August 24th – the day I get one year older (obvs), and a day full of so many treats (food is also included). I’ve been very lucky this year, I have been showered with so many amazing gifts that I am beyond thankful for, and I want to share them with all of you.
I thought I’d make a post dedicated just to the makeup I received and bought – have to treat yourself on your birthday, right? – because I have to properly discuss everything makeup related (duh).
We’ll kick this off with the base makeup:
*NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – (£31)
*Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – (£30)
*Stila Perfecting Concealer – £15)
*MAC Studio Finish Concealer Duo – (£20)
How do I even begin to describe this foundation? It’s every thing I’ve been looking for in a bottle. It has such a light texture, almost watery, which is great for a sheer finish, and for those who prefer high coverage looks, it’s extremely buildable, without looking cakey. I like medium to high coverage, so I usually go for two applications, and it blends in with my skin so well. And if that’s not enough, the best thing about this foundation is that it gives me the most amazing, flawless, dewy finish! (if you prefer a matte finish, I suggest you check out the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint – £30). I personally feel that using a Beauty Blender gives me the ultimate glowy finish, because the sponge really presses the foundation into my skin without looking streaky – which is usually an issue with brushes. I fell completely in love with NARS Sheer Glow from the first use, and it’s definitely going to remain a staple product in my makeup bag for a long, long time. It’s really worth visiting a NARS counter (I went to the one in Selfridge’s in Birmingham), and having a test of this foundation, I promise you will not be disappointed!
I’ve heard so many things about the Double Wear foundation range – good and bad, so obviously I had to see what the deal was for myself. I never buy foundation without having it sampled on my skin first (yep, sometimes you gotta have your makeup removed, *cries*), and it’s always worth it. I did have my doubts with this foundation because for some it’s too heavy, but I was really impressed. It is high coverage – I mean, it is double wear – and it’s supposed to be, but if you prefer something more lightweight then this isn’t for you. It’s not the foundation of choice for an everyday wear (it is a very dense product), but if you are going for an airbrushed finish (think Kim K), then this is an amazing product. It covers up blemishes and imperfections really well, and the best thing: it does not transfer. Because this is foundation is so long lasting, it’s what I reach for when I have an event such as a wedding or a party, so I don’t have to worry about my makeup running off by the end of the night.
This little treat has been on my wish list for a long time, so I decided to buy it as a gift for myself (just had to). I’ve watched a lot of makeup tutorials, and the Stila concealer features positively in many of them so I had to give it a try. This is a high coverage product, and reminds me a quite a bit of my old favourite, the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer, so of course I’m really chuffed about this. This product is great for not only concealing unwanted dark circles, but also highlighting underneath your eyes to give you a more lifted look. As this is a high coverage concealer, it is essential that you set it well. I find that a translucent powder works best, so I usually go for the NYX HD Finishing Powder, which prevents the concealer from creasing. I would’ve preferred either a pump or a wand for this concealer so I can control the amount I need, but other than that, I have no complaints.
These concealers are so handy, they’re pigmented, compact and have a really smooth texture which is the best combination there could be. I use the first shade as a colour corrector because it has a peachy undertone so it’s great for correcting under eye discolouration. The slightly yellow shade on the right works great for brightening dark areas such as the under eyes and around the mouth which tends to be a problem area -especially for Asian skin tones. Both of these colours work really well together to give you a nice, even complexion, so you’ll have the perfect base for your foundation. If you’re looking for easy to blend concealers that don’t budge – then give this duo a try, you have no excuse, there are MAC stores/counters everywhere.
Talking of MAC, I also got two beautiful lipsticks that I’ve fallen completely in love with.
*Velvet Teddy – £15.50
Just look at them, they’re so pretty *insert heart eye emoji* Both lipsticks are amazing, and they both have a matte finish which I love. I like pairing a bold lip with a minimal makeup look, and Intoxica works perfectly for that. Velvet Teddy is a new favourite of mine, I absolutely LOVE it! It’s the perfect nude shade, with a beautiful orangey undertone to it. The lipstick looks great on its own, but I also like pairing it with a lipliner as well, usually another fave of mine – Rimmel, Spice which is a gorgeous burnt reddish colour. MAC has an amazing range of lipsticks and I can’t wait to add to my collection!
So, that’s it for this post! I’ve loved sharing some of my favourite treats, and I know I’m going to have a lot of fun using everything. If there’s anything on here that you guys are tempted to buy, please let me know, and as always, if there’s something you absolutely adore at the moment, I’d love to know. I’m always looking to add more to my makeup bag!