A Very Late 13 Best of 2013!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Hey everyone, hope you're all well. You may or may not have noticed I haven't posted for a while which is down to a combination of things. Namely having a bad time at my job and having to quit, being a busy third year university student and some exciting goings on which have meant I haven't been able to blog as much as I'd like. I'm hoping now this will change as I've really missed posting and thought i'd start my return by doing my belated 13 favourites of 2013. As everyone says, it's so hard to narrow it down to just 13 products so I really tried to pick the ones that absolutely stood out over everything else and managed to eventually whittle it down to these!

1) Benefit Porefessional & MAC Refined Zone Primer (not pictured) - This may be cheating a bit but this combination of primers is my absolute favourite. I find the Porefessional is great at hiding any pesky visible pores around my nose whilst the MAC is amazing at reducing shine and mattifying any oily patches of skin for longer lasting make-up.

2) Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation - Sticking along the theme of long lasting make up, I adore this foundation! Not only does it stick around for hours but it contains SPF which is great for daytime, is a perfect colour match and gives great coverage without looking too unnatural. The only downside for me is that it's unavaliable in the UK but if I ever visit the US I'll definitely be stocking up!

3) Loreal Nude Magique BB Powder - I really like this powder for looking really natural whilst helping with any oil control on my face. It photographs nicely and sits well on the skin whilst not being too expensive or clogging my pores. The only negative is that the shade range is limited to around two. They are fairly adaptable but if you have a medium-dark skintone, I'm not 100% sure this could work for you.

4) Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (White) - This is one of my favourite discoveries of the whole year. The perfect powder for under eyes as it not only sets the area beautifully to allow a crease-free finish but also further brightens any undereye dark circles left after concealer. I will definitely continue to repurchase this throughout 2014!

5) Illamasqua Blush in Tremble - I have to admit, I'm not someone who always wears blush but when I do, this is the one I reach for 90% of the time. It's such a pretty, wearable peachy pink that I can't imagine looking bad on anyone. When my face needs perking up it's the one i'll always choose. I love it because it's the most long lasting brand of blush I own and it's matte so doesn't leave too much shimmer on my face. Highly recommend this!

6) MAC Patisserie Lipstick - This is definitely my all-time favourite everyday shade. It's basically a much easier way of wearing nude as it's a pinky brown shade which doesn't wash me out or look too unnatural. It provides a bit of a sheen and a wash of colour and for someone who finds nudes just don't work for them I find this perfect.

7) MAC Sable Eyeshadow - The perfect plummy toned shimmery brown. It's a hard to describe shade but it's great all over the lid or in the crease and I find it works well with practically any colour I wear. Seriously beautiful and I use it quite a lot!

8) MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow - My favourite all over the lid, everyday colour. This is a colour I will always repurchase and that gets the most love from me! It's a really lovely pinky gold colour that is super flattering.

9) Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner - This year brought about a new love of liquid eyeliner that I'd never had before and it's all because of this baby! It's a really opaque, slightly glossy black and I find the thin nib of the felt tip applicator makes application so much easier. The only negative is it does take a minute or two to dry so I do tend to wait before curling my lashes.

10) Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil & Liner - Another one of my favourite discoveries of the year. I never really heard this talked about but I absolutely love it. I also own the Hourglass Brow Sculpter but find this so much better. You get a felt tip applicator on one end which is great for sparser areas of brow where I need to mimic hairs and then a really pigmented pencil which leaves an amazing finish on the brows. So, so good!

11) YSL Babydoll Mascara - Although expensive, this was definitely my favourite mascara of the year. I'm still not sure if this is 'the one' but it's one of the best ones I've used for creating a slight curl, adding length and volume. It leaves a really nice finish and has left me wanting to try every YSL mascara there is now too.

12) Bumble & Bumble Dryspun Finish Spray - I've gotten through around 3 cans of that this year as I just can't leave without big hair. This stuff is really good at just adding some texture and volume to the roots and ends and creating good bed hair. I'm not 100% sure I prefer this to the Oribe offering but at £17 cheaper it's definitely worth it!

13) Models Own Hedonist, Topshop Celestial & Barry M LE Holographic Silver Glitter - As you may be able to tell, I've massively cheated here. But who realistically can be just one nail polish for the whole year?! It was hard enough to get it to three.. But anyway! These were the three that stood out to me. Hedonist is an incredible neon red shade that I could barely take off all summer. Topshop Celestial is probably my joint favourite shade ever with it as an amazing cornflower blue shade that works any season. Finally, I picked up this Barry M LE Shade (with no name) towards the end of the year and it is THE most amazing glitter - it's like a silver toned rainbow on the nails! I must have stocked up on around five so if you can find it i'd definitely recommend it.

So that's my (sort of) 13 favourites of 2013. I'd love to know what you think of any of these products or what you're favourite products were and i'll hopefully be back soon with another post! Thanks for reading :)

My Favourite Long Lasting Foundations (Mainly Drugstore)

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to speak to you about a few foundations I've been loving lately. As someone with oily/combination skin, I'm constantly on the hunt for a long-lasting foundation. I'm really not one for touching up my make up so for me it's essential and anything that can last well on my oily nose goes down very well for me. I've tried a lot of foundations, both high end (such as EL Doublewear, MAC Studio Fix) and drugstore. I'd given up a lot of hope on ever finding any but this year, so many amazing foundations were released and now, I struggle to choose a favourite. The best part is, almost all of them are drugstore and I can honestly say I find the quality and lasting power is 10x better than any high end foundation I've used.

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation £9.99 - I was pretty aprhensive about this foundation as the only similar foundation I've used was the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, which didn't work out too well. But this foundation is so lovely. The texture is really unique, but it makes it blend so effortlessly into the skin. It provides a medium matte coverage which can be built up but remains looking pretty natural and not at all cakey on the skin at all. You also don't need to use a lot of it because of it's blend-ability and it lasts about 6-7 hours on my skin without powdering. If you've been scared to try it, I would definitely suggest giving it a go. 

& Other Stories All Day Perfecting Foundation £15 - This foundation is a really nice, long lasting option for those of you who prefer more of a satin/dewy finish. Of the four I have to say this is probably the only one I wouldn't repurchase as it is a lot more expensive and isn't quite the finish I like the best. However, it's got a really good medium coverage with a wear time of around 6 hours and definitely my favourite of the high ends foundations I've tried.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation £4.80 - I absolutely adore this stuff. This is one of my all time favourite everyday foundations now alongside the last offering. It lasts amazingly well, we're talking around 8-9 hours without repowdering and is such a beautiful finish. It's more of a light matte finish but looks pretty natural, just like your skin but perfected. It's not avaliable in the UK but you can order it on ebay (for 3x the price, annoyingly). I'm definitely going to be picking up a few if I ever go back to America!

Barry M Flawless Matte Finish Oil-Free Foundation £5.99 - This is an equally amazing foundation that I really didn't expect to love as much as I do. I'd also definitely repurchase this foundation, I use it really regularly as I know I can rely on it to last me all day. The weartime is also around 8-9 hours on my skin and applies really evenly and easily. It offers a good medium, buildable coverage that remains natural on the skin.

So the two cheapest foundations are my favourite, who would have guessed! I'd definitely advice trying these before forking out double or triple the price for something that in my experience doesn't work or last nowhere near as well. I hope this helped some of you struggling to find something that works and those of you on a budget! Just for reference, I tend to use Benefit Porefessional or MAC Refined Zone Primer under them. Please let me know any posts you'd like to see :)