Quick and easy everyday eyeshadow picks

Easy eyeshadow picks

Eyeshadow is one of products that I love to apply, and I think it can really help to pull a look together. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it makes you look like as though you’ve put a lot more effort into your appearance than you actually have.

However, as I need to be up quite early in the morning, I don’t always have time to apply a full eyeshadow look before I run out the door, and I always find myself reaching for concealer, an eyelash curler, mascara, and brow pomade as my first port of call if I’m in a rush. So, here are my quick and easy eyeshadow picks for when you need to get your eyeshadow on pronto…

An eyeshadow palette might not seem like the obvious choice for a quick eyeshadow look, but hear me out here. Famous for its light bronze, brown and gold toned shades, the Urban Decay Naked Palette is actually one of my easiest palettes to use. The shadows are smooth and easy to blend, and they all work really well together. My favourite daytime look to go for is Half Baked on the lid, Naked in the crease, and Darkhorse in the inner corners.

If you find the choice from a full eyeshadow palette overwhelming, then one of the NARS Duo Eyeshadows is a good option as the look has already been chosen for you; just pop the lighter shade in the duo onto the whole lid, and blend the darker one out into the corners! The one I’ve pictured is Surabaya, which contains a ‘brown sugar’ and ‘chestnut’ shade that pair together beautifully.

Alternatively, cream eyeshadows (in either stick or pot form) are ideal if you really don’t have much time on your hands, but you still want to put something on your lids. My top picks in this category are the Chanel Illusion D’Ombres, Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24HR EyeshadowsBy Terry Ombre Blackstars and Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleons as they’re all shimmery (which adds dimension), and can be easy blended onto the lid without the need for anything else. They’re the ultimate easy eyeshadows.

As the Charlotte Tilbury ones also have a hint of glitter, they’re perfect for night too!

What are your favourite quick and easy eyeshadow picks? Do you share any of these favourites?

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Affordable beauty: 5 things to buy in Boots

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Like a lot of beauty bloggers, it’s no secret that I do love a bit of luxury beauty in my life. With its pretty packaging, high quality formulas, and the wider choice of options that tend to be available, I admit I can be a sucker for it sometimes.

However, that’s not to say that there aren’t still plenty of areas where you can save your money; from face masks to makeup removers, to mascaras to makeup brushes, the ‘drugstore’ offering is getting better and better when it comes to more affordable, yet effective, beauty products.

Boots is typically my store of choice, as it has such an expansive range of products from most price points. Plus, there’s always some sort of offer on, and I find it’s easy to build-up points on the good ol’ Advantage Card and save a few pennies!

There are also plenty of great, affordable brands that are exclusive to Boots, with one of the best known being Soap and Glory. Although there’s no denying that their bath and body care products are lovely (smell them. Seriously), there are some hidden gems in their makeup range. The One Heck of a Blot Powder is just one example; a translucent face powder that’s mattifying, but never looks cakey. Unlike a lot of the pressed powders I’ve tried, it also doesn’t go patchy when you apply other powder products over it.

Another brand I like to pick up in Boots is Una Brennan’s Super Facialist range. I’ve tried more expensive clay masks, but the Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Clay Mask is hands down one of the best I’ve tried. It’s not drying on my skin (which is pretty normal lately, yet sometimes oily in the t-zone), and I can always rely on it to heal spots quickly.

While we’re on the subject of skincare, I don’t see much point in paying a lot for eye makeup removers. As I wear waterproof mascara 80% of the time, I tend to use a lot and go through them far too quickly to justify spending more than a few quid. The Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover does the job and it costs less than £4, even when it’s not on offer. You just can’t go wrong.

Back to makeup, and two other affordable products I’d recommend picking up are the Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in Seductive Pink and the Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara. The latter is quite a wet mascara with a thick brush, but don’t let that put you off as it’s one of the most lengthening ones I’ve tried. The blush is also a lovely light, mauve-y pink that flatters my pale skin tone.

What are your favourite makeup and skincare products to spend your Boots points on? Chuck me some recommendations!