New Year, new make-up! Here’s a quick beauty haul that I did in Boots at the beginning of the year…
Finding the right colour of foundation does my head in! I spend ages blending in colours on the back of my hand, getting confused as to which one is my actual skin colour. After a while I usually get a bit fed up and take a gamble. Luckily, this was one gamble which paid off. This foundation is super light, meaning that it blends with my actual skin tone, as opposed to making me look like I’ve caked it on. As I have freckles, I’m conscious that it can look like I’m trying to hide them under my make-up, but the lightness of this foundation means that they still come through. Using my new brush (see below) to apply, means that I end up with a natural, even look.
I find that concealer is one of my must-use make-up products. I often end up with dark circles under my eyes, and this concealer does a good job at covering those up. To be honest, despite being from the same range, I don’t think that the concealer is as good as the foundation, but used in conjunction it does just the job I’m after. I put it on before applying my foundation, and then dab a bit more on after my foundation and blend using a brush. This allows for a illuminating, even application.
The first time that I used a foundation brush, I was blown away by the change that it makes to your make-up! It helps your skin to look dewy, and means that you have an even foundation application all over your face. Due to Christmas, I have to make my pay-check last 6 weeks, and so I knew that I couldn’t go for a brush which would break the bank. Therefore, I chose this one by EcoTools. The brush felt a bit harsh, but actually once I had put some foundation on it and started to apply, it softened up very quickly. It’s good at blending and making sure that you get even coverage. It even comes with a handy pouch to keep it in, meaning that it doesn’t get covered in make-up residue from other products. Whilst in the long run I’ve got my eye out for a better brush, this one will definitely tide me over.
I have been on the hunt for some matte brown eyeshadows for a while now, and I was over the moon (perhaps that’s a slight over-exaggeration!) when I found this beauty. Comprising of 12 different nude shades, including a mixture of matte and shimmery ones, it’s the perfect selection for seeing you through from day to night. The colours are set out in the palette with ones which compliment each other, and on the back it tells you the best ones to compare. The lighter colours do require quite a heavy application, but they do then last all day without creasing. You can make these last even longer by applying a tiny amount of primer or foundation to the eyelid.
Lipstick is quite a new thing for me. I’ve always been a bit shy of using it. Recently though, I had my colours done and I was told that due to my colouring, a bold red lipstick would look good on me. So I decided to give it a go. To be honest, I’m still needing to get used to it. I often put it on whilst getting ready and then wipe it off and replace it with a muter colour before I leave the house. This Rimmel lipstick in Cheeky Coral is bright and vibrant. I’m going to try and start wearing it more now, but I really think it will come into its own in the summer, when I have a tan! Compared to some lipsticks, it is fairly moisturising and it does last a relatively long-time. It can stain though, so I now need to invest in a lip-liner and a brush to make sure that the application is perfect.
Carmex lip balm has been in my handbag for years….it’s one of my favourite products, and definitely my favourite lip balm. It smells really nice and is extremely moisturising. I often use it under lipsticks to stop my lips from drying out. I also sometimes use this, then add a thin layer of lipstick, blending the two together then makes it more like a moisturing lip tint, as opposed to a full on lipstick.