my daily face

From politics to preening - isn't that why "lifestyle" blogs are so great? Because it basically allows you to jump from one topic to the next without even a hint of a transition? 

Today, it's all about make up. I'm sure I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of make up, and was a complete hoarder of every lipstick and dried up concealers that I ever possessed, before I did my huge de-cluttering. I just find it to be a lot of fun - not that I do anything particularly crazy with it, I'm quite prudish with make up, actually - and it's never been a chore for me. I find it relaxing (unless I'm in a big rush, which is more often the case than I'd like to admit) and quite enjoyable!

The title "my daily face" is a little misleading, as I don't wear make up every day - it's probably about 4 days out of the week? I'm not bothered about going out with a bare face, although I do generally wear some if I'm doing something fun and social. 

I play it quite safe when it comes to my favourite products, and do a lot of research for reviews and swatches before purchasing. The good quality ones often come with a hefty price tag, so I want to be sure they're worth it! All of the products I'm mentioning below are things that are truly tried and tested! Also, I have other favourites from each category that aren't getting the spotlight today, as I'm just featuring the few things that are current staples. I'll feature them another time, I'm sure - a good excuse for another beauty chat!

SKIN.

 I have what is probably considered combination skin, but I was going through a seriously dry patch recently, so I turned to the trusty Shea Ultra Rich Comforting Cream by l'Occitane, and it's helped a lot. I used it religiously one winter a few years ago, and I highly recommend it. SPF is essential (although apparently not in London right now, as the sun is nowhere to be seen), and I love the Ultra Light Fluid Factor 50 by La Roche Posay - I've used it for multiple summers now and it's the best one I've tried. 

FACE.

Although I will always be faithful to Estée Lauder Double Wear Light for long lasting coverage (it was my wedding day pick and served me well), for daily use, my current favourites are the Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet (I got this last year with the Boots points I saved up, and I felt very smug!) and the l'Oreal Infallible Matte. The Chanel is nice and light, whilst not being too shiny, and the l'Oreal one I actually bought in a darker shade to match my tan - it was inexpensive so I thought it was ok to buy it in a temporary colour, but I actually like it a lot and may end up getting a lighter shade later on! For concealers, I like to use Urban Decay Naked Skin for under the eyes, and Make Up Forever Full Cover Waterproof on occasion, if I have a pesky blemish or two. 

CHEEKS ETC.

My Soap & Glory Solar Power bronzer is very well loved (and it's my second one!) and I would recommend it to any bronzer sceptics - it's just the right shade and you can afford to be a little clumsy, as it's not scarily pigmented. One of the most treasured items in my make up box is the gorgeous Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit, which I splurged on last year and have adored ever since. It includes setting powders that add a subtle glow, and beautiful blush shades that double as highlighters. Definitely no buyer's remorse with that one, and it's perfect for travel, too.

EYES.

Trust me when I say that the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is the only primer you'll ever need - it makes eyeshadow last so much longer. My current eyeshadow loves are the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon for the easiest sweep and go option, and the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette for more variety. For eyeliner, I use Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil without fail, and for brows I use an old Shu Uemura pencil that I've had for ages and it apparently never ending. My mascara is one I got in Japan, sorry!

LIPS.

This one is a little bit special, and a truly luxurious piece - it's the Tom Ford Lip Colour in Casablanca (c/o House of Fraser). I feel utterly spoilt owning this, as it's such a cult product and with good reason. It feels very luxe and heavy in your hand, and the formula is incredible - moisturising, light and long lasting. The colour I chose would probably suit all skin tones, and I'm trying to use it carefully despite it living in whatever bag I'm carrying as I can't part with it now. All I have to do is to resist getting my hands on more colours... Or perhaps, I can tempt you in stead with the impressive range of lipstick choices at House of Fraser? Don't say I didn't warn you.

TOOLS.

I think Real Techniques are the best value for money when it comes to brushes, although I have one high end brush (the Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt) that I have to admit, it a dream to use. When I can be bothered or have a bit more time on my hands, I like to use a Beauty Blender for my foundation and to just blend everything in seamlessly - it's worth the effort, but I'm too lazy to use it every time!

I think that's about it! Please share any beauty secrets you have, although I hope you don't enable me to go shopping, because I clearly have plenty to clutter my (non-existent) dressing table with...