March 21, 2013
Face of the Day & Product Chat
It's been a while since I sat down and wrote about what I've been using on my face. To be honest, it does change quite a bit as I have a lot of stuff on rotation, but I have some firm favourites, and am also always testing new stuff. Suffice to say this is a mixed bag of products which made me realise that this would make a good chatty blog post - read on to see my thoughts!
Skin: This is a bit of a funny one. I'm wearing a new foundation which I forgot to include in the shot of products - NARS Sheer Glow - and even though it has photographed pretty well on my face for this post, I'm really not gone on it in real life. I love the shade (Siberia), but it applies streaky on me and doesn't sit or last well on my skin. So far, I'm really not sold on this for my skin at least, and I really wish that I'd bought Laura Mercier Silk Creme instead, which has been getting rave reviews for the last while and from what I've heard, could be a better match for my skin type. I am kind of determined to try and make this one work, though! Any tips on working with it would be much appreciated!
For concealer, I used Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection on blemishes and scarring, and finished with Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch under the eyes. No complaints about either of these at all, I think they make a great little duo actually, and both are very affordable. I finished off with the Clarins Mineral Loose Powder* (again, not pictured) - it's lovely and pale so suits me very well at the moment. I really rate it as one of my favourite powders ever, and you can read a bit more about it at the end of this post.
Brows: I'm really not happy with my eyebrows at the moment, either! I used the HD Brows kit* as it's a fairly failsafe option, but I kind of feel like I need an eyebrow overhaul, and I especially need something to keep them in place. The problem I have with most brow gels is that because the 'tail' of my eyebrows is quite thin, gels can kind of remove whatever I've used to fill them in and I end up getting really frustrated and annoyed and, well, I don't really use them any more for that reason (#whitegirlproblems). I might to into MAC and get another pencil and the brow set that Sinéad picked up, but, that would be a very expensive trip!
Laura Mercier Eye Basics is still my primer of choice, and it'd want to be because it was dear! I love it, though, and it's lasting really well, but I'll probably pick up a different primer when this is done just for the sake of variety - maybe the NARS one?!
I'm still having a love affair with this Chanel quad in Raffinement and I don''t expect it to end any time soon. These shadows are some of the best in my collection and they work together incredibly well. You can create a really pretty wash of colour for daytime, a taupe, mid-tone slightly smokey eye like I have here, or a really dramatic smoked-out look for a night out. So, if you're looking to treat yourself this spring, I'd totally recommend checking if they still have this at your local counter.
For a bit of definition on the upper lid I used my Bobbi Brown Gel Liner. I've had this for a couple of years and I keep it from drying out with a bit of Inglot Duraline every once in a while. It's good, but overpriced in comparison to the 'drugstore' gel eyeliners that have overtaken it in recent years - I like the Essence one, too!
The mascara I used really took me by surprise - NYC Big Bold Curl.* The brush is massive, but I actually find it really easy to use and it definitely thickens and curls my lashes upwards somewhat. I'm not the fussiest when it comes to mascaras anyways, but I do really like this and considering it's less than a fiver I would definitely recommend trying it out!
Lips: I used one of my current favourite lip products, the Maybelline SuperStay 10H Tint Gloss in
Endless Ruby. As I mentioned in this post, I absolutely love this stuff and I think they haven't really been given enough love in the blogosphere - it lasts well on me and wears off very evenly down to a subtle stain.
Cheeks: I used the coveted Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed and, like everyone else, I adore this. It's just a brilliant basic product and I love how you can contour with it a little too, so it's super-versatile.
On the high points of my face I went in with my favourite makeup product of all time, Dior Amber Diamond. I've talked about this a lot but, suffice to say that this isn't just a highlighter, it's a perfector which improves the overall appearance and radiancce of my skin tenfold. My love for this means that I'm really intrigued by some other more subtle illuminating powders which have come onto the market of late, namely the Hourglass ones!