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The 5 minute face


Uni life has returned and it's anything to let me have 10 minutes extra in bed before a 9.15 lecture. Something that surprised people when they meet me is often my lack of make-up! If I am having a good skin day, all I wear is mascara. I encourage people to go makeup free- it is really freeing and it actually improves your skin by letting your skin having a wee break! Even one day a week will make a great difference ( I usually try to go for a big walk around the beach on my makeup free day!).

However, for my weary wee face on a Monday morning, I have devised the perfect five minute face that requires no brushes! It's easy, light-weight but still enough coverage. Firstly, I apply Bioderma Sensibio BB cream. This is the best BB cream I've tried. It blends easily with your fingers and has medium coverage. Do not bring this up under your eyes- I learned quickly that it likes to crease a little bit! I sort out my under-eye bags with the Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser. The serum like texture means it blends beautifully. To give my cheeks a little lift, I use Benefit's Fine One One for a little bit of glow and colour. The cream formula glides on to the cheeks straight from the packaging. A great alternative to this is the NYC Cosmetics BB Creme Blush Stick- very cheap but a great product none the less! I put on lashings of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (maybe the best mascara EVER!). You can put loads of this on and it doesn't clump. It's also great for bottom lashes. Finally, to make me look a little more put together, I use a little bit of By Terry Ombre Blackstar in 13 Brown Perfection over my eyelid. Somedays I also use this as a liner along my bottom lashes- the intensity can be built up really easily. If By Terry is a little pricey for you, the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil or the GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Sticks are great alternatives.

Let me know your quick morning fixes in the comments below or @GemmaLEBond