Oh this one is definitely for you eyeliner lovers out there - Estee Lauder have introduced a new product called the Little Black Liner and the impact is anything but little. I am in love with this – just going to put that out there. I brought it a couple days before flying out to Santorini and it became one of the only makeup product that I wore the entire holiday. Okay let me actually explain what it is – a pen style eyeliner, with a thin nib on one side and an angled one on the other. Initially I thought I would use the thin nib and didn’t quite understand the thicker style – but I was pleasantly surprised when quite the opposite happened. I now absolutely love the thicker end to help develop a cat flick and I use the thinner nib to fill in the bits and sharpen out the wing. The product itself is jet black and applies extremely evenly. The only downfall I would say is that is has a ‘wet’ shiny look at the end whereas I’m so used to applying my MakeUp Forever Aqua Shadow as a liner which gives me a lovely matte finish. However that is probably the only downfall. I feel like combining my trusty L’oreal superliner and Maxfactor Masterpiece eyeliner in one handy product. Once applied it lasts the entire day, I tested it for about 10 hours and it remained in place. Whether you’re an eyeliner pro or a beginner this will cater for both. Little black liner is a staple for me now and I can see myself forever purchasing it.
Available at Boots for £22
Over two weeks into teaching and the dark circles/tired looking eyes are starting to reappear and I whole heartedly welcome them. I love my job, its immensely fulfilling and I probably teach one of the coolest subjects out there. But I have to look the part – all fresh and awake instead of someone who has been up till 12am planning lessons. These little gems have been an absolute god send.
Let’s start with the star of the show, Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-on Glow bb highlighter, first introduced to me by my sister – she is just as much as a concealer addict as me. Probably our only similarity in makeup choices. I was pretty content with my Amazing concealer (quite literally) but then I saw this gold tube sat on the dressing table and I couldn’t resist. I patted a small amount around the eye area and I was massively impressed. Think Touché Eclat but 10x better. It brightens and conceals too. It feels ultra-light but has great concealing qualities. I’ve brought the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, which wasn’t for me (partially due to not having the right colour matched) however the brush-on glow BB highlighter does me wonders. It’s a highlighter without a) having the Kim K effect (so over the top for the daily wear in my opinion) and b) doesn’t have the whole glitter-ness that you would expect a highlighter to have. As the name suggests it comes in a brush pen. Twist the top, just dab and apply.
I was never into putting eyeliner on the inner rim on the eye – something about poking the inside of my eye really freaks me out. With that being said, during the summer I faced my fears and shopped my stash using Smoulder by MAC and fell in love with the whole inner eye liner look. I was on the hunt for a Nude inner eyeliner to counteract the tired-eye redness. Rimmel Scandal eyes in Nude was just the thing. This one was so incredibly hard to get hold of. I think I went to around 10 Boots to try and track this down. Finally it was mine. It applies so effortlessly – really soft and creamy formula.
These two combined with my By Terry Cover expert, leaves me looking like I’ve had 8 hours sleep. I have been told that my skin looks glowing and I look really fresh. I definitely put it down to these two products.
A little side note on the job – as demanding as it is, I thoroughly enjoy what I do. Every day is a new lesson for me as much as it for the students. It’s incredibly fulfilling to know that I am shaping and forming the minds of youths, teaching them the joys and possibilities in design as well ensuring they develop into mature, young adults. Each student has a story/background of their own and being able to tailor your approach and teaching towards every individual is challenging but rewarding. I love that I inspire students to be creative and explore their inner designer. I’m going to stop my ramblings there…currently waiting for an ASOS order, haul soon?
Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush-on glow BB Highlighter - Available here
Rimmel ScandalEyes in Nude – Available here
Mascara (along with concealer) is a product that I tend to wear consistently. I found that it really opens up the eyes. Also, I think it’s a product which requires little/no skill to apply, ha! I’m no make-up artists, just a crazy lady who loves buying make-up! But I feel that can apply mascara really well!
Fun fact, mascara was the first ever beauty product I brought myself.
Anywho – after years and years of my mascara obsession I have accumulated a range of brands – tried and test them all – so without further ado I present you my best picks.
NB; you should really change your mascaras up every 3 months. (more…)