I would say my most read blogs and watched youtube videos revolve around makeup and tutorials. Like every girl, I have a slight obsession with the wondrous world that is makeup, and for me personally I like to mix up the products I use on my face on a regular basis. In my makeup bag (or box I should say) I have a mixture of budget and expensive brands, ranging from £2 to probably around £40. The products I’m going to list are ones that I have gone out and purchased after reading reviews/blogs/recommendations, and some are ones that I have stumbled across myself. Hope you enjoy 🙂 (oh and for the record, I felt as though taking pictures of my foundation laden/mascara encrusted makeup bag wouldn’t look as good as linking the products!)
As a girl on the rather pale end of the spectrum, I sometimes find it hard to match up my complexion with a good, long-lasting foundation. I went through the MAC Studio Fix stage, but even the lightest shade still ended up making me look like I was caked in makeup that was far darker than my skin. I also tried Estee Lauder Double Wear, but again I felt as though this was too heavy and didn’t really compliment my lighter tones. After a few years of trying different brands on the hight-street, I found the ‘true match’ line by L’oreal. It must have been around the time that this foundation was launched as I have been using it for a few years, and I’ve never looked back. As my skin has a reddy, freckly undertones, the best shade for me was ‘Rose Ivory’ as it matched my complexion better than the other paler shades. I would say that the coverage is medium, but buildable, and for around £10, it’s a great investment.
I have always been a believer that high-street brands are as good if not better than their more expensive counterparts. I have tried all different mascaras from Benefit’s Roller Lash to Bobbi Brown’s Everything Mascara, and each time I have gone back to my trusty Rimmel favourite. For me I prefer a thicker applicator brush as I have quite long lashes (don’t hate me!) and I always want to make sure that they’re all fully coated and as black as can be. Most of the time after I have curled my lashes, I will separate them with a older tube of Scandaleyes which has almost run out, and then go over them with a newer one – possibly quite time-consuming and unnecessary, but hey, it works for me! I usually pick this mascara up from boots, and it’s around the £7 mark, which I think is a great price.
I absolutely love this shimmer brick. I use it for contouring, highlighting and simply just on it’s own when I’m in a rush, and I’ve never been disappointed. There are others on the high-street which are cheaper, but for me, this is a long-lasting favourite. I would say that it takes me over a year to get through one, so for me, that’s a good investment. It is priced a little higher than some others I have tried (£33 from Debenhams) but I would fully recommend it. I have always gone for the ‘Rose’ shade, but next time I am in duty free I think I am going to try out the ‘Pink Quartz’ or ‘Beige Shimmer’ as I think these will give an all round peachy, bronzy glow for summer.
Ok, ok maybe not a ‘daily’ essential and how cliche of me… but this red lipstick blows all other red lipsticks out of the water. I’ll be honest and say I am not the biggest lipstick wearer, but when I do fancy a bit of a statement lip, this is definitely one I go for. It’s the perfect reddy, plummy matte shade, and for a blue eyed girl like myself it manages to pull my whole makeup look together without making me look washed out, or ill, which lets face it is a bonus in itself. I did try this after watching various youtubers rave on about it, but it’s one of those shades that you can wear whatever the season. And it’s a bargain compared to other lipsticks out there (£5.50).
I bought this last summer after reading a few decent reviews, and it has become a sure staple in my daily makeup routine. I was using an old Topshop primer I had bought a few years ago (in order to quality for free delivery on an order, LOL) but it wasn’t anything special. After trying this primer though, I feel like I don’t need to try any more, ever. It is so lightweight and dewy and gives you an overall glowy base to apply your foundation. AND not only is it a primer, it can also be used as a highlighter (I must admit I have rarely done this) or mixed with foundation if you want a lighter coverage on a hot summers day. For only £5.99 as well, what’s not to like?
Another example of a high-street brand being as good as the rest is Boot’s Natural Collection range. For a powder that I use on a daily basis, how can you not go wrong with the £1.99 price tag. I’ve tried the Rimmel Translucent powder and the Gosh setting powder, and neither I thought were as good as this. I used to use the pressed version, but I found in pictures especially, it didn’t give me an even coverage so I opted for the lose powder instead. I will admit that it’s slightly messier as you have to pour it into the lid, but it’s a price worth paying. Since I have been using the loose version, I feel as though my makeup still has that dewy finish we all yearn for, and it is a good base to apply blush/bronze/contour to.
I’m not the biggest brozer-wearer out there, but when the makeup world went crazy for contouring and y’know giving us some sort of bone structure, I thought I better jump on board. Being the pale shade that I am, I figured I couldn’t really go for your usual bog standard bronzer firstly as I wanted it to be able to blend nicely with my skin, and make it look as though I’m not a decedent of the moon, and secondly because there is nothing worse than a pale girl being too orange for her own good. For me, this Maybelline one is a good in-between colour as it looks as though I might have got some colour after being on holiday for a few weeks, but also its good for contouring and giving me an all-over healthy glow. Weirdly Boots don’t sell this (or at least it’s not online) but Superdrug to the rescue!
As blusher has been one of the things that has never left my makeup bag since I was 14, I feel as though I have quite a good grasp as to what a ‘good’ blusher is. I go through stages of blushers, and at any one time I have about 3 or 4 on the go. In winter I tend to go for a darker pinker shade, or even a coral, and in summer I opt for a more shimmy tone. The one that I would class as my favourite however, would have to be the Bourjois ‘Little round pot’ blusher in 34 Rose D’or. It is super pigmented, and gives you an overall shimmery finish, and it blends amazingly as well. I use this on the apples of my cheeks after I have bronzed and used my shimmer brick. It’s about £7.99, which is pricier than other brands, but for the minimal amount you use, it’ll last a long time.
9) Benefit Brow Zings
I’m not one of those girls who uses an eyeshadow for their brows, but instead I use my trusty favourite, the Brow Zings palette. When I was growing up, eyebrows weren’t a massive deal, but after the sordid scouse brow came about I thought I better step up my game. I’ve never been a fan of eyebrow pencils for a number of reasons (mainly as I have a scar in the middle of my right eyebrow and I feel they just extenuate it). This palette comes with an eyebrow wax (which I only use on nights out) and the powder (which I use daily). I don’t tend to use the mini applicator brush that comes with it, as I have an angled brow brush which I feel works better for me. The palette is a little on the pricey side (around £23.50 from Debenhams) but I have been using this for over 3 years, and have only had 2, so they’re doing something right!
10) Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
I’ve mentioned before that I have an issue with my under eye dark circles and finding a concealer which covers them up can be a bit of a nightmare. In the last few years I’ve been through a fair few different brands/coverages/colours, you name it, but I’ve found that this one works really well at concealing dark circles, but also highlighting your under eyes. For years I was using a liquid MAC studio fix one, but even that does not compare to this Collection one. It’s a favourite to beauty bloggers and vloggers, and I can see why. It’s easily applied over foundation and blends effortlessly. It’s also great for blemishes and any redness around your face. For only £3.99 as well, whats stopping you really??
For Christmas, I was lucky enough to get all three Naked Palettes by Urban Decay, and although I love them all, my favourite has to be Naked 2. As a wearer of mainly gold and bronzy eye shadow, this one is the perfect mixture of shimmery and matte colours, and really suits my skin tone. The Naked palettes aren’t cheap (from £38) but if you want to invest in an eyeshadow palette with numerous different gold shades, then this is the one for you. They blend really well also, or can be worn by themselves, which is just what you want when you’re running out of time in the morning! And there’s so many shades to chose from that you’re unlikely to get bored.
Although I mentioned before that the Collection concealer can also be used on blemishes, I find that this one is my go to concealer of choice. As I tend to break out more on my chin that anywhere else, I feel like I need a long lasting coverage which this one gives. I tend to use this after my foundation but before I use powder, and although it is a slightly darker shade (NC15) than my true match foundation, it blends really well, covering up and red patches or spots – it’s really been put to the test over the winter months. It’s usually around £15.50, but again one of the ones that you use such a small amount of, so it last for months.
Although not technically makeup, I apply vaseline in the mornings when I am applying my face for the day, and I use it daily. If I’m not in the mood for wearing lipsticks, or I don’t have time to apply one properly, I will just grab the ‘rose and almond’ oil vaseline for a shiny, pink finish. For the occasions where I have a little bit more time to make an effort, or on a lipstick wearing day, I always use vaseline straight after moisturising so my lips are ready for application when I get round to it (which is usually last!) You can get this from anywhere, and it doesn’t cost more than £2.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am still a bit of a novice when it comes to applying liquid eyeliner, and if I can get away without applying it, I will. But for the days and nights where I want a bit more definition to my eyes, I will use my Eyeko liquid eyeliner. I find this one much easier to use than the little pots and applicator wands and it comes out inky black and doesn’t smudge at all. It applies really easily, and usually I only need one coat which is a massive bonus when you’re like me and lose your patience too easily. Like I say, I only tend to use this when I’m going out for dinner, or on a night out, but as far as I’m aware it’s pretty long-lasting, to the point where I usually wake up with it still on! There are probably cheaper alternatives out there, but for someone who doesn’t enjoy doing liquid eyeliner, I would recommend this hands down. I’ve never seen this brand in the shops, but you can buy it online for around £12.
Last but not least, something else that is found in my makeup bag is this Topshop glow highlighter in the colour polish. I love using this when I have done my makeup on my brow bone, cheekbones and cupids bow for a cheeky highlight here and there. I sometimes also use it as a base or primer for my eyeshadow, and it works a treat. I haven’t found anything similar on the high-street, but to be honest I haven’t really looked as I have been really impressed by this. I’ve had it now for over 2 years I would say, and I have barely even made a dent in it. It’s only £9 as well, which I think is worth it to really pull your makeup look together.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about all the things I rely on, on a day to day basis! Obviously my makeup changes from time to time, and I love trying new products, but I would say these are my core few 🙂