I won't lie, my day-to-day make-up tends to be pretty much the same every damn single day. Pinky-champagne eye shadow, a failed attempt at contouring and a pretty peachy pink lip. However the actual products I use can chop and change like my mood.
Skincare - Cleanser still tends to be a sticky topic with many people, however I am firmly a cleansing balm girl. Ever since I purchased a tub of the dreamy Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, my skin has been thanking me ever since as I haven't turned back to any other cleansing formulation. You need the tiniest amount, massage it into your skin and hey, hello gorgeous, glowing skin.
Base - Jouer's Anti Blemish Matte Primer has been my go to primer for the past few months after a pretty naughty splurge on Cult Beauty once upon a moon. I can't say it helps keep blemishes at bay - anti-blemish products and my skin just don't seem to get along. However this acts as a really good 'glue' for the rest of my make-up. My favourite foundation is still the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation which I cannot recommend enough to anyone whose skin sits on the oiler side of the skin spectrum. This absorbs any excess oil yet still adds a subtle luminosity, all the while adding a decent medium, build able coverage and feeling ridiculously lightweight upon the skin. Lets not discuss how many bottles of this I've been through since it landed on my face back in September.
I recently used my Boots points up and nabbed one of the new Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection brushes. This is the Triangle Foundation brush which I was so excited about trying however I'm not so sure what I think about it. This absorbs a lot of product and to be perfectly honest, is really rather difficult to work with. Upon first use, my make-up had subtle streaks and brush lines which is not good look. I suppose the years of buffing my foundation has confused me. I so wish I'd instead chosen their contouring brush instead.
Concealer - I'm currently using Seventeen's Stay Time concealer which I'm fairly certain is supposed to be for blemishes, however I personally prefer this for my dark circles. I think my blemishes and scars are too angry and prominent for this to cover them up unfortunately, however this is fab for under your eyes.
Eyes - An amazing tip I'd never thought of before was from a lady at the YSL counter at John Lewis who said their Touche Eclat doubles up as a great eye primer. As much as I'd love to be able to repurchase their golden pen on rotation, I've settled for L'Oreal's Lumi Maqique pen which I swipe over my eyelids and blend out for a base for my eyeshadow. If you get oily eyelids and find your eye make-up, especially your eyeliner and mascara ends up on your brow bone half an hour after application, prime your eyes.
I then love the L'Oreal Eyeshadow Quad in Nude Lingerie, especially the pinky-champagne colour all over the lid and either the golden shade or the smokey taupe in the crease and blended out. Dreamy.
Sculpt - My trusty, trusty NARS Laguna bronzer will most likely forever be my only bronzer of choice, despite several of my favourite beauty bloggers insisting that Soap & Glory do an identical dupe. This just gives the face some 'shape' and definition, though don't expect super sharp cheekbones. I'm also loving Topshop's Glow Pot in Gleam which is a beautiful golden highlighter which requires the tiniest amount dabbed onto the tops of the cheekbones to add some more definition and really gorgeous glow to the complexion. If I didn't have such oily skin, I'd go wild with this.
Set - I don't use it enough but RMS have a super translucent powder that doesn't cause a weird white, powdery flashback in photos and just sets your make up without taking it from master piece to cake face. Again, you don't need much of this loose powder and I can imagine this little tub will last me a long time.
Read - Everyone has been raving about Sali Hughes' book for a good few months now and I still cannot get enough of it. I've long been a fan of her beauty column for the Guardian and am a huge fan of her book, Pretty Honest. Treat this as your most trusted friend when it comes to beauty; there's everything you'd ever need in it. There's a great piece on how to approach sales assistants at beauty counters which I could totally relate to. It's a beautiful book and one that I'm sure will become a timeless collection of beauty writings.
What have you been loving beauty wise recently? Let me know in the comments.