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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Makeup Must Haves

It occurred to me this week that I am really quite fussy when it comes to makeup, and I also have a set bunch of products that I couldn't live without. I've worn makeup most of my life, from borrowing (read: stealing) my sister's clear mascara when I was ten to deciding that white eyeshadow was quite frankly the only colour to be seen in (for about three years - now it's green). 

So, no promotion, no saying that the same products work for everyone, but here are my top ten makeup must-haves that I just couldn't live without. Let me know if you agree or think I should be replacing it with something you love instead... I can be fickle too :)

  1. Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion - not only is this stuff in a gorgeous, Disney-esque bottle, but it works. Put on before eyeshadow and the colour will not crease or budge, and it intensifies the colour too.
  2. Bourjois Paris Ombre Stretch Eyeshadow in Vert - the ultimate green eyeshadow. I hated Bourjois' other eyeshadows in the small round pots - too hard and silky to actually get any on the brush. This one comes in a neat compact, complete with a brush which helps it glide on smoothly. It lasts all day and is super soft.
  3. L'Oreal Lash Architect Mascara - I think that like men, there's a mascara out there for everybody - you just have to find it. Mine is Lash Architect - it lengthens, it helps curl (buy an eyelash curler though, don't rely on mascara!) and separates. I usually use a separate mascara to add volume, or just line the top lashes with liquid liner to add depth.
  4. L'Oreal Superliner in Black Crystals - my favourite liquid eyeliner ever. For those who don't like the precision needed for a brush applicator but who hates those rubbish felt-tip ends which dry out, this is the answer. It has a softer, more flexible nib which delivers a subtly sparkly liquid black line and has the right shaped tip to be able to vary the thickness of the line easily. The best one I've found by far!
  5. 17 Hide Away Concealer Stick - this product has been a firm makeup bag staple since I entered my teens. The best budget concealer stick I've found, it's soft but not so soft that it melts off within thirty minutes, and provides good coverage for blemishes or redness.
  6. Benefit High Beam Highlighter - I adore Benefit (a sucker for packaging) but prefer not to spend on their pricey products - except this one. High Beam is a liquid highlighter that you brush on anywhere you want a healthy glow - I use on cheekbones, browbones and, after a tip from a friend who models, on collar bones for definition! Weird but true...
  7. New ID I-Smoulder in Charcoal - I got this through work (you can pick up new ID products in Burlingtons hairdressers) and it's my favourite black eyeliner. It twists to open so there's no sharpening needed, and the nib is angled so that varying the thickness of the line is easy. It glides on, stays on all day and last for ages. It also has a sponge applicator containing a cream shadow on the other end, which is great for creating smoky eyes. 
  8. Rimmel Recover Anti Fatigue Concealer - I had to buy this as they seemed to have discontinued my best ever under-eye concealer, the Renew and Lift Smoothing Concealer which was amazing. However, this one is pretty good and I couldn't live without it. There are so many under-eye concealers out there but again,they have hefty price tags. This one is great for a budget, lasts ages and provides fairly good coverage - you need to apply a bit more than usual as it's fairly thin, but it does work.
  9. L'Oreal Color Appeal Chrome Shine Eyeshadow in Dazzling Khaki - my absolute favourite eyeshadow for a night out, this glitzy shadow glides on better with a brush (it comes with a sponge applicator) as it blends very well with other metallics. I always get compliments for the colour when I use it and it has enough sparkle to make you feel glam, but not like a five year old!
  10. Bourjois Complexion Enhancer in Apricot - I discovered this product not too long ago, when looking for a good blusher. Instead of trying to find the right shade of pink for my cheeks, I decided to try this enhancer. It rubs on like a foundation, but is much lighter and gives a healthy, natural looking glow to make you look more radiant and awake. Another must for a night out or for winter days when you feel pale!


  1. Omg, how could I not resist replying to this?
    To start with, apologies for not reacting to your blog before. I have only fixed some 'serious issues' yesterday and today. What a lovely post. Going to have a look at your products. Here are mine:

    My top beauty products at the moment
    1. L'oreal Studio Secrets Professional Primer (the Smoothing Resurfacing Face Primer) (available at superdrug only?)
    I have volcanic pores around the nose area. I dab a bit of that on top of the cheeks and it makes such a difference.
    The foundation glides so easiy also afterwards
    2. No.7 Intelligent Balance MOUSSE foundation (shade blonde 20) This offers the full coverage that I need, my absolute favourite, better than the revlon colorstay and mac studio fix. Buy it when you have a £5 voucher and it will only cost you a fiver. Ask the lady to put in your chin, ask her to see if it fits, go outside, ask someone to check you out too lol :)
    3. Gosh cosmetics colour eyeliner. Omg, never seen an eyeliner so bright and so long lasting!!! Next time you go to superdrug, you need to try it.
    4. Urban Decay Deluxe Palette. Expensive but so worth it: http://www.urbandecay.com/categories/DeluxeShadowBox.cfm
    5. the khol pencils from bourjois and revlon: very pigmented, and very soft. I use the bourjois ones the traditional way, on the waterline and the revlon matte ones are a base to my eyeshadow, on top of the primer potion. I finished my primer potion, but I have a two faced shadow insurance which I prefer because of the packaging
    6. L'oreal Sublime Bronze One Day tinted gel, I put that after my foundation: love it. Saves me putting some bronzer and it's matte too.
    7. Little 'perfume': The body shop, Amorito, in 30 ml. This stuff smells divine. It won't last, it's just a cheap perfume, but I love it!!

  2. Thanks for the tips. I am definitely going to try the 17 Hideaway concealer. It's so hard to find a good one, that I usually don't bother.

    Okay, I luuurve:

    Yves St. Lauren mascara. Doesn't flake, doesn't smudge, makes you look like you have your brother's eyelashes. Why do the guys get the luscious ones? So, unfair.

    Clinique touch tint for eye-gold glimmer-You slather it over your eyelid with your finger and watch your sex appeal sky-rocket. (Yes, all of this in one little tube!)

    Mac Strobe light-Put it over your moisturiser. One minute you look tired and haggard, the next, you have the skin of a 16 year old.

  3. Thanks girls! I adore Urban Decay and GOSH for glam and glitz.

    Tsu - love the sound of your L'Oreal primer I'm going to go find that! I don't wear foundation but I think No7 are so good for their price range.

    Jean - Mac sounds great, I had one of those makeover/photoshoot things done last year (hence photo) and they used Mac products for the makeup - I fell in love straight away!
    The 17 concealer is great if you like budget brands, which I do. If not though I think YSL do some good ones which my mum swears by :)