Handful of Faves | Favourites

Hi Everyone!

This is a quick favourites post that’s designed to enable you if you’re feeling spendy and looking for something new to pick up, haha. I grabbed five things out of my makeup bag that I love… maybe you’ll love them too!

non-greasy priming goodness…

Maybelline Master Prime in Blur and Smooth. I was loving this range almost a year ago in this post here!

light coverage and spf 30…

This bareMinerals Complexion Rescue is perfect for warmer days and light makeup looks.

the best way to look more awake than you are…

L’Oréal Magic Lumi Concealer Corrector layered over a full coverage concealer under the eyes is my go-to.

suble and matte…

This MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork is a fantastic base for other shadows or worn alone.

sensual yet understated…

At first I thought the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume would only be night time appropriate. As long as you keep your application light, it’s gorgeous during the day as well!

 

I hope this inspired you to dig through your makeup stash for a forgotten love… or maybe you found something new to add to your shopping list!

As always, follow me on Twitter and Instagram to get updates on what I’m using and loving as well as when new posts are up!

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Have any favourites you want to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Mary-Lou Manizer Highlight | Must Haves

Hi Everyone!

Who doesn’t have this amazing highlighter? If you spend any time on YouTube following beauty gurus, you might have heard about it… a million times, haha.

 

Well, I was on the anti-bandwagon, as I often am with “over hyped” products. Guess what, this is definitely worth the hype. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is a golden highlight powder that packs a serious punch!

  

My favourite thing about this product is that it’s buildable. You can use different types of brushes to get different effects as well. A stiffer, more dense brush will give you a stronger colour payoff. Whereas a big fluffy brush will give you a natural, ethereal glow. I also own the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in the shade Brilliant but I have to admit I reach for The Balm one more often.

Lots of blending gives a subtle glow…
Awkward vein highlight, haha…

Even though my skin type is combination-oily, I can still use highlighters with proper placement. By avoiding the forehead it doesn’t look greasy. Instead, I sweep this in a C shape from above the tail of my eyebrow down and along my cheekbone. I avoid bringing it onto the apples of my cheeks. A slight dusting over the bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow gives a nice balanced effect.

Whether you want something for everyday, or a full-on night out strobing effect, Mary-Lou‘s got you covered.

As always, follow me on Twitter and Instagram to get updates on what I’m using and loving as well as when new posts are up!

 

Do you have Mary-Lou in your collection? What’s your favourite highlighter? Let me know in the comments below!

Five Drugstore Makeup Products | Haul

Happy Saturday, Everyone!
I had a quick dentist appointment yesterday morning and had some time before work, so naturally I popped into my favourite drug store and picked up a handful of makeup products.

There wasn’t really a rhyme or reason for the items I bought. These are all things that happened to catch my eye.

First up is the Covergirl Tru Naked Waterproof Eyeliner Duo in Espresso and Cashmere.

I’m looking forward to trying these out at the same time. It’s a huge pet peeve when you want to brighten your lower waterline but darken your upper water line, blink, and you end up with a greyish colour all around your eyes from the two mixing together. Hopefully this waterproof claim will be true, stay tuned!

Next is the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Flush.

It looks quite glossy when first swatched on my hand but it’s actually more of a mousse. When it dries down it looks matte but not dry since it retains it’s mousse-y texture. I wore this at work yesterday and it did transfer onto my coffee cup but left a nice even stain on my lips, so it’s a winner!

I grabbed another “mousse-y” liquid lipstick but this time it’s the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Liquid Lip Color in Devotion. I already have these in two other shades (a nude; Seduction, and a red; Passion), but I wanted a fresh spring colour.

The formulation of these is on point. They dry down nicely and leave a surprisingly bouncy matte look. It’s hard to describe but basically they don’t make your lips look dry or shrivelly *shudder*. Side note: the colour is a lot more pinky in natural light.

A foundation managed to sneak into my basked somehow, despite the fact that I have around a dozen already. I’m not sure why but I feel like I need a different foundation for every occasion, or every mood, or every type of skin day. Today’s foundation happens to be the Maybelline Dream Velvet in the shade 05 Warm Porcelain.

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I didn’t include a swatch for this because it really didn’t show up on camera. I’ll need to test this on my face to give more thoughts. First impressions are that it seems to be light to medium coverage with a mousse texture (why did I buy so many mousse textured things?).

Last but not least is NYX’s The Go-To Palette in 01 Wanderlust. Oooh, with a name like that I’m curious to see how it lives up!

I swatched these quickly on my arm and I do have some opinions. I started with the eyeshadows and was really impressed. The shimmers are well pigmented and go on smooth. The mattes weren’t as pigmented as my higher-end ones, but still workable, which is awesome for an affordable brand. I got down the line to the highlighter and was also pleasantly surprised, but then… The blush and contour. I rubbed my finger over them and they chalked up. Maybe with a soft brush over the cheeks that won’t happen. Once again, I’ll have to give them a real try before passing final judgment. Overall, definitely glad I picked this up! It would be great for travel since it has a nice shade range for different eye looks.

Keep an eye on my social media which is where I’ll mention what products I’m wearing/loving #FOTD (Face Of The Day).

Have a fantastic weekend, Everyone!

Which type of makeup product sneaks into your basket most often? Let me know in the comments below!