Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Make-Up Mix: May 2018

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The last few months have been hella exciting for me in terms of make-up. Whilst I'm struggling with my physical appearance and fighting with my weight, I've turned to buying more make-up than new clothing to help me feel like me and to help me feel my best. I've got a couple of favourites that I really want to share with you this month, so if you're looking for some new purchase ideas, then be sure to stay tuned!

In terms of base products, I haven't hugely strayed away from the norm. I'm wearing the same primers and foundations, but I've picked up a couple of new bits and pieces that I've been really enjoying. For concealer, I've been reaching daily for the Essence Camouflage Concealer. I own the lightest shade and it's similar in colour to my holy grail Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. It runs a little bit thinner and lighter in texture and consistency than Collection's offering, but doesn't sacrifice on the coverage. It stays well put on my nose and and brightens up my under-eyes without any bother. It also covers spots well with the help of my complexion sponge. (Side note, this concealer also taught me once and for all how to spell 'camouflage' haha!)

Although I still swear by my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, I've been absolutely loving the Obsession Makeup London Correct Concealer in White. This makes a fantastic base for eyeshadows as it neutralises the lid and makes bright colours pop much more than any other concealer or primer. It's a bit like using the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, but it is a liquid and therefore has a smoother texture. Not everyone will like its sponge applicator tip but I love it as it just makes it so easy to apply, and it can cover large areas (like my arm when I do swatches) really easily. I haven't worn this without primer so I can't comment on its wear time, but I'm really impressed with it so far.

Lately I've been switching it up with my highlighters and contours, trying out different products in my make-up drawers instead of reaching for the same old things. I've been using a couple of different highlight palettes lately, with one of them being Primark's #GlowGetter Palette, which contains four huge square pans of gorgeous shimmery highlight. They aren't particularly chalky but are shimmery and not for the faint of heart. The most neutral of the lot is the white shade with the pink shift that reminds me a lot of MUA's Peach Diamond highlighter. I also used the blue and pink in a recent Instagram video I filmed but haven't posted yet, and the blue is dreamy. It's big, it's bold and it's a head-turner! The second palette I've been loving is the Marina & Demme Glow On Highlighting & Strobing palette which reminds me a lot of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit - a product I said I wasn't interested in buying. But I found this gorgeous thing in TK Maxx for just a fiver, and, well, I can't resist a highlighter, especially when it's cheap! It's full of shimmery highlights that are generally not multi-dimensional but more 'what you see is what you get' - which I have no qualms with at all. It boasts gorgeous colours and shimmer, and I'm really enjoying wearing it.

I'm all for trying out my eye palettes I've been picking up recently, and the one I'm most impressed with at the moment is the gorgeous Primark Bronze Shade & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette which comes in a handy travel-size with 9 shades that allow you to create a day or night look depending on your mood. I'm really enjoying creating different looks with this, but as I mentioned in this post, I feel that the palette could do without the cool beige tone and instead a dark teal would've been perfect for this beachy, summery palette. Another thing I've been loving is using my Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks as eyeliners. I knew you could use them as liquid liners, but I had no idea up until a few months ago that they were totally safe to use on your waterline - which means I don't ever have to hunt for long-lasting and bold eyeliners ever again, huzzah! I've been using them loads, especially for shoots and videos. They are so perfect to apply and look amazing. On the whole, they've been amazing for all the looks I've been doing - I'm all about that mixing and making new shades.

Last, but not least, I am loving the Primark Gloss Kits. Specifically, I got the one from the Nudes collection, and it's more of an actual nude than a pink nude (I believe these are the only two gloss kits from that collection). I'm unsure of the name because I stupidly threw out the packaging without checking, and if you're familiar with Primark beauty, they often don't put their names on the actual product which is super annoying when you're a beauty blogger. Although the pencil is a tad on the dry side, the gloss is awesome - its pigmented and comfortable, without being sticky or thick. It's defo more satin than a wet-look shine, but the fact that it doesn't go tacky and weird or stick to my hair makes it a dreamy formula for me, and I'll probably grab a couple more colours. They also last longer than any other gloss product I've had, and although they're more like a Liquid Suede or Apocalips kind of thing, they aren't messy and they don't get on my teeth or my hair or my face, and stay put surprisingly well. For me, they're what the Apocalips and Liquid Suede lines should be. 

For more info on the Primark palettes, be sure to see this post!

What have you guys been loving this month? This also marks my last post of daily blogging through May! I hope you enjoyed reading my posts as I enjoyed creating them - it's defo been fun!


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