Monday, February 16

- Everyday Makeup...

For today's post, I thought I'd show you my current go-to makeup items. I've been going for the minimal look lately and, along with abandoning everyday feline flicks, I've recently ditched some base products. I feel it's best to let skin breath as much as possible and I hate the feeling of having the same layer of foundation on for hours.

This doesn't mean I don't have any imperfections; I'm still an avid user of the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer. I do think I ought to branch out towards other concealers as this has been my main choice for years now, but why change something that works well for you? I then use the Soap & Glory Brow Archery to fill in my brows; I really need to get my hands on their similar brow product with the spoolie on one end.

Next, I've been reaching for my Urban Decay Naked basics palette a lot recently as it has the perfect neutral shades and I love the buttery formula. I've been using 'Walk of Shame' over the lid with 'Naked 2' blended into the crease. I then apply 'Faint' along the lower lash line and 'Venus' to highlight my brow bones and inner-corners. To complete my eye makeup, I curl my lashes with Shu Uemura* curlers and apply Benefit's Roller Lash mascara. Like most beauty bloggers, I got this free sample with Elle magazine. I prefer not to get drawn into hype around a new release and tend to remain skeptical until I've tried things for myself but wow, this mascara is seriously amazing! The thinness of the wand means you can get right to the root of lashes and the formula really does hold a curl for hours. Kudos to Benefit.

To add some colour to my complexion I apply The Body Shop's Honey bronzer lightly to my cheekbones, followed by my much loved Revlon Powder blush to the apples of my cheeks. To finish off my everyday look, I've been going for a soft pink lip by using the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob for definition, teamed with Rimmel's Kate Matte Lipstick in 101.

What do you think of my everyday look? Do you use any of these products on a daily basis?


  1. Love your choices, you look great x

  2. Very minimal & natural makeup! You look beautiful x
    xx, marinasirmais

  3. You're so pretty, i love the makeup, its very natural :)

  4. Very nice natural look Karen! I've got the Roller Lash, too but haven't had time yet to try it out. How cute is your makeup bag? May i ask where did you get it from?

    Caz | Lunch Break Adventures

  5. Gorgeous! I'm using the Archery & Roller Lash everyday at the moment as well :) I need the Naked Basics for this exact purpose haha - it looks so perfect to grab when I'm quickly getting ready in the morning! I always get too indecisive with bigger palettes and take longer with my eye makeup.

    Kat |

  6. Gorgeous products and makeup look! Brow Archery and Benefit roller lash are my 2 new fav additons to my makeup bag, they are so amazing! Love the look of the Revlon blusher, I haven't tried their blushers before so will be looking to pick one up soon! great post!


    Jasmine |

  7. These are stunning ! I love the palette..

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  8. The Urban Decay Naked Basics is my go-to palette, as well! Great picks, Karen! xx

  9. I have that lipstick from Rimmel, it is such a pretty color! Love your makeup look

  10. Such a lovely natural look and you have flawless skin :) I would soo love to ditch the foundation even for a few days but i need a bit of a tan first ti help fade my acne scars! I am desperate to try the urban decay naked palette, i must be the only blogger without it haha! So excited to test out roller lash too :) xxx

  11. You're a natural beauty, Karen and I honestly think you can do without any makeup. I love how simple and natural you look here, really gorgeous. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  12. This is such a beautiful minimal look and you look gorgeous.


  13. The lip combination is absolutely perfect on you! :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  14. Love the lip combo! Those liners are the best :)

  15. The S&G Archery brow pencil is's my favourite! x


  16. I love your everyday look! You look beautiful :)


  17. Your everyday look is fabulous, girl! The SU eyelash curler is also one of my favourites. And the Honey Bronzer from the Body Shop is still on my list of things to try. I recently got a sample of the Benefit Mascara as well. Not in the Elle Magazine like you guys in the UK but it came as a GWP with a Sephora order. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  18. I hate feeling like I have loads of makeup on my skin so prefer to do the whole let it breathe on a daily basis too :) I love this lipstick, it's the perfect everyday colour. Your brows look perfect too!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  19. Such a gorgeous makeup look! I really want to try out roller lash because it looks great! Xx

    Beauty Girl

  20. Your make-up looks so natural and pretty-- I love it!
    Melanie @

  21. The makeup looks so good! You have such long pretty lashes!


  22. Omg you have gorgeous skin, I think this minimalistic make up look is really beautiful on you! If you can get away without wearing foundation it's great as I know what you mean about letting the skin breath.

    I have quite oily skin so if i'm going minimalistic I tend to also use a Rimmel powder over the top just to reduce the shine - can you recommend any other non foundation products for this sort of thing?

    Gabby xo

    Blog - What She Buys / Instagram / Twitter

    1. Thanks for commenting Gabriella! :) Have you tried a mattifying primer? I know it may seem to be another base product, but when used alone it's lighter than foundation & powder etc and controls oil - Pixi do a good matte one :) x

  23. Great look :) I really want to try the Body Shop bronzer but I always forget when I'm out :(

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  24. Gorgeous, the lip colour really suits you, the lip liner is an absolute staple in my collection, love it!

    alice x | beautybyalicee | Bloglovin' | YouTube

  25. Well, 1) YOU LOOK STUNNING & 2) I have and love your Kate Moss Lipstick <3 It's gorgeous!!! <3

    Serene xoxo

  26. You look fab. I'm a bit like you when it comes to the whole 'hype' around a product release. I'm actually still holding off on Roller Lash but would love to know how different it is to 'They're Real'. Easier to remove maybe? Haha.
    XO, G from grace'd

  27. Love the lipstick colour it's so pretty I am thinking of getting the urban decay basics palette

  28. I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    I like your posts and photos! Really amazing!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet

  29. I adore the Naked Basics - I think Naked2 is my most used shade! I use Crave as an eyeliner too by applying it damp. I have East End Snob and it looks like the lipstick goes perfectly with it - must pick it up xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  30. I really should reduce my makeup down I have loads that I never use. The honey bronzer from body shop look lovely Lucy x

  31. I've been loving a fresh / natural look recently. I've also been enjoying the Naked Basics (in my case the 2nd one), the new Benefit mascara and Rimmel 101 lipstick. :) xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  32. Lovely!
    I love having a natural lip, I really want to try out the Rimmel liner and Kate Moss lipstick together, it looks so pretty on you :)