As many of you probably know from my Instagram and Twitter I’ve been travelling a lot recently for assessment centres. Luckily, I have been given an job offer so no more travelling for a while! But this has meant I’ve had to only take the ‘essentials’ as a lot of my travel has been via train. On a separate note, I am now a pro at taking the tube with a massive bag on my back.
So I got this super cute make-up bag for Christmas the other year which has lasted me so long. It has two zipped areas which is fantastic as it can fit a lot in.
My whole collection is probably familiar to you if you’ve been following a while.
My priority is products to make my skin look better. I’m often breaking out when I get stressed and I feel so much more confident when my face is clear. For interviews especially you always want to look your best.
I always keep Carmex handy to help treat my dry lips. I also always carry around some spot gel, at the moment I’m using this tea tree one from The Body Shop.
Last but not least is eyes. My go to is to darken and fill in my brows, a strong eyeliner flick and a coat of mascara.
I bought the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer as part of a set of products. Alongside the mascara and highlighter this primer is the least used from the box, yet this doesn’t mean it’s not good. In truth, it works really well, I just automatically use Benefit Porefessional out of habit. This is a smaller sample size version of the primer it gets lost easy in my makeup drawer. Although, it is slightly bigger than the small versions in Boots.
Although expensive, a little goes a long way with this primer. This works with only the smallest amount to cover your face. It works especially well around my cheeks as they don’t seem as oily at the end of the day. This is one of my main issues as I can get very greasy skin at times.
On application it makes my skin feel so smooth and silky, and you can immediately feel the difference. This is perfect for when you apply foundation as it just sits so well on top of it. It also doesn’t feel like it’s blocking my pores as it’s quite lightweight. I’ve never had worries, or actually broken out in spots when using it.
I’ve been super busy trying to get a placement for next year. I’m exhausted to be honest, last week I was only in my own bed for one night. It’s been a lot of travelling and lack of wifi and laptop. I just haven’t had the time to post much. I really appreciate all of you who have been checking up on my blog while I’ve been gone though!
So I bought these in the Illamasqua sale! Which I realise was over a month ago… Time sure is flying by this year. Because they were on sale I got both of these for £11.40 which is so good!
Lipstick in Fable
So Fable is a bright pinky rose colour which has a matte finish. It is a lot brighter than the photos on the website and even the photo below shows! I dont know if it’s just in comparison to my pale skin. Or compared to my go to nude lipsticks? But it was very bright when I tried it. When I get some spare time I’ll get some photos of it on to show you, I didn’t even have time to do a swatch of it, sorry.
On sale I bought it for £5.85 down from £19.50 on the Illamasqua website. I’m so happy I purchased because I’d wanted to try an Illamasqua Lipstick for so long.
Eye Slick Stick in Mass
I dont really know why I bought *another* eyeliner? Like seriously what is wrong with me? I dont even use pencil eyeliner I’m usually all about that felt liner! But anyway, I bought this retractable pencil liner which is actually quite good. I’ve mainly used it for my waterliner as I just cant get a eyeliner flick with a pencil, but it creates a good line without having to keep going over and irritating my eye.
So this is normally £18.50 and I got it for £5.55! I’m quite happy because it is better quality than drugstore makeup and I didn’t need to pay a lot for it.
So overall, I’m fairly happy with Illamasqua. The lipstick maybe wasn’t my shade, but I get that a lot so next time I’ll research more before I purchase! Did anyone else get anything in the sale?
As someone who enjoys having natural looking eyebrows but hates having my natural invisible brows I’ve tried many different products. Here’s the collection that I swap between and what I think of each of them.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade
ABH’s dip brow pomade is everywhere nowadays which is why I bought it in the first place. It works really well, only needing the smallest amount to work with at a time. I can shape and fill my brows to look natural as well which you can see in a previous post. Of all the products, this is the only one that actually matches my hair, as most brands only sell brown, black or blonde. I was really happy when I saw that they had this shade and was thrilled with my impulse buy. My only issues is that I cant just do my eyebrows and mascara with this product. As it’s so dark I need to do my foundation, eyeliner and eye shadow to make it look less contrasted.
I used Benefit’s Browzings for sooo long before I got the ABH Dip Brow and it’s actually really similar. I got so used to this that I used too much when I first started using ABH. The substance is quite hard and at first I didn’t pick much product up. I really liked how it came with two brushes and some tweezers, although I only used one of the brushes. It created lovely long lasting brows I only really changed to ABH because of the colour issue that I mentioned before. I actually bought this when I got my eyebrows waxed at a Benefit counter. They used this on me afterwards and my brows looked so good I had to purchase.
Models Co More Brows
I actually got this for free in a Glossybox. It works well over a pencil or powder because it keeps your brows in place very similar to how gel does. It’s a good colour too as even though it’s brown its not too dark for me, which was great because I didn’t get to choose it.
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
I got this as a free sample as well! I was pleasantly surprised, this now being my go to when I’m just wearing mascara. Depending on how heavy handed you are with this it can be darker or lighter, I often go for lighter but when I’m in a rush accidents do sometimes happen. There’s both a pointed and a flat end as well so there’s a lot of control on how you can shape your brows.
Max Factor Eyebrow Pencil
This was my first ever product for my brows and I cant really fault it. It does exactly what I wanted it to do, but again it was the colour problem. The browns were too dark on my pale skin, and this ‘blonde’ hazel colour seemed too light? Also I felt like I had to use a lot of pressure to apply and it ran out so quickly.
Benefit Instant Brow Pencil
So I bought this when I was over in America and I wanted to try something new for my brows. This colour is slightly red but mainly brown, I chose it as I wanted my eyebrows more visible. It definitely made them more visible, the pencil needed barely any pressure to show colour. The waxy feeling kept the hairs in place as well. The only problem was that it felt too dark and heavy for me. I only use this now if I’ve got a big event and I want a sharper outline but I fill in with gel still.
Whats your favourite eyebrow makeup?
I’ve used the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner for years now, since I was about 15. I’ve had an on/off relationship as I often switch over to pen or pencil liners. I know a lot of people don’t get on with gel liner, but I find it lasts much longer. I also think it works better if you’re looking for a matte eye look, as pen liners usually look shiny.
The Maybelline Gel Liner comes with its own brush which is quite good for application. You only need the smallest amount on the brush, which means it lasts for ages. The first time may be difficult as it takes some skill to get a fine and straight line. The brush also lasts a long time, just remember to clean it often. I often lose the brush and it gets dry and unusable quickly.
It claims on the box that it’s 24 hour wear which is probably true. I have never tried 24 hours straight but it does take a good makeup remover to get it all off. I’ve also never had problems with it smudging off in the day.