weekend budget beautyWell, well, well, would you look at that?! It appears that the weekend has crept up on me. Sneaky little minx. Anyway, as it is indeed the weekend, I thought a little post about what I slap on my face on days that start with an ‘S’ might be appropriate.

I get asked three questions on a semi regular basis;

  • Do you wear makeup on the weekend?
  • How do I make myself look semi decent with minimal effort?
  • Have you ever seen an actual, real life fox?

To these questions I say; kind of. It’s easy with the right stuff and yes, yes, oh my god yes. I stupidly thought we didn’t have foxes in Australia till I came face to muzzle with one in the parking lot of the pool I used to work at a million years ago. Nothing quite like a hungry looking fox rummaging through a rubbish bin to give your night a bit of excitement. But I digress. Let’s save the fox talk for ‘omnivorous mammal hour’ a segment I plan on introducing sometime in the future, and move straight on to Saturday/Sunday slap.

While there’s nothing quite like the fun of putting on your ‘going out’ face or trialling something a little bit new and exciting (something I am evangelical about, especially for those of us reporting into a manager called ‘my child’) a fair whack of the time, you just want to look fresh and pretty (apologies for the shocking choice of adjectives but they describe what we’re going for to a tee). This is especially true of the weekend. Who can be bothered priming, blending and blushing when there’s coffee to be drunk, papers to be read and chocolate croissants to be eaten? I do however think that it’s nice to put a smidge of effort in. The bonus with doing so is that you’re ready to rock and roll should any spontaneous invitations for fun come rolling your way. This easy, breezy look (thanks Covergirl) is also an ideal weekday staple.

Working from home, I find that sorting out my face kind of signifies the start of the day and helps get me into ‘work’ mode.. Similar to the way a guy I once worked with would work from home in his suit. It just made him feel like he was in the ‘working’ headspace. So how to go about this weekend face party? Very simply. Start with a really good cleanse. There seems to be a common misconception about not needing to wash ones face of a morning but anyone who has seen those ads currently on tv that describe the virtual ecosystem that evolves on your pillow each night can attest to the fact that your skin does a lot of regenerating and shedding during the fox roaming hours and you really do need to wash that stuff off.

Once you’ve cleansed and popped on your sunscreen (as all sensible people will do every day), your next logical move is to whack a brightening/tightening lotion or cream onto your face. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is the cult classic but I’m also rather fond of Natio Skin Brightening Balm and AUM Brightening Balm. You want to gently pat the product onto your face without rubbing it in as it’s designed to sink into the skin of its own accord.

Technically, if you’ve got gloriously perfect skin or are happy with the general brightening effect you’ve already got, you could leave it there. I usually go a step further and apply a tinted moisturizer for the added hit of hydration and sunscreen, along with the skin perfecting properties of the tint. You can apply your tinted moisturizer straight on top of the brightening balm without waiting for the first to dry.

Clean, glowy skin is pretty much all you need to look polished, especially of a weekend when you’ll no doubt be wearing sunglasses but for the final embellishments, I usually apply some lip and cheek tint (Model Co Cheek + Lip Tint or Benefit ‘Benetint’ are both the bomb) and mascara. Lip and cheek tint lasts a million times longer than lippie/balm or gloss and gives your kissers a gorgeous, matte, softly pink effect (and has pretty much the same effect on your cheeks.. Just smear a bit into the apples and blend like mad before it dries).

Mascara for me is a non negotiable as I look like a blind, slightly ill badger without it, so I’ll always apply it (hey if I managed to apply it while having contractions during labour, I’ll get it on half asleep on the weekends). If you’re clever, you’ll have a lash tint done so you can forgo mascara all together and smugly gloat that your lashes are thick and inky black naturally (if your lashes are thick and inky black sans tint I dislike you immensely).

Whichever route you choose, primped eyelashes open up the eye which helps you look more awake and alert, a massive win. That’s pretty much how I roll on the weekends (and many a weekday). Very simple, takes less than 5 minutes but the result is rather good. If you were feeling a little bit adventurous, you could always add to the above with a quick eyelash curl (want crazy open, wide gorgeous eyes? Curl your lashes. It is insane the difference it makes to your face) and a dab of a pearly white/nude shadow at the very inner corners of your peepers (enhances the eyes natural white colour and helps create a very ‘awake’ effect), but it’s not essential. Go forth my petals and frolic. After all, weekend are supposed to be fun.

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7 Comments on Weekend Beauty Essentials

  1. Rebecca
    October 6, 2012 at 2:47 am (7 years ago)

    Any recommendations for a tinted moisturizer for slightly sensitive skin?

    • naomicot
      October 6, 2012 at 6:00 am (7 years ago)

      Ahhh I feel you on the sensitive skin! Mine is better these days but I’ve had many days/weeks/months of irritable/reactive skin. I currently alternate between Garnier BB cream and Dr Lewinns Tinted Moisturiser, both of which I love and have never had issues with. I’ve also had success with Sunsense Daily Face. Alternately, you can mix a dollop of your fave foundation with a facial sunscreen for sensitive skin (like cetaphil or QV.. Both do a 30+ facial Moisturiser). Xx

  2. Rebecca
    October 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you! Off I go shopping. Ah newbie question. Last one I promise! Do you use a brush or sponge to apply?

    • naomicot
      October 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm (7 years ago)

      No problem! I love the questions! I personally just use my fingers for tinted Moisturiser (and foundation). There’s loads of different schools of thought about the bacteria on your fingers vs. bacteria on a sponge etc but I just find it easier with my fingers. I have used a damp foundation brush to apply my foundation when I’ve wanted a really ‘airbrushed’ effect and it works well but I find too much effort for everyday.
      Any more questions let me know! X

  3. Mel {Latte Mum}
    October 7, 2012 at 1:12 am (7 years ago)

    I really need a mummy makeover and want to wear less make-up, so am going to take your advice! After all, who doesn’t want to look pretty and fresh?! 2 questions though – any recommendations for a cheek and lip tint? I’ve never used one before, but use mostly Mac make-up so not sure if they have a good one? Also, the morning cleanse + sunscreen (my daily moisturiser is SPF30+) + brightening lotion + tinted moisturiser seems like a lot of moisture for my combination skin… should I perhaps leave out one of the steps?

    • naomicot
      October 7, 2012 at 8:34 am (7 years ago)

      What I’d probably do is try a tinted moisturizer with an SPF30+ so that way you can bin the separate SPF30+ moisturizer. I just tend to use a separate one if I know I’m going to actually be in direct sun for an extended period (as opposed to just ducking in and out). So you’d cleanse, pop on some brightening balm then follow with your tinted moisturizer.
      My fave tints are the model co lip and cheek tint and benefit posie tint. Best thing is, you only need so little that they last for AGEEEEES. Good luck! Xx


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