Today’s Makeup #1: Barely There

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I thought I would start a new feature on the blog to show you how I put together different makeup products, in addition to straightforward reviews. Although, I’m fairly boring when it comes to my makeup, and I tend to stick with what I know and love, so don’t expect these kind of posts to be too frequent! I’ve been pretty busy the last few days so have wanted makeup that’s quick, easy and fairly natural looking, and these are the products that have been helping me look presentable in the mornings.

To start off, I applied some of the NARS Orgasm Illuminator all over my face to brighten up my complexion. I love using this under foundation as it gives a nice glow without looking overly highlighted. Then I used some of the Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation in shade 72 Rosé Clair. I had completely forgotten I even had this foundation until I was tidying out my makeup drawers recently; it used to be my favourite everyday foundation when I was at school and I’m pretty sure I haven’t repurchased it since I left 5 years ago soooo… this bottle should definitely be in the bin! It has a really nice light finish with decent coverage, and it feels really hydrating. This one is a bit too dark for me though, so I think I might have to admit defeat and throw this bottle out soon, perhaps I’ll replace it with the Bourjois Healthy Mix instead as it has a slightly wider range of shades and always seems to get rave reviews. To finish off my base, I used some Benefit Fake Up Concealer* in Light to brighten up under-eyes and cover any blemishes.

I don’t like to go overboard with blusher, especially in the daytime, so a nice soft rosy shade is perfect for me. I absolutely love this matte Nude Rose shade from Estée Lauder (far left of the compact) as it’s not too obvious and looks quite similar to the actual colour of my cheeks. Sadly it seems to be discontinued, so I’m on the hunt for something to replace it. Any suggestions for a nice matte dusky rose blush? The Revlon Lip Butters are also great for quick and easy makeup, so I’ve popped a little bit of the shade Sweet Tart on my lips. It’s the perfect pink shade which gives a soft wash of colour, or you can build it up for a bright and bold lip if you prefer.

Rather than my usual liquid eyeliner, I’ve opted for a slightly softer version of my favourite cat-eye flick using the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. Using the Real Techniques accent brush from the Starter Set, I smudged the shade Faint along my top lid, then used a little bit of Crave in the outer corners to create a little bit of a flick. I also applied a tiny bit of Crave to the outer part of my bottom lid, then used a blending brush to soften everything up. I finished up by curling my lashes and applying some of my favourite mascara, Benefit They’re Real.

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Romila Marie says:

    I love that Estee Lauder palette! So beautiful! You look super gorgeous with that makeup! x 🙂

  • chloe_e says:

    you have such stunning features you don't even have to do much!

    à la foliee

  • Beautiful choices:)

  • Gem says:

    petty similar to me 🙂 Although I LOVE going ott with blusher and a little too much mascara. Really like the sound of the nars illumintator xx

  • Hayley says:

    Looking lovely Gillian 🙂 x

  • Beautiful look, that Nars sounds lovely. I love a bit of NARS x

  • Taylor says:

    So pretty and natural!x

  • Joan says:

    you look really nice!
    the estee lauder palette looks great!

  • Kate says:

    Beautiful! I wish I could own all of the products you used! Can't wait to get my hands on fake up 🙂

    Kate xo |

  • mel davies says:

    this looks flawless! it really suits you 🙂 xx

  • Natalie says:

    I love the natural look, so pretty!

  • Lynnsay. says:

    So pretty 🙂 I have never used the NARS Orgasm illuminator, but I have Copacabana and it is my favourite highlighter ever!

  • This makeup looks so pretty and fresh! The Estée Lauder palette has beautiful shades xx

  • ellalogy says:

    You have such pretty skin! I love how natural this look is… really suits you 🙂

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

  • Leanne Marie says:

    Looking lovely Gillian! That EL blush palette looks so nice!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  • Maria Fallon says:

    You look lovely, your skin is amazing!

    Maria xxx

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