High five; we made it through January! I’m so happy to see the back of it, and even though we’re celebrating the first day of February here in Cardiff with a fresh sheet of snow – it feels good knowing that we’re winging our way into Spring. Soon – we’re not quite there yet – which means a few more weeks of dark mornings, dark circles and deathly pale skin, and that means a shakeup in the ol’ makeup bag. It’s working so, so hard right now, let me tell you!
Just before Christmas I picked up a few new beauty bits and bobs from Boots and TK Maxx (if you’ve never raided their makeup section before, then oh boy, you’re in for a treat my friend) to see me through to Spring.
Alas, my Florida tan is long gone and when I hit pan on my Body Shop Honey Bronzer I felt like it was time for a bit of a shake up. I’ve got fair skin and honestly, I’m a bit of a Bronze-aphobe (is that a thing?). Too much and I look like I’ve face-planted into a muddy puddle but at the same time, I do need something to warm up my pale skin. I picked up the CYO Bronzing and Illuminating Compact on a bit of a whim when I stepped into Boots just after Christmas and absolutely fell in love with it. It’s cheap – only a fiver – and the lighter compact is absolutely perfect for pale, cool-toned skin like mine. The bronzer is subtle but buildable, while the added highlighter adds a really lovely glow.
What a TK Maxx bargain this baby was! I’m still a massive fan of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, but it’s a little dewy and so light and works best during spring and summer. In the winter I need a bit more coverage, so I picked up this little bottle by Stila (since it was more than half price off) and it’s been evening up my blotchy – sometimes dry – winter skin. It applies smoothly over blemishes and wrinkles, sticks with a matte finish (without drying things out) and really does stay all day. Winner!
An old favourite and the only eye pencil I use. I can’t tell you how many of these I’ve got rolling around in my makeup bag that are literally just the nib. I use the until they’re unusable – tight-lining, lid-lining, smudging – this baby copes with the lot and has never once irritated my eyes in the process.
Also, shout out to the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner – it’s been my go-to for years. I picked up the version with the micro-point last time I repurchased – wondering whether it would make it any easier to create the cat-eye flick I go for day to day – but actually, I think I prefer the normal tip.
Another TK Maxx steal – I couldn’t believe my luck! I absolutely love this palette; it’s got a gorgeous range of neutral, cool-toned shades with buildable colour for looks that work both during the day and at night.
I’m so fussy when it comes to lipstick. I like cool-toned pinks (are we seeing a trend here?), long-lasting, absolutely no shimmer and they need to be moisturising – I’ve never got on with MAC’s range because they leave my lips a flaky mess. I was devastated when Revlon discontinued their Lip Butter range, but thankfully, the Super-Lustrous range is just as good. Pink in the Afternoon is that perfect “your lips but better” shade that I reach for every day. 🙂
I’m actually on the hunt for a new mascara because my Bad Gal Bang’s just not banging anymore – what’s everyone loving right now? 🙂
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