Various products. Press samples marked as such with an asterisk, personally purchased products unmarked. Full disclosure policy here.
I’m altogether done with January. Unfortunately, January isn’t done with me. Seriously, the highlight of this month was getting a filling.
I’m itching for spring launches, feeling wholly uninspired while I wait. On the bright side, I’ve had time to settle into a trustworthy beauty routine. These products have been on my desk for three weeks now, and I’ve done very little switching.
The base is a recent purchase, Estée Lauder Perfectionist Foundation, €46. Like I said in the full review, it’s great for adding solid coverage without creating a mask. Its rich, moisturising formula, combined with that coverage, served me and my very red nose through a never-ending cold.
Concealer is, usually, Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream, €10.49. I dunno. It’s grand, but I’m not delighted. Its radiant finish does perk up the area under my eyes, but the coverage doesn’t cut it. I’ll chat more about it in an upcoming post that’s all about concealers.
For a bit of brightness, I’m using MAC Lightscapade Mineralise Skinfinish, €30, full review here. This heavy duty highlighter doesn’t need to catch natural light to shimmer, which is great, because there is none.
My most used blusher has been Sleek Icing Sugar from the Pink Lemonade palette, €12.99, full review here. In the pan, it looks like a dull copper. On my skin, it creates a really healthy, peachy sheen. It’s probably my favourite rediscovery of the bunch.
The only real change in my January makeup has been with my brows. I’m trying to get away from the very heavy look. I’m down to using two products, and spending maybe three minutes.
To fill in gaps and create a better shape than I have, I used the really ashy brown shades from the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill pallette, €58.50*, in number four. This palette is about two years old and I cannot hit pan. The shadows are dented, but they seem to go on forever. Yeah, it’s pricey, but I don’t think I’ll ever run out.
Then, to hold that shape and add a bit of bulk, I use my L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, full review here*, €8.99 in Dark. This stuff is brilliant. My brows don’t budge, and it does some clever separating that makes them look fuller, naturally.
My hooded eyes are always and forever contoured. I used to wear the aforementioned Eyes to Kill palette, but MAC Malt, €10, and I are having a moment. It’s light enough to look natural on pale skin, and the pink tones blend in well on my ruddy complexion. Not an exciting shade at all, but really effective.
You can probably guess the mascara. L’Oreal Million Lashes So Couture, €11.99, full review here*. Aside from being difficult to remove, this stuff is perfect. It’s great for length, curl and longevity. No flaking, not a bit. Of all the mascaras on the market, I recommend this.
Boring but essential is Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude, €4.99. I find dark liner harsh at the best of times, so you can bet I’m not effing with it this month. A grand aul slick of nude on the waterline makes my eyes look brighter, open and awake. Rimmel’s offering is so much cheaper than most, and it lasts all day.
All day, every day – Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm, €11. 50, full review here. I wear it under every lip product, and alone too.
When it comes to colour, I’ve been picking red or coral. Bright lips are my easy way of not looking like I can’t be bothered with anything, even though I actually can’t be bothered with anything. These lipsticks are liars.
Top three for the month; Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick, €36, full review here, in Defiant Coral. Gorgeous formula with in a shade of coral that’s just a little bit softer than most.
Second and third place go to crayons from the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil collection*, €6.49, full review here. I loved In With Coral from the beginning, and it still lives in my handbag. Light it Up is a true red, and my attempt at being Taylor Swift.
Now, I’ve had my sulk. I’m going to make an effort to try new things. Suggestions welcome!