Cabin Bag Make Up

Sunday, 25 March 2018

I recently went on a city break to Copenhagen (if you haven't already, check out my instagram where I shared lots of pictures from my time away) and whilst I love city breaks, the luggage allowance is a bit of a pain! I went with my boyfriend and we opted for cabin baggage only as hold luggage was a lot more expensive and I was optimistic that I could fit everything I needed into a small suitcase (eek!). As a beauty lover, this was very challenging as my make up bag alone would normally take up half my suitcase. This meant I had to be really methodical with what I took away and think logically about what I needed. We were away for four nights, so I didn't need that much make up (did I?!)

Whilst the above looks like a lot of make up, I was actually impressed with myself that I was a able to keep it to such a minimum!

Face Products

For me, this product is a 'must'. I knew I would be spending the days out and about exploring Copenhagen and so wanted to ensure my make up stayed in place all day. With the Benefit POREfessional, I knew I would have no worries with that.

Again, being out and about all day meant that it was important I took a long lasting foundation with me and so opted for the Double Wear foundation from Estée Lauder - a firm favourite of mine. Whilst it's quite a heavy duty foundation, it was ideal for creating the perfect make up base for my day ahead.

I love this concealer and it's quite small, so is easy to fit into one of those clear liquid bags to go through security!

I can't go anywhere without the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and so of course it came away with me. It's perfect for setting my make up and holding it in place all day.

When I bought this palette, I had travel in mind. It contains a bronzer, 2 highlighters and a blusher meaning I only had to take one palette with me to complete my face make up. Adding colour to my cheeks with the bronzer and blusher and highlighting my cheekbones with a highlighter, it was perfect for whilst I was away. 

Eye products

I never apply eyeshadow without this primer form Urban Decay so I had to take this away with me. It's super light so knew it wouldn't take up much room in my bag, but it's a 'must' for me in my make up bag.

I don't use this palette that often, but thought it would be ideal to take away due to the large shade range, the light packaging and the huge mirror. I could create an everyday look with this palette and then smoke it out with darker shades for an evening look. I really enjoyed getting to experiment with different looks whilst away. 

My current favourite mascara, volumises and lengthens lashes - I knew it would be perfect for my holiday. 

I use this eyeshadow with an angled brush to shape and fill in my eyebrows. I thought opting for a powder would be the best eyebrow product to take as it freed up some room in my liquids bag.

Lip products 

I actually ended up taking 4 lip products away (I couldn't help myself!) - MAC New York Apple which is a lovely red shimmer - perfect for both day and night. MAC Odyssey, this is my newest lipstick so I wanted the opportunity to try it with different looks,  Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G in Bitch Perfect as it's always handy to have a nude on you. Finally, I took Glossier Balm Dot Com in Birthday as a lip balm to apply before bed and first thing in the morning to keep my lips nourished.

In a weird way, I quite liked having a limited make up selection as it forced me to experiment with different looks. However, now that I'm home, I'm pleased to have my full collection back! What make up would you take away in a cabin bag?

Creating the perfect base

Sunday, 18 March 2018

I've never been huge foundation wearer, instead opting for a BB or CC cream for an everyday make up look. However, I do like to wear foundation at the weekends and particularly for nights out, but I kept finding that no matter what foundation I applied - high end or drug store, it never lasted well on my skin. Until fairly recently, I had a really bad / non existent skin care routine and since I've improved that and experimented with different products, I've really noticed a difference in the longevity of my foundation. Four simple steps leave my foundation looking immaculate all day.

1./Cleanse and tone - Dr Botanicals Cleanse and Tone Cleanser (full review here)
I've raved about this product so many times on my blog, but I just love it so much. I apply this as my first step after showering in the morning. It's so refreshing and leaves my skin feeling really clean, ready for the rest of my skincare steps. I love that it cleanses and tones in one, combining two steps into one, which is perfect for first thing in the morning when you don't want to faff around with lots of different products. Cleansing is so important before applying foundation as it provides a clean surface for the foundation to be applied to, creating a much smoother and healthier look.

2./Apply serum - The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver
After cleansing and toning, I apply a serum. I had always been a bit sceptical about serums and wasn't 100% sure what they did. However, I tried a sample of one last year and really noticed how well it helped my make up to stay in place and I was hooked. I went to The Body Shop to see what serums they had on offer and was recommended the Vitamin C Skin Reviver which I love. It enhances natural radiance and leaves a silky smooth finish, which is a perfect base for foundation. I love the slight scent of orange that The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver offers as it's so refreshing first thing in the morning, preparing me for the day ahead. I think a serum has made the most amount of difference to the longevity of my make up - it's a 'must' in my skincare routine now.

After having applied a serum, I then apply a moisturiser. My favourite is the Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream from The Body Shop. This one is slightly thicker than their normal moisturiser (Vitamin E Moisture Cream) and I find the more intense moisturiser is perfect for my skin as I suffer from slightly more dry skin, especially in the winter. A moisturiser is a 'must' for me before applying foundation (though I know others will disagree), but for me it smooths out my skin, removing any dryness which foundation can often cling to (gross!) allowing for a seamless base for the foundation. I really can't recommend The Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream enough, it's been my 'go-to' moisturiser for years and I can't see that changing anytime soon. I've also got my boyfriend hooked on it as no men's products are as hydrating on his skin as this one.

The last step before applying foundation is primer. I always leave about 5 or so minutes after moisturising to allow the moisturiser to really sink into my skin before applying The POREfessional Face Primer from Benefit. I love this primer and have done so for years, having tried others, I've never found them to be as good as this one. It feels so smooth on my skin and leaves it feeling really silky. I like the consistency of this as it's a really lightweight balm, it's largely the consistency that has put me off other primers in the past. Whilst POREfessional claims to minimise the appearance of pores, I don't find it to be as effective as I'd like. However, for me, that's not the main reason for using it. Instead, I like to use it to help my make up stay put, which it definitely does. I really notice the difference when I forget to apply this, my make up doesn't last nearly as long. 

After following these 4 steps, my skin is all prepped and primed for foundation. Since following this routine, I've noticed that my make up lasts all day without oxidising or looking blotchy. I don't follow this routine daily as it's too much for me before work and as I mentioned, I don't wear foundation everyday. However, these simple steps are perfect for the weekend / night out and are key to long lasting foundation.

How do you create the perfect base for foundation?

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