I’ve seen a lot of blog posts and YouTube videos on this topic even though I don’t follow a lot of beauty bloggers/YouTubers, so I thought it would be good to give this a go! I’m not a girl who is really in to make-up, yes I wear it every day, but I don’t have all the go to palettes, lip kits or brushes (even though those Spectrum ones do look crazy pretty!). I like to think of myself as a casual make-up goer, I wear it every day and am partial to a good matte lipstick, but I haven’t practised the art form enough to consider myself a lover. So here it goes, here’s my list of all the products in my make-up bag and a link to where I got them:
The most staple selection of my make-up is my eyes, I am obsessed with eyeliner. I’ve been wearing eyeliner since I was around 14 and never stopped, a sharp cat eye is what makes me, me. I use Rimmel Scandal’Eyes WTP EyeLiner Black, Maybelline Master Ink Liquid Eyeliner Matte and Nyx Cosmetics Epic Ink Liner in Black. For mascara I have rarely shied away from Maybelline, their mascaras make my eyelashes super dark and super long. The one I’m using currently is Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara. I don’t really use eyeshadow that much as a black cat eye and bright lipstick seem to be enough for my make-up looks, but if I’m not wearing any lipstick I usually use Makeup Revolution Dark Reign Eyeshadow Palette as it’s full of all the dark colours I love, from red, grey, black and brown. I can’t seem to find this palette on the Superdrug website anymore but it can be found on Ebay for pretty cheap.
I’m not a big lover of the ‘Instagram brow’, you know which one I mean. Instead I just fill in any sparse areas with Revolution Precise Brow Pencil in Dark Brown, which does the job nicely. Then I use L’Oreal Brow Artist Xpert in the darkest Brown they do to go over the previous brown so my eyebrow colour matches the make-up. If my eyebrows are being slightly unruly I use L’Oreal Paris Brow Artist Plumper to smooth down all the sticky out hairs.
I have FINALLY found a primer that works with my skin type, hallelujah! So thank you e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer for actually working well and keeping my eyeliner and foundation stuck to my face.
I’m not a huge foundation person, I only really wear it when I go out somewhere nice and I swap foundations a lot. For foundation I use Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation F4 which I only recently found as I used to use the concealer version of this and thought it was amazing. Before Christmas a lot of the Revolution concealers were out of stock, so instead of my usual I picked up Revolution Fast Base Concealer C4 and really liked it, the sponge makes it easy to dab the liquid where you want it to go. I mostly use it around my eyes as a sort of primer which makes me eyeliner stay twice as long.
Skincare wise, I am not the best at keeping a good skin routine.. I’m trying to change that though! Every time I’m in the bath I use Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash, which I find keeps my spots at bay and also doesn’t make me feel itchy like other facial washes I’ve used previously. I moisturise using Body Shop Mango Body Yogurt which I love as it’s fine and not greasy.. and smells great obviously.
After eyeliner, my make up love is matte liquid lipstick and lip balm. I am a HUGE lover of the classic 50’s pin up girl look.. sharp black cat eyes and a killer red lip is my go to for a night out. I mostly use Jeffree Star Valour Liquid Lipsticks as they dry matte and have a full range of amazing colours. I mostly use the colours Gemini and Checkmate, I can’t find Checkmate on the Beauty Bay store where I buy from but they have Redrum which is similar. When I’m not wearing bright lipstick I use lip balms, my favourites are NIVEA Lip Butter, Coconut & NIVEA Lip Butter Balm, Vanilla & Macadamia, they both keep my lips moisturised for hours and also smell divine.
As bad for the environment as it is, I love body sprays.. whether that be perfume, sprays or mists. Anything that smells vaguely like vanilla is my go to spray. On special occasions I use Victoria’s Secret So Sexy Perfume which I bought in store, but as the online store is down today I will link it on Amazon here. On non-special occasions and everyday use I shower myself in SO…? Vanilla Milkshake Body Mist, which smells incredible and is very light to wear. Since I could buy my own body sprays I’ve been using Impulse, I mostly use Tease or Rock & Love. I used to love the Charli XCX range as she has a Vanilla spray (surprise surprise) but I think that range has been discontinued 😦
I’m making a conscious effort to go cruelty free soon, after I’ve used up my current back stock, so I’m up for any tips on which cruelty free makeup is the best and also isn’t too expensive!