So I now have a makeup bag. Don’t get me wrong, I also have a ridiculous makeup collection (that needs a clear out soon, which I’ll film for YouTube) but the makeup bag is really working for me. Less choice means less indecision and all the products I use I really love but these are my five highlights.
I feel like I speak about little else at the moment but IT Cosmetics has been rocking my world since it landed in Selfridges. The American brand has some absolutely taken over my makeup bag and I go so easily have just made this a IT Cosmetics top 5 (would you like to see that next?) but if I had to pick one item it’d be the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. I spoke about it in a post a few months back (here) so I won’t go into too much detail but its my absolute favourite- nothing else compares.
Someone told me the new L’Oreal Paradise Mascara was dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, which is my favourite mascara ever! Naturally I laughed, as I just couldn’t believe it could ever be true but I was curious and I did try it. I’m so glad I did and I’m happy to report I like it as much as the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I have found that it falls a little bit but the drama it delivers it absolutely perfect!
I have quite a lot of MAC lipsticks and picking which ones to take away is hard and I actually think MAC Brave made it into my holiday makeup bag as a last minute addition but I am so glad it did. It has quickly become my favourite lipstick, which I actually haven’t had for a while. I use to love MAC Patisserie lipstick but was starting to find it too nude and Brave is basically it’s slightly darker, slightly more grown up sister- it’s perfect.
And another lipstick/lip treatment I have been enjoying is the Kiehl’s Butter Stick in Naturally Nude. I loved it on holiday by the pool or on the beach as it has SPF25 but even now back in London, it’s the perfect quick and easy hydrating lip.
Finally, the Too Faced Hangover primer is back in my life! It’s silicone free and hydrating perfect for skin that may have been a little exposed to sun over the summer. I love how it works under makeup, helping my makeup last longer and my skin look better.
Olay Featherweight Moisturiser- I haven’t tried too much from Olay in the past but after a friend recommended this moisturiser and have been so pleasantly surprised! It’s light-weight but still very hydrating, even on my usually dehydrated skin, it has SPF15, is great under makeup and is really affordable. My mum has also started using the Olay Regenerist range and although she was initially very worried as she has very sensitive skin, she has been won over and converted over to Olay after many years of never switching creams!
L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks- I went to the blogger launch of these a few weeks back (join me on Snapchat for more event fun- alittleobsessed) and was initially very impressed by the price (currently just £5). They have released three new pure clay masks; a purity, a detox and a glow one which allow you to either use the one best suited to your skin or mix and match for people with a mixture of skin concerns. I’ve tried all three on different parts of my skin and really liked them, I woke up with far more brightened skin, which also felt well hydrated!
Benefit Brows– It’s taken me a little while to finally talk about the new Benefit Brow product properly as I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of new releases, but I’ve started to give them a go and there are some real gems! My favourites are Goof Proof Brow and Ka-Brow, I love how natural but defined you can get the eye with both of these products.
MAC Fix + An oldie which I have never tried but with so many rave reviews I just had to give it a go! I don’t think it’s an essential but it’s a great product to set makeup and help it look somewhat more natural, I think I’ll be using this all summer to help my makeup last and look better.
Batiste Stylist Hold Me Hairspray- Batiste Dry Shampoo will probably always be my favourite but I hadn’t tried much from their styling range. I have a few new bits but my favourite has to be the dry shampoo, it isn’t too sticky, offers the perfect amount of hold and the aerosol disperses the product really finely and evenly. I’ve been using it non-stop and it’s only £4.49!
Like the MAC palette it has 15 shadows, with a mixture of mattes and shimmers. They are all creamy and opaque, very much comparable to any higher end palette. I was shocked at how beautifully even the matte shadows applied and although I did wear a primer (I always do), they were very creamy and pigmented. Packaging wise I actually probably prefer this one, it’s streamline and lightweight- I would love a mirror but the MAC palette doesn’t have one either.
I do believe that the MAC one has slightly better brown shades but I think that’s because the ZOEVA Nude Spectrum palette caters better to this, it house beautiful warm browns whereas this Warm Palette does have a few purples, aubergines, burn orange shades- all very wearable but ever so slightly more daring than brown. I actually love the more colourful shades in this palette, in reality they’re not really colourful but just a little more interesting than another medium brown shimmery shade. I do think this palette has one too many pale, skin colour/highlight shades but they are always useful!
I’ve now got my eye on the ZOEVA Nude Spectrum Palette, I don’t need another palette but I do really really want this one, I think it would make the ultimate travel eyeshadow palette.
It’s no secret that I have fallen in love with MAC lipsticks now more than ever and my collection is ever growing. I recently picked up seven new shades ranging from a bright red to darkest plums and nudes. I picked up some from Debenhams and others from Fragrance Direct which is a great place to look for a slightly discounted price.
I’d love to know what your favourite MAC shade is in the comment as I have bought most of the ones I was originally after and need to add some more to the wish list.
I’ve really fallen for MAC lipsticks recently and have bought quite a few but the one I haven’t stopped wearing has to be Amorous. It isn’t one which I hear too much about but it’s the most perfect slightly vampy shade for the daytime which is why it hasn’t left my handbag.
MAC has some great Vampy shades; Diva, Cyber, Rebel and so many more but most are quite dark and many are matte too, making them a little too harsh for daytime for me. However I find that Amorous isn’t too dark and since it’s a satin finish is really wearable. It’s a brown/plum which is a beautiful formula that fades evening but last for longer than most and a really flattering shade.
It looks beautiful during the day but also in the evening. It can be darkened up easily using a matching lip liner or even patted into the lip to add just a sheer, stain to the lip but I usually just use it straight out of the bullet and love it!