How much is my face worth?

The title of this post runs the risk of immediately provoking several sarcastic responses, but stay with me – it’s not as self-indulgent as you might think.

Makeup is something we near enough all use, and buying the various products comes as second nature – but unless you’re having a blowout beauty splurge, do you know how much your day-to-day face actually costs?

Now, I rarely make that much of an effort, but when I have to leave my bed and actually see people I opt for a minimalist approach:

How much is my face worth

So how much does my everyday, minimalist face cost? £129.70 – yep, that’s right over one hundred pounds. Pounds, not pence, not Euros, pounds.

And this isn’t even noticeable, fancy night out makeup. This is bog-standard, I have to look like I care about my appearance makeup…

Let’s break it down:

Simple Light Moisturiser – £1.20

MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation – £21.50

MAC Select Cover Up – £15.50

MAC Mineralise SkinFinish (Medium) – £23

MAC Mineralise SkinFinish (Medium Deep) – £23

HD Brows Brow Palette – £25

Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner – £6

Avon SuperShock Mascara – £8.50

Avon Blusher – £6

I couldn’t even bring myself to include the brushes and tools that are used for fear of taking the total past £150…

Who knew beauty could be so expensive?!

– love Stef x

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Things I’m Loving #4

Things I'm Loving 4

1. 30 Day Butt Lift Challenge – with a hen do, birthday and wedding coming up, I wanted to at least attempt some form of toning. These various 30-day challenges have been the subject of many a SWHH post, but it’s because they’re amazing. Easily doable, I find that I can always stick to it for the full duration and it actually produces the desired results. (NOTE: You may end up walking like John Wayne by Day 3 but hey, no pain no gain. Yes, that sentence just happened…)

2. Johnson’s Holiday Skin – again, with all of the events that are due to happen, I wanted to make a little bit of effort and make my legs appear to be the same colour as the rest of my body. I’m massively against fake tan as I’m ridiculously lazy, so thanks to this brilliant moisturiser, a gradual skin-coloured tan builds of its own accord.

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – I received this book for Christmas after I went wild (yes, wild) in WHSmith. I read it in a day and a half as the story completely captivated me. I’ve bought the sequel Where She Went  and I’ve asked for the film for my birthday. It may aimed more at a YA audience, but I like to think I’m on the cusp of that category still…

4. Avon Truly Radiant – again, my body is a variety of different colours so to help in making myself just the one shade, I’ve been turning to this Avon beauty. It’s a tinted moisturiser , but one that actually produces a good colour and coverage, especially as we edge ever closer to sunnier climes. Being an Avon lady has its perks!

5. Momma Keeling – okay, she may not be too happy about being referred to as a ‘thing’ that I’m loving, but the fact that she’s got a mention should be more than suffice. It was of course Mother’s Day on Sunday, so an honourable shout out to the lady that gave me life had to happen. Thanks Mum!

6. Statement necklaces – my fashion sense (or lack there of) leaves a lot to be desired. But, I have found a deep love for statement necklaces (or ‘gypsy gold’ as the boyf. likes to call them). My collection is quite substantial and I’ve found that they can actually make an outfit appear different depending on which one I opt for. They also help in making me pass for a slightly fashionable person, woop!

7. Rose gold shoes – or just rose gold anything. I have an affinity for the pinky-toned metal; watches, earrings and now shoes. The beauts pictured are from Topshop, although the pair I purchased were extremely similar from Sole Trader, and were a bargain at £10 *drool*

– love Stef x

Fave 4: Lipsticks

Favourite Four - Lipsticks

I love makeup, but what I truly adore and cannot get enough of is lipstick. It can bring an entire look together, compliment an outfit and generally make you look and feel however you want to on any given day.

So I thought I’d share the top four lippies that I always find myself reaching for – although sometimes my go-to is just a slick of vaseline (what?! I’m lazy alright?)

MAC – Ruby Woo

You may have seen this cult classic on my beauty wish list, and thankfully my lovely work friends spotted it there too – I received my very own, much wanted Ruby Woo in April and it’s barely been off my lips. MAC’s cool, blue-toned lippy is perfect for everyone, yet it’s notorious for being a bit of a lip-dryer. For me, this is actually a good thing as its long-lasting and not likely to end up all around my face like slicker formulas.

Topshop – Infrared

This beautiful orangey red just makes me happy. It’s also the reason I’ve become slightly obsessed with orange on the whole – clothing, makeup, nail varnish, everything! Topshop’s Infrared has accompanied me to summer events such as Latitude and Leeds Festival, and is even taking me through to Autumn despite its bright colour. What can I say, I love it!

ColorTrend – Doll Pink

Yes ColorTrend is Avon’s teen makeup range, and no I don’t care. Doll Pink is vibrant and perfectly pink – as in full-on shocking Barbie pink. This is the colour I opt for on those days/nights when I actually feel like being a bit girly, although I’m not generally a pink kinda girl. It’s bright, flattering and just the right shade.

Avon – Sparkling Nude

And as you can see, being an Avon lady has its perks – quite a lot of my makeup collection is Avon based. Sparkling Nude is exactly that – very wearable, very pretty and subtle enough for daytime. Add a touch of lip liner and a gold gloss though, and it instantly becomes the perfect nude to accompany a night out’s smokey eye.

What are your favourite lipsticks?

– love Stef x

Mani Monday #27

It’s Mani Monday time!

This week I’ve gone for an ombre nail – but in its simplest terms – using five shades, one on each finger from dark to light.

I used Avon Nailwear Pro+ in P605, LOOK Nail Pop in Prom, Avon Nailwear Pro in Viva Pink, LOOK Nail Pop in Ribbon, and Tesco All About Nails in Honey Pink.

And here are the results – a little bit different but I’m quite taken with the look:

Mani Monday 27

Will you be trying the simple ombre mani?

– love Stef x

Mani Monday #26

Welcome to Mani Monday #26, or technically, my Mani Monday #1 – having a job which saw me typing on a keyboard for nine hours a day, five days a week, meant my nails were rarely in a good enough condition to participate in our weekly feature.

But, one redundancy later (more on that bombshell to come), my claws are finally in shape and have had a little glitzy makeover which I thought I’d share.

Now, I am not a nail art expert – in fact, although I own enough nail varnishes to put Models Own out of business, I rarely do anything too fussy or fancy.

Mani Monday 26

This mani took about ten minutes and consisted of three varnishes – Avon Nailwear Pro+ in shade P605 (not the catchiest of names), Models Own Magenta Divine and Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Clear.

Starting with the P605, which is a bright, punchy fuchsia as its snappy name suggests, I painted two coats (with drying time in between, obvs) before adding a thin layer of the Models Own glitter.

The clear varnish was then used to seal the deal, and et voila – a very simple, very glitzy mani.

Mani Monday 26

Not bad for a first go, ay?

– love Stef  x