Tuesday 20 May 2014

Five Minute Makeup

Last week I took a trip to South Yorkshire for work. Before I set off, I had a lot of grand plans for all the blogging I was going to do while I was there, but as it turned out I was just too busy. I particularly wanted to do a post on the lovely restaurant I went to on the last night, but by then I was so tired that my first few photos came out rubbish, and after that I just gave up and focussed what was left of my energy on stuffing my face.

I clearly need to stop letting work get in the way of blogging!

On the bright side, the fact that I was so busy meant that I had to be really quick with my makeup in the mornings, and that in itself provided me with today's post. On my last day I managed to grab a couple of photos, so without further ado, I bring you my five minute FOTD. It's very pared down, so not terribly exciting, but great if you're in a hurry.

I based this look around two products I picked up shortly before I left for Yorkshire: Maybelline Volum Express Turbo Boost mascara in Very Black and L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire liquid lipstick in Molto Mauve.

The mascara was actually a bit of a rash purchase. My main requirement is usually something that gives some volume, but lately I've also been thinking about trying a curling mascara - my lashes are long but dead straight and I always feel that I rely too heavily on my eyelash curlers. So I'm not quite sure why I went for this as it's another purely volumising product. It's definitely a no-frills mascara, as the plain packaging and slim bristle wand would suggest, but that said, I do like it. It certainly makes my lashes look thicker and darker, and other than the curling aspect, that's pretty much what I look for in a mascara. It also feels nice and light to wear.

I really love the liquid lipstick. I picked one of the nude shades - Molto Mauve - and it's one of the nicest nude lip products I've ever owned. The sheen of it is so pretty. It feels silky on the lips rather than sticky and it applies like a dream - one swipe and you're done. While the staying power isn't amazing, it's so quick and easy to reapply that this really hasn't bothered me. The packaging is also very cute and I'll definitely be picking up a few more shades.

So once I had put together glossy mauve lips and thick dark lashes, I realised that my makeup would already look quite pulled-together and I wouldn't have to do too much else. Perfect for the last few mornings when I haven't had much time.

This is what I'm wearing:

Face - Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Cool Bone, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Peach Glow, Bourjois Delice de Poudre bronzing powder.

Eyebrows - Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown, Eyelure Shape and Shade Brow Palette.

Eyes - I curled my lashes - still no escape from those eyelash curlers - and applied the Maybelline mascara.

Lips - L'Oreal liquid lipstick in Molto Mauve.

For me, this is about as stripped back as I'm ever likely to get when it comes to makeup and it literally took me five minutes. I have been known to waste embarrassing amounts of time putting my face on so I was pretty impressed with my restraint!

Have you tried L'Oreal's liquid lipsticks? What's your favourite shade? Also, any recommendations for a good curling mascara?

Kate x


  1. I've heard great things about the liquid loreal lipsticks, definitely want to try them out!
    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  2. Your eyelashes look lovely and long! I use the Maybelline falsies mascara which is good because the brush is curved :)


    Lottie x

    1. Thanks Lottie! I haven't tried that but I do hear good things about curved brushes so I might give it a go. x

  3. Hey! I use the same mascara :)
    I am so lazy that I hate investing time in makeup. This post is hence, perfect for me. If 5mins can make me look so pretty..then my problem is solved!

    Love Priya


    1. Thank you Priya! I do enjoy makeup, but sometimes it's necessary to make time for what's really important in life... clothes! (sorry for getting your name wrong up till now btw!) x

  4. This is such a pretty colour - you look lovely!! :)

    Layla xx


  5. Great post! I want to try that loreal liquid lipstick so much! So I've been reading reviews on it before getting it.
    You look very pretty :)


    1. Thanks so much! I really do rate the liquid lipsticks! X

  6. i really want to try that loreal lip product but they havent hit the shelves yet here in my country :(


    1. That just isn't fair! Hope it won't be long before they do. X

  7. You look so good, love the lip colour!


  8. Love natural looks like this, you look so, so pretty!
    Estee Lauder is such a good foundation too, going to give this mascara a whizz too. Love your blog...

    Elisse x

    1. Thanks so much Elisse! I don't think I could manage without the Estée Lauder! X

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  10. Hello Kate!

    I'm so glad you shared this nifty find! I love trying new mascaras so I will have to give this a try. I love Maybelline's Falsies mascara because their curved brush wraps around my lashes. I would also give their "Big Eyes" mascara a try!!! I LOVE the two brushes it has. Anyway, thanks for the follow on bloglovin. I am new to the blogger world and my blog is just getting off the ground. So I appreciate the support. :) Have a great Memorial Day weekend.



    1. You're the second person to recommend Maybelline Falsies so I clearly need to try it! No probs and good luck with your blog! x

      Kate Louise Blogs

  11. I love that lipstick! Gorgeous colour :) xxx

  12. Fantastic idea! This lipstic is very beatifull.

  13. Your make-up is amazing. Looking gud.
    Btw you have a really nice blog, maybe we can follow each other via GFC? Just let me know and I'll follow right back.

    xx Lori


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