The 5 Product Face

I know, guys – I haven’t posted much beauty recently & for that I am very sorry. I’ve been so busy with other aspects of my blog, that my beauty posts have been a bit neglected! I’m definitely going to make the effort to go back to my old blogging ways and make time for beauty posts like this, that are ohhh-so fun to write for you all!

I decided to go for the 5 Product Face, as recently I just haven’t had enough time to create full make up looks due to uni, and generally just being late all the time oops… Here are my 5 must have products for an effortless, healthy skin look!  


1. Moisturiser/Primer – Liz Earle

I was given this moisturiser as part of a Liz Earle gift at Christmas, and I didn’t quite realise how magical it is. The moisturiser is perfect for my oily skin, and leaves me with a well balanced base for my foundations. Not only this, but it’s not at all greasy – it’s tacky. It leaves a very faint tacky/sticky feel on the skin which grips onto your foundation, concealer, etc, and makes it last all day.

2. Foundation – Laura Mercier Oil Free Silk Creme

I haven’t used this foundation in a while, as recently I’ve been giving myself more time to do my makeup in the mornings. However, when I hit snooze a few times too many, this is definitely my go to. Because it’s oil-free, it’s perfect for gals who get a little shiny throughout the day. And for me, doesn’t even need setting. So you can powder/not powder as you please. As an added extra, the coverage is great and it’s so buildable – be gone, bags!

3. Blush/Highlight – Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

This is 100% my favourite blush, ever. Big claim, but it’s true. The pearlescent finish to this baked blush creates a really natural luminous glow, whilst the peach makes me look naturally healthy. I love to apply this on my cheekbones, not the apples of my cheeks, to add a little definition and highlight.

4. Eyeshadow – Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr eyeshadow in On and On Bronze

I love love love this product for creating a one step glowing, smoky look that effortlessly gives the impression that you’ve made en effort, when really you’ve applied it in the most messy way possible, and given it a quick smudge with your finger. This eyeshadow really does last all day, with no flaking or creasing – oh, and it suits all eye colors and skin tones – voilà!

5. Mascara –  Max Factor False Lash Effect in Black

I have gone on about this product in quite a few posts now, but it has become my lash staple. My teeny tiny lashes are transformed into long, luscious lashes in one 2 coats. Plus the formula and wand are perfect for no clumps, and spidery lashes are made a myth.



When I’m feeling super lazy (which FYI is 6/7 days of the week) – I don’t fill in my brows. I know right, whaaaat – Holly, you are mental. I have a lot of dark eyebrow hair, so I really can get away with not using a brow product. Sometimes it’s nice to go au naturel and not have to worry about smudging brows across your face by accident.


It’s the big liner vs. eyeshadow debate – and mostly, I use both. I don’t wear liner without shadow, but I do use shadow on it’s own. So naturally, shadow won.


I do love wearing lipstick, but ain’t nobody got time for that on a normal day. If anything, I’ll put on some vaseline and pop it in my bag for later.


Gals, I’m going to be honest. There’s not  day that goes by that I don’t find time to contour, and I do think it’s a bit sad – but it’s how my life is now. If I go out without contour on and catch my reflection, the first thing I notice is my big chubby cheeks. This works for some people, but for me it’s a massive NO. For the general population, this is definitely a step you can skip out on and still have perfect makeup.

What would be in your 5 product face? 


  1. Stephanie Hartley
    February 23, 2016 / 1:06 PM

    I'm in love with the False Lash Effect Mascara as well – it's totally become my lash staple as well. I'd probably rate it over the Benefit They're Real as well because it has similar results but is so much cheaperSteph –

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      February 28, 2016 / 1:14 PM

      I know right, such a great budget alternative! xo

  2. Shay Grady
    February 23, 2016 / 1:20 PM

    That Milani Blush is so so nice! All of the products sound lovely!

    • Holly Ah-Thion
      February 28, 2016 / 1:16 PM

      Thank you so much, Shay! xo

  3. Lisa Santos
    February 23, 2016 / 3:37 PM

    Definitely need to check out that mascara! Also, I wish I had fuller brows to get away without filling them in on an everyday basis! I always do a bit of contour too. I love to give my face a bit of definition. Nothing to extreme or precise. Just adding some shadow back on my face haha

  4. Samantha
    February 23, 2016 / 9:16 PM

    It's so weird how the moisturizer / primer from Liz Earle is tacky – I've never had that before! I don't really have oily skin though (just the opposite actually) so I'm not sure how that'd really work for me, but it's really interesting! I have to say, brows are the first thing I do. Mine are so sparse and thin I don't go outside without them haha. My lazy days usually are just concealer, brows and a light lipstick. Guess people like that mascara though – I'm quite interested since I'm not too attached to mine!Sam |

  5. Sophie
    February 23, 2016 / 10:03 PM

    Love this post, I'm so similar with my routine and the things I leave out when I don't have time or can't be bothered! XDThat Laura Mercier foundation sounds brilliant – I can only hope one day they'll make a shade light enough for my Transylvania complexion *sigh*P.S. Was so lovely seeing you last night! Let's do more of that <3xx

  6. Jasmine Stewart
    February 23, 2016 / 10:39 PM

    Ah this is perfect – I love both Luminoso and On & On Bronze for a natural, quick everyday look! I need to try the Laura Mercier foundation too 🙂 xx Jasmine Talks Beauty

  7. Jenny
    February 24, 2016 / 8:06 PM

    Think I need to try the Laura Mercier foundation it sounds lush! I've been looking for another great foundation to replace nars sheer glow so definitely going to try this out xJenny | Krystel Couture

  8. Sophie
    February 24, 2016 / 8:22 PM

    Really love this type of post, it always makes me wonder what I'd pick and you get some fab recommendations!! I'm the same, sometimes I just dont have time for brows, I mean when they look good it's fab but some days they are just a no go!XX

  9. Megan Amber Thompson
    February 25, 2016 / 8:37 PM

    Eee I can't put on any makeup with filling in my brows its a bad habbit and I look alien like without them! Also I've wanted to try the false effect mascara for ages I definitely will now! 😁 xX

  10. fourcatsplusus
    February 25, 2016 / 8:57 PM

    I like your picks! I do wish I had darker eyebrows though so I could avoid filling them each day!Four Cats Plus Us

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