So, I realized I haven’t done a beauty post in a while and there’s quite a few new products that I’ve been using that I really want to share with you. So, here we go. Products and info below…
1. Smash Box Contouring kitThis is probably my number one new favourite product I’ve bought in the last six months. A little daunting at first, but with practice this little kit has become my best friend. I use it to give the appearance of more defined cheekbones, a thinner nose and to soften my face shape – to give more of that heart shaped look. I use the highlighter under my eyes and I cannot tell you how much difference its made. I look so much brighter and less tired, its a miracle! The best advice I can give you with this kit, is to go into Sephora and have a make-up artist show you how to use it. Tell them exactly what you want to highlight and contour and they’ll show you how it’s done. I can’t stress how much difference this made to using this kit. Love love love it!
2. Brushes You’ll Need For ContouringIf you don’t already have a good brush set, there are a few brushes you’ll need in order to successfully contour. While I was at Sephora, one of the make-up artists directed me to some of Sephora’s own brand brushes. She said that with good care (regular washing), they should last a lifetime. Well, that sounds like a good deal to me. They were also the least expensive brushes Sephora had on offer, and really not bad as far as brushes go. If you’re going into Sephora, someone will be able to help you find the correct brushes. Otherwise if you’re buying online, these are what you’ll need (in order of above):
It’s still my favourite! I can’t get enough of this mascara. For longest looking lashes make sure you apply your mascara starting at the base of your eyelash… really get in there, it will make them look super long. Also, always keep your old mascara, the one that’s almost dried out. I always use the older version to prep my lashes first, and then if for whatever reason you add too much and it gets a little clumpy, use your older mascara to help comb them out a little too.
You might have tried Clinque’s Chubby Sticks, but have you tried their Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colours? They are absolutely amazing for every-day use, when you just want to add a little colour without worrying about re-applying. They’re essentially like a tinted lip balm but with longevity and some really great colours. I use this almost every day in the colour above: Poppin Poppy.
I use this in the colour ‘Light 1’ and it’s my new go-to concealer. Instead of the concealer being lighter than your skin colour/foundation, this concealer is made to match your skin tone. It makes sense right? In the past we’ve always thought that a concealer, especially one for under your eyes, should be lighter, but this is just not the case. Having a concealer that matches your foundation actually hides dark circles better, at least it does mine anyway!
This is the first thing I put on my skin after cleansing and moisturizing, and it instantly smoothes over pores and gives the most amazing base to my make up. couldn’t live without it!
I’ve used this tinted moisturizer for years now, and I have done simply because its a product I will always reach for. I put it on after my primer and before my foundation, or if I’m in a rush I’ll wear it on it’s own with maybe a little bronzer on top. I find it has great coverage even though Its a tinted moisturizer, and gives your skin a very natural look. Another one I couldn’t live without!
Okay, so this is the final producton my list. With all the talk recently about Charlotte Tilbury Make-Up I really wanted to see what all the fuss was all about. After finishing my last foundation, I was excited to try something new, and with the name magic foundation it sounds appealing right? All in all it’s a great product, good even coverage, pretty finish, and can be applied via a pump or a wand… The only problem that I have with this foundation is that it tends to leave me a little oily around the T zone. Will I stick with it? Maybe. It is a great product, but for the price (at $44 in the US) I think I might be tempted to try something new.
So there we have it, a round-up of some old favourites, some new and some recent trial purchases. Hope you found that helpful. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments below.