Saoirse Ronan Inspired Makeup: Glass Skin & Vampy Lip

Hello Bees, so I have a bit (well a lot) of a girl crush on Saoirse Ronan, she’s such a great actress but it’s her quirky yet romantic style and her always gorgeous fresh skin and makeup that has me crushing! I recently saw some old event pictures of her wearing the dewy glass skin trend, naked eyes and bold vampy power lips and had to recreate this look on myself.

Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 2017 New York Film Critics Awards

I’m in love with how clean and bare this skin looks, this creates the perfect canvas for a purple/berry lip to really stand out. And I love the addition of the sharp brow tail too!

How I created this look-

The most important step when creating glass skin is skincare, the whole aim is for the skin to look flawless, glossy, barely there and almost see through. Prepping your skin correctly provides the best canvas to start putting your makeup on. I start by using the Pixi Glow Tonic as this is a liquid exfoliant and provides a smooth bright base, I then go in with the Dermalogica Prisma Protect moisturiser to hydrate the skin and for the gorgeous healthy glow it leaves.

When creating a glass skin base it is better to stick to cream products as these provide a more skin like finish and also blend out easier and look more sheer/natural. To prime the skin I used the MUA Pro Base Softening Oil Stick on my dryer areas of my face, this limits the amount of texture that shows up after using my foundation.

Next I used a pump of my favourite drugstore foundation Essence Fresh & Fit which has the perfect formula, medium coverage which can be built to full and has a dewy finish. This also looks so pretty on my skin. To add some depth back into my face I added a small amount of the Hoola Quickie Contour Stick, this blends into the skin like a dream and is the perfect shade for my pale tone without making me look muddy. To add some flush to my cheeks I used my current favourite blush Cloud Paint from Glossier in shade ‘puff.

To add extra glow to the skin I used the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in shade ‘champagne pop’ and added this silky cream highlight to the points of my face where the light naturally hits, the brow bone, cheek bone and end of the nose. To add some boldness to the eyes I added a coat of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. For the brows I didn’t do much other than lightly groom them with a new brow product I’m trying out the Glossier Boy Brow, This gives a gorgeous full and fluffy brow effect. Lastly the vampy lip, for this I used the Sugar Pill Liquid Poison lipstick shade ‘dark sided. This is the perfect deep plum, spot on for a vampy winter look.

What do you think of this look and the glass skin trend? Let me know in the comments below and stay safe and smart in this current situation with the Corona Virus.

My ‘Less is more’ Skincare Regime.

Hello bee’s, welcome to my first blog post. I’m so excited to kick start my new website and get writing again. I used to run a blog some time ago but life got in the way as it often does and I ended up taking a break! Before we get into what this blog post is actually about please check out my About Me page if you want to know more about the author so I don’t have to ramble on about me here!.

Disclaimer: A few products featured in this post were sent to me for free as PR, that being said all reviews and opinions are honest and my own. All gifted products will be marked with a *

For my first post I wanted to talk about skincare, with the beauty industry being valued at $532 billion its no surprise that beauty influencers, brands and businesses are convincing you to buy many different products with a view point that the more products you have in your routine the better your skin will become. I recently read in Glamour magazine that a new ‘stripped back’ approach is the skincare trend for 2020.

Moving on to my personal experience with skincare, I have combinatiom skin which means parts of my skin get oily and others suffer with dry patches. I suffered with acne as a teen which has cleared for me with lots of trial and error of products and mostly getting older. I still do get breakouts and sometimes bad ones if im stressed, eat poorly, get lazy with my skincare routine or if its the time of the month. I would often be prompted by top beauty gurus on youtube that had modelesque skin that i had to have a ten step skincare routine to get clearer skin. It wasnt until I went through a mental health slump where I stopped using every most of my products that I noticed how much clearer my skin had become. So i started the fun process of elimination and no longer have lots of serums, creams, acids and have found the perfect skincare routine which I thought id share the products i use and the benefits they have for me!

Morning

I start my morning routine off by washing my face, I recently discovered the brand DHC when searching for a cheaper alternative to my beloved favourite Daily Microfoliant from Dermalogica, I ended up finding something much better for a fraction of the price. The DHC Face Wash Powder comes out like a finely milled (you guessed it) powder that you apply to a damp face to create a foamy mixture. This is so gentle on my skin and provides a deep clean. I love to use this day and night with the *Stella & Grace 3 in 1 exfoliating spin brush for deep pore cleaning. This makes my skin feel so fresh and smooth and I’m obsessed with it.

Once my face is clean I go in with the Pixi Glow Tonic, this is a liquid exfoliant that contains Glycolic acid which I find is a wonder ingredient for my skin. This shrinks my pores and gives my skin a gorgeous fresh glow and I find that I break out more when I stop using this. It super gentle considering its an acid and has even faded some of my old acne scarring over time. Don’t forget to buy reusable pads that you just pop in the wash to help the environment I picked up mine here.

Next I add moisture back into my skin and this is the only part of my skincare routine where I have separate products for day and night. For the day I use the Dermalogica Prisma Protect as this has SPF30 included. This is my favourite moisturiser to wear under my makeup and leaves a healthy dewy glow to the skin that peaks through my foundation. It is light on the skin and also has the added bonus of protecting the skin from pollution and light damage.

Lastly I like to use a brightening serum under my eyes as I have hereditary dark circles. This * Dermalogica Biolumin- C eye serum contains Vitamin C in which my skin only tolerates under my eyes and actually breaks me out if I use it on other parts of my skin. This doesn’t tighten the eye area for me as I don’t suffer with puffy eyes but does brighten it right up which is exactly what I’m looking for in an under eye product.

Evening

After a long day of wearing makeup I like to use the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to melt off the makeup as the first step of a double cleanse. I apply the oil directly to my full face of makeup, then wet my facial puff with warm water and remove the day off my skin. The facial puff is also reusable and is a much environmental friendlier option then makeup wipes. these can be found here.

For my second cleanse I use the DHC Face Powder Wash with my Stella & Grace spin brush the same as I do in the morning. This ensures every trace of makeup is off of my skin.

I then follow the same steps with the Pixi Glow Tonic and Dermalogica Biolumic-C Eye Serum as the morning routine before moving onto my night moisturiser. I’ve been obsessed with the Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance for two years now and it does exactly as the name suggests. This really locks in moisture as you sleep and my skin looks so plump and nourished in the morning. It doesn’t leave any greasy residue and provides just the right amount of hydration to my dry areas.

So there you have it, my six day to night products that have made more of a differnce to my skin than when i had a 11 step skincare regime and has saved me a lot of money. What is your skincare routine and will you be trying out the Less is more approach in 2020?

Thanks for reading!