Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – £17.50
I’ve noticed this doesn’t apply to it’s full potential when using my fingers so I may have to invest in some new brushes.
At the moment I’m using the contour brush from Real Techniques’ Core Collection. When blended with a brush I get the full coverage I really want. This concealer leaves my skin looking flawless and despite it being lightweight it covers my blemishes completely.The only negative thing about these concealers is the shade range which is very limited. I have mine in the shade Light Warm which I find is a good match for me.
Urban Decay Total Perversion Duo Set -£22
This set includes the Perversion mascara and the Perversion 24/7 glide on eye pencil. Seeing as the mascara by itself is £17.50 I figured I may as well get the set for a couple of extra quid. That’s my logic and I’m sticking to it. I fell in love with this mascara from the moment I applied it. Just two coats of this gives plenty of length and volume. My main issue with a lot of mascaras is them smudging. This does not smudge. I don’t really wear eyeliner much so it’s never been a product to excite me. This eyeliner really is great though and it has impressed me. If you have sensitive eyes or generally just dislike the feeling of applying eyeliner I would recommend you give this one a try. It’s so creamy and pigmented the product just glides on effortlessly and with no discomfort.
Lunatick Cosmetic Labs High Definition Microfinish Pressed Powder – £13.50
This is the first setting powder I’ve ever bought so I’m not entirely sure what I should be looking for in a setting powder. I do know I really like this product though. This powder is completely translucent and does not cake up at all. My makeup honestly lasts all day when I use this which has never happened before. I’m starting to wonder why on earth it took me so long to start using a setting powder. What a derp. There don’t seem to be a lot of UK stockists for this brand however I did manage to find them and order from Cute Cosmetics. A company called Attitude Clothing has also recently starting stocking them if you’d like to try them out.
Illamasqua Vintage Metallix in Galaxy and Courtier – £17
At the end of 2015 Illamasqua had a sale with products up to 70% off. I love checking out Illamasqua’s sales because they have genuinely good products in them. I had been lusting after Galaxy since it’s launch so I jumped at the chance to get it on sale. I think I paid around £7 each for these. I haven’t really worked with Courtier yet which is a nude with a lot of shimmer running through it. Galaxy is more of an antique gold than a yellow gold as I had anticipated. It’s still lovely and it lasts all day!
Kiko Kiss Balm 07 Strawberry -£5.90
I’ve been using this lip balm pretty much every single day since I bought it. This is a really lovely product. It smells so delicious, sweet and as the name would suggest like strawberries. For a lip balm it’s also really pigmented and leaves your lips a lovely red pink shade. I think this is great if you want something to throw on quickly to add some colour to your face and you want to keep your lips hydrated. An added bonus is that this product contains SPF 15 so you can keep your lips protected.
Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Stick in 04 and 38 – £6.90
I didn’t even realise at the time but the two shades I picked up are actually incredibly similar. Oops. This is another product that I like to carry in my bag as they’re a quick and easy way to make you look ‘done’. Excellent for those days I find myself running late. Again, these are very pigmented and creamy and I’ve had no trouble with blending them.
Colourpop Where the Light is Shadow Quad by Kathleen Lights – $20.00
FINALLY! I have finally managed to get my hands on this quad that I have been longing for since it was released. Colourpop is so freaking hard to get here in the UK and I’ve had some disastrous past experience trying to get the stuff. I can now breathe a sigh of relief that I have this one in my life. It was so worth the wait. The shade KathleenLights is everything I hoped Illamasqua’s Galaxy would be. God bless you Kathleen.
Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Central Perk – $5.00
I expected this to be a deep red/brown but actually it’s a lot more purple. Regardless, this is a lovely deep colour that makes a gorgeous smokey eye. The texture of the Colourpop shadows is really interesting to me. It’s sort of moussey and like a creme but it’s not. It’s recommended that you use your fingers or a synthetic brush to apply these to get the full impact. So far I’ve found that using these shadows with my fingers gives the best results. I think I’m really going to love these. Let’s hope Colourpop hurry on up with international shipping.
Lush Ultrabland 100g – £11.95
My current cleansing balm is on it’s way out so I decided to try out the Ultrabland! I expected this to be a solid balm cleanser but when I tried this in the store it wasn’t solid at all and felt more like a butter. I am loving these types of cleanser at the moment and so is my skin. I haven’t used this yet but I’m really looking forward to trying this when my current cleanser runs out.
Claudia Knock Out Lip Balm – £5.00
Claudia Winkleman came out with her own cruelty free beauty range at M&S at the end of 2015. An exciting new addition to the Marks and Spencer beauty hall that continues to impress. My one gripe with this range is the packaging, it doesn’t grab me and I feel it’s a bit dull. The British winter had taken it’s toll on my lips and they constantly felt dry and uncomfortable. I’ve only been using this a short while but it’s been doing the trick. My lips haven’t felt parched and uncomfortable since I’ve started using this. At the moment Claudia’s range is very small and there’s nothing else that appeals to me at present. This lip balm has impressed me though so I’ll be keeping an eye out for any new releases from her.
Have you tried any of these products and if so what were your thoughts on them?
Also, what’s new to your beauty stash?