Makeup Musings #1

I thought it would be interesting to start a little series where I write a monthly post dedicated to the new beauty bits I have been playing around with. Sort of like mini first impressions/review on different products each month, both old favourites and new launches, from drugstore and luxury. It’s still a new born idea but I think it would be a good way of sharing my overall thoughts on several different products as well as encouraging me to switch up my makeup routine each month and keep things fresh (we all get stuck in a rut sometimes, am I right?). So here’s to March’s makeup medley:

Ok, so we all know how much I’ve been raving about the Smashbox Primer Water. It’s my new makeup obsession and I’ve been using it every time I apply makeup without fail. I actually have an in-depth review where I go into much more detail about how I use it and what it does. I’ve finally got my hands on a budget alternative – this Freedom one is the one I picked up and it looks perfect! Let me know if you’d like a comparison of the two…

Concealer wise, the Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser has been working its magic on my under eye circles. I’ve been struggling with sleep and this little gem has rescued me on countless occasions. I find the sponge tip applicator a little weird though – quite unhygienic if I’m perfectly honest – but it does the trick and I’ve had no problems thus far. 

The NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia has been on my eyes all month. It’s so richly pigmented and sparkly. You can amp it up with a wet brush or use it dry for serious shimmer action all day long. It’s very rich and gold with bronze undertones – one of my all time favourite shadows EVER. I need more from this line. I wish they weren’t £21 a piece (sigh).

I wrote a whole review on the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner and Smudgestick in Stingray. Both are perfect for am intense black line. I’ve really been enjoying using the fine nib to come very close to the lash line just to accentuate it and give my eyes more definition. It works a treat. The retractable pencil liner is great for the waterline, budge proof and dark black. I like smudging a little half way in, so as not to make my eyes smaller but rather more almond shaped in appearance. 

Lashes are something close to my heart. I love the lots of lash look and have done for a while, so any product which gives me this goes straight on my hit list. Benefit’s Roller Lash is no exception. It lengthens and separates giving definition and a doll eyed effect to my lashes. I love love love this mascara. I do have an in depth comparison between Roller Lash and They’re Real which I posted a few weeks ago – check that out if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts on both.

On my cheeks I’ve been trying out the Kiko Milano Rebel Bouncy Blushes I purchased earlier this month. The shade I’ve been using the most has been 03 Treasure Rose because it’s more berry toned and works well with the NARS eyeshadow I mentioned earlier. Although these blushes do appear creamy and ‘bouncy’ in the pan, I feel like they are actually quite stiff. Maybe it’s just the one I got – but I find I have to blend really quickly and press quite hard for even application. They’re also quite intense, be careful if you’re pale skinned – use a light hand and blend well if you want to avoid the rag doll look!

Last but not least, lips. I featured this lip colour as an instant favourite in my Kiko haul – it’s English Rose from the Smooth Temptation Lipstick line. It’s the perfect dusky pink shade for everyday, perfect for Spring and very wearable for most skin shades. It’s a matte finish but not drying at all, it lasts very well and gives a great pigmented plump lip look. Another makeup hit.

What are your favourite makeup bits this month?

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