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.

What have been your five makeup favourites?

loreal mascara results loreal miss hippie loreal before and afterIt’s no secret that I rarely try new mascaras but after hearing about the newL’Oréal Paris Miss Hippie mascara I had to give it a go for myself! The Miss Hippie mascara is all about achieving festival-ready lashes so, of course, I had to find out what festival lashes were for myself!

It has a fuzzy brush, which is almost hourglass in shape and helps coat lashes, layer by layer for a feathery lash look. It adds all the impact and drama I expect from a volumising mascara without the clumps you sometimes get with other mascaras as it really combs though the lashes. It’s also great at adding length for a dramatic look that lasts all day.

If you’re a waterproof lover then you’ll be happy to hear that it also comes in waterproof, which is particularly great if you are going to a festival this year.

I’ve been so impressed with L’Oreal Paris recently and have fallen in love with so many of their new products, the Nude Magique cushion foundation, Cushion de Soleil bronzer and this Miss Hippie mascara are my absolute summer must-faves, which you don’t want to miss out on!

The L’Oréal Paris Miss Hippie mascara is £7.99 (currently on FeelUnique) and for more info check out the L’Oréal Website.

*This is a sponsored post

5 to try

Barry M Surfboard Nail Polish
I’d been struggling to find the perfect nail polish for this not so summery summer we’re currently experiencing in London. Barry M Surfboard is the perfect soft pink with a hint of lilac and really inoffensive, plus it lasts surprisingly long!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
I’m not usually a huge fan of waterproof mascara but as it’s summer I think it’s good to always have a tube to hand, in case of water flights, beach trips or hayfever. I love the original Better Than Sex Mascara and have been loving this one over the last month. I don’t think I would ever switch full time over to the waterproof one as it is so much harder to remove but it held up really well with my extreme hayfever yesterday, the rest of my makeup didn’t do so well. I’ve made a whole video dedicated to this mascara so check it out here.

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate
A few months back I had a skin consultation in Kiehl’s Regent St, where they recommend lots of products to help improve my dehydrated skin. One of the recommended products was this Kiehl’s oil which helps correct the visible appearance of Skin Fatigue. I’ve been using it on days that I feel my skin needs some extra TLC and have found it to really help make my skin look more glowy and healthy!

L’Oreal Cushion Foundation & Cushion Bronzer
I’ve been raving about this to anyone that will listen as I just think it’s the perfect, lightweight, buildable, summer product. The foundation is nice a glowy, just how I like it but can easily be powdered down for a more matte look. The bronzer adds a really natural looking glow/tan to the skin which I just love and can be really intensified with a powder bronzer.

Collection Deluxe Lipsticks
I always say that drugstore nude lipsticks are just as good as high-end ones and these really prove it. They remind me a little of the MAC Lustre finish lipsticks, they’re relatively sheer but buildable with an almost gloss finish. I love this sort of finish when the rest of my skin is quite matte and I think in nude colours it can look really beautiful (I would go for matte bold colours). The three that caught my eye are Baby Doll, Chicago and Liberty as they’re all beautiful, everyday nudes. I would even say Chicago is a great dupe for MAC Patisserie which is one of my favourite ever lipsticks!

Would love to hear which five products you’ve been loving recently in the comments.

Bobbi Brown is probably my biggest discovery of 2015, until the beginning of this year I had never tried a single product (crazy but true). I’ve actually really fallen for the whole range and can’t wait to discover more of it but was particularly excited with the launch of some new eye products as I have never tried a mascara from Bobbi.

The truth is that I very rarely get excited over mascara, I have a firm favourite and really don’t stray much from that (Too Faced Better Than Sex) but once I saw the results of the Eye Opening Mascara I knew I had to try it for myself.

I love the packaging, nothing too fancy or fussy but very sturdy. The brush is a traditional brush which I love but is a little larger than most. The formula is super black and designed to magnify each lash to deliver long, thick and curled lashes which I really think it does! The shape of the brush allows lashes to be pushed up and out, without the use of an eyelash curler, it adds lots of volume and good length too.

It’s not quite my favourite mascara ever but it’s one of the best I have tried for a while and particularly good if you’re looking for a lift in your lashes and add a curl.

I have also been trying out the Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner’s just in time for the party season. I have 10. Pink Oyster and 11. Goldstone both of which I love although Pink Oyster is probably my favourite. They are designed to be used as either cream shadows or liners although I do think the colours I have might be a little light as liners. In the photo above I use Pink Oyster over a shadow look I already had on to add a bit of shimmer. As you can see it’s still fairly subtle but it is quite buildable. A really great item to keep in your desk draw during December to take your makeup from Day to Night.

EDIT: Turns out it’s only out in January so still a little wait but it’ll be worth it!

Ps. I’ve clearly brushed over my skin in the above photo, I didn’t want to mislead you- my skin is truly awful at the moment.

I hate that this mascara is called ‘Better Than Sex’ as I feel it’s a bit of a shame that they felt that a slightly shocking name would help this mascara sell. However Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara is in fact one of the best mascara’s I have tried in a while  ever tried. 

The packaging is perfect; it looks expensive without being overly flashy gold or silver packaging, instead it’s pink but isn’t in your face. 
The brush has standard bristles which are shorter in the middle of the brush making it an hourglass shape and although it’s quite a long brush it isn’t too thick meaning you still have full control. The actual product is the perfect consistency and I can really build up incredible volume in just a coat but taking the time to apply three coats can give me a really impressive false lash effect.
Although I think it’s a little expensive for a mascara, it’s the best and very few mascara’s compare. I’ve been using mine almost 3 months now and there are no signs of it slowing down. It’s the darkest of blacks, doesn’t smudge and doesn’t leave my lashes with that uncomfortable crispy feeling. 
I can’t recommend this mascara highly enough, if you are looking for volume I doubt any mascara would do it better.

What’s your holy grail mascara?

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is available here for £19