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Hello lovelies! I’m Rebecca and I run the blog Oh kalu kalay; I’m so thrilled to be guest posting for one of those blogs that I type into my search box and it takes me right to it. By ‘one of those blogs’ I mean one of my absolute favourites that I binge read at least twice a week. That’s Liza’s blog. I love blogs that cover such a wonderful range of posts, from beauty, fashion and lifestyle to her wonderful family (I’m sorry, but how sweet is Vinny and you can bet that baby number 2 is going to be a cutie!) Liza has got it all nailed down to perfection, so I’m pretty chuffed that I get to showcase some of my go-to makeup staples on her blog. So let’s get to it!

My skin is really dull at the moment. There, I’ve said it! Numerous cleansing, clay and moisture masks aren’t helping me to get that ‘glow’ that I used to have. I don’t know what’s happened, but I refuse to give in and have skin that doesn’t look like skin. A natural glow is an essential for me, so I try to use as many illuminating products as possible such as Estée Lauder’s Illuminating Perfecting Primer which not only prepares the skin for base products, it just gives off a really soft luminous glow. It’s a perfect product for layering, or to be worn on it’s own with concealer – the option is entirely up to the wearer. Personally I like to put on a thin layer of foundation, just so I know that my skin is going to look alive and well for a long day in work. On top of that, I think L’oreal’s True Match Foundation is one of the best I’ve ever tried, and for under £10, it’s a real crowd pleaser, so if you haven’t tried this, I really, really recommend it. They’ve repackaged and reformulated this to make it a bit less matte, and with more radiance (the long rectangular bottle looks a lot better than the one pictured) which is always a winner by me, as I’m all about that look.

Once the base is done, concealing is made a doddle with Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Brush on Glow Highlighter which sounds like an odd thing to use to conceal, but trust me, it’s good. It’s glowy, light reflecting and perfect for adding radiance to the under eyes, tops of the cheekbones and even down the nose; it’s one of those products that multitasks really well, so it’s definitely one to throw in the handbag for touchups on the glow. It’s called Brush on Glow for a reason. Plus I think the packaging makes it look really sleek, and whereas the YSL Touché Eclat dispensed product by clicking, this one is based on turning, thereby controlling the product – as I find that the YSL can dispense product if it’s rolling around in your bag and brushing up against other products. We don’t want waste. Highlighting concealers are far too pretty for that. Then it’s time for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion, which made a feature in last month’s favourites post, so you all should know how much I love it! Pinky coral goodness with a shot of Ambient Lighting Powder running through it, what’s not to love? Applied with a soft brush, it’s sheer, luminous and buildable, but I apply it with a slightly denser Real Techniques brush for a bigger colour impact on my pale skin. To add to the glow and to warm up my skin, I apply a dusting of Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Bronzer on my cheekbones and where the sunlight would naturally hit if I were sunbathing, or wandering around in the sun (ahhh sun, please come back). It’s perfect for adding colour to my pale skin without making my skin look orange (soooo not a good look) and the gentle golden shimmer in it, perks up my face making me look alive and well (not easy to accomplish on a Monday morning haha).

Now, if you’re eyeshadow obsessed like me, then this is going to be a really big deal for you. Mac’s Bare Study is a perfect champagne cream shadow, ideal for using as a base of just by itself, as it’s such a light shade it can be worn all over the lid with really minimal attention needed. It does however, act as the perfect base for my Estée Lauder Colour Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Defiant Nude (More EL? Yes, I’m obsessed) which is a gorgeous mix of neutral mattes and metallic shimmers – basically it’s the best of both worlds in one wonderful palette. These five shades are a selection of shades that can not only be used for a smoky eye, but also for something really soft and neutral – it’s all about playing with the shades and not being afraid to mix it up. With this palette, you can’t really go wrong!

Psst… Liza here! 

Rebecca  is one of my fab guest bloggers helping me out whilst I settle into life as a mum of two. I hope you enjoyed Rebecca’s post, it’s definitely made me want to buy some more Estee Lauder bits, how fab do they sound?! You can check out Rebeccas blog by clicking here for more fab posts and content!

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