Firstly, this photo is missing two of my all-time favourites that I added to my collection over a year ago. There has been a lot of hype around these products, so after months of uuming and aahing finally decided to splurge on both. I was needing a new primer for a while as I have fallen out of love with Benefit's 'Poreprofessional'. I liked it to a certain extent at the start, but the silicon texture put me off after a while. Inspired by thousands of bloggers out there, I opted for Laura Mercier's Radiance Primer, which I think is superb. I find that the consistency - which is akin to a moisturiser - is much better in the long run as it reduces the cakey feeling of base make up. The second product - which I am absolutely crazy about - is Simga's F80 Kabuki brush. I know that my usual foundation - Laura Mercier's Silk Creme - is made for sponges but I find that this brush works as well as a beauty blender. It is pricier than many drugstore alternatives - retailing for £20 - but it does well like one of those quality products that will *fingers crossed* last for years.
Moving onto something that I'm in two minds about. Say hello to Benefit 'Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW' foundation, which I have in shade Honey. My normal foundation drawer consists of the abovementioned Laura Mercier foundation, MAC's Studio Fix and Giorgio Armani luminous silk, but for some reason I got convinced by my local Boots lady that I must have this foundation. Aaaaand, a mere 6 months later, I ended up giving Oxygen WOW to my sister. Don't get me wrong - it wasn't a truly awful foundation. I loved the light coverage and the 'sheer' look of the finish BUT the cons totally outweighed the pros. Firstly, the colour match wasn't great. The yellow undertones of 'Honey' completely overwhelmed my already yellow toned skin. In hindsight, I should have opted for a more peachy colour, but when I was at the Benefit counter the colour none of the other colours matched my skin. I also found it quite hard to blend with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (which is normally a miracle brush for all liquids), and it took forever to set. And when I say whenever, I mean, hours, even after I've set it with Laura Mercier's setting power. So, overall, I wasted £25 on this stuff, and taking that my all time favourite 'Luminous silk' is a mere £10 more, it's not really worth it...
I am still a bit of a novice when it comes to eye make up, especially eyeshadows, but I'm starting to get the hang of it (3 Urban Decay and 4 (!!) Laura Mercier palettes later). I tend not to buy individual shadows, although I do find them easier to travel with. Whenever I'm going for a weekend away, or I am on a business trip, I tend to pack Too Faced 'Lovey Dovey' duo eyeshadow, actually purchased from TK Maxx (where else?) for mere 5 quid. Very Urban Decay, but only your 2 favourite shadows. I also love YSL's mousse eyeshadows and blushes, and my all time favourite is a neon blue colour, which I use as an eyeliner for going out. When it comes to brows, I've tried everything from powder to gel to dye. For a long time, I couldn't find anything that'd give my bushy and totally overgrown brows a bit of shape. I decided to test a few different drugstore products, one of these being Gosh's 'Long Lasting Eye Brow Pen', which, at the time received RAVING reviews. I loved it for about a year, and I think it's great for everyone with a slighly reddish undertone - me not being one of them. After realising this, I switched to Sleek's Brow Stylist, in which the colour light is a lot more ashy - hence better for my blonde complexion!
My haircare has pretty much stayed the same years, despite experimenting with different styles (I now have a fringe!). However, if I had to pick one product that has really stood out from the rest, it'd have to be Spornette's 'Little Wonder' Teasing Brush. This is definitely the best teasing brush I've ever come by, the effect is full on but my hair never ends up tangled or frizzy.
So, here ends my little make up post, what did you think? Have you tried any of the products I've mentioned? I promise my next post will feature some shoes..