My Current Makeup Routine (The Lazy Edition)

Beauty, Make Up, Tutorial

There are two types of people. Those who wake up earlier to get themselves ready and those who oversleep with only have 5 minutes to spare. In case you didn’t guess from the title, I’m the second person. So when I’m usually on the go, I do the bare minimum with my makeup and it works best for me as it doesn’t require any effort. I’ve been wearing this look pretty much all Summer, although whenever I’m sat at home or breaking out, I usually don’t wear any makeup at all. Apart from the times where I end up playing with makeup whenever I get bored (does anyone else do that too?). To create this easy yet wearable look, I’ve been using these trusty products that help me look some what presentable throughout my day.


To start off I use the NYX First Base Primer Spray to prep my skin. I’ve tried a few other drugstore primers that I have struggled to use in the past, such as the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser and the Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer – however this NYX primer is a pretty decent product. It maintains my makeup well and is very lightweight (perfect for everyday uses).  This is actually my first time owning a primer in a spray form and I’ve been liking it because it’s super quick and easy to apply onto my skin, especially when I’m in a rush.


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So once I’ve quickly prepped my face, I let the primer sit and dry on my skin before moving onto my eyebrows and foundation. Now I would’ve shown you some lovely images of the Sleek Eyebrow Kit I use but to be completely honest with you, it looks gross. No amount of lighting or angles could’ve saved it. So what’s good about this kit is that it comes with a gel, a powder, two small eyebrow brushes and a set of mini tweezers (cute!). I use this product in the shade ‘Dark’ and it’s great for shaping and defining your brows. I love it, I’ve used it up sooo much that I’ve basically hit pan on both sides.   


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How many of you have ever felt personally victimized by badly oxidized and ashy foundation? *everybody puts their hands up*  I am forever going into stores and desperately trying to swatch different foundation shades to only go home and see it look completely different. But I’ve finally found a foundation (and it’s drugstore!) that doesn’t have that disappointing result on me. This is the EX1 Invisiwear Foundation that you may have seen being hyped around YouTube. I use it in the shade 8.0 and I’ve been loving it as it feels super light and glowy on the skin and has the yellow undertone I’ve been looking for. To apply this foundation I usually use one or two pumps of product and create small dots around my face with my clean fingers. I then blend it into my skin and a little on my neck using my Beauty Blender.

Carving out my eyebrows with concealer is a complete game changer. It’s also the most satisfying part of my makeup routine. I use the LA Girl Pro Concealer in the shade ‘Pure Beige’ to clean up the edges and to neaten out the shape of them. I also use the same concealer to highlight and conceal certain areas of my face, mostly under my eyes and covering any blemishes or acne scars.


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To set my concealer I use the Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana powder which is said to be a cheaper dupe for the Ben Nye Banana powder and just by looking at the packaging, I can see why. I like using this powder to mainly set my under eyes to prevent it from creasing and also on my t-zone as it’s where I tend to get oily the most. I think it’s a lovely product, it blends out quite nicely, it holds my makeup in place and has good warm/yellow undertone to suit my complexion.  


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To contour my cheeks and to warm up my face, I have been using the Sleek Face Contour Kit in the shade ‘Medium’. I’ve been a fan of Sleek Makeup for years now and their eyeshadows and powders have always been really pigmented, so definitely for me, a little goes a long way with this product. To apply my contour I use this angled blush brush from the pound store and I’m not even kidding, it is surprisingly good for contouring. With this I like to slowly build up the powder rather than applying a lot of product at once to avoid looking muddy. Then to clean up my contour on the sides of my cheeks, I go back in with my banana powder.  I also use this same bronzer as an eyeshadow to contour my eyelids as a finishing touch.

To highlight my face and add some of that summer glow, I’ve have been using the Laura Geller Baked Illuminator in the shade ‘Gilded Honey’. This is another highly spoken product in the makeup community and it deserves to be, it really is THAT good. I’m obsessed with it and I can never get sick of watching it glide onto my skin. With my application I tend to switch between applying it with an eyeshadow brush and my Beauty Blender.


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We’re nearly there, I honestly didn’t think that a look so simple would be this long in a blog post. But lastly to wrap up my current makeup routine, I use the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara to make my eyelashes look more fuller and awake, I then pop on any sort of lip balm I have closest to me.


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So there we have it, my lazy guide to my everyday makeup routine. I had tons of fun creating this post and i’m happy to be getting back into writing and blogging. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this but also let me know in the comments below if you prefer shorter posts with more visuals or the chatty, longer posts. 

Until the next time,
Tammy xx  

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Glitter Tears – Editorial Feature

Beauty, Make Up, Uncategorized

Recently I’ve been wanting to go beyond an everyday look and experiment with make up – because why not? Make up can be explorative and be used for fun, so I went ahead and created this pretty and pink make up look. I would say it is more editorial (used in photography, magazines and in fashion) than the usual make up looks. But guess what guys! It’s all affordable as they are mainly from drugstore brands such as Sleek Make up.

I’ve also created this mini video (via tumblr – click this link) that I had lots of fun creating, showing bits of the process and outcome of this look. All the products are listed below and I hope you enjoy!


1. Eyebrows:

Filling in the brows – Sleek Eyebrow Kit
To clean up the brows – Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
Eyebrow bone highlight in Light tanSmashbox Full Exposure Palette

Eye Makeup:

2. Transition shade/sMac Bronzing Powder , Maroon red shade in the Sleek Ultra Matts Palette and the  Matte pink/purple shade from the Sleek i-Divine Celestial Palette 445 (Limited Edition).

3. Base Colour/s Sleek Ultra Matts Palette

  • White colour for the center of the lid
  • Yellow nude also for the center of the lid
  • Dark plum purple packed near the tear duct and the upper lash line

4. Glitter Eyelid Colour/s
To stick the glitter – Hustle 4Collection Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner


5. Waterline

  • Matte pink/purple shade  Sleek i-Divine Celestial Palette 445
  • Dark plum purple packed near the tear duct and the lower lash line – Sleek Ultra Matts Palette

6. Glitter on the water line and extended – Same products for the eyelid ^

7. Mascara – Smashbox Full Exposure


Thanks for reading this post! x




Mac Bronzing Powder and Studio Finish Concealer – Review



A couple of weeks ago I headed down to Brent Cross and visited the Mac counter in Fenwick’s to treat myself, since I haven’t bought make up in a while – recovering from the exam period.

I purchased 2 things which was the B45 Matte Bronzing Powder and the Studio Finish pot Concealer in the shade NC35. I initially was just looking for a concealer and bronzer so I asked a Mac artist called Nadia, to help me find the right shade. I have a warm yellow skin tone. It can be a little tricky finding the right colour and if you can relate, we have to endlessly mix our foundations and concealers to get a colour closest to our skin tone. But after many uses of these products, here is my overall review on how they worked out.

Firstly, I do quite like the look of the bronzer as it isn’t too orange nor too cool toned which is what I was looking for. I think this product works best by slowly building up the colour rather than putting a lot on the bronzing brush and applying it. It also is very matte and I needed that for my oily skin. So the bronzer gets a yes from me.

However moving onto the concealer, it was a bit too light for me (the  lighting always tricks me) but the coverage is really good. The artist did mention that it is sometimes used to cover up tattoos so it guess it lived up to its reputation. Moreover, I think I will use the concealer to give me more of a highlight rather than using it everyday, but I will use it if I need to cover up any of my face scars.

Lesson learnt, don’t trust the Mac store lighting