It's only been quite recently that I've began to appreciate what primers can do, I had always dismissed them as just an extra step that didn't really do very much, so maybe I was just using naff ones. My current favourite is from Touch in Sol* and I love the radiance this gives my skin. It also really smooths over any dry areas and helps my foundation blend much more seamlessly into my skin. Perfect!
A few weeks ago I would easily have said the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint was my favourite base product, but unfortunately the colour is just too dark for me to use at the moment, which I thought might happen but it's a shame they don't have a lighter shade in their collection. Instead I've gone back to an old favourite, the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. I know they've repackaged/reformulated this in recent months so I'm hoping it's not hugely different, but I've loved this foundation for a really long time because it's so reliable. The colour is perfect, it blends super easily and it lasts all day!
The one and only Collection Lasting Perfection has to be my concealer of choice because it's so reliable. It has pretty high coverage, which is a must for me and it's great for both blemishes and under the eyes as long as you don't use too much. Plus it's a total bargain!
A fairly new make up discovery for me is the Maybelline Fit Me powder* and it has fast found its way into my daily make up routine. I have the lightest shade (I think) which is perfect for me and this sets my make up beautifully without giving an overly matte or powdery look to my skin. I keep this in my make up bag for touch ups throughout the day and no matter how much I apply, it never looks cakey.
In the end this wasn't as hard a decision as I thought it might be. I do own a lot of blush but easily the one I have reached for the most is NARS Penny Lane. It's the perfect neutral shade that gives me a healthy glow as well as helping to sculpt my face and give it a little more definition.
I'm not really much of a bronzer girl so I only have a couple in my collection but the only one I reach for is Benefit Hoola. I love this because it's not too warm toned so it never makes my skin look orange or muddy, which is never a good look especially when you're as pale as I am. A lovely natural shade that I use in the hollows of my cheeks and up on to my temples. It's seemingly never ending too, I've had this for ages, I use it almost daily & I've not hit pan yet!
My Estee Lauder highlighter* from the Bronze Goddess collection is one of the most beautiful make up products in my collection and I love it. I used this pretty much every day over the Summer to give a beautiful warm glow to my cheekbones and with a lighter hand I think I'll be reaching for this well into the Autumn too!
Make Up Brush.
The Eyes Lips Face Powder brush is such a lovely brush because it's super cheap but really good quality and it's one of those I can use for a few different things. It applies and blends foundation super quickly, it's lovely for applying blush & bronzer and with a light hand it's good for powder too. A must have in my collection for sure!
Eyebrow Product, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner.
This is where I fail a little bit because I never really do very much to my eyebrows, they're a little unruly so I just tend to leave them be and that works for me. As for eye make up, again I rarely reach for eyeshadow or liner because I wear pretty statement glasses and sometimes too much make up doesn't look quite right with them.
I'm still faithful to my Maybelline The Falsies mascara, it's pretty reasonably priced and I know it works for me so I've repurchased it a few times in a row now. I love that it doesn't smudge or flake on me throughout the day, it doesn't irritate my eyes yet it's still really easy to remove at the end of the day.
This is another category I thought would struggle with trying to pick just one product, but it was actually pretty easy. I almost went with the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector but they don't really give much colour and sometimes I like something a little bit more pigmented. In the end I went with Lovelorn lipstick from MAC because it has a really smooth and slightly glossy formulation and the colour is the most perfect mid toned pink shade.
This is another category where I fail, I actually don't own a single lip liner! Beauty blogger fail!
Lastly, my favourite lip balm is from Figs & Rouge and it's one of their tinted balms. I think I got this in a Glossybox* and it's fast become one of my favourite lip products. It gives a pretty subtle pink tint and it's really hydrating and smooth.
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