Thursday 24 December 2015

Beauty Favourites Roundup

 I've not written a favourites post in forever, so today I'm doing a roundup of everything I've been loving throughout October, November and December. There could have been triple what I have here, but I limited myself to my top 10 favourites so I don't bore you to sleep. In these three months, I have accumulated a LOT of products; I had my birthday at the beginning of October, and since then I have been a-hauling quiiiite a lot.

My contour game has completely changed since I got my hands on the Real Techniques Sculpting Set. My favourite of the three brushes in the set is the sculpting brush, which by the way is soooo soft, and I use it to add shadow and/or warmth to my face. I use powder products to do so, but it's such a dense brush that you could easily use it to buff in cream contour.

Staying with the Real Techniques theme, I recently invested in their Miracle Complexion Sponge. I cannot recommend this enough! I've been using this to blend in my concealer for about a month and a half now, and now I can't imagine not using it. I use the sponge damp, so less product is wasted due to being absorbed by the sponge itself, and the dampness allows the product to 'merge more' with my skin, rather than create dry or uneven patches.

Moving on to what is currently the first step in my makeup, I've been using the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm in the place of my Body Shop Instablur primer. It sounds stupid, but this is such a good product for keeping your makeup on all day, as it contains an ingredient called glycerin that makes things stick. I, like everyone else, first heard this from NikkieTutorials. Her opinion is not one to doubt, so I tried it out for myself, and I am so impressed with the wear time of my makeup! I am planning to write a post soon focused on solely this product, so look out for that over the next few weeks.

For my face also, the MUA Undress Me Too palette has been a staple for me, purely for the shade shy. I've actually been using it as a highlighter as it's sooo bright. It's a beautiful champagne shade, and creates a gorgeous glow when applied to the tops of my cheekbones, down my nose and on my cupids bow, brow bone and tearduct. I was really impressed, as for such a cheap price I didn't expect the shadow to have such an intense pigmentation.

Another eyeshadow palette has made itself into this favourites post, and this time, I have been loving applying it to my eyes. It's the Lightly Toasted palette by W7, particularly the shade twister. It's a brilliant palette for creating warm and bronzy gold eyeshadow looks, and is largely dominated by shimmers, although I'm very happy that it has a couple of mattes suitable for buffing in the crease, too.

On the topic of W7, I have recently fallen head over heels for their Argan Eyes mascara. I've mentioned this in a couple of posts very recently, so if you're up to date, my next few sentences may be very predictable. For such a small price tag, it's sooo good at lengthening and voluminising my lashes, as well as bringing separation, too. Plus, my lower lashes have never looked longer when this is applied; can you tell I love it? 

Clearly I've been mascara crazy this season, as I've also been obsessing over Rollerlash by Benefit. This is obviously a much more expensive product than Argan Eyes, but if you want a mascara that will hold your lashes lengthened and in a curl ALL. DAY. LONG, Rollerlash is perfect. I have currently been using Argan Eyes more, but Rollerlash I do still believe is better.

Lastly for eyes, I'm so happy I purchased the Loreal Super Liner Perfect Slim. I usually don't get on with pen liners, but I feel like this is a liquid liner in a pen form. It's easy to use as it has a fine point, and the colour is also really black, not a weak grey that you sometimes find with the pen liners. It's long wearing, too, and an eyeliner I will definitely repurchase when it eventually runs dry. 

The final step in my makeup routine is always to apply a lipstick, liner or crayon. For my birthday, I received the famous nude-brown Velvet Teddy lipstick by Mac. Personally, I think that different shades of brown and nude really suit my skin tone - and pretty much all skin tones. I've worn this lipstick almost everyday since I got it, and again, it will be a repurchase when I run out. It's now a necessity for me!

Nails wise, my favourite polish is currently Barry M's paprika. I mentioned this in a recent post - it's one from their Gelly Hi-Shine range, and is a beautiful orange-brown rust shade as the name would suggest.

Happy Christmas Eve! Enjoy your evening, wherever you are, whatever you're doing


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