Hello everyone! How are you all? I got home for Christmas last Friday and I’m so happy to be back. I ended up meeting my brother in London and we caught the train home together, then our parents met us on the platform which was just the loveliest thing. Proper Christmassy, actually.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a post like this, so I thought I’d give you all a peek at what’s inside my everyday make-up bag at the moment. Putting on my face almost (almost!) makes early starts bearable; it just gives me a moment to sit and breathe before I get going with my day.
I recently ran out of primer so I grabbed the new one by Barry M: Flawless Brightening Primer, £5.99. Despite being an alarming shade of purple, it sits on the skin really nicely and somehow manages to perk up my complexion and keep it matte. I leave it settle for a few minutes and then I cover any redness with GOSH Click ‘n’ Conceal in Anti-Redness, £6.99, which is also a rather violent colour (green this time) but great for calming down the appearance of my spots.
I alternate between foundations and since my skin is very dry right now I’ve been favouring a liquid formula. NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia, £31, is still up there as one of my favourites for pale complexions like mine. For blemishes, I’ve been using the Makeup Revolution Matte Effect Cover and Conceal in Fair, £1, because it has the same yellow undertones as the foundation and they blend together really well.
I’ve been using the ever-faithful NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, £22, under my eyes and blending it out with my Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush. Once my entire face is done I set it with Lily Lolo Make-Up Mist (v), £9.99. Powders aren’t really doing it for me at the moment because they always cake around my spots (which looks just as lovely as it sounds).
My beloved blusher by The Body Shop finally died, so I had to snap up a replacement sharpish. I ended up going for the Sleek Shimmer Blush in Pomegranate, £4.49, and it’s beautiful. It gives you a proper rosy-cheeked glow and the tiny touch of shimmer really brightens up the face. It looks terrifying in the pan, but tread lightly and you’ll be fine. I also like to use the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter, £9.95, on the tops of my cheekbones and on the Cupid’s bow.
Aah, the brows. I still rely on a mix of pencil and powder, and Seventeen’s Brow’s That! Brow Kit, £5.99, fits the bill nicely. The pencil is a really good consistency, not too hard and not too soft, and the powder is an ideal shade match (it’s cool-toned, which most brunettes seem to need). I usually sketch the outline of my brows and then fill them in, brushing the hairs out with a spoolie so that nothing looks too much like marker pen.
Winged liner has been one of my favourite looks ever since I started experimenting with make-up and I’m definitely going through a bit of a phase at the moment. I use the Makeup Revolution Amazing Waterproof Eyeliner in Black, £1.50, and always start with the wing first. I tend to hold a debit card where I want the line to be and then draw it on really lightly, then go back towards my lashline to create the wing shape. I then curl my lashes and put on some mascara: No7 Dramatic Lift Mascara, £13.50, is definitely one of my favourites from this year.
There are three lip products I can’t get enough of right now. On most days I reach for Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect, £23, a warm pinky-nude that I use so often it’s nearly run out (a replacement is on my Christmas list!)
However, sometimes I want a bit more colour and if that’s the case then I’ll either go for GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Matt Plum, £6.99 if I need a berry shade in my life, or NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, £19, if I fancy a classic red.
What have you been wearing recently? Do any of these products catch your eye? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
Note: Although NARS was a cruelty-free brand at the time of writing, they have since decided to sell their products in China as of June 2017 and therefore are no longer cruelty-free.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.