The lovely Beauty by Kelsey did a tag post, not too long ago, that looked like a lot of fun. So, I thought I would happily answer the same questions to give you all a nice break from the reviews that are soon going to arrive. I like these posts as you get to know me a little better, and I get to know you guys in return. So if any question takes your fancy, or indeed all of them, write your own post or answer the questions in the comments section. I promise to read and reply to them all.
What is your morning beauty routine?
To scream in horror at how my hair resembles a stack of untangled, distressed wires. Kidding, mostly. My morning beauty routine is quite minimal. I wash my face, with Neutrogena Visibly Clear Stress Control Daily Scrub (£3.19), and brush my teeth, with Colgate Max White Shine Toothpaste (£3), and then slap some makeup on all as quickly as possible. I leave my bed at the last possible second leaving me five-ten minutes to get my lazy ass out of the door.
What is for breakfast?
I know it is the worst thing, but I skip it because of the whole being late shtick. Normally, I grab a few apples, red apples only, when I leave so I have something to eat during my break, and then as soon as I sit down at my desk at work I make a cup of tea. Vanilla Chai and Masala Chai from Tea India (£2.39 for 40 tea bags) are my favourite teas, Lipton Tea is also quite good. If you are Asian or Indian, or have tried teas from those countries and love them, trust me Tea India and Lipton have got your back on this one. You'll never look back.
Coffee or tea?
I feel like I just answered that. Tea. Of course, only tea. All day, every day. Before you stage an intervention, I drink a maximum of three cups in a day, almost always just two: one in the morning (seriously don't speak to me before I have had my morning cup of tea, you won't like me) and one in the evening with my dinner. That's not too bad, is it? Three is totally reasonable. On another note, I strongly dislike coffee. I hate it with vehemence, the smell, the taste, the appearance is just vile and nauseating to me. I can't drink hot drinks even remotely similar to coffee, no cappuccinos, lattes, mocha-chinos. I hate them all.
How long does it take you to get out of the door?
Ten minutes, at most. As mentioned, I am perpetually reluctant to leave my warm, cosy bed so by the time I have forcibly dragged myself into the bathroom I am zooming through my pitiful morning routine in order to get out of the door fast.
What is your go-to makeup look on a fuss-free morning?
So every morning then *laughs self-deprecatingly*, keeping it simple with foundation applied with a stippling brush, loose powder to set my oily skin and keep my base on until the evening and contouring. That is my bare minimum. For days, when I have an extra five minutes I apply concealer to brighten my under-eye area as I can look as tired as I feel. Eyeshadow is something I rarely skip as it is my addiction, my raison d'être, I live for it. The UD Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette (£38.50) has been my go-to the past few days. The darker shadows like Factory, Mugshot and Darkside are stunning, I use Nooner in my crease to blend it all out with my Sigma E40 Tapered Brush (£10.50).
What is your evening beauty routine?
It honestly depends on the makeup I have been wearing and how my skin is feeling. For tough makeup, such as mascara, I start with Garnier Skin Active Oil-Infused Micellar Water (£4), this removes the majority of my makeup. I then follow with a regular scrub and the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser (£18) as the second step in this two-step cleanse. To finish, I either use Alpha H Liquid Gold Night Treatment Serum (£33.50) for when I have breakouts or ordinary Extra Virgin Olive Oil (£2.25) applied to my face with a cotton pad for when my skin doesn't feel as soft as I want. This helps me wake up with amazingly soft, smooth skin. Other times, I am trying out products to review, currently testing the Mary Kay Time Wise Night Solution (£25). It can get complicated.
Snack time! What's in the bowl?
I am a chocolate aficionado, my favourite is Dairy Milk Oreo (£1.50), it is beyond delicious. Life-changing, I also like the chocolate donuts they sell near my work place, you get 4 for £1. Generally, I tend to snack on fruit during the day, although, I have a soft spot for biscuits too. Any biscuit.
How do you wind down/prep for bed?
As soon as I start my evening routine, brushed my teeth, thoroughly cleansed and treated my skin, I feel ready for bed. I also like reading before bed too, ever started a book at night only to realise it is now 7am and you have to leave for work. It was just that gripping? Been there.
Cosy up! What are you wearing to sleep?
Oversized tee-shirts and lightweight pyjama pants. I also have this ancient purple fleece top (the bottoms went missing eons ago) which I wear when it is cold. I have had it since I was about twelve but it is so soft and comforting. It is my favourite thing to sleep in, no wonder I don't have a boyfriend. Comfort over sexiness, always.
What are some of the things you must do before hitting the hay?
Social media. I have to check Instagram and I have now gotten into the habit of checking my Bloglovin' feed too. I love that little app. Reading is always something I enjoy doing before sleep.
Thank you so much for reading, I would like to tag you. Please leave a link to your website or your responses to these questions in the comments below. I would love to read them all, I sincerely hope you didn't find this boring and that you ate all having a wonderful week. Lots of love. Take care.
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