On weekday mornings when I get ready for work I operate on auto pilot. I apply the same products in the same order every day. All the products that I use in my everyday routine are products that I purchased myself and they are the products that I trust to last all day without any need for touch ups. Thanks to blogging I am lucky enough to occasionally be sent products to try out and review. I not the biggest blog on the block so I don’t get sent loads of stuff but every now and again I do receive some great products. At the weekends is when I have time to play around with some of the other products in my stash. For this post I decided to try and do a face of the day without using any of the products that I use in my every day routine, however, I did have to use two products. They are MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Medium Plus because I don’t have a bronzer without shimmer that I could use to contour and MAC Omega because you will see in the pictures below just how important filling in my eyebrows is so I don’t like to mess with them. I have brow pencils but I find that when I fill them in with pencils or pens they end up looking very different. I am happy with the result I get from Omega and feel the colour is perfect thanks to the ash tone. So here is the look:


1 My bare, pale face (no wonder everyone tells me I look tired when they see me without any makeup)
2 Max Factor CC Colour Corrector Pencils, Green to neutralise red and Yellow for dark under eye circles
3 Pari Mineral Perfection Foundation
4 Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder
5 MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Medium Plus to contour
6 Rimmel Mono Blush in Live Pink
7 MAC Omega to fill in brows
8 Eyes done with Pari 5 Well Eyeshadow Elements Palette (pink on lid, light brown in crease and liner) Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara for a subtle no makeup eye look.


Here I am right before getting ready for bed without having done any touch ups and I think all the products lasted pretty well.


Do you work on auto pilot in the mornings or do you vary your routine from day to day?



Some days when I have a bit of time, usually on the weekends I like to dip into my stash and use products that don’t get used all that often like these ones here:

However, during the week, when I get ready in the morning before work, I run on autopilot. I automatically reach for the same products every day. These are the tried and tested products I know and trust will last all day and beyond if needed without any need for touch ups. For some reason my handbag is heavy enough without carting around a load of makeup. The only makeup I carry with me is about two or three lip products. I seek out products that I can wear all day, all year round regardless of conditions; I want my makeup to say put through, rain, hail, humidity, sweat, in other words, everything. Here is what I reach for everyday:

Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour
Colour Corrector for under eyes: Bobbi Brown Corrector
Concealer: either MAC Pro Longwear Concealer or Collection Lasting Perfection (not pictured)
Setting Powder: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Light
Contour: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
Blush: MAC Peachykeen
Eyebrows: MAC eye shadow in Omega
Highlighter: ELF Studio Bronzer quad  (the lightest colour that’s nearly all gone)

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Back in November I went out for a cycle, the weather turned on me and I ended up cycling uphill against the wind with rain and hail pelting my face. I was working so hard cycling against the wind trying to get home that I’m sure I was sweating like a beast but it was hard to tell because I drenched from the rain. My point is that my makeup looked fine when I got back and I was amazed; I was sure it would be completely gone off my face and washed down onto the collar of my jacket. Now it didn’t look freshly applied or anything but it would have been passable if need be. My hair on the other hand was a different story.

MAC Prep and Prime

When I am doing my makeup for a special occasion or a night out I will start with MAC Prep and Prime for a primer and the blush and highlighter may be changed depending on the look I am going for but basically I use all the same products to create the perfect base, if I do say so myself.

So these are my fail safe everyday products. This list hardly ever changes, but if you have found something that lasts and lasts and you think I should try it then let me know because I’m always open to trying some new products and I am scrapping the bottom of the bottle of my foundation at the moment.