Sunday, 17 March 2013

Holy Grail Makeup Products

Hey everyone, hope you've all had a lovely weekend so far. I've been ill most of it and feel even worse today so I'm staying in bed today and reading blogs! I wanted to do a post for a long time telling you about my holy grail make-up items that I will re-purchase over and over. They are all fairly new to my collection but I've already re-purchased a few over and over (crazy make-up lady much?!).

There are only 2 foundations that I can say I absolutely love. I've tried many more in between both and the shade has been all wrong for my skin tone and the finish. The foundation and concealer duo on the left is the Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer. I reviewed this here so I won't go into too much detail but I equally love the concealer in the lid. Wish it was sold separately but I'd happily buy both! I have shade Porcelain which is an amazing match, I don't tan naturally in Summer so I mainly stay the same shade throughout the year.

Another foundation is the No7 Stay Perfect foundation. I bought this when the No7 match made service was released last year. I was sceptical but as soon as I was matched I was impressed. Same applies as above, this hasn't changed in Winter or Summer so I can keep it for longer, one bonus of being a pale girl all year round I guess!

I have 2 mascaras that I love, although I do like the Maybelline Falsies, I just don't have it at the moment. Maybelline are generally a fail-safe choice for mascara and I've always loved them since I first experimented with make-up over 10 years ago. The Colossal Volum' Express Mascara is great for volume for my tiny lashes. The Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara is what I use on my first coat, the Maybelline Colossal on the second coat. I find the Rimmel Lash Accelerator is great for separating my lashes and lengthening.

My second favourite concealer is the Collection (2000) Lasting Perfection. I've used this for a while now and went off it for a bit until I used others and realise the shade and formula beats no others for my dark circles. It's cheap and cheerful, I love it!

Illamasqua are a brand I'd wanted to try for so long and bought this online on a whim after not doing much research which considering it's not cheap (£18), it was a bit of a gamble. Promise is the perfect pink "pop" of colour for me and it can be built up for a strong look or used under foundation if you want a real subtle hint of colour. I use a stippling brush to apply this, hence the shoddy packaging but hey we can't have it all. The lasting power is second to none and I'll happily re-purchase this over and over.

Urban Decay Basics palette is another great investment. It's the only palette I go to daily and I use all the colours except the black shade, unless I'm going on a night out/date night. They're all so wearable and matte shades which I prefer. I've nearly hit pan on the Venus shade (lightest on the left) which makes me sad as it's obviously my favourite. I've done a more in depth review here if you'd like to take a look.

Last but not least is my favourite powder and favourite powder blusher. Mac Peony Petal is a discontinued shade which I found in a CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet) last year. Again, it's just the most amazing pink shade to make me look more alive and I'll be sad when I hit pan on this. Anyone know of any similar shades by the way to Peony Petal??

Rimmel Stay Matte...ahh I'm sure you've all heard about this cult powder. I didn't used to use powder until a few months ago but I kind of regret using it. The more I've used it when I didn't need to, I've found the more shiny I get?! Ironic. It mattifies my skin when I need it to and doesn't last more than 5 hours on me but I don't usually need it to.

What are your holy grail makeup items?

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  1. I love the powder and concealer, they are my go-to make up products!

  2. I've never heard of Daniel Sandler. Must be another non US product range! | nyc style blog

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  4. I think MAC Pink Swoon is quite similar to Peony Petal. I think it is a little darker though, but you should check it out!It's my fave xx


  5. I just picked up Stay Matte and honestly, I had heard very little about it. So far so good, though!


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