January | Makeup Favourites

Monday, January 30, 2017

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So I didn't manage to do a 2016 round-up of my favourite makeup products last year. But all is not lost because I'm here to share all the things I'm absolutely obsessed with right now!!! A lot of these are new discoveries but some oldies but goodies are still rocking my makeup world.


This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Mask, Moisturiser & Primer In One | post | £30

I fell in love with this late last year and went on to purchase a full size...happy to say, no regrets! Especially with my skin feeling dehydrated all the time, this makes the best primer for me. It's very hydrating but not greasy at all and gives the makeup a perfectly matte, smooth base to be applied onto. Sometimes I will use this as a moisturiser because I love it so much, and the more you work this into the skin, the more matte it gets so I get nourishment without looking or feeling greasy.


MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - NW25 | post | £18

This is easily my favourite full coverage concealer because it gives me coverage without feeling heavy or looking cakey. A little goes a long way and this is always the concealer I reach for when I know I need my makeup to hold up for a long time. It's blends out to evenly cover any dark circles, hyperpigmentation or blemishes and stays in place. I use a slightly lighter, pink-toned shade to help cancel out darkness under my eyes and it really helps to brighten too. I really need to purchase a shade closer to my skintone as the formula of this also makes this a wonderful foundation too.



NYX HD Setting Powder - Banana | £8

I love using this soft, yellow-toned pressed powder to set my under-eye concealer because it keeps my concealer in place, without getting overly creased and brightens the area beautifully all at the same time. I use a damp sponge to press some onto the area, though I have to be careful not to apply too much as it is quite pigmented and applying too much looks too brightened and obvious. It doesn't sit quite as well on my face but I don't mind, because it looks so flawless while it sets my concealer.

Real Techniques Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges | £5.99

Hands down the best tools I have come across to blend out under eye concealer and set them in place using any pressed powder. Although these are marketed to help you achieve flawless looking makeup by erasing mistakes and cleaning up fall-out, their smaller size and pointed tip make them perfect to fit neatly in the under-eye area. I don't think I can do my makeup properly anymore without these.


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Too Faced Natural Matte Palette | review & swatches | $36 no longer available on Debenhams :(

If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen that I've 'hit pan' on the shade Strapless recently because I've been using this palette so much. It's been just over a year since I got it and I have to say, I love it more now then I ever did. Except for the two pale highlighter shades, that I never use and that are inexplicably and unnecessarily gigantic, I use and love every other shade. I use Sexpresso mainly to fill in my brows and Strapless of course has become a favourite crease shade for me. I love how easy this palette is to work with and how many looks I can actually create with it. I'd say this palette, along with ColourPop Super Shock Shadows, is the reason why I've become such a fan of wearing eyeshadow now.


Sephora Pro Crease Brush 10 | post | $22

And perfectly paired with that palette is this brush that I got last month. As I rarely used eyeshadows as often before, I never really felt the need to invest in better brushes for my eyes. But since using this, I see the need for a genuinely good blending brush, however good I thought the cheapo one from Hong Kong was. It's incredibly soft, picks up just the right amount of product and blends everything out perfectly. It makes the job so much quicker and easier while looking more skilfully applied too.


Bare Minerals Lash Domination | £19

This one actually took me by surprise as it claims to do it all, so naturally I expected it to do very little. But strangely enough it does a great all-round job on my lashes. It lengthens, defines, volumises without clumping and lifts them making my eyes appear larger. The formula is long lasting and even very black. This is only a sample version I got from LoveMeBeauty and while I have a strong aversion to paying for more expensive mascaras, this one is definitely on my watch list for a good sale/discount.


Pixi Brow Tamer | £12

This is another product I didn't expect to fall in love with because it just seems like such a blah product. Oh but it's only gone and become a bit of a daily staple for me. I tend to fill in my brows with an eyeshadow most days and this clear gel just fixes all that work into place really nicely. It disperses and removes just enough of the product to make the brows look natural, the brush is the right size to coat the hairs without much effort and it leaves them still feeling soft and comfortable. It lasts all day too. Thankfully I have a pristine tube to use in pictures because after just one use this gets pretty unpleasant looking lol!


Bite Beauty Multistick - Cashew | post | $24

I wish I had ordered this in the other 2 shades I had in my Sephora basket. It's such a great product for when you're in a rush or when you want really natural looking makeup, discreet but polished. This Multistick can be used on the eyes, cheeks and lips and while my eyelids are too oily to do justice to this product, this makes a great cream blush and lipstick. A swipe on the cheeks, blended with fingers or a stippling brush and it makes my complexion instantly look refreshed and radiant. The creamy texture of this also makes this one of the most pigmented and comfortable lipsticks ever. The shade Cashew is a great one for a lot of skin tones being more on the neutral side with a hint of mauve.


Becca Blushed With Light Palette (Limited Edition) | £26.50

As soon as I bought this back in November I instantly fell in love with it and used it almost daily, to the point that I had to put it away somewhere difficult to get to in order to make use of my other blushers. I'm going to make a bold statement right now: I could easily only use this blush palette for the rest of my life! Okay that might be a little bit over the top but seriously, every shade is beautiful, the formulas are gorgeous and I love the sturdy compact packaging.


ColourPop Pearlized Highlighters - Butterfly Beach & Wisp | $8

I've never found a cream highlighter that works on my skin before - usually they stick to my skin, don't blend out nicely and look so blotchy. Thankfully the ColourPop formula texture works on my skin beautifully and these highlighters are easily some of the most beautiful makeup products I've ever used. They can be applied with fingertips or a stippling brush and they leave the most beautiful sheen on the skin; that almost irresistible wet dewy look we aspire to emulate from the catwalk. Butterfly Beach is a little more on the peachy side while Wisp is more champagne toned and both work wonderfully to give me a taste of the glow life.


NYX Full Throttle Lipstick - Kiss The Dust | £5.50

Finally we have a lipstick and surprisingly not a liquid lipstick. An actual good old fashioned lipstick that has stolen my heart of late. This was kindly gifted to me by the lovely Zahra (Beauty & The Muslimah - check out her blog for amazing in-depth makeup and skincare reviews!) and I'm not only impressed with the perfect tone of the shade but also the highly pigmented formula. It applies creamy and smooth and then soon becomes a matte lipstick that lasts really well on the lips. The shade is a great mauve nude shade on my skintone.


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Any any these products favourites of yours? What have you been loving lately? I'd love to know...

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