A quick nod to the makeup that has been at the front of my vanity table over the last month or so. Some new, some old and re-discovered : ALL quick, easy and simple to use.
Starting off with base/primer and I’ve been loving the Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Defense SPF30. This is something I have had a while, but not extensively used until a few weeks ago. It is an all round-protection powerhouse that I use over my skincare and under makeup as a skin prep/ primer. It protects the skin from sun damage with SPF30, from pollutants with sugar molecules AND from the more recently prevalent blue light (screens) with cacao extract. This cream also has a slight pearl tint so it gives the skin a gentle lit-from-within glow which is why I love it as a primer.
For that subtle glow : Benefit High Beam. One of the OG liquid highlighters. It was definitely around 16 years ago because that’s when I worked for Benefit and it was probably the first product, along with Benetint that I tried! It is a pretty silver-pink toned highlighter that gives the skin a lovely ethereal glow and can be worn over, under or in your foundation. I had forgotten about this for years if I’m honest and have recently favoured the more bling-tastic liquid highlighters but found love for it again at London Fashion Week and have started using it on myself again.
A new product and brand completely : The Art Deco All in One Eye Primer. I was sent this before Christmas and only just got round to opening it and trying out properly more recently. I knew straightaway it was going to work for me and now a replacement for my beloved Benefit ‘Stay Don’t Stray’ eye primer which I have been loyal to for around 3 years now.
The Art Deco eye primer has a lovely smoothing texture that reduces the sheen on my oily lids and the tint of the shade I have is a perfect match for me and it manages to both get rid of redness on my lids AND brighten them all at the same time. Smudge-proof, enhances the eyeshadow you wear over the top AND it looks great just on it’s own so it’s a big YES from me.
Next up is the award winning Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks. This is a product I have had maybe a year now and I’ve been using it a lot over the last few months when time for makeup and pampering has depleted quite significantly. It’s super quick and easy to use and this shade ‘Pale Pink’ is a lovely fresh pink that I love as much on my cheeks as my lips.
The texture is creamy and sheeny so gives the skin an enlivened look once dabbed onto the cheeks = perky skin in a few taps and blends. Am 100% going to be investing in some punchier coral shades for the summer.
Finishing up my February makeup favourites with a bit of a love or hate product..
…The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I first purchased it many years ago and I couldn’t get on with it for love ‘nor money. Then I used it again a few years later and seemed to get on with it a lot better and my lashes are seeming to like it a lot at the mo. I think it’s maybe a mascara that gets better after a couple of weeks after opening as that’s what I have found with this one. It also definitely doesn’t so well over the 6 month-after-opening so bear that in mind too. I always give my lashes a good curl with my Shu Uemura lashes pre-application and then a quick 2 coats of the BTSM gives me lovely thick and dramatic lashes.
So a few makeup bits that have been liking my face this month! Have you tried any of these products? Maybe you aren’t a fan of the mascara? I would also be interested in knowing any new makeup finds or loves that you have at the moment?
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