Following on from last week’s post about my hair and skincare favourites, I thought I’d share my everyday make-up favourites. I always love trying out new make-up products but once I’ve found something that works I tend to stick with it [cue problem for photography with this post because most things are so well used!] When I was younger I used to think that you get what you pay for – and the more pricey the product, the better it must be – but actually, this isn’t always the case and after trying several fancy foundations for example, it’s a No7 product that I’ve found to be the best. Here’s the run down of what’s in my make-up bag…and the best thing? You can find all of it at Boots…
I’ve tried a lot of foundations that are quite sheer and don’t actually give that great a coverage, which is fine if you’re wanting something lighter, but this stuff really does what it says on the tin and gives a really good even coverage that isn’t greasy or sticky, and most importantly, not shiny! I apply it with my fingers which I SO much prefer to using a brush.
So random fact about me, I only have half a left eyebrow. I don’t know why, it wasn’t some serious teenage over-plucking; I’ve just literally always had it. I used to be stupidly self-conscious about it, especially when people pointed it out at school, and for years as a teenager I was looking for products that would make my sparse wiry brows look good! They’re not the cheapest but Benefit are honestly the best brand for brows; for a while I used their “Brow Zings” palette which is also great, but a couple of years ago one of their counter assistants introduced me to ka-BROW! and it is AMAZING. It’s like a powder which means it’s not shiny, but also like a gel which means it glides on and stays put for hours and hours. It comes with a little applicator brush and is so easy to use, and the saving grace of the price (currently £20.50) is that it lasts for ages.
Luckily for me this was a gift, as it’s the only other slightly pricier product in this list, but I’ve been using it for over a year and honestly I think it might last forever. It also happens to be the best eyeshadow I’ve ever used, and allows you to create so many different looks. I tend to take one of the lighter colours and sweep it across my eyelids with the thicker end of the brush, before blending a darker accent colour with the thinner end, just in the crease of the eyelid. A great daytime combo is ‘SIN’ as the lighter one, and ‘TOASTED’ as the accent – it’s really warm and glimmery without being too in your face.
I’ve used liquid eye liner for years because I find it has much better staying power than a pencil, and looks more effective too (though that’s me, I like it bold!). This particular one by Rimmel is great because rather than a soft brush that takes a lot of precision to use, the applicator is a solid point that makes it really easy to neatly line your eyes.
Confession here, my worst beauty habit is keeping mascaras far longer than you’re supposed to. I think because they never actually seem to run out and I’m tight, but I know you’re supposed to buy a new one at least every six months. That’s why all markings have long since rubbed off the tube pictured, but I thought I’d still share it, because mascara is obviously an essential part of the kit. I’ve used a whole lot of different ones but I honestly think that the cheaper mascaras can be just as good as the more high-end brands. This Max factor number doesn’t clump and gives really good thickness and definition – what else do you need from a mascara? Another budget one I’ve always found to be good is Maybelline Great Lash.
Again, I’m all about the staying power, and I feel like cream blush lasts better than powder. It also means you don’t have to carry a brush around, which is a bonus. I used to like Maybelline Dream Matt Mousse blush but sadly they discontinued it. The assistant I spoke to at the time recommended this one instead and I love it, it glides on, has a nice glow to it, and also doubles as a lip tint.
So there you have it, my everyday make-up favourites. What are the beauty products that you love using? Have you got any good make-up finds or tips – I’d love to know!