The bad hair and makeup day routine




Today is just one of those days when I woke up, looked in the mirror and thought "Oh dear god". It wasn't pretty. As you can see in the picture on the top, there's dark circles, enlarged pores, cracked lips, blemishes, frizzy hair, you name it. However the beautiful thing about being a girl is that all of that can be fixed with makeup!
Introducing the bad makeup and hair day routine!


Step 1: Skincare
The first thing I did, as per usual, is cleanse my face and then put on my moisturiser (La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo) and my eye cream (Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado- one of my holy grail skincare items). For my lips I used the Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips (don't even get me started on the name...) which I got in my October Birchbox and am absolutely in love with! I find it very hard to find a lip balm that works on me and this one does the job brilliantly.


Step 2: Skin
This is pretty much the same as any day, I prime my skin with the Bourjois Happy Light primer (the matte version) so smooth my skin and mattify it a little because it has been crazy oily recently and then apply my Revlon Nearly Naked foundation in the shade Vanilla to even out my skintone. I love this foundation because it makes my skin look glowy and healthy but still works with my oily skin type. I then use the peachy toned concealer from my Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer to conceal my undereye circles. Note: I only really put this in the inner corners of my eye and then blend out towards the outer part with what's left on the brush, you don't need to use massive amounts of concealer under your eyes!
I then just set my foundation and concealer with my Soap and Glory "One heck of a blot" powder. Normally I would contour but ain't nobody got time for that! I used my Birchbox sample of Stainiac by the Balm as a hint of colour on both my cheeks and my lips.

Step 3: Eyes
Look at those eyebrows. My eyebrows aren't even thick, yet they manage to look like a complete bushy mess. To tame them, I use my Catrice eyebrow pencil and fill in any sparse areas. I've also recently started defining the front parts of my eyebrows more, making them a bit of a block shape but we'll see how long that lasts... I then set them with the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting blablabla you know which one I mean. Companies really need to stop making ridiculously long names for their products. I like this brow gel because it gives me some extra definition and really sticks down my brows like glue, however it can go a bit manky during the day, especially if you accidentally bring it into contact with powder.
Oh dear this is a long post! But bear with me, we're almost done! For eyes I don't do much, I just used the matte light brown shade from the Sleek Storm palette all over the lid and along my lower lashline with a Mac 217 brush and then put the shimmery champagne colour in my inner corner to open up my eyes. I then just run a black eyeliner, today I used one from NYX which for some slightly terrifying reason is called a lipliner, along my upper lashline for some extra definition. Last but not least, I gave my lashes a good curl with the Birchbox eyelash curlers and put on a coat of the Clinique lash power mascara.


Step 4: Hair
My hair just as a mind of its own but today it was in a particularly bad mood. As you can see it was very frizzy and had strange kinks in places where I don't want them to be because it makes my head look a little like a misshapen alien head... Little known fact, I actually have a degree in French braids (Jenna Marbles reference, sorry I couldn't help myself) so I decided to braid back the kinky bits. Before I did that I used a bit of the translucent dry shampoo by TreSemmé to give my hair some volume and all that jazz. I also sprayed some L'Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Mist into my ends to limit the frizz. I then just took sections of hair on both sides and did a French braid... it looks fancy but with a little bit of practice it's really easy. And voila! My hair suddenly looks acceptable!




If you're still with me by this point then congrats! You have made it through a very long post. I'd like to add that doing all this probably takes me about as long as it took you to read about it, so even though it seems quite hefty and I use a lot of products, it's a very quick and easy look.



I hope you enjoyed this post!

Love,

Allie

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