Compared to everyone in my friend group, I am definitely the person who wears the most makeup, and I never really go outside the house without at least some eyeliner and brow gel. In saying that, I by no means cake it on, and it has taken me a while to learn which products work well for me and which products react badly to my skin, which is naturally oily and quite sensitive. These are the products that I love, but I am not saying they will work for everyone. I hope you enjoy the post.
I received a MAC voucher for y birthday this year and decided to get the MAC burgundy x9 palette which was released early this year. I have a blue undertone to my skin, so the reds and purple shades really complement me well. There are so many different textured finishes and different light tones, so it is super easy to go from a day to night look by just adding on an extra colour. All the shades have been arranged to perfectly complement each other. I love that all of the shadows are very highly pigmented and very easy to blend, and although it is a little pricey, I would definitely recommend saving up for this if you are looking for a staple palette. I have used mine so much already and I've hardly made a dent in mine, so I think this will last me a very long time.
I never really used blush until a couple of months ago, just because I find certain tones are too harsh on my pale skin, and make me look very artificial. I found Maybelline blush in Medium Rose, and I'm loving it, simply because it doesn't look like I'm wearing blush or makeup; it gives me a very natural flush. It's not that pigmented, but is build-able, which is actually what I like about it. I would recommend it if you are looking for a natural glow, but not if you are someone who loves highly pigmented very visible blush.
I purchased NYX's Lipliner in Natural and their extra creamy Lipstick in Minimalism a few days back and I am loving them both. I have heard so much about this specific lipliner shade, so I decided to try it out for myself. I don't have thick lips at all, and I wanted a lipliner that would give me the illusion of plumped lips without looking fake or like I am wearing makeup, and this shade works so well. It is the same as my natural lip colour, so I just overlain very lightly and voila! The lipstick complements the lipliner, so if I feel like a little something extra I wear that as well, but it gives me more of a moisturised lip effect, rather than looking like I am wearing makeup. Again, it's a very natural shade.
I purchased the MAC gel eyeliner in Dipdown, and I really love it. I personally use it as an eyeliner, but I know many people do use is for their brows; but it's too chocolate and warm to match my eyebrows. I really love the formula because It glides on easily, dries quickly and doesn't smudge or fade. It only comes off when you want it to, which is great and is again highly pigmented. I love the little pot it comes in as well, I have dropped this thing so many times, but the glass doesn't even have a scratch on it; so the whole product is very good quality. I don't use this everyday, but rather when I either am going for a natural look (because it's not so harsh as black eyeliner) or for when I am doing a smoky eye. The only thing that is slightly annoying, is that if you want to smudge the liner out, you have to do it as soon as you apply it, otherwise it dries and won't go anywhere after that.
My favourite lipstick this year was from Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick range, in the shade Blushed. It has a beautiful pearl finish and is a light shade, which I prefer, as I find darker shade look too harsh on me. It never dries out my lips, and I can wear this shade with just about any eye makeup colour palette, whether I'm wearing bronzed tones, greys, browns or plum shades. It also works well with the NYX lipliner in Natural, which I mentioned earlier. I got this as part of a set; the other two lipsticks were Champagne on Ice, a nude champagne hue with a pearl finish and there was also Toast of New York, a dark port wine red in a creme finish.
I recently stopped by at an Inglot store, and I realised I had never tried any of their products, and since I was in need of a concealer and foundation I decided why not. I fell in love with the idea of their freedom system, which is so customisable. You can pick anywhere from 1-15 shades of concealer, lipstick, eyeshadow, or blusher and arrange your own palette. What's more: if you buy 2 or more shades you get the palette free, which is great. The palette itself is very good quality, and I love the concealer and corrector I bought, especially since I didn't have to settle for the typical 'fair' concealer palettes; that are meant for pale skin but are still somehow too dark for me. The AMC cream foundation is a light coverage, which is perfect for summer, and works well on oily skin, like mine.
My favourite makeup brush is the setting brush from Real Techniques by Sam and Nic Chapman. It is so soft, and I haven't had any shedding, and I have had this one for months. The fact that the tip of the brush is white, makes it easy to see exactly how much product you're using and what colour you are putting onto your skin, which isn't often the case with other brushes. This brush range has different categories, and each category comes with its own colour code, and `i love this pink one. It is unfortunately my only Real Techniques brush at the moment, but I am definitely planning on buying lots more next year! I use it for my highlight powders, setting powders, and sometimes to blend out very heavy and dark eyeshadow just before I apply my liner, as it give a more blended look and removes any harsh lines. These brushes are just as good, if not better than MAC, Bobbi Brown or other top (expensive brands) and cost way less, so if you can get your hands on them, do.
I hope this helps you find a new favourite product, and feel free to ask me anything about these products in the comment section. or on my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until the next post
-The Traveling Oyster xxx