Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Summer Favourites

It's been a long time since I've blogged! Had an incredibly busy summer but now it's time for uni to start again I have a lot more free time. I used a lot of new beauty products in the Summer that I know I'll still have in my makeup bag as we come into Autumn/Winter.

1. Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder.

 I know it bronzer is already very popular with a lot of people but I just discovered it this summer. I'd been using the Rimmel Natural Bronzer but found it didn't work well contouring my face. After switching to the Bourjois one I will never ever use the Rimmel one again. For starters, this bronzer smells delicious - there's a sweet coconut/chocolatey scent to the powder that lingers on the brush too which I love! I have the shade number 52 which suits lots of different skin types. I've used this stuff every single day lately!
Me with my pout on at work - a good demonstration of the contour line!
2. technic High Lights Highlighter

I've been obsessed with highlighter for while and used the cream highlighter that came in the Real Techniques Modern Natural makeup kit but I wanted a highlighter on its own to travel with, I was browsing Amazon and saw this. For £2.99 I was very skeptical but I was ordering lots of other things at the time (mainly lots of boring uni books) so I just thought why not! I have been really impressed with it. Budget constraints meant that my dream of Benefit highlighter went out the window and this is a good dupe. Not as long lasting, but nice and shimmery and if applied the top of your cheekbones (where the sun would naturally hit your face) it looks beautiful!

3, MAC Duo Palette - Copperplate & Carbon

Two VERY useful MAC eyeshadows that I have gotten so much use out of all summer. Copperplate is a highly pigmented muted grey colour that looks great solo on the lid for day wear. I paired these two eyeshadows together a lot for nights out in the summertime. Carbon is a matte black and working a small amount of this through the crease on a MAC 217 over Copperplate swept over the lid gives a lot of depth to the eye. I use Carbon sparingly, I'm not a huge fan of black eyeshadows as sometimes it looks really heavy and can weigh your face down a bit, but a small amount just for a bit of extra definition to Copperplate is lovely.
MAC Copperplate (L) & Carbon (R)
4. Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream

I've loved this product for a long time ever since my lovely friend Wendy introduced me to it a few years back - but I found myself using it lots over the summer. Working in a distillery back home meant I was constantly in between temperatures - boiling hot inside the working areas of the distillery but then outside in the rain and cold (Scottish summer...) so I found my hands to be getting quite dry. This stuff smells amazing, its sweet and fruity and smells good enough to eat!

5. MAC Studio Finish Concealer
I've played around with lots of different concealers. I love the Rimmel Wake Me Up and the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection but I wanted something with slightly more coverage for under my eyes. Too many late nights have left them looking a bit tired so I wanted something that would really hide the dark circles! This concealer, applied using the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush is perfect. Such amazing coverage - works great on spots and blemishes too! I have the shade NW20. 

6. Urban Decay Primer Potion

This is the Holy Grail of primers. I have used this stuff every single day since I bought it (a long time ago now) and it is literally amazing. You only need the tiniest amount of this, just rub it onto your eyelids before applying your shadow and it will not budge. That horrible line of shadow that would build up in my crease used to drive me insane and I would get so angry that no matter how I applied my shadow it would happen - this product completely changed that. I no longer have to worry about the dreaded crease line (unless you really put your shadow to the test by sweating loads at gym etc..) throughout the day. Working somewhere really hot (inside the distillery) and using a dishwasher a fair amount during the day (cleaning up all the whisky glasses) I found my eyeshadow stuck to my lids much better after using this stuff! RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE.

7. MAC Creme Cup Lipstick

I bought this lipstick after watching a few YouTube videos about the MAC lipstick range. So impressed with it. Such a pretty colour and works well with a variety of different makeup looks. The picture I've included of me wearing it is one I took last week while on a night out with my beautiful friend Ashleigh (she suits a red lip much better than me!) and I do have a fair amount of fake tan on in this picture so you can see how it works with a darker skin tone. 
Me and my lovely friend Ashleigh who I've known for almost 10 years!

If you've read this and think the same about any of the products I've talked about please let me know in the comment box below! 


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