As it is coming to the end of May (where HAS this year gone!) , I am trying a new theme with my monthly favourites. To be honest I found it quite difficult to pick favourites as I am so sporadic with my make up routine I just wear whatever I feel like on the day. I have picked a mixture of premium and budget products some new and some old!
First I am going to talk about Benefit’s Cofessions of a Concealaholic. This kit has been a staple in my make up collection for well over three years and I think this is the third one I have bought. It say seem expensive at £28.50 , but this concealing and brightening kit has all you need for a fresh faced, blemish free face. This handy set, designed to look like a dear diary with an internal mirror includes two shades of it’s “industrial strength” concealer Bo-ing (£17.50 full size) in light and medium, which can be worn as those shades or mixed together to create the desired shade for your tone.
Next to those sample sized concealers, we have another two eye products – Eye Bright (£15.50) – usually found in pencil form and Lemon Aid eye lid primer. Eye Bright is a pink brightening pencil which can be used on the water line as well as on the inner and outer corner of the eye’s for an instant eye opener. If this is something you are interested in, it is not unheard of for Benefit and Glamour Mag to team up and give these away free. I usually stock up when this happens! Lemon Aid (£16.50) is a lemony toned eye primer, which is quite thick but aims to cover redness and discolouration of the eye lids. Both me and my twin had quite red eye lids, with small red veins visible so this is a regular wear for me. I also find it gives me a good base to work with.
Another great product is the Erase Paste (£20.50) which is another concealer but it is super concentrated and aims to brighten as well as conceal. This is particular good for under the eyes.
You can see from the swatch above it does look quite orange but it doesn’t look like that when applied properly. A little goes a long way.
The final product in this set is That Gal (£22.50) – a brightening face primer, which can be worn under make up, mixed with foundation or over make up as a highlighter. I personally use it mostly mixed with my foundation, or with Benefit Porefessional and it gives a natural radiance.
Talking of Radiance, I was browsing in Boots and came across this Botanics Radiance Balm (£5.99 currently on 3 for 2).
This product claimed to minimise signs of fatigue and create a radiant glow. When swatching the product in store, in very much reminded me of the aforementioned That Gal, only a little thinner and a fraction of the price. It is by far my favourite recent purchase and I am reaching for it almost daily and I have found it has made a difference to the appearance on my skin – I am knocking on 30’s door after all and every little helps.
You can see from the swatch it is a gorgeous pearlescent pink, which can be worn on its own, under make up or mixed in with your base of choice. I am really rating this right now and now have the urge to stock up whilst it is on 3 for 2 in Boots!
Whilst we are on the subject of radiance and brightening, another product which I have loved for the last 3 years Benefit It’s Potent (£25.50) eye cream.
I have to admit, I am a bit lapsy daisy with my skin care and I don’t have any rules really I just buy what takes my fancy. When Benefit launched this skin care range back in 2011 and I had an urge to own all of it. I have grown out of that now, but this eye cream has been a keeper and although it is pricey, it lasts a hell a long time and all I will say is I am not the only one in my house that uses this and no it’s not my children! This cream does brighten the under eye area, I don’t suffer with dark circles as such but I often suffer with tiredness and I feel this cream gives my eyes a pick me up. It also helps with fine lines. Benefit at Boots are currently running a promotion where you can take in any skin care product from any brand and exchange it for a Benefit product worth £10 and I am sure that could include the deluxe sample size of this. Go for it!!
I am sensing an unintentional theme here, but another product I have been loving in the last few weeks is the MUA Conceal and Brighten Kit in Porcelain Beige which is perfect for my pale freckled skin.
This is a bargain £3.99 and I got mine in Superdrug. It comes with 3 cream products. The first is a Concealer, the second a Brightening Cream and the third a highlighter. It is a great combination of products to have in a good travel sized case. The products and really nice to work with and go on to the skin smooth and with ease.
I am not great with hair products and with regards to my hair I pretty much stop at blow drying, pony tails and french plaits. I got this Toni and Guy Leave In Conditioner (£4.66) in a gift set and it sat in my cupboard for months.
When I finally decided to use it, I was pleasantly surprised. It is a light weight cream which is to be used on damp towel dried hair. I find this gives my blow dried tresses a smooth finish and a soft texture.
Next up is a finishing powder that I have had for ages, but haven’t used that often until the last few weeks. It is Soap and Glory’s One Heck of Blot translucent powder.
This is £12 but is currently on offer at Boots for buy one get one half price. Soap and Glory are better known for their bath time beauties but their make up range is brilliant. This powder is great for a light dusting over the face with a large brush just to take away that pesky shine around the t-zone.
Wow, what a mammoth post! Last but not least, is my new favourite make up brush the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush.
I have covered this in a post which you can find here so I won’t go into it too much but I just love how this is the perfect for the hollow of the cheeks (not that mine are very hollow ha!) and it’s versatility to be able to use this is a highlighting brush or a foundation brush.
Well, I hope you managed to stay with me to the end. If you found this useful please comment and share with your friends as I am keen to get this blog out to real people!