Hello and welcome back to my blog. I am pumped after having some well needed time off! That’s what I should be saying but I didn’t as we were frantically decorating and re-modernizing our New Hair Salon! It’s been an exciting couple of weeks but exhausting, I am now looking forward to getting back to some normality and do what I enjoy doing, chatting to you guys! I thought I would kick off January with what Beauty products have stayed in my Make-up bag and that I use regularly. So lets get on with it.
My Beauty Staples
My first Beauty staple is My Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette. I reviewed this back in May and I have used it everyday. I love the pigmentation of all the colours. I use the three lighter shades to set my highlighting and then contour with all three of the darker shades. It really is a super palette and well worth the price tag. It is a firm favourite for me and will be staying in my Make-up bag for Now!.
My second Beauty staple is my Loreal Infalliable foundation. I reviewed this back in July and have used it continuously since. I know there has been mixed reviews on this product and at times I did find it a little drying as it is a matt foundation, but I overcame this by putting a little highlighter cream or couple drops of facial oil, just to give the product a little workability. I feel this foundation gives such a nice cover for the price point and it has a nice feel to it, definitely worth a try.
My Third Beauty Staple is Maybelline Brow drama. I bought this back in June and I instantly found it to be a gem of a eyebrow product. It has been a firm favourite in my make up bag, and has taken a fair beating as you can see from the packaging! The colour is spot on. Normally the colours for blondes can be on the warm side, but most people are on the cooler side. I need not of fretted as this one has a great cool tone and works well in not only taming the brows but also giving them a little definition.
My Fourth Beauty Staple is another Maybelline product and that is the Master Precise liquid eyeliner. It took me weeks to get hold of this product as it was always sold out at my local Boots and Superdrug. Then a trip to Manchester City Centre and I was able to get my hands on this fantastic liner, I actually bought two so as not to run out anytime soon. The nib is super fine so you can easily achieve your winged liner. Also the durability and inkness is really good quality for the price point. If you are in the market for a liner, give this one ago.
My Fifth Beauty Staple is MAC Paint Pot in the shade Painterly. I use this everyday to prime my eyelids to help make them ready for shadow. I have quite blue veined and oily eyelids, so I really need a base to hide all this. This product has no problem doing this and leaves a smooth blank canvas for me to work on. It is a little pricey and I believe that Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo has something similar so that might be worth a try. With that all being said I still think it is well worth the money as I have had mine for at least 18 months and it is still going strong.
My Sixth and Seventh Beauty Staple is Illamasqua Pencil in Vow and Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. I will talk about the Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencil in Vow. I use this pencil to line inside my water line when it is red from lack of sleep (joys of having three children). Its durability is brilliant and I love the creamy, pinky tone it has as it really makes your eyes look natural. I also use this to go under my brows to frame or carve them out and it gives them a well needed structure. The Real Techniques Miracle Sponge is a stonking good dupe for the Beauty Blender. Mine is a little battered as you can see from the picture, as my two year old son thought it was a teething toy!. The material is obviously a little different but it really holds its own for only £6.99. If you want to get back into sponges (which I recommend you do) then give this one ago first to see how you like the finish it gives.
My Eighth and Ninth Beauty Staple is Real Techniques Setting Brush and Bold Metal Range 100. The setting brush is just the right size to set your under eye make up or to place highlighter on the cheek bones. For me I have to have this with me for touching up on the go. The Bold Metals brush is a luxurious treat. It’s a soft, plumped brush that is weighted to give you more control over the brush. I use this to buff my foundation in and to add blusher or bronzer. Gorgeous brush.
So there are my Beauty Staples for 2015. These items are firmly in my make-up bag and I just think they all have so many uses.
What has been your beauty favourites for 2015? Are there any you think I should try? I would love to know, please leave your comments below. Also don’t forget to keep up with all my goings on, on all my social media.
Love Nay X