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I don’t normally choose pointed-toe shoes but these past two weeks I’ve found myself buying three pairs:

A simple black pair, believe it or not I didn’t own any black flats, despite the majority of my wardrobe being black!

A bright blue pair that I found in the summer sales, bought with my new job in mind.

Finally a pair of lemon yellow sling-backs, specifically for my graduation last Wednesday.

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April turned out to be a pretty stressful month. The deadline of my dissertation, as well as coursework deadlines and full time work over the Easter season, meant very little time for blogging. Despite the completion of my dissertation and all coursework I am afraid I won’t be posting much in May either. My exams start in two weeks and I am going to be spending most of my time focusing on them. However, before I disappear again I have a few posts planned to share with you and will have plenty to post about in June once my degree is finished (how scary!). Today I wanted to share with you the ring I treated myself to as a “well done you’re nearly there” gift. The ring is a silver pigeon claw with gold nails from Tessa Metcalfe’s Homage collection. It’s a really unusual ring but I love that about it, along with the fact that it combines silver and gold, so can be worn with all my other rings.

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I promised you last week that if I was feeling brave I would post up some pictures of me applying my make-up. By Friday I still wasn’t feeling brave but then I did my bare and nominate on Monday (which you can see here) and thought what the heck now everyone’s seen me looking awful now. So here we are, I didn’t manage to take photos of every step of the process since it was just me by myself with my tripod and shutter remote and some photos were just too flattering to share/quite often I disappeared out of shot to be an inch away from the mirror! To start with here is my finished make-up for the day, which I have labelled with some of the different steps I take.

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STEP 1: I start by applying concealer where needed and depending on my weekly stress level this can be either a little or rather a lot. Next I apply my foundation with a brush all over, the shade of foundation I use is IVORY (nice and pale!) before moving onto my take on contouring.

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STEP 2: Starting with a second concealer with a lighter pigment than my foundation I highlight above my cheekbones, below my brow-bones, down the centre of my nose and in the centre of my chin. Once this is blended in I apply Benefit’s High Beam illuminator in a C above my cheekbones and browbones, I used to apply this with a brush but after reading Emily Schuman’s advice on blush here I have switched to just dabbing it in with my finger tips.

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STEP 3: Using my bronzer I create the contrasting shadows below my cheekbones, down the edges of my nose and under my chin. Here were some particularly bad photos where I seem to have forgotten why I was taking these pictures!

STEP 4: Next up eyebrows, which you know I take seriously. I apply the wax first with the hard angled brush before blending in the powder, I use the Light version of Benefit’s Browzing kit which I think provides enough definition for me. I like my brows to be defined but not to over-power my face! I then use the Medium/Dark Gimme Brow to add dimension to my brows which I am absolutely in love with I am having to limit myself to only using it on special days/when I go to work. I’ve since increased the number of shifts I have a week…

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STEP 5: As you can see in the Before picture I generally start the day with little tired eyes which I coax out with a light and dark eyeliner on the bottom and top edges of my eye. Next I curl my eyelashes before applying my mascara, for this day I opted for Brown/Black over pure Black since I was just doing dissertation work all day. I think it works well as a daytime option when you want some definition to your eyes but still maintain a natural look. Apologies for the lack of photos here but I began to struggle to apply eye make-up and work the shutter remote at the same time whilst keeping in shot. I am one of those people who end up almost in the mirror when applying eye make-up!

STEP 6: Finally I scrub my lips, which is like a little snack since it is so tasty! Which is lucky as you can see in the photo I am not great at keeping it solely on my lips! Once I’ve cleaned off all the leftover scrub I apply a lip balm and that’s it I’m all set make-up wise for the day.

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NOTE: Details of all the products I use can be found in my Beauty Basics posts (i) for face, (ii) for eyebrows, (iii) for eyes and (iv) for lips.

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Last Wednesday I announced that I was giving up shopping for both clothes and make-up (see the post here). Luckily I have only just replaced all my make-up with all brand new products to update my look. Over the next week I plan to share with you the products I use for the different elements of my face and depending on how brave I am feeling I may share images of me applying my look in the final week of March. For now here is a glimpse into the variety of products I keep in my make-up bag that I reach for almost every day. This make-up is what I use to achieve my “every day” look, there are also many lipsticks and eyeshadows in my bag that I use to spruce up my look and transition me into a night-time look but they aren’t included here.

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