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For a while now I have felt my make up collection is in need of bit of a refresh. I planned a trip to my local Boots store, which is always my port of call if I need to buy any kind of cosmetics.
Before shopping I researched looks I want to copy. I am a fan of looking for tutorials on Pinterest, Youtube or Beauty Blogs and felt I was more drawn to classics 1920's, 1930's, 1940's and 1950's make up.
The simple eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, even skin tone, blush and red lip.
I love that this classic look is still a favourite these days and that it is so adaptable. Simply changes can completely change it and make it more casual, toned down or romantic, professional, or dressy.
If red lips don't suit it is easy to change them to a pink or nude lip.
I made a list of the products I felt were perfect for this look. I then looked in my make up box to see which products I already had, and which I needed to buy. I had also set myself a budget of £20 as I was sure I could achieve the style I wanted without breaking the bank.
With list in hand I went to my local Boots store and really enjoyed searching through all of the different brands and their stands trying to find the perfect products.
Boots beauty aisles are wonderful because they are always so clean and clutter free. Stands are bright, again always clean and well stocked. The beauty section in my local store is positioned in the centre of the store, making it easily accessible and with lots of room to manoeuvre around with a pushchair or even with a walking toddler.
There are always so many great offers on and during this shop the offer was even better than ever with a 3 for 2 across all beauty meaning I could mix and match my brands. I'm quite fussy so this was ideal for me as I like certain products from certain brands.
The offers were unmissable due to the hanging POS and standing boards above each stand.
I ended up spending just under £25 and bought 6 products, all across different brands. 5 of the products were on my list and the last was a special treat.
Although I recently bought a Red Rimmel lipstick it can be quite harsh and quite bright and can clash if I am wearing something with pink. I wanted an alternative to red but something that was still quite striking. I liked the look of the new Rimmel Colour Rush Balm and chose the shade 'On Fire'. Although it is probably classed as a red it also had a pinky tone to it so it's not as harsh as a bright red but still has a "wow" classic impact.
Concealer is important to get rid of the bags under my eyes (almost impossible but worth a try!) and to cover any blemishes to give an even skin tone. I am fussy about my concealers and after deciding the one I've been using is too light I went back to the Max Factor Mastertouch. I love the applicator and the feel of this concealer. It is easy to apply and long lasting.
I'm not exactly a pro when it comes to applying eyeliner. I like a liquid eyeliner if I am doing a flick and really liked the look of the Soap and Glory 'Supercat, Carbon Black Extreme Eyeliner Pen'. I love Soap and Glory products and although I've only tried the nude palette in their cosmetics range this eyeliner seemed too good to miss.
Lastly I fell in love with the Seventeen Cheek Stamp Blush. The lid has a built in stamp/sponge which, when closed, rests against the blush. This is easy to apply by gently dabbing the sponge on your cheek and then blending with your fingers, or a brush. I bought the shade 'Stare Struck' as it suits my skin tone and also is quite natural. I felt a bright pink would create too much attention and take away the delicate simple look of the eyes and the dramatic lips.
All of these products have beem purchased from Boots previously.
Rimmel Sun Shimmer Bronzer in Light Matte. I occasionally use this to help reduce shine if I am using my BB cream.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfecter (BB Cream)
No7 Intelligent Colour Foundation. This is my go to foundation. I discovered it when I worked in Boots 7 years ago and it's the one product I could never replace.
Soap and Glory Lid Stuff. This palette encouraged me to use natural colours on my eyes as previously I would add a blue or green. I discovered that I can suit a natural eye and pretty much used this everyday.
Tweezers and a magnifying mirror to keep my eyebrows neat and tidy, along with a Jemma Kidd make up brush that I bought from Boots a long time ago.
Lastly my mascara is Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam. I purchased this from a Boots store a couple of weeks ago and absolutely love it. It is great to build up the lashes to create a beautiful full frame around the eyes.
I think the products I purchased really compliment the products I already owned and together create a perfect set to create a classic look.
The products are all affordable and able to be used alongside other products, colours and styles. I really like that it's not all set to one brand too, showing that you can mix and match and take the best bits from each stand.
I didn't use the BB cream or the bronzer today, instead just sticking to the No7 foundation and Seventeen Stamp Blush. My freckles are starting to come out and I wanted to keep everything as simple and fuss free as possible so as to not cover them up.
I love how you can adapt this look to suit your confidence, your skin tone, hair tone, eye shape or lip shape. I am wearing this as an everyday look (running errands and school run) so have kept the eyes quite simple and made the lips a bit darker.
If I was then going to go out for a date with my husband I would make the eyes a little heavier with the eyeliner and possibly add a little more blusher.
With this being so easy to put together it won't take long to do in the morning before the school run. With it being quite subtle, natural and classic it's a great look to boost your confidence and make you feel pretty without feeling you are wearing layers upon layers and like you are too done-up.
It's also not going to break the bank and mainly consists of essential items for any make up bag.
This will now become my go-to look for everyday.And my husband likes it too which is a bonus!