To kick off 2017, I’ve decided to write a beauty post about all of the gorgeous make up gifts I have been given for Christmas this year.
For New Year myself and Mr. C like the socialites we are decided to have a date night watching a downloaded film, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t get dressed up and look lovely for a night in my own house, so I decided to get dressed up as if I was heading to a bar, which meant I got to try out all of my new make up.
Max factor Facefinity All Day Primer (£10.99)
I’ve been searching everywhere for a decent primer, I’ve even tried the more pricey products from the likes of Clinique and Dior and nothing has increased my foundations’ staying power. Then I found Max Factor’s Facefinity All Day Primer and it is like a dream! It is a lot thinner and runnier than most of the primers I have used, but it settles on the face really well, doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, made my foundation look smoother and lengthened the life of my foundation. Since pregnancy my skin has turned quite dry, but this felt really nourishing and left my skin feeling quite soft. It’s super cheap compared to a lot of the other primers I have tried as well, so I’d really recommend giving it a try.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24H foundation (£29.00)
I personally think this foundation isn’t quite as heavy as Estee Lauder’s double wear, but isn’t quite as light as Clinique’s beyond perfecting, which is perfect for me. However It is still quite a heavy foundation, so when my skin is quite dry it can look a bit cakey. That said I’ve recently changed my moisturiser so my skin is a lot more nourished and when I’ve used the foundation with the Max Factor Facefinity primer, it sits really well on the skin. Personally I’ve found applying the foundation by gradually building it up with a foundation brush and then dabbing away any excess with a sponge (I used the real techniques Miracle Complexation sponge) works best and creates a lovely base. The foundation itself feels very moisturising as well, which is great for me. I’m not sure if this foundation will be too heavy in the summer, but for a winter foundation it’s great.
Benefit Brow Zings (£24.50)
If I’m honest, I’m a bit undecided about this product because it is really easy to use but I kind of feel like it’s a bit gimmicky. The product is split into two parts, one part is wax to shape and tame the hair and one part is powder to fill in any spaces in the brow. Personally I find the wax a bit of a waste of time and the powder is very similar to an Urban Decay eyeshadow I have. I do however like that the product can be used to create a very bold look or quite a whispy look depending on how you build it up. If like me you aren’t very good at shaping your eyebrows, this product does leave room for error, because it is a product that can be used to build up make up gradually. The double brush that comes with the set does get clogged up very quickly and needs cleaning regularly if you want the product to sit nicely and easily. You also get a set of tweezers with it which are pretty good, but overall I’m not raving about this product and will definitely be trying some other eyebrow products on the market.
Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow palette (£38.50)
I know I’m a bit late to this party, but oh my gosh! I love the Urban Decay palettes! If you like me haven’t jumped on the bandwagon you are going to want to! I have olive skin and dark eyes, so I’m all about earthy tones and that means this palette is perfect for me. I tend to use the ‘Foxy’ shade for my base regardless of if I’m using this for everyday or going out and New Years Eve was no different. I then used ‘Half Baked’ for my inner eyelid, ‘Chopper’ for my crease and ‘Snakebite’ for my outer eyelid. I was a bit worried that I would look a bit like a disco ball because three out of the four shades have glitter in them but actually, they worked well together. The colours are quite close together as well, so blending them was an absolute breeze, perfect for me who doesn’t have a lot of spare time or skill when it comes to applying make up. The brush that comes with the palette is really nice as well, the bristles are quite soft on the skin, it applies the make up evenly and it looks pretty!
To finish of my eye make up I used Chanel’s Ecriture De Chanel eyeliner pen (you can read my review for that here), Maybellines Linerefine eyeliner and Max Factor’s MasterPiece Glamour Extensions 3-in-1 Volumising Mascara (£10.99). This mascara has a plastic brush with short bristles, which clings to your eyelashes individually so theoretically it shouldn’t clump, but if you apply too much it will. For added eyelash length this is an amazing mascara, but in terms of eyelash volume I can’t say I rate it too much. I’ve found less is more when it comes to this mascara, which is perfect for everyday wear, but for evenings and nights out, I’d probably find a different mascara that creates a bolder look by making the eyelashes look thicker.
Too Faced Cocoa Contour (£32.50)
I adore this contour set so much it’s actually become one of my favourite make up products. I’m a bit lazy when it comes to make up, I see pictures on my Facebook and Instagram feeds of girls (and some guys) who have done their contouring so well they look like they have stepped off the pages of vogue. If I try to do replicate, I just can’t seem to get it. I’m quite lucky with my cheekbones to be honest, but I really like when they look more defined and I never seem to get it just right. However, this contour kit is so easy to use, even I managed to make my cheekbones stand out. I actually put this on after my Clinque Blushing Blush Powder Blush, then blended using the Real Techniques Bold Metals Powder Brush and it looked great. I’ve actually started using the Too Face Cocoa Contour palette for everyday use because it is so easy to apply. It also smells like chocolate which is just divine! It isn’t the best if trying to contour around the nose area though, so I used a Contour Cosmetics palette that I already had for that. Overall though, I’d really recommend giving this product a try, I just love it!
Too Faced CandleLight Glow (£25.00)
I’ve been looking for a subtle highlighter for ages, I just know I’d feel like an idiot with a really bold highlighter. Candlelight glow is very subtle and so it meant I could build it up gradually, which if you haven’t guessed by now is kind of my thing! I applied it using the Real Techniques Bold Metals blusher brush and was so happy with how it looked. Candlelight glow is a really warm tone, which really suits my skin tone and because it comes in such a compact case is perfect for popping in a bag on a night out. I’ve only just started using Too Faced products, but I’m already a fan!
I topped off my look with one of my Dior lipsticks (I forget which one, so I won’t tell you about it), and then a quick sweep of a Maybelline Super Stay 24H Waterproof Powder (you can read my review of this here).
*Note: Prices correct at time of purchase
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