My Go-to Make-up Essentials


Over the past year the majority of these products/tools get used and abused on a daily basis.

You know why that is? Because each and everyone is awesome.

I am a huge neutrals girl and like my makeup to look like natural, the base therefore is either my DrJarts+ BB or Armani Luminous Silk. I tend to wear my BB for work with a little concealer, which is either the famous Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection or Bobbi Brown’s Creamy concealer. Both do a stellar job in hiding all those unwanted dark circles or blemishes.

Then for blush I grab Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge, I’ve mentioned this product before, I wear Powder Pink but Melon is a beautiful alternative too. It is cream blush, I know it’s not for everyone but I like that dewy look and this has the dew-factor! Next, my go-to post would be lost without Hug Me by Mac. Thee perfect neutral lipstick, ’nuff said. For eyes, if I’m feeling particularly energetic/ have enough time I reach for my Bobbi Brown eye palette. I absolutely love this set, all wearable and very versatile. I tend to do a quick swoop over my lids but these colours are very buildable and you can achieve a decent smokey kardashian eye too.

My mascara loyalty lay with Maybellines The Falsies, I did a review recelntly-check this post out here. For the brows, it can only be HD Brow products, I have done a post, if your interested in having your eyebrows HD’ed here but if your not then you still have to try their brow line, they get a huge thumbs up for me, especially the palettes and pencils.

To chisel those cheek bones and add a bit of life to my very pale ski, my go-to bronzer has to be Nars Laguna, I know very cliche but nothing yet come up to scratch! Then FINALLY, again, if you haven’t already, go and get one of these stippling brushes by Real Techniques. Using circular motions I use this to buff in my base; you can really get right into the nooks and crannies. I also use this to pop my cream blusher on, works a treat! Totally versatile = happy Annie!



Shop this look:


Real Techniques Stippling Brush

Mac Lipstick

Dr Jarts BB Cream

Nars Laguna

Armani Luminous Silk

HD Brows


Overused Awards!

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These are my favourite products that I seriously overuse, because well, I just love um!

Tom Ford Black Orchid; is pretty heavy duty and deffo an evening-y fragrance. With one squirt it has some serious lasting power. If I don’t want heavy, I reach for Jo Malone English Pear and Fresia, this is another over user, it’s light, fresh and people always compliment me when I’m wearing, however, it doesn’t have the lasting factor.

Benefit, they’re real in black; is my favourite mascara and actually, I need to repurchase it. It gives serious volume and length which I haven’t found in any other mascara. However, I will warn you, it’s a bugger to get off, even when you think you’ve got it all, think again! Panda eye central… But I’m okay with that if it makes my eyelashes look preeedddeee!

Shu Uemura Eyelash curlers; I use these everyday, that’s right every, single, day. They’re a much raved about tool and I can totally understand why. If your thinking, they’re just curlers, what’s the difference? They open your eyes up and make your lashes look super long. I don’t think there’s many of my friends without a pair…so trust me, get a pair.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5; Yes, I know, you know, I love it. Definitely an overused product of mine. My ultimate go to foundation, but if you don’t fancy the splurge, go for Rimmel Wake me up.

Neals Yard Daily Moisturiser; I have the daily brightening and the nourishing orange flower, both equally good staple daily moisturisers. I really enjoy using Neals Yard face product, there not full of nasties and pretend chemicals that make you think you have nice skin. I’ve also used the super berry moisturiser too which is fab!

Nars Bronzer in Laguna; initially sceptical, but again this hyped up product is well with the investment. I find that bronzers tend to make my face look filthy, cough, benefit, cough, hula, so I was on the hunt for a good bronzer. Laguna is very finely milled therefore build-able, it leaves a natural sun-kissed glow without being too shimmery or heavy. Superb product. Thank you Nars.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Melon and Powder Pink; I adore cream blushes and these two are my favourites. Pot Rouges have a fab texture that looks dewy and lasts. I apply them on the apples of my cheeks with my stippling brush. I tend to wear mascara alone for work so I don’t use them every single day, but if I need a pick me, I pop one of these on.

Holiday Makeup Tips…






Like many girls I end up with a truck load of make up on holiday and probably end up using a quarter of it!
Every year I do it! Duuh! I do try… 😉


Base: Armani Luminous Silk… I’ve been using this for over a year and its the best foundation I’ve ever, ever used. Your skin looks healthy and flawless, but brings a ‘lumionous’ glow and photos really well too.

I used this until I caught the sun, then Dr Jarts Premium BB makeup. I got this in a Glossy Box and use this for work normally.
It looks a bit greyish when you first put it on, but don’t be put off, it adapts to your skin colour giving you a pick me up and natural coverage! Great for through the day too as it had SPF 40!

Bronzer: NARS NARS NARS! Now I’ve had the liquid laguna bronzer for a while and add this to my base to darken, but I bought Nars Laguna compact as ASOS were doing 30% off… And not totally into the hype, yet, but I did used it a lot on holiday and its quite matte, which I liked.

Eyes: I’m all over Benefits They’re Real Mascara, it’s my favourite along with YSL luxurious mascara. My eyelashes are quite long so I like to use my Shu Uemura curlers, which are the best!!! I use them every day anyway so I NEEEEEDED them in my suitcase! Then I used my Naked 2 palette, the colours are shimmery and looked great on holiday.

Blush: Slightly obsessed with cream blushes at the min! I must have 4 on rotation, but I used Maxfactor creamy blush and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Melon. Again, this gives you a natural, pick me up look. I like that they are quite sheen-y but don’t slide off your face, even on your jollies…

Lips: Mac Hug Me!! That’s all I’m saying!

You can get away with minimal, natural makeup on holiday so I tended not to go with a heavy brow or strong lip. If your Ibiza-ring great! But on a relaxing holiday I think your tan and freckles do all the work! Plus in the heat, heavy makeup makes me slightly claustrophobic…

Although I’m a sinner for a hefty makeup bag, deffo having a word with myself next time!!

Love Annie xx