As if it has been a year since i last posted. Apologies for being MIA, i’ll blame being at uni. I got a random bit of inspo today after (yet another) makeup clearout – much to my sister’s joy, picking up all my rejects. I noticed that i’ve actually been ‘hitting pan’ on a lot of my products this year, mostly because i haven’t been buying as many and have been making myself actually use what i have (who’d figure). So, I thought i’d do a post about each of these products and give you my two-cents about them and whether i reckon you should pick them up or not.
Flawless 4 Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette
Does the state of the shadows show how well-loved this palette has been? I bought this just before 2017 Christmas i think, when i finally gave in to the warm toned trend that doesn’t seem to be going any time soon. This palette honestly is amazing. For £8 and 36 shades it is at least worth picking it up to try out the warm colours. I find this palette is quite easy to do a soft, neutral look or an over-the-top bold and dramatic look. The softer purple shades are perfect for a neutral look while the red and orange shades are to die for. The palette has amazing shimmers, the gold and champagne being my 2 favourites. Warm toned mattes make it so easy to have a soft (or bold) crease while there are also the perfect base colours and an amazing dark brown and true black. There are perhaps 2 dud shades in this palette whilst the rest are all literally the same quality as Urban Decay. I definitely recommend you pick this one up.
Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Speaking of Urban Decay, another product which i’ve hit pan on is this. Whilst i like this for the very neutral shades, Do i think it’s worth £23… not really. It has the same shades you’d find basically in any bigger palette from the likes of MUA or Revolution. The colours blend in nicely together and the grey is a nice outer-corner colour. I like each shade in this and will continue to use it until it’s finished, but i won’t be repurchasing nor do i really recommend it. I also thought that 1 of the 6 shades is very bleh and doesn’t have much use, if it was a bit more pigmented it would be the perfect crease colour, but it’s just an in-between shade that doesn’t have much use.
NYX Highlight and Contour Kit 01
Back onto a slightly more positive note, i really like this palette. The highlighter in this is so nice. It is quite a natural glow, but with a few coats can be built up nicely to a more dramatic look. The contour colour is the perfect ashy-tone for pale skin and the bronzers are quite nice at warming the skin up. I don’t find much use for the banana powder as my skin is way too pale and there’s a slightly darker glowey shade which i don’t have much use for. You can use the darker shades as nice eyeshadows also as they are quite dark. Do i think this is worth £19, probably, if you reckon you’ll be able to use each shade. They are extremely easy to blend and each are very pigmented.
The Body Shop Bronzer 01
I really like this bronzer. It’s a nice one to warm up your skin if it’s a bit paler. It’s not too orangey, the perfect inbetween of warm and neutral. The powder has a lovely honeycomb texture on top and comes in a nice compact with a mirror. Perfect for travelling/your handbag. It costs £14, but i’ve had this for years and have only just hit pan on it. It’s really pigmented and very easy to blend in with the rest of your face makeup. I should also say that i haven’t found any bronzers a lot cheaper that i like as much as this, so worth spending a bit more on.
Boutique bronzer chock-a-block
This bronzer is one from Sainsburys, for i think £9. It also comes in a lovely little compact with a mirror, perfect size for your handbag. The packaging is also very durable and i’m amazed mine hasn’t broken as i’ve brought this everywhere with me! I love using this as a contour all year round. Whilst the body shop bronzer is more of a summer one, i can use this as a bronzer during the summer but also it gets away with being a more natural sculpted look during the winter. This is so easy to work with and blends in so well. I recommend this one 100%, whether you have a medium or pale skin tone.
Makeup Obsession C102 Light Contour Powder
This is the perfect contour shade for pale skin. For £3 you have to try this!!! Although i use the NYX palette for highlighting and contour, i do still really love this and would almost recommend just getting this and an individual highlighter instead of getting the whole palette that NYX offers. This is really pigmented and doesn’t leave any harsh lines on your makeup.
Benefit High Beam
I got a little gift sized pot in my stocking for Christmas this year, i believe it costs about 5 or 6 pounds. The full sized bottle is £22. I really liked this product. It gave a really nice, natural-looking glow which just makes you look healthy. However, With the amount of brands which have come out with very similar liquid highlights, I don’t think this is really worth the splurge. One which is basically the same product is one by Technic. You can buy it for under a fiver on the likes of amazon, or in bargain shops and it gives you basically the same look. I did really enjoy using this product. it blends in so nicely and it comes in packaging like nail polish, so is easy to use; dab with the brush and blend with your fingertips.
Freedom DuoBrow Soft brown
This duo is sold for £2 and has lasted me 2 years now. It is the perfect cool-tone for my brown hair and is the perfect pigmentation. This works perfectly either by itself or with a pomade/pencil. (I think Freedom has now been changed to just Makeup Revolution now, so you can get it through them)
Rimmel Scandal eyes felt tip in Black
I really liked this pen liner, it was really easy to use; the nib wasn’t too stiff nor too flimsy. It had nice pigmentation and was £5.99. It dried up after about 2 or 3 months use, which really isn’t that bad. I would have definitely picked this up again, if i hadn’t found another pen liner which is that bit more pigmented and a similar price (i’ll talk about this in a future post!) The Rimmel pen does however last all day and definitely trumped the L’oreal one.
And those were the products that i have hit pan on/finished in 2018. I hope you enjoyed reading this and perhaps inspired you to pick up one of these faves! I’ll hopefully be posting again soon, much much love,