This post is something a little bit different for me. I love watching get ready with me style videos, and as I haven't branched out into youtube yet I thought I'd try a Get Ready With Me blog post. This is going to be a very photo heavy post, but I hope you enjoy seeing what products I use and how I would get ready for a valentines date night. I was going to include my outfit in this post, but then it will really be too long, so look out for that coming soon!
So here is my very bare naked face on the internet for you all to see! Straight out the shower before I start my makeup I like to moisturise with The Body Shop Peach Body Butter which is one of my favourite scents. I then put on deodorant, this one is the Vaseline Double Invisible deodorant, and it does the job. Im not very loyal when it comes to deodorant and I usually just buy whatever is on offer. If I've just washed my hair I like to put in some VO5 Smoothly Does It heat protect serum through my ends, and let it air dry while I put on my makeup. I've really noticed a difference with this product and my hair feels so smooth so I'd definitely recommend it.
Next up is face products. I currently have three different moisturisors that I use, which is definitely excessive, but they all have their uses. I like to use the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Moisturiser around my eye area and anywhere I may have dry patches. Then I've been trying out the La Rosche-Posay Effaclar Duo + which is supposed to be good for reducing spots and improving imperfections, I like to use this on the area I've got spots and redness, which is mostly on my T-Zone area. Once this has sunk in I then use the Botanics Mattifying Day Cream all over my face as I find this really helps at keeping my oiliness at bay.
If I've got some bad spots I like to put on a bit of spot cream just to try and get rid of them as soon as possible. At the moment I'm trying out the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spot Wand, although to be honest Im not hugely impressed and probably won't buy it again. Next up is primer and once again I've gone for something to help combat my oily spot prone skin, I really like The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser as it sinks in quickly and seems to help mattify and keep my makeup on for longer.
Normally I do my eyeshadow after my base, however as I'd planned a dark slightly smokey eye I decided to do my eyeshadow first as this means I can tidy everything up with my concealer and foundation if there is any fallout. For this look I used the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I started with the matte pale cream shade Foxy all across my lid, then I used Chopper on the inner half of my lid and blended this out with Tease, I then added YDK on the outer half and blended this before adding the dark brown Busted in my outer V and blending through my crease. Finally I used a tiny bit of blackout to make it a bit more smokey, and then on my Eco Tools Angled brush I took Blackout along my lash line as an eyeliner. I also used Bootycall as a highlight in my inner corner and under my brow bone. I used a selection of makeup brushes from Eco Tools and Real Techniques. My favourite is the small Eco Tools brush which is a perfect blending brush.
Next up is face. I like to start with Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer under my eyes and I use my finger tip to blend this in. Next I took my Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in Ivory and buffed this in with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which I really love for a flawless application, I also love the Stay Matte Foundation as it really does stay matte for a long time on my oily skin, although I am finding it a bit heavy for day to day wear. I love the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, which I use in shade 15, it's a creamy consistency and covers really well, I like to use this on redness around my nose, chin, and forehead with the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush.
I've also been trying out the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer, and I really like the pinky under eye shade which I use on top of my foundation to cover my super dark circles. I then like to set this with the powder that comes with the concealer and the Eco Tools Mineral Powder Brush, I also like to set my foundation with a powder and I like the Natural Collection Loose Powder in Neutral Translucent with the Real Techniques Duo-Fibre Face Brush, which gives a lovely light coverage but sets my foundation well.
I wanted to go with a bronzed and glowy look for my face makeup, so I dug out my Sleek Face Form palette in Light. I like to use the bronze shade as a contour with the Real Techniques Cheek Brush, then I took my favourite bronzer The Body Shop Honey Bronzer lightly across my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin with this fluffy powder brush that has no name and i'm pretty sure I stole from my mum a very long time ago! For blush I used the pink shimmery shade from the Sleek Palette, and with this Eco Tools Kabuki Brush that is so soft and just lightly applies the blush. To finish I just added a tiny bit of highlight from the Sleek Palette to the tops of my cheeks with the Real Techniques Contour Brush.
I never have a set stage in my makeup when I do my eyebrows, it usually just kind of happens when I notice they're not done! They are a bit of a mess at the moment and need a good wax, but I've been trying out some different high street eyebrow products because I haven't found my holy grail just yet. My main issue with my brows is that they are very light, so I need a product mostly for colouring, I think that's why the Soap & Glory Brow Archery Pencil isn't for me. It's a really great product but I think it would work better for someone who just needs to fill in their brows and doesn't need so much colour, I do like to go in with this to fill them in a bit after I used the other brow product I've been trying. I actually found the Loreal Super Liner Brow Artist in my makeup bag and I think it must have some how found it's way there after a night getting ready with friends cos I certainly hadn't brought it, but i've taken it in and I'm really enjoying it. It gives a great colour, goes on easily and doesn't need sharpening every time!
Mascara is probably my favourite makeup item, I have quite thick long eyelashes so I love trying different mascaras to see what works best for me. My favourite for a dramatic evening look is Maybelline's The Falsies, however I always find this works a bit better when layered on top of another more separating mascara. I recently picked up Maybelline's Lash Sensational mascara and I've been giving that a go, and so far so good!
Once I've finally finished my makeup it's on to my hair. I start with giving it a quick blow dry, and then I like to straighten it, because although my hair is pretty much straight I have some slightly kinky bits and it always looks nicer all straightened. The only problem with this is it leaves my hair a bit flat so I've been on the hunt for something to give me a bit of volume and texture. When I saw these Lee Stafford products I decided to give them ago, The Messed Up Spray Wax is really good for giving a bit of oomph to your hair and I like to spray this in the roots and mess it about a bit. Then I've been trying out the Lee Stafford Big Fat Texturised Hair Super Spray which is basically a few things rolled into one, and gives texture and volume and holds like hairspray but isn't tacky or sticky if you're careful with how much you use. I like to give my hair a couple of sprays and then have another play around to give me some volume, Im still in the process of trying these out so I can't give a verdict yet, but so far so good!
My final step in getting ready is always perfume, and this is my current favourite. Im a huge fan of Marc Jacobs perfumes and I've currently got 3 on the go and I've tried 3 others before! You've probably heard all about Daisy Dream as its a blogger favourite, but I can see why! It's beautiful. Right before I head out the door I apply my lipstick, I wanted to go for something quite natural and not too bright so I opted for the Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in Keep Mauving, with the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Plum Jam on top. These are both purple pink shades and Plum Jam gives a lovely glossy look and tastes like vanilla!
This is my final look. I really like how this turned out, even though I ended up having to rush as the boyfriend didn't have much time to take photos for me! I'd love to know what you think, and what your favourite products are at the moment. I hope you have a lovely Valentines day whatever you're doing!