I was meant to write up this post last Friday afternoon, but ended up on some lengthy hunt for cake (I’m still blaming the full moon for all my weird PMS-like symptoms of last week, despite not having a period due for a fortnight…) with Chloe.
So here I am, sat on the sofa, under a duvet with a belly full of pasta bake, with last night’s cocktail sweats making themselves hideously apparent, and a documentary on the Costa Concordia rolling on the TV.
Seems a pretty great time as any to talk about some of my current make-up bag faves, right?
So here goes. Here’s a handful of products I’ve been addicted to in the past couple of weeks – a couple of new HUBBA HUBBA products, and a couple of old faves that I’m still raving about over and over again because bae <3
I mentioned these fellas in a YouTube video just before Christmas, but seriously, they’ve completely changed the way I apply make-up and the way I (lol, attempt) to contour.
I’m not sure on their exact price, but they can’t be more than a few quid, but cor blimey, they make blending concealer SO MUCH EASIER. I’ve found them a dream at helping cover up acne – the coverage is heavy, without being cakey or smeary, and they’re also v good at blending under-eye concealer. Get yo’ butts to your local Primark.
This is one of the products that was in my make-up bag when it was stolen from a train last year and I desperately tried to convince myself I didn’t need to replace it but lol look what’s gone and happened.
These shadow sticks are pricey (£21 each), but they’re by far my favourite eye shadows to have every graced my eye lids. They blend super easily, don’t crease, and stay on ages. The malted pink shade is my fave for every day wear when I want a natural base on which to attempt to do a sassy liquid liner flick on.
I mentioned this fella in my weekly charts post last week, but felt like it probably deserved a wee little shout out over here too. Like the Bobbi Brown eye shadow, there’s no denying this product is v much on the ol’ pricey side (£85 for the smallest size bottle), BUT it lasts incredibly well. You honestly only need one spritz on your neck of this to be able to keep on smelling it all damn day long.
It’s deep, it’s sexy, it’s creamy, it’s comforting, and it’s unlike the rest of my floral, fruity and girly scents lingering on top of my beauty drawers in my bedroom, but I am hooked. It’s perfect for cosy jumpers, coffee and crackling fireplaces.
Right, obsessed and that, BUT I wore Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner out last night (paired with a v dramatic and un-Hannah Gale navy eye shadow and a new eye primer) and when I got in at around half 11 it was all down my face. Sad face.
This absolute babe normally stays on all day long (hence the tattoo name) and I’ve found it super easy to apply – not at all drying, scratchy or watery. I’m blaming last night’s smeary downfall on the primer (or the passion fruit cocktails…).
There’s a lot of shades I can get on board with in this palette, most notably ‘Blow’ (which is the perfect pale slightly shimmery shade for the inner eye), ‘Extra Bitter’ (because that deep orange hue is surprisingly wearable) and ‘Commando’ (which makes a v good every day shade).
I love that they’re all matte and all natural shades, and even the slightly more out there shades actually look surprisingly low-key once applied.
I’ve definitely mentioned this lipstick before on my blog, but I re-discovered it at the bottom of a handbag this week and sweet cripes it’s the best. The lippy in question is Smashbox’s Mauve Matte, although the name suggests it’s going to be purple-toned, it’s absolutely not.
It’s a creamy, easy-to-wear colour that (and please don’t smash your phone in rage when I say this) is like your lips but better. Plus, the formula doesn’t dry out your lips and stays put for ages. Just go give it a swatch on the back of your hand next time you pass a Smashbox stand…