Who remembers the VDM days when I had no eyebrows and resembled the shade of an oompha loompa? Well, +2 reader points and a big thank you to you. Remember that I used to post ‘What’s On My Face’ style posts all the darn time? I loved ’em. Some of my favourite to prep, picture and post so I thought it was about time that I revisit that theme, go back to basics and do a little show and fell of what products I’ve been calling up each morning. I dub this the ‘Bare & Bold’ makeup menu – sounds like a bad porno but actually it’s just an in yer face lip with not much else going on:

FACE: MaxFactor Face Finity All Day Primer, CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua in B20, NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Incandescent Light

EYES: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium (over the lids), L’Oreal Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara, Burberry Eye Definer in Golden Brown, Revlon Brow Fantasy in Brunette

LIPS: YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in 1

There’s the usual kind of stuff going on here but notable mentions go a few items. First up the MaxFactor Primer which is really rather good; not too drying or silicone-y and I find it helps my skin to quit sucking up my foundation. Also how have I just discovered Incandescent Light that came as part of my triple-panned Hourglass palette? It is seriously dreamy when it comes to highlighting. Of course there’s got to be a nod to the lip colour from YSL. This launched recently as part of their lip and cheek duo range and though I really like it for lips, for cheeks I find application to be a little bit troublesome. It’s long-lasting, pigmented stuff which means  the area in which you dab it on first gets stained faster than you can blend it out meaning that you end up with a concentrated blob of colour somewhere on your apple. But for lips, it rocks. It’s all about being bold and bare baby. Oo er.

  • Koofa

    This look is stunning, and those eyebrows! Love :) You’re a natural beauty.

  • Charlotte // BeautySoup

    I love good old FOTD’s, they just such nice easy read posts and you can see what looks beautiful on other people! Xx

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  • Jess French

    You look beautiful. I will forever love Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, its amazing.

    Jess x

  • Divya

    Oh I love the theme of your post! You make me really yearn for the Sculpting powder which I have been avoiding buying because of the price::quantity ratio!

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  • Sylvia

    I love this kind of look for quick-gotta-get-out-the-door mornings. A bright lip manages to perk up the whole face!


  • Lana

    Loving this look! As it gets cooler here in Australia I’m finding leaning towards more of a simpler makeup routine, the pop of colour adds the perfect amount of fun.

  • Anna

    I am always so envious of your brows Anna (and I do remember you with the teeny ones… as I have been marathoning your old videos…) I really do thing bigger is better in this case!

  • Jenna

    I would never look so good with such a bare face! 😀 but you can rock it, Anna!

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  • Sybil Mae

    That lip colour is so gorgeous! :)

  • Katy English

    Great look! xx

    Katy |

  • Leannemariexo

    This lip colour is lovely. Really suits you!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  • Anna Blush

    Really want to try the Maxfactor primer, sounds great. Love this look x

  • Ciara Pollock

    the YSL Kiss & Blush is such a gorgeous colour, looks fab on you! :) x

  • Jessica Whitbread

    The Max Factor primer sounds great!

  • jadeddaily

    Lip colour really suits you! :) x

  • RemainReverie

    The lip colour really suit you xx

  • Amy

    I’ve been contemplating getting that MaxFactor primer, it sounds lovely. I wish I could pull off a bold lip, but I just don’t have the lips to do it! x

    Amy / srslylou

  • Diana P.

    “no eyebrows and resembled the shade of an oompha loompa”- all of us we’ve been there I think! Beautiful as always!

  • victoria

    the lips and nails combo.. Love that ! and the palette is looking super nice :)

    x Victoria

  • Parisian To Be

    Ah, you look stunning! Your eyebrows have me envious. xo

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  • Taslima Rahman

    oh wow that lip colour! it looks fab on you

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  • anna

    your intro made me look at your archives, holy difference!

  • Costanza

    <3 lovely and chic!

  • Grace Denny

    I’m totally gonna have to pick up that YSL lip stain. I had a Benefit lip and cheek duo in this exact colour awhile back but only started getting great use out of it this year. They went and discontinued it on me, but this looks almost identical! Lahhhhve!

    XO, G from grace’d

  • Anon Beauty

    Love the bold lip!

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  • Dagny Stefansdottir

    Love these posts and that lip color is gorgeous on you!

  • Sarah

    loving the lip color miss! I personally love the ‘what’s on my face’. Keep em coming!

  • Shani

    The YSL is already on my shopping list for my next pay day. 😀

    Shani x
    She Dreams in Perfect French

  • Ella

    I must have at least 20 reader points by now! x

  • Meghan

    I’m finally going to get myself that Hourglass Palette. It’s just too gorgeous not to have!


  • Zazie Bibi

    Love the pop of colour! xx

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  • Jessica Cherry

    Wow, I LOVE this look! I’m usually heavy on the eyes with either nothing on my lips or a quick coat of “super strawberry” Clinique Chubby Stick but I may have to try bold lips with understated eyes now…

  • Blogger

    I have always loved posts like this. Loving the lips.


  • Jasmine / Rabbitwood

    oooooh this looks really pretty. I will try this out tomorrow for work :) Thanks!

    Jasmine xo |

  • Emma Be Beauty

    Looks lovely and understated.

    Emma Be Beauty</A

  • Jennifer Monforton

    What a beautiful look! I’m super tempted by that Max Factor primer and that YSL lip stain looks lovely on you :) Have a great weekend, Anna! xo

  • Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Love the look of the Baby Doll Kiss and Blush, it is such a pretty colour! x

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  • Hannah F

    That lip color looks amazing on you! I will definitely have to try out the YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush. xx

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  • Catherine

    Looking beautiful, Anna! That’s a great lip color on you :)

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  • Amber Hunter

    That lip color suits you SO well! I seriously love this look on you Anna you should wear it more often :)
    Lovely Notions

  • Rachel

    I love posts like this! Keep it coming :)

  • Bloomy M.

    This makeup is gorgeous !

  • Ellen Findley

    Anna, this look ROCKS. The bold lip suits you perfectly.

  • Ladyannaofwales

    2 points to me!!! Gotta say, i love watching your old videos still!!! Xxx

  • Cassie

    I love that lip color! It’s so beautiful on you.

  • Allison

    That lip color is to die for! So gorgeous!

    Allison from

  • khannablog

    I agree with the last comment, love the lip colour! Actually love YSL lip products period!

  • Ruby

    Anna you are so amazingly gorgeous, just like this makeup! Loving the lip colour xo

  • Lauren

    LOVE this look – thank you for sharing. I’m such a fan of neutral makeup with a just pop of color!

  • Daniella

    love! so stunning! must wear a bold lip more often!



  • Lily

    I looked at your archive and yeah the oompa loompa shade did not suit you at all Anna haha! But tbh while your eyebrows back then were tweezed too far in, the thinner shape suits your face much better than the current trend of blocky Cara eyebrows you know?

  • Emily Knott

    I just got my hands on an hourglass powder… it really is worth the hype, its a beautiful powder!

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  • Catrin

    You never looked like an oompa loompa just rather sunkissed, but you were a massive fan of a barbie pink lip. I do love this look.

  • Angie || the maquillage

    This lippie colour is GORGEOUS. I must have it immediately.

  • Lauren S

    your skin looks gorgeous and the YSL Babydoll is a fab bold shade, love how it compliments the skin finish

    Lauren x

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    I love Face Finity primer, it keeps my skin from getting too oily.

  • kfurfie05

    that nars concealer is being added to my wish list! thank you :)

  • Shannon P

    That lipstick shade looks beautiful on you! might have to add that to my ever-growing list of things I want to buy haha, I think a winning lottery ticket is in order xx

  • Kate

    You always look so good Viv!

    Kate xo //

  • Jess Seymour

    A classic VDM post – love it! Good to see the things you review and teach us about are actually part of your day to day collection.

  • Maiya S

    You look gorgeous!! Such a contrast with the lips. Love it!!

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  • Helen

    That lip colour looks great on you. I like the contrast of the simple face and bold lips. Simple but so effective.

  • Giovanna Lovison

    The YSL Babydoll in n° 1 is AMAZING on you!! ♥

  • stereoroses

    You look great! Would love to see more looks like this.

  • Anne-Dorthe Andersen

    That lip color is amazing!!

  • Victoria Baldwin

    You look beautiful, Anna, as ever! The Maxfactor Primer is next on my ‘to buy’ list! I have a ‘no makeup makeup’ post on my blog, i would appreciate if you could check it out :)