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Everyday makeup and a product rut

I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite some time as friends and colleagues regularly ask me what my fave foundation is, or what concealer I recommend for covering dark shadows.

Of all the everyday makeup posts I’ve written over the years, this one showcases a routine that’s been on the go for ages. I’m talking actual months… unheard of 🙂

I’d like to say this is down to busy mornings and not having a lot of time to doll around etc., but if I’m being brutally honest it’s because at the grand old age of 32 I know what works for me and what doesn’t.

Tinted moisturisers and shimmery eyeshadows are out, and medium-full coverage foundations and soft matte shadows are in. I avoid makeup that makes me look old/crepey/dry and I embrace makeup that makes me look fresh, youthful and dewy/glowy.

In a nutshell, anything that makes me look less old is in 🙂

So, let’s cover this in three steps; skincare/SPF, face makeup, eye makeup.


My skincare routine in the morning is very simple.

I cleanse my face in the shower with Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and cleanse again with Garnier Micellar Water once I’m sitting at my makeup table.

I then apply my current favourite eye cream from Shiseido, along with my current moisturiser; Aesop Hydrating Cream. If I feel like my skin is looking particularly crap, I’ll bung on some Lancomé serum before my moisturiser.

I then give everything a minute or two to sink in and apply a thin layer of Clarins SPF50. Done!



I’m obsessed with Esteé Lauder Cushion Stick Foundation (full review here) so that goes on first.

I usually dab it all over my face and then blend with either a Beauty Blender or a Sephora #55 Foundation Brush. Sometimes I go back in with a second layer if I feel like I need the extra coverage.

I then apply Bobbi Brown Corrector under my eyes as it gets rid of the bluish/grey shadows, and follow-up with Kat Von D Lock-It Creme Concealer (which is bloody amazing – full coverage/not cakey, although you have to keep an eye on the undereye area as it can crease a little).

By Terry Sun Designer Palette, Simone Scribes

By Terry Sun Designer Palette comes next and acts as my bronzer/contour, blush and highlight!



I pat a tiny bit of concealer across my eyelids and then apply one or more colours from my all-time favourite eyeshadow palette; Stila – Eyes Are The Window.

Honestly, it’s the best palette ever – great shade selection, great quality, great for travelling. I literally use nothing else!

Stila Eyes Are The Window, Review, Simone Scribes

This is followed swiftly by L’Oreal Perfect Slim Liquid Liner (I’ve been using this for years and years), Tarte Mascara and a quick application of Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Stick in Goldstone.

The shadow stick is key, as I feel like it pulls everything together, makes you look very ‘done’ and a little bit of gold under the lower lashes is flattering on everyone.


Reading that back, it might sound like lots of steps/products but I get it done in less than 15 minutes and they all fit neatly inside my little makeup bag 🙂

Of course, as happy as I am with this routine I’m sure it will all go out the window in a few weeks time once I’m back in Ireland because; A) BOOTS! and B) my skin will no doubt shrivel up and die in the cold.

Thank you for reading, and if you have any makeup recommendations please send them on 🙂







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1 Comment

  • Reply Siobhan

    I really wanna try the concealer and try the Bobby Brown corrector again – Siobhan xx

    November 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm
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