Good morning and happy Monday beauties! Can we talk about how cold this weekend was? Even though winter has not yet started, it certainly feels like we are right in the middle of it. With dropping temperatures and icy winds, it's hard to want to leave the house at all, especially in the morning when it's dark out and all you want is 5 more minutes in bed. I love winter, I really do but getting up in the morning…not so much. This is why, the night before I will lay out my clothes and sort out my hair, keeping my morning routine as simple as possible as all I have to do is my make-up. In the morning, when I'm still half-asleep I do not want to overthink or overdo my makeup, I want products with a long-lasting finish, great coverage and a natural look. Ever since fall started I switched round my products and here are my go to winter makeup goodies I can bet on every day.
A good primer is a must and whilst my first budget choice is Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser, I've been using this Collection Primed & Ready Pore Minimiser (£4.99) and I really like it. Apart from being inexpensive, it keeps my foundation in place and my skin matte. It manages to cover up my pores rather well too and for a product this cheap, I was expecting much, making it a great bargain buy.
For the main base product, I cannot go wrong with L'Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation (£10.99) which I reviewed here. In short, this gives me great coverage and matches my skin tone perfectly. Whilst it doesn't keep my skin matte for 24 hours as it claims to do, lasting power is amazing at around 8-9 hours and even after a rough gym session, this stuff is still on thanks to its waterproof and steam proof properties.
To cover my pesky dark circles I need something hardcore and my go-to has always been the UD Naked Skin Concealer but given that is not a cheap option for every day, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) is a great alternative. This is highly raved in the blogging world and rightfully so! It highlights the darker tones of my skin and conceals my dark circles extremely well, the consistency is just right and, the wand makes application super easy; a must have in your make-up bag!
To seal all of this in, my trusty Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder* (£15) does the job exceptionally well. When applied over the foundation, it reinforces the hold of the base without looking too unnatural or cakey and being translucent, it doesn't change the colour of the foundation which is always a plus. This contains SPF30 so I honestly cannot think of a better option all year round (review here).
CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT
One cannot simply leave the house without a good amount of bronzer, blusher and highlighter. My bronzer of choice has to be Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder (£23.50) as it is matte and not at all orange looking. Despite me being very pale, this matches my skin tone perfectly and gives me an all-around sunkissed glow.
For blusher, I've been obsessed with Sephora Colorful Face Powder shade 28 ($14) ever since I got it back in August. It is pigmented, but not too intense looking. I loved wearing it when I was tanned but it goes with my ghostly complexion rather well too.
To give my face that blinding glow we all love, my firm choice is always Mac Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter (£24). It is so intense looking; I leave the house feeling like a million bucks whenever I am wearing it.
I keep the eyes simple, so no eyeshade nor eyeliner involved to avoid any mistakes and poking my eye out so early in the morning. My brows aren't the same if I'm not wearing the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade (£15) since last year and honestly I do not see myself moving away from this product anytime soon, that's how good this stuff is! I use it in Medium Brown and it is my brows' best friend! Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara (£4.99) is the perfect finishing touch as it holds my brows in place all day long and it is super easy to use.
To define my eyes and give back their natural shape which was taken away with layers upon layers of foundation and concealer, I blend some of my bronzer into my crease et voilá! Finish it off with a generous amount of Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara (£7.99) to really open up the eyes and look a lot more awake. I reviewed this mascara here if you fancy a read but in short, this is a great mascara for its price tag. I do like its original version better but lately, this has been my go-to which speaks for itself.
I swear this isn't a Maybelline-sponsored post but it sure seems like one huh?! Maybelline Nude 725 Tantalizing Taupe Lipstick (£6.99) is one of my favourite nude shades ever, and I've mentioned this shade a few times here on the blog. I love everything about it; it is a gorgeous nude with pink tones that suits my skin tone extremely well and doesn't wash me out like other nudes do. Its lasting power isn't so great (roughly 3 hours) but its formula is moisturising (aka winter perfect) and extremely easy to apply.
Tell me, what are your go-to makeup goodies for the winter season? I'd love to know so leave me your suggestions below! Thanks for reading beauties and enjoy your week!
* Contains PR Samples. All opinions are my own (disclaimer here).