I remember way back when I was sixteen years old, a young girl who loved anything sparkly and my make up addiction was just getting started. I was a huge lover of the drug store beauty brands and I loved a bargain. I was working at a well known supermarket and as a perk of the job, I got a staff discount that knocked 10% off my in store splurges. On of those brands that has seen me through many years is the BD Trade Secrets, although back then it was the Barbara Daly make up range. Although Barbara Daly is no longer with the brand, her secrets have continued on with the range that has an impressive 16 year history. Back with a bang, a relaunch and a new look, BD Trade Secrets are still impressing me as much as they did all those years ago.
I’m a sucker for foundations so it was hard work to decide which was my favourite between the BD Trade Secrets Vital Skin Long Wear Foundation in Natural -2, and the BD Trade Secrets Everyday Base Daily Foundation in Sand – 3. Both of the foundations have a range of six different colours to choose from. These are both really pale looking however when blended out onto the face, they don’t transfer as light. I need to up the colour since I have a tan they are slightly on the ghostly side. I think I prefer the Vital Long Wear foundation as the creamy formula contains an age defence treatment as well as having an SPF20. The Everyday Base foundation is a sheer foundation that is buildable, and I managed to build it up to a good medium coverage. I was impressed at just how long they lasted on my skin, with minor clinging to dry patches.
I don’t usually tend to wear a powder as I find they settle into a big cakey mess throughout the day but I have been pleasantly surprised by the BD Trade Secrets High Definition Finishing Powder in Neutral – 2. The powder is so finely milled that it leaves a silky smooth finish on the skin and is ideal for mattifying the t-zone.
I’m not very good with cream blushers as I struggle to apply them but the BD Trade Secrets Velvet Cream Cheek Colour in Posey is one of the most easiest cream blushes to use. Its so soft and malleable that blending is super easy. I find it easiest to apply when I dot a few spots of Posey on my cheeks and use the Real Techniques stippling brush to blend in for an airbrushed finish.
One makeup bag staple for me is the trusty pencil. Whether it be for lip, eye or brow, I have to have a good selection of colours as they come in so handy, not only for on the go touch ups but for finishing a make up look. The BD Trade Secrets Brow Definer Pencil in Blonde is a great addition to my make up bag. Not only is it a great colour to match my brows, the matte taupe colour camouflages any gaps without looking unnatural. It glides on easily and the formula of the pencil is quite stiff for precise application. The BD Trade Secrets Eyeliner Pencil in Black Coal is one of the best eye pencils I’ve used. Soft and smudgey, it applies with ease and smudges out for that dishevelled rock chick look. My only downside to it was when I was crying laughing on Mother’s Day and my smoky eye ended up as a smoky cheek, ha! It’s heavily pigmented and also works well in the waterline.
Although my eyeliner didn’t hold up from crying laughing, my mascara certainly did. The BD Trade Secrets Watertight Mascara in Boom Black definitely held up to the job of staying put. Although it didn’t give the volume and length that other mascaras do, it stayed in place so I would be tempted to use this as a top coat over my usual mascara.
Finally, the last two products are right up my street and of course they are lip products. You all know my little obsession with lip pencils at the moment, so the BD Trade Secrets Lip Liner in Pink Berry has been very well used already. Its slightly darker than my own lip colour so it goves really good definition when outlining and over drawing my natural lip line. It glides on the lips with ease and has a waxy smooth texture. When a lipstick like the BD Trade Secrets Lip Melt in Sensual is placed over the top, it gives a great finish that lasts for around 4 hours. The matte finish of the Lip Melt doesn’t drag or pull, nor does it dry the lips out.
BD Trade Secrets are available from Tesco stores with the full selection online. The range has a great 3 for 2 offer on at the moment, so I am going to stock up on the rest of the lip liners from the collection and maybe a few more of the Lip Melts. It would be rude not too!