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Daily Spring Makeup

A little ‘what’s in my makeup bag’ post today! I love reading these types of post, mainly because I’m a nosey Nora, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m always changing my makeup and there aren’t actually many products I repurchase, but some of these are my absolute staples along with some newbies for the spring. 
bareMinerals foundation, mineral veil and warmth
I’ve never found my perfect foundation, so tend to hop from one to another quite a lot. I like a light to medium coverage, nothing to cakey, but it needs to hide blemishes and an oily T-zone. I know right, not an easy task! At the moment I’m using bareMinerals original foundation in fair. So far, I’m a fan of the natural, airbrushed finish it gives and it works well with both my dry and oily areas. The shade is looking a little pale on me now that summer is here (hello freckles) and it isn’t the best at covering blemishes. That said, I’m pretty happy with the finish and used alongside their Prime Time primer, it buffs on to the skin nicely. 
The mineral veil is a dream. It’s a lovely light, radiant setting powder and you only need a little dusting of it as a little goes a long way. The warmth powder looked a little dark to me. My first thoughts were, “well that’s terrifying” but with a light hand and plenty of buffing, it gives a nice sunkissed glow to the face. I tend to use across my cheekbones, forehead and chin. 
Seventeen blusher
Where would I be without this beauty! I’ve bought so many blushers over the years and nothing has topped my Seventeen blush. It disappeared from stores a while ago/I could never seem to get hold of it, but these are now available online for the rather splendid price of £2.99. Absolute bargain if you ask me. I use the shade ‘China Pink’ which is beautiful bright pink. Despite its high pigmentation, it’s easily blendable and doesn’t look too crazy bright on the skin. It’s also perfect if you have a pale complexion like little old me. 
MAC eyeshadow in Blanc Type
My daytime makeup is pretty toned down, mainly because I can’t be bothered at 7am! This MAC eyeshadow is a lovely, light neutral perfect for brightening up the eyes and smoothing over any discolourations. It’s fairly matte and stays on for most of the day, so definitely worth the £13 price tag.
Benefit Roller Lash and Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof mascara
I didn’t get on well with the Benefit They’re Real mascara and was worried the same would happen for Roller Lash too. Thankfully it happens to be AMAZING and is now my daily staple. It gives really good volume and shape to eyelashes whilst feeling super light, and it stays on for the whole day. So much love.
Max Factor False Lash Effect is my go-to mascara when I’m in danger of serious panda eyes e.g. if I’m going to the gym that day, on holiday or if it’s chucking it down with rain (so most days, right!) MaxFactor really got it right with this one, it gives plenty of volume and thickness, and has serious staying power. 
Maybelline Brow Drama 

I use this alongside a powder product normally, but I’m having a hard time finding one that I like! I’m tempted to try some brow gel formulas instead. This brow mascara is so quick and effortless, which is probably why I love it so much. I use the dark brown version which adds a bit of colour and definition whilst keeping my eyebrows in place all day – no stragglers for me!
Sleek lipsticks
If I’m going to throw some lippy on, chances are it’ll be one of the Sleek VIP lipsticks in Private Booth (a lovely, natural nude-pink) or Backstage (not pictured) if I want a brighter lip. I love the colours, the matte finish and the price! I usually swipe some Burt’s Bees on before and throughout the day too just to add a bit of moisture. 
Eyeliner
I switch up my eye makeup daily depending on my mood. Sometimes it’s just mascara, other times I define my waterline with kohl eyeliner – I’m using Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes kohl eyeliner at the moment. I’m quite a fan of this one as it’s waterproof and I don’t need to reapply much throughout the day. I occasionally dabble with liquid eyeliner and love the Eyko Skinny Liquid eyeliner – it’s SO precise and so easy to use that even I can apply it. I got mine from ASOS last month and highly recommend it if you struggle with liquid liner.
So, that’s my face in a nutshell! I actually didn’t realise how much I have – and this is only the stuff I use. (Anyone else guilty of having two other makeup bags full of unused products?!) I’m always on the lookout for new things to try, especially brow products so let me know if you have any recommendations.
Katie x

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