I wear the same makeup to work, time and time again. Yes, it’s boring but I won’t be swayed. My mornings are less frantic, I know my makeup will last all day and I’ve got application down to 10 minutes. If you’re looking to simplify your morning makeup routine without sacrificing the final look, here’s a glimpse at my go-to products, in application order:

MAC Strobe Cream – I’m all for quick application in the morning so there’s no time for layering too many products, so I mix this with my foundation and apply together. Strobe Cream gives a beautiful subtle glow that keeps you looking healthy and awake all day.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation or Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – I adore both of these foundations and frankly whichever I pick up first is what I’ll go for that day. Both leave my skin looking even and dewy and are medium coverage foundations that are buildable, with impressive staying power.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque – This is one of my newest makeup finds and I don’t know how I’ve gone so long without it! This is THE product for making you look awake and getting rid of darkness under the eyes – it’s quickly become one of my must-haves and if you haven’t used this get, go and try it asap.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit – I often use this concealer on top of the Bobbi corrector as naturally they complement each other nicely. I also love the setting powder in the kit which helps my concealer stay put all day. Somedays I find the combination of all three (corrector, concealer and powder) a little heavy so will either use the corrector and the powder alone, or swap in the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer as it’s more of a liquid concealer and a tad lighter on the skin.

Benefit Boiing Concealer – This bad boy only comes out when I need some serious blemish help, so suffice to say during the first week of every month this is one of my staples! Hormonal breakouts are horrid but this makes life a little easier, and the formula is antibacterial which helps too. You can read my full review of this concealer if you want more info.

Benefit KaBrow – Benefit can’t be beaten on brows. FACT. I used to be a loyal daily user of Benefit BrowZings until this came out. It’s waterproof formula means once it’s on, it’s not budging and I love how natural or dramatic you can get your brows with this product. I have a full post on my brow routine if you want an extra read.

Benefit Creamy Eyeshadow in Bunny Hop – This is a classic case of a product that’s a true oldie but I just can’t let it go – I’m actually pretty sure this shade has been discontinued. This cream eyeshadow makes a great base for shadow and has a wonderful blue undertone so makes the whites of your eyes whiter.

Fleur de Force Lunar Rose Palette – I bought this palette from Feel Unique recently and I use the two top shades all the time, especially during the week for work. They look lovely over the top of the Bunny Hop cream shadow and are perfectly toned to strike the balance between being professional but not bland – they’re subtle and gorgeous at the same time! It’s also super easy to take your day look into the evening by dragging some of the dark purple along lash line for some added drama.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – I normally skip liner on a normal work day but this mascara has me covered and makes sure my eyes look wide awake. The formula is totally buildable so if you want something quite dramatic you can get it easily but I tend to just do a few zig zags on each eye and I’m done.

Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette in Coral Glow – This sculpting palette is MAGIC, there’s no other word for it and I use all three products – bronzer, blush and highlight – for my office makeup. The bronzer has a subtle shimmer and is fab for a gentle contour or just warming up the face. The blush is a light rose pink (it reminds me of Benefit’s Dandelion – review & swatches here), and I just pop a bit on the apples of my cheeks before highlighting my cheek bones, brow bone and cupids bow with the highlight.

Carmex – I normally don’t go for much on my lips for work as I just can’t be bothered to reapply during the day. Instead, I lather up with some faithful Carmex which then means my lips are in good condition for bold lipsticks at the weekend! It’s a win win.

Let me know what your go-to work makeup products are in the comments and whether you use any of the products I swear by! Don’t forget to tell me why you love them too.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

There are no shortage of beauty related challenges and ‘tags’ for us bloggers and vloggers to try out. I first saw this £20 challenge years ago and now I’m finally getting into making videos I was desperate to give it a shot.

The aim of the challenge is, yes you’ve guessed it, to do your whole face of makeup with products that collectively cost £20 or less. I personally decided to exclude makeup brushes and tools so I could really give this a proper go and try out some new drugstore products. Here’s how I got on…

Here are all the products I picked up for the grand total of £18.99:

  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – £7.99 (2 for £10)
  • MUA Eyebrow Pencil – £1.00
  • Rimmel, Kate Moss, Sculpting Palette – £6.99 (2 for £10)
  • MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner in Jet Black – £1.00
  • Collection, Volumising Mascara in Ultra Black – £3.99
  • Makeup Revolution, Focus & Fix Concealer – £2.00
  • MUA Lipstick in shade 7 – £1.00

So what do you think? Did I do well for my money? I’d definitely say it was a mixed bag so let me know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe if you enjoyed the video.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Bullet Journalling is my new ‘project’ for 2017. I’m seeing it as a way for me to merge my list writing, paper diary and habit tracking in one neat, creatively decorated notebook. If you’re new to Bullet Journalling, I’d recommend having a watch of this – it does a far better job at explaining the ‘system’ than I ever could.

After hours of research on YouTube and Pinterest, I ordered myself a Moleskin A5 dotted notebook and, thanks to Amazon Prime, managed to put pen to paper the very next day. A few weeks in, here’s how my Bullet Journal is looking:

I’m still very new to this Bullet Journal ‘thing’ so I’d love your thoughts and feedback. I’ll definitely film another one of these flip-through videos in a few months and show you how things have moved on!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Morphe is a makeup brand I’ve followed on Instagram for a little while. They garner a great deal of attention and hype online and whilst I was already a big fan of their brushes, I was hesitant to try their eyeshadow palettes. Could a palette of 35 eyeshadows really justify that level of hype, and only cost £21?!

One thing is for sure, even though I was sceptical it didn’t seem like many others were; the Morphe palettes were constantly in and out of stock but after a few weeks of stalking the Beauty Bay website, I became the proud owner of the Morphe 350M palette.

The 350M palette includes 35 matte ‘nature glow’ eyeshadows ranging from flesh coloured blending shadows, cold and warm browns, through to burnt reds and orange toned options. It’s the sister palette to the sell-out 35M which has both matte and shimmery options.

The eyeshadows don’t have individual names but here are all 35 swatches, from the top row of the palette to the bottom, left to right:

What I love

  • 35 shadows. 35! At most I use 4 shadows each time I do my eye makeup. This palette has a serious amount of eyeshadow and a lot of colour options. They’re all in the same colour family so you can mix and match, try different combinations and play around as much as you like.
  • In the current beauty-world, it seems a palette needs to be super pigmented to be considered ‘good’. This palette definitely has pigmented colours (check the swatches!) but there are definitely a few that are buildable and give less initially, and I actually really like that. You don’t want every colour to be bold and hyper pigmented because then there’s no depth to your eye look. This palette has the balance right.

What I really love

  • This palette is ridiculously affordable – each pan of shadow works out at 60p!!! That math alone says it all.
  • The shades in the 350M definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. I can honestly say I wore my first ever orange/red smokey eye as a result of this palette and I’ll definitely do the look again. Having so many colours at your fingertips definitely gets your creative makeup juices flowing – it reinforces the fun of makeup.

What I don’t love

  • Some shadows are more blendable than others. I definitely have my favourites within the palette that I know work with other products too – a bit of trial and error is needed as some are definitely more movable and easier to work with than others but it’s not a huge issue.
  • There’s no mirror. I know I’m getting a lot of product for my money but I’d happily pay an extra few quid for one to be included. It’s a really large palette so it’s just a shame for one to be missing.
  • The sparkly glamour isn’t really there. This is probably my fault for choosing an all matte palette but I didn’t realise how much I’d miss the sparkles until I noticed myself constantly going for a shimmery shadow to finish off the looks I was creating. Bare that in mind when you’re picking your Morphe palette!

If you’re into eye makeup, you definitely need to try out a Morphe palette but unless you’re super into matte looks, I’d probably advise going for one with a little more ‘wow’ factor. Ultimately I’m glad I took the plunge and gave these a go but I do wish I’d gone for the 35M as my first delve into the Morphe range. There’s no denying the incredible value of the product, and I can see this being a staple in my collection for those warmer eye looks but this palette does have limitations – on it’s own it’s not quite the palette of dreams I was expecting.

Have you tried any Morphe palettes? Which are your favourites? Let me know if you agree with my thoughts about the 350M. If you have any other recommendations of great eyeshadow palettes please do leave those down below in the comments too!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I had so much fun compiling my ‘Beauty Favourites of 2016’ that I’ve decided to dip my toe into the world of monthly favourites. I love watching and reading all about the products people are loving, so each month I’ll be rounding up my favourite five things and sharing them with you lovely lot. All of my faves this month happen to be makeup and skincare related but I’m sure there’ll be some variety in the months to come. Enjoy the video! 

As promised, here are the five products I mention if you want to check them out:

Let me know what you think of my picks and whether you’ve tried them. What have been your favourites of the month?

Sincerely, Sarah xx