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At the beginning of last year I had a cosmetics cull and donated anything that wasn’t cruelty-free to friends and family members who aren’t so strict about that sort of thing rather than letting it all go to waste (which wouldn’t have sat well in my mind either). What was left is a pretty basic collection that I’m starting to build upon as and when I can but I don’t wear make-up every single day so I can’t justify spending too much just because I have a love of shiny things and pretty packaging.

To be honest, I am wearing make-up more than usual which is really making me feel a lot better about myself and it’s simply because my child has decided, after 27 months of ‘the war against sleep’, to start napping. For hours at a time. Multiple hours. It isn’t every single day but it’s more regular than ever and it is absolutely blissful to have a little break during the day. Whilst I obviously fill that time with running around doing the housework and cramming in blogging work, I am finding the time for self-care which is making ALL of the difference to my mood.

So, what products am I currently using?

Foundation For Pale Skin

I have a little nickname amongst some people when the sun comes out and that’s ‘Casper’ simply because I burn like a bitch and I’m pretty pale-skinned. I’m not one for whipping my legs out either without the comforting cover of black tights so my legs are probably the worst, I don’t think they hold any melanin at all. Luckily, I quite enjoy the whole ‘pale look’ anyway but it does make finding the right foundation an absolute pain. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve picked the lightest shade a brand has to offer to find myself looking like a jazzed up orange which clearly isn’t my goal.

The X-Ceptional Wear foundation from GOSH has been my favourite for a few years now. I use the lightest shade in ‘Porcelain’ which matches my skin tone really well and the coverage is medium which hides my rosy red cheeks just enough and covers up any other discolouration or blemishes. I always apply a light moisturiser beforehand and let it settle ever so slightly before putting my foundation over. At the moment I’m loving Superdrug’s Vitamin E cream and it has a SPF of 15 which is always a winner!

I don’t use concealer very often but when I need to cover something up I’ll dab on some NYX ‘Above & Beyond’ and blend.

Make-Up Brushes

My brushes are a combination of the Real Techniques Bold Metals (the ones I use the most), some other Real Techniques standard brushes and an Eco Tools set that I bought a few years ago. You’ll see that I pick and choose which brushes I like regardless of their intended purpose!

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

Here’s what I generally go with…

Foundation: Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush. I actually have the Foundation Brush but I prefer this for putting my base on. I think it’s because the bristles are more tightly packed and seem to apply the product easier.

Powder: Real Techniques Bold Metals Powder Brush.

Blush/Highlight: Real Techniques Duo Fiber Face Brush.

Eyeshadow: Eco Tools Concealer Brush or Urban Decay Vice4 Palette Brush.

Powder & Blush/Highlight

I’m using this really cheap powder by Laval in ‘Transparent’ to set my foundation. It’s a really light shade and I just dust it over rather than applying it heavily.

To blush and highlight (I used to contour but I prefer to just do this nowadays) I use the Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in ‘Golden Sugar’ which has a gorgeous white highlight that’s so highly pigmented it’s easy to over-do it if you’re not gentle when applying it. I know there’s a mantra that you can’t have too much highlighter but each to their own. I apply this just above my cheekbones, up and around the eye bone, on my cupid’s bow and down the centre of my nose. I’ll use the light pink or lilac as blusher which goes in the usual place and I’ll also dip in to my Kat Von D Shade & Light if I do feel like adding some more definition.

MakeUp Revolution Blush Palette

Eyeshadow & Eyeliner

I don’t have many individual eyeshadows anymore so I tend to use my two Urban Decay palettes — the New York Book of Shadows Vol. 3 and the Vice 4. I tend to use the latter more than the former as it’s newer.

I’ve used ‘Bones’ the most which I sweep across my lids and blend outwards and upwards. I’ll then then apply ‘Deadbeat’ to the crease and ‘Grip’ or ‘Low’ to the inner corner. I don’t usually line my top lid but always apply black pencil liner to my waterline at the bottom. I’m using a Stargazer eye crayon at the moment for this and if I do use liquid liner it’s ‘Supercat’ by Soap & Glory. Sometimes I’ll also apply smudged shadow under the eye in ‘Crowbar’ or ‘Pandemonium’.


I’m currently using Barry M’s Feature Length mascara in black which I apply heavily to the top lashes but simply flick over the bottom lashes so it’s only just there to make them noticeable. I like it but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again to be honest with you.

The best mascara I’ve ever used is ‘They’re Real’ by Benefit but that’s no longer at option as they’re not a cruelty-free brand unfortunately.

Urban Decay Vice4 Palette


I could probably do with some guidance and help when it comes to my brows! They just don’t grow like other people’s seem to and if you’re a make-up enthusiast you’ll probably be appalled to know that all I do is quickly fill them in with Soap & Glory’s Arch De Triumph and then leave them.


I always put lip balm on after wiping excess make-up off my lips and I don’t really have many lipsticks or stains to choose from at the moment so I’m using some MUA lipsticks that I use a lip brush to apply directly after the chapstick so it’s not too heavy or bold. It seems to stay on better that way too!


Makeup Wishlist

Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette // Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – ‘Snow’ // Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Lipstick – ‘Fetish’

What’s your everyday mum make-up look? Do you have any products that you always stick with?


  1. May 20, 2017 / 1:19 AM

    Love your eyeshadow colours! I am super pale too, as I never have skin on show! I also have the Soap & Glory Eyeliner, and I love it!
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  2. Ali Rost
    May 20, 2017 / 3:30 AM

    Admittedly, the world of makeup has always seemed mysterious, so I always appreciate reading what other people use. So glad you’re only recommending brands that are cruelty free, I too look to see which companies are. My daughter was home last weekend and washing her brushes. They looked a little overused to me .. so I think I’ll buy her a couple that you recommended. She’ll be thrilled

  3. May 21, 2017 / 10:22 AM

    I’m really pale myself so I really appreciated the tips with the foundation, will have to give them a try! 🙂
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  4. Lynne Harper
    May 21, 2017 / 4:17 PM

    I look like casper lol, what a great selection that you have featured here. Both the palettes that you have featured look gorgeous x

  5. May 21, 2017 / 8:46 PM

    Great picks! I love my vice 4 palette – in fact this has inspired me to get it out tomorrow to use for a spot of colour for work x

  6. July 20, 2017 / 5:03 AM

    I love all your tips here. Thanks for sharing this with us. I haven’t really used GOSH beauty products before but after reading your post, I would like to try that X-Ceptional Wear Foundation. I have a pale skin so I think knowing someone like me and using your own regimen for pale skin will be a good thing. Thank you again.
    With the highlighter, I’m not really good with highlighters. I always think that I put less and it doesn’t really show on my face whenever I used them. Thanks for sharing the tips on the highlighter too. By the way, which among your wish list is your favorite?

  7. August 16, 2017 / 8:55 AM


    If I will share this blog with my mom, she will definitely love it. She is using a different makeup and other stuff but I think your products seem to fit her skin tone and I know she’ll like it. Thank you for your blogs. I hope there will be more to come. I’ll stay updated.

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