Shopping My Stash | January

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One of my goals for 2018 is to save money, and not spend my money on unnecessary things . So having said that I’ve decided to start ‘Shopping My Stash’. By this I mean, going through my makeup draws, wardrobe and beauty stash and using the products I already have, but barely use.

I have so much makeup, and loads of clothes that I never wear so each month I’m going to make a conscious effort to use things I wouldn’t normally in the hopes that I will re-dicover old favourites and save money during the process.

For my January/February makeup draw I decided to pull out The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette, Nars Laguna bronzer,MAC Blankey Lipstick and The Morphe 35W Palette.

I forgot how much I loved the Rimmel Match perfection Foundation! I use the concealer on a daily basis, which I love, and used with the foundation works so lovely on my skin. The coverage is medium, but its build able, and although the shade is a bit light, it works well on my skin type.

The Sleek Contour and Blush Palette is one I have loved time and time again. It’s the perfect palette for travelling as I love and use all three of the shades! The bronzer/contour shade is very similar to the Benefit Hoola, the blush is the perfect dupe for NARS Orgasm and the Highlight is so pretty! I could happily live with just this palette for the rest of my life!

NARS Laguna bronzer was a favourite of mine for a while, before I replaced it with Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. Since pulling it out I’ve fallen in love with it again. It’s such a good shade for me, and I love the slight shimmer running through it.

The L’Oreal True Match Powder is okay. I bought this when I ran out of my Laura Mercier  Powder, and it worked well for me, but I will be sticking to my favourite Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.

I’ve not been loving lipstick for quite a while now. I’ve been more than happy to wear a full face of makeup, without any lipstick on, but I’m ready to get out of that habit! I’ve decided to pull out MAC ‘Blankety’ lipstick, as its such a gorgeous nude shade, and its a creamy finish which is my preferred lipstick type. I’ve really been enjoying wearing this again lately.

Lastly for makeup is the Morphe 35W Palette. I bought this ages ago and never really used it. I have so many palettes in my collection that loads tend to get forgotten. This has some lovely shades in and I’ve actually had some lovely comments on my eye makeup since using this, so I’ve been really enjoying this.

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My Everyday Makeup | SimplyBeki

Even though I’m an absolute beauty addict and a makeup artist, I find doing my own makeup an absolute chore most days, so I’ve come up with an everyday makeup routine that takes me no time at all, and that looks good to.

So lets take a look at my everyday products…

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For my base I always start off with the Too Faced Hangover Primer. Primer for me is an absolute must, especially if I’m going to be in work all day. This one helps to brighten my skin, and ensures my foundation goes on flawlessly. My everyday foundation changes all the time, depending on what kind of coverage I want on the day. For this particular day I used the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation. This foundation gives a flawless finish, and is a medium coverage. My absolute favourite concealer is the Rimmel Match Perfection concealer. This covers my dark circles really well, whilst also highlighting under my eyes. This also doesn’t crease at all. To bronze up my skin I use the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel. This gives my skin a gorgeous, bronzy glow. And finally to set this all in place I use the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.  This leaves my skin looking matte, and it feels so lightweight and smooth on the skin.

For contour and blush I’ve been loving my Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette in Light. This is a palette I constantly go back to, due to the pigmentation and blend-ability of all of the powders. This is my must have when I’m traveling. To highlight I’ve been obsessed with the NYX Strobe of Genius palette, especially the purple shade. Its not a subtle highlighter, but I absolutely love how different it is.

Moving onto eyes, I’ve been obsessed with the NARS Loaded Palette. I use the shade ‘Castille’ all over the lid and blended into the crease, and then a small amount of ‘Privilege’ on the centre of the lid and in the inner corners. Its a super simple look, but I love it. For mascara I’ve been loving the KIKO Maxi-Mod Mascara, which unfortunately was limited edition, and is no longer available. I love the small wand, as it gets all of my lashes covered, and it really adds loads of volume to my lashes.

My absolute favourite product for my brows is the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade. I use the shade medium brown, and I fill in my brows using this. To set them in place I use the Sleek Brow Gel.

For lips I tend to switch it up depending on the day, but for the most part I will usually wear a nude shade. The one I’m wearing now is MAC Faux.

What’s In My Bag

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I’m such a nosy person, so I love being able to have a mooch through peoples bags to see what they carry with them on a daily basis, which is what inspired me to write this blog post.

I used to carry a huge handbag with me on a daily basis which I filled with useless crap that I didn’t need. When I found this Michael Kors Selma Satchel bag I fell in love with its simplicity and classic look, and knew I had to have it. I got it in the medium size which is the perfect size for fitting all of my essentials in, and also meaning I don’t have any room for the things I don’t need.

So lets take a look at what I carry with me on a daily basis…

So starting with my purse. I used to carry a card holder with me, but it annoyed me having nowhere to put my change so I switched back to my purse. This particular one from Michael Kors isn’t available anymore as its quite old, but it works perfectly for me.

I always carry a notebook around with me. This particular one is from Home Sense, and I love carrying note books to jot down any lists, thoughts, blog ideas etc. I come up with thought out day.

my favourite scent is Victories Secret Love Spell. I have two bottles of this so I always keep one in my bag to use throughout the day. This scent is so sweet and summery and I really love it.

Sunglasses are an essential for summer time! These ones are my favourite from Carvella.  I love big sunglasses so these ones are perfect for me.

I always have a lipstick at hand. My most worn at the moment is MAC Velvet Teddy. Its such a wearable, everyday shade.

Lastly a few essentials that I always have at hand; mints, headphones, tissues and hand cream. These are products I always use and defiantly miss if i don’t have them with me.

What’s your one essential you have to have with you on a daily basis?!

 

Summer Beauty Essentials

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Summer may not be my favourite time of the year. Yes, I’m one of those people who enjoy cold weather and layers of clothes, but the one thing I do love about summer is being able to wear glowing, peachy makeup.

Heres a little look into some of my essential products for summer…

  • Too Faced Sweet Peach palette! I absolutely LOVE this palette! Not only does it smell delicious but the colours are also beautiful! The palette has a selection of both neutral, everyday shades, as well as a few bolder colours to create really fun looks with. I love using the green on my lower lash line!
  • MAC Fix+ is a must for summer! Although the weathers not great in the UK, we still get the occasional hot days and this works great at keeping my makeup in place, and stopping me from looking like a sweaty mess! Highly recommend!
  • The Iconic London Illuminator in the shade ‘Original’ is STUNNING!  Its a liquid illuminator and my god is this glowy! It can be used mixed with your primer/foundation, or as a highlighter and both ways are beautiful. This is a favourite product of mine! I’m literally obsessed!
  • Next is the Kryolan cream liner in ‘Turquoise Breeze’. I love all of Kryolan’s cream liners. I think the formula is amazing and they do not budge at all. This particular colour is stunning for summer! I recently wore it to a wedding with a neutral eye, and it gave a gorgeous pop of colour to my eyes!
  • The Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel is a cream bronzer that I literally go back to every single summer without fail. Its the perfect bronze shade, without being too orange and the cream formula goes on so smoothly! I’m most definitely due a new one of these soon!
  • Lastly the Victorias Secret Body Spray in the scent ‘Love Spell’ is one of my favourite scents! It has such a sweet, summery smell to it, and although I wear this pretty much all year round, it does really give me those summer time feels whenever I spray it.

So those are my summer beauty essentials! I literally couldn’t recommend this products enough! Although as much as I love wearing them, I am counting down the days until Autumn!