I don’t profess to be a beauty blogger, the main reason being is I’m not very good at switching things up. But I do like to occasionally share my beauty favourites. So I thought I’d share my top ten go to makeup products, and why I refuse to change. After years of playing around with makeup and having some awful phases, I’ve finally decided to stick to what I know. I really vary with price points but sometimes I really do feel you get what you pay for.
Primer is something I swear by, but which one to use? I’ve tried an array of primers all with varying price points. From Bare Minerals Prime Time at £23 to YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer at £29.50. But my favourite and most cost effective is Collection 2000’s Primed and Ready, at £4.99 it is an absolute steal and remains my favourite for reducing the appearance of pores.
As I’ve previously mentioned I went through a bad phase, a very sparkly phase with silver eyeshadow in the late 2000’s, when I thought the smokey eye was appropriate for all occasions. Now I stick to neutral. Urban Decay’s Naked Basics at £24 and MAC’s Amber x9 palette for £25 are staples in my makeup bag. I’m a great believer in you get what you pay for with eyeshadow, both palettes are long lasting and there is no need to use lots of product.
I’ve previously suffered with adult acne and spent my early 20’s wearing heavy liquid foundation, avoiding wearing all things white. Now I stick to Bare Minerals Original Mineral foundation for £26.50 but I often stock up at the airport. It’s lightweight and after watching what feels like a million YouTube tutorials I have mastered an even finish without using a ton of product. It leaves my skin looking fresh and dewy, giving me all the coverage I need for those pesky acne scars.
I must’ve spent hundreds on lash extensions, and while they’re great for an occasion, maintaining them isn’t for the faint hearted. So after getting a sample of YSL Babydoll mascara I haven’t looked back. It is expensive at £25, but I absolutely love it! It gives my lashes definition and length without leaving me with gloopy black smudges. Also if you keep an eye out you can get some great deals. I managed to pick one up in the Boots sale for a much more agreeable £11.
Highlighter has always been a tricker one. The over powdered highlighter look isn’t for me, I think the days of over contouring are long gone. The gel highlighters often leave me with a glittery look. So after asking around I thought I try the legendary YSL Touche Eclat. I was nervous about spending £25 on something you can pick up much cheaper, but I bought my first one in January and it is still going strong. It subtly illuminates all of the areas without leaving an excess of product. This one will definitely stay a staple in my makeup bag.
Brows being on fleek is my thing! I’m very lucky as my brows grow like crazy and being dark I don’t need them tinting. However, if I don’t maintain them with regular threading they get wild very quickly. I like to keep them in place with a small amount of vaseline and then fill them for a stronger definition. I’ve tried cheap powers such as MUA for £2.50 and Benefit’s Brow Zings for £26.50 neither overly impressed me. So I looked into brow gel, I have now settled on MAC’s Fluidline Gelcreme for £16.50. Word of warning, you need the tiniest bit! But the finish is much cleaner and long lasting.
Blush is something I’ve never spent a great deal on, I’m currently a big fan of Natural Collection’s Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba at a fab £1.99. It’s subtle and lasts ages.
Again I’ve been reeled in to spending loads on finishing powder. But now I stick to Collection 2000’s Sheer Loose Powder for £2.99. It lasts ages and does a great job of setting your makeup. I also wear it on non foundation days to keep my skin shine free.
I’ve always wanted my lips done. However, after seeing too many Geordie Shore disasters I’ve decided to give it a wide berth! So my go to lipstick for a night out is MAC’s Velvet Teddy, it’s a great matte nude and as if by magic makes your lips look plump and defined. For £16.50 it’s an investment but don’t forget to save your MAC containers, if you return six you get a free lipstick!
I always look like I’ve had a heavy night with dark circles even after a solid eight hours sleep. Skinn Bright Eyes by Dimitri James is like magic in a bottle. Just a few blobs blended under the eyes and I look fresh as a daisy. The only annoying thing is it’s hard to come by in the UK so I’m still keeping an eye out (pun unintended) to find something as good and as easily accessible.
What are your beauty staples?