This week I thought I’d share my everyday go-to products that I carry pretty much everywhere with me. I always love reading posts about what products people use, as it gives me inspiration to try them out for myself! Some are long term favourites, and others are still newbies to the bag. So without further ado, here is what is currently in my make up bag:
Estee Lauder ‘The Mattifier’ Primer
After purchasing this product last month it has not left my make up bag. It goes hand in hand with my Double Wear Foundation (not that you have to use that one!). It works to prevent shine by controlling your skins oil production throughout the day. I’ve found this product really works for me; it keeps my make up in place, keeps any shine away even in notoriously shine prone places (the t-zone). I use a small squeeze on each section of my face and massage it in. This product was also featured in my March Favourites post here: https://beautyandthescribbles.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/march-favourites/
Shop it here: http://www.feelunique.com/p/Estee-Lauder-The-Mattifier-Shine-Control-Perfecting-Primer-and-Finisher?option=73023&gclid=CKH4yJO2mNMCFYk_GwodMr0FrA&gclsrc=aw.ds
Amazing Cosmetics- Amazing Concealer
Just like a good foundation is important, so is the concealer that goes with it. I personally prefer a full coverage look, as my skin isn’t the best most of the time, and this concealer has got it covered (no pun intended!). It’s a creamy liquid which only requires you to use the tiniest amount on the area you wish to cover – a little goes a long way with this product. This is one of the things I love most about this concealer, I can have a tube for a couple of months which makes the price more worth it! It is perfect for erasing any imperfections and doesn’t budge once you have applied it. I usually apply mine with a brush and buff it into my skin to ensure it blends in with the rest of my makeup, as it dries pretty quickly. You can purchase this product in two sizes, 6ml for £19.50 or 15ml for £29.50. Whilst this product is a little pricey, a tube of either size will last a while and the product is ama- (oh wait) pretty bloody wonderful!
Shop it here: http://www.amazingcosmetics.co.uk/shop/concealers”
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Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer
Try as I might I can never find an eyeliner that tops this one, which explains why it’s had a place in my makeup bag for the past 9 years! I have tried others, but I always find that they give me a serious case of panda eye by the end of the day, which is a big no-no. I love that I can get full days wear out of this product without reapplication, because it just doesn’t move. I’ve put it through its paces, it’s been to work with me, to work out with me, cried with me, and survived till the end. It’s super easy to apply, has a lovely creamy texture and the shades are highly pigmented. It also comes with a built in smudger if you want to take your look from day to night, and promises up to 10 hours long lasting wear. So if you’re after a full proof liner that’ll take whatever you throw at it, this one is your girl.
Shop it here: http://www.superdrug.com/Rimmel/Rimmel-Exaggerate-Waterproof-Eye-Definer-Noir-261/p/536733?gclid=CNulx4O7mtMCFVcW0wodHMAE2w&gclsrc=aw.ds
Brow Creator by Mii Cosmetics
Up until last Christmas you would not catch me with a brow pot, I was convinced brow pencils were the one for me…until you know, they kept snapping and I’d have to buy another one. Well not anymore! I received a Brow Creator in Masterfully Medium from my mum for Christmas. At first I was a little reluctant, was this pot really going to a better job than my beloved pencils? Oh my goodness yes! Give me a brow pot any day of the week now. The Brow Creators are a creamy texture and highly pigmented, so you don’t have to use much to colour in gaps or add volume. This product has become a firm favourite over the past few months (oh that’s right, it lasts ages and still looks I’ve barely touched it!), it’s long-lasting and smudge proof which is another bonus! I also received a double ended applicator brush with my brow pot. One side is used to apply the product and the other an eyebrow brush, which I always use before applying the product to tame any stray hairs (Brush sold separately) Ultimately this is probably a much cheaper option than continuously buying eyebrow pencils, as it’s £16.95 for the brow pot, but it will last a good while
Shop the brow pot here: http://www.miicosmetics.com/product/artistic-brow-creator-medium/
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Barry M Colour Correcting Kit
Curiosity got the better of me when colour correcting became the latest trend, so I had to invest to see it for myself! In all honesty I suck at most beauty trends i.e. I can’t contour to save my life, but this is really easy to do. The palette features four creamy colours (Purple, Coral, Green, and Nude) each designed to target imbalances that occur on the skin. I apply this after my primer and use a Beauty Blender to buff it into my skin. I’ve found it really helps to even out my skin tone, and reduce any redness when my skin is misbehaving. You can also read about this handy little kit in my March Favourites – https://beautyandthescribbles.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/march-favourites/
Shop is here: http://www.boots.com/barry-m-colour-correcting-kit-10222485
Tropic Sculpting Palette –Vintage Rose
Up until a little while ago, I had never heard of the Tropic brand (I’m so glad I have now). I featured this product in my March Favourites post which you can find here: https://beautyandthescribbles.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/march-favourites/, and boy is it good. The palette features a bronzer, highlighter, blusher and a mirror. The 3 colours are nicely pigmented and feel so soft and light on the skin. I always carry this product with me, just in case an unexpected event crops up and I can quickly glam up! Tropic use all natural ingredients in their products, which means your skin will love them too! The Sculpting Palettes are enriched with Vitamin C, Pomegranate Seed and Carrot Oil, which I’m sure, is the reason the colours look so lovely once applied. I also like how there are three products in one palette; it means my makeup bag is not bursting with the unnecessary. The Sculpting Palette also comes in two other colours ‘Coral Blush’ and ‘Bronze’. All Tropic products are Cruelty-free and Vegan.
Shop it here: http://www.tropicskincare.com/sculpting-palette.html
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Maybelline Matte Maker Powder
I’ve always had quite oily skin, and whilst it’s calmed down over the years, I still find that my skin can become quite shiny towards the end of the day. I’ve used countless powders over the years but found that they either clung to any dry sections, or altered the colour of my make up over the course of the day. Maybelline’s Matte Maker Powder is perfect for my skin, it holds back any shine for hours, doesn’t look cakey, and sets my makeup a treat. I went for the shade Nude Beige, which initially I thought was going to be too dark for me, but it’s still relatively pale with a little warmth.
Shop it here: http://www.superdrug.com/Maybelline/Maybelline-Matte-Maker-Mattifying-Powder-20-Nude-Beige-16g/p/907462
Estee Lauder Sumtuous Extreme Mascara
This mascara retails at £25 which is a little more than I would usually spend on mascara, but I received a sample size in Estee Lauders latest gift promotion, so I thought I would give it a go! This product claims to create ‘outrageous volume’ and give lashes that all important ‘false lash effect’. This is all down to their formula of three high blend fibres with added Lash-Advancing Vitamin Complex. Now, I seem to really struggle with mascaras as I always seem to get a lot of fall-out from them, meaning I have to be on constant look out for panda eyes. I’ve found that I don’t get it anywhere near as much with this mascara, which is a massive bonus. I also love the brush on this product (the BrushComber Extreme) it has two sets of bristles which catch a good amount of formula, and seamlessly coat the lashes by separating them and preventing any clumps. The colour is 01 Extreme Black and helps to make lashes fuller and defined, although I wouldn’t go as far as to say it makes them look like false lashes, they did look pretty damn good! The only problem I have found with this product is that it isn’t the quickest at drying after application, so you will get some mascara under your eyes. A handy tip someone once told me is to carry a cotton bud with you, and then if any fall out occurs over the day you can lightly rub it away without disturbing your makeup.
Shop it here: http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/637/9518/product-catalog/makeup/eyes/mascara/sumptuous-extreme/lash-multiplying-volume-mascara?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-ShoppingFeed-_-Eyes-_-Mascara&gclid=CLLBkYS3mNMCFSgz0wod-QUCxQ&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CJjCmIS3mNMCFSuiUQodkdIAJw#/shade/Extreme_Black
Carmex Lip Balm – Mint
I’m a long term Carmex Lip Balm fan, and usually have a tube on me wherever I go. It comes in a small squeezable tube, which makes for easy application and for popping in your bag. I love the Carmex formula; it helps to soothe dry, cracked lips, and doesn’t sink into the lips straight away so gives your lips a good moisturise. I use mine every day and before applying lipstick as it provides a perfect base, or over lipsticks that tend to dry out my lips. There are lots of flavours to choose from, I went for Mint this time, which smells so fresh!
You can get this flavour for £2 from Primark or shop the other flavours here: http://www.boots.com/search/carmex
MAC Lipstick in Twig
Slight confession, I’m a bit of a lipstick hoarder. I don’t know what it is about them, and MAC lipsticks are no exception. Over the years I’ve tried many different brands, but MAC was the first brand I ever bought lipstick from, and wow did fifteen year old me feel like a grown up. Fast forward eight years and here I am still collecting them. I’ve always been a massive fan of their ‘See Sheer’ shade, but a couple of months ago I decided I wanted something a little different. It was a very close call between Twig and Velvet Teddy, but I decided Twig was more for me. It’s a beautiful dusky pink-brown colour and works well as an everyday shade. It’s become my new go to! I find Twig, like all of Mac’s lipsticks to be highly pigmented and long wearing. It’s a colour I would never have seen myself wearing before, but I had read quite a few reviews and decided to test it out in my local store. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this shade, and whilst I’m there I may have to pick up a Velvet Teddy too…
Shop it here: http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/13854/310/products/makeup/lips/lipstick/lipstick#/shade/Twig
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Foundation is the most important makeup product to me. It’s the product I like to spend more money on if it means good quality; after all it’s going to be sitting on your skin for hours. My skin is normal-oily combination, which can mean some foundations can be sliding off my t-zone come midday. As with a concealer, I like a full coverage and long lasting wear. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear promises up to 15 hours wear, which I would say it does for my skin. This foundation is quite a thick liquid, but by no means does it feel weighty on the skin, nor is its appearance cakey after application. This was recommended to me by a work friend and there’s no turning back now! The colour ‘Shell’ is perfect for my skin tone as I am pretty pale. I usually apply mine with a foundation brush and buff it into my skin. If you’re looking for a long-lasting, full coverage foundation, this could be the one!
Also if you fill in your email address on the Estee Lauder Website, you will then receive a voucher to download to take to your local counter to receive a 10 day foundation and primer sample (4ml each).
Shop it here: http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/643/3894/product-catalog/makeup/face/foundations/double-wear/stay-in-place-makeup-spf-10