Everyday Makeup Favourites 2018

Current Beauty Favourites

Over the past year, I have been working towards a more minimal lifestyle and have been trying to declutter my life. One area that really overwhelmed me was my beauty stash. So I’ve managed to reduce it quite considerably, I now only have products that I love and use regularly. I don’t hang on to things just in case I might want to use them, or make excuses to buy new products when I clearly do not need them. Today I’m sharing most of the products that are in my everyday makeup bag and I would say it is a third of the makeup I now currently own and that makes me so happy!

Urban Decay Trouble Maker Mascara

Urban Decay Trouble Maker Mascara

I’m usually the person who has multiple mascaras on the go at once, forever on the quest for the perfect all-rounder that ticks all the boxes. Well, I am here to tell you, I have found it and it is the Urban Decay Trouble Maker Mascara (please never let them discontinue it). I only have one mascara in my collection and it is this one. It is all I need. First up the packaging is super cool and looks like an oil slick, I love it. The wand has quite short bristles that apply the perfect amount of product to each lash & make them look thick, voluminous and the formula is so black! Zero clumping, no fallout and it doesn’t transfer or smudge. It is a pain to get off but that means it has some serious staying power. This is my number 1, my holy grail the ONLY mascara I need in my life. Oh, & it is Vegan, so that is a big plus.

Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel

I go between this and the Essence Brow Mascara, they’re almost identical and similar in quality, the Rimmel one I think has slightly better staying power. The Essence one is Vegan and Cruelty-Free but I can only get it in Wilko and that isn’t a shop I have locally so the Rimmel version is a good back up for me. This adds a nice amount of colour and texture to your brows, I like that you can use it alone for an effortless look or on top of your powder to set your brows and add a little more colour. It gives the illusion that I spend more time on my brows that I actually do and that’s what I want. I am all about that simple makeup life.

Current Makeup Favourites 2018

Vichy Dermablend SOS Cover Stick

This is the creamiest stick concealer I have ever used. I tend to steer clear of stick foundations & concealers as they’re usually quite dry and hard to apply but this is buttery and blends like a dream. I use it everywhere, under eye bags, blemishes, redness and it covers all my imperfections with ease without looking heavy. I would say this gives a very decent medium coverage. I quite often just apply this and feel confident enough to not wear foundation. It has been a lifesaver during the crazy heatwave because its formula is sweat, water and smudge resistant!

Enriched with a careful dose of mineral pigments, beeswax, carnauba wax and a lightweight oil, the formula allows for more spreadable and waterproof coverage that blends in effortlessly. 

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed

I do have a couple of other bronzers but I just always go back to this Urban Decay one because it is matte and the colour is perfect for giving the skin a subtle healthy sun-kissed warmth. It is a lovely natural colour (on me) and you can easily build it up without it looking muddy or orange. It has been my goto bronzer this Summer and for £23 I think it is a Summer Holiday must have!

Soap & Glory Radiance Powders 

These two cheek products are stunning – I have used them for years, I wouldn’t be without them in my collection. I like that they both have a highlight, glow feel to them. The blush is a stunning light pink, peach on the cheeks with a gorgeous gold glow running though. It adds a healthy fresh glow to any look. The bronzer is a beautiful golden glow and I often use it as an eyeshadow and brow highlight.

soap and glory makeup

Essence Fresh & Fit Foundation

This creamy foundation gives a nice medium coverage whilst feeling lightweight on the skin, I hate it when your base feels thick and heavy. This foundation is enriched with a complex of vitamin b3, e, pro-vitamin b5 and cranberry water, it is fantastic to see a budget-friendly foundation with such fantastic skincare benefits added to their formula. These ingredients are going to help your skin glow, look refreshed and awake. I use it as my everyday foundation and quite often I don’t even feel the need to powder, it does have a nice glow to it without looking greasy or shiny. For £5 you need to try it!

w7 Mid-Summer Nights Eyeshadow Palette

I always travel with this 9 pan eyeshadow palette. It’s super compact and has 9 wearable, versatile shades. I can create a simple, smokey or even a bold eye look with this palette and it has a really nice mix of matte and shimmer finishes. For under £4 the quality is pretty damn good & I’m here to tell you that you 100% need it in your makeup bag.

W7 Mid Summer Nights Eyeshadow Palette

w7 The Naughty Nine Eyeshadow Palette

NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12%

This is nothing short of liquid magic, It’s flipping amazing. This is a highlighter, primer and serum in one (love a multi-use product) it instantly blurs imperfections and gives a healthy dewy, even-toned radiance. Designed to create a photo-ready finish on all skin types, this complexion perfector creates a lit-from-within glow in seconds with a wide variety of light-refracting prisms, tone and hue correctors, and photo-finishing technologies.

So you can apply to your skin alone or wear it under your favourite foundation to add a beautiful radiance and correct discolouration. It can also be mixed with other products for subtle radiance. It’s such an easy product to incorporate into your makeup routine. I haven’t ever used a product quite like this & I just can’t get across to you just how incredible it is and how radiant and glowing my skin looks when I wear it.

Dermablend Covermatte Compact Powder Foundation

I am a loyal user of the Vichy Dermablend 3d Liquid Foundation and I am so pleased to have discovered this high coverage compact powder option. This is a really lovely foundation that has buildable coverage. The lightweight powder sits nicely in the skin giving you a velvety matte finish and it covers imperfections with ease. I wear shade 25 Nude and it’s a good all year round shade for me. When I want to achieve that full coverage, makeup last all day look I often set my liquid foundation with this powder simply because it makes my skin look incredible (flawless) and everything is locked in place all day! It is a great foundation if you have redness, acne scarring or just want a more full coverage look without your makeup looking heavy or dusty.

Imperfections are decreased by up to 60% day after day with active dermatological ingredients including sebum-regulating zinc gluconate and anti-imperfection salicylic acid and vitamin E. The appearance of pores is reduced and skin texture looks improved.

Everyday Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink Lipstick

I must confess that I rarely wear lipstick or anything on my lips for that matter. I have a very small collection of lip products now and they’re all pretty much nude shades apart from a couple of more deep Autumnal colours. I like to wear quite a basic lip colour and go bolder on my eye look and I find Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks to be some of the most comfortable and long-wearing. This pinky nude shade freshens up any makeup look as works day to night. I love it and the packaging feels super luxe and special.

What makeup is in your everyday makeup bag?

Blogger Influenced Purchases 2

Blogger Influenced Beauty Purchases

Blogger Influenced Beauty Purchases

I did a similar post last year about a few purchases that were 100% influenced by other bloggers & so I thought it was time I did another. Blogs and YouTube are my favourite ways to access content, I have my favourite people to read / watch and I trust their opinions so when they recommend products more often than not I want to try them.

Black Cotton Buds from Tiger

I saw these all black cotton buds in a Rachel Aust video, she is my minimalist guru (if you don’t already watch her videos you must check her out!) & I have been trying to find some of these for a while. I actually stumbled upon them in Tiger of all places, I love the weird mix of things you get in that shop. I think they were only £2 and they’re just simple cotton buds but I like that they’re a little different and they look cool too. Its all about the aesthetics.

W7 The Naughty Nine Mid Summer Nights Palette

I recently reviewed this palette after seeing it on Miss Makeup Magpie blog, I bought it immediately from eBay and I am so pleased I did because they’re like gold dust. It is being held up as a pretty good dupe for the MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette, I don’t have that palette but what I can say is if you get chance to buy this affordable dupe I would snap it right up. The colour selection is beautifully Autumnal which I love and all the colours are extremely pigmented. If you want to read a little more about it and see swatches then you can do so here —> W7 Mid Summer Nights Palette

NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner

I love this violet shade and it is the only purple eyeliner I have and have ever owned, it isn’t as bright as I hoped but never the less the shade is still pretty and very pigmented. It is a liquid liner and has a precise brush applicator which gives you complete control. It is so smooth to apply and very long wearing. For me they’re more of a Summer makeup, as in the colder months I tend to opt for more brown, black eyeliner but I like that this adds something a little different and its not too out there. I saw these liners on one of Gabbie’s Vlogs and I’m tempted to pop back and get the green shade too.

A Few Blogger Influenced Beauty Purchases

MUA LUXE Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion

This is a drugstore take on a cushion highlighter & I am sold, its super pretty. I also saw this product on the same Fleur video as the Cream Eyeshadow Stick and as soon as Fleur swatched this I fell in love. This is a peachy gold highlight and it can look quite subtle or if you want more on an intense look you can build up the colour & effect to be more intense. I use it on the tops of my cheeks and under my brow bone and it applies so well to the skin, it doesn’t accentuate my fine lines and when it catches the light it looks so pretty. This is a must for the Christmas Party Season, I think you’d get so much use out of it and the white and gold compact comes with a small puff and a mirror for touching up. The packaging feels just like the Lancome Cushion Foundation that I reviewed a couple of months ago and its lovely to pop in your handbag. I am very, very impressed with this and I want to try a few more products from this LUXE range.

Superdrug Shaving Gel for Sensitive Skin

I saw this on Jessica Beauticians Superdrug Haul and when I popped into my local store it was on buy 1 get 1 free so I knew I had to get it. I bought the one for sensitive skin with soothing slow vera and I have used it so much since purchasing it. My razor glides over my skin and I find I get a much closer shave using this. I also think it leaves my skin feeling less stripped and dry. I am pretty pleased with this purchase, and although its not a super exciting one I have found it’s become a product thats made a real difference to my skin. Jessica has so many Superdrug product recomendations in that video so you much check it out.

Blogger Influenced Purchases Swatches

Ignore the two bottom swatches they were from a previous swatching session.

Rosie For Autograph Cream Eyeshadow Stick

I saw this on Fleur’s Autumn Makeup Bag Edit Video and I am a huge fan of cream eyeshadow sticks, they’re such just so fuss free and once they dry down they stay put all day / night. They also make a really good base if you want to create a more intense eye look using your powder shadows on top. The most annoying thing with these ones from M&S is they so not have shade names on the packaging, so I think I have the shade Feline Fox which is a gorgeous metallic mauve bronze. Its a stunning shade and I love the metallic finish. This is so creamy to apply and you get a good couple of minutes to blend it out before it dries down. I have quite a few Bobbi Brown & Laura Mercier Cream Shadow Sticks and these M&S ones are very comparable but a much more affordable price point.

I’d love to know what products bloggers have inspired you to buy.