In my recent blog posts, I've been filling you all in with the products I've been reaching for recently during my long blogging break. Today I bring to you my recent makeup essentials, the last in this 'catch up' series before I start on new stuff (unless I post any wedding day/honeymoon stuff)!
My go-to daytime look is pretty much always a one colour wash of eyeshadow over the eye and I've found the YSL Couture Variation Palette in NU to be perfect for this job. The eyeshadows are surprisingly pigmented compared to my previous experience with YSL and they feel so creamy and soft. A lot of these shades are beautifully sheeny and look extremely flattering and pretty on the eye. I wore three of these shades for my wedding day makeup as I love it that much. Even the double-ended brush that comes with the palette is good!
Another eyeshadow that I used every day for months in the summer is the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. I use this one as a base for other eyeshadows because it is the perfect shade to go under any eyeshadow. It really helps to make my eyeshadow more long lasting and even helps it to apply more evenly. More recently, I've gotten into wearing Bare Study as an alternative to this one when I'm wearing a similar shade of eyeshadow.
I discovered the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer back at a Fenwick event in May and fell in love with it. It's a creamy pot of high coverage concealer for the under-eye area that does an amazing job at cancelling out dark circles. This was my every day essential for months however I have been trying other things more recently and I am starting to think this was slightly too dark in shade 1 so I think I would try the next shade down in the future.
Next, I thought I'd show you something bright and wonderful! This is the Bobbi Brown Calypso Cheek Palette (unfortunately can't find this colour combination in stock online but there's a pretty pink one here). I lusted after this for months before caving in and buying it. It's just the most beautiful selection of bright coral shades. The two outer shades are more on the matte/satin side and the middle is a super shimmery highlight shade. Although, on my skin tone it's more of an illuminating blush as it's a bit dark to use as a highlight. These blushes add a lovely pop of colour on the skin to really brighten up the complexion. If you're looking for something similar at a cheaper price, I really recommend looking at the Sleek Blush by 3 palettes as I'm sure I've had a similar palette from them before.
Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Finish in Fair is now my favourite and only face powder. I've hit pan on it now (the photos are old) which very rarely happens since I'm always buying and trying something new! I love that the colour matches my skin tone and it's really finely milled so doesn't look cakey on the skin. The rose gold packaging is also very beautiful.
My first and only makeup purchase from Guerlain was a little treat I picked up with my birthday money. It's the Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Blondes 02 and I was drawn to this because of the mix of light shaded browns, shimmering brown and light pink. Also the tortoiseshell packaging is also incredibly luxe! I love the slight bronzy glow this adds to my face without looking muddy or too over the top. I wore it quite a bit during the summer. This is available in 4 different shades so there should be one for most skin tones.
I often find that MAC foundations can be slightly too dark on me however I've really been loving the Studio Sculpt in NC15. It has buildable coverage and works well with my dry skin.
The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara was an amazing discovery as it's really inexpensive but it's one of the best mascaras I've ever tried. It adds volume, length and a curl to create dramatic lashes. The brush reminds me of the Benefit Roller Lash mascara and gives a similar effect so I'd definitely try the Maybelline one if you're a fan of that, or if you don't want to pay Benefit's prices! I love this so much that I even bought the waterproof version for my wedding day. Slightly disappointed with that though so I'd recommend sticking to the non-waterproof version!
I found a fab, easy-to-apply eyebrow product in MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set. It has a tiny brush to make application neat and tidy and they have six different shades. I found the Emphatically Blonde shade to be a fairly good match for my eyebrow colour however I'll be honest and say that I've found a better product recently - the Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Taupe!
I think I'm on my fourth tube of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly now. It's my must-have concealer for covering redness and spots perfectly without looking cakey. It blends into the skin so well and the shade range is fab. I also find this concealer to be great for the under-eye area too so it's a great all rounder. I'll always need some of this in my collection!
Rimmel extended their Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick range with five nudes this year and I only really liked shade 45 for my skin tone as it's more of a blue-toned, pink-nude compared to the warmer shades in the range. This has really got me into wearing nude lipsticks now though! This is great as the shade flatters my skin tone and it is creamy enough to apply smoothly but not wear off too soon! I love the nude coloured packaging for this range too.
The Topshop Nude Eye Contour in Bare was such a great find from Topshop. It's a cool bronze shade with small flecks of gold shimmer that goes so well with my pale skin and I love it so much! It's quite a hard consistency but applies easily to the eyelid using my fingertip. You have a little bit of time for blending then it sets and lasts all day. Seriously, it's my most long lasting cream eyeshadow, possibly even any eyeshadow, of all time!
The final product I've been getting a lot of use out of is the NARS Multiple in Copacabana. I'd wanted this for years before I actually bought it. It's a gorgeous, cool toned, shimmery, light bronzy shade that looks great used as a highlighter. It's so pretty and the stick format makes it really easy to apply. I've since bought the liquid version!
I'm feeling really positive after sharing my love on all of my essential makeup products from over the summer!
What are your current makeup essentials?