Hello everybody! 
I've seen this post on almost every blog I've ever read, and I just thought it could be an interesting thing for you all to see! If you're anything like me, you'll love having a good old nosey at what everyone else is using and seeing what works for them, so here we go! 

So this is my favourite makeup bag. I got it for my birthday along with a matching tote from the airport and I've not put it down since! As you may know, I'm a huge fan of Ted Baker- I find their things so chic and perfect that I just want every single thing! I think you can get this in two different sizes, and this is the biggest one of the two- so you can imagine the ratio of my makeup that actually fits into this- so I just use this to hold my every day basics.

These are my basic face products;
1. Garnier moisture match moisturiser. You may remember me giving a review of this a couple of weeks back, raving about this range. It's safe to say that I'm still in love with them, and have purchased this one that I'm using at the moment. I believe it's made to combat lifeless, dull skin and illuminate it. After the weekend I've had, this was a MUST this morning! 
2. Loreal paris Nude Magique CC Cream. I got this last week on a whim from my local Tesco. I'm not sure if I mentioned this already, but I've started to wear a lot less makeup. In the last few weeks, I've found that no matter what foundation I use, it just doesn't suit me what so ever. Whether it's making me too orange, too powdery, cakey or pale, nothing is going on right. I've also found that nothing is staying on my nose too- it's just sort of flaking off. Considering the range of foundations I have, I find it hard to believe that it's the products' faults, and have come to the conclusion that my skin just needs some 'resting time'. I do think that it has something to do with me not wearing makeup at all on holiday, and then coming home and wearing it constantly- I think I've just left my skin a little confused! :) Anyway- the product itself is really spectacular- I hope to do a longer, more thorough review of this in the coming weeks, but just on a short note; It comes out looking a little speckled, mainly green with speckles of tan/beige colours. When you smooth it onto your skin, the green immediately combats any redness (I have very naturally red cheeks), and then when it's massaged more vigorously, it turns into a skin tone-matching colour. It's odd, but very clever! It has a light coverage and works wonderfully underneath mineral powders. 

3. Garnier BB cream Miracle Skin Perfector: I bought this last week whilst on that whim to ween myself off of foundations, and I'm so glad I did! I did have their original BB cream when it first came out, but I had their 'medium' and back then I was obsessed with tanning so it's way too dark for me now. Anyway, I really like the colour of this, (I got the light), and the coverage is just enough for daytime, although you do need a bit of concealer for spots, but that's not a problem for me.
4. Garnier Roll On in Extra Light: I actually only brought this because there were loads of them on the clearance shelf and they were like £1.50, so I figured I'd try it out. I did have a caffeine one that I was given a few years back, but I literally had no idea what it was meant for etc and threw it out. Anyway, in all honesty, I find that this works amazingly as an illuminating concealer, especially around the eyes, on cheek bones and on the chin. I use it just to make my face look that little bit more fresh. 

5. Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation: Anyone that's anyone knows that this foundation is one of the best budget foundations ever made. It has a brilliant coverage, makes your skin look nice and hydrated, and gives you that fresh-dewy look that, let's be honest, we all want! I've read a few reviews that claim this is too shimmery, but I don't find this at all! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who's looking for a new foundation with a nice coverage! 


After I apply my BB cream or foundation, I always set it with a powder. I usually use a mineral powder, but this week I've rekindled my old flame with the Creme Puff by Max Factor. It's so smooth and silky and just glides on your skin like a dream, leaving it looking so smooth and perfected. After powdering, I will contour my cheek bones. I have been using my Bare Minerals bronzer, just to create a dip in my cheeks in order to make it look like I actually have cheekbones.. Then i'll use a darker blusher (my chosen one is 'Damson Wine' by 17' which I find just creates a bit of depth to my cheeks, and then I'll pop a tiny bit of a light pink on the apples of my cheeks just to give me a little flush of colour. I popped my Ted Baker bronzer onto this picture just because I tend to use this on the days when I need a little bit of glamour and shimmer in my life! ;) I also popped my Real Techniques stippling brush onto here because I just wanted you all to know that's how I apply my foundation. 

1. Bourjois Volume Glamour Max: I bought this about a month ago but have only just started to use it. At first, I wasn't too keen on it-- I like my mascara to really curl and give oomph, without clumping- but once you've gotten used to this mascara's strong qualities, you can mix it up with another mascara to get all you want out of your lashes! I find that this is especially good for adding oomph and volume, but doesn't separate or curl- so I use another mascara to curl and separate. (usually Loreal's Million Eyes). 

2. Rimmel Apocalips in 400 Big Bang. I LOVE THIS. Literally, if there is one product I would recommend out of all this, it's definitely this! It's so so pigmented for a gloss, and looks like a gorgeous lipstick. I haven't tried any other colours, so I can only speak on behalf of this one- which is a rich, bright red. It glides out so easily, and the wand makes it super easy to coat your lips on the first application. It's just amazing. get one. now! 

3. The Body Shop's Born Lippy strawberry lip balm: I have had this for years and I just love it. I love the texture, I love the smell, I even love the taste. I have tried a few others, but I prefer this one- it comes out kinda clear and it's just perfect for popping on when you're on the go and you don't have to worry about what it looks like. 

4. Along Came Betty's eyeliner pen- I'm going to review this whole range because it is spectacular for the price you pay. If you don't know what this is, it's a range that is exclusive to Tesco, and it's a sort of cheaper version of Soap and Glory. I have a feeling that I mentioned it when I was talking about my daily makeup before, but I really do adore the range. Originally, it was all bath things and skin care, but when I went in yesterday, I found that they have now released a makeup range. I am soooo excited about this, but I am somewhat skint right now, so I will hopefully be able to get a few bits when I get paid, and then I shall review it all- but if it carries on as well as this eyeliner, then I'm a happy shopper! ;) 

5. Soap and Glory - Sexy Mother Pucker XL: This is fab. It makes your lips look super plumped, and I use it when I'm having a bit of a lazy day and can't be bothered to do much, it just makes you look like you're naturally glam! ;) 

anyway!! I need to go to bed. I am still nursing this St Paddy's day hangover and I have a full day at work tomorrow, so I shall go and watch the new Twilight (yes I am that sad..)