I don’t usually do “what’s in my makeup bag” style posts, but recently I’ve started using a couple of products on a near-daily basis, so thought it was only fair to share these gems with you. Take a look at my new beauty favourites below…
Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette: I’ve been using Urban Decay eyeshadows since my early teens, but only recently added the famed Naked palette to my collection. There’s not really much to say here, as the Naked Basics collection has already been written about a million, billion times. It’s just a really solid collection of eyeshadow colours that you’ll want to wear again and again. Invest it a good set of brushes and you’ll easily be able to create beautiful looks with this palette. Find Urban Decay Naked Basics at Debenhams, £20.
Clinique City Block Sheer SPF: There hasn’t been much need for sun block in the UK, so far this spring, but for the occasional burst of sunshine Clinique’s City Block Sheer SPF comes in handy. In the past I’ve struggled to find a sun cream that works well with makeup (usually SPF and foundation melt together in the heat, creating a greasy mess), but this formula doesn’t cause any problems. Apparently City Block is also great for sensitive skin, as it’s free of chemical sunscreens, so it’s worth a try if sun protection usually causes irritation. Find Clinique City Block SPF at Boots, £16.
Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascarra: I’m not usually one to get excited about the latest mascara release, but I can’t stop raving about YSL’s new Baby Doll line. The volume effect mascara is very, very good. It creates bold, thick, long lashes and is easily one of the best mascaras I’ve ever used. As expected it comes with a high price tag, but I’d say it’s worth the investment if just you want one really brilliant mascara in your makeup bag. Find Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara at Selfridges, £24.50.
Rimmel Undercover Shadow Primer: Sometimes you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a product to get great results. And that’s the case with this Rimmel eyeshadow primer. I’ve been using the lightweight formula for months and it definitely makes shadows and liner last longer. Perfect if you hate touching up your makeup throughout the day! Find Rimmel Undercover Shadow Primer at ASOS, £4.99.
Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball Lipstick in ‘Float': I’ve just discovered this Lipstick Queen shade and it has instantly become my favourite lip colour for day (and sometimes evening too). The Butterfly Ball moisturizing lipstick collection features five sheer, shimmering colours which are glossy without being sticky. ‘Float’ is a very subtle nude tone and I imagine it would be flattering on most complexions. Find the Butterfly Ball lipsticks at Space NK, £20.
M.A.C Sheertone Shimmer Blush in ‘Sunbasque': There’s not much of a story here. This is a just a great colour which I’ve been using daily for a few weeks. I only apply a light dusting of this M.A.C blush, as the colour is quite vivid and I have very fair skin. But it gives a nice, healthy glow and is less dramatic than a shimmery bronzer. Find M.A.C Powder Blushes at M.A.C Cosmetics, £17.50.