MY LONGEST STANDING BEAUTY FAVOURITES

Iโ€™ve been having a walk down memory lane recently, it’s been almost a year since I started taking my blog more seriously and started falling in love with blogging again. I’ve been blogging on and off for a number of years now on several different blogs,ย where has all the time gone, eh? Over the years Iโ€™ve tried, tested and tossed products and many have become staples in my beauty box. Here is just some products which have become long standing beauty favourites for me!

NARS Foundation:ย I first saw Nars in a crowded Selfridges when I was heading in to grab some pieces from Bobbi Brown, so I stumbled over and had a little induction by one of the make-up artists on hand. I loved Nars because it offer a more vibrant and fuller coverage than my Bobby Brown foundation at the time – I’ve been using this foundation for about 3/4 years now (I know I need to shake it up) but the coverage and colours are both great! So it’ll definitely be something I re-buy time and time again. The foundation leaves a glowing & looking natural.ย It leaves skin hydrated, more luminous, softer and smoother.

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Bobbi Brown Concealer:ย I often switch from the Nars liquid concealer and the Bobbi Brown cream concealer, I love the coverage and silkiness of the Bobbi Brown concealer, I suffer with dark circles and I have a little bit of pigmentation on my cheeks so this concealer is perfect for me. I love the Bobbi Brown collection as it really caters to pale and fair skin tones. Another timeless product for my beauty bag.

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Nars Blusher:ย Another product I adore from Nars is the blusher, I’ve literally had the Orgasm blusher for years, like the same bloody blusher (I should probably update this product). This product is really pigmented so it goes a long way and it’s has a lovely little shimmer to it and the colour is perfect for my pale skin, this product is an everyday make-up product and it’s an iconic product within the Nars collection so you can’t really go wrong.

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Real Technique Powder Brush:ย Ah, what is a make-up bag without a real technique brush – the brand which has changed the make-up brush game (I see you Spectrum don’t worry) it’s honestly the holy grail powder brush. Such good quality, nice bristles. Puts powder on flawlessly. What more can we ask for.

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Bobbi Brown Blusher Brush:ย I first got this brush in a Christmas brush set a couple of years ago (yes, I know I should probably update this), it was my first ‘high end’ make-up brush collection and I just loved every part of it. The blusher brush picks up make-up perfectly, it’s really smooth and easy to use – Bobbi Brownie points from me (I’m sorry!)

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Note: I’m trying to make my beauty bag completely cruelty free, so if you spot something which needs changing please let me know!

 

MY MAKE-UP BAG

Growing up a tom boy I was never really into make-up – a simple clear gloss and sparkly eye-shadow was enough for me but from being 16/17 I started to love make-up! From High street to High End I was hooked and my make-up bag began to grow and grow and well.. grow! Here are a few of my favourite bits at the moment and what is currently sat at the top of my make-up bag!

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I was gifted some new brushes from Spectrum for Christmas and I absolutely love them! They are beautiful to look at and they feel really so nice on my skin – I’ve really enjoyed playing around with my eye make-up at the moment and these brushes are so fun and easy to play around with and create new looks! I also use Real Technique brushes and some Bobbi Brown brushes which I’ve had for YEARS – they are gorgeous and have lasted really well!

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For about 2 years I always used the same Bobbi Brown foundation which I loved – it always sat really nicely on my skin and gave me a really nice coverage, however, a couple of years ago I was tempted by the Nars counter and tried the ‘Sheer Glow’ foundation and I fell in love – the coverage was amazing, it sat really nicely on my skin and I loved the dewy finish the foundation gave me! I also used the Bobbi Brown cream concealer while I was using the Bobbi Brown foundation and I did love it, I’d never used a concealer which was a cream before therefore it was something new and excited in my make-up bag, however, once again I was tempted by Nars and decided to try the liquid concealer and OMG – its seriously amazing! I do notice little creasing under my eyes now therefore I’m not sure if the concealer isn’t working as well as it use to or my wrinkles are getting worse (sobs) but I’d definitely open to trying something new.

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Currently I’m using two Mascaras – The Roller Lash from Benefit and one from W7. I loved the benefit mascara but I was really upset to find out Benefit still test on animal, therefore, I’m trying to use up and replace anything I have which is Benefit. I picked up the W7 mascara after a friend recommended it to me and told me it was a cruelty free dupe for Benefit! Cheaper and just as good? Definite win-win! I’m still not crazy in love with either of these mascara therefore if anyone has a suggestion please let me know!

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As mentioned before I’ve really started to love playing around with eyeshadows recently, I think it can finish off any look and it fun working with different colours, styles, techniques etc. I’m bought a 12 shade eye shadow palette from MAC which is simply stunning – it’s one of my favourite palettes I currently own. I have blue eyes therefore the oranges, golds, coppers and warm tones work really nicely and make my eyes pop!

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You’re making me blush! Sorry – I’m currently using deep throat from Nars and I’ve just picked up this gorgeous new blush from H&M! The pigmentation is really good and the colour really sticks to my brush! I’m looking forward to using the blush more and see how it goes.