I've been a little quiet on the makeup front around here recently, since so many of you have been saying that you really like my fashion posts and you want me to feature more of those. I do have a few new beauty bits that I wanna share with you though, because I have switched my makeup habits quite a bit and I introduced a few new gems that are worth the mention.
The past month or so I wanted to challenge myself to wear lighter makeup most days and try new brands I haven't tested before. I can easily get stuck into a routine and not try anything else for a while but where's the fun in that?
For my base I have been using the most gorgeous mineral foundation there is from Nude By Nature. The Radiant Loose powder foundation has sheer to medium coverage that is easy to build. It covers redness and adds a nice glow to the skin. Maybe not the best if you have some really bad dry patches as those will be enhanced but excellent if you have a fairly good skin day and need just a little coverage and evening out. I do find that moisturising well before hand helps a lot and I also use a primer on days where my skin is not so good. This has been my go-to product when I have errands to run and stuff to do in town but I don't want to look really bare-faced. I loved the hint of healthy glow it gave me and in the 4-5 hours I have worn this it looked nice every time. I haven't tested it on a full-shift day as I tend to want a heavier foundation for meetings and work. It contains SPF 15, it evens out the skin tone and it leaves the finish to be natural and radiant.
I've been applying mine with the suggested 03 Flawless Brush that retails for about £21 and it worked wonderfully, so I do think that if you can afford it, you should get it. It's super soft and it blends the foundation so well everywhere. It's also not too big so it fits with the packaging and it picks up the right amount of powder.
For blush I decided to go for something a little more autumnal and I ditched my pink-peachy shade I have been using for months. Now, my one and true love has been the Milani baked blush in Bellissimo Bronze. It's this gorgeous spiral of brick and plum with a hint of gold and warm peach so still perfect to bring life to your complexion but a little more glowing and deep. Definitely go light handed with it as it is darker and you don't want to look like a clown. I absolutely love this brand and I wish we stocked it in the UK. I bought mine on a trip to the States a couple of years ago but didn't really open it for a long while. (that's how you know you're a hoarder)
Another cheek product I have been LOVING is the Nude By Nature contour kit! Oh yeah, it's been just magical. The cool-toned shade used for contouring is not too grey so whilst it does create the illusion of a shadow, it's not overly cool and it still looks natural.
On the brows I have been going very light, just using a brow highlighter from the Beautiful Brows kit*. The darker brow powder has also been used, especially at the beginning of last month when someone threaded my brows a little too thin (this is why I have trust issues people!). I highly recommend this if you also need something to help with brow shaping as it comes with a variety of eyebrow sheets.
On my lips I just used the Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss that contains cool blue micro pearls that help bring out the white in your teeth. Thought the concept was pretty cool so I bought it. It also smells amazing which is a bonus. Personally I wouldn't know if my teeth look any whiter but whenever I have worn this people complimented my gloss so despite it being almost clear colour it still made an impression.
And last but certainly not least is my new favourite setting spray by Joan Collins Beauty* called Ten Effects. It's a brand I featured on here before - and a brand I do love. In X and T motion I spray a light layer to keep my makeup in place but to also add a touch of hydration. It doesn't feel as drying as other similar products that also claim to add longevity to your foundation. This one performs just as well but feels great for autumn and winter as it doesn't only act as a setting spray but a little gem that helps minimise your pores, hydrate and firm your skin, refine wrinkles and also calm any redness. Boom!
So there's that, I'd love to know if you tried any of these products or if anything caught your eye.