A few of my favourite things…

Favourite makeup

Sometimes finding those perfect makeup products that become staples in our routines can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. It can be impossible but after what feels like a million years and a million products later we finally find them and want to shout about them from the rooftops. That is what I am doing today. I want to share with you my all time favourite makeup products that would actually make me ugly cry if they were ever discontinued. I am going to show you each product and tell you why I love them as well as the negatives for them, if there are any. I have also included the prices for you, so if you are thinking of getting any of these products you have all the information you need. The prices are all accurate at the time of me writing this but depending on when you are reading this they may be different.

Favourite makeup

Let’s start with eyes shall we? First up, Urban Decay’s perversion mascara. I LOVE THIS MASCARA! Seriously I love this, I have been using it for about two years and it is hands down the best mascara I have ever used, nothing else compares to it. The formula is just great, it isn’t clumpy and whenever I wear it I always have people asking if I am wearing false eyelashes when I’m not. Only downside is that it’s not waterproof but it doesn’t dramatically run down my face when it’s raining like you see in the movies, it just smudges under my eyes very slightly, so I can forgive that. But genuinely I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a new mascara.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – £19

Decent eyeshadows can be really tricky to find, but I have found Too Faced eyeshadows to be some of the best that work for me. Their ‘Sweet Peach’ and ‘Chocolate Bar’ palettes have been a staple of mine since they were both released. They are really velvety in texture and they are so pigmented its insane! I will say though that some of the more shimmery shades can be less pigmented than the matte ones but the quality is still there. They also blend really nicely and are a great base for other eyeshadows. I am also quite impressed with how long they last, apart from the light shade on my chocolate bar palette the shadows all look practically unused even though I use them almost every day. Plus can we also mention that they actually smell like peaches and a chocolate bar? The main downside on these palettes, apart from the shimmery shades losing some pigmentation, is their price. At £39 per palette they can be considered to be quite the investment piece but I honestly believe that they are worth every penny and have a good mixture of matte and shimmery shades.

Too Faced 'Sweet Peach' and 'Chocolate Bar' palettes.
Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach’ and ‘Chocolate Bar’ palettes – £39 each.

I have another favourite from Urban Decay and that is their eyeshadow primer. The ‘Eden’ primer potion is hands down the best eyeshadow primer I have ever used. It really makes eyeshadow pop and stops any creasing or fading throughout the day. What I love about this is that it isn’t a clear primer it has a matte yellow tone to it which creates a perfect even base for eye makeup. You only need a tiny bit as well so it lasts a long time. Don’t really have any negatives about this product, I would say that you need to blend it very soon after applying it onto your eye though but I really think that this is one of the best primers out there.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in 'Eden'
Urban Decay Primer Potion in ‘Eden’ £17

Finally in the eye category is the Archery eyebrow pencil from Soap and Glory. As a blonde, finding eyebrow products that aren’t orange has been a real struggle of mine, I have even found that some high end eyebrow products have looked orange on me in the past. So you can probably guess how happy I was when I discovered the eyebrow products from Soap and Glory and for £8 a pencil they are such good value. I have been using them for about four years and usually I use the shade ‘Love is Blonde’ and I have no negatives about this product at all, I absolutely love it!

Soap and Glory Archery pencils
My very used Soap and Glory Archery pencils – £8 each

Two words. Liquid Lipsticks. I love them, they go with almost any look and look so beautiful no matter what colour they are. I don’t actually have a favourite brand of liquid lipsticks because there are so many out there that I love with completely different formulas. I have found that some of my favourites have been those from Kat Von D, Urban Decay and Nyx as they all last and don’t need a lip liner underneath them, which is great if you are feeling lazy. There are a couple of negatives with liquid lipsticks though, the first being that some lipsticks can tend to crumble after a while and anyone who wears liquid lipsticks could probably back me up on this. It is expected with a liquid to matte formula but I will say be careful with how you apply them. They also can go very clumpy if you don’t apply them correctly so again you need to be careful. However liquid lipsticks have been a staple in my makeup routine for over a year now and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Some of my all time favourite liquid lipsticks
Some of my all time favourite liquid lipsticks. Prices vary depending on product.

My last favourite was honestly such a surprise to me and that is the contour palette from Nyx. I am a very pale human and most contour and bronzer shades look insanely orange on me, trust me it’s not a good look, but this palette from Nyx does not look orange on me at all, I use the third contour shade the most and it is absolutely stunning. The highlighters are beautiful too. I even found the lightest matte shade matched my skin tone so I actually used that as an all over face powder, yes I am that pale, but unfortunately that powder is long gone, as you can see in the photo, so as soon as I am finished with the rest of this palette I am repurchasing straight away. Unfortunately the darkest contour shade and the yellow matte highlighter are wayyyy too dark for me so I can’t use them so that is one downside. The peach highlighter is also too dark for me but it makes the most beautiful blusher shade, so it is still usable. This palette is currently £18 and apart from the shades that are unusable for me, I would highly recommend it.

Nyx Professional Makeup Highlight & Contour Pro Palette - £18
Nyx Professional Makeup Highlight & Contour Pro Palette – £18

Right so that’s enough of me sounding like a walking makeup advert, apologies for that by the way but these are just my opinions on these products. Thank you for reading this super long makeup post, I hope you enjoyed it and I will have a new post up soon. x



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