The Daily Grind


 Firstly I recommend you read this while listening too ‘Julep-Punch Brothers’ and if you’re a really slow reader ‘Writing on the wall- Bear’s Den spotify sessions curated by Jim Emo’ both on spotify.

I thought I’d put on my best posey face today and show what graces my face makeup wise if I’m forced to participate in the real world (this is anything outside the four walls of my house and in clothing other than my beloved Garfield pjs).
I may as well start from the base (cause it’s all about the base ‘bout that base). I worked the ‘Revlon photo-ready and anti-shine primer’ into the centre of my face, with the best makeup tool ever… my fingertips. This product has made it into the makeup rotation by default as my favourite primer ‘Benefit porefessional’ is running low and I want to save it for ‘special occasions’, whenever that is. I am the only one that does this?
Next product up is ‘YSL perfect touch radiance brush foundation’ in 04 sand; I have a love/hate relationship with this product. Hate… the packaging (there is a brush attached) not only does this mean a lot of the product is wasted in the brush but it’s not hygienic as the brush can’t be removed and washed. Also £38.00 for 40ml of product? Ain’t nobody got money for that little product YSL.
Despite this, I repurchase as it’s a full coverage foundation that lasts all day without that horrid ‘mask’ feeling that some full coverage foundations have. It also does as it says on the bottle and gives a ‘radiant glow’. Which can’t be knocked if you’re like me and often find yourself in the small hours of the morning watching Netflix. Another must if your ‘that’ person (no judgement) is an under eye brightener. I have hereditary under eye circles (thanks dad) so this is lashed on. ‘Estee Lauder Brush-on Glow highlighter’ in 2W Light/Medium (warm) is yellow toned so for me it cancels on the blueish tones under my eyes disguising all my late night ‘Buffy the vampire’ binges. It also doesn’t settle in fine lines causing that dreaded creasing. Therefore making this young twenty-three year old look her age, so one might be able to try and get away with that child’s train ticket.
Eyes and eyebrows- I have one shadow to thank and that is the dark matte shadow from ‘Benefit’s- Big beautiful eyes’ (swatch inserted below and yes I am that white). This shadow is highly pigmented so I suggest to gently levitating your brush over this shadow and that’ll be enough! Then blend, blend and blend some more… that is all. Using this shadow and a fine angled eyeliner brush, I attempt my brows. Firstly by outlining the brows and then working any leftover product into the gaps, finishing off by blending any harsh lines. Any unruly hairs are set in place with ‘Benefits –Gimme brow’. Brows on fleek.
This next step is hit or miss and is entirely reliant on whether I decide to watch ‘Frasier’ for ten minutes and enjoy my porridge or ‘get her down me’. ‘Maxfactor Excess Longwear eyeliner’ in charcoal is brilliant if you do fancy lining your eyes. I only line my top water line as I feel lining my bottom water line closes my eyes in making them appear smaller. I then smudge this out for that little ‘something, something’.
Now on to my ‘holy grail’, ‘if you were shipwrecked to the desert and could only take one product’ product ‘L’Oreal telescopic mascara’. It ticks all my boxes for mascara, voluminises, lengthens, no fall out and nice separation. Just try it that’s all I can say.
I’m pale… very pale so to avoid being constantly asked ‘are you feeling ok today?’ one needs to bronze up the face. ‘Bourjois bronzing primer’ does this quite nicely, this whipped mousse formula blends well, gives a nice glow and a bit of cheek bone definition to a rather round face. Kim contour at 8am, it’s a no from me.
All this is set in place with the cheap as chips ‘High definition powder’ from elf, once again a little goes along way, too much could lead to possible questions on drug use. But this powder will for sure keep sheen at bay all day. On the lips a trusty nude which is drink proof and kiss proof (jokes I’m a lone wolfpack). I love this opaque gloss from ‘Lancôme in ‘210’’ (Swatched below).
This whole face paint has been perfected in a record timing of twenty minutes; I’ll accept praise for this… as you should be impressed.
A x



The Daily Grind

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