Monday, 5 May 2014

Makeup Lately

left to right: Nars orgasm blush, Clinique take the day off cleansing balm, Seventeen stay time concealer in fair, Max Factor nailfinity nail varnish in angel nails, Rimmel match perfection foundation in ivory, Bobbi Brown blush brush

It's been a while since I have done a makeup post, mainly because most of my makeup is still packed away until we get our spare bedroom sorted, where I will finally have a dressing table and space to spread out my makeup and jewellery. So mostly I've just been using my everyday makeup and little else. 

I have picked up a few new bits as things have run out lately though, or to supplement my collection, so I thought I'd do a bit of a run down

Nars orgasm blush and Bobbi Brown blush brush

These sort of go together as although I picked up the blush a while back (it is such a pretty colour) until recently I didn't have a brush to use with it. Bit of a fail there! I do have a Real Techniques blush brush from the core collection, but as I tend to use that primarily for concealer, I didn't exactly want to cover it with pink blush and get the colours all mixed up and all over my face! I had a few pennies left on a debenhams voucher after the lingerie event last week so I splashed out on this amazing super soft Bobbi Brown brush. It's quite large, but picks up just the right amount of product, and is perfect for a novice like me.

Clinique take the day off cleansing balm

This was a birthday purchase a little while back, and as you can see from the photo its been well used since then. I usually remove my makeup using the Mac waterproof eye makeup remover and Simple cream cleanser, before using the balm as a second cleanse. It makes my skin feel super soft, and although not cheap at about £18, its a good budget alternative to more upmarket cleansing balms. When I get lazy and don't bother with a second cleanse I definitely notice my skin is not happy, so it is definitely doing good things for it!

Seventeen stay time concealer in fair and Rimmel match perfection foundation in ivory

This foundation I got a while back in a goody bag. I always felt it was a bit too dark for me despite this being the lightest shade they made at the time, so never really used it, but I tried again recently and fell in love. It is still a bit dark, but I blend it obsessively and don't use very much and I think it looks ok. The formula is amazing - it goes on so smoothly for a highstreet foundation, and I recently found out they have started making a paler shade, so I will definitely be picking that up when I run out of this one.The concealer I tried as I read good things on a few blogs. I like it, but it definitely isn't as full coverage as the Collection one I used previously. If you are looking for something a bit lighter this is good, but I would probably go back to the Collection one next time for myself.

Max Factor nailfinity nail varnish in angel nails

When I unpacked my nail varnish collection when we moved into the new house I was distraught to find out that most of them had gone gunky and separated while they had been packed up. I think maybe they had been too cold, but a lot of them will probably need to be chucked unless I can find a way to get them back into their original condition. Any tips? This Max Factor shade wasn't one I'd used much (I think it was a present) but it was one of the few which survived, and it is very pretty! A really subtle glittery pink which makes a great everyday shade.


Katiecakes said...

I agree, I'm addicted to the Collection concealer at the moment. Such a great product for an amazing price :)

Katie xoxo

jennie said...

The Clinique cleansing balm sounds really lovely! <3

Jennie xo |

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Sherin said...

I've just stocked up my make drawer with some new make up too. Not tried any of these, so I'll try them out for sure.

Becky Alyssa said...

Nail polish seldom goes 'bad'! Just shake it up to un-separate, and if it's a little gunky, get some nail polish thinner from Sally's. Not worth wasting money by chucking them! :)

Katie Frank said...

your cosmetics are a dream. i have only eyeliner and mascara lol.

SJP said...

I've yet to try a cleansing balm but that one seems quite reasonable. I've got my eye on the Beauty Balm by Neal's Yard Remedies but it's £39 so it's a little out of my reach at the moment!

Maria Fallon said...

Angel nails is one of my favourite shades, such a pretty neutral! I love the Collection 2000 concealer, it is perfect for my skin tone!

Maria xxx

The Style Rawr said...

Lovely snaps! I'd really like to try that cleansing balm. <3

Tara x

Kimberlee said...

I enjoy Clinique's take the day off... so that balm sounds interesting! Wonder if its in the US yet.

And can't go wrong with NARS Orgasm :)

Winnie said...

I'm really interested in cleansing balms! So I'll have to check this one out. I really like Bobbi brown brushes - my favourite is their foundation buffing brush, it's so good for applying foundation!

jun said...

thanks for sharing! always a joy to peek at what other girls are using! =D
i'm also looking for a foundation lately and will definitely give rimmel a try!

HazelxJoy said...

Just ordered the cleansing balm to use as a second cleanser. I love micellar waters but sometimes feel the need for something else too.
Thanks for sharing!