mini moment.

As someone who hardly ever wears skirts, wearing two in one week is quite something. I hadn’t tried anything from the New Look Curves range but this skirt struck me as both cute and useful, so I went for it. I asked Twitter what the sizing on the range is like, and got a variety of opinions. I actually opted to size down in this skirt because I find that skirts, because I wear them on my waist and my waist is my smallest part, always come up big and look bad when I tuck my top in if I buy them in my usual size. I’m really glad I did, I think it looks just right.

Plus size miniskirt

Pleather miniskirt

Sweater: ASOS Tall (part of a two-pack with an oatmeal sweater)
Skirt: New Look Curves
Boots: Yours

On my lips is Stila liquid lipstick in Bellissima. I don’t think it’s as perfect as Patina, my favourite Stila shade, but it’s a great liquid lipstick formula.

Stila Bellissima

 

skin deep.

Hello and welcome to my huge ‘getting ready with Bethany’ makeup post! I am in no way a beauty blogger, so this post is purely to satisfy any curiosity you have about my makeup regime. I’m not an expert, I don’t have the best brushes or techniques, but this is what I use on my face, and why.

FYI all of this is on my Snapchat story and will expire around lunchtime on 13th July!

First up: this is where my makeup lives.

All my makeup

I use the Phytorain range from Goodal, which I got in Club Clio in NYC when it was on sale at 50% off. It’s been perfect for my skin and I really never want it to run out, a) because I paid so little for such great products and b) because it’s going to be hard to find, as well as expensive. It does an amazing job.

Goodal Phytorain

So here we begin, with my clean and moisturised face.


No makeup selfie

 

I prime my eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion. This has changed my makeup life: before I used this eyelid primer, I just wouldn’t bother wearing eyeshadow because it slid off so quickly and settled into the lines on my eyelids. Now my eye makeup stays all day, even when it’s a really bright, bold look.

Urban Decay Primer Potion

For the purposes of this post, I decided to do my standard eye makeup look, which is a pale neutral on the lids and a brown buffed into the crease. I used Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme de Rose all over my lid, then covered it with the second from left shade on the bottom row of my beloved Smashbox Full Exposure mini palette. This palette has been revolutionary for me, as I had never used matte eyeshadows before I got this last year with some Boots points, and now I’m hooked. Most days my eyeshadow will be matte. I tend to use either of the two middle shades in the bottom row on my lid, and then whichever dark matte is next to them in my crease and on my outer eye for a subtle smoky look. So today, because I used the peachy colour, I put the dark brown on in the crease. The mini Full Exposure palette is perfect because it’s literally the size of a credit card and super slim so you can take it with you everywhere and know you’ll have 8 shadows to make a look from.

Smashbox Full Exposure

This is what it looks like when I’ve just got the Maybelline cream shadow as a base, then when I’ve put the two Smashbox powder shadows over the top.


Maybelline Creme de Rose

Smashbox Full Exposure palette

Next up is mascara. I happily paid more for mascara in the past, but I got this one in a beauty box and have never looked back. I honestly think it works better than every other mascara I’ve ever used. I want a mascara that thickens, lengthens and darkens, and this does exactly that. Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara is The One.

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara

Here’s a photo where I have it on one set of lashes but not the other, and you can so clearly see the difference it makes.

Bourjois mascara

Eye makeup done, it’s time for face makeup. I don’t use a primer, having never found one I really love, so I just go straight for foundation. I love Nars Sheer Glow foundation in Mont Blanc. I think Sheer Glow is a real misnomer because it gives full coverage and is not really sheer at all. I mix 2 parts foundation with one part MUA illuminator in Oyster, which is cheap and effective and getting my glow started.

Nars Sheer Glow

As you can see, it really tones down my natural pinkness and creates a more uniform colour.

Nars Sheer Glow foundation

I don’t think my undereye circles are too bad but I always feel better with some concealer. I was using Benefit Fake Up until recently when a beauty blogger recommended Rimmel Match Perfection, so I gave it a go as part of Superdrug’s current 3 for 2 across cosmetics deal, and I’m sold. I apply it with the angled bit of this Make Up Revolution sponge, and it works really well.

Rimmel Match Perfections

Under eye concealer

Then I contour. I used to use the Topshop cream contour stick and just smudge it in with my fingers, but I got the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder last week and am totally sold. It mimics the coldness of real shadow and gives a really natural contour. I apply it with the tapered end of the Revlon contour brush and then just blend it in with the rest of the brush. It looks quite heavy in this photo but as you’ll see, once it’s blended and I have other makeup on, it’s really seamless.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Fair

I always apply my highlighter next, as I think blusher looks better on top of highlighter rather than the other way around. I’m obsessed with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dipped, and today I’m just wearing the pretty Champagne-toned shade Moonstone, whereas I usually use Moonstone with Summer over the top on the highest points of my cheeks. I apply it with a big, dense fluffy brush and blend it out with a stippling brush.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Sun Dipped

ABH Glow Kit

 

Next up is blusher. I was using a Bourjois blusher in Rose d’Or which was fine but nothing special, and I wanted to find something special. I could have repurchased Nars Orgasm blusher but I decided to deviate, and went for Hourglass. This is their Ambient Lighting Blusher in Diffused Heat, and it’s beautiful. It’s warming and glowy without being too much. It’s so finely-milled and easy to apply, and I’m so happy with it. I apply it with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat

Hourglass Diffused Heat

Even though I’m not through with my makeup, I apply my finishing powder now so it doesn’t disrupt my brows and lips. I would never wear a matte finishing powder, but discovering the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder has been a godsend. I think of all the makeup I’ve bought in the past couple of years, this has made the most difference to my overall look. I swipe it all over my face with a kabuki brush (I use MAC 182), and it instantly gives me that super photogenic glow.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous

Don’t I look better already?

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Luminous

Nearly done! It’s brow time. I am truly in love with Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow pomade in Ebony. It darkens my eyebrows, fills them out where they’re uneven, and allows me to extend them so they’re super elegant. I’ve had this pot for 2 years and it’s still probably got another year left in is. I cannot praise this product enough. Benefit’s new Ka-Brow is similar, and has the advantage of a built-in brush, but nothing comes close to Dip Brow’s effectiveness. I apply it with a hard-angle brush, this one’s Real Techniques.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow

ABH Dip Brow in Ebony

And I finish everything off with a coat of lipstick. For this post I decided to wear my all-time favourite lipstick: Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick in Double Dare, which is described on Sephora as a ‘cocoa blush’ which I think is quite accurate. I stumbled across this shade totally by accident- when I was colour-matched to a foundation in Sephora in Philadelphia, I just wanted any random lipstick to see if the foundation looked right with a full makeup look, so I picked up the first thing I saw, which was Double Dare. Since then, I’ve been hooked. A decent dupe for the colour, if not the formula, is Exotic from NYX’s Lip Lingerie range. As far as I know, until KVD launches in Debenhams this autumn, there’s no UK stockist for Double Dare.

Kat Von D Double Dare

KVD Double Dare

So there you have it! That’s my typical makeup look. I don’t vary the products I use on my face and eyebrows at all, really, and it’s just my eyeshadow/liner and lipstick that changes day to day. If you have any questions, just tweet me.

aubergine dream.

I love this jumpsuit. It had been sitting on my desk at work for a long time as I had ordered it with the intention of featuring it on a post on the work blog,  but that fell through, and I only just thought to bring it home and do a post on here instead. The colour suits me so well, especially with my dark hair. I should really wear aubergine more. And a fun bonus of this jumpsuit? It has pockets, aka the holy grail. It’s a perfect fit, but I do wish the ankles were tapered, although my mega calves are already pushing it a bit so maybe it’s for the best I have a bit of wiggle room.

Junarose plus size jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Junarose via navabi
Shoes: Avarcas

Decided to go for an understated lip look today, so chose MAC lipstick in Mehr.

MAC Mehr

off-brand.

I really feel like this outfit is quite a deviation from what I usually wear but I love it. When I saw this shirt in Sainsbury’s I just fell in love, even though it’s not my style. It was cheap, it’s cute, it’s summery, just delightful. I got it a couple of weeks ago but wasn’t able to wear it straight away as I didn’t have a) any jeans that fit or b) a plain skirt. I went on a mission to find a plain, non-mini skirt, preferably in a pale colour for summer outfits. For some reason, my first move was to buy a black pencil skirt in Monki, which I returned the next day as it was not at all what I wanted, and from there I strolled to Primark, hoping they would deliver. And they delivered. For £1 I got this perfect silky-suedette skirt in duck egg blue. I would have paid the original price of £10 to be honest, but I handed over my shiny pound and got exactly what I wanted.

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Shirt: TU at Sainsbury’s
Skirt: Primark
Sandals: New Look (similar)

When I posted this selfie on Twitter I got more compliments than usual on my skin, which was extremely satisfying given that I used some new products today. I went kind of… wild last week and bought quite a lot of new stuff, all of which is excellent and I have no regrets about, but it was definitely A Thing. Two items I bought last week were the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder in Light and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dipped. They arrived yesterday, I tried them for the first time today and I’m honestly so delighted. I know a lot of people say this about the Sculpting Powder but it’s the first product that I’ve felt made me really get contouring. It perfectly recreates the effect of shadow and brings out the structure of your face in a really natural way. The cold tone makes it feel more authentic and less like a muddy makeup look. The ABH Glow Kit is another real cult item, and I just loved the look of the new shade. I have a highlighter I like (The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer) but I was really taken in by the sleek, almost liquid metallic sheen of the Glow Kits. I got Sun Dipped and am wearing the shade Moonstone on my cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the tip of my nose, with Summer on the highest points of my cheekbones, and a light sweeping of Tourmaline over my blusher. I usually apply Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder all over my makeup as a finishing powder but today was the first day since I’ve got it that I thought I could do without. I also wanted to see the effect of the ABH palette alone, without the boost from the Hourglass powder, and I’m so impressed. This lipstick is my one true red love: Sephora in Always Red.

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ice cold.

Further to my previous post, I really feel like I’m doing an OK job of… togetherness. Making an effort with my outfits, not defaulting to jogging bottoms and a t shirt for work (as I have been known to do on many occasions). When I went to Marrakech two weeks ago, I tried on my friend Charlotte’s pleated midi dress from Topshop as it looked pretty stretchy. Obviously, I am very much not able to shop in Topshop in general, but as with stores like Monki, there’s the odd item that works if you’re bigger. This midi dress is perfect for chic summer dressing as it’s light as a feather but not too casual.

Also, PSA: I am finally on Snapchat after getting too stressed and deleting it a few years ago! Add me, I’m archedeyebrow

Topshop pleated midi dress

Dress: Topshop (same style, different colour // a plus size option is this leopard print style from New Look Curves)
Shoes: Evans

I’m a big fan of NYX makeup and am delighted it’s being rolled out in more and more Boots stores. This lipstick is NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment, and I just love the colour. All the Lip Lingeries are in perfect neutral shades, but I adore the cold lilac-grey of Embellishment. My pom pom earrings are Topshop sale, and perfect for an understated frivolous look.

NYX Lip Lingerie Embellishment