Monday, 30 June 2014

Recent Favourites | #1

I feel like this is a big day for my blog... it's my first favourites post! Yay!
I've been thinking of doing some kind of favourites post for a while now, but I just don't 1) buy enough new products every month or 2) discover enough new products every month to justify doing a monthly favourites post every single month.
SO! I'e decided that when I do gather enough things that I can tell you about I'll save them all up and do 'recent favourites' every now and again and I hope that's not too confusing. If it is, just let me know! 

Okay, admin over with. Let's get on with it, shall we?
I've not been wearing a load of make-up recently because hay-fever leads to watery eyes and a sniffly nose and everything I do put on my face tends to just run anyway, so I've been sticking to the basics!

Soap and Glory 'Show Good Face 2 in 1 Skin Energizing Foundation & Primer'

If you saw my recent Soap and Glory haul (here) then you'll have seen that I picked this up and was really enjoying using it.
I was looking for a foundation with a lighter coverage for the summer because everything I was using was making my skin feel a little heavy and just looked a bit too much.
This claims to give a 'bright, dewy, flawless finish' which I have to agree with.
This doesn't offer much coverage at all, so if that's what you're looking for then this isn't for you, but it does just even out the skin tone and make your skin look fresh and dewy and I could happily leave the house wearing just this.
I have the shade 'Fairest of them all' which is the palest shade and it matches my skin perfectly. 

Rimmel 'Stay Matte Powder'

Everybody's favourite, so it's no doubt that it's in mine too!
There's not much I can say about this that you won't already know, other than it's amazing.
It's about £4 and it does what it says it's going to do!
I have dry skin but my nose tends to get a little bit shiny during the day and with hay-fever meaning I'm touching my face a lot throughout the day, I find it's better to be safe and set everything to ensure that it stays where it is for as long as possible!
This is in the shade 'transparent' and I just dust it over my face with a brush which you'll see later in the post!
I love this stuff. 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves

Again, I've written a full review of this here so I won't go on too much about it.
The wand for this is crazy and at first it scared me a little bit but I've found my way of using it and it's actually one of my favourite mascaras of all time!
I've been just wearing mascara recently and usually, I'd avoid this because my eyelashes aren't very long or thick and they just look bare, but this makes them beautifully long and thick and holds a curl really, really well so I'm confident just wearing this alone.
It doesn't flake off during the day which is something I battle with a lot. It's super black and it's not expensive either - I picked this up on offer for about £4.99.

Maybelline Baby Lips - Intense Care and Pink Punch

I am a lip balm addict, as many of you will understand I'm sure.
My lip balms of choice lately have been these two and nothing else, which for me is a big thing because I usually switch it up a lot!
I use Intense Care (in the yellow tube) when I'm putting my make up on in the morning, before I go to bed or if I need a little bit of moisture during the day.
I use Pink Punch instead of a lip-stick on most days, because it has a beautiful baby pink tint to it and it smells amazing too. It's not so pigmented that it looks too much but it's just enough that you can notice there's something there. Am I making any sense? No. Probably not
Either way, these are really hydrating and I'm really enjoying using them.

Clinique 'All About Eyes'

My friend gave me what was left of her sample of the All About Eyes cream and I have sadly fallen in love with it.
My eyes have been really, unattractively puffy and red because of, you guessed it, hay-fever and I've been naughty and have been rubbing them a little bit too much which has left them sore and red and dry.
I've been applying this in the morning and at night after cleansing and such, and it has been amazing.
It's cooling and soothes the soreness and the redness and feels amazing. But more importantly, it's made the skin around my eyes SO SOFT. You only need the tiniest amount of this for both eyes which means it has lasted me for quite a while!

Unfortunately though, I've now run out of this and I can't afford to buy a full size so my life is a little worse off for it, as are my eyes.

The Body Shop 'Face/Body Brush'

I received a set of brushes from The Body Shop for Christmas and this was one of them.
I have fallen head over heels in love with it. I really have.
It's so, so soft and fluffy (I actually sat and just rubbed it along my cheek for about half an hour when I got it...) and it's huge.
I've been using this to apply and blend out bronzer on my cheeks and I also use it to apply my powder which you've just seen.
If you'd like to see the other brushes that came in the set then let me know. They came in a tube like the Sigma brushes and they're really lovely.

Real Techniques 'Stippling Brush'

 I much prefer to use cream products when the weather warms up which means the powder blushes go away and out come the cream ones. I use this to stipple cream blush onto my cheeks and blend it out a little bit and I really love it.
It gives a really natural finish, the duo-fibre bristles pick up just the right amount of product and it's the perfect size for my cheeks.
It's really, really soft and I've washed this loads of times and it hasn't shed at all and it still feels brand new!

I don't know why I waited so long to get on the Real Techniques bandwagon but I'm on it and I'm not getting off! 

Have you tried any of my favourites?
What are your recent favourites?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

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