As university is gradually drawing to a close – classes are finishing, my dissertation is due in at the start of May and I only have an exam and essays to finish – my stay in Cardiff is coming a close too. While I may have a flat to live in until the end of June, my family and I are desperate for me to move home. Which is something I’m in the process of doing.
Since I haven’t brought my belongings back yet, I’ve brought a suitcase of necessities until I can move my stuff back for good. This was going to be done the weekend just gone, but as I’ve mentioned in a few of my recent blog posts, I’ve been ill and so I was still recuperating despite my flu being all but gone. So that means my makeup collection is stuck in Cardiff right now, so this has meant I’ve had to pick my absolute necessities for makeup too, until my stash can finally be brought home.
The process of moving home has tampered with my plans for blog posts I want to write, however I’ll just write them once my stuff is home and *gasp* organised. I planned on writing a March Favourites post to kick off a new post style I’ve been wanting to try since starting my blog, but today I’m going with a compromise. Instead, I’m going to talk to you guys about which of my products made the cut, and I’ve been using the past week or so and will continue to use until I move my stuff home some time next week. Let’s get started:
I think the best place to start would be the face. I actually forgot to pick up my concealer when I was packing, but I’ve decided I was okay with that. Although I’ve had a few little bits I’ve wanted to cover up the past week, I haven’t been leaving the house too much so I figured I’ll just let my skin deal with it.
I did remember to bring my trusty Pressed Powder by Collection. Thanks to the car ride home, the bumpy journey made it crack to pieces. My shade is Ivory, and can be found in Superdrug for £1.99. I remember buying this specific powder in Boots as well, but I can’t find it on the website so I’m guessing it’s discontinued. I love this powder, and it’s one of the few I can find that is genuinely pale enough for my super pale skin.
As I’m pale I tend to appreciate adding some colour to my cheeks. This is also by Collection, and is their blush in the shade Cheeky. Since I was only going to let myself bring one blush home, I decided I would use this opportunity to use a colour I normally wouldn’t reach for. I normally go for cool pinks to suit the slightly cooler side of my neutral undertone, but since we are supposed to be in spring now, I decided I’ll try a warmer tone for once. This blush can be found in Boots for £2.99. I’m pretty sure you can find this in Superdrug as well, but it’s not showing up when I searched through the website.
I talked about both of these products in my recent blog post here.
Next the brows: I reviewed this product a while ago, but since it’s still going strong in my makeup bag, there was no reason not to bring home my Soap & Glory 2 in 1 Archery Brow Filling Pencil and Brush. This can be found in Boots for £8.00, and it goes without saying that I’m enjoying this product. You can go natural or a bold look with this product so it makes sense I keep this one with me.
Now I’ve brought a few eye products home, but only 3-4 of them I admit I expected and then did actually use regularly. So I’ll start with this those first.
Let’s begin with the liquid eyeliners. These are the ones I use most often when I wear makeup. I admit, these are my three go-to liners and I enjoy using each of them. The first is the L’OREAL SuperLiner in Black, which can be found in Superdrug for £6.49. This is my go-to for more intense eyeliner looks, since the black colour really makes my eyes stand out. While I do like this eyeliner, I can’t wait to finish it since the nib applicator is frustratingly flimsy, and it makes completing a look very difficult.
Next is my brown eyeliner by Dolly Wink which I found on EBay. This is my go-to for more natural looking eyeliner looks, since in one swipe it’s slightly lighter than the colour of my lashes. With two coats it’s about as dark as my lashes while still looking more on the natural side. This is my favourite of my eyeliners, since the pen nib is so fine and precise, although it’s a shame the pigmentation can be a bit hit and miss. Maybe I just need to shake the thing more?
Finally, my Gosh liquid/gel eyeliner. I found this in Superdrug, although for some reason, it’s not on the website! It’s a reasonably new product, with traditional shades like black, brown, etc, but also bright shades like blue, which I’m guessing are for the summer festival season. Unfortunately, because it’s not on the website I can’t quite a price to you. This is in the shade Plum, and I love the subtle impact it has. It looks reasonably natural on the eyes, but because it’s in the purple family, it really makes the green hues in my eyes pop.
Moving on to my mascara of choice. The one I’ve been using inconsistently for many months now is the Seventeen Doll’d Up mascara. I picked this up many months ago and I’m surprised it hasn’t gone off yet! It hasn’t, I assure you, I check regularly. I like this mascara since it provides a little extra “umph” to my lashes without looking overdone. This can flake from time to time, but this doesn’t happen often. Plus I’m a sucker for the dolly theme. Mum calls me her little doll from time to time (or something else that implies I’m a doll) so something about the name made me give in to the cutesy theme. Plus my interest in the Ulzzang doll-like look in South Korea. I may never look like one, but I can still appreciate the style.
Finally my eyeliners I admit I don’t really use… The first two are the Sleek Eau La Liner in Dragonfuit and Raisin. After watching a makeup tutorial on YouTube, I was inspired to try using pencil liners in a different kind of way. I normally hate pencil liners since my oily eyelids make it impossible for them to stay put. Colourful panda eyes anyone? But I love experimenting and decided to give these a try. I also wanted the shade Venom but people kept opening them! Why do people do that? So there haven’t been any in the shade I can find that haven’t been used up or opened. Frustrating… Anyway, you can find this in Boots for £4.99, and the links above the two shades on the Superdrug website.
The final pencil is the Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Alligator. While it’s a dark green, I want to see if I can make this work with spring eye makeup looks. You can find this in Superdrug for £4.99.
The final category is the lips. I only brought one product home specifically for my staples. And this is the Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me. I love the pigmentation of this particularly balm, and is from the original range of Baby Lips. Since I have had to leave the house despite being ill, a great way to keep them hydrating but not look so pasty is with a lip balm with some colour. I personally love this shade, I love darker colours and since it’s so sheer, it works as an all-year round colour. You can find this in Boots and Superdrug for £2.99. I do have some lipsticks and tints to play with where I’ve indulged when I shouldn’t have, but I wanted to keep this specifically to my staples. I reviewed the Electro Baby Lips in my blog post here, if you’d like to check those out.
And that’s my makeup staples right now. I personally love most if not all of these products. If there are any you want to know more about in detail, I would love to answer your question(s). I really do appreciate you taking the time to read my post, it means the world to me especially if you do enjoy the time you spent reading it. If you think you’ll like my other posts, then I happily invite you to take a look. If you have any product suggestions, I would love to hear about them.