Saturday, 19 August 2017

August Makeup Musings

August Makeup Musings

This month I've really changed up my makeup bag, switching in a few forgotten gems and [spoiler alert] I bought that Urban Decay palette, so I thought I'd share my ramblings on the makeup I've been using, bought and am thinking about at the moment.


BASE AND BOTOX?

I bought the Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation about a week before going on Roaccutane last year which was a bit silly as within two weeks my skin was lizard dry and I couldn't really wear makeup. Way to go, Laura. I dug it out a few week's ago and I'm really enjoying it. It's got pretty good coverage, sitting at about a medium and it's quite glowy so perfect for my dry and dull skin. The name couldn't be more apt as it really does make my skin look flawless, and importantly without the need of concealer. A quick bop of a beautyblender and I'm done!

Talking of applying foundation, I've seen those weird looking flat brushes everywhere and wanted to try one out so I actually picked up one in Primark. The hairs are densely packed in and super soft, but it does feel a bit like rubbing a furry spoon across my face! Dense brushes give heavier coverage so it didn't give me quite the finish I wanted unfortunately. How I've been using it instead is more to finish off my makeup, so after applying it with a buffing brush I give my base a little going over with this to really smooth it into the skin.

As I'm really happy with my base at the moment and my skin is clear I'm only putting foundation under my eyes. I've been using the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer quite a bit lately and it makes such a difference. My friend thought I'd had more botox done as I looked really fresh and awake. I haven't and this concealer is much cheaper so that's a bonus! It's super high coverage and quite dewy so I only use a tiny amount. Like, really tiny.

August Makeup Musings

August Makeup Musings

CAN WE TALK ABOUT EYESHADOWS?

I feel like everyone's gone a bit loopy over eyeshadow lately. I missed the pre-sale of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette and if you follow me on Twitter, you'll know how much I've wanted it ever since. I finally picked it up a when it launched in store, around 200 years after everyone else! It's one of the most versatile palettes I own, which considering most of the colours are quite out there is quite surprising. I've worn it non-stop and even though I have brown eyes it's really flattering. Plus it goes with my newly copper hair so that's something. My favourite colours have to be SaucedLumberHe Devil and Cayenne. I'm already getting hyped about Autumn and wearing darker makeup so I'll be venturing to the righthand side of the palette on the regular then for sure.

I also picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow in Bette which is such a dreamy golden bronze hue. It's super soft and buttery and I've made quite a dent in the little pot already so I'm not sure how long it will last. In fairness I never hit pan on eyeshadows so it's hardly an issue. It's perfect for smudging on when you're in a rush, or I quite like putting a powder shadow in a similar colour on top for a more intense look and super good staying power.

The other main eyeshadow launch recently was of course the Anastasia Subculture palette which caused a bit of a stir. When I first saw the shades they didn't appear to me at all and I disregarded it as there was no way I would buy it. Then all the drama kicked off about the shadows being really powdery and hard to blend. I got stuck in a YouTube hole and watched so many reviews on this darn palette that I now really want it! I'm going to wait until a new batch comes out just to make sure any of the issues are fixed. To be fair though, the Modern Renaissance palette is quite powdery and the Mario palette even more so and it didn't both me. We'll see what happens on that one!

August Makeup Musings

GIVE IT SOME LIP

Two awesome things happened in August. I found my Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood, which I've been looking for since probably last summer. And I also finally found the Chanel Rouge Allure Ink in Amoureux in stock. Shock horror. Needless to say, I'm sorted for long lasting nudes at the moment. Both go nicely with the warm tones of the Heat palette so I'm one happy bunny. The ABH pick literally stays put for hours without any top-ups, but the Chanel Lip Ink formula is a lot thinner so it does need touching up after two or three hours. Not anything to get sad about though.

What makeup has been keeping you happy this month?

Laura

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