I seen this wash bag in Debenhams and thought it would make a nice makeup bag, I think I may have chosen the wrong colour with it being cream, you can also get it in light blue. It’s currently on sale for £7 on the Debenhams website.
L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer: I love this primer! I used to use this every day before getting the Dr Jart BB Cream, as when I used the BB Cream I don’t think the primer is needed but I love this under foundation. It makes my skin super soft and leaves a really nice luminous glow and when I’ve wore this I’ve received compliments on my skin. I also use this as a highlight, I use just a tiny amount and this also gives a really nice glow to the skin. One thing that can be really annoying is sometimes the formula splits, when I pump it onto the back of my hand there’s the white primer that comes out and also this clear liquid that runs everywhere. This only happens ever now and again and definitely won’t stop me from repurchasing.
Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm Cream SPF40: This is one of the best beauty products I’ve ever bought, I use this on good skin days as it doesn’t have a lot of coverage but evens out my skin tone well and if I have any blemishes I use the Collection 2000 concealer. It does only come in one colour and comes out quite grey but when you work it into the skin it adapts to fit your skin tone. I’ve used this when i’m at my palest and when I’ve applied false tan and it works with both skin tones although i’m not sure how it would work on darker skin tones. Sometimes I like to apply this instead of my L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer and then apply my foundation in the areas that need more product to cover up spots or red patches. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this product, the SPF40 is also a big bonus as i’m getting more into using sun screen every day. This is currently on offer at Boots for £16.
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation SPF20: I’m in the colour 130 Shell and this is a new foundation which I’ve really enjoyed wearing these past couple months. I’d say it was a light coverage but it is buildable up to a light-medium coverage, I like how lightweight it is and it looks really natural on the skin. I wouldn’t say it was matte but I also wouldn’t say it was dewy, it just leaves a nice natural finish to the skin and also brightens up my skin. The thing that I can’t stand about this product is that it has no pump, you have to pour it onto the back of your hand and I always end up wasting it, the lid is also quite hard to get off unless it’s just me being really weak! But overall I do really like this foundation.
Real Techniques Stippling Brush: The Real Techniques brushes are definitely worth all the hype they seem to have around them, they’re brushes that can be used for so many different things. I used to use the stippling brush for powder blush, I know people were using them for cream blushes but I liked how it picked up just enough powder and then I could sweep it on in circular motions and control where the blush went. I then went back to using this brush for foundation and it’s the perfect foundation brush, I dab the foundation on in a stippling motion and then work it into the skin where’s needed.
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer: I use this concealer in 02 Light for under my eyes to conceal any dark circles and also in 03 Medium for red patches and blemishes. I then work it in with the Real Techniques Contour Brush. Sometimes I do find that this can look cakey and crease under the eyes so i pat it gently in with my finger and this usually sorts it out.
Real Techniques Contour Brush: This brush is part of the Real Techniques Core Collection which includes a contour brush, a buffing brush which I use to blend blush, bronzer and highlighter together, a pointed foundation brush which I don’t really use and a detailer brush which I use to apply lipstick. For me, the contour brush is the perfect brush to work in concealer, especially under the eyes where some places are hard to reach, it’s also really soft and you can work it in gently.
MAC Satin Powder Blush – Dame: This blush is a blue toned pink with a small amount of shimmer, I wore this more in the winter months as it’s like a berry colour which looked really nice when I didn’t fake tan my face.
Natural Collection Blush – Peach Melba: I think for the price this is a really good blush, one which i’ll be wearing throughout spring and summer. Apparently it’s supposed to be a dupe for MAC’s Melba blush which retails for £17.50.
Bobbi Brown Face Brush: When I got this brush I didn’t really know what to use it for but then I tried it with blushes and I love it, it’s the perfect size for sweeping blush on the cheeks.
FashionistA Bronzer – Barcelona: As you can see by the picture, I’ve nearly used this bronzer up and i’m just waiting for it to smash, I should really buy a new one soon. This is possibly me favourite bronzer as it’s not that pigmented which I love because you can never go overboard with it, which I probably do with my other bronzers. You can add a really nice glow to the face and it doesn’t really look like you’re wearing bronzer.
The Body Shop Bronzing Brush: I use this FashionistA bronzer, I think this brush might be a bit too hard to use with the bronzer but for now, I like it. The bristles are soft but I don’t know what it is, I think i’d just prefer a big fluffy brush, possibly the Real Techniques Blush Brush which I may consider buying.
Urban Decay Primer Potion: I actually got mine with my Naked Palette, I do think this is a really nice eyeshadow primer, and normally use this for nights out or if i’m going out somewhere special, whereas I use my MUA primer on an everyday basis, as it’s substantially cheaper. The Urban Decay primer comes out as like a beige colour and feels quite smooth when you rub it in and leaves a nice texture ready for your eyeshadow. I do notice that when I use this that my eyeshadows do last a lot longer and apply nicer than when I don’t use a primer. I think if it wasn’t for the MUA primer which i’ll explain below, then I would buy the full size of this product once finished.
MUA Eye Primer: They’ve changed the packaging of the primer and I think possible the formula which i’m yet to try out. The old packaging/formula of the eyeshadow primer was I think only £2 and I think compared to the Urban Decay primer this wins because of the price. The formula is quite similar along with the colour and it leaves the same smooth texture on my eyes and eyeshadows apply just as nice. I also haven’t noticed any difference in how long the eyeshadows last in comparison to the Urban Decay primer, so overall i’d be more likely to repurchase the MUA primer. I haven’t tried the new eyeshadow primer as i’m guessing they’ve discontinued the old one, so i’m looking forward to trying that.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow – On and on Bronze: This I sometimes use as an eyeshadow primer, I find that when I use a light coating of this, eyeshadows tend to stick to it and become more vibrant. If you do use too much it does tend to become hard and unworkable and you might find it hard to blend out eyeshadows. It’s a gel cream consistency and is very shimmery where you could wear on it’s own or build it up for a nighttime look.
Maybelline Colour Definer Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick – 50 Spicy Chocolate: I used to have this years ago and found it in my old makeup box thing and I remember I used to love it and wear it all the time. This is another eyeshadow that I’d use instead of primer and this and the colour tattoo formula are quite similar, it’s another product that if you use too much it can become quite stiff and unworkable but it leaves a really nice shimmer. I think they’re normally £8 but on the website linked above you can get them for £1.19, I got mine from Ebay a couple months ago.
Nouveau Lashes Mascara – Black: I got this in a glossybox a few months ago and didn’t really think much of it at first, I just put it with my other samples but it’s now my favourite mascara. The wand is quite thin and is really good at separating the lashes. My eyelashes are already quite long and curly so i’m not sure if someone with short or straight eyelashes would like this but I think it’s a really nice mascara, the formulation is also quite nice, it doesn’t flake and gives a nice natural look.
Rimmel GlamEyes Liquid Eyeliner: I got this free as part of a Rimmel deal in Superdrug a couple of months ago and I do like it, I don’t wear liquid eyeliner that often but when I do, I use this. It’s good for when you want quite a thin line and it’s quite easy to use.
Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette: I love the Urban Decay eyeshadows, especially the naked palettes. Their eyeshadows are of such a high quality, they are really smooth and very pigmented. I think the naked palette’s are such a bargain as you get six full size eyeshadows for £36. They’re quite warm toned shimmery colours with two matte eyeshadows and can be used to create a lot of different looks, including both daytime and nighttime. My favourites are probably Smog, Toasted and Hustle.
17 Eyebrow Shaper – Natural Brown: I don’t particularly love this product, but it’s what i’m using at the moment, it is a nice colour though and I really like the brush it has on the end. I really want to try the Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil which looks really nice and I like the fact it is retractable rather than a pencil which you have to sharpen.
Miss Sporty Just Clear Mascara: This is just a plain clear mascara which I use on my brows, to try and keep them in place. I only bought this product last week when I noticed my eyebrows were going crazy as i’m trying to grow them out, I’m not so sure that it even does that much to be honest, but again it’s what i’m using at the moment.
Natural Collection Lipstick – Rose Petal: I’m in love with the natural collection lipsticks, they have a really good selection of colours and the forumla is really creamy which I love, although one downside to this is that my Rose Petal lipstick has sort of melted and has become hard to apply without it moving from side to side. They also don’t last more than a couple of hours but that doesn’t bother me, they’re cheap enough to carry around with you and keep reapplying when needed. The colour is quite a pinky peachy nude, as you can tell, I love nude lipsticks. I think this colour would look nice on all skin tones. They’re also really sheer but are very buildable, which I also love. Overall the lipsticks in terms of longevity are quite average, I think the colours are amazing and the price outweighs this. Swatches Below.
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick – Shy Girl: I bought this after being disappointed that they didn’t have Pure Zen and couldn’t leave the MAC counter with nothing.. I do really like this colour though, it’s quite an orange toned nude, more of a coral nude, with a small amount of shimmer. As it’s a cremesheen finish, it’s really creamy and is quite sheer, which I really like, it’s a nice everyday nude lipstick. It does tend to last a lot longer than the natural collection lipsticks which is obviously a plus and for the price I would think it should. Currently on sale at Debenhams for £12.60. Swatches Below.
Natural Collection Lipstick – Lotus: Out of all of these three lipsticks, this is my favourite and the one I wear the most and now I don’t feel right if I don’t wear it. For my skin tone, I think it’s the perfect nude, it’s quite a sheer, pale, true peach colour… I have just snapped it in half trying to describe the colour, god dammit! You do have to be careful with them as they are really creamy and soft, they give a kind of moisturising feel to the lips. Any negatives are outweighed by the positives, the price, how creamy and soft they feel on the lips and also the colour range. Swatches Below.
Top – Natural Collection Rose Petal, Middle – MAC Shy Girl, Bottom – Natural Collection Lotus