The Makeup Menu…

The Makeup Menu

Having promised a number of blog buddies that I would partake in a review or FOTD post featuring ‘thee’ Chanel lippy… yes, the one I won a few weeks back through Anne’s exciting give-away! I thought it would be a bit more aptly suited to just go the whole hog and do a full on a-la-carte Makeup Menu. Are you sitting comfy ladies? Then let’s started…



Before I jump right in… as most of you know, I’m a huge fan of Olay products so my face was sparkly clean thanks to Olay Facial Scrub, Olay refreshing toner and a little swipe of Dove Pro-Age moisturising cream. I’ve tried various primers and nothing seems to work as well on my face as the Dove prior to foundation application – so throwing all caution to the wind (and defying the laws of the Beauty Kingdom) I’m rebelling and sticking to a lotion that’s not even designed to serve the purpose I’m using it for *tut tut*

*L’Oreal Infallible Foundation in 125 Natural Rose *

This is a VERY recent purchase but OH MY GEE WHIZZ it’s bloomin’ marvellous. This is a gorgeous everyday foundation that works perfectly for me. If you like a flawless full coverage that doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin then look no further chums, and it smells absolutely diiiiiiivine. Think a floral tutti fruity if you will *Ahhhh*


*Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent*

I’ll admit I’ve never been a fan of pressed powders or even an overall matte look when it comes to makeup, I much more prefer that natural sheen rather than wanting to dull it down. However on days that I’m either filming a video or going out and want my makeup to last the duration this powder gives a lovely soft finish without tampering with the tone or completely omitting the dewy glow if applied lightly enough.

 Special thanks to the lovely Katie over at Plus Beauty for recommending it!


*Rimmel Sun kissed Bronzer*

After receiving this from the fab folks at Direct Cosmetics to try, I have to say I’ve found a makeup staple that I couldn’t be without. It gives a beautiful warm glow that is completely buildable without any signs of streakiness or patchiness that can sometimes be problematic as the day wears on. Considering my skin is super pale it never looks over done, too harsh or un-natural.



*Urban Decay Primer Potion*

 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: without a doubt the best eyeshadow primer available. It does the job perfectly and never fails to keep the shadow firmly in place without any sign of creasing or fading. Love it!


*Urban Decay Naked Palette*

I wanted to keep this eye look a little more subtle than usual as the lips would undoubtedly be the focal point. I used Sin all over the eye lid, Sidecar in the outer crease and finally a tiny flick of Toasted to accentuate the outer crease. Voila, job done.


*MUA Eye Liner*

 I’ve tried and tested quite a few of the drug store offerings but can honestly say this is one of my favourites, not just due to the formula but because of the shape of the handle and stiffness of the applicator point. It makes a really fiddly job so much easier!

*Seventeen HD Falsifeye Mascara*

Being a bit of a mascara tart *oooh err missus* I seem to breeze from wand to wand quite aimlessly these days however I do believe I’ve found my all time drug store fav with this one. It adds length, defines and leaves them looking a little more fluttery than overly false. Exactly the look I love.



Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in 444 Gabrielle – Words cannot describe how excited I’ve been to try this, even if it does pain me to have to dishevel the pristine new-ness by using it *sob* Never before have my lips felt such luxury. It’s beautifully creamy, glides on effortlessly and lasts for hours on end. It may be a high-end lippy with a price tag to match but it’s worth EVERY penny… then again it’s Chanel, of course it’s worth it!


The Tools


Of Course what Makeup Menu would be complete without a shout-out to the gadgets and gizmo’s that make the magic happen right?

*From left to right*

Real Techniques Stippling Brush / RT’s Blush Brush / Superdrug Loose Powder Brush / RT’s Base Shadow Brush / RT’s Angled Shadow Brush / Naked Basics Double Ended Brush / RT’s Eyeliner Brush / Basic Eye Curlers / Superdrug Retractable Lip Brush

Overall Result,


First thing I notice is how airbrushed the L’Oreal Infallible foundation looks, I’m personally putting this down to the combination of a foundation that really does work in balance with my skin’s natural tone and the Real Techniques Stippling Brush which does such a professional job of blending so beautifully.

As for the lips, the Chanel Coco Rouge (444 Gabrielle) is one of the first red tones I’ve actually felt 100% confident about wearing. The richness of the lipstick delivers a luxurious feel and indulgent look that is identifiably more high-end. There’s no distinct taste, it’s lightweight to wear, sleek on the lips, moisturising, yet stays completely put without any messiness or movement. Okay, at £26 from Boots it does require a little more investment but it really is worth every single penny. I’m now a Channel convert when it comes to finding the perfect pout!

Cheerio chums…

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110 thoughts on “The Makeup Menu…

  1. Aaah that color looks amazing on you! Really great classic red 🙂 Happy you like it, I think these Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks have the perfect formula that makes them beautiful but easy to apply and wear 🙂
    xxx Anne

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    • Isn’t it just divine Anne?!?! I cannot believe how absolutely beautiful it is – such a dream to wear!! I LOVE IT! You do realise the downside of all this…. you’ve lured me onto investing in many more Chanel lippie. I can hear the sighs of Steve already lol X

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      • Hihi, it is divine!! I just love them.
        I’ll let you in on a little secret though: I bought one of mine with a 40% discount!! We have amazing offers on high end makeup here and I am sure Boots does the same every now and then. Just a matter of waiting for the right moment if you really want a product 😀
        xxx Anne

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      • Oh wow what a discount!!!!! Ordinarily it is very pricey but oh so worth that investment – like the powder I imagine this to last forever as you don’t need to layer it on or reapply due to how moisturising and long lasting it is!!! Excellent buying tips – shall look out for a little discount every now and then 😉 hehe XXXXX

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      • I know! Only comes around once a year here, but so worth binging when it does!
        Oh, these will last a very long time! Speaking of my Chanel powder: I have been using that daily for six months and I can’t even see it diminishing! Still looks full 😀
        xxx Anne

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  2. You´re really good with your makeup tips Karen, and you look so gorgeous! I want to be you when I grow up, knowing all those makeup tips and bobs and how to perfect the art that it is. ahhhh , loving this post.
    dropping by to leave you my daily love,
    have an awesome week, xx
    Dana –

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    • Why thank you lovely 😀 I soooo know what you mean about when red goes wrong… I’ve had a few of those ‘wrong’ moments hence why I’m so nervous about wearing it but this formula and colour is stunning!! I adore it V 😀 Hope you have a great week ahead huni Xo xo


      • Pretty exciting moment when you find the one haha! A Chanel one as well! How dreamy! I’ve always wanted a killer red Chanel lipstick, not that I really need any more red lipstick haha! Agreed, the formula of them are just superb! No bother 🙂

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      • It sure is Lauren – never thought it would happen this quickly hahaha If you ever feel like treating yourself to a luxury red this this range really is amazing huni. Such a perfect formula!! XXX

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    • Hahahahahaha – sure did huni but just with a little light brown eyeshadow and the RT eyeliner brush, it works so good for brows… even disgracefully unshaped ones like mine!!!!! Actually surprised I got a nice remark about them as they always seem a bit rugged to me lol XXXX


  3. I’ve heard so many great things and reviews about the Rimmel powder. I love the rouge Chanel lipstick on you! Looks so fab! That is a wonderful makeup menu I must say Karen! You’re glowing in the picture 🙂 xoxo

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    • Hehe Thank you so much Jessica, that’s such a lovely compliment – I usually shy away from reds but this one feels right 🙂 If you ever feel like treating yourself to a really luxurious lippy this is definitely the one I’d recommend, a little pricey but soooo worth it 😉 Xxx

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  4. Great post as usual, Karen! I am loving that lipstick shade on you and it’s good to know you’re enjoying L’Oreal’s Infallible foundation – it has quickly become one of my favorites! Hope you’re doing well. x

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  5. Karen, your skin is literally beyond flawless. I feel like they need to come up with a new word to describe it because ‘flawless’ just isn’t enough to do it justice!! Also, that Chanel lipstick is perfection. xx Mil

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  6. The lipstick wasn’t a disappointment whatsoever, then! It looks beautiful on you!
    And I love love love Urban Decay eyeshadows, especially the Naked palette, it’s my go to! xx

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  7. You look so beautiful Karen!! I love your makeup look! The lipstick looks like the perfect shade of red for you like it was made for you! I am so glad that you did a MOTD post! Yay! Thank you for the mention as well! That was so nice of you! 🙂 Xxxxx

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    • Awwh you’re so welcome Katie – had to give you all the credit for suggesting such a great product!! Thank you sooooo much for the lovely compliment chum, you really do say the nicest things – my confidence in doing these MOTD posts is growing. It’s so nice to feel so encouraged by such kind words *massive hugs* XXXXXXXXX

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      • Awe you’re so very welcome Karen! You should be very confident in doing MOTD posts! You’re beautiful! 🙂 Just speaking the truth! *massive hugs back* XXXXXXXXXX

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      • Awe no don’t feel self-conscious! Though I can relate and feel that way at times myself too. I am so glad that I could cheer you up though! That makes me happy! 🙂 XXXXXXXXXXX

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      • I know, it’s so hard! I’m all for celebrating curves and love girls attitude who are so confident in there shapely figures but I’m just not there with mine 😦 You sure do cheer me up so thank you soooooo much huni XXXXXXXX

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      • Awe Karen, I know how you feel. I may put up a front in that I am confident but I’m not always confident myself either. Just know that you’re not alone in that. I am glad that I can cheer you up to though! 🙂 XXXXXXXXXXX

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      • You’re welcome lovely!! ❤ I am looking forward to your email. I have some things going on that I've wanted to tell you but haven't wanted to talk about them on here where everyone can see lol. So I hope to hear from you very soon! 😀 XXX


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    • Aww thank you huni 😀 that’s sooo lovely of you to say, very chuffed indeed!! The bronzer is lovely – just adds a nice glow of colour! Oddly enough I’ve just emailed you this second – that’s kinda weird to log in and see your comment lol XXXX


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