Quick and easy makeup picks that will last your 9-5

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When you’re a beauty lover that likes a lie-in but starts work at 8:30am, getting everything ready in the morning can be a struggle. I constantly debate the pros and cons of having an extra half an hour in bed versus putting on eye makeup, and I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s found themselves applying mascara on the train on more occasions than they’d care to admit.

Fortunately, there’s now heaps of products available that make getting ready as quick and fuss free as possible each morning. So for today’s post, I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you…

For those who don’t want to skimp on the coverage by skipping foundation, the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion is definitely something I’d recommend. Not only can it can be quickly buffed into the skin using the puff applicator (no extra blending required), but the medium, buildable coverage means you only need a little bit of concealer. For an easy option, I’d suggest a cream formulation that doesn’t need many layers, such as the SEVENTEEN Phwoarr Paint.

When it comes to my brows I prefer to fill them in with a powder or gel, but find this takes too long if I’m pushed for time in the morning. When this is the case, I’ll use something like the Benefit ‘Precisely, My Brow’ Pencil as it has a thin tip that’s ideal for filling in smaller sparse areas. It also has a spoolie on one end, which is handy for travelling.

Moving onto eyes, I find chunky pencils and creams are the best way to go; especially if they have a bit of a shimmer. Some good options are the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadows, the By Terry Ombre Blackstars and the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleons as they can be applied messily all over the lid and blended out with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. The shimmer adds dimension, so I find you can get away with using just one shade.

For lips, the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils and Satin Lip Pencils are where it’s at for me; there’s a great range of shades, they’re really pigmented and they last well on the lips. The shape of the pencil makes it so much easier for me to apply them, saving me valuable minutes in the morning.

Do you wear makeup everyday? Which products do you recommend when you need to get ready fast?

Some new additions to my Autumn skincare routine

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I’ve got a confession to make; I’m a bit of a skincare junkie. Rich cleansing balms, soothing facial sprays and oils… you name it. Like Pokémon, I want to catch (or rather use) ’em all.

This basically means that I change up my skincare routine quite often, though my combination skin type is another reason I’ve decided to switch to a few more moisturising products now that Autumn is here and Winter is fast approaching. So without further ado, here’s a peek into how that skincare line-up is looking lately…

I briefly mentioned this product in my last post (4 products to try from Lush Cosmetics) but it’s so good I thought it was worth mentioning again. Lush’s Ultrabland is a thick, waxy cleanser that I’ve been using to remove the bulk of my makeup; and although I’ll follow up with a micellar water or oil-based remover if I’m wearing eye makeup, this teamed with a warm, damp flannel does a pretty great job on removing the rest. I can see this being in my routine for a long time!

As you can tell, I’ve been loving Lush lately. This is why I decided to try the Tea Tree Water when I used up the last of my Serozinc from La Roche-Posay. One of the things I like about this spray toner is that it sinks in quickly, though I’ll have to use it a bit longer to see if it reins supreme over the Serozinc.

Going back to my evening skincare routine, and I’ve recently added two new products; Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and the Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream. I must admit that I’ve only tried the Kiehl’s oil a few times (so it’s too early to form a proper opinion), but I’m a fan so far; it absorbs surprisingly quickly and is helping to sooth my skin which has been a bit dry and sore recently.

I tried the Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream because Jasmine Talks Beauty is a fan and has a similar skin type to myself. I like it, but it’s very different to how I expected it to be. As it contains shea butter, I assumed it would be very heavy and creamy but it’s quite the opposite; it has an almost ‘whipped’ texture and like the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, sinks in nicely. It’s definitely a good one for those of us with dewier skin!

Have you tried any of the above products? What does your Autumn skincare routine look like?

4 products to try from Lush Cosmetics (that aren’t bath bombs or bubble bars)

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Being a beauty blogger and a Lush Cosmetics lover pretty much go hand in hand; it seems most of us just can’t resist their wonderful smells, natural ingredients and more quirky take on skincare and bath products (case in point: Fun and the Shower Jellies).

Although I’m late to the party, discovering the wonderful world of Lush this year has meant I’ve tried a lot of their products in a bid to catch-up- and boy, let me tell you, I’ve discovered a lot of firm favourites in that time. So if you’re also new to Lush and find yourself wondering what products to start with, here are my top 4…

First up we have Ultrabland, which is probably one of Lush’s most popular and well-known products. It’s a thick cleanser which is based on cold cream and contains simple, gentle ingredients such as beeswax and almond oil. Unsurprisingly, this has a waxy texture and feels quite greasy on the skin, but it does an excellent job of removing make-up when teamed with a warm flannel so I’m willing to let that slide; just make sure you get very last bit off before following up with a second cleanse!

Another popular product is the Snow Fairy Shower Gel, which is a Christmas exclusive. Now, although I do love this, it isn’t my favourite from the range- I just love Lush’s shower gels and shower creams in general. They lather well, last for much longer than expected (even the small size), and leave a lovely lingering scent.

While we’re on the subject of bath and body products, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner is just wonderful. It has the Rose Jam scent (which is my favourite) and is so easy to use; you slap in on in the shower, rinse it off, and you’re left with moisturised, rosy smelling skin. Glorious.

As someone with a lot of fine hair, I love using dry shampoo to inject a little bit of volume into my mop. However, I find that most of the sprays leave my hair sticky and hard to get a brush through (is anyone else cursed with permanently knotty hair)? The reason I like No Drought is that it’s quite a fine powder (so it’s easy to brush out), but it still gives my hair a good ol’ refresh. The lime scent doesn’t hurt either…

What are your favourite Lush products? Chuck me some recommendations!