Makeup Favourites – Summer 2016

Hi guys! I’m so excited to be writing my first post for you all!
Today I’ve decided to start of with something pretty basic to show off a bit more about the kinds of products I use on a daily basis. I’m the kind of girl that is always trying new products and changing up my routine trying to find the best and quickest way of getting my face on. The items in my current top 10 are my go to products as I know that they will keep my face looking flawless all day ✨
A quick bit of information about my makeup preferences, skin type etc as these will affect the types of products that I use. I am super pale or “fair skinned” if you prefer, with combination to oily skin, and I still get spots fairly regularly due to being oily and hormones (ugh) . My daily makeup routine is pretty full on for most people but I’m sure there is something for everyone in this bunch of products that I’m gonna be talking about.

  1. Kiko Skin Tone Corrector Primer / Green (£9.90)
    Skin-Tone-Corrector-PrimerI’m really loving this primer at the moment, it does a really good job at counteracting the redness on my face, especially on my cheeks and around any spots that I might have. It also seems to minimise the appearance of enlarged or visible pores near my nose too which is a bonus at it means that I don’t have to apply a pore minimising primer too. The texture is not too thick either, and it is easy to apply and seems to melt into the skin which lead to creating a more natural look and not such a ‘cakey’ looking base.
  2. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Foundation (£27.00) & Naked Skin Weightless Concealer (£17.50)
    I’ve been using these two products for about a month or so now and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t try them sooner. It’s like I have seen the light and my makeup has never looked better since I began using these two products.
    The finish of the foundation is described as being “demi-matte” however  I would describe it myself as more of a satin finish as the product gives some luminosity to the skin which gives off that appearance of having a healthy glow.  The foundation is very lightweight so comes out with a kind of watery consistency but it blends into the skin so well while providing what I think is a light to medium coverage as it can be built up in areas that need a bit more coverage without looking like there is a lot ofUrban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer product on the skin. The concealer is equally as excellent, I got a shade lighter than I would usually get in order to be able to use it for highlighting and brightening under my eyes and any other areas of the face that I wanted to highlight. The coverage is very full without the product feeling too thick. 10/10 really love these products and I could go on probably forever about why I love them but I’m gonna stop now.
  3. Kiko Radiant Fusion Baked Power (£14.90)
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    I picked up this compact the other week hoping that it would be a dupe for the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish powders, and I think that I actually like this better than the MAC powder… It feels light on the skin while still providing a high amount of coverage. Due to this being a radiant powder rather than a matte it leaves a gentle glow on the face rather than creating a totally matte finish, which I personally prefer in the summer.
  4. MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle (£24.00)mac_softandgentle001.jpg
    This is the best everyday highlighter I’ve ever used, the colour is described on the MAC website as a “gilded peach bronze” and it looks like the most beautiful rose gold colour which provides the most natural yet gorgeous glow to the face, like you’ve been on a really expensive holiday somewhere really sunny for a week or two. If you’re ever at a MAC counter honestly just go give it a swatch,
    it it B-E-A-utiful. Its shimmery without being overkill, I used this on my mum when I was doing her makeup for an evening out the other day and it looks so pretty on the skin. It brings a natural radiance to the skin and I’m obsessed. My go to highlighter and probably will be for a long time. It’s a beauty guru favourite for a reason.
  5. Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (£32.00 via Debenhams.com)
    web_naturaleye_new_openv3.jpgThe cutest little palette I have ever seen, its perfect for travel as the colour range allows for super easy day and nighttime looks. The shadows are so buttery and blend so easily while providing an amazing amount of colour payoff. There is a good balance of matte and shimmer colours which makes it a highly versatile a staple of mine for those days where you just wanna pop on a bit of natural eyeshadow without going too OTT as the colours are so pretty and are really flattering on a range of people and make every possible eye colour really pop.
  6. Morphe Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette (£20.75 via CultBeauty.com)
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    This is the cult beauty guru favourite for a reason. It took me SOOOO long to get hold of one of these bad boys but once I had it in my hands I knew all of the effort to get one was totally worth it. I use this palette almost everyday because I am OBSESSED with it. The colours are incredible.
    When I ordered it I wasn’t 100% sold on the bright orange colours in the palette but I thought “what the hell” and tried them out soon after receiving the palette in the post and Oh My God. My life changed forever.Once I put one of the burnt orange/yellow colours in my crease and blended it a bit… Makeup magic was happening. The formulation of these shadows are amazing for the price, they blend so easily while still having an incredible amount of colour pay off. I am 100% a fan of Morphe palettes are trying out both the 35O and the 35T (which I already owned prior to getting the 35O which is now neglected, I’ll probably go back to it once the Autumn comes). 35 shadows for £20 is an incredible deal, especially for a product of such high quality. The only thing that annoys me slightly is the matte black packaging as I get makeup fingerprints all over it on a daily basis, but its a sacrifice I’m willing to make.
  7. Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara (£19.50) 2779712
    This is probably one of the only beauty products where I was already using it before the hype started building up among the beauty community, I’ve been using this mascara daily for over a year now and it’s hands down the best mascara I’ve ever used. I have really blonde lashes and without mascara on they’re basically invisible so I never realised how long my lashes were until I started using this mascara. This mascara really helps to give your lashes lift and curl while at the same time making them a super dark inky black.The curved wand makes it really easy to get right to the roots of the lashes to give them that extra oomph that they need for a night out, and my lashes look so thick, dark and curled when I wear this mascara I often get asked what false lashes I’m wearing! It’s just that good. It’s also water resistant while being easy to remove at the end of the day with cleansers.
  8. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (£5.50 via Boots.co.uk)matte-1.jpg
    I usually hate matte lipsticks with a burning passion because they always make your lips so dry and I detest the feeling of really dry lips, but there is always an exception to the rule and this is mine to matte lipsticks. I enjoy using these because they’re not like a traditional matte liquid lipstick as they go on really smoothly and feels moisturising on the lips preventing that dry, cracking feeling that matte lipsticks usually leave me with. The pigmentation of these is amazing, the colour lasts for hours without needing to be touched up and the range of colours available is very varied and there is something to suit every taste from neutrals and soft pinks to brighter shades which are perfect for summer and very deep and dark berry tones which my favourites during the autumn and winter. The fact that they’re £5 each means that you can end up with a nice collection of them all over your dressing table or be able to have duplicates to leave in my handbag as I always forget to take a lip colour with me on most days. My favourite colours at the moment are Stockholm, Cannes (which is a good dupe for Kat Von D Lolita liquid lipstick) and Istanbul.
  9. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (£19)
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    A favorite of youtube beauty guru Zoella is the lip comfort oil, which essentially acts like a deep intensive lip balm. I like to put this on before I start doing my makeup as it needs a fair bit of time to sink in or I put it on before I go to bed if I’ve been wearing a matte lip product during the day. I really like the silky smooth feeling it leaves my lips with once it sinks in and it leaves my lips feeling deeply hydrated and plump. This was a life saver during the winter when the wind and the cold makes your lips feel constantly dry and chapped. I would definitely say that it’s worth the money as it last ages, I bought mine in January and I’ve still got half left and it’s June now. The lip comfort oil currently comes in 3 colours/variations: honey, raspberry and red berry.
  10. MAC Lipsticks (£15.50)
    I’m sure you don’t need me to write another long winded review of a favourite amongst make-up artists and beauty bloggers alike for years. They are really good lipsticks with the biggest range of colours and finishes I’ve ever seen, with 163 shades (at the moment anyway) there is literally something for everyone and every taste. These are like a good pair of jeans that you always go back to after trying other things for a little while and then realising that it’s not quite as good as what you had before.
    The colours I use on a regular basis are: Peach Blossom (creamsheen), Cherish (creemsheen), Kinda Sexy (matte), Crosswires (creamsheen) and Lovelorn (lustre).

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