My Fave Beauty Products

I was talking to a friend the other day about growing better looking with age (not that I’m big headed or that) but I think a lot of it comes down to cosmetics and the gazillion tutorials available that show you how to apply them. I’m all for people wearing make up if they want to, I’m all for people who choose not to wear make up but personally it makes me feel better.

My friends and family laugh at the weight of my makeup bag and it’s a proper workout having to cart it around when I get asked to do their faces: Megan, Lauren and Linda I’m looking at you guys!

I’m all about the skincare these days as there’s little point in painting your face with a shitload of beauty products if you aren’t taking care of the basics. My go-to make up look is winged black liner and red lips but sometimes I’ll mix it up and go for a coloured eye and pink lip.

Here’s my unfiltered bare face although I do have eyelashes, semi permanent brows and a bit of a tan right now. Yes I am aware I look drunk but no I wasn’t.

To start I’m alllllllllllllll about adding moisture as my face had a tendency to be dry. Nip+Fab are amazing and I cannot live without the Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot now. Honestly the difference in my skin in the few weeks I’ve been using it is immense. Mixed with Sanctuary Spa’s Firm & Smooth Gel Crewe (bargain from TK Maxx) it plumps and hydrates my face. Because I’m not getting any younger and I’ve noticed the crow’s feet creeping in I’ve been using Monu Skin’s eye cool gel that I got in a Glossybox. Lastly Urban Decay’s Quick Fix Priming Spray. It might seem excessive to some but I totally notice the difference in how my makeup lays and lasts if I don’t do this.

Yes I sprayed the Urban Decay primer but that’s more for added moisture, this Nip+Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur really does work it’s magic on the pores. I alternate between this and Benefit’s Porefessional.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve no brand loyalty especially when it comes to foundation. Maybe I just haven’t found the right brand/consistency. Saying that these Revolution ones from Superdrug are cheap and cheerful and I use the shades F4 and F5. The reason for the 2 is depending on how tanned I am and can blend these easily to create the perfect shade.

That’s right I regularly use 11 different makeup brushes for my face but it’s about using the right tools for the right results. The bane of my life is washing all the brushes (I have way more than 11) but needs must. Every 2 weeks without fail you’ll find me spending a couple of hours cleaning my brushes. Time consuming yes but essential for ridding the brushes of bacteria. I’ll pop on a face mask, have a bottle of wine and watch serial killer documentaries while doing it and if they isn’t living my best life then I dunno what is.

Again cheap and cheerful but the Barry M contour duo works for me, I prefer a cream to a powder contour.

There is no way to look glam when mid contour! Once that’s all blended I’ll set it with a translucent powder, this one is another Glossybox product.

I picked up this BH Cosmetics palette when I was in New York in June and have only used it a couple of times but the eyeshadows are super pigmented and easily blendable. The lightest pink one (2nd from the left on the top row) is a mixture of pink and gold and is just dreamy 😍. The packaging is lovely and if I remember correctly this was only about $20.

The Kat Von D liner was another NYC buy and I’ll be sad when it’s finished, why didn’t I buy 2?! Although my brows are tattooed I’ll set them with Benefit’s Gimme Brow in shade 5.

I’ve been using Benefit Hoola for well over a decade and I can’t see me changing bronzer anytime soon. The blusher is another product I picked up through Glossybox and adds just the right amount of colour to my cheeks.

Another NYC buy from Sephora I’ll be stock piling this on Cult Beauty when I run low. I was recently told someone could see my highlighter from the other side of the office and I LOVED that compliment. Some folk are all about a subtle glow: not me! As you can see I’ve used all of the colours and use Marshmallow for the corners of my eyes and brow bone.

Here’s another secret: I seldom use lip liner *gasps* what a shit blogger I am! I got this Karl Lagerfeld+Model Co one from September’s Glossybox so thought I’d give it a go. Can’t say it made much difference tbh

I don’t feel like my face is finished until I douse it in the legendary All Nighter Setting Spray from Urban Decay. This travel sized one is almost finished so I need to buy a full sized one ASAP. Have tried some other setting sprays but this is my fave.

And that’s my face done! It may seem like a lot of product but it works for me!

Let me know in the comments below your favourite make up brands x

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“Promises, Promises” outfit I wore for a hen do recently

"Promises, Promises" outfit I wore for a hen do recently

Chi Chi sleeveless dress
£25 – modcloth.com

Pandora sterling silver cz ring
£35 – bloomingdales.com

Benefit false eyelash
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Harvey Nichols & Grazia Beauty Event

I do like a wee beauty event at Harvey Nicks so I jumped at the chance to attend the Harvey Nichols and Grazia event at the Edinburgh store on Wednesday 8th May. I browsed the store with Jade and our friend Charis although both girls had their cars so it was just lil ole me enjoying the free fizz!

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We spoke to a Grazia makeup artist who told Chris to try a MAC eyeshadow to fill in her brows. Usually at these events I buy MAC lipsticks cos let’s face it, a girl can never have too many lipsticks and I love the matte version. However I opted for something different and splurged on Benefit products. As a packaging whore the Benefit products always appeal to me and I’ve been using their Hoola bronzer for years. I blogged about the cabana glama kit here and love it so when the lovely Benefit lady told me about it being reduced from £29 down to £19 I HAD to snap it up! Also because our tickets to the event were redeemable against a purchase I ended up getting the kit for £9. Yes you read that right. £9!

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I also bought one of the ultra plush lip glosses in a gorgeous coral colour called Poutrageous that I’ve worn everyday since buying it. The art deco style packaging is a nice touch.

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Because I bought 2 products I was given a Benefit goody bag which consisted of decent sized samples.

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Jade and Charis posed at Fifi Lapins and we had the chance to win a bumper goody bag by colouring in drawings of the uber stylish bunny.

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Our goody bags were Fifi Lapin shoppers with various perfume samples and skincare. To have a full look at it check out the Vine video on my Twitter page.

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Harvey Nichols Speed Beauty Event

On Tuesday night Jade, Yvonne, Charis, Claire and I joined many other beauty junkies at Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols for their Speed Beauty Event. Free Champagne, a super cute pink train and goody bags made for a great evening.

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The train was the main area for the Speed “dating” event. Claire and I visited one of the little compartments to find out more about Molecule perfume. I have heard of the brand before as my mum wears their 01 scent but the lovely consultant June explained how Molecule is different from other fragrances in that it works with your bodys phermones. Wearers often can’t smell the perfume on themselves but others can. It can also be layered over different scents.  Harvey Nichols is the only Scottish seller of the scents made by This Company.

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The staff on all the beauty counters were more than helpful yet it didn’t feel they were trying too hard to push their products onto you. I used to wear Chanel’s Marilyn lipstick but it was discontinued a few years ago, I was offered an alternative but it wasn’t quite right.

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I opted for my usual Mac in Russian Red as it is my signature colour and I was down to my last tube on it. Thanks to the £10 ticket being redeemable against a purchase I only spent £4 on my lipstick. Happy days. I was a VERY good girl on the evening and only purchased the one item however I did blag some perfume samples from Balenciaga  and Roberto Cavalli. We also received goody bags which housed more perfume samples and sachets of various Macadamia Hair treatments which I’m excited to try.

Overall a fantastic night, can’t wait for the next event.

Bronzed Goddess (yeah right!)

Bit of a different style of post for me today but thought I’d give this a bash.

Benefit. The products are rated and the packaging is gorgeous. I am die-hard fan of Benefit’s Hoola bronzer and have been using it for the past few years now so I was über excited when my wonderful Momma brought me back the Cabana Glama set from her holibags.

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The travel size of these cosmetics makes it ideal to try before committing to buying the full-sized version. After all who these days has the money to spend £23.50 on a foundation which isn’t suitable?

The Some Kinda Glam foundation fixer is actually a godsend. I initially thought it would be too dark for me as it says for a medium complexion and I’m usually Casper like. In the informative little booklet it states you receive a sponge for applying the foundation however I didn’t have a sponge in mines. Having checked the benefit website this is apparently a typo – a sponge is provided with the full-sized Some Kinda Glam NOT the travel sized. Regardless of sponge or no sponge I loved the coverage it gave me.

The Posie Tint can be used on lips and cheeks although I prefer to use it purely on my cheeks as it adds a “youthful” glow.

Apologies for scaring anyone but this is me completely barefaced! And again apologies for the crappy photos – Blackberry cameras are pretty rubbish but it’s all I had at the time.

This is me just wearing the Some Kinda Glam foundation. It felt nice to put on and gave me pale skin a well needed glow.

Feel a bit creepy posting photos of my eye but its too show of the eye shadows. Again thanks to my shan camera you dont get the full effect but I received a fair few compliments on my eyes that night.

SKG, eye shadows and Hoola on as well as my own eyeliner and mascara.

With the PosieTint on my lips and cheeks

I absolutely adore this cosmetic set and would recommend it to anyone. My only little gripe was the lack of mascara. C’mon Benefit mascara is an essential and should have been included in the kit. I cannot leave the house without wearing liquid eyeliner so I added that to the look aswell. The kit costs £28.50 and makes a wonderful gift (again cheers Momma!).

Have you tried Cabana Glama yet? Is there any other kits like this I should be trying?