My Favourite Beauty Basics ~ Designing Gal
| Foundation: Urban Decay | Mascara: YSL | Eye Shadow Palette: Urban Decay | Eyeliner: Bobbi Brown | Nail Polish: butter LONDON |

Mastering a beautiful everyday makeup look takes a little practice but once you get it down it makes getting ready every morning so much faster. Having good products to achieve that everyday look makes it easier too! I wanted to share my favourite beauty basics - those tried and true products that really work for me and last from morning to night. 

Well that's a mouthful! But the name of this foundation is truly as long as it wears - all day. It is very light, silky and blends well into the skin. What I also love about Urban Decay Naked Skin is that it doesn't contain many toxins that a lot of other popular foundations do, including parabens, sulfates and GMOs. That makes me feel better about using it daily on my face.

No surprise here that this classic neutral palette is in my makeup bag. This ultra popular eyeshadow set is well known and loved for a reason... the shadows are true, saturated and last all day (especially when you use a terrific eyelid primer like my go-to, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion). This palette will easily take you from day to night with it's great range of neutral shades.

I have been using this gel eyeliner for more years than I can count. Why? Because it is the best in the business. It lives up to it's long-wearing name and doesn't budge throughout the day. Mastering the art of using an eyeliner brush took me a little time but it's worth the effort to get that perfect tight-line or cat-eye look. I always use the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush with it and I highly recommend this professional brush. It will last for years.

I am fiercely loyal to my choice of mascara and have used the same brand for 15 years. Then one day I got a sample of YSL Babydoll mascara from Sephora and I was so surprised to finally find a mascara that surpassed my all-time favourite! It does everything it promises, from lifting & separating your lashes and giving them great babydoll lash volume. One word of caution this product dries very quickly so you need to work fast. It's definitely a splurge item but it's worth the price for the luxurious results.

Another cult favourite this highly pigmented, long lasting nail polish is also worth the high end price. It comes in multiple fashionable shades, including my choice, Yummy Mummy. It's a great neutral medium beige tone that works in every season and is so flattering on many skin tones. It is a 3-free polish - free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP. It's described as "colour without compromise" and I agree. It gives me a chip free manicure for days without the chemicals and harshness of other polishes. A great manicure finishes off that beautiful everyday look.


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