As you may know, yesterday was a bank holiday. Luckily, where I work, that means I get an extra day off, and so my family and I went to a barbecue at my Grandparent’s house to make the most of the hot weather.
In the morning, I decided to do a sort of “Get Ready With Me” on my Instagram story, so I thought it would be a good idea to do it in the form of a blog post, too, to allow me to add a little more explanation into my chosen products.
Check out my “Highlights” section of my Instagram to see the photos of the products I’m talking about!
1 – Cleanse
Using my reusable cotton makeup pads from the Little Sunshine Hut on Etsy, I choose one of two cleansers: Yes To Cotton Cleansing Micellar Water if I have a lot of leftover makeup from the night before, or Lush’s 9 to 5 cleanser if I don’t!
I apply a little of each product onto the cotton pad (depending on which one I choose to use), and wipe it all over my face until it’s clean!
Neither of these brands test on animals, and they both use a lot of natural ingredients. They are a great alternative to Garnier’s Micellar Water that I used to use. As for the reusable wipes – they’re fab for reducing waste, making them an eco-friendly alternative to disposables!
2 – Tone
Once again using my cotton pads, I spritz a little bit of Lush’s Tea Tree Toner on, and wipe that across my face too! As above, Lush use mostly natural ingredients and don’t test on animals.
For me, this toner is an alternative to L’Oreal who do test on animals, and don’t use as many natural ingredients.
3 – Moisturise
I used a Day Cream from Botanics which I bought in Boots. It has SPF 15 which is good for sunny days (as I hate how thick some sun creams feel on my face). They are a cruelty-free brand, use natural ingredients, and this product smells amazing!
This is an alternative to my old Garnier Aloe Vera day cream, which I loved, but will no longer use due to their animal testing.
4 – Primer, Concealer, and Setting Powder
To prime, I use Barry M’s green colour correcting primer, along with e.l.f’s under eye rollerball to help soothe my under eyes if they are dark or puffy.
Then, I use e.l.f’s concealer/highlighter duo in the shade “fair/glow”, applying this to any areas that look a bit red, as well as my under eyes.
Once my concealer is blended, I set it with e.l.f’s finishing powder in “fair/light”.
These two brands are both cruelty-free and as they are drugstore brands they are so so cheap without lacking in quality.
5 – Eyes
I use e.l.f’s eyebrow pencil in light brown to lightly fill in my eyebrows in any areas where they look a little more sparse, and just to add to their shape a little, I then use their eyelid primer and curl my lashes.
I then took Barry M’s “Fall In Love” eyeshadow palette and took the first top and bottom shades to lighten my eyelid area.
Next was my eyeliner. I have three to choose from: e.l.f’s gel liner, e.l.f’s eyeliner pen, or Kat Von D’s ink liner in the shade “trooper”. I pretty much always use Kat Von D’s, as the tip is thin enough to be accurate, and the colour is always dark enough that I don’t have to keep going over it!
Once I’ve spent about 10 minutes trying to get my eyeliner to match, I apply Barry M’s “That’s How I Roll” mascara, and I’m good to go!
6 – Hair
At this point, my dad was arguing with me about how long I had taken in the bathroom, so I relocated to my bedroom to make a start on my hair.
I used my ecotools bamboo hairbrush to brush out any tangles and then used Tresemme’s heat spray.
Tresemme is not a cruelty-free brand, but I have so much product left that I will be using it until it is empty as I don’t want to waste it.
I spritzed that on my hair and parted my hair into sections to make them easier to curl with my Babyliss curling wand.
7 – Getting Dressed
I used my Salt of the Earth natural deodorant, and Taylor Swift’s “Wonderstruck” perfume before getting dressed.
I decided to stick with the gorgeous weather outside and wear my new dress from Hollister, and my white Keds.
Salt of the Earth is a great alternative to using deodorant sprays, as they are harmful to the environment. This brand uses 100% natural ingredients including natural mineral salts and organic aloe vera, and they are free from fragrance, aluminium, alcohol, and parabens!
8 – Finishing Touches
As it was sunny and I knew I’d be spending a lot of time outside, I applied Superdrug’s Solait sun cream in SPF 30. I opted for their tan activating one as I am so pale and desperate for a tan!
Superdrug’s own-brand products are all cruelty-free, so this was a good alternative to Garnier’s sun cream I used to use.
Finally, I applied No7’s shimmer palette in “Rose” which gives me highlight with a touch of bronze and used Lush’s “Honey” lip scrub on my lips.
And there you have it! That’s how I got ready for a sunny Bank Holiday Monday barbecue!
How did you spend your Bank Holiday?
What products do you use in your everyday routine?
Let me know!