Monday, November 7, 2016

My Every Day Winter Makeup Routine

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). 


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).


  1. Great post my dear, you are using wonderful shades to do natural looking make up :-)

  2. O bronzer da Benefit é, sem dúvida, um dos meus favoritos! :D

  3. beautiful pictures, and I know most of the product you use and they are good staple one :)

  4. I have the same mascara and I love it , also I want to try bronzing powder , looks really cool
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  5. I love pretty much all of these products especially the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte, Collection concealer and Lash Sensational mascara. Great post, I really want to try the Collection primer and the Maybelline lipstick in Tantalising Taupe looks very me haha. Thanks for sharing xxx

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  6. That MAC highlighter looks so pretty! I need to check it out!

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  7. Gosh I love that Vichy powder, it's reminded me that I need to go find it once I'm home!! That maybelline lipstick looks gorgoeus too - SUCH a lovely colour!


  8. The Vichy powder is really great, I love it too! My everyday makeup is super simple too, especially on the eyes, only the lips can be a bit out there since they're the easiest to play with :) x

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  9. These are all such lovely products I wonder how well the foundation will work with dry skin I have been wanting to buy it but scared how it will react

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  11. Great post! Infaliable is my go to foundation and has been for so long. I love the coverage and the look it gives my skin!!
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  12. Wow, such some great products Pam, you have selected some really nice products. I love Infaliable foundation and the lipstick shade is so pretty <3

  13. Maybelline is one of my top 3 drugstore brands so it's not a surprise that you feature lots of the products here as they are usually great! Love your product selections here, Pam!

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  14. Tanta coisa que dava jeito por aqui!

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  15. I use the Vichy setting powder pretty much every time I wear makeup - love it x

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  16. I'm so going to copy some of your steps! Thanks for sharing ♥

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  17. agreed! this weekend was so unbelievably cold, it felt like christmas morning everyday! I totally agree with Maybelline as an amazing drugstore, love their lash sensation mascara and oh my goodness that Maybelline Nude 725 Tantalizing Taupe Lipstick is beautiful! You can never have too many nudes in my opinion! I love wearing hoola this time of the year as it makes me look like I've just got a bit more colour and healthiness to my skin! xx

  18. I adore the vichy powder! It's so amazing! I also use that foundation, I love the coverage! You have got some lovely picks here hun! I love wearing makeup at the moment! I keep in simple but with a berry lip!
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  19. I love the true match foundation, but I've not tried the infallible one yet.
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  20. Great products, Maybelline has lovely makeup so it isn't surprising that you show so much of it ;)
    Have a lovely day sweetie! Xxx

  21. Ive been meaning to pick up another tube of that L'oreal foundation for ages, I got a shade too light but I remember really liking it! Xx

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  22. Your makeup looks always perfect, Pam, and you beauty routine shows the great work behind it. My compliments!


  23. I have actually never tried any of these products! Definitely need to pick up some of the items soon :)

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  24. I love the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and that lipstick is gorgeous! x

  25. I love this MAC highlighter, I may give it a try, and this Maybelline lipstick is gorgeous shade.
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  26. I love reading about other people's makeup routines! I've never tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade but I've heard only rave reviews. Love Benefit Hoola too! x

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  27. These look great! I love that taupe color! XO, Ellese


  28. I guess you'll sure be having a velvet skin this winter.. Lovely products by the way
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  29. Lol you must really love Maybelline, but they are an excellent brand. Love your routine.

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  30. So many amazing products. Love it.

  31. Great makeup essentials. Think I need to try that lippy shade - looks gorgeous! x

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  32. O batom da Maybelline tem uma cor tão linda! Não sei porquê mas nunca tenho interesse nos batons da marca, e depois vejo sempre cores lindas na internet :)

  33. I like the color of lipstick and I have to try MAC highlighter:)


  34. I never thought of trying the Vichy setting powder. Need to get it next time. Great staples, Pam.

  35. I totally agree with you. dear Pam, I love winter, that is my favorite season - well, autumn, winter :) But getting up in the morning is oooooohhhh :) I loved your products, and I need to try this L'Oreal Infallible foundation, since you said it is so good. Also, I want to try the MAC highlighter, since my favorite highlighter broke some months ago and since then I am trying to find a good one to no avail. Hope you have a nice week!

  36. Ohh getting out of bed on winter mornings can be a kind of torture haha, and it's definitely my least favroite part of winter too, although it's a beautiful season.
    Your selection of makeup for these colder months is a really good one! I'm also a L'Oreal Infallible Pro-matte fan ;) Your Vichy setting powder sounds awesome and I've never tried it! Plus, the SPF30 is always a great thing. Oh, and I always love the lipsticks you wear whenever I see a selfie of yours on IG!!

  37. Such a great color pallette
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  38. I really need to get the hoola bronzer! I love it and everytime at the benefit boutique I'm thinking of getting it :D I always love your beautiful makeup pam :) you always look so beautiful <3

  39. For the first time I used this last year, when I did my makeover from Lina, she used only few drops and this was so awesome. I loved my outlook. The way my makeup came out and last for long time. She is very good , I so love her. She also trains best make up lesson by Lina Cameron in my town!


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