin and be confident with being bare-faced! Trust me, that is the real beauty… But on days you do want to dress up and make up here are some products that I recommend especially for the summer…

  1. L’ORÉAL PARIS: Age Perfect Extraordinary Facial Oil- After putting on a moisturizer of your choice and letting that sink in to your face, I advise you to put 2-3 drops of face oil. Now the one I use is for skin that is ageing, however since I’ve been using it I haven’t encountered any side affects. In fact my skin has been smoother and softer. It is also a perfect base to apply your tinted moisturiser or foundation smoothly.
  2.  Benefit: Stay Don’t Stray- This product is a stay-put primer for concealers & eyeshadows. What I love about this product is that it can easily blend and when applying make up on top of it, the eyeshadow and eyeliner does not crease up and it lasts for a long time without smudging. Also, when using this product I really love how it brightens up my under eyes, I don’t feel the need to put a concealer on top of it. Definitely a must for the summer!
  3.  For my face I use both, a tinted moisturizer and a foundation, I usually alternate between them. This usually depends on what I’m doing on the day and definitely the weather.  If I want something light I prefer to use CAUDALÍE: Radiance Tinted Moisturizer. I apply this product either by using a beauty blender or my fingers. What I love about it is that it feels like a second skin. It doesn’t feel heavy or cakey instead it looks natural and ofcourse hydrates the face. Also it has SPF20 which is a plus, especially during the sunny days. During days that I want good coverage I choose to use LANCÔME: TEINT IDOLE ULTRA WEAR. Like the tinted moisturiser the Lancôme foundation also feels lightweight and natural, it has SPF15 and is last longing. A plus side to this product is that it says intact for long as it is smudge proof and transfer free.
  4. I normally experiment with my eye make up. I love a defined crease, but lately I’ve been getting really lazy with it so the MAC: Mineralize Eye Shadow (DUO) is a really good alternative, it makes it look like you have put effort in your makeup and is really, really and I mean really pretty.  The one I use is in the colour ‘Love Connection’ its a pale beige with gold and blue veining. The baked formula is lightweight and easy to apply.
  5. The next product I want to talk about is No7: Stay Perfect Liquid Eyeliner. Now it took a lot of practice to get the hang of eyeliner and I used a range of eyeliners from pencil, pen and gel and I can say that the ones I used so far haven’t been satisfying. Especially the pen eyeliners, they always dry out and run out within a week of use which is very disappointing. As for the gel ones, (I guess I’m not good at them) they just get too clumpy and hard to move around, for me gel ones feel too thick. But the No7 has a nicely defined tip that is not too thin or thick. It’s very flexible so it easily moves around and enables me to create a precise line. It also dries quick and doesn’t smudge. Ela approved!!
  6. For my eyebrows, I use the Mac: Veluxe Brow Liner in the colour Taupe. This crayon like pencil is sheer but you can easily build it up.  It has a matte finish that looks velvety and comes with a spoolie, so you can brush through your eyebrows and make them look well groomed.
  7. As a mascara my go to product is Benefit: They’re Real! The brush is specially designed to seperate your eyelashes, which I love because it doesn’t clump my lashes plus it is very volumising. Who doesn’t love that?
  8. I’m getting there guys only three more products left! This item is a bronzer it only comes in one colour and matches most skin tones its The Balm: Bahama Mama. This product gives you a sun-kissed look which is very flattering. It is easy to blend and looks natural on top of your make up. This product also can be used as a contour powder and can give you a very defined look. A tip: you can use this product as a eyeshadow- tap your blending brush into the bronzer and swipe it across the crease of your eyelid. See perfect!
  9.  I sometimes add a blush to my make up routine but only on days when I want that extra glow! For this I use the NARS: Orgasm. This is a ‘peachy pink with golden shimmer’ this product is described by many bloggers as a shade that matches every skin tone, you can put a tiny bit on to give you a hint of shine or build it up for a more dramatic effect. As with many other products NARS: Orgasm is easy to blend and looks amazing on the skin.
  10. Last but not least, I want to talk about a lip product. For most days I go without a lip product or just apply a lip balm but for days when I want to put in the effort I use YSL: Rouge Volupté Shine in the colour ‘Ultimate Beige’.  This product glides on your lips and makes it feel hydrated and soft. It is very comfortable to use and looks natural.

So here are the products that I recommend you to try out. Now I know some of them are on the high end of the spectrum so keeping this in mind, I will make a post on the alternatives for these products. I want all you make up lovers to benefit from my advice and products. The alternatives are also products that I have used and still use. For now thank you for reading another post, I really appreciate you taking the time to read it. I hope you have a lovely week and see you in my next post…

Ela xo

New Beginnings…

I want to create a blog about many things ranging from fashion related posts to travel, reading, and daily life related posts.  My aim is to not only improve my writing but also to share what I write with an audience who shares the same interests as me. This blog is a new beginning for me, a chance to go out from my comfort zone and try something new. I always read blogs which inspired me, however even though they motivated and inspired me I was just another reader. Recently, I watched a youtube video that really encouraged me to start something I was not confident with and so here I am :). As I mentioned before in the ‘About’ section, I just finished my second year of university and have the opportunity to commit myself to a blog. I am also in the process of writing my own book, which will be up on Wattpad in the near future…

In the mean time I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this. My next post will be about some make up products that I really enjoy using and would recommend to you makeup lovers out there…

Ela xo