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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Make-Up Favourites From the Past Few Months

I'm not someone who forks out loads every month on new beauty products. I love make-up, but as I wake up at 5am and broadcast on the radio where no one can see me - most days I don't bother wearing it. I will of course occassionally invest though, which is why I thought it was worth talking to you about some of my favourite new products that I've bought and loved over the past few months. 

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick - £10.00

I've never tried much of the make-up from The Body Shop, but as I'm now making an effort to go cruelty free they are a brand I consider more often. I wasn't sure about this lipstick when I first bought it, from the lighting in the shop it looked a bit too much like a burnt orange, but I was having a spontaneous moment and thought "screw it" and bought it anyway. I already have another Body Shop lipstick that I'm a big fan of so I figured it was worth a try. I've ended up loving this lipstick, I've worn it tons since I have bought it. I really like coral lipsticks but I think it's really hard to find one that 1. Isn't too garish, and 2. Doesn't make your teeth look yellow. This lipstick is the perfect resolution to that, it's a beautiful soft coral that's great with warm, lighter coloured Spring make-up. The formula is also really nice, it's quite moist at first but after about 10 minutes it dries into a more matte formula. If you're looking for some softer shades of lipstick then The Body Shop is worth trying out, from what I can tell a lot of their lipsticks are far less garish. 

Left: 101 Red Siren. Right: 110 Coral Crush

Find it on their website here.

Sleek Blusher - £4.99

Yesss to Sleek blusher. They are all about the pigmentation. Seriously good blushers for such a small price, the perfect option to consider if you want a lower-cost brand. I also love this colour, it looks bright Orange in the packet but it comes out a really nice soft, warm toned Coral that warms up your cheeks nicely. Even if this colour isn't for you, I recommend you check out their blushers as they really are great. The packaging is also really nice, just very neat and compact to carry around with you. Which I love as I can't stand unnecessarily bulky packaging! (Benefit, I'm looking at you).  

Shade: 'Life's A Peach'

Get it from their website here. Or you can find it at Boots and Superdrug. 

Sleek Brow Kit - £8.50

This kit is a brilliant dupe for Benefit's Brow Zings, and many other versions like it. It comes with 2 sides, a wax and a powder, plus 2 brushes to accompany. I love this eyebrow kit! It lasts absolutely ages as you only need a small amount at a time, and it has great durability when you wear it. The wax is nice and soft and the powder is very pigmented, personally I don't actually use the powder as it's just far too dark for me. Which would be the product's one downside, there isn't a huge amount of variety in terms of shades. However it's compact and easy to carry around, and comes with a mirror to touch up on the go. I personally use my own full sized angled brush to apply it, but you could definitely get by with the ones that are provided. 

Shade: 'Medium'

You can find it on their website, or buy it from Boots and Superdrug.
Urban Decay Ink For Eyes - £15.50

I wrote about this in more detail over on my eyeliners post.. I love this product! The wings of my eyeliner have honestly never been so even, the tip on this is so fine and the perfect shape so it makes it incredibly easy to apply winged eyeliner with. It's also a deep shade of black and has great durability. The only downside is that I find it tends to wear away at the inner corners of my eyes, but that certainly isn't something that is exclusive to this eyeliner as I often have that problem. Really recommend this!

This is available over at their website.

EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set - £5.99-6.99

The thing I hate about being someone who is into make-up, is how many bloomin' make-up brushes you end up with! It just makes your load even heavier every time you pack your make-up bag. Which is one of the reasons I love these brushes! They are double ended and come with every kind of eye brush you would need - fluffy for blending, angled for liner/under the eye, smudge brush for a smokey effect, and a harder shaped one to pack on the shadow. There is also the obvious factor of them being really good brushes, they are brilliant to apply eye make-up with. And being readily available in shops such as Boots and Superdrug they are very affordable. 

Available from lots of stockists - BootsSuperdrug and Feel Unique being some of them

Kiko Milano Nail Lacquer - £3.90

I have heard a lot about Kiko Milano in the past 6 months or so, I originally always avoided this shop as it looked like somewhere that was pretty expensive...don't be fooled! It may be decorated like a MAC store but it is so affordable. Once my make-up starts to run low I will try out a few more of their products, but when I was in there I picked up a couple of nail varnishes for a few quid assuming they would be your bog standard nail varnish for that price. I was so wrong, their nail varnishes are brilliant. The colour is incredibly opaque, meaning you don't have to build up layer after layer to try and get a decent looking coral nail. They also have amazing staying power, when I use these I don't need to re-paint my nails for about a week. And the perk is, they are the same price (if not cheaper) than most of the nail varnishes you would find in Boots and Superdrug, but so much better! Definitely pick up one for yourself and give it a try. Oh, and their range of colours is fantastic. 

Left to right: 359 Light Peach, 512 Metallic Rosy Taupe, 338 Light Lavender 

Available over at their website

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - £5.50

I've read over and over again across the internet that these are amazing. Well, the hype is real people! These are brilliant, they are thick pigmented colour that really lasts all night. I bought the shade '01 Amsterdam' and wore it out for my birthday, that red lip stayed on all night long, better than any lipstick I have ever bought. On top of all that they smell amazing, which is obviously a great perk! I'm gradually trying out NYX stuff as they have a great reputation, and now that Boots are gradually introducing it in all of their stores it makes it much more obtainable as I'm always a bit hesitant about ordering a product without having a look at it in real life first. Can't recommend these enough! Perfect for when you want your colour to last all day, and they are a bargain.

Shade: '01 Amsterdam'

Available from Boots and Feel Unique

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - £29.50

I've resisted Charlotte Tilbury for a while, as I have so much make-up to get through I thought I would save it for when I needed to top up. My everyday foundation had run out, and I wanted to try something new from a brand that don't test on animals. Charlotte Tilbury's products have a fantastic reputation, and rightly so! This foundation is brilliantttt. The coverage is fantastic without making you look caked in make-up, and the lasting power is amazing. As proof here is a photo of me at the end of a hot sweaty day in London, all my other make-up smudged but the foundation stayed in tact. 

She also has a huge range of shades which is brilliant, it is on the pricey side but I always think if you are going to spend a lot on one piece of make-up then foundation is your best bet. Only criticism I have is that the lid is a little loose and comes off quite easily, not ideal when you are carrying it around in a make-up bag as I get paranoid it'll spill everywhere! 

You can find it on the Charlotte Tilbury website

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them?

Emma x


  1. I love Kiko products! They're so affordable but there's so much choice and I've always find their products to be really good quality - I'd recommend any of their lipsticks :) I need to try more NYX products, they seem to be so popular and I guess that's for a reason!

    Georgie xo

    1. Ohh noted, thank you! I'm still new to trying out Kiko stuff. Yes NYX are brill from what I have seen so far, better than most "Drugstore" brands. Emma x

  2. Another good read (even for a non make up wearer!) Maybe make up should be on my Christmas list this year as a Emma gift!!