I mean, finally.
I mean, finally.
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.
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 NARS‘ pure 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.
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!
There is nothing about this look that I wouldn’t wear. I was actually quite proud of the sophistication that radiates from this edit! I’m going to try to bring this look to life in the near future, and I cannot wait for the day to come! This neutral look literally has me yearning to purchase every piece and wear it every day for the next two years (all practicality aside, of course)
As a side note, I’m also looking for every excuse to purchase the Urban Decay Naked2 palette, and the idea of this gorgeous form fitting, city chic look is making the temptation really really hard to resist!
You too can get this look below!
A couple of days ago, my sister and I were talking about how much her skin has changed since she has not been sleeping properly after she had her baby. She had said that she was trying BB cream because her normal Nude by Nature foundation was not giving her the coverage she needed to hide her dark circles surrounding her eyes. Coincidentally, a few days afterward, my mum also purchased BB cream, curious about the hype.
I normally swear by my M.A.C Cosmetics Foundation, but sadly, mine is running out so to save it until I could afford to buy a new one, I decided to try the Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB Cream. Let me be the one to tell you that the coverage is absolutely fantastic. My skin looks and feels smooth, blemishes are not noticeable and it barely feels like I have makeup on, which is good considering the mousse-like texture of the cream.
The Rimmel London BB Cream Primes, Covers, Smoothes, Mattifies, Moisturises, Protects (with SPF 25 protection), Minimises pores, Conceals and Brightens the skin!
I recommend this product to everyone, no matter your skin type or shade, as there are a range of shades from light to medium to dark in the Rimmel London BB Cream and this product offers maximum coverage for every user!
This amazing product was newly released by Chanel and it is definitely a nail product worth the money spent! The impeccable shades and long lasting wear makes this Chanel product a hit, no matter your style or occasion!
Find your shade and roll with it, Chanel has made it possible for every woman to love and enjoy their nails with the new Le Vernis!
Hi everyone, here I am going to step you through and introduce you to some of my favourite products as well as my routine.
To begin with, I use KIKO Milano Cleanser & Toner to wash and tone my face. It is a great priced, great quality product. I then use Neutrogena Moisturiser . After the Moisturiser has set into my skin and dried, I use MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Primer as a base for my makeup. Once that has been applied, I add MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Foundation. Make sure to go in-store to get the perfect shade to match your skin tone. Once my foundation is on and blended well, I go straight to my eyes.
For school I just use Mascara from the Sephora Collection in black . It is great value for the price; The size is generous and the results are visible and long lasting. When going out, I use my Sephora Collection Eyeliner, in black. It applies perfectly (I do not normally master the art of eyeliner, but with this product I nail it from the start!) Reminder: Eyeliner is applied before mascara!
When I am going out, I always leave with a statement shade of lipstick. The best lipstick that I can recommend to everyone is Chanel. At $50, the quality, perfect colour and easy application makes it worth every cent! When I want a classy red, I go for the Rouge Allure 104 Passion . It is long lasting and feels smooth and perfect on your lips! (It even lasts through food and drinking, without fading) It is vivid and absolutely perfect for anyone who wants to make a statement with their lips! When I want a playful, more fun and out there look, I always, always turn to the Rouge Allure Velvet 37 L’Exuberante . It is my personal favourite and I find that it suits many, many occasions!
Hint: The best thing to do before applying Lipstick is applying lip liner first. I prefer finding a lipliner that matches my lipstick exactly, Especially if you have eyeshadow contrasting the colour of your eyeliner and/or mascara. I also think that it looks more elegant and sophisticated to have a plain yet bold lip with the liner and lipstick matching.
So there you have it, My favourite products and my daily routine! Hope this helps! xx