I have recently hit a few milestones here at Life With Mrs T and I want to say a huge thank you to you all. In the space of one week I managed to hit 1K followers on Instagram, 500 likes on my Facebook page and 200 followers on WordPress.
I am eternally grateful for all the love and support you have all given me, every read, every like and every comment has encouraged me to keep writing and sharing the life of Mrs T with you all. In celebration of these milestones I decided to do a little question and answer post; I asked my followers to come up with questions that they wanted to know about me. I hope that you enjoy getting to know me more through these questions.
If you had to get rid of ALL your makeup but were allowed to keep 10 items, what would they be and why?
This does not bear thinking about; I actually had my whole makeup bag stolen when I was a teenager and understand how horrid it can be to be makeup-less, I also had a bottle of my favourite perfume, Allure by Chanel in there, I was mortified.
If I could only keep 10 items it would be the following products, some of which are my ‘Ride or Die Products‘.
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, Rimmel Match Perfection concealer, Nyx Micro Brow, Morphe 35c palette, Essence Superfine Eyeliner, Freedom Pro Strobe contour palette, The Luminizer Sisters palette by The Balm, PS Love Lash Out Mascara, Essence Lipliner in Plumcake and Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick in Greatest.
What are your favourite brushes?
Cheap ones. I do not buy into the whole high-end beauty brush thing, I would much rather get cheap ones from EBay or Amazon. I have one or two more expensive brushes and to be honest I cannot tell the difference. I have tons of cheap brushes and it is great because I don’t have to faff with cleaning them as much. I would recommend Jessup brush sets as they really are hardwearing and great quality.
What’s your brush cleaning routine?
I am probably going to get me flack for this but I throw them all in a pillowcase, tie it up with hairbands and put it in the washing machine at a low temperature (to avoid the glue melting). I used to hand wash my brushes and it was a nightmare because I would use so many, I even tried to get my son to do it but that was a nightmare too. Machine washing is a great option for all the cheap brushes and if the handles come off I just glue them back on. If it is a brush cleaning emergency then I simply use a baby wipe to clean the brushes, it does the trick.
Are you an impulsive makeup buyer or do you research items first?
It depends, I do a bit of both. I really do try and not buy impulsively as I usually get disappointed but sometimes I fall of the brands marketing ploys or hype and jump in feet first. I know I talk about smart shopping and not falling for the techniques the big brands use to lure you in but I am human and I sometimes do not make the smartest of decisions, I am human after all.
My research is mainly done through other peoples recommendations and from watching plenty of YouTube videos. I try to wait till the hype dies down to see if people are still raving about the product, usually, they have moved onto the next new item or have slated it (like with the Subculture Palette).
What colour eyeshadow is your favourite?
This is such a tough question, if it is an overall colour of eyeshadows it would have to be purple but if we are talking about one particular eyeshadow shade it would have to be Midori by Sugarpill. I love green as a colour and the brighter the better so this shade is absolutely amazing and so pigmented if I had to just wear one eyeshadow forever it would be this one.
What would you use for ‘get ready in five minutes’ occasions?
I do not think I could actually get ready in five minutes, I feel it is an impossible task for me. If I do very quick basic makeup it usually consists of brows, concealer, winged eyeliner, mascara and lipstick. I am not sure whether I could get it down any further but if I had to be super quick I would do concealer, mascara and lipstick but that combination is hardly ever done, I would rather just go out without makeup as I am not really that conscious of going out without makeup.
Where do you get your inspiration from to do makeup looks or do you just think ‘I’ll have green eyes today’?
I take my inspiration from wherever I can; I am continually looking at different makeup looks on social media and google images as well as from other people on Facebook makeup groups.
I also take inspirations for all around me, like colour combinations I have seen, I once did a peacock inspired look that I was really proud of. Some of the time I have an idea in my head or I will just play around with whatever palette I am using at the time to see what happens.
Do you remember the first makeup item you bought?
I do not remember the first makeup items I purchased but I do remember stealing my mum’s makeup (sorry mummy). I can distinctly remember looking through the bathroom cabinet at about the age of seven and finding a bright pink lipstick and a massive bronzer and having a good play with that, I know the bronzer had a sun imprint on it and after I played with that I probably covered myself in my mum’s perfume.
Who is your style icon?
I have two; Audrey Hepburn and 1980’s Madonna. I have always been a big fan of Audrey and her style, especially the 1960’s looks in films like Charade. Audrey is a stylish, beautiful and compassionate lady who inspires me every day. Likewise, since being young, Madonna has been a big influence and I especially love the way she changes up her style and re-invents herself. I love the 1980’s and her style then was amazing, it was edgy and different and she was not ashamed to stand out from the crowd. I would happily rock lace gloves, ripped jeans and a dark smoky eye if I could get away with it.
Drugstore or high end?
Definitely drugstore, I have always been a drugstore/high street kind of girl since being a teenager as I do not believe in paying for just a name. The drugstore has come a long way over the years and I feel they are now providing products that are just as good, if not better than the high-end brands. I do have some high-end products that I love and are a great investment (like my ABH Modern Renaissance palette) but if I had to choose between the two I would definitely be happy just shopping at the drugstore.
Do you have a budget per month on what you can spend on beauty items? Does your husband get the same amount of ‘spending money’ for stuff he wants?
I do not have a monthly makeup budget, however, I do not ‘go mad’ or spend beyond my limits, some months I will buy very little and others I will buy more. I have always been careful with money and am a saver rather than a spender. I am a lover of drugstore makeup and am too much of a Scrooge to spend a fortune on just one makeup item, I try and get the most for my money.
As for my husband Mr T, he does not have a monthly budget either as again, he is careful with what he spends. He loves board games and collectables and will often sell his old stuff or games that he doesn’t play on EBay and makes his money back, he then ‘invests’ it in the next board game or collectable.
What made you love makeup?
I think that being brought up in the 1980’s has majorly influenced my love of makeup. The 1980’s were such a creative time for makeup and there were no limits to what colours and wacky creations could be created. I love colour and love standing out from the crowd so I feel like makeup gives me the opportunity to be unique and show my individuality, I talk more about this in my post ‘The Psychology of Wearing Makeup’.
Favourite period of makeup?
It is a hard choice between the 1960’s and the 1980’s but I think the 1960’s steals it on account of the winged liner, smoky eye and nude lip look, it is a classic and I could keep my makeup style to the 60’s if I was forced to keep it to one decade.
Makeup trends you can’t stand?
I am quite tolerant of all the makeup trends, after all, we are all different but there are a few that really mystifies me. I did a post on ‘Extreme Makeup Trends‘ where I detail a few, the one that freaks me out the most is acrylic toenails.
What is your go-to style? The one you feel most confident?
I think one of the looks I feel most confident is a simple winged liner and a bold lipstick. I especially love a statement lipstick like a green or a bright purple.
Do you have one outfit that’s a favourite?
I am not really that big into fashion, I am more about comfort and practicality than keeping up with fashions. I do love a nice green dress if I was going out a green dress would always be the first choice. I currently am loving the mustard slouch cardigan I got in my Primark Haul.
Colour combos; what’s your favourite and the one you hate?
My favourite colour combinations are probably purple and blue, green and blue or green and brown. I am not keen on orange and red together but I would probably still wear it if it suited me.
Do your clothes influence your makeup or vice versa?
They do sometimes but as I am not really into fashion as much as I am makeup I just tend to try not to make them clash and I am happy with that.
I hope you enjoyed this question and answer post, if there are any questions you would like to ask me, please let me know in the comments.
Ciao for now beauties xx