Stuck in a smoked out rut..

Hello, dolls! After another short break from the blog, I'm back and more determined than ever to get posting more regularly! I ...

Hello, dolls!

After another short break from the blog, I'm back and more determined than ever to get posting more regularly!

I like to think that, when it comes to make-up, I push boundaries and try new things all of the time. What I think happens and what actually happens are two very different things though.

I'm a girl that likes my sleep, I need my eight hours... minimum! So every morning I need to wake up as late as possible to make sure I get it. I have a little 'schedule' in my head and that schedule allows for 10-15 minutes to apply make-up.

How much room for experimenting is there in that space of time? Not a lot. So I fall into the trap of reaching for whatever is nearest and end up sporting the same look, with minor tweaks, day in day out.

The routine only changes if I get time in the evenings or weekends to tidy up the ol' dressing table. Morning make-up for me is a bit like a production line, making the same stuff over and over again until I buy something new.

One such look I seem to be churning out every morning lately involves smoking out my eyes, it's just so easy and requires zero thinking! Perhaps it's just a little too easy.

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FACE

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Barcelona (Equivalent to MAC NC37 - NC40)
MEMEME Blush Me! - Coral
MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

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EYES

Inglot Eye Make Up Base
Inglot E/S 458 /Lid/
Inglot E/S 63 /Crease/
Inglot 463 /Inner Corner/
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner - Black Ink
1 coat of L'oreal's Voluminous Carbon Mascara
Stila Kajal eyeliner - Topaz /Waterline/ (clearly worn off :)

LIPS

A dab of MAC's Ruby Woo :)

You may have noticed excessive usage of Inglot products, but in my defence there's no Inglot store in Manchester. When I came across it in Dubai I went a little crazy. What's a girl to do?! ;)

The Inglot Eye Base is an integral part of the production line every morning, the only problem is it is the worst eye base I have ever had the misfortune of using. The eyeshadow creases like a bitch and the formula feels a bit like extra virgin olive oil... but it's there so on it goes.

As for the eyeshadows. One word - LOVELOVELOVE.

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The ultimate smoky kit - in case you don't know Inglot, you choose your eyeshadows, they stick them into palettes. In my case, I wanted to create a smoky kit, et voilĂ !

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Left to right: Inglot eyeshadow 463, 458, 63

The star of the show has to be the highlighter. It's a vintage champagne coloured eye shadow with a delicate touch of shimmer to it. It works fantastically on the inner corners and the brow bone.

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Suck it in! :)

Since returning from my travels my skin has been looking a lot clearer, it could have something to do with my newly discovered fondness of Green Tea and my freshly re-discovered appreciation of tap water, I just can't drink enough of the stuff!

I've also incorporated a toner into my skin care regime that I picked up in India by Ayur. My skin feels super clean and fresh every time I swipe it across. You can really feel it getting to work straight away!

Does anyone else need to shake things up in the morning? I hear two-tone lips are on vogue this year, not sure how I can squeeze this into my 15 minute slot..

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23 comments

  1. First of all, yay! you're back! Second of all, your cheekbones are fierce!! Love that highlighter, and thirdly, I want those Inglot shadows. Now! Gorgeous colours indeed :)

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  2. Your eyes and lips are particularly stunning! Welcome back!

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  3. You look so pretty and your skin looks amaaaazing! Your morning makeup routine sounds exactly like mine lol! Two-tone lips? where have I been! I love the nail colour and ring combo :) x

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  4. That's your "quick look"? It looks gorgeous! I might try two-tone lips. My top lip is already darker than my bottom one so I'm almost there already haha

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  5. You look stunning! Your skin is gorgeous and ruby woo looks great on you. And I want to get that inglot palette now! X

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  6. You look gorgeoussss Halima!!
    Please teach me how to do a perfect smokey eye like yours... So beautiful!
    I need to get that inglot eyeshadows, such pretty colours.

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  7. looks so gorgeous! Your skin looks so good! x

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  8. You are so beautiful, love your eyebrows! xx

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  9. Hahah I'm the same! I plan all these looks in my head and then when I'm rushing for time I somehow reach for the same things everyday!
    Loveee this look, your skin looks so beautiful as do your eyes!! xxxx

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    1. you are very beauitful and very nice beauitful eyes

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  10. Welcome back, lady!! I was reading this post thinking how gorgeous your skin is! And your eyelashes = envy.

    Btw your holiday pics are AMAZING!!

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  11. Gorguz! Totally been loving the smokey eye look lately too! Its so super quick, love it! :D

    Love Aysh xox

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  12. you look stunning! i wouldn't worry too much about doing the same thing each day if you look this gorgeous doing it ;) i want some inglot eyeshadows but theres just so many gorgeous ones i wouldn't know where to start xx

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  13. That's gorgeous Halima! Trust me, smoky eyes don't come easy to everyone and you do it like a pro :) And that liner is too perfect to cram into your 10-15 min routine!

    Shifa
    x

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  14. Haha I'm EXACTLY the same when it comes to my morning makeup routine - sleep always comes first! I've even been known to do my makeup on the bus to allow myself even more time for sleep :S

    Love the smokey eye though - the fact that you manage to make yourself look that lovely in the space of 15 mins is mighty impressive! xxx

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  15. What a gorgeous look and you have amazing skin :)

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  16. Very pretty! I love your nails and hair btw =)

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  17. Love your blush! Such pretty pics x

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  18. How much are the Inglot e/s in Dubai? I was planning on buying some too when I visit next month. No Inglot near me either :(

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  19. I love your nail polish! Lovely look as always! :)

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  20. Wow.........you look fab! I love neutral colors on all skin tones.I need to get my hands on some Inglot products ;)

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  21. Your so pretty xxx Am following your blog xxx

    http://elefont-at.blogspot.com/

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