When you are a beauty blogger, it’s a constant struggle to get the newest releases in the beauty world displayed across your website and social media. I took the option of not being the finger on the pulse of beauty quite some time ago. I had issues with just how many posts I was seeing that were all the same with no real review, but were obviously an urge to get the most views on launch day. Statements with ‘I’ve played with this eyeshadow all morning’ does not give a thorough and in depth understanding. My opinions change frequently and sometimes, a product that I loved that morning will not have the same level of love after being out of the house for 12 hours, sat in a roasting hot office and then being pelted with a sudden rain shower on the way home. With this, I stepped back somewhat and I do only tend to share products on my blog that have had a real good going over. I pride myself on the reputation that I have built up for being honest, with reliable reviews that do not sugar coat things for the sake of being kept on a PR list. That being said, I do find that once I have mentioned a product, it’s really difficult to incorporate it into future posts unless I am doing a round up or favourites. With that in mind, I thought it would be a nice idea to share the love for those products that I don’t mention that often, but I literally could not live without.
Each morning when getting ready for work, I find myself reaching for the same products. The products that I know that will work, will last all day and that are so easy to work with that it takes next to no time for apply my work face. I will be going into my Holy Grail of skin care that I use each day to prep my skin for makeup, but after I have a cleansed and smooth complexion, I start with the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Stick Foundation. I use two shades; 025 Beige Lin and 048 Beige Chataigne. Beige Lin is a warm, fair shade and Beige Chataigne is a medium neutral. Weirdly, both of these shades are perfect matches which makes no sense at all when it comes to colour theory, but they make perfect sense on my skin. I love the stick foundations, as you can see and they do make life so much easier as it’s a quick swipe, buff and off you go. I love the finish, the formulation and as a multi use base, highlight and contour with the shade range. If you have tried the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra liquid foundation, then you really should have a stick foundation back up.
I have been using the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for as long as I can remember however being friends with the NARS Trainer Leena has it’s advantages. She nudged me into changing from the Radiant Creamy and swapping this for the Soft Matte for both blemishes and under eye. She made a great decision for me, and I cannot rave about Soft Matte enough. The fact that it doesn’t crease is the first reason to make the change, and secondly, it’s full coverage.
It was my Mum who told me to try the Nip + Fab mascara because it gave her great volume and length. At first, I wasn’t sold. I thought it gave me fluttery lashes with no real oomph and I was a bit meh about it. Fast forward a few months and again, this is another product where my opinion has dramatically changed. For a £9 mascara, it’s beautiful. It does lengthen and volumise and it doesn’t smudge in the slightest which makes for a happy under eye. I cannot get enough of this one, and luckily, it’s on offer a lot at Superdrug. Happy days.
As lipsticks go, I’m a nude kinda gal for day to day but my all time favourite lip product has to be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Soft Lilac. It’s very well loved, and almost at the end of it’s little life. It’s a good job that Anastasia is now sold at Selfridges Trafford Centre which means I can peruse the shades ready for my next purchase.
When it comes to brows, it doesn’t matter how many products that I try, I always fall back to one in particular. The Benefit Precisely My Brow was a brilliant alternative for ABH Brow Whiz when I had ran out. I daren’t even think about how many of these pencils that I’ve got through. Although I have been using others in between such as the IT Cosmetics Brow Powder, I always come back to Benefit No 3.
More from Anastasia, and of course my Holy Grail palette has to be Modern Renaissance. I never had any intention of buying this. In fact, I got so sick of looking at it when it first got released as it was another ‘quick lets get a review up’ product. I don’t actually think I’ve ever reviewed this myself. Seriously, this has to be one of the best palettes I have ever owned. Not only are all the shades my kind of colours, but the mix of matte and shimmer give you many possibilities for looks. Intensely pigmented, I cannot believe just how long it has taken me to hit pan on my most used shades, considering I’ve had this for a good few years now! The Soft Glam palette is going to be my next palette from ABH as the shades that I am hitting pan on are included in the Soft Glam so I will have a broader spectrum to play around with. Burnt Orange will always be my bae.
It’s only been recently that I’ve started to fall back into the habit of using a pressed powder to set my make up. The Too Faced Primed and Poreless pressed powder has been my on hand help for makeup that stays in place. Using my Iconic London Powder brush, I dust a layer of pressed powder across my face, before adding the Too Faced Sun Bunny powder bronzer to add warmth and a bit of definition. It seems that there is a Primed and Poreless shortage at the moment, but thankfully it isn’t being discontinued as I don’t know what I would do! On my cheeks, the Anastasia Beverly Hill Blush Kit. Coastline, the top right shade is a satin coral peach and I used this all of the time. Again, another incredibly pigmented product that makes it look like it’s hardly been touched when in fact, I got this last October and have been using it a lot.
My highlighter of the moment is Girl Next Door from the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Duo with Chic Phreak. I am obsessed with the soft pink sheen which also looks insane when added to Chic Phreak. The buttery soft powders make easy work of adding subtle shimmer to the cheek bones, and for a more intense look it can be built up to the hearts desire.
My final Holy Grail product is the one and one Chanel Soleil de Tan. A resurrected product that I used to love way back when that unfortunately got pushed to one side until I read someone on a Facebook group talking about how amazing it is. I had to get another and it wasn’t a bad mistake at all. I forgot just why I loved this subtle moussey goodness that warms up the skin without leaving orange streaks. It’s impossible to get Soleil de Tan wrong on your skin as it blends like a dream into an air whipped kiss of colour. Beautiful.
Have you tried any of my Holy Grail products? Are there any that you want to try?
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