Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – Translucent
I purchased this powder, as most people have likened it to the MAC Mineralised Skin Finish. Being a longtime user of the MAC powder, I thought I would give it a go. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t quite measure up. Sure it’s good value for money and it mattifies slightly but I found it a tad on the chalky side. Personally, I found that throughout the day, the powder was no longer matte at all and I ended up looking a bit patchy. Don’t get me wrong, the product is a completely suitable powder, especially considering the price point; I just feel there are better ones out there, that give me the soft blurred look I’m going for. If you aren’t too concerned with wearing much powder and just want something easy and on the go, without breaking the bank; then this may be the perfect powder for you.
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Lingering
I absolutely LOVE this eyebrow pencil. The shade lingering is very universal and suits most people, as it is an ash tone. The pencil winds up, so no need to sharpen and the nib is very precise, which helps to create that defined look. I’ve been using this for around 8 years now and always go back to it.
MAC Eyebrow Mascara – Beguile
I really enjoy using this brow mascara as it softly adds a bit of extra pigment, whilst combing your eyebrow hairs into place. The formula sets your eyebrow hairs softly, so you can maintain that natural look. I’ve tried the Mac Prolongwear brow mascara which didn’t give off as much pigment and seemed to set the brow hairs quite crispy. In comparison, I personally prefer this one a bit more. I use this on a daily basis with the MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering. However, on days when I’m in a rush, I can also get away with just combing the brow mascara through quickly and heading out the door.
Becca Jaclyn Hill Highlight – Champagne Pop
This highlighter is definitely not for the faint hearted. I find it quite intense, so a little goes a long way. The highlighter gives off a beautiful champagne colour and it’s also great as a all over eyeshadow shimmer. I do find the formula smooth while the glitter/shimmer a bit chunkier than other highlighters I’ve tried, but I don’t mind at all. I can see this lasting a very long time so if you’re into your highlighters, it’s one to consider adding to your collection.
Stila Stay All Day Liner
I was so happy when I finally tried out this liquid liner pen from Stila. I had searched far and low for the perfect liner that didn’t smudge or irritate my eyes, and I finally found it. With its felt tip style, it’s really easy to apply and get a precise line or wing. I’ve tried gel liners and other felt tip liners but always found they transferred throughout the day onto my lid. (I guess it doesn’t help that I have hooded lids and they get oily throughout the day) I’m glad I finally found something that works for me. While I don’t use this every single day, I use it when I’ve put together a slightly heavier eyeshadow look and I want to make it look more cohesive.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
I’m new to this famous bronzer that smells like chocolate, but I’m pleasantly enjoying it. It’s a nice neutral toned bronzer so you can create that contoured look or just bronze up your complexion, to add a bit of colour. Prior to using this bronzer I had used Benefit Hula which I loved and in my MAC palette I had the shade Sculpt which is a fabulous contour. I’m not too picky with bronzers, as long as they’re not orange or red based.
MAC Blush Palette
I absolutely love this blush palette I created. I have included bronze tones, peachy/coral tones, and some more plum tones in there, for creating any look. My most used blush seems to be Margin. It’s a beautiful peachy pink with a glowy highlight through it. I use this on a daily basis to give my cheeks a pop of colour. I also love how it is so easy to blend. I’ve been using this daily for about a year and it barely looks like it’s been touched (middle bottom row).
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation – Fiji
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this foundation. It’s my ultimate go to. It has such a beautiful glowy finish but don’t be fooled by the name, it is in no way sheer. I find this foundation to have a medium yet buildable coverage. It is definitely something I’ll always repurchase. I especially like the colour range that Nars provides, as it has something for everyone.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – Vanilla
Like the foundation, this is a fabulous concealer. I use the shade Vanilla under the eyes and it just brightens up the face. It’s also great because it doesn’t tend to crease under the eyes and has a full coverage. Even better there is an affordable dupe for this concealer which is the Maybelline Fit Me or even the Collection brand concealers, however keep in mind, you will be more limited in shades with these brands.
I really love MAC lipsticks and own a fair few. Although, my go to tends to be something nude with a bit of pink. At the moment that is Creme D’Nude layered with either Angel, Peach Stock or Syrup. I find it just softens each of these colours in the winter months without being too harsh on my pale complexion. There are a few different types of finishes that MAC does with their lipsticks, my favourite are the Cream Sheen or Amplified.
Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
While I own both the Naked 1 & 2 palettes, the Naked 1 has been my go to for the past year. I’m not the tannest person so these warm tones really seem to give me a bit more colour and bring out my green/grey eyes. I tend to use Naked and Buck on an everyday basis, for a nice natural look. For a night out or special occasion, I’ll add a smokier brown to the outer corners and through my crease.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Waterproof
I purchased this whilst in New York in April. There was so much hype surrounding this product and most YouTubers seemed to deem it their favourite mascara. Sadly, I have no idea what they were talking about because I actually cannot stand this mascara. I gave it a good 3months. This is the waterproof version, which I purchased after using a small size of the original. The woman at Sephora recommended it after I complained that the original transferred on my eyelids and under the eye, multiple times throughout the day. Regrettably, the waterproof version was just as bad, if not worse. I also struggled to remove this mascara each night, even though I used my trusty Environ Precleanse Oil. I definitely won’t be repurchasing, and I’ve since replaced it with something else that has no transfer at all – Yay!
I hope this mini review helps you to clarify your thoughts about few makeup products.
Comment below with your favourite go to products at the moment.