My Make Up Basics

Make Up Basics by Olivia BossertI think I first started to experiment with make up when I was 12 or 13. The girls at school were coming in with mascara and eye liner on, and I wanted to join in on that fun. But because my mum is my mum, we didn't just go to the L'Oreal counter... we went to MAC. Did I realise at the time how luxuriously I was being treated? Nope, I didn't have a clue. I was kitted out with foundation, a MAC brush (no I didn't treat it well AT ALL), mascara, eye shadow, and some cover up to cover up ALL THE SPOTS.*yessss.* I think I probably used those products for about a year until they were all gone (lets face it, I wasn't applying a full face of make up every day so they lasted ages) and then I started to venture into the budget make up ails on my own and chose my own products. I can't remember ever being too interested in make up though... it was just something I did because everyone else was.

My interest in make up only really began quite recently. Before that I had my few holy grail products (I still use most of them), but I never had an urge to walk into boots and spend time looking at the make up section. Why? I think that part of it was ignorance; I just didn't know what was out there or what I could do with it, and two, I spent a long time in a relationship with someone who didn't really like it when I wore a lot of make up, so I just never really put much on.

So what changed? Well, first of all, I'm in a much happier relationship now, and second, I discovered Youtube! Youtube is a dangerous place. It sucks you in, and the product reviews are everywhere... and suddenly you want it all! I definitely went through a stage last year where I was buying new make up at least once a week, and it was product I definitely didn't need, or didn't always actually like.

Now, I feel like I'm in quite a happy place with my make up. I still do like to peruse the make up ails, and I still love watching Youtube make up reviews, but I've got a good, solid make up kit that I like and use pretty much every day. After I've done my usual skincare, I begin by applying the Laura Mercier Mineral Primer. On top of that goes the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream. I adore this stuff! It adds such a lovely glow to the skin (but not a sweaty glow... you know what I mean) and then I apply my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation. Why do I use mineral foundation? Well, I bought this about 3 years ago, and I've not found anything that works as well on me! I've not quite jumped onto the contouring bang-waggon yet, so I just like to use a bit of bronzer. At the moment I'm using the Collection Bronze Glow which is 1) super cheap and 2) gives off a lovely colour. For my brows I fluctuate between the Benefit Gimmie Brow and the Soap and Glory Archery. Both work great, it just depends what I find first on the day. For my eyes, I have two pallets that I go between: Urban Decay's Naked 2 or L'Oreal "La Palette Nude" in "Rosé." I'm not one for a bold looking eye on the day to day, so these pallets both have some lovely neutral colours in them. For mascara, I've been loyal to this product since it launched: Benefit Roller Lash. It's a pain in the butt to remove at the end of the day, but my god is it a good mascara! If I'm feeling fancy, I'll add a bit of highlighter into the mix, and I use Benefit's Watt's Up.

So there it is, what I use on my face pretty much every single day. Things change occasionally, but honestly not very often. I've got a routine, I like it, and I stick to it! Do you have any holy grail products that you are always going to use? Let me know!

Make Up basics by Olivia Bossert Make Up basics by Olivia Bossert

My Go To Skincare

Skincare I'll admit it; I've not been into skincare for a very long time. Until about a year ago, all I did was wash my face at night. But you can't read blogs, or watch Youtube videos and not be inundated with skincare recommendations. I guess it finally clicked one day that I should probably start to take proper care of the skin on my face! So here are my 4 favourites.

Bioderma: Bioderma is pretty well known in the blogging/youtube world for it's Solution Micellaire. Everyone swears by it! And for good reason: it really is the best make up remover I've tried. It's a bit pricey, but it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or stripped of its natural oils. It gets rid of excess make up really well, and the bottle lasts ages!

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum: This serum is a dream. When I need a little bit of extra moisture, I love to apply this. I don't like my skin to feel heavy, and this product feels like applying water onto your skin; it's a dream!

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere: Another La Roche Posay product, but this really was a game changer for me. For years I wouldn't moisturise because I hated the thick, gooey feeling they left on my face. I knew this was such a vital part of day to day skincare, so I asked my mum for some advice. She'd been loving this moisturiser as well, so picked me up a bottle (thanks Mama!). Needless to say, I've used up 3 bottles since. It's light, airy, dries super quickly and doesn't leave that gross sticky feeling I dread so much. It's the only face moisturiser I like! The only problem? I can't get it in Boots in Cornwall, so I'm sure to stock up anytime I'm in Switzerland!

B Sand - The Swiss Power Peeling: Everyone loves a good exfoliation! But you've never experienced as good an exfoliation as this. It might sound crazy, but this stuff contains so much more grain in it, that it really does a brilliant job. I find that a lot of exfoliators are just a bit too... soft?! Maybe that sounds crazy to you, but I'm not kidding when I say my face feels as soft as a babies bum after using this product! I highly recommend getting your hands on it if you can.

Do you have any other skincare to recommend to me? What products do you swear by?