Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Makeup Mix: February 2017

monthly favourites beauty cosmetics coastal scents winterberry palette george asda eye primer jeffree star velour liquid lip i'm royalty 17 stay time foundation anastasia beverly hills dip brow pomade rimmel wake me up concealer barry m chisel cheeks contour kit jeffree star skin frost lavender snow

Is it just me or has February been a fucking whirlwind? I can't even remember where the first two weeks went. All I remember was suddenly it was Valentine's Day, then, at last, the 19th hit meaning it was Jack's 28th birthday (oh my God, he's so old haha) and I had my whole 9 days off from work. It was bliss by the way. And now, here we are, talking about the beauty products I reached for the most this month.  

It's not all that often I have a month of firm favourites, but I've had a very purple/pink toned theme going on which has made it easy to determine what will take my fancy each morning. Although I told you guys in this post that I don't wear bold, colourful eyes as often as one might assume about me from my earlier content on here and my YouTube videos, I'm still an avid fan of wearing reds and purples on my eyes, as well as a bit of pink here and there. My weapon of choice has been the Coastal Scents Winterberry palette which contains 12 shimmery shades made up of stunning pink, purple and red hues, with a couple of staples to take you into a smoky eye such as a gunmetal and a white highlight number. It's an absolute dream and the name is very appropriate. The shades are incredibly pigmented, and are smooth and buttery to apply - I am SO impressed as this is my first purchase from Coastal Scents and I think this was only around £13, making it an absolute steal. The pans are also removable which means you can mix and match with your other custom palettes and take just a couple of these beauties on the go if that's all you're after.

But what good is beautiful eyeshadow without a long-lasting base? My current favourite eye primer is the George at Asda Eye Primer. It comes in a squeezy tube with a long, thin nib and you only need the teensiest dot to cover your whole lid. If you use more it will appear like the product is patchy across your lids, but fear not, leave it to dry and I promise it'll still work brilliantly. This hidden treasure comes in at less than £4 so it's a total bargain and definitely my new favourite eye primer.

Focusing on the rest of my face, my go-to foundation at the moment is the 17 Stay Time foundation, a product I've had for a while but found very difficult to like at first. It wasn't until I started using complexion sponges (I prefer Real Techniques offering over the Primark one pictured, but it is a decent dupe) that I found out how best to apply and work it into the skin. Since then, I've fallen in love with its full coverage and lasting power, the only issue is that I currently own this in Soft Ivory which is a little on the pale/pink side, so until I can get my hands on Fair, which I think is more my shade, I'm mixing this with my Revlon Colorstay. It's a pity this isn't on the Boots website as my nearest Boots stores, and even those not exactly on my doorstep, seem to be lacking the shade I need :(

To conceal, my current favourite is the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer, another product I didn't like that much when I bought it. It's a dewy finish concealer with a fairly light coverage, so it's the perfect partner for my dewy base products - I particularly like this with the Bourjois CC Cream. When I'm wearing my 17 Stay Time foundation, I don't actually feel the need for much in the way of concealer which is why I don't wear anything heavy duty. Instead I opt for adding this under my eyes and a little around my nostrils just to add some extra coverage to any discoloured areas. For being so lightweight, however, I admit that this doesn't slip and slide around and lasts impressively well (although not quite as well as the foundation, naturally).

To finish my face, I'm all about really heavy, shaped out brows right now, and my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is the tool for the job. I love the shape and definition this pot of goodness can give me. I think I've mentioned before that I often fall in and out of love with this, switching it up and preferring my powder instead, but I've been loving the lasting power and the way I can really carve my brows out - something that, up until January, I've been too afraid to do. To give me some definition to my cheekbones, my Barry M Flawless Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit has taken the crown for easy application and a beautiful look. I love the shadow it creates and the sculpted shape it adds to my face. Finally, for highlight, the stunning Lavender Snow Skin Frost by Jeffree Star is still everything. It's probably my favourite highlighter ever, alongside the KVD Thunderstruck. This frosty finished lilac shade adds a really pop and shimmer to the skin and compliments my berry toned eye looks so beautifully.

For lips, Jeffree's Velour Liquid Lipstick in I'm Royalty is the one. I'm a big lover of purple lipsticks, in fact, it's by far one of my favourite lip colours to wear, and I've been desperate to get my hands on I'm Royalty forever, but Beauty Bay took their sweet time stocking it. Once it hit, I ordered it, and it's one of the best purchases I've made. I adore the formula of this line, as they're such easy liquid lipsticks to pop on and go, and I don't have to worry much about them moving. If you want more detail, check out this post. 

What have you been loving this month? 


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