A new approach to makeup.

We all have our favorite blogs and I scroll through hundreds of posts every day on bloglovin’ – some are regular reads and others are posts that just catch my eye.  I tend to read lots of fashion/style blogs, and sometimes food and fitness blogs – normally when I need some motivation to get back on track.  Rarely do I read beauty blogs.  Till now that is.

I have probably used many of the same products and had the same basic makeup routine for 20 years.  Only about 5 years ago did I even attempt a ‘smoky’ eye or try liner on my upper lid. So I’d say I am pretty lazy, or at least unadventurous, when it comes to makeup and my beauty routine.  That was until a friend shared the amazing blog MaskCARA.com with me.  I have been hooked reading Cara’s posts all week.  Her videos are inspiring and make her techniques look so easy that it’s impossible not to want to try them – especially when you see her make over results.

I really want to try her HAC (highlighting and contouring) technique – it looks amazingly simple with the right products and tools, and the results are incredible.  I’ll never look as stunning as Cara, but with some trepidation I have bought the following products recommended on MaskCARA.com, and the great thing is they are all drugstore brands so won’t break the bank!

Bahama Mama bronzer for contouring:

Bahama Mama bronzer

Maybelline Highlighting concealer for highlighting:

Maybelline highlighting concealer

Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush (I’ve NEVER used a cream blush before):

Maybelline dream bouncy

L’Oreal Voluminous mascara in carbon black:

Loreal voluminous mascara

Sally Hansen Lip Inflation:

Sally Hansen Lip Inflation

Some fabulous new makeup brushes – I am embarrassed to even guess when I last washed my brushes – never mind when I bought them!

Sephora brush set

Finally while I was at it I bought this beautiful new Essie nail polish – at least I know how to make my nails look better if I overdo the bronzer and end up looking like Snooki.

Essie cashmere bathrobe

Please check out Cara’s blog – I think you will find it inspiring, as I have, even if you don’t think you are stuck in a makeup rut!  I promise to share some before and after photos of my HAC attempts over the weekend! xx

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5 thoughts on “A new approach to makeup.

  1. Iwontwearsludgebrown

    Thanks for this post and introducing Cara at maskcara blog – love, love, love. Just spent the last hour reading it when I should be doing other things!! I notice she is about to launch her own make-up too.

    Never really tried contouring but feeling very inspired. Donna x

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Isn’t it great – so easy to read and her videos are the perfect length – so you get all the information you need quickly. Yes I think it launches here this month – it’s amazing what she has achieved! x

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  3. Andrea

    You know how much I love Caras blog Joanna! I’m also quite basic & unadventurous when it comes to make up these days! I just don’t have the time since having the kids to have fun & experiment like I used to! I have just started using new brushes & like you totally embarrassed by the previous lack of washing!! I’ve just bought a fab Maybelline Gel eyeliner & have a few freebies from No.7 which are luckily good colours on me so I’ll put them to good use! I do have some items on a wish list & have been thinking for a while to pay more attention to my make up! You’ve got some great products here! Ax

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      You know I also ordered some off Amazon – much cheaper here than going into a store – maybe it might be cheaper than Boots too there – at least once you know what products you want to repurchase. I got some other new brushes at a steal on Amazon – it’s easy to sneak them in with a couple of high brow book purchases:) xx


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