It’s been a while since I last posted, I know. But, it’s been hard to find the time since I started my new job; I have no idea how all of you do it – working and blogging full time! I’m shattered by the time I get home from work and all I want to do is either tuck up under the duvet or run a nice, relaxing bath (Yes, I have a bath now!). Since i have a few minutes (or hours) to myself today, i thought i’d give you all a long, rambly beauty update.
Beauty-wise, things have changed for me other the past few months. I’m not wearing make-up as often, but when I do, I’ve noticed myself gravitating towards some firm favourites which have very much become staples in my work beauty wardrobe.
I’ve also managed to cut down on buying make-up; I think I’ve finally found a few choice items which have stopped my search for the one… foundation, concealer, lipstick etc. I’m finally happy with my current favourites. Take a peek…
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Full Coverage CC Cream. Yes, that one. The one that every single beauty enthusiast has raved about from over the pond for years. I finally took the plunge a couple of months back and ordered one from Beautylish (amazing delivery, by the way!) This is, without a doubt, my favourite base product. It covers almost all blemishes (acne included), yet doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy on the skin. It doesn’t have the lasting power of some more matte foundations, but then again, it never claimed to be long-lasting!
Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette and Zoeva Mattes palette. I ordered these pretty close together on the matte eyeshadow bandwagon, after seeing The Anna Edit talking about the Zoeva palette in one of her videos. There are a few shades in there which, at first glance, seem a little scary (hello bright orange!), but honestly, applied lightly they can create amazing looks even for daytime. The Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette is very similar, but more muted. The shades are definitely within the same family, and you could easily create the same look from both palettes but let’s face it, the packaging is much prettier! I find that the Zoeva palette is much more pigmented than UD, but the UD palette is considerably more user-friendly in that is so easily blendable considering that they’re matte shadows.
MAC X Alessandra and Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Naked. I’ll be honest, when I found out about the MAC collaboration with FDF, I was beyond excited. I then saw, when ordering, that Alessandra Steinherr, Beauty Editor at Glamour UK, was also collaborating with MAC and I just needed it! When they arrived I realised that I much preferred Mac X Alessandra to the FDF lipstick (it just doesn’t suit me) and have worn it almost every day I’ve worn lipstick in the last few months. It’s already my most worn-out lipstick in my collection. But, when I haven’t been wearing that, I’ve probably been wearing the UD Vice Lipstick in Naked. This is the ultimate pinky-nude for ultra-pale skin which doesn’t wash you out but works with every look. The formula is incredible – creamy, hydrating and surprisingly long lasting. A firm favourite in my book – it’s just a shame I lost it in York!
As well as finding my cult products, I’ve also managed to downsize my collection considerably. I’v e recently moved into a new flat and decided that it was now or never; I was ruthless. I threw/gave away anything which I hadn’t used for a while, anything which didn’t suit me or anything which I was holding onto despite not actually liking the product (I’m looking at you, pretty Elizabeth Arden eyeshadow trio!).
Likewise, I’ve stopped buying so much, especially those cheaper items from brands such as MUA or Make Up Revolution which, don’t get me wrong, can be great budget-friendly options, but just don’t like up to my expectations. I used to have a habit of buying items just to try them out; I’d spend so much money each month, just buying to try only to be let down, and end up giving them away. I now tend to save my money, only buying something which I’ve looked into, seen swatches of, tried etc..
Speaking of saving money, I’ve also managed to spend a lot, too. I bought the Georgio Armarni Power Fabric foundation a few months back (Review here), which I wasn’t overly impressed with. Update: I’ve come around to this foundation; my skin is much less dry than when I first bought it, so it doesn’t look as cakey on my skin anymore. I still wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with dry skin! On this train of thought, I ended up also buying the Luminous Silk foundation ( so much money…) which I do tend to get on with better, but I still don’t think it’s amazing. I think we’ve all been lead to believe by beauty bloggers/vloggers that this is the be all and end all of luxury foundations, but to be honest, my Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation is much more luminous and lasts longer!
For those of you who have managed to read to the end of my beauty update, I thank you, and I’m going to make a promise to you all to make an effort to get back into posting more often. I realised, writing this, how ,much I actually enjoy it, and that I should really write more often.