A Small Beauty Declutter

I recently went ahead and had a little clean out of my makeup collection. I think it’s so refreshing to remove any unwanted or unused products to make room for new releases and to also ensure that you’re not using products that are out of their expiry date. It’s so important that makeup users are aware of the expiry date that is set on each product, you don’t want to be using a mascara on your lashes if it is out of date as it can cause possible infections. This is the same case for face products too, they can cause a rash, acne and infections also.  I will say, I didn’t throw massive amounts away and a lot of it I actually gave to people because the quality was good and I did at some point enjoy the product but I simply no longer use them and didn’t want to see them go to waste. 

Whilst going through my clear out I thought I would with you guys what I would re-purchase from the items that I threw away and whether they’re worth having. Admittedly, not all of these products were out of date I simply threw them away or gave them away because I didn’t like them or they weren’t very good for my skin. 

I did give away or throw some products that were totally disappointing, for example the Urban Decay Illuminating Trio was the biggest waste of money I have ever purchased. Along with the Urban Decay Original Primer Potion. Both of these products were awful and especially the illuminating trio. The trio were supposed to be highlighters but they had very little to no pigment to them. They were pretty much just shimmer and looked as if I had thrown small glitter pieces at my face. They weren’t even long wearing either. The primer potion just felt totally unnecessary and I feel that concealer works just as well than paying a fortune for the primer potion. 

Another products that I was disappointed to be throwing away was the Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick in Old Hollywood. If you don’t know already, I love these liquid lipsticks by Sleek. The formula is incredible, the pigment is outstanding and they’re not drying at all. However, this shade was awful. It was so patchy, it cakes up and literally would lay in ever single crease on my lips (yes, I do use a lip balm before applying them). I was shocked to dislike this product simply because I love the shades Birthday Suit and Velvet Slipper. 

Finally, a product that was also really disappointed with was the Maybelline Sculpting Stick (I’ve totally forgotten the name). It is a cream contour and highlight stick and I think this was the most awful cream contour I’ve ever used. It just didn’t blend well and when it didn’t I found that the pigment was awful and just didn’t show at all. It was a total waste of money and I wouldn’t ever repurchase this. 

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Non-Touring Makeup Look

Hey, Guys!

I recently come across a new trend that introduced the no contouring look. It’s a super glowy, natural look and it makes you look wide awake and fresh. I think this is an ideal look for those early mornings when you know you look and feel crappy, so you pop on a bucket full of highlighter in hopes to look super energetic and fresh. This is also a really good look for those who aren’t so good at contouring or bronzing or want to try out a new look. I got the idea to do this by Shaaanxo who posted a video of her recreation of a non-touring look. It’s pretty much a really basic look with lots and lots of highlighter. Without further or do, lets get straight into it.

BASE

The base is the main area of the look, as a preference I love a natural, glowy look for everyday wear. It’s super quick and convenient for the day and helps to make you look more awake and fresh faced. I started off by spraying the Urban Decay Setting Spray all over my face and then adding the Nivea Post Shave Balm. I love these two products combined and not only does my foundation look glowy but it also stays put all day.

After allowing the primer to go tacky, I used the Revlon ColourStay Foundation and mixed in a small amount of the Stila Aqua glow Liquid Bronzer. Mixing in this product to the foundation helps to create a natural toned look without adding any bronzer or contour, it also helps add an extra glow to the face. I only used the liquid bronzer because my foundation was too light for my face, this helped the foundation to look slightly darker and a little extra glowy. This is totally optional.

I didn’t go for a full coverage base because this look is all about looking natural and just making your own skin look slightly better but not totally different to what you actually look like. I added the L.A Girl Pro Concealer in Porcelain under my eyes in a triangle shape, along the bridge of my nose, centre of my forehead and cupids bow. Once blended I added a small amount of the Collection Concealer in 1 under the eye to highlight slightly more.

I used my B. Beautiful Beauty Sponge to blend all of this in, making sure it’s damp before using it. This helps the base to look absolutely seamless, ensure that you blend the foundation down your neck too! This is super, super important and makes sure it looks flawless.

Taking the Sleek Makeup Highlight Palette in Solstice, I used the cream Highlighter on top of my cheek bones, bridge of my nose, above the brow, cupids bow and brow bone. I used this as a primer for the other highlighters I’ll be adding shortly.

Using the Revolution Pro Iconic and Contour Palette I set my under eye area, chin and forehead using the lightest shade in the Palette. Making sure to miss the areas I added the cream highlight.

I then took the Sleek Highlight Palette again and used the Purple baked highlight over the tops of the cream highlight, including my inner corner. To top it off I used the Revolution Highlighter in Golden Lights over the top of all the highlighter I had already put on. This is quite excessive and YOU DON’T have to do this if you prefer a less highlighted look.

To finish I lightly look the coral blush shade from the Rimmel Sculpting Palette on the apples of my cheeks to add a little pop of colour.

EYES

I didn’t pay much attention to the eyes because I was more focused on the base. However, I used the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Palette and focused on creating a shimmery look that helps the eyes to look wider.

I begun my using my concealer as a primer, making sure to evenly cover the whole eyelid. With my finger I then used the shade, Divinity to help set the concealer in place.

I mixed Almond Truffle and Cashew Chew together and placed it just above the crease of my eye to begin my transition shades. After this I added Mocha to the crease and made sure to blend thoroughly, continuing to add Mocha until reaching my chosen transition colour. I then finished the look by adding satin sheets to the whole lid, ensuring that the transition colour wasn’t too dark so the whole eye blended well together. With a clean brush I then continued to blend to tidy up the eye look.

I didn’t include any eyeliner because I personally prefer this look without it. However, if you want to use eyeliner you’re more than welcome too.

Finally, I curled my lashes and added the Kiko Extra Sculpt Mascara to my upper eyelashes and Benefit Roller Lash to the lower. Adding some of the Maybelline Brow Drama my brows to make them a bit more fuller and even. I also included some of the Revolution Golden Lights Highlighter to my brow bone and inner corner.

LIPS

I think this look looks perfect with a nude or pink toned lip. I used the NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee which completes the look and creates a natural and soft lip. However, for an extra added touch I changed and used Mac Lovelorn and placed a bit of the Revolution Golden Lights highlighter to the centre of my lower lip.

Match with your favourite hairstyle, mine is a messy bun, and here is the finished look. It’s my take on a non-touring, extra added highlight look to create a more natural and fresh glow.  Let me know what your top highlighter is!

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