Tuesday 25 July 2017

Recent Favourites - Summer 2017

From Left: Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in 'Sugar & Spice', NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in 'Natural', NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss in 'Angel Food Cake' and NYX Cosmetics Intense Butter Gloss in 'Toasted Marshmallow'.
Hey lovelies!

I think that I might be on a blogging roll and I have no clue how long it's going to last but I'm liking it. I guess I'm trying to make up for the time that I will be missing when I'm away on holiday for about a month...radio silence kids, that is what it will feel like hahaha!

Over the last few months, I have been experimenting with some new beauty products and have slowly incorporated them into my makeup routine with the strong hope that I can afford to repurchase them the moment they begin to run low. I love to try out new makeup and it is honestly the best feeling when you find products that you know will be on that list of "must haves" for a very long time to come.

The products featured above are absolutely stunning in my eyes! The Makeup Revolution blush palette, in particular, includes a variety of blush shades that are pigmented enough to last all day long. The first time that I tried it out, I definitely wasn't careful with how much I put on my brush - a little goes a long way!

The NYX Cosmetics lip products are simply gorgeous and are excellent for amping up any look, just the Intense Butter Gloss in 'Toasted Marshmallow' alone is a perfect option for any of you makeup lovers out there who love a darker, pigmented gloss. NYX have such a diverse mix of shades in their lip range that you couldn't possibly pick just one, guess we'll have to buy them all then!

From Left: Benefit Hello Flawless! Oxygen Wow Foundation in 'Ivory', Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in 'Trooper', e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush, NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in 'Cashmere Silk' and The Balm Cosmetics Hot Mama! Blusher.
Moving onto the Benefit foundation listed above...I mean, I cannot get enough of it! I've never been a foundation girl and whether you believe in wearing concealer as your foundation or not, that's how I lived my life up until a few months ago. I guess it was the idea that I was running out of concealer and knew that ordering it would be a pain, that I did what anyone would do in this situation and found a temporary alternative - for me this was the Maybelline Master Camo Corrector Palette. The only problem with this was, my skin was going through a particularly bad time and the concealers included in the palette tended to cling to the dry areas on my face and therefore did the opposite of concealing. The product itself is great for someone with normal skin, more so than someone with combination skin like me. The real game changer for me came at the moment I applied the Benefit Hello Flawless foundation. The effect that it has on my skin is so good and it always leaves me with a lovely dewy complexion that I feel doesn't border onto the look of a sweaty face - just use a bit of powder and you're all good! I've found myself naturally reaching for this product many a time.

The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner has got to be one of those products that I struggled with at first. I'm not used to using felt tip eyeliner pens so this did take some getting used to but since mastering the technique of applying my eyeliner smoothly, everything has been so easy and I'm very, very happy about it!

The e.l.f. contouring brush featured also ties in with the aforementioned group but more so in the sense that I am still getting used to it. I love the fact that, when done right, it can create that sharp contoured line near my cheekbones in order to make my face look slightly less rounded. The next step that I need to take is to find a contour shade that suits my skin tone so that I can chisel out my cheeks more and emphasise my facial features.

Now, onto liquid lipsticks - they're loved by everyone right? Guys and girls included! When you find a liquid lipstick that doesn't dry your lips out, actually feels comfortable when you wear it for long periods of time and find a shade that suits you then you're pretty much not going to want to let it out of your sight! The NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick in 'Cashmere Silk' is one of those lip products for me! I absolutely love the shade and what's more, with a hydrating base, this lipstick lasts for such a long time.

The last product featured in the image above is the oh-so-pigmented blusher by The Balm. The first time that I used 'Hot Mama' I loved that it applied so smoothly and gave me such a pretty flush of colour on the cheeks - I haven't been able to stop wearing it since! This makeup brand is beyond awesome and although some of the prices are a little expensive, picking up any of the products in the range sure makes it worth it because of the quality. I am in love with the Meet Matt(e) collection and aim to someday buy the 'Meet Matt(e) Trimony' matte eyeshadow palette, I mean they're my kind of shades!

From Left: 'Kinda Sexy' by MAC Cosmetics and 'Velvet Teddy' by MAC Cosmetics
I have been a lover of MAC products since I first delved into the world of makeup and that is definitely all because of my mum who would let both my sister and I borrow anything that we wanted. Unfortunately, however, we weren't professionals at applying the products so we soon returned them to their rightful owners until we were brave enough to go it alone.

That time came a few years ago but, keeping true to the brand that started my obsession with makeup off, I am still repping those MAC lipsticks for days on end. The two featured in the image above, 'Kinda Sexy' and 'Velvet Teddy', are my holy grail lipsticks, especially for this Summer. They are great at pulling any makeup look together as the luxurious colour of each shade ensures that your lips are beautifully enhanced. I love, love, love them!


P.S. Evidently, my trip to the Sephora and Target in New York in February did my makeup collection a lot of good but my bank balance...yeah not so much, whoops?!

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