Friday, 4 May 2018

My April Favourites



I cannot believe that it is May already and I am writing my April Favourites blog post. This year just seems to be flying by so bloody quickly. At the moment it is Thursday evening and I am currently laid in bed eating McDonalds, with my dog to one side and my MacBook on my knee. It has just been one of those days where I feel like the world is completely against me, so my bed was the only place for me to be. I get like this every now and again because of my OCD, it is a bloody horrible feeling, but nothing that my bed and an early night cannot fix. So, I thought that while I am feeling in this funk, I would try and do something productive and write Friday's blog post.

In April, I didn’t really spend much on makeup, which is pretty strange for me. I am wanting to save money still, the prospect of us getting our first house is still on the horizon, so I want to have as much in the bank for if/when that finally happens. I have just been keeping my makeup super simple over the past couple of weeks. Since I upped my skincare game, I am much happier leaving the house with less makeup on, so I have been stripping it back a little and trying to go a little more natural. Don’t get me wrong, when I go out in an evening I still like to go full glam, but for when I’m sat at my desk at work, I just don’t feel the need. Anyway, here are my April favourites.




I bought this foundation for the first time at the start of the year. I have wanted to try this foundation since it was first released a couple years ago, but I kept on talking myself out of buying it. I think it was because I have been obsessed with the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and having a little love affair with it over the past couple of years and I just couldn’t see how this Nars WeightlessFoundation could even come close to it. It wasn’t until I went into a store and swatched it and tried it out for myself that I realised that it was a product I really wanted to try out. I am now kicking myself that I didn’t just go for it and try it out sooner because it is such a great foundation.

One of the main things that I love about this foundation is how it feels on the skin. To me this has a very velvety feel to it when you are first applying it to the skin. It just seems to glide onto the skin like silk and it blends out like a dream. With it being so lightweight, I was scared at first that it wouldn’t have a high level of coverage, but I would say that the coverage of this matches the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation which is a medium to full coverage finish. I have the shade Syracuse in this foundation which is the same as my Sheer Glow shade and I adore it so much, it is just the perfect match for my colouring. I think this is such a great foundation and I have even been reaching for it more than my trusty Sheer Glow.


  
I feel like this cream bronzer really doesn’t need an introduction. I first bought this Chanel Cream Bronzer when I was just 16 years old. When I started my first full time job, this was the first high end makeup item that I ever bought. I can remember walking up to the Chanel counter and being terrified and incredibly intimidated. From that moment, I have been in love with this product. I go through phases of using this. I will use it for months on end, then try something new out and this gets pushed to the back of my drawer, until I find it out again and the cycle starts all over again. I am the same with so many other makeup products.

What I love to use this Chanel Cream Bronzer for is just warming up my skin. When I a little paler and I go in with a lighter foundation shade, I can find that my foundation looks a little flat, so then I like to go in with some of this on the base of my Beauty Blender and I just like to use it around the perimeter of my face to warm it up a touch. It isn’t a very deep shade, so it just gives my face a little more dimension without having to go in with too many products. It is a lovely and lightweight product and blends out like a dream. I love reaching for this and I think my makeup looks lovely and natural every time I use it.



I am sure that I have told the story behind this perfume before here on my blog, but I will elaborate in case you’re new here. It was years ago, when I had just started full time work, I was working closely with this other woman and we really didn’t get along. I think it was just a clash of personalities, but we just didn’t get along, but she smelt god damn amazing. I didn’t want to ask her what perfume she was wearing because I didn’t want to give her the satisfaction of me complimenting her, so instead I just gave her daggers from across the office until she left.

Then one day, I went into House of Fraser and went to the Jo Malone store. I wanted to pick up a Pomegranate Noir and while I was at the stand, there was a lady sat down with the sales girl, and they were talking about this Wood Sage and Sea Salt Fragrance. In the end, I had to go up to them and ask about it. I knew that it was the same as what bitch face at work wore so I bought some and fell in love with it. I don’t even want to begin to think about how many of these I have bought and gone through all of the years. It is a great fresh perfume that I think it universal for all seasons, If you are a fan of natural and woody tones and tend to stay away from florals then this is the perfume for you.



Over the past couple of months, I haven’t really been that bothered about eyeshadows. In going for a more natural makeup look on a daily basis, I just haven’t really been feeling the need to use eyeshadow. But for when I have, I have been reaching for my MAC Pro Eyeshadow Palette. I created this palette over the space of 2 years and I love every single shade in it. Because I handpicked each shade in this palette, I know that each shade is going to be used and will work for me. I know that creating a custom MAC Palette in this way can be pretty expensive, I think all in all this was probably £200 of eyeshadows including the palette and the insert, but I honestly love it so much and reach for it all of the time.

I tend to stick to the more natural tones in this palette. For a daily eye look I will just take some Cork through the crease as a transition colour and then pack a little Woodwinked on the eyelid. I tend not to mention this palette as much as I would like to, with it being so expensive, but I really thought it deserved a space in this post. If you build this up over a long time like I did, then the pinch on the pocket really isn’t that much. Then you have a completely tailor-made palette, no shades will go to waste and you can just replace certain shades as and when you need to, opposed to running out of your favourite shade in a ready made palette.  



I didn’t know if I was going to like this bronzer or not when I first picked it up. Even though I had seen hell of a lot of people talking about this and using it online, it seemed a little light for a bronzer. On people with quite fair skin, this product looked like the most perfect bronzing shade, but for somebody like me with a tanned skin tone, I thought it looked a little light. But, in the end, I was sick of hearing everybody else talk about it, so I decided just to go for it and pick it up. At the side of some of the bronzers that I own, this was relatively cheap, so I thought why not just go for it and try it out.

This is actually the most perfect bronzing shade ever. I do kind of wish that they would do a deep version of this, similar to how they’ve just released a light version, but I do really like the original. The reason why I have found myself reaching for this so often is because of how nice and natural it looks when I am going for a minimum makeup look. It is a full matte bronzer and when it is on the skin it looks super smooth and perfected. I even love to take this on my MAC 217 and contour my nose with it and take it through the crease of my eye to define a little on the days where I don’t want to use eyeshadow.



MAC Soft and Gentle
If you have visited my blog before, then you may know that I’m not a big fan of highlighter. I never really have been. I think for a spell it looked really pretty, then people started to overdo it (in my opinion). I’m not really a huge fan of the whole run way lighting stripe on the tops of their cheeks or down their nose, so, I just tend to stay away from it. I do have a couple different highlighters in my collection, one of them being this MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. I first bought this bronzer when I was only around 15 and I have loved it ever since.

If you are like me and like to stick to a natural highlighter, then this is the product for you. It adds a glow to the skin, but nothing too dramatic or out there. It just makes you look like your skins is incredibly healthy as opposed to covered in thick ass shimmer. I never get any texture with this highlight and it just seems to work well for me. When I apply it, I use a fan brush and pop it on the tops of my cheeks, brow bone and slightly on the cupids bow and I am good to go. Not to mention that back when I was working as a freelance makeup artist doing brides, this was my go to highlighter for so many people.  



I have raved about this Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil for months now, so I will try and keep this one relatively short and sweet. I know to look at, this Benefit Pencil, looks similar to so many other eyebrow pencils out there. But, the thing with this one is how creamy it is and how easy it glides onto the skin. This is a super pigmented eyebrow pencil, so it is easy to get really natural feathery looking brows, without having to apply too much product or pressure. Over the past couple of years, I have been using the Hourglass Arch BrowPencil, pretty much daily, but this is my new favourite. I am loving how this is looking at the moment.

My technique for doing my eyebrows at the moment, is to go in with my Anastasia Clear Brow Gel and comb through my brow hairs and pull them up in direction. It is similar to the soap brow technique, minus the soap. Then I will take this BenefitPrecisely My Brow and make small motions to mimic the appearance of brow hairs. This way, I get really thick and full looking brows, but at the same time they look natural. I have very full eyebrows anyway, so doing this method just gives me more definition for more or less no effort at all.

There you have it, my April favourites. I know that this was another long post, but I am just really loving writing about makeup at the moment. All of these things have been my go to items for the past month and I love reaching for them. Make sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know what you have been loving over the past month and I will make sure to take a look at them. I will also leave a link to all of the items that I have mentioned down below in case you want to check them out for yourselves.

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  1. Definitely some of my faves here! I'm almost out of Wood Sage & Sea Salt so that needs to be repurchased! xx

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    1. It is such a beautiful perfume, I adore using it!

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  2. Love these favourites. I use the Nars foundation and I really like it.
    I want to buy the Benefit bronzer, but I also wish it was a bit more darker.

    ZEKALIN

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    1. The Benefit Bronzer is amazing, I love reaching for it!

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  3. I'm still yet to try chanel solei de tan. It's definitely a bronzer I need to try, does it apply well or powder even though its a cream product? I also need to pick up that benefit hoola bronzer.

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    1. It applies like an absolute dream, I love how it blends into the skin!

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  4. The Nars foundation looks amazing. I might have to try it because I'm about to run out of my maybelline foundation xx

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    1. I really could not recommend it enough!

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  5. I wasn't a big fan of the Hoola Bronzer, but I love Mac Eyeshadow I'm jealous of the Mac Pro palette!

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    1. Really?! The Hoola Bronzer is one of my all time favourites, such a lovely tone, but I guess it is different for different people!

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  6. The highlighter looks perfect for a natural look! Nice post :)

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    1. Thank you for reading sweetie!

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  7. The MAC eyeshadow palette is so pretty, I didn't know that creating a custom palette like this one would be so expensive but like you say, if you choose the shades you love and will use regularly, nothing will go to waste! xx

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    1. Exactly, it was pricey, but well worth it in my opinion!

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  8. I've wanted to get this Jo Malone scent for ages - it's such a perfect fragrance for spring/summer x

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    1. It is out of this world, so amazing for this time of year!

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  9. All of your favourites seem really nice! I have wanted to try out Soleil tan de Chanel for so, so long-it sounds amazing! xx

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    1. It is just such a cult classic product that goes an amazing job!

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  10. wow! great post dear...............keep updating!!
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    1. Thank you for reading sweetie!

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  11. That MAC palette is so beautiful!!

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    1. It has took a very long time to painstakingly create, but it is well worth it now!

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  12. I must say our thoughts on the Soft&Gentle are very different! I actually think it lookss quite intense on my skin... It might have something to do with the deepness of your skin, I can see why it would look more natural on you than on me ;-)

    Glad you find your way to Hoola! I haven't used it in ages but I know it's one of the most long lasting contour powders I've ever owned, and so many skin tones can get away with the original shade.

    Also love the look of your Mac Pro eyeshadow palette. I can see you're a cool-toned girl; mine looks way different, with a lot of warm shades in it, but also some greens in there. I find they are the hardest to find as singles or ready-made palettes from other brands, and I do love myself a good khaki on the lids! I'd say that palette is worth every penny, although I don't really reach for it that often lately. Thanks for reminding me!

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    1. I am most certainly a cool-toned girl, I think I might have to venture towards more warm tones this fall. There are so many stunning warm palettes at the moment!

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