How on earth is it September already? It still hasn't sunk in that technically we are over with summer since we do still get the odd warm and nice day around here (shocking, I know), so I thought a transitional little post would work.
I have tried some new products but I also remained loyal to a few old ones that I keep mentioning on here because hey, I can't help myself! I'm sure my obsession will end at some point soon and I will find something else to bore you with so hang in there. I'm testing lots of new stuff at the moment and I can't wait to share with you all!
But for now, let's have a look at my current makeup routine and some of the gems I'll be taking with me from summer to autumn.
Hylamide HA Blur Primer - One of the best primers I've tried. That says enough I think. Especially great for people with combo/oily skin that have visible pores. It blurs imperfections and gives that soft-focus effect without feeling heavy or clogging said pores like many other products do. I call it primer as for me it's a base that helps my foundation last longer and better but you apply it by mixing it in with you liquid foundation or after (at least that's how I found it works best). Yep, you read that right. I haven't tested it with any powder/mineral base yet because I rarely use those, but if you're curious about the longevity or look on those, let me know and I will most certainly update this section for you.
Dior Forever Foundation - I mean, I bang on about this foundation but it's one my all time favourites so far. It gives medium coverage and it doesn't look heavy on the skin, leaving your natural complexion come through whilst covering redness and dark spots. Yes, a little pricey but the base is the most important step in one's makeup routine in my opinion. If your foundation looks bad, the whole look is ruined.
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer - One thing I think you don't need to splurge on is concealer as the high-street has some pretty decent options. Maybelline's game is strong and Age Rewind is one little gem I will always re-purchase and keep in my stash. It's especially good at masking under eye circles and the general tired/hangover look.
Benefit Bad Gal Mascara + Estee Lauder Little Black Primer - AKA the dream team when it comes to lashes. I am used to applying two mascaras to add extra volume and length but Estee Lauder's gem is a real must have. Why? It's like wearing a waterproof mascara that isn't hard to remove. It adds longevity and creates an easy base for the other mascara to performs its best. I thought it was a gimmick but now I changed my mind completely.
As for the other mascara, I've been using the Benefit Bad Gal, one that I never thought I would try as I have never fallen for anything by Benefit before. It's actually damn good, better than the They're Real which was never something that worked for me, and now you can get it 10% off here.
Lancome Grandiose Eyeliner - This is a semi-new addition to my makeup routine and I only apply it when I have time and when I want to look really nice. Just the packaging itself is bomb and I love displaying it on my makeup table but the product itself is also amazing. I find it quite easy to apply and it's nicely pigmented. I managed to create a very thin line on days when I wanted my look to be minimal and a thicker one on night outs when I didn't care and wanted to have fun. I occasionally rub my eyes because I forget I have makeup on and so far I haven't seen this liner give in and smudge so it gets all the love from me!
Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette - Unfortunately this little number is a little hard to find now as it was limited edition so I won't mention it again for the rest of autumn and winter since I feel bad that not everyone can get their hands on it, but it is truly wonderful. The colours scream autumn/fall to me and they're so pigmented and easy to blend that it's truly a pleasure playing with it.
Billion Dollar Brows Clear Brow Gel - Everyone knows by now that I have some wild brows that can be hard to tame so no surprise here when I say that this gel is a life saver. It takes me from cave-woman to brows-on-fleek in seconds.
Eylure Express Lashes* - Can't be fussed with glue? Busy and mostly on the go? Then these lashes are your thing! I was a little weary at first thinking they might turn out to be a disaster but I was so wrong! They're extremely easy to apply and they last all day. I even used them on my graduation day and at 1 am when I was back home and very intoxicated, they were still there, looking fabulous. To use them you just remove them from the box and as the glue is clear you don't even need an eyeliner to mask anything. They can look very natural and flattering but also have a wow-factor depending on the model you get. I was sent a whole package of them and now that I thoroughly tested each one I am a panicking a little as I've run out and I need to buy them ASAP since they've become a handbag essential. I think I may be addicted. Cheers Eyelure!
Barry M Contour Palette - As you can tell mine is starting to look a little beaten up as I have been using it non stop. Yesterday I bought a new palette to try though so I might be giving this one a rest. Why do I love it so much? Its pigmentation is great and it definitely gives a dramatic contour unless you're careful with how much product your brush picks up. It's easy to blend and it's really affordable - what more could I ask for?
Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette - It's the last time I'll mention this this for a while, I promise, as I can feel someone reaching through the screen and shaking me telling me to get something else, but I am obsessed with this. You would have seen it from one of my recent posts all about highlighters but this palette is everything. The blushes and the highlights are smooth, easy to apply and they look so good on the skin!
Now let's not panic just yet. I will be doing a post all about my autumn lip products and my top picks of course, this is just a lipstick I have been wearing a lot lately.
Lippy Girl Vegocentric Organic Vegan Lipsticks - This premium line of amazing lipsticks is made with organic oils and waxes and only natural mineral pigments. 100% vegan, bee-free, gluten free and chemical free! What I loved about this lipstick straight away is that it feels quite moisturising on but it does not bleed so I didn't need any lip liner underneath. My shade is Schmoopy and it's a very natural my lips-but-better kind of colour. Unfortunately I misplaced it when travelling back and forth to my internships in London so now I haven't worn it for about a week which hurts my soul as I loved it. I will need to get another one ASAP!
So this is it, my current transitional makeup picks. Let me know what you've been using lately!
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