Makeup Lately #7

I tend to go through phases with my everyday makeup. For a few weeks I'll not wear anything but some brow gel and mascara, and then I'll switch it up and start using a lot more products. It mostly depends on how well I've been sleeping and how excited I am to do my makeup. I don't mind strolling into work bare faced at all, but I do feel more ready to take on the day when I do put a little effort in.

I've gone back to using the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water (review) as my base because it looks just like skin. It's super lightweight, so I can't even feel it on my skin. It has a little more of a powdery finish, so I find it keeps shine at bay while still being quite luminous. It's really easy to slap it on and blend it out with my fingers, which is the main reason I've been using it so often.

I start doing my brows by sweeping a bit of the Glossier Boy Brow in Brown through them. I've now got two backups of this since it was sold out for so long before. It's probably the one product I can't live without - I don't like leaving the house without doing anything to my brows. This just subtly fluffs them up and adds a really natural looking tint. I then go in and fill in the sparser bits with the Billion Dollar Brows Micro Pencil in Taupe* (review). This is my new favorite brow pencil - it's creamy enough to glide onto the skin and stick onto places most brow products don't, but not so creamy that it doesn't last or smudges throughout the day.

For eyes I've actually been going for a little eyeshadow, although it's usually just a wash of one color all over the lid. I've been obsessed with the Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Rosewood for this - it's the perfect dusty rose shade to add a bit of definition to the eyes, and it has the most buttery formula. I've also been using my MAC Cool Neutrals Palette (review) quite a lot if I'm not reaching for the Burberry shadow. I smudge a bit of the Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in Brew-Haha above my lashline and also use it to tightline. This stuff doesn't budge all day - it's definitely my new go-to. I finish up the eyes by curling my eyelashes and coating them with the Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara. It adds the perfect amount of volume and length for everyday, and I can't get over how much I love the wand.

On my cheeks I've been actually reaching for blush! I recently got the Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Nude Pop and I'm in love. It's the perfect neutral blush. I pop it on my cheekbones and blend it up towards my temples with a stippling brush for a nice bit of warmth. To finish the face I've been piling on the Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish 003 Highlighters (review). I first swipe on a bit of the cream highlighter and then either pat a bit of the clear balm on top, or if I really want to glow I'll brush on the holographic pigment. It's a statement, but for me it's not too much to wear to work. Lastly for lips, I've been dabbing on something comfortable like the Lancome Shine Lover Lipstick in 212 Twisted Beige. These lipsticks are stunning - they feel so smooth and creamy on the lips, and they don't disappear in an instant like a lot of creamy lipsticks do. 

What products have you been reaching for lately?


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