Sunday, 6 January 2019

2018 - Favourite Beauty Bits

You may (or may not) have noticed that I'm not blogging as often. And I think that's a lot to do with my realisation that I/we don't need so much stuff. And I have been so bad (or good?) at buying stuff. When I first started blogging, I used to buy a lot of stuff, so I had things to write about and because I wanted to try things out to tell you about. I've never seen the point in writing about things that I can only comment on the packaging of! All we want to know is does it work, right?

There was a point earlier in the year and I had no new products to write about and I thought I need to go and buy stuff to write about. But I didn't need anything. I have drawers full of products that I haven't used, why would I go and buy more? So 2018 was the year I decided to be a more conscious consumer and also use up all my stuff, and only allow myself to purchase new products once I've used up every last drop. My beauty favourites for this year are a smaller selection but these are things I have really used and will keep on re-purchasing.
Simple Dual Effect eye make-up remover (Superdrug £2.39)
Although I don't use waterproof mascara (which this is targeted for), I find the dual effect of water and oil which you mix before putting on a cotton pad, is so gentle and really effective for removing all eye make up. There's no rubbing needed, just a quick hold the pad onto your eye lid and then wipe clean. Just wish it came in a larger bottle but this small 125ml will last me 6 weeks of daily use. 

Cien Nail Polish remover (Lidl £1.59)
Two things I love about this nail polish remover are 1. that it doesn't leave my nails stripped and dry and 2. the dispenser - you just push down on the top with a cotton pad and the remover dispenses up and on to the pad, like a professional manicurist!
L'Oreal Unlimited mascara (Superdrug/Boots £10.99)
This is the best mascara I have ever used. It gives length, volume and doesn't smudge. It doesn't need the gimmicky bendy wand but whatever, it also gets better with age!
Touch InSol No Poreblem primer (Cult Beauty £15.00)
If you can get hold of this, it's well worth a try. The silicone texture ensures a silky smooth base on which to apply foundation. It does help to mattify and if you keep it in your bag, a small midday application on the T zone will see you shine free for the rest of the day.

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Truffle (Harvey Nics £21.00)
This cream stick is my stand out product of the year. I am in love with it. I use it as a bronzer/contour/blush/eye shadow. It's that versatile. Granted for paler skins this would be too much, unless you want to bronze up. I apply the stick to the back of my hand and then apply with a brush. It warms up my face and adds some much needed shadow to fool a cheek hollow. Worth every penny.
Mac eye shadow in Woodwinked (Mac £14.00)
Ok so I only got this at Christmas and I'd never previously even seen it in the flesh but one swipe and I was smitten. This antique gold powder shadow is me in an eye shadow (not the antique bit!). It's brown yet its gold, it's one application for eye definition and it's two applications for a smoky eye. It's got the glint of gold, yet the subtleness of a day shadow. It's everything.

Bobbi Brown eye shadow in Toast (Bobbi Brown £19.50)
This is the shadow I've been using almost every day for the past 6 months. If you don't wear or like eye shadow (how? how?) but want something to cover darkened or veiny eye lids, this is for you. Think the colour of eye lids that have always had 9 hours sleep, no make up, no sun and lots of water. This is Toast.
Middle finger - Bobbi Brown Toast
Ring finger - Mac Woodwinked
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow (Harvey Nichols £16.00)
I received this mini size along with a glorious gold highlighter for Christmas and even though I've only used it a few times, it's already a favourite. This is the lip gloss when you want to hydrate your lips and give them a wash of perfect natural lips colour. You can wear this gloss on its on or over any lipstick to give a luscious plumptious look. If you're going for a no make up look or bold eyes/subtle lips, this is for you.


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