Saturday, 23 March 2013

my most reached for beauty products

Two things before we start:
This post was actually meant to go up yesterday, but somehow a flurry of ridiculously out of season snow descended and gave where I live a power cut - I don't know how a little bit of snow can cause that but at least I've got my precious, precious electricity and internet back now.
And I've finally stuck my face on this 'ere blog, I'm not that good at taking selfies and I might change my mind and remove it but do bear with me! (I just spent three minutes trying to finding out if it's "bear" or "bare" with me. Apparently "bare with me" is an invitation to get naked. Please don't get naked.)

These are the makeup items that aren't (well, very rarely at least) featured in favourites posts, nor have earned the status of "holy grail" but regardless, they are my go-to products that if I'm in a hurry are I'll automatically reach for. And I think that entitles them to a post of their own.
e.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia - I haven't swatched blush part of this duo as it barely shows up on my skin and I don't use it, but the bronzer half is amazing. Granted, I'm no bronzer expert but having seen swatches this does seem to be more pigmented than the iconic Nars Laguna. I'm not too fond of my wide jaw, so contouring is a godsend and this bronzer coupled with my Sigma F40 does the job perfectly.

theBalm FratBoy Blush - Very seldom do I switch up my blush. I've never felt the need to expand my blush collection because I never go for a strong cheek look, and the option of having over twenty shades to choose from would be lost on me. This blush is the perfect colour for brightening up my complexion whilst still looking somewhat natural and despite using it for over six months I haven't even made a dent in it yet!

Maybelline Pure Cover Mineral Concealer in 03 Sand - Let's first appreciate the fact that even though my skin is paler than pale, I don't use the lightest shade available which in itself is a astonishing. There is no way that this concealer is the best out there, but out of my collection it's the only one that provides moderate coverage and works well both on undereye circles and on blemishes, as well as concealing redness pretty well. The fact that it's liquid means that it's difficult for it to get cakey and is easier to apply and blend out than a a cream concealer.
I also did an in-depth review comparing this to the MAC Mineralize Concealer, which you can read here.
Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad in Neutral Khakis - I don't wear eyeshadow every day, but when I do this quad is my first port of call. It's got all the shades I need for everyday - most importantly a matte dark brown (I hate shimmery colours in the crease) and I've used this so much that the hinge holding the lid on has broken. The pigmentation isn't the best, but it works for me as I hardly ever go for a dramatic eye look.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk - This works just as well as Urban Decay's Primer Potion at preventing eyeshadows creasing, and it has the added benefit of offering a white base that intensifies the colours of any eyeshadows applied on top. It also works great as an inner corner and brow bone highlight.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero - Black eyeliner is an essential for me, and I wear it almost every day - I know that this particular eyeliner is extremely popular but I don't think that it's that special, I'm just waiting till I've finished it until I buy something different. Yes, it's creamy and stays put for most of the day, but I think that there's a better one out there. I have high hopes that the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil in Black and the NYX Slide-On Pencil in Jet Black's offerings will be better.

Which beauty products do you use most often?


  1. Great products! Loving the blush; it's the most beautiful peachy shade! <3

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  2. The elf duo bronzer and blush looks amazing! I will have to try it :)

  3. I like these posts, I love seeing what people use the most xx

  4. The blush is so lovely, I really want to try more products from theBalm! xo

  5. I really want the bronzer from elf!:)

  6. Am really intrigued by the NYX milk eye pencil. May have to check this out! Great post (we've also had some very inconvenient snow!) x

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  7. I have heard so many good things about the nyx jumbo eye pencis, especially "milk," I don't know why I haven't purchased them yet.

  8. The Milani eyeliner definitely holds up better to the UD Zero, and at a third of the price!

  9. Your eyepencil!)
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  10. I seem to use my natural collection pressed powder most often, everything else I generally mix up! Not a very exciting item! Your eyes are striking my the way -great pic :)

    1. thank you! ooh i don't think i've tried any thing from natural collection, i never seem to look at their stand in boots - will need to remember to take a look x

  11. Great picks! I've got the same eyeshadow palette by revlon. Its definitely an oldie but goodie. I find that the shades are a bit sheer, but it's perfect for everyday wear!

  12. I am absolutely obsessed with theBalm's Frat Boy blush right now!

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