Saturday, 16 April 2016

The Beauty Lover Tag!


Hello, muffins! Today, I'm really excited to be doing the 'Beauty Lover' tag, which is slightly different and more refreshing than the typical makeup tags. I'd like to thank my sweet girl Trishna for inviting me to participate in this tag - make sure you check out her lovely blog, Tips Capsule! She blogs about beauty, fashion, and food (her recipes are always super easy to follow and delicious!), plus she's one of the loveliest and friendliest people I've had the pleasure to talk to. Now, onto the tag questions! 


If you could have anyone in the world do your makeup, who would it be?
This is actually a very difficult question! I don't really have anyone I look up to in terms of makeup, although if I really had to choose someone, it would probably be Lisa Eldridge. Her looks are simple and wearable, and I adore her personality. Out of all the popular beauty gurus, she's the one I find to be the most approachable, helpful and authentic. 

What's your top makeup tip?
Same as my lovely Trishna, my favourite makeup tips are for applying mascara. I actually wrote a whole post about it a few months ago! I always like to make the most of my mascara - I feel that it's the one part of any makeup routine that can really transform an entire look. I always dust a small amount of translucent powder over my lashes before applying the second coat, to make them appear thicker and more 'fluffy'. I also like to comb through my lashes with a clean brush after applying mascara, to make them look a little more 'tidy' and get rid of any clumps. 

What one skincare item could you not live without?
Definitely a makeup cleanser - I've been loving the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for months now. It's affordable, effective and very gentle on the skin. I've tried a few other brands, but I always end up going back to Garnier. 

What are you worst at when it comes to applying makeup?
Admittedly, filling in my eyebrows - I can never get them right! My eyebrows are dark, thick and awkward; and such a pain to work with. 


What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to beauty?
People telling others how to wear their makeup, or more importantly - how not to wear it. I feel that in the beauty community, there is too much pressure on 'getting it right', and following current makeup trends. I cringe so much whenever I see beauty 'gurus' talk about the 'ten thousand makeup mistakes you're currently making'. I'm not referring to basics such as getting your foundation shade right, but rather petty things that are simply a matter of personal opinion, such as 'applying your blush too low on your cheeks', 'wearing a cool toned lipstick when you have a complexion with warm undertones' or 'wrong eyeshadow combinations'. You then see so many girls feeling self-conscious about their makeup, because it doesn't meet some absurd guidelines... I mean, who cares? I used to wear concealer on my lips that was two shades lighter than my skin, with layers of peachy lip gloss on top of it. Yes, it wasn't the best choice, yes, it makes me cringe now when I think about it, but back then I was slaying it! Makeup is supposed to be fun, and it's supposed to make YOU feel good, not anyone else. So do what you like, wear what you like and what makes you feel comfortable - you are beautiful, no matter what. 

What's your favourite makeup era?
I don't really have one, but at the same time, I know that I don't belong in the current one. All this excessive contouring and highlighting just feels like an overkill to me (plus, I'm completely useless at it). I quite like the 1950s makeup trends, which included dramatic layers of eyeliner and mascara, smoky eyeshadows and red lips - the sort of makeup I tend to go for myself. 

What's your guilty pleasure product?
There is no such thing as a 'guilty pleasure' in my book, especially when it comes to beauty products. I'm equally proud of my £50 Chanel eyeshadow quad, as I am of my Hello Kitty nail polish collection!

What's your 'underdog' product?
Probably my Ziaja toner... It was actually my very first toner ever, and it cost me £1.99 - possibly the cheapest skincare product I've ever bought. I had zero expectations for it to be any good, but it ended up completely transforming my skincare routine. This toner does an amazing job at cleansing the skin and tightening the pores, but it's also very gentle and it smells amazing. For £1.99, you really can't go wrong... I will be repurchasing this for the rest of my life! 


What's your favourite makeup product of 2015?
2015 was the year when I really got into eyeshadow palettes, and discovered so many gems. It's difficult to pick just one favourite, but I'd probably have to go with the Nude Dude eyeshadow palette by TheBalm. It's a gorgeous neutral palette, which reminds me a little bit of the Naked 3 palette by Urban Decay (another favourite of mine), but more affordable. As for lip products, 2015 for me was the year of the Dior Addict lip glosses. I've always been a lip gloss girl at heart (could never get into the matte trend), and the Addict glosses are the best I've ever tried. They are incredibly lightweight and comfortable to wear, giving your lips a beautiful tint of colour and mirror-like shine. 

I'd like to invite everyone and anyone to join in to do this tag! In particular, I'd love to tag these babes:
Hannah at Floraful
Samantha at My Beauty Cloud
Ash at Ms Tantrum
Olena at Keen On Beauty
Kelly at BeautyPepTalk
Leanne at LPage Beauty

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