Well hello again…
August has been a bit hit and miss weather wise, and I’ve found that this has reflected in the make up I’ve been reaching for. Sunny days have manifested pinks and peaches, whilst the gloomier days have been all about the burnt oranges and reddy plum shades. Also as the tan starts to fade I find myself inbetween colours, needing to experiment a little more. But there are a few products, new and old that keep calling to me time and time again. So let’s take a look…
No.7 Beautifully Matte Foundation – This has been a love of mine for a long time, and probably will be for the foreseeable future. The formula offers a full coverage, semi matte finish that always looks great not matter how it is applied. A buffing brush gives a more natural ‘your skin but better’ covering, whilst a beauty blender gives a seamless, flawless result. The shade that I’m using (which is the darker of the 2 I own) is still a little light for the remainder of my summer tan, but I make it work with a splash of bronzer over the top. It wears well, and lasts almost all day. I also love to mix this foundation in with…
Seventeen Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter – just a little adds a subtle pinky glow. I’m not really a fan of a densly matte finish, and this just gives the full face a lift. It can be used as a primer, and as a highlighter too! But I tend to stick to it as a mixer, keeping things even and well distributed.
Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot – I’d seen Estee Lalonde talk about much she loved this finishing powder quite a while back, and as I idolised pretty much everything she did I ran out and got it straight away. And that girl was not wrong! Technically it’s a mattifying powder in pressed form, and as I don’t like to undo all the good work of the Skin Wow, I go in with a very light hand using a fluffy powder brush. Just to set the areas like my T Zone and under eyes. It’s translucent so doesn’t mess with the colour of my foundation which I love.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream – I’ve talked about this time and time again, and I genuinely think it’s fab. Easy and simple to use, I don’t think you can go wrong with it. Perfect for days when you just want to pop something on without going whole hog. It’s glowy, light coverage and evens out skin tone like a boss.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – A no frills, affordable, does the job concealer. Creamy in texture it moves well on the skin whilst covering and brightening the under eye area effectively. I have the shade Fair 1, which is a good match for me. It claims to give up to 16 hours wear, but as I never wear my make up for that length of time I couldn’t comment. However it sits well and I do find it lasts.
Revlon Powder Blush in Melon Drama – This sat in my make up drawer for a little while before I gave it a chance. Yet as it compliments the eye shades I’ve been reaching for it’s become an everyday staple. The colour is a subtle pinky peach which is very buildable. And I think it would suit most skin tones.
Model Launcher Safari Bronzer – A Glossybox item which I’m due to review very soon (or may have already done by the time I post this entry!). Again, very simple to use, lightly swiped onto the cheek bones gives a pop of warmth in all the right places.
E.L.F Molton Liquid Eyeshadow in ‘RoseGold’ – This one is a very recent purchase which I already adore. Comes in the form of a lip gloss style tube with an identical style apllicater wand. I’ve been swiping this across the lid then working up and out with either my finger or a brush. Sometimes alone for a simple look or just a dab on the centre lid to finish off a more dramatic eye. It doesn’t crease and the metallic shine is outstanding. Best bit, it retails at £5!!! Definitely my bargain of the month.
Tarte Maneater Eyeshadow Palette – My baby! Could not live without this. If you gravitate towards warm tones you will love this. The palette itself is fairly small, made up of two shimmer shades and six mattes, you can mix and match to achieve whatever look you want. The shadows themselves are based on deep reds, burnt orange and browns, with a couple of light shades for balance. With a creamy texture and minimal fall down these colours give amazing pay off and have won my heart! But sadly I can no longer find this palette on the Tarte website, so fear it has been discontinued (***crying uncontrollably).
Lottie London Shadow Swatch Palette ‘The Rose Golds Collection’ – Can you tell I’ve been crushing over rose gold this last month?! This is a really pretty palette made up of a variety of shimmer and matte pinks and browns. Pigment wise the colour pay off isn’t crazy, and they need building quite a bit. But I’m a big fan of the shades available here and find myself dipping into it on a regular basis. Plus it’s super affordable at around £10.
Tarte Maneater Mascara – Another product from the Maneater range that I swoon over. The wand is quite big, but because the bristles are short and well spaced, application is precise. Lashes are perfectly separated and lifted. I tend to go in with two coats of this over the top of my Barry M Lashsaver Primer, and the results are perfect every time. A product very hard to beat.
Arbonne It’s A Long Story Mascara – An Arbonne consultant sent me this to try along with some skin and haircare products. This is probably my favourite of all the samples. Very similar wand to the Tarte mascara, so impressions are similar to the above. Only downside is that this retails at £31 compared to the Tarte at only £19. I like it but maybe not enough to warrant spending an additional £12. Both are also cruelty free so the only thing that really sets them apart for me is the price.
Soap & Glory Archery Brow Shaper – An oldie but a goodie. I like this because at one end there is a twistable soft pencil, and the other had a fine paint brush style tint. I tend to use the tint more than the pencil, as it does a great job at creating fine hair strokes without any harsh lines. I wouldn’t say this really thinkens up the appearance of the brows, but it is great for filling in the gaps and giving definition with a natural finish.
Pixi By Petra Mattelustre Lipstick in ‘Plump Pink’– I uploaded an Instapost about this lipstick a short while ago, and I’ve been using it pretty much almost every day. I’ve never had a lipstick that is such a natural, pretty, healthy pink shade as this. Perfect for natural make up days where you want to define the lips and still look like you’ve got hardly anything on. I wouldn’t say this is super matte, but I like that about it. The formula is creamy, non drying and everything about it is just perfect. Plus it’s currently on sale on the Pixi website!
So that brings us to the end of my most regularly reached for August favourites! I’m interested to see what September has to offer weather wise and how much that affects the type of products I go for.
I’d love to hear from any of you with your favourites too! That’s all for now…
Louise – Pretty Polly Beauty x