Work Makeup Routine

I get up reasonably early for work, so I have needed to streamline my makeup routine. I can’t sit around, playing with eyeshadows and deciding whether I should wear blush (note to self: ALWAYS wear blush, you want to look alive), so I’ve come up with a fast and easy routine that makes me look fresh and put together, but without being too much for a 9 hour work day in front of a computer (sometimes longer)

One of my top tips is to have it all packed the night before so it’s ready to go in the morning. I switch around the products I use a few times a week, depending on the day, what I’m wearing etc, but will always have an entire face of makeup in my makeup bag for me to use in the morning. I’m telling you – this is a LIFESAVER.


I start with a clear primer, I’ve been using the ELF Acne fighting primer for a while now and it’s really good. Whatever you choose has to depend on your skin though, and how long you plan to wear the makeup for. My skin holds onto makeup reasonably well, so I can get away with a primer like this.

I then colour correct with NYX Colour Corrector, then use a beauty blender to buff no more than 4 half drops of NYX Total Control foundation on my face. I like to use concealer more than foundation, so I’ll then go under my eyes with something like the Smashbox BB concealer, and then around my nose and on discolourations with Essence Camouflage Concealer.

Cream products last longer, so I take the Be A Bombshell cream blush stick in Southern Belle on my cheeks, then set it all down with ELF HD Setting Powder (ELF needs to sponsor me real bad). Of course, you can always set your face with a setting spray to make it last longer, but I find for a regular day I’m okay with just powder.

To warm up my skin a bit, I use a bronzer like Hoola by Benefit, then highlight my high points with Smashbox Spotlight Highlighting Palette in Turn it On.

To define my face, I’ll run a bit of ABH Brow Wiz through my brows, then tightline my eyes with Chi Chi Eyeliner in Bronze Ambition. For long days, I’ll use a liquid eyeliner and so a small flick – my favorite for this is Kat Von D Tattoo Lockit Liner. I’ll top off with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

I rarely wear lipstick to work as it just comes off, and liquid lipstick is too uncomfortable for the day to day. I’ll run a bit of lip liner around my lips (Rimmel make a great nude one) and just apply lip balm.

This takes me about 5 minutes total and I’m good to go!




Hope you enjoyed!

Zoe x

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Makeup For Bad Skin Days

When we have days where our skin isn’t looking the best, it can be so easy to want to load on the foundation and hide away from the world. Doing this, however, tends to worsen the breakouts and prolong their life span. Also, the last thing you want when you’ve got spots is to spend an hour looking at yourself in the mirror. So, I’ve developed a fast makeup routine for my bad skin days that makes me feel more confident but also helps my skin breathe a bit. It’s very simple, and all it does is even my face out a bit and help my confidence. I’m not trying to cover anything up, as spots are normal and if anyone thinks otherwise, they’re not living in the real world.

So, let’s get started!

After applying my usual skincare (updated skincare routine coming soon!), I use a combination of primers. One is the Elf blemish control primer to help my skin recover, but I will also use a pore filling primer to help even out the bumpiness of my skin.


Products Used:
-Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser
-Elf Blemish Control Face Primer
-Chi Chi Super CC Cream
-Smashbox HD Concealer in Fair
-Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light
-Maybelline Green Concealer Stick
-Tarte Amazonian Clay Pressed powder
-Benefit Hoola Bronzer
-The Balm Hot Mama Blush
-ABH Brow Pencil in Medium Brown
-Chi Chi Eyeliner in Bronze Ambition
-Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Because I like to let my skin breathe, I use a CC cream, then concealer. If my breakouts are really bad I’ll use a green concealer first, but I’ll just dab a bit onto the back of my hand then press it onto the spot with my finger. I don’t go too heavy as you can see, I don’t really mind that you can still see I’ve got spots – everyone gets them. All I’m doing here is trying to make them appear a bit more calm while also helping them heal on their own.

I like to use a good quality powder on days like these that’s quite finely milled, as it sits nicer and makes all that concealer last longer. For bronzer, I will only use a matte as to not emphasise any texture, and for blush I like one with a sheen to it so I don’t have to apply highlighter for the same reason.

I’ll then fill in my eyebrows, throw some eyeliner in my tightline and load on the mascara – nothing fancy, just a basic look. I choose to have nothing on my lips except lip balm for two reasons:
a) I never really wear lipstick anyway
b) a lot of my breakouts are hormonal on my chin, so I don’t want anything near them to aggravate them. You can’t really tell in the images, but I have a split lip as well, so lipstick wouldn’t have worked even if my skin was clear!

Here you can see the before and after’s for yourself – there’s nothing fancy going on here, no heavy coverage or cake face. All I want to do when I’ve got some spots is not wear makeup and cover my face in spot cream, but I’ve got to go to work and therefore look somewhat presentable. So, unless I have a huge event on, I’ll stick to my theme of letting my skin breathe, while also eating well and drinking a lot of water.



Don’t forget your hair can also play an important part. Although it might be scary to tie your hair up when your skin is looking bad (we tend to hide behind our hair), if it isn’t the cleanest you might want to consider doing so to not antagonize your skin! Luckily in these photos I’d washed my hair the night before, so I was fine to leave it down – but it’s definitely something to consider!

*Disclaimer: I know that my skin isn’t the worst out there! I am lucky with relatively clear skin and I work hard at eating right, drinking enough water and using a good skincare routine to keep it that way. However, I still get the odd period where my skin says ‘fuck that’ and decides to ruin it all for me, and this is how I cope with it. Not trying to say you need to cover up any imperfections or that my skin is the worst there is*

What do you do when your skin decides to be ~problematic~?

Zoe x

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My Everyday Makeup

In Australia we are coming into Spring and I couldn’t be more excited! I just love the smell of fresh flowers and being able to spend my days in the sun.

With a new season comes a new makeup routine, so I thought I’d share my everyday makeup recently! Hope you enjoy.






My theory for everyday makeup is easy, quick and playing up my best features. For me, that’s my eyes, so I opt for the reddybrown shade from the Shaaanxo palette all over my lid and a winged liner. This I pair with natural brows, some pretty bronzer, blush and golden highlight, as well as a glossy lip. I can do all this in 10 minutes flat.



Products Used:

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer
Australis Oh 2 Glo Foundation
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
Elf Tone Correcting Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Elf Blush in Candidly Coral
Colourpop Highlight in Wisp
BH Cosmetics Brow Pencil in Ebony
Shaaanxo x BH Cosmetics Palette
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Too Faced Perfect Eyeliner in Perfect Black
Chi Chi 3D Magic Lash Mascara
Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Daydream


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Easy Drugstore Makeup for School/University/Work

Considering it’s almost back-to-school time here in the Southern Hemisphere, I thought I’d do a quick and easy drugstore makeup for you all! This is super easy, uses only drugstore makeup and brushes, and a look I wear almost everyday to uni and work. Enjoy!


-I use a BB Cream or, if my skin is particularlay bad, a foundation with SPF in it. My favourite BB Cream is Aqua Aura 30+SPF by Tony Moly, and my go-to foundation for school is Rimmel Match Perfection (I blend this in with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush)


-I cover up my tired eyes and blemishes with Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light, and add some cream blush from Topshop in Head over Heels to make me look alive. I then set my face down with a bit of Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent. I use brushes by BH Cosmetics for blush and powder.


-I lightly fill in my eyebrows (if they need it) with an Essence eyebrow powder duo and a BYS Angled Liner Brush. Then I tightline with L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Smokey brown eyeliner, and rub some Savvy nude eyeliner in the waterline and in the inner corners of my eyes.

-I heat up my eyelash curler from The Face Shop quickly with a lighter and curl the living shit out of my lashes, before adding (my favourite) Chi Chi 3D Magic Lash mascara.


-Then, I just add lipbalm and go! This is a Burts Bees one, clearly well loved…


-Optional things I might add: a primer, a setting spray, or a bit of bronzer or highlighter. VERY occasionally for every day, I’ll rub some brown shimmery eyeshadow over my eyes from an eyeshadow crayon.

Hope you enjoyed!

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Zoe x


My Skincare Routine

Skincare is clearly a very personal thing – everyone’s skin is different. However, until about six months ago, I didn’t have a proper skincare routine at all, and I really suffered for it. I love learning about other people’s skincare routines, as it helped me to really solidify my own by trialling different types of products and finally discovering what works for me. I hope you enjoy this post!

For reference – I have normal/combination skin, but am prone to hormonal breakouts around my nose and chin.

The first step to ANY skincare is washing your face. I do this in the shower at night and quickly in the morning when I wake up. The thing that may surprise you is that I don’t actually use a face wash the majority of the time. Crazy, I know. I find that really rubbing my face with a well-grooved wash cloth really exfoliates and removes dirt and makeup without needing anything else, and I love that. This said, I use the Simple triple action spotless skin cleanser when my face is feeling extra filthy – around breakout times or after wearing lots of makeup.


To remove my makeup, either the reside after washing my face or at the end of the day if I don’t take a shower, I love micellar water. I’ve used both the Garnier one and the Simple one, but I much prefer the Simple one as it is much gentler on my eyes. I then apply an Acne treatment that is prescription only, called Clindatech. This is by far the only thing that ever works to keep my skin clear, but it is only prescription for those who really need it.

I use Clindatech twice a day, and always follow it up with a moisturising oil, of which my ride or die is the Shea beautifying oil by The Body Shop. I then use an eyecream – I’m not fussy about what, but I’ve been using a sample of the Kheils Creamy Avocado one, that I decanted into a sample pot by YSL so I can feel classy.


About once a week I’ll do a facemask. I love the Pores Be Pure mud mask, but have also really been enjoying The Face Shop Blackhead Out White Clay Pack which is a supremely satisfying peel-mask.

I hope this helped some of you out there! Thank you all so much for reading, and if you find me interesting, check me out on my instagram, twitter and even my tumblr!


Favourite Eye-Makeup

There is nothing better than feeling confident when your make up is on point. Or on fleek. Or whatever the fuck people say these days.

Let’s just say nice make up is nice.

My favourite eye makeup is completely beautiful for all eyes, though it is catered to me specifically for my dark brown eyes; using browns and golds really makes them stand out.


I start out my filling in my brows a bit with the NYX eyebrow gel in espresso – this stuff looks really natural and is easy to apply. Also, super super affordable.

I then smudge some brown liner (this one by L’oreal is super pigmented) into my lashline and just below my waterline. Using dark colours all the way around the eye makes the white stand out more and therefore your eye colour stand out. When creating a more evening-esque look, blacks are normally used, but for an everyday eye makeup, brown looks a lot more subtle and natural.

Using a bright gold eyeshadow (ColourPop’s Get Lucky is US $5 and the best gold I have ever used), I either brighten up my tear duct or place a light dusting all over the lid. This can of course look very over the top, but when applied lightly and blended, is a super subtle way to add something else to your face.


Curling lashes is a must for me. And unless you have ridiculously curled lashes, it should be for you too.

A lengthening and separating mascara is my favourite, so I love the affordable Covergirl Lashblast in waterproof. This lasts all day, holds the curl and lengthens something crazy.

This look can be dolled up for a night out or used, as I use it, for everyday wear. Of course, the colours and everything can be adjusted, but I personally opt for a smudgy and sexy eyeliner than a perfect winged cat eye. Ain’t nobody got time to wrestle with black makeup in the mornings, especially when eyeliner can sense fear.