September 22, 2014

Make-Up Shake-Up

Since starting work (ahem, over three years ago) I have allowed myself to get very boring and basic with my make-up. Despite having an embarrassingly large collection at my fingertips, sleep was far more important to me and I was content with just slapping on some foundation, mascara and brows in favour of those extra 10 minutes. However, now that I am more than a bit of a morning person and get up an hour earlier than necessary to cook up some eggs, I have time to play and have thoroughly been enjoying having a dig through my stash and rediscovering some real gems, both old and new.

I have really been enjoying the YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation again. It's such a gorgeous, dewy base that sits really well on my skin now that it's super clear and even (updated skincare routines incoming). I'm determined to finish a foundation before trying a new one (Dior Star, I've got my eye on you) and I think this will be the one. Full review here.

On a whim, I picked up the Rimmel Brow This Way eyebrow gel as it was €3 on offer in Boots and I had been toying with the idea of getting the exceedingly pricier Benefit version. I chucked this in a drawer and only pulled it out a fortnight ago and, lo and behold, I love it. The shade 002 Medium Blonde is a great match for my brows, though could be a touch ashier, and it does a good job of holding brows in place and further shaping them.

The biggest shake-up has been eyeshadow. I have a huge eyeshadow collection and yet, they sit there, for weeks on end, without being touched. So, having time in the mornings now has given me the luxury of being able to break out some old and new favourites. MAC Texture has been a revelation as a one-product eye and really makes my blue eyes stand out. Mauve from the Lorac PRO palette is an amazing smokey taupe that is subtle enough for work and I have been going wild with both the NARSissist palette (which I really neglected) and my beloved Laura Mercier Artist Palette, mixing and matching shades for different looks. I like how put-together and nice wearing eyeshadow makes me feel. I'd lost that somewhere along the road.

Chanel Accent has been my blush of choice lately as it's such a great transition colour for this time of year. Warm, yet natural, a dusky pink-brown with the most refined golden shimmer, it adds a certain something to my face that no other blush does. 

Finally, I'm a self-admitted mascara hoochie, throwing my lashes at whichever one so much as looks at me but, I've found The One. L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture* was sent to me pre-holidays and, again, chucked in a drawer for later. Fast forward three weeks and I'm obsessed. Thick, blackest black lashes that look incredibly long and full thanks to a formula that holds a curl all day long. It's a bit tough to remove but, then, aren't all great loves?!

I'm really feeling inspired by what I have and have no real interest in buying new stuff. I want to use up a few bits as it's starting to feel a bit cluttered around these parts so, there may not be any shopping posts for awhile - don't hold me to that though!

1 comment:

  1. It's always nice mixing up your products especially when us beauty bloggers have so mud. I don't make a whole lot of effort on my days off (I work part-time) but on the days that I do work I like to mix it up x

    Beauty with charm


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