Wednesday 25 March 2015

Beauty: Staple Makeup Items

I was going to do a March beauty favourites post today but as I've been so ill this past month I haven't really worn make-up at all! So instead I thought I'd tell you about ten of my most essential make-up items.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in '51' - £10.99
This is my favourite every day foundation, it's inexpensive, light and blends easily. It gives decent coverage without feeling heavy and the shade suits me perfectly. One thing I would say about this foundation though is that they don't have the widest shade range.

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara - £7.99
I'm always trying different mascaras and still haven't really found the perfect one but this is probably the best I've tried and I've gone back to it more than once. It holds a curl nicely, gives plenty of length and volume and doesn't go clumpy at all. I don't really believe in high end mascaras as I've never found one that's better than drugstore quality and they only last around three months so I don't really think it's worth the investment. There are plenty of great mascaras to be found in the drugstore like Max Factor and Soap and Glory.

Kiko Eyelash Curler - £5.90
Ok so this isn't technically a make up item but I couldn't live without this tool. I haven't tried the Shu Uemura ones that everyone raves about but these are really excellent and without the huge price tag. Kiko is definitely one of my favourite places to buy makeup, high-end quality at seriously affordable prices. I just wish there was a store near me.

Urban Decay Naked Pallette - £38.00
I got this from my university housemates for my birthday two years ago and have used it non-stop ever since and barely made a dent, that's how pigmented these eyeshadows are. This palette has pretty much any shade you could need and is perfect for both daytime wear and more special occasions. Everyone raves about it so I don't really need to go into detail about why I love it so much, this is just one everybody should have in their collection.

Mac 'Painterly' Paint Pot - £15.50
I use this every time I wear make up as a base for eyeshadow. It covers up any veins or redness and gives a nice smooth base for anything you want to put on top or it can work equally well on it's own for a natural look. This is just an essential and I don't know what I'd do without it.

Mac 'Charcoal Brown' Eyeshadow - £13.00
Although this is an eyeshadow I use it pretty much daily for my eyebrows, you can see how much I love it because I've hit pan! I went through a brief phase of using the Soap and Glory Brow Archery but found it was just a bit too dark and harsh-looking. Powder eyeshadows give a much softer and more natural look to the brows whilst still adding definition. This shade is a slightly-warm medium-to-dark matte brown, it's actually darker than it looks in the photo. Mac have so many eyeshadow shades that it would be easy to find one to match your eyebrows.

Topshop Kohl Eyeliner - £4.00
I'm not 100% sure what shade this is because I've used it so much only the end is left! But it's a warm dark brown with only the slightest bit of gold shimmer. I don't often wear black eyeliner because I have hooded lids and it can look a bit heavy on me. I find that brown brightens and widens my eyes a bit better. This is my favourite eyeliner of all time, it's soft and easy to apply, it doesn't drag the eyelids and once it's set it doesn't budge. I think I'll have to be repurchasing this soon!

The Balm 'Fratboy' Blush - £15.50
I have quite a lot of blushers and tend to wear them on rotation but I think this is the one I've used the most and definitely the most versatile. It's a pretty peachy pink that is quite subtle but can be easily built up and will go with most makeup looks.

Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in 'Belle' - £4.79
Most people rave about the shade 'Beehive' but I've always loved 'Belle', it's the perfect 'my lips but better shade' and I don't really feel 'me' without wearing it. It's not overly pigmented, it just gives a subtle hint of colour and shine and I think it really perks up my whole face. Definitely my favourite lipstick ever and I could easily just wear this every day. Again it looks like I'll be needing a new one soon!

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in '02' - £13.00
I'm quite pale and this is the only bronzer I've used which doesn't make me look ridiculous. It's just the perfect bronzer, it's matte and gives warmth to the face with no real effort. I'll be needing a new one soon and I might try out Soap and Glory's Solar Powder but this is such a favourite that I'll probably be repurchasing it.

So those are my top ten makeup staples!

Have you tried any of these? What makeup product could you not live without?

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