Minimal Makeup Routine

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On those days when you only have a few minutes to apply your makeup (we all know what that feels like) it can be quite difficult to decide what to spend your time on. I personally like to take my time when applying my makeup because I find it very relaxing and love that bit of me time in the morning, but sometimes that just can’t happen. This post was inspired by Allison and I thought it was such a great and interesting post idea so I figured why not share what 5 products I reach for when I am short for time?

Foundation is something I never skip in my routine. I have quite a bit of redness in my skin so I always take the time to even out my complexion. The base that I am loving at the moment is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation as it gives the skin a fresh and dewy look that I love. Since I am quite fair I always make sure to add some colour back into my skin with a blush. Foundation can tend to make your face look flat, so applying a bit of Bobbi Brown Apricot blush to the cheeks brings that dimension back into the face and really gives my skin that pick me up it needs.

Next up is brows. Brows can make a huge difference to your overall look and I love using my Anastasia Brow Wiz to give mine a bit more fullness and shape. The pencil is very fine so it’s easy to mimic the look of natural hairs and the spooly on the other end helps to blend the product. When I am in a rush I typically don’t have time to apply eyeshadow so I instead focus my attention on my lashes. Mine are very straight so I like give them a good curl with my eyelash curler and then apply a few generous coats of the Benefit They’re Real mascara to give them some length and volume.

I then always apply some lipstick or gloss to finish off the look and bring everything together. I usually tend to gravitate toward lipsticks more as they are longer wearing and my favourite of the moment has to be Plumful by MAC.

So that is my minimal makeup routine and I’d love to know what products that you use when you are in a rush out the door!

Dainty Dots

TheBeautyCollective.com | Dainty Polkadot Nails

Now I have never been great when it comes to painting my nails, even with practice, as I always seem to nudge and smudge my polish. I see all of these amazing creations on Instagram and Pinterest and always go “I want to do that!” but I cannot even imagine how much time and patience it takes to create some of those intricate designs. Luckily I have a very nail savvy friend who recently came over and created a really cute and dainty nail design on my nails which I instantly fell in love with. I am sure this will appeal to a lot of you as it’s very girly and feminine with it’s polkadot design and cute bow on the accent nail.

First she started off with a base coat followed the Nude and Infused polish by Avon which has a gorgeous opalescent finish to it. After that had dried, she then taught me how to easily create a polkadot design on the nails by using only a toothpick. She created different sized dots on the nails to give it a unique look and left the ring finger blank. For the accent nail she started by creating two slanted lines on the tip of the nail and then placed two dots inside using the Quo by Orly Instant Artist Black polish. Then she placed the bow on top of where the two lines met and finished off the design with a glossy top coat to give it some shine.

I am really happy with how this cute and chic nail design came out! It took no time at all to complete and I think even I could do it. If you love nail art and are looking for some inspiration, be sure to check out my lovely friends Instagram (@naailed__it) if you want to see some of her amazing nail designs!