Make up therapy - GIVEAWAY (UK & IRELAND)


My relationship with make up is like  a bell curve (okay Mrs Bates, I did use it). When I'm feeling really down, like Orange is the New Black, season 4 finale, low, I wear no make up. There doesn't seem to be a point, in anything, let alone lip liner. When I'm feeling okay, I like to stick on some slap; I'm motivated to cover up some of the dodgier bits of my mug. When I feel really, really good; I'm talking Beyonce level fierce, which is rare but it has happened, I go bare faced again because why do I need it? I'm fabulous already.

Make up often gets a bad rep, it's seen as silly and frivolous and ridiculously overpriced. I agree with the latter but I for one, do not think the investment is a waste. Most women have a very personal history with make up but for some of us it's a genuine form of support. Here's how I use make up as my own personal therapist. 


EXHAUSTION: Make up took on a whole new meaning when after motherhood. It's bad enough spending every day feeling like you could fall asleep standing, without everyone pointing out how exhausted you look. There are some amazing concealers and highlighters that can help you reconstruct eight hours. 

YSL TOUCHE ECLAT is the original and the best but I also like SLEEK LUMINAIRE HIGHLIGHTI for a cheap as chips alternative. 


LOW CONFIDENCE: Nothing says 'I'm a strong independent woman' like a strong lip. Let's be honest it was Candace Brown's lips that was the real winner of Bake Off. The great thing about a brilliant lipstick is you barely have to bother with anything else. Jeans, T shirt, messy bun and bright red lips - so French chic darling. 

MAC RUBY WOO is a gorgeous, brick red lipstick. It's matte look gives it a really retro, film star quality. If that doesn't float your boat something from MAX FACTORS THE MARILYN MONROE LIPSTICK COLLECTION will. 


FUGLINESS: I think if you're feeling low on self esteem, it's all in the eyes. Go for something that will make you feel all fluttery and girly and like bluebirds are waiting to help you hang out your washing. 

If you haven't tried THEY'RE REAL! PUSH UP LINER today is the day. This is the only product that I have been able to get that flicky, sexy liner look with. It's sister product THEY'RE REAL LENGTHENING MASCARA makes my eyes water but I imagine they're a powerful combination. I've never been able to get the hang of falsies but now I've found JML MAX LASH FIBRE LASH EXTENSION MASCARA (yes the mop people!) I won't have to.


DISORGANISATION: When I'm low my ability to organise is the first thing to go and it isn't that hot in the first place. When I need to feel put together, I always paint my nails. Go for glossy, grown up colours for that, I'm busy and important vibe. 

I fell in love with CHANEL ROUGE NOIR when I was fifteen but I still can't afford it so MAYBELLINE COLOR SHOW BURGUNDY KISS makes an effective alternative.


I'm giving away a tube of my favourite red lippy - Mac Ruby Woo. To win leave me a comment and let me know your favourite part of your makeup routine and/or watch the video below and let a comment to let me know something about your everyday routine.

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140 comments

  1. I've always wanted to wear false eyelashes . They look great but I wouldn't know where to start!

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  2. i takes ages to put on my mascara, i love it! so many people ask fi they are flase i just tell them i literally spend all morning doing them!

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  3. I love They're Real mascara by Benefit for really full lashes!

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  4. My Clarins Extra-Comfort Foundation, thanks.x

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  5. Foundation, sometimes its the only thing I have time to do, damage control ;)

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  6. My MAC matte lipstick because it stays on and the colour doesn't fade!

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  7. Definitely mascara, it can help you look wide awake even when you don't feel it :-)

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  8. It must be applying the mascara. I couldn't live without it.

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  9. Lip gloss is my must have, I keep one in all my pockets

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  10. My favourite piece is my contouring set because it can make a look when you're going out

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  11. I love my Urban Decay Naked palette - it's so versatile and easy to wear :)

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  12. Definitely a nice lipstick! I don't wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis so lipsticks can easily add colour to my face.

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  13. has to be my blusher without i just look strange

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  14. Highlighter is magical, its the best make product ever made.

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  15. I just love my bright blue maybelline mascara

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  16. I use Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish morning and night to cleanse and follow up with moisturiser

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  17. I just love my bright blue maybelline mascara

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  18. I wouldn't be without BB Cream. Even if I wear no other makeup, a quick application makes me look fresher and more alive!

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  19. I'm liking the shade of that lippy! :)

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  20. Eyeliner is my absolute go to, love a cat eye

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  21. Love my Georgio Armani foundation

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  22. I love using my Chanel Illuminating base. It makes my foundation look much smoother and brightens my face, especially during the dark winter months!

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  23. My Estee Lauder eyelash primer is the best thing ever!

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  24. I'm gonna be the weird one that isn't entering the giveaway - because I don't wear make-up. It's strange because you'd think it'd give confidence and for the most part it probably does, but whenever I wear it I feel like I'm too "out there" and it actually makes me retreat! Very bizarre. Good luck everyone else :)

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    1. Not weird at all! I envy you feeling more confident bare faced x

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  25. Mascara. I don't really wear make up unless I'm going out OUT, but I always make sure I find the time for a coat of mascara to open up my tired eyes!

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  26. I love ruby woo lipstick, mine is actually finishing and would be nice to have another one. Cool giveaway and video

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  27. I'm not big on makeup - I've never been the girl who cared much for hair and blusher BUT as an adult (because apparently my age says I have to be one) and a mother of 2, sometimes makeup is necessary for a mood boost or a straight up cover job!

    BB cream, blush, mascara and NYX lip gloss and I am good to go!

    Emmie xo

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  28. Can't leave the house without mascara on!

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  29. i couldnt live without my eye liner, i have quite big eyes and i find with liner they make them appear smaller

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    1. I wear eye liner too try and make my small eyes look bigger!

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  30. When I am feeling down a fierce lipstick always does a trick!

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  31. I agree women often have an interesting relationship with makeup. I love it myself, it gives me confidence and improves my skin.

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  32. I don't tend to wear make-up unless I am going out, but always feel a little more confident when I have a layer of foundation on

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  33. I love Bare Minerals Foundation. I reckon certain make up really fits certain skin types...you just have to be lucky enough to find the ones that suit you. x

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  34. Benefit There real Mascara

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  35. My mummy always wears make-up like foundation and lippy she always feels better and more 'put together' with it....it's just her nails she doesn't have time for, but she loves getting them done occasionally....a real treat!

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  36. I agree, when I feel down I wear no make up but when I want to feel confident I put some make up on and bright red lipstick. It is amazing how different it makes you feel. I don't wear it too much as I am in the house most of my days or dog walking..

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  37. I never leave the house without wearing mascara and lip balm x

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  38. Haha. "My relationship with make up is like  a bell curve" Love it!

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  39. My fave piece of makeup is Rimmel sexy curves mascara

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  40. I love both eyeliner and foundation

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  41. I love my kohl pencil and glitter lips.

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  42. Soap and Glory's "Sexy Mother Pucker" Lip Gloss...this stuff is insane!! lol Makes your lips buzz and tingle and really plumps them up..feel naked without it! lol

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  43. There's two pieces of make-up I won't go anywhere without. L'Oréal concealer for my dark circles and Smash Box mascara. It's all about the eyes!

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  44. I love my eyeshadows - the sparklier the better!!

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  45. Mascara I use it everyday :) @bexallum on twitter

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  46. Foundation - covers up any blemishes.

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  47. A great foundation.

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  48. I love Mac Up the Amp lipstick. Such a gorgeous colour for any time of the year or occasion.

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  49. My NARS mascara! I hated it at first as the brush is really hard and scratchy but its completely amazing!!

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  50. My brown eye shadow, had the same one for years and years!

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  51. Has to be essential each day which would be primer

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  52. My eyes really do show everything, and when I have time I apply my best concealer and try and add some sparkle

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  53. i cant go without my mascara! i look awful without it!

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  54. Foundation as i have uneven skin .

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  55. Foundation as i have uneven skin .

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  56. My urban decay naked pallette :)

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  57. I dont wear much make up but I always wear mascara otherwise I look ill! I love a bit of eyeliner if I am going out. #bloggerclubuk.

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  58. Have to do my eyebrows before facing the world Although my favourite is a red lipstick.

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  59. My Deep Red Mac Lipstick - Cassandra Mayers

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  60. Black mascara, even if nothing else this is a must.

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  61. My Benefit Porefection Primer covers a multitude of sins!

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  62. Lipstick ..won't go anywhere without it on!

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  63. Mine has to be the Benefit They're Real mascara!

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  64. My Too Faced concealer - can't live without it!

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  65. Liquid eyeliner and a little flick! I don't bother most days but I always feel prettier when I do.

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  66. I love highlighter it makes me my cheekbones pop out!

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  67. I can't live without under eye concealer, it's a godsend!

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  68. i really love my rimmel stay matte foundation it goes on great and is non greasy

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  69. I love my Nars Tinted moisturiser. Literally could not leave the house without it. It's pricey but you only need a bit so it lasts for ages

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  70. I always used eye-liner, however my time is limited now so I don't put it on so often at the moment

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  71. I have way too many favourites!!! Has to be either the Nars radiant creamy concealer - I've been through about 10 now! Or the Guerlain primer.

    xo Millie
    www.modishrambling.com

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  72. Heather Morrison1 December 2016 at 21:48

    False lash effect mascara! I don't leave the house without it haha xx

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  73. I love Mac lipstick so probably that!

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  74. Foundation or BB cream wins hands down every time.

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  75. I love my nude lipstick

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  76. I love love love concealer, otherwise I would be stuck with my birthmark which looks like a red moustache!

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  77. My Younique foundation

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  78. My favourite piece of makeup is my lipliner just to make my lips a little plumper!

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  79. My Elizabeth Arden BB Cream, if it's a no make up kind of day but I want a bit of a freshen up I slap that on and it's a miracle worker! Looks flawless but give the impression of no make up, and smells delicious!

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  80. I like a nice shimmery eyeshadow x

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  81. I love love love liquid lipstick I got into it recently :)

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  82. I love Youniques 3D fiber mascara :) my eyelashes are really short and I don't have the time or patience for fake lashes so I tried a fiber mascara and it's awesome :D

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  83. I love Youniques 3D fiber mascara :) my eyelashes are really short and I don't have the time or patience for fake lashes so I tried a fiber mascara and it's awesome :D

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  84. I love my Laura gellar liquid eyeliner!

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  85. Mascara for me, otherwise I look half a sleep.

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  86. Has to be the Benefit Brow collection (all of it)- even if i wear no makeup if I don't do my eyebrows I look like a weird mutant, they're patchy and grow in odd directions!

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  87. I like eyeshadow and experimenting with all the different colours.

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  88. Concealer. Always used if nothing else

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  89. Mascara. It's my must have, I hate being without it on

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  90. It's got to be mascara as I always have to wear it. It really transforms your eyes x

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  91. Mascara, even if I have a no make up day I still put mascara on, which I guess means it's not a no make up day????

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  92. My girlfriend says "Has to be my Mascara"

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  93. My sunny seoul MAC lipstick - I wear it every day xx

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  94. guess that would be my EL lightwear foundation I absolutely love it!

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  95. I love mac lipsticks - like mac verve - they are so rich and the colour stays for hours!

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  96. My favourite piece of make up at the moment is my Garnier BB cream - as a mum of a 5 year old and 8 month old, sleep is sparse and time is limited to put my face on! Lifesaver.

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  97. not a big make up fan but I do like a nice lipstick

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  98. eyebrow pencils. Don't use them but would love to learn how to do it without lookign stupid

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  99. I feel naked without a lip product.

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  100. my fiancees fave.....yes please!!!!

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  101. This is such great advice hun! I totally agree, make up can make you feel so much better. I tend to use it when I need a pick-me-up. I'm sorry I missed the giveaway. Thanks for linking to #pocolo

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