I would firstly like to say that I hope everyone who collected their GCSE results last Thursday are happy! I also received mine. :) Also to everyone who is maybe not so happy with their results please don't worry too much about them. They do not define you or your life. You can still get to where you want to go but you may just have to take a different route to the one you were expecting.
So today's post is a collaboration with a blogger friend called Tilly, she has a gorgeous blog which always looks so professional! I'll link it at the bottom of this post. Anyway, because we are going back to school soon *cry* we decided to do a 'back to school' collaboration. I chose to do two makeup looks, one for if your slightly younger and maybe not allowed to wear much makeup for school (using only drugstore products) and one for if your going to collage, sixth form or university and are allowed to wear the makeup you want. (using only high end products)
This look is very natural and toned down using all drugstore products. This is better for those of you who are not allowed to wear much makeup for school. Here are the products I used:
Foundation - Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation - I love the flawless look this foundation gives, it applies smoothly and gives a medium coverage. The formula has almost a whipped mousse feel to it. I always apply foundation with my Spectrum Unicorn Tears Blending Sponge which I use wet because I think it gives the most flawless, even finish.
Concealer - Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - This is a really great, affordable concealer for beginners. Although it is rather thick in consistency.
Powder - Seventeen Stay Time Pressed Powder - This is such a good powder, especially for a drugstore one.
Blush - Technic Blush - I couldn't find the exact one I used, because they don't have shade names but I linked some others for you. The one I used was a terracotta colour and is gorgeous.
Highlight - Sleek Highlighter Palette in Solstice - This is a pigmented, gorgeous palette and is one of my favourite, most used highlights.
Contour - Sleek Cream Contour Kit and Collection Contour Kit both affordable and really good. The collection kit shade can be a bit patchy but blends well and for £3.99 you can't argue.
Primer - Kiko Eye Base - I use this as well as the collection concealer to prime my eyes. I then set it with a bit of powder or a matte white shadow.
Eye shadow - Morphe 35k Palette - I kind of counted it as drugstore because for the size and quality it is ridiculously affordable. I used a few of the transition shades, the gold colour on my lids and the white shade in my inner corner.
Mascara - Maybelline Lash Sensational - I adore this mascara, I'm so happy that it's drugstore.
Eyebrows - NYC Eyebrow Pencil - This is pretty good for the price. Not amazing but decent.
Seventeen Lip Lustre I used a peachy lip gloss from seventeen to give a natural glow.
This is a slightly more dramatic look for those who are able to wear more makeup to school. I am loving doing a halo eye at the moment.
Foundation - Unfortunately I don't currently have a high end foundation so I used the same one as in the previous look because it is my favourite out of my drugstore foundations.
Concealer - Mac Mineralize Concealer in NW25 I adore this concealer, it blends gorgeously and sits on the skin nicely. I will need a slightly lighter shade for when my (very slight) tan fades! But it is so hydrating and lovely. Perfect for dry skin.
Powder - I'm really sorry but I've actually forgotten what powder I used...
Blush - bareMinerals Blush in Frisky This is a stunning dark coral/pink blush. The loose powder formula is great. I just tap a bit into the lid and then sweep it onto the apples of my cheeks (camera wouldn't pick it up :( ) it sinks into the skin and give a gorgeous glow.
Highlight - Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic it used to be called orchid mosaic but I presume they just changed the name. It is a pretty, highly pigmented, pink toned highlight. Extremely shimmery and lovely.
Contour - The Body Shop Bronzing Powder They don't have my exact one because it is very old but I'm pretty sure they have just changed the packaging because the shade looks almost exactly the same.
Primer - I used the Mac concealer again to prime my eyes.
Eye shadow - Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette I absolutely love this palette. I can get so many lovely looks out of it! I have been really enjoying doing a halo eye at the moment so that is what I did for this look.
Mascara - Mac Upward Lash Mascara This is a very lengthening mascara and the tiny wand is adorable. However it can sometimes make your lashes look a bit clumpy.
Eyeliner - Stila Smudge Stick in Tetra I just lined right next to my upper lash line with this and then also applied a bit along my waterline. The pigmentation is great but it doesn't go on very smoothly so they take a bit of getting used to.
Eyebrows - Benefit Gimme Brow and Paul's Boutique eyebrow kit. I'm not quite sure where to purchase the eyebrow kit because it was a birthday present but I do really like it. I am looking to get the ABH dip brow pomade though. I really like gimme brow too.
Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Thrash and Mac Lipstick in Brave The pencil is no longer available but it is a burnt orange colour and then Brave by Mac is a pretty pink toned nude. I attempted a subtly ombre lip look.
I hope you all enjoyed this post and got some kind of inspiration from it! Make sure to go and check out Tilly's post ! I'm sure you will all love her blog as much as I do.
Leave suggestions for more posts down below. I hope you all have a great week!
- Anna x