I’m on a mission to use up as many products as possible.
I’d like to seriously cut down on the amount of products I own, but I also don’t want anything to go to waste and I don’t want to forget about something and then realise it’s expired. I’ve been rotating the contents of my make-up bag so everything gets used (this also means I can weed out anything that I genuinely don’t get on with) but nonetheless, favourites have emerged — some new, some not-so-new.
I may be happy going out without make-up these days but I do still enjoy using it — this post has ended up being a little longer than I expected! What can I say, I like to have options.
These days it’s unusual for me to apply foundation all over my skin because, quite frankly, I just can’t be bothered. I use RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up in 000* underneath my eyes to brighten the skin and mask any dark circles. It’s a dewy concealer/foundation hybrid, best used sparingly, and I find it works well when you want healthy, natural-looking skin.
On bad skin days I dot Pacifica Transcendent Concentrated Concealer in Light* (v) over redness and blemishes. I thought it would be too dark for me but it blends right out and stays put, plus the packaging is like nothing you’ve ever seen before in your life. I’ll be writing a more in-depth post about Pacifica at some point, so keep an eye out!
I blend both of these products with the B. Blending Sponge* (v), which is a little less squishy that other sponges I’ve tried before, even when wet. I think I prefer this, especially for concealing blemishes — it feels that bit more robust than your standard blending sponge (plus it’s latex-free).
Eyes and Brows
If I only use one make-up product, it’ll be NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in Brunette. I bought it the day before my graduation, so this teeny pot is well over a year old now and I’m not even halfway through. You only need to apply a little bit on an angled brush, using short strokes to mimic the way the hairs lie and fill in any gaps. £5.50 well spent.
If I’m feeling sleepy and it’s showing on my face (oh, who am I kidding, I always look tired) then Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Jean (v) often comes to my rescue. It’s a cream eyeshadow in champagne gold and it’s also the prettiest make-up product in the entire world. It’s expensive but I’d buy it again — it’s the kind of product that looks beautiful on everyone. It can sit in creases if you get carried away, so I use my finger to pat it on lightly and then it lasts all night.
When I’ve got the time to attempt eyeliner I start with NATOrigin Organic Pencil Eye Liner in Brown*, tracing the colour along the outer third of my lower and upper lashline for some subtle definition. These days I truly have thrown caution to the wind if I decide to break out the eyeliner wings and at the moment I prefer a gel liner in dark brown. I’ve been using one by NARS but obviously they’re a no-go now, so I’ll be replacing it with a cruelty-free option once it runs out.
GOSH very kindly sent me some products from their AW17 collection and the one I’ve been reaching for most is My Favourite Mascara in Black*. GOSH are always my first option when I want to buy a high street mascara — I’ve repurchased Growth Mascara and Rebel Eyes (v) multiple times — and this one is a welcome addition to my make-up bag. It’s easy to layer and holds quite the curl.
Lips & Cheeks
The Body Shop Baked To Last Bronzer in Warm Glow* (v) is the first bronzing product I’ve ever wanted to wear on a regular basis, which should tell you something about how good it is! The shade Warm Glow makes you look healthy and sunkissed, the shimmer isn’t too aggressive, and the colour doesn’t look out of place on pale skin. (There’s also a darker shade available.)
I tend to wear one of two looks at the moment — a combination of peachy, coral-y shades that scream summer, or lightly flushed cheeks and vampy lips.
Sleek Blush in Life’s a Peach gives skin a healthy glow and is just the right shade (i.e. it’s not too orange). When I want to brighten things up even further I grab the chunky crayon-like No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter. Swipe, blend, done — the lazy girl’s option.
I either dab Fairypants Lip Paint in Dorothy (v) on my lips to create a sheer wash of pale, natural pink, or I use a lip brush to apply Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna (v),a cool matte coral that strikes the balance between being moisturising and long-lasting.
Alternatively, I’ll dot Pixi MultiBalm Cheek & Lip Colour in Wild Rose* onto my cheeks and lips straight from the stick. This shade is completely different to anything else I own — rosy with a lilac undertone — and while the colour payoff is noticeable, it’s still quite subtle. Wearing the same shade on lips and cheeks instantly makes you look like you’ve got your shit together, too, and all with minimal effort.
Sometimes I apply a little of the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Foxy Brown (v) over the top. I haven’t really been using it as a lip liner, I’ve just been shading my lips in ever so slightly to get a sheer dark red colour. The Pixi balm tones it down somewhat, so it’s a red/brown lip without the commitment. This combination has survived me eating food like vegetable lasagne and five-bean chilli burritos with only a little fading in the centre and no smudges, so I’m rather fond of it!
What are your go-to products at the moment? Have you rediscovered any old favourites? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 26, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travelling, and gin. Always thinking about my next meal.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!