My 15 Minute Morning Makeup

Now that I’ve finally got into the swing of things on my Masters Year (and realised that I have a ridiculously large workload) I’ve had to get seriously savvy with my beauty routine. I have about 15/20 minutes to doll myself up in the morn before heading to uni for a full 9-5 day of engineering activities with little time to do any touch ups. This means that my makeup needs to last as long as possible whilst looking natural & effortless. Yup, it’s a bit of a challenge, but I think that I have finally found the right combination of products to tick all of those boxes. You ready? Let’s go!


Amie Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser*

Too Faced Hangover Face Primer*

NYX Pore Filler Face Primer*

I always start off with a mattifying/oil reducing base as I have such oily skin, and as the day goes on my makeup does have the tendency to lip and slide, everywhere. I got this Moisturiser in my last Birchbox, and I love it – it does a great job at keeping you skin very matte without drying it out at all! 

Shhh, I’ve been really into Multi-Priming recently. I’m hoping to find the time to do a full blog post on it, but I simply pop on different primers to different areas of my face. Pore filling on the nose area, and moisturizing on the forehead and around the lips. The Hangover Primer and NYX Pore Filler Primer have been my two fave products to do this with & they both get an A* from me.


Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in Vanille
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer In Light

NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder In Translucent

Makeup Geek Contour Pan In Infidelity

Milani Baked Blush In Luminoso

Bourjois Délice De Poudre Bronzing Powder*

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

I’ve spoken about so many of these products before, so I’m just going to give you a brief summary. Most of these products are high street, so they’re super affordable and totally worth it if you wear makeup on most days. This Bourjois Foundation really does last all day, and looks totally natural – my skin always looks fab when I’m wearing this. Especially when I conceal with the (slightly more pricey) Too Faced Concealer and the NYX HD Powder that I swear by.

The combination of the MUG Contour, Milani Blush, Bourjois Bronzer, & The Balm Highlight last all day. I mean it, they last all day even without a setting spray, which is pretty damn impressive in my books. The Highlight does dull down a bit, but I don’t really need a #YAAASQween glow on a daily basis, so that’s pretty a-okay with me.


NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow In Girl Talk*

NYX Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner in Black

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

If you’ve seen any of my IG selfies or stories recently, you’ll probably notice that my go-to look right now is super simple. I simply set my concealer on my eyelids with a powder, then go in with this NYX shadow as a very intense inner corner highlight (usually with MAC Fix+ if I have time). Then I’ll draw a winged liner, not too dramatic or thick, followed by lining the upper waterline with NYX Tres Jolie. I finish by adding lashings off the Better Than Sex Mascara, which is debatable but puts up a very, very good argument – extreme volume, length, and colour.


EOS Lip Balm In Summer Fruits*

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Soft Spoken*

Uni lips are all about going nude, nude, & nude. Okay, so now and again I do put on a lil’ pop of pink or red. But that natural, effortless makeup look can’t be finished with anything but a nude lip for everyday wear. I have about 20 nude lippies, but this one by NYX has been my recent go-to fave. The formula is perfect, as it doesn’t wear awkwardly like a liquid-to-matte, and is so comfortable. If you’ve ever experienced a “Comfort Matte” lipstick, this is very similar, just in liquid form. Of course, I always have my trust EOS on hand for to alleviate any dry patches.


Boux Avenue Miss Boux Body Mist*

I thought that I might aswell add my monthly signature scent as I haven’t been able to put this one down since I recieved it in the post. It’s feminine, sultry, and a little sexy – it definitely has the power to boost your confidence, everyday. Psst, get 20% off everything at Boux Avenue with my code: “KITTYBOUX”

What products are in your super speedy beauty routines?



  1. Tereza Kohutova
    October 14, 2016 / 4:39 PM

    Oh the Boux Avenue spray looks pretty!πŸ’•β€‹Cityscape Bliss // 7 books that will give you goosebumps (like, REALLY bad!)

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      October 18, 2016 / 9:49 AM

      It smells amazing, girl! xo

  2. JaynieShannonx
    October 14, 2016 / 4:48 PM

    I have the Stila eyeliner, it's really good. I really want to try the NYX liquid lipsticks! Jaynie Shannon | Beauty & Lifestyle xx

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      October 18, 2016 / 9:49 AM

      They're totally worth it! xo

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      October 18, 2016 / 9:50 AM

      Thanks so much, Mel! <3

  3. Jasmine Stewart
    October 15, 2016 / 8:27 PM

    I love Milani Luminoso when I'm in a rush too – it just blends out so easily and it's impossible to go overboard with :)Jasmine xx Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      October 18, 2016 / 9:50 AM

      I totally and completely agree, Jasmine! <3

  4. Aqy Sdl
    October 16, 2016 / 11:12 AM

    Omg your photos are SO xo

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      October 18, 2016 / 9:50 AM

      You're too kind! Thank you! x

  5. Tania Pryer
    October 17, 2016 / 8:52 PM

    Omg my routine is so boring compared to this! Tania xx

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      October 18, 2016 / 9:51 AM

      I bet that's not true, Tania! I've seen your makeup IG Posts! <3

  6. Megan Elizabeth
    October 23, 2016 / 11:49 AM

    How you do this in 15 minutes is beyond me. I take aaaaages. Probably because I've just woken up and I just take my time with everything. I do admit, I am a bit of a perfectionist. That Boux spray is my fave, working for them has its perks

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      November 12, 2016 / 6:11 PM

      I'm just a really quick pro by now, I'm so used to running out of the door for lectures!

  7. Janine Diva
    December 21, 2016 / 8:51 PM

    Any chance this could become a video tutorial? – Janine xx

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