As I’ve mentioned many times before on this blog, I’m not the biggest makeup wearer, but I do like to apply it as a calming ritual in the mornings or when I feel like I need a little bit of an emotional boost. Throughout the years I’ve gotten much better at applying it and recognizing which products work the best on my skin during different seasons, so it’s become a bit more fun and experimental to wear makeup than it is a chore or a necessity.
For today’s post I wanted to briefly talk about a few of my current favourite products now that summer is coming to an end and fall is slowly creeping up on us. This is more of a daily face, but I don’t have any qualms wearing it on nights out or whenever I feel like it, really.
Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette
I don’t wear eyeshadow very often and when I do it’s usually a light shimmer all over my lids or a sultry grey right at the roots of my lashes as a way to bring out the colour of my eyes. I don’t usually play around with crazy colours, so I figured the Naked2 Basics Palette would be a good addition to my collection for those days when I want to be really simple with my eye look.
Lately I’ve mostly been using the darkest shade on a thin, angled brush right at the base of my lashes as a way to make them look thicker without using an actual liner. I don’t have a very steady hand, so using eyeshadow is much easier to control and gives a softer effect on the eyes. The lighter shades are perfect for smoothing out the eyelid and making it a more even colour, which is exactly what my darker lids need.
I’ve fallen in love with highlighter the past few years, but I’ve also learned the importance of finding one that is more glowy than it is glittery. I used to always reach for my MAC powder highlighter, but realized that it was just a bit heavy on the skin and now use it for fancier occasions because of it’s intense glitter. Recently, though, I’ve been constantly using the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz and have even had to order a new one because of how often I reach for it. It gives the perfect natural glow as though I’ve been eating all my fruits and vegetables (even though I haven’t) and the stick I bought in December 2017 is still lasting me after almost every day use. It’s really good paired with a powder foundation because it livens up the matte formula a bit more than a powder highlighter does.
Glossier Boy Brow
In all honesty this is one of two brow products I’ve used my entire life, but it’s so good that I haven’t wanted to try out any others (except maybe the Charlotte Tilbury one…). It is so easy to wear and has a waxy formula that keeps my brows in place without making them feel super stiff or flaky. I’ve also just ordered a new one because I was completely finished the first one I ordered back in December. Like the Haloscope it has lasted me a fairly long time for something I use every day and I probably will end up buying it again in a few months. I’ve gotten to the point now where my face doesn’t feel done unless I’ve used this on my eyebrows.
Glossier Cloud Paint in ‘Dusk‘
Normally I always use my Hourglass blush in ‘Mood Exposure’ because it’s easy to apply and the perfect brownish pink shade for every day, however, lately I’ve been really into using Glossier cloud paint because of the dewiness it adds to my skin. While the colour is a beautiful dusty rose and the packaging is very cute and easy to carry around, I find that it is a bit tricky to apply. I always end up squeezing too much on my fingers or add more than I need to on my cheeks and end up looking incredibly red-faced. However, when the ratio is right it gives the perfect blush without looking too made up. I would prefer if they tweaked the packaging a little bit, perhaps make the top a snap on rather than a screw on one, but I’ve still really been enjoying this product during the late summer and early fall weeks.
Glossier Stretch Concealer
This is an extremely new addition to my makeup collection, only a week or two old, and so far I’ve really been enjoying it. The formula is very soft and easy to move around the face without feeling too heavy. It still makes my skin look like skin rather than globs of makeup up where I apply it. It’s been perfect for hotter days or days where I really don’t want to put too much effort into my makeup, but rather just want to cover up a few blemishes and discolouration. The only issue I have with it is that there isn’t a very wide shade range and it is a bit tricky to match my skin colour since I have yellow/golden undertones. I find that this one is just a tad bit too dark and a smidgen cool toned to be a perfect match for me. But, I really can’t complain because it is extremely close and does the job I need it to. I’m not sure if I will repurchase it, but I definitely will use it up in the next few months.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
I’ve talked about this mascara dozens of times on this blog and have yet to find a comparable one, either high end or drug store. Nothing seems to measure up to how well Better Than Sex lengthens and thickens my lashes with little effort and only a coat or two at most. I first read about this mascara on From Roses about 3 years ago and have been in love with it ever since, so I’m passing it on to anyone else who has fairly thin, mid length lashes and needs a boost for every day or nights out. Not only is the packaging beautiful, but the formula is easy to wear with minimal smudging and comes off effortlessly with cleanser and warm water.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in ‘Pillow Talk’
I have been thinking about buying this lipstick for a while now and I’m so glad I finally did! The formula is incredibly smooth and the colour is the perfect “my lips but better” shade where I can just swipe it on and feel put together for the day. A lot of people have trouble wearing matte lipsticks, saying that they are a drying and a bit high maintenance, but they are my go to for both summer and winter. The packaging is also incredibly luxurious and I hope to pick up a few more of her products in the future, especially the Wonderglow primer and the eyebrow gel.