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2014/2015 beauty favourites!

I know i’ve spoken about some of these products before, but I literally couldn’t have started 2015 with a bang without them!!! They are very basic, simple products that have managed to revolutionise the way I apply and think of makeup.

First up is the Maybelline New York Colour Elixir in Blush Essence

What a little pocket rocket! This lip gloss is literally the only gloss that I like!!! It’s not sticky or gooey and my hair doesn’t get stuck to it! It’s a miracle! The colour stays on, and is durable, especially during work, but I found that it comes off really quickly after devouring tacos so… take care.

favouritesNext is the Rimmel London Natural Bronzer 

This was my first bronzer, which I purchased because I was too scared to spend big $$$ on another brand just in case I couldn’t contour properly. Originally I tried the NARS Laguna Bronzer at Mecca Maxima, when I asked one of the girls to show me what it would be like to contour. She matched my colours to a perfect blush as well, which was the Bobbi Brown Nectar blush. However, I couldn’t justify spending $45 on a bronzer in the event that I couldn’t replicate the look, so instead I went to Priceline and purchased this bronzer. Lucky I did because it’s so good, especially for a drug store label! Since purchasing it, I have worn it everyday, and now i’m addicted to bronzing and contouring. It’s very easy to apply and it’s pressed formula makes it very easy to control when applying. It blends well and the shade is great for many different skin tones!

I also really love the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 

It’s actually perfect in many ways! I find it hard to find a good concealer because my skin has a lot of imperfections and scars, and some concealers crease into the scars or highlight the imperfections, rather than hide them! This concealer, however, makes my skin look flawless!!! Of course, it doesn’t make the 3D seem 2D, but it does hide redness, dark circles, scars and the appearance of imperfections. What I like about this product is the consistency, because it’s quite thick and you don’t need a lot of it. Dark circles literally disappear and there are no creases under my eyes! I have and will continue to recommend this product to everyone I know, because everyone deserves a perfect concealer #you’rewelcome

The best beauty purchase I have made to date is the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Trio which included mini versions of Primrose, Fig, and Legendary

I use Primrose on a daily basis because it’s literally the perfect shade of nude ever. It’s visible, trans-seasonal and requires little to no effort! It’s the type of shade you can wear with the most simple base and it seems like you’ve really put an effort into your makeup, when really, you put it on in the car on the way to the train station.

Fig is a really unique colour, and I absolutely love it! It’s a mix of red and purple (but mostly purple) and it’s probably the only purple pigmented lipstick that actually suits me! I’ve also seen this shade swatched a few times on different people and it seems very universal!

Legendary is a great shade of red, however i’m still hung up on my Chanel red (104 Passion), but because of the convenient size of Smashbox’s ‘Legendary’, I bring it with me to touch up when i’m out. It blends really nicely and I love the texture, even when I use it as the base colour.

Only recently have I gotten into body mists, and my favourite is the Victoria’s Secret Bombshell. It’s classic VS and the scent matches perfectly with my favourite perfumes (Vera Wang Pink Princess, Calvin Klein Euphoria, D&G La Roue De La Fortune). It’s a very unique, fresh fragrance but it isn’t very fruity, which is what I like about it. I’m not a massive fan of fruity, light fragrances, which is why Bombshell is perfect because it’s not a heavy scent, but it’s very iconic. It has hints of musk amongst blond-woods and oakmoss which tones down the top notes of tangelo, pineapple, strawberry, and purple passionfruit, which would be a very fruity scent without these dry-down notes. It also has middle notes of Jasmine, peony, and white orchid  (my three favourite flowers). These scents combined create the perfect body mist that blends well with other fragrances and suits many people.

I’ve spoken about the NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok before, but I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now. Why? you may ask: because I’ve experimented and have learned the best way to apply it. I always loved the colour of the lipstick, but I had a constant battle with the product once it was on because the matte aspect of it dried out my lips quickly and would peel my skin, making my lips look flakey. I even stopped using it for a while because I was wearing it to work, and didn’t have time to re-apply during my shift to re-hydrate my lips and re-apply. Then I invested in an invisible lip liner from Too Faced, and that’s when everything changed! I would line and fill in my lips with the invisible liner, which not only moisturised, but formed a primed base for my lipstick. Since using the two together, the lipstick doesn’t crumble, it stays on for hours, feels really comfortable, and applies easily! I would definitely recommend that you use a moisturising liner underneath NARSpure matte lipsticks to get the ultimate effect of the product, and value for your money!

These past few months I’ve barely ever left the house without eyeliner on, and I mostly use the Sephora Collection Long Lasting Eyeliner [with] High Precision Brush, which is my favourite liquid eyeliner ever, but sadly I’ve run out, so to save myself from heartbreak, I’ve been using the Maybelline Eyestudio gel eyeliner, which is actually really good! At first, it’s a little hard to apply, especially if you’re used to liquid eyeliner, but once you get the hang of it, it is a really great product! It hardly smudges in my creases (which the Sephora liner does) and it doesn’t flake off (like other gel liners i’ve tried). For a drugstore purchase, it was very worth it! Just be aware that the brush that comes with it is horrible and no matter if you’re an eyeliner expert, you will not be able to get incredible results, or make the most of the product with that applicator! which is why I invested in the

Real Techniques silicone tip brush

I’ve dedicated a whole post to this brush, which you can read here. It still appears in this post because I really do love it!

Usually i’d say that my favourite lip liner is my MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, but I only have that in one colour, which is frustrating considering I have many shades of lipstick and my MAC liner is hot pink. I needed something that was universal, that I can use for every lipstick that I had. When I found the Too Faced Borderline Invisible Lip Pencil, I wasn’t too sure about how good it would be. Then, when I saw it on sale, I didn’t even hesitate to purchase it and try it. Now, I have never looked back.

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I think this liner has absolutely revolutionised how I wear lipstick. It’s the most convenient product I have ever tried, and not only that, the product itself moisturises and primes the lips, creating the perfect base for which ever lipstick you want!!! This is one product that I think is severely underrated! It’s probably my equal absolute favourite to the…

NARS Albatross highlighter!

I’ve saved the best till last! This is the perfect product that will help you to get the perfect summer, bronzed, glowing look (the highlighter provides the glow… obviously) I use this highlighter on my cheek bones and along my jaw line to give extra definition to those areas, then I use a little bit of blush on my inner cheeks to finish the look. The highlighter also goes above my brows to define them a little more and give them the illusion of perfect shape even if the shape isn’t actually on point. I heard a lot of warnings about looking like a disco ball after using Albatross but I’ve noticed that if you apply gently to your brush, it’s very easily avoided. Also, this product blends out easily if need be, while still being durable. It’s actually the perfect product!!! I recommend NARS Albatross 100% to anyone and everyone who wants the best contour!!!

 

There you have it! My favourite beauty products of 2014/2015! Let me know what you think about these products if you’ve tried them and feel free to ask any questions you may have!

Latest beauty haul: The best for (a lot) less!

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Nude

Rimmel London Natural Bronzer

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black

NARS Pencil Sharpener

Essence Kajal Pencil in 04 White

So I haven’t really dabbled in the area of contouring until recently, when I went into Mecca Maxima and enquired about blush, and the makeup artist transformed me into a swan using the Bobbi Brown Nectar Blush, NARS Albatross Highlighter and NARS Laguna Bronzer. In a matter of 3 minutes my complexion looked so great and the shape of my face was well defined and flattering!

Unfortunately, these three incredible products are quite costly, so, as per usual, an obsession took over and I had to find a cheaper alternative!

To do so, I ventured into Priceline and spoke to one of the employees, who gave me honest advice regarding the products. She said that a highlighter isn’t necessary, it’s just something to emphasise certain areas of the face, but since we never needed it before, why do we need it now?

So she showed me to the Rimmel London Natural Bronzer, which would compliment my tone, but also the Maybelline Fit Me Blush which I purchased beforehand (Princeline were having a massive cosmetic sale!) The two together are great! Granted, the effect isn’t as prominent as it was with the NARS and Bobbi Brown products, but for now it’s just as good, especially for someone still learning to contour properly! To apply the Bronzer, I use a Real Techniques Contour Brush and I am still looking for a decently priced, quality blush brush (the brush that came with the blush was very rough on the skin and didn’t apply the product properly)

Then, as previously stated in my June Beauty Wishlist, I was very interested in purchasing either a Bobbi Brown or Gorgeous Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner, but yet again, at the moment, spending over $20 on an eyeliner is unjustifiable. Instead, I found my solution in a Maybelline Gel Eyeliner, which is retailed at $16.95 AUD, but I purchased at $15 at Priceline.

I also wanted to try lining my waterline to accentuate my eyes and give the illusion that they are bigger, and so I purchased the Essence Kajal eye pencil in 04 white. At the inexpensive cost of  $2.00, I was surprised by the quality and the easy, smooth application, especially for the price!

Finally, my favourite beauty tool that I have bought is the NARS pencil sharpener! My mum purchased a Manicare sharpener a few weeks before I purchased the NARS one, and I just wasn’t sold. The NARS sharpener is so perfect! I never thought I would love a pencil sharpener! It is a dual sharpener, so it can sharpen different sized pencils, and a cute little pick that you can use when you open up the little removable compartment that catches the shavings so you can clean the blades! I went crazy sharpening all of my cosmetic pencils and was so surprised at how with two turns, you get a fully sharpened pencil with no faults!

Also, because Mecca is so lovely, I was given a sample pot of the Too Faced Primer which is quite good, but I prefer my MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Primer.

These few little products have changed how I apply and think of makeup. It can do a lot more than conceal, and emphasise, but also shapes and contours, and it’s so easy to do!

Let me know in the comments section whether you would like to see a tutorial on contouring or know more about my updated makeup routine!