Despite the fact that I absolutely love makeup, and wear it pretty much every day, there’s not too many posts on here about my favourite products. So I thought it was about time to fix that and change things up a little – time to start filling up that ‘Beauty’ section I think!
I’ve been buying quite a few new products over the last few weeks, so I thought I’d introduce you to a few of my new favourites…
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter – I’ve written about it here – and it’s a failsafe product that I keep coming back to. This is my fourth tube since I discovered it last Spring, and I still can’t get enough. It’s perfect for an easily blendable champagne shimmer that gives you that ‘lit from within’ look that we all crave. It never looks too much and always brightens up my complexion, even when I’m looking (and feeling) pretty dull. In the post-Christmas sales, when I was looking for my new tube, I came across this perfect little box set, the Blush & Glow collection. Comprising the Pop & Glow blush crayon and the Instant Radiance Bronzing Highlighter, this set has everything you need for a perfectly pretty complexion, and at an amazing price too! Rose Blossom is a delicious perky pop of pink that blends perfectly and looks so fresh, while the bronzing highlighter (my first ever bronzer!) makes it easy to get a really soft, golden glow.
All About That Base
While I’m a dedicated user of Bourjois Healthy Mix, I’m really not too loyal to many other base products. As soon as something stops working for me, it’s out of the kit and banished to the back of the drawer. I’d been a keen user of the matching Healthy Mix concealer whilst in Glasgow, but it’s proved to be no match for my new-found longer London days, and I was finding dark circles and blemishes resurfacing halfway through the day. Step forward that beauty blogger favourite, Collection’s Lasting Perfection concealer. This stuff is dense. Wave goodbye to any dark patches, eye bags or spots – once a layer of this bad boy goes on, they’re gone for good (or until you get your cleanser out). You do need to be careful, as it’s quite easy to make this look too heavy and cakey, but with a light hand and a good bit of blending, you can be sure of a flawless face for the whole day.
I also went a bit mad in the head and decided to try a contour kit; sometimes you just want to slim down that moon face a little, know what I mean? Anyway, I got the idea in my head and had to have a go, so I settled on the Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit, as a cheap starting option. So far, I’ve only been brave enough to trial it inside the house, but I’ve been really pleased with the result. The powder is finely milled and really easily blended, and the colour isn’t too dark either (I bought the shade ‘Fair’ for reference). Kardashian-style kontour, here I come!
Smoke and Mirrors
I sway to and fro with eyeshadow – sometimes I love it, sometimes I feel too ‘done’ with it, and head swiftly back to my standard cat-eye liner. But this month, I am loving all things eyeshadow, and have truly splashed out to prove it. First up, I laid down my Christmas gift cards and snapped up the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, which I’ve been lusting after forever. Or since its release, whichever came first. It was discounted slightly in the sales and I couldn’t hold back any longer. Boy, am I glad I didn’t. You’ve probably read all about this palette a thousand times, but the hype is real – the shades are stunning, and the quality is fantastic. I was never sure about pink eyeshadows, but the shades are all so carefully chosen that every one flatters beautifully. It is true love, ladies.
However beautiful the Naked 3 is, I couldn’t deny that there was a gap in my collection for a classic palette of golds and browns, you know the drill. I couldn’t justify purchasing the Naked 2, however much I wanted it, so when I stumbled across this bargainous W7 dupe, I knew it was worth a chance.The W7 In the Buff palette is the closest dupe of the Naked palettes I’ve found, even more so than the infamous ‘Heaven & Earth’ offering by MUA. The shade range is almost exactly the same, and having used this in the same week as the Urban Decay palette, I can safely say that the quality is up there. For less than £5? Yes. Buy it. Do it. You will not regret it!
Flick and Flutter
Ah, the finishing touch. Mascara and eyeliner are often the two things I hear people say they would scrimp on, and I cannot understand that at all. I find it so difficult to find products I get along with for my liner and lashes, but I feel like I’ve found two Holy Grails here. The Soap & Glory Supercat Fat Eyeliner was a bit of a lunchtime whim purchase, but I’m so pleased I bought it. The pigmentation is perfection, the formula is incredibly long-wearing, and the angled nib makes it so, so easy to get an effortless and super-tidy cat-eye. A handbag essential!
Mascara seems to be a really difficult one for me at the moment. After years of using the same Bourjois number, either myself or the formula must have changed, because we suddenly fell out big time. Cue odd black dots along the tops of my cheekbones, under my lower lashes and on my brow bones too. I tried a few other mascaras and have found the same thing, with a constant need to layer on concealer throughout the day, to cover up these little marks and spots. Even waterproof and long-wearing were doing nothing for me. And then I found Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara, and it has changed my life. I’ve only been using it a week but it is L-O-V-E. A few quick flicks of this and suddenly I have full, thick, fluttery lashes, top and bottom, with no smudging or transferring of any kind. I did buy the waterproof formula but it is seriously impressive. Far and away the best mascara I’ve used in years, perhaps ever! If you like ’em thick and full, look no further.