Wednesday, 25 July 2018

My Holy Grail Beauty Products: The Base Edit

I feel like it's taken me a long while to settle on some 'holy grail' type beauty products. I've tried so many products and brands over the years, and I've definitely come in contact with some favourites, but in the last eight months or so I've really sat down to think about what bits and pieces I love and has really made the cut in becoming part of my 'holy grail' makeup bag. In today's post I wanted to share with you some of those products.


When it comes to highlighters, I have no shortage of favourites. Some other products I would include in my holy grails would actually be the two Primark highlighters I have 'Brunch Club' and 'Mink Pink', but, being Primark products, they're not all that easy to find so I decided against including them in this post. I'm a big fan of bright, shimmery and colourful highlighters, so Crescent Moon came as quite a pleasant surprise when I found myself purchasing it and falling in love. Subtle and glow-inducing, this Topshop gem packs quite a sheen, and looks amazing as an all-over highlighter. It's the one I wear the most on camera for photos or filming when there's a sheen to my nose, chin and forehead, as well as my cheekbones.


Although I love that my foundation leans more of a matte formula, sometimes I prefer to add some dewiness to my look or make my skin look like actual skin, and for this I use a number of liquid illuminators and mix them with my foundation to get the level of glow I desire. Hocus Focus was one of the first liquid illuminators I ever picked up and it's remained as one of my go-to 'holy grail' products. It gives an amazing glow to the skin and acts as a pick-me-up if you apply it to the high points of your face, on top of your foundation. I also like to use it to give certain powder highlights an extra, intense boost. 


I love this foundation so much that, upon finding out 17 products are going to be discontinued, I bought six more, and then a further four, of these bottles! I really didn't like this when I first purchased it as it was stiff and hard to work with, and at the time I only used foundation and buffing brushes to work with base products. However, once I learned about makeup sponges, I soon fell in love with full-coverage, matte-leaning product. It's amazing for giving me that hella flawless base (check out this post for proof!), it doesn't necessarily require a concealer to correct my blemishes and redness, and it stays put with a good primer and setting spray. I cannot sing this enough praises! 


This is actually really new to my collection, in fact, I've purchased it within the last six months, but I've been reaching for it on a daily basis. Although I still often use my Collection concealer (more on that in a few paragraphs), I find myself using this just as much! When I picked this up, I'll be honest, I didn't expect much. I hadn't tried much in the way of Essence face products, and was worry it would perhaps oxidise or something like that, but I was blown away! Full coverage, lasting power, and no oxidisation in sight, I'm truly pumped about this concealer. It's only a couple of quid and does everything I need a concealer too - clearing up my under eyes, covering up blemishes, and staying put without any real issues on my oily nose. The only real criticism I can give this product is that it doesn't boast a massive shade range - quite the opposite in fact, which is a shame as I'm sure people with skin tones deeper than my Casper complexion would really enjoy this concealer if the shade range ran deeper.


Another new addition to my collection, I've been reaching for this Match Stix contour stick on a daily basis, hence why it's quickly made its way into the realm of 'holy grail' products. Cool-toned, this shade is perfect for us fair girls as a contour shade, for adding depth and dimension to our pale complexions. I'm so chuffed with how creamy this is to apply too, as it means that blending it out isn't a lot of effort (I use a stippling brush), and it doesn't drag on top of my foundation, something I was worried it would do given it's a cream product. 


Last year, I wasn't really one for bronzer. This year, I've been wearing it everyday - specifically, I've been wearing this offering from Topshop. I'm not sure if it's still available or not, as I picked mine up from TK Maxx, but it's a pretty generic product - a finely-milled, blendable powder that's matte in tone and warms up the face without any issues. I'm sure you can probably find plenty of products like it, but this was the first bronzer in a long time that I felt confident in and worked for me.


I think this is the product that's been in my makeup bag for the longest amount of time, out of all those in this post. I love this stuff - and I love it even more since the shade 0 Extra Fair was introduced as it's the perfect yellowy tone to suit my skin! Full-coverage, long lasting, creamy and easy to blend, this stuff makes me look so flawless it's unreal. It lasts well over those scabby spots (I'm a serial spot-picker, OK?), and, again, on my oily nose. In fact I don't think there's anything that this can't cover or correct. I tend to use my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge or the RT Concealer Brush, and both work well. 


I write 'Tam Beauty' instead of a specific brand, because I'm currently using the Freedom Pro Brow Pomade, but also own the MUR one for when it's finished, and I can imagine they are extremely similar. Forget the ABH Dipbrow Pomade, I prefer not to spend £15 on my eyebrows, but I'm much happier paying a fiver for a really similar product. I don't think this is entirely smudge proof - touch your brows and you'll probs move the product, and I can't imagine going swimming in this stuff, but that's a small price to pay when you're paying a tenner less on the product. If you have no desperate need for waterproof brows, I'd suggest trying one of the Tam Beauty products instead of splashing out on ABH. There's a great colour choice and they're the best for carving out your brows or shaping them before filling in with a pencil.


This is another long-running product in my make-up bag, as it is one of the few cool-toned contour shades in the drugstore. The shimmery, glowing highlight is a bonus, but for me, the real gem is the ashy contour that suits pale skin. Although I've become obsessed with Fenty's cream contour, I'm usually more of a powder person and this fits the bill as far as I'm concerned. It's easy to apply and blend and I use my complexion sponge to neaten up if I've taken the contour down too low or too far out. Definitely start with a light hand and build up.

What are your holy grail base products?


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