So, my addiction to make up continues and maybe, someday my bank account will thank me for it, maybe, maybe not. Some people buy shoes, some people buy video games, I buy make up - and many other things. I take comfort in the fact that, even if the rest of me looks like a hobo, my face will still look somewhat human. I've been loving many products the past few months and I think every make up and beauty fan should hear about them - here are my current favourites!
- EYES -
1. Seventeen eye eye colour: So good they had to name it twice. I normally just stick to palettes but I was drawn to the purse-friendly price and the beautiful colours that Seventeen have on offer. So far I have the shades 'statuesque', a beautiful, pink champagne colour and 'regal', a deep, sparkly cobalt blue. Both shadows are beautifully pigmented, the colour holds well throughout the day and adds a gorgeous shimmer to your eyes.
2. Smashbox 24 hour photo finish shadow primer: I'm already a fan of Smashbox's foundation primer and was on the hunt for something that would help my eye shadow stick in place all day and was drawn to this instantly! I was so impressed with the difference in applying shadow with and without the primer, and have to say I much prefer with! This little tube goes a long way - you apply a thin layer of the product to the lid, which is a similar thin, silicone texture to the foundation primer, wait a minute then apply your shadow. It really intensifies the pigmentation of your shadow and makes it last longer.
3. Revolution makeup London Mono shadow in 'touch me' (cheekyyy): I was looking for a clean, nude eyeshadow base that would be ideal to build and blend on for any darker eye look. This is a no brainer as Revolution's make up is all so cheap! This shadow was £1, so even if it wasn't great, I haven't broke the bank (damage is already done anyway...). This is actually a great shadow for the price, and works as a great base for a smokey eye look!
4. Revolution make up London Iconic palettes 1, 2 & 3: So you're lusting after the Naked/Too Faced palettes but your bank card is begging you to leave it alone...luckily Revolution have stepped up their game and created the closest dupes to the Naked palettes that i've ever seen, and they're only £4 a palette - I ain't lyin'. Great colours - a mixture of mattes and shimmers, darks and nudes, pinks and browns - all you need is some great brushes and you're good to go.
- LIPS -
From top clockwise:
L'oréal Paris Collection Exclusive color riche in Eva's pure red: I was hooked on this colour after trying my friends Bobbi Brown burnt red but was determined to find a cheaper version and this is the best dupe i've found at £7! The colour is a deep, burnt/brick red in a matte texture, the lipstick applies easily and sits on the lip rather than sinking in. It's a gorgeous colour with a slight orangey undertone and would look great on all skin colours. Only negative being that it hasn't got the nicest taste/smell if you somehow get it in your mouth (i'm not advising to eat it, obviously).
Rimmel Lasting finish By Kate Lipstick in shade '05': Though I love Bobbi Brown, MAC etc. lipsticks, it's important not to forget that drugstore brands like Rimmel and the like have great products too, similar to the higher end brands and at much more affordable prices. This shade is great for an everyday look - a subtle, shimmery rose shade to add a pink flush to your lips, without looking like Barbie's attacked you. Oh and it smells amazing too.
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 38 in 'La Fascinante': The queen of my lipstick collection is this beauty. As usual, this was an impulse 'oh just treat yourself, it's nearly Christmas!' purchase I made in duty free before heading home for the holidays, woopsie. Every detail is perfect as you would expect from the luxurious packaging and how you open it (press down on the bottom of the golden tube and it pops out like magic), to the lipstick which has Chanel engraved in it - yes, really. The colour is a beautiful red to pink shade that leaves a gorgeous stain on your lips for hours after applying.
- BRUSHES -
The base for perfect make up starts with the right tools! From left to right:
Royal & Langnickel brush essentials Finishing fan: The new must-have is the fan brush so naturally, it went onto my wishlist. I was reluctant to spend £15 on Smashbox's version and instead found this £3 equivalent by brush experts Royal & Langnickel on Amazon. It's became an essential addition to my make up routine - great for subtle highlighting on the brow bone, nose, cupids bow and cheekbones and even better if you want a subtle contour. It's ideal for brushing away any excess powder or shadow that may have dropped under your eyes too. I love it!
Seventeen lips, cheeks and eyes brushes: Seventeen have really upped their game in the brush department and the majority of my make up brushes now come from there. They're all great quality and wash easily, are super soft and use well. The lips brush is a great length allowing perfect precision of lipstick application, the cheek brush is the ideal shape for blush and bronzer and the eye brush is great for pressing on dark shadow colours to the lid before using a blending brush. I love the simplistic design and bright colours which helps me identify them in my bulging make up bag!
real Techniques Expert face brush: I was after the perfect foundation brush (after years of applying foundation with my fingers...), one that could blend and buff all in one and then voila - real Techniques answered my prayers! I apply my Seventeen concealer (see below) before hand, without blending then put the foundation on the top of my hand and dip the brush into the product and apply to my face, blending the foundation and concealer together. The brush is super soft and leaves a perfectly blended finish to my foundation. I'm hooked!
- FACE -
1. Revolution makeup London Vivid Baked Highlighter in 'Golden light's: Oh. My. God. Oh my god. I couldn't believe my eyes when I tried this highlighter out for the first time. It's like the sun is beaming from my face, in fact, it's like my face is the sun. I love this stuff and it's only £3, can you believe that! The best highlighter I have ever used. Just buy it, take my word for it, do it.
2. Seventeen Instant glow shimmer brick: I bought this before purchasing the above, and after I ran out of Benefit's high beam highlighter whilst looking for something that could easily contour and highlight simultaneously. This is a pretty good dupe to the iconic Bobbi Brown shimmer brick and it encompasses both highlight, bronze and blush. Though the highlighter isn't great, it does do what it says and gives you an instant glow as if you've came back from the Caribbean as apposed to the rainy streets of Liverpool.
3. Collection blush in 'Bashful': I'd been using too dark a shade of blush by MAC for yonks (too lazy to send it back) and decided it was time to move on from that and find a more natural pink shade. This is a great little compact and you only need one dab on your blush brush to give a subtle, natural flush of colour to your cheeks.
4. Garnier micellar cleansing water: First year of university involved lazily smearing off my make up with wipes (regrets), followed by random brands of cleansing milk and oils and i've finally found the holy grail of make up removers! All you need is a few cotton pads and this stuff and your make up is gone! It doesn't itch or give you sore eyes like some make up removers do, it's the most natural product there is and removes every bit of your make up. I got these travel sized bottles in Poundland but you can also get them in Boots in 400ml bottles for just £3.
5. Seventeen stay time concealer (up to 18 hours): I'd say this is a pretty good dupe to the Touché Eclat concealer pen. It covers all my blemishes and dark circles and blends well with my foundation too. Apply powder over to lock in the concealer all day.