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How Much Is My Daily Face Worth? | November 2016

Wednesday, 30 November 2016
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I'm just about falling asleep as I write this - I'm so tired! The problem with working night shift is that 1) I'm always shattered, and 2) I wear mostly the same makeup, day in, day out. I wear set makeup Tues-Sat when I work, and unless I'm going out, none the rest of the week. I miss wearing bold eyes and false lashes, I miss sitting down and playing with make-up, but it's so hard to find the time right now. Whenever I am going out, I've been opting for neutral eyes - sometimes with a pop of colour - and a dark lip. Sometimes I change it up and use a different lip colour and/or a different highlighter, but that's about it. 

I could share my nightly work face with you, but that seems awfully boring as it's so bland. So today I thought I'd share the go-to makeup look I've been doing on my days off, talk about the products a bit like a monthly favourites, and, of course, total up how much my current makeup routine is worth.

To start off with, of course I'm going to prime. The one I've been reaching for the most lately is the Barry M Flawless Original Primer (£5.99), which leaves my skin feeling smooth but with a very lightweight, matte finish. I find I've been a little oily around my nose since the summer (which is kind of a shocker for me since I've had dry AF skin my entire life), so I use this to help me combat the shine that can sometimes slip through my foundation. The texture provides a perfect base, and it's not tacky like the Nivea Post-Shave Balm primer (which I also love) so if you didn't like the finish of Nivea's offering, you may like this one. See more on both these primers here.

After priming, I do some brief colour correcting. I don't own many colour correcting products at the moment, but I want to invest in some green colour ones to help combat the redness in my face. With working constantly, and being tired 24/7 as a result, my under-eyes haven't been the most pleasant to look at, so my Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach (£14) has been a must-have for me on a daily basis. I find that applying this before my foundation negates the need for an under-eye concealer too, so I'm not piling as much product onto that area of my face. I've also been adding the Maybelline Creamy Matte Color Tattoo 93 (£4.99) to my nose to keep my foundation in place all day - this is one of the best tips I've ever learned, to use an eye primer like this beneath my foundation, as product always slips from the end of my nose so this is a massive help and makes it stick around.

For foundation I've been relying heavily on is my Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin (£12.99), which is one of my favourites and always has been. It's a very full coverage foundation and often I feel I can skip out on using a concealer when I wear this, which is why I've been using it so often - I don't need to deal with the creasing of concealer when I'm at work etc. It's not a dewy finish by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not a cakey, thick matte like the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation either, although it's matte more than anything else in my opinion. I don't think it looks silky or dewy yet still remains quite skin-like as it blends well and looks natural even when I pack on the layers.

Concealing isn't something I've been doing everytime I apply make-up, and I more often than not skip it on work days, but when I'm out on dates or out for food with friends then I often prefer to add a little concealer around my nose and chin. I often change it up depending on my mood, but right now my Miss Sporty Perfect Stay Liquid Concealer (£2.99) is my weapon of choice. For such a low price, this performs amazingly. I can get 6 or so hours wear of this without any creasing or movement, and it's so easy to blend. It's quite a thin consistency in comparison to my Collection and 17 concealers, but that's not a bad thing and it certainly doesn't make the coverage any less. I find the consistency to help it perform better by not being cakey, too. For more info on this concealer, read here. I also sometimes add the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49) around my under eyes (not on top of the colour corrector I added, but a little below) and cheekbones to add some natural highlight. It has quite a natural, dewy finish but for me this isn't a concealer that provides any real coverage so I use it solely for highlighting.

Moving onto brows, I've sworn by the same kit for the last six months, the Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Brow Shaping Kit (£2.50), which comes in two shades; Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. I use the latter, and it comes with a fixing gel as well as three shades. I find kits can be annoying as well as practical - practical because you can mix to find your perfect shade, but annoying because if you only use one, then the kit's no good when you've finished it up. It also comes with a decent sized mirror, a tiny pair of tweezers and a little angled brush which is really handy!

I don't always bronze my skin up, and I more often than not only do it if my skin is a little too dead as I've applied a bit too much concealer and foundation than normal. In the winter, I use bronzer a fair bit less too because my skin is naturally paler and I don't have to make my face match my tan. For contour, I've been reaching for the 17 Define & Conquer Contour Kit (£5.99) which is a fab little thing for pale skinned girls like myself. When I first got this I didn't like it all that much as I felt it was a little orange-toned, but over time I've grown to love it. I think this is quite a milky contour which makes it really buildable, and it adds some definition and shadows to the face without being OTT. It's definitely a natural one, and it's a good kit for beginners as contouring can be quite intimidating! For highlight, I do change it depending on how I feel, but more often than not I've been going for my Technic Get Gorgeous Highlighting Powder (£1.50) to add a natural but gorgeous glow to my face. I use a fan brush to sweep it onto my cheekbones, the tip of my nose and my cupid's bow. I talked about this product recently in two posts, here and here.

To prime my eyes, I've been loving using the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe (£4.99) again, as the whole line of Color Tattoos makes for bulletproof eyeshadow, more so than any of my favourite eye primers, they just don't budge at all! I swipe this over my lid, crease and lower lashline with my finger, then move onto eyeshadow. I'm in a bit of a rut at the moment, with all energy for colour having been zapped out of me, and I've been using constantly the Makeup Revolution The Dead Are Alive palette (£6) to create looks. It's full of shimmering neutrals and bronze tones, with a couple of deeper pops of colour here and there in the forms of deep blues and plums. It's a stunning palette and even though I have a lot of similar shades already, I'm still glad I purchased it - I couldn't resist the look of it when it launched back before Halloween last month. To finish off my eyes, I use three mascaras. For my lower lashes, I wear the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara (£14) which is a budge-proof, smudge-proof mascara that I swear by - I don't use anything else on my lower lashes now! See my full review of it here. For my upper lashes, I use a combination of the Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara (£3) to add, well, loads of volume and some definition without any mess or clumps, and the Technic Lashitude Mascara (£1.65), which is a dupe for the cult classic Benefit's They're Real mascara, to add length and separation. I love volume, but I also love length which is why I often pair several mascaras together, and I think these two go hand-in-hand rather well. For more thoughts on the Technic mascara, read here, and I recently posted about the Essence mascara here.

For lips, I've mostly been reaching for Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Dominatrix (£16), the newest addition to my collection, but sometimes I use a different shade, and sometimes a different colour. For the most part though, I'm loving this one - it's perfect for autumn and winter as it's deep, vampy and bold.

To finish everything off, I've been depending heavily on my NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray (£7), which I've had for genuinely probably over a year, maybe even two years by now, but I stopped using for ages as I couldn't see a difference in my make-up when I did use it. I recently decided to pop it on before work and now I use it whenever I'm wearing make-up as it makes a massive difference to my face. Even the best primers can't stop my foundation and concealer slipping and sliding a little, so the best way to combat this is to use my setting spray. It keeps me pretty matte, too, which is fab.

And now for the grand finale: how much is my face worth? I think - providing I didn't miss anything when totalling the cost - I hit £109.08 which I guess is kinda what I expected? I maybe thought I'd be in the £90 region but recently I've noticed I'm wearing a lot more on my face, for one, as well as picking up some more expensive higher-end beauty items so I guess I'm not entirely surprised! 

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If you made it to the end of this post, bravo! That was a bit of a long one, wasn't it? I hope you enjoyed reading this nonetheless. When most people write these posts, they seem to not talk a lot about the products and just make a list, but regardless of whether you've done in-depth reviews already, I want to hear something about the product you're talking about and why it's always on your face!

How much is your daily face worth?

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