Sorry I’ve been pretty incognito recently but I have been really busy. So here is a post about a few of my favourite cosmetics in my growing make-up collection.
The first product is the L’Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation (£7.99). This is a pretty good dupe of the MAC Studio Fix foundation, however I would say slightly thinner which is not a bad thing as it still has amazing coverage. It lasts for a long time and is great for people with normal to oily skin. The one thing I would criticise is the very limited range of shades offered in this foundation. Although there are lots of pale colours they are made for people with yellow, warm undertones and I have pink, cool undertones. When choosing a foundation it is very important to know whether your skin tone is cool, neutral or warm.
Next up is best-selling and award-winning Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£23.50). I really rate it! I don’t think I’ll find many bronzers that are better. The colour is not orangey, it is matte, natural and buildable – perfect for contouring. It also includes a great contouring brush and can be used as a browney eyeshadow. Also if you pay a bit extra you can get your Hoola personalised! I recently pressured my friend in to buying this and she loves it.
Another cosmetic that I would highly recommend is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow (£4.99). This comes in a range of colours and can be bought in Boots and Superdrug. I own the shades ‘Creme de Nude’ and ‘On and On Bronze’ but I have also heard ‘Permanent Taupe’ is a must have. These are all neutral colours that I often use during the day. I sometimes uses Creme de Nude as a primer as well, then set it with eyeshadow powder. It’s easy to use as you can just use your finger and they are very blendable.
So I’ve talked about one of my contouring must haves and the other is the Benefit Watt’s Up Cream Highlighter (£24.50). This is a very natural highlighter but if you build it up it can create that pop that is so popular at the moment. It has a beautiful champagne glow and works for all complexions. I often apply it last to my face, above my cheek bones, at the tip of my nose and above my lips on the cleft. I may then add some powder highlight on top making sure I blend it so it’s the most natural look possible. The highlighter lasts a long time throughout the day and you can see it being worn in many Instagram posts. It has also lasted me a long time so is value for money.
So on to what I think is literally the best eyeshadow palette I have ever used but it does come at a steep price! The Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in The Uptown Girl (£38) contains 4 shadows – two grey shades with plum undertones, a shimmery champagne and a gold pop colour. These colours are great for people with pale skin but obviously would look great on any skin type. It can be used for day and night eye make-up which is shown in the link. I’ve also heard that The Dolce Vita palette is also very popular and a must have.
This YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick (£26) is beautiful – I own it in 1 Nude Beige. The formula is so nice and nourishing so I definitely recommend it if your lips are dry as it keeps them hydrated. I love my matte lipsticks but obviously not great when you have your lips peeling. This lipstick has great reviews and smells great too. I think every girl should own a YSL lipstick, it’s worth splashing out.
I thought I would include a nail polish and although I would probably say Barry M are my favourite budget nail polishes, I really like this Topshop Matte Nail Polish (£6). It’s definitely cool to try out the matte nail trend and one of my favourite colours to wear is grey (or Easy Peasy). This nail polish is good quality but I recommend doing two coats.
Favourite ever liquid eye liner! Highly recommend Soap and Glory make-up, particularly the Supercat Eyeliner pen in carbon black (£6). It goes on so nicely and lasts a long time too. It’s easy to apply and for the price its a must-have! You can create lots with it, thick or thin lines and a great flick. It’s the only eyeliner I use at the moment but I would like to try out some gel ones, so if you have any recommendations please leave a comment below.
One of my latest make-up purchase is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in black (£7.99). After reading many reviews and seeing other bloggers using this mascara I thought I should give it a go as I have yet to find my favourite mascara. As you will all know the first week of using a mascara is not the best as there is too much product in the tube, but I do like it.
MAC lipsticks – everyone probably has one or two or 100! I have 4 in Ruby Woo, Velvet Teddy, Please Me and Myth (£15.50). Ruby Woo is a great red, very matte so be careful if your lips are dry. Another good red from MAC is Russian Red, very similar but may suit your skin tone better. Next up is Velvet Teddy, I have sadly nearly finished this but it is a great nude. It is very similar to the NYX lip cream in London (£5.50) if you are looking for something cheaper. I was looking for a subtle pink when I came across Please Me, I like the way it looks on me but I know it also suits Yasmine Chanel who has a very different complexion. Myth is the only Satin shade I own (the others being matte) and I really like this colour. It is very light so may not suit every skin tone but I like to wear it with NYX lip liner in Nude Suede (£5.50) or Rimmel lip liner in Spice (£2.99) to add more dimension.
Lastly the Bobbi Brown foundation stick in Beige (£29.50) is great for those with dry/ combination skin. It gives a great dewy look and is so easy to apply. You just put it all over the face then use a brush or beauty blender to blend it in. The coverage is really good and if you’re looking for more of a matte look, it may be worth mixing with the L’Oreal Infallible Matte foundation or using a mattifying powder.
Hope this helps and please ask any questions or leave comments below.
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