#NoBuyJuly: Beauty Rediscoveries

21 July, 2015 #NoBuyJuly: Beauty Rediscoveries

This month, I’ve been on a spending ban. This self-inflicted purge of all beauty-related purchasing has lead to multiple product rediscoveries from my massive collection, including some beauty bits that have been swiftly added to my everyday rotation. From foundation to lipstick, there’s something from every category – let’s dig in!

Beauty Rediscoveries

The first product in my bundle of beauty rediscoveries is the Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight and Sculpting Creamy Glow Duo (£22.50 here). I’m typically a powder contour gal, but there’s something about this creamy contour and champagne highlight duo that makes skin look healthy, radiant and most importantly, not caked in makeup. The contour is a perfect cool-toned brown, and the highlight is just right for my NC30 skin tone. It’s perfect for lightweight base days over foundation (but before powder), and it wears surprisingly well in the heat. I still prefer a powder contour to fake chiselled cheekbones as you can achieve a sharper, more precise effect, but this little palette is definitely one to watch out for if you’re into a softer makeup look.

I’m a serious lipstick hoarder. Some lippies, however gorgeous, tend to get shoved to the back of the MUJI drawers – in this case, it’s Kevyn Aucoin’s The Matte Lip Colour in Relentless (£26 here). It’s not that I have anything against Kevyn Aucoin products, but that I just have too much STUFF! This creamy, vibrant peach-coral is a great everyday shade for summer and one I’m getting plenty of use out of. It also stays on the lips for a crazy long time – around 5-6 hours without the need for a touch up.

Primers are another area in my makeup stocks that can get a little… excessive. My sister introduced me to the L’oreal Smoothing Resurfacing Primer (£14.29 here) about four years ago, and whilst I loved it, newer, shinier bases came along, so this beauty was unfortunately neglected. Nevertheless, I’m back to appreciating it’s ability to create a silky smooth, virtually poreless base, and the formula is satisfyingly thick without every pilling or becoming lumpy and unmanageable. A great primer for oily-combination skin, and affordable too!

Next up is one of MAC’s most iconic lipsticks – Ruby Woo (£15.50 here). Although not unloved, this lipstick requires a lot of prep work, so I tend to go for creamier, more subtle shades on a day-to-day basis. It’s a lipstick I tend to save for weddings, Christmas Day and the occasional night out, although cocktails + kissing + red lipstick = chaos. However, I’ve found that lining my lips with a neutral shade like Whirl or Hover makes this stunning red a little less OTT, whilst retaining its scarlet power. That, coupled with regular touch ups, makes Ruby Woo a slightly more viable option for dinner and drinks. Just remember to bring tissues!

I rarely purchase (or discuss) limited edition beauty products on my blog, but the following product is just too gorgeous to mention. MAC’s Shell Pearl Beauty Powder from their Give Me Liberty Collection is one of the most beautiful warm pink blushers I own, but I only realised its true potential after watching Jaclyn Hill rave about it in an old YT video. It’s a shimmery pink with a hint of peach that perks up the complexion, and the large pan means I won’t be running low on this new favourite powder in a hurry!

The Diorskin STAR Foundation in 020 Light Beige (£32 here) is one of my all-time favourite foundations. I purchased it in the early days of my blogging career, and it was the first foundation that made me realise that you can achieve perfect skin from a bottle. That being said, the colour I own is a little too dark for my regular pale skin, but after a few weeks in the sun, the shade is a bang-on match. The SPF20 makes it great for everyday wear, and it doesn’t create a ghostly flashback in photos. It’s fantastic! To read my full review and additional thoughts, click here and here.

My last product in this beauty rediscoveries list is the NYX Powder Blush in Mauve (£6 here). To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember for the life of me why I purchased this particular shade. It’s a beautiful dusky rose with hints of brown that makes it perfect to wear on tanned skin, and it’s got me excited to try out more cheek products from NYX. If you’re in the market for an affordable nude-toned blush, then NYX’s Mauve is definitely one to consider.

Have you tried any of my rediscoveries? Which beauty bits have you revisited recently? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Renata
    Posted at 21:47h, 30 July Reply

    I’m yet to try Kevyn Aucoin. I’m forever tempted to buy the candlelight highlighter (powder). So pretty! The lipstick you have also looks lovely. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • Jessica
      Posted at 11:20h, 31 July Reply

      Thanks Renata! I’d definitely recommend Kevyn Aucoin – so luxe and pretty! X

  • Jasmine Talks Beauty
    Posted at 17:48h, 26 July Reply

    i love the look of the Kevyn Acoin duo! I’ve recently fallen back in love with my MAC eyeshadows and so I’m going to finish my pro palette 🙂 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Jessica
      Posted at 11:20h, 31 July Reply

      Great idea! That’s on my MASSIVE to-do list! Might treat myself on payday! X

  • Alexandra F.
    Posted at 21:49h, 24 July Reply

    I also own the dior foundation and it’s a old favourite , such a nice base!

    Alexandra xx

    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:34h, 24 July Reply

      Totally agree Alexandra! X

  • jenna cantillion
    Posted at 16:10h, 23 July Reply

    Well done you for being on a spending ban! I love these rediscoveries and I really need to get my hands on Ruby Woo!

    Jenna / Beauty And The Style

    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:35h, 24 July Reply

      Thanks Jenna! Looking forward to spending some £££ once it’s over! Ruby Woo is rather fab! X

  • Lifestylebites3
    Posted at 14:15h, 23 July Reply

    Mac’s ruby woo is the best among all and I totally adore it. I love your blog and if you fancy a read, then check onto my blog https://lifestylebites3.wordpress.com/

    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:35h, 24 July Reply

      Thanks so much! Just had a look 🙂

  • Dagmara Klich
    Posted at 11:11h, 23 July Reply

    I need to start using my Diorskin foundation as it was a bit too dark for my Winter pale skin but should be perfect now. Love doing beauty re-discoveries from my stash 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:36h, 24 July Reply

      It’s such a brilliant foundation – and possibly overlooked/under-hyped compared to some other releases from last year! Me too, just so fun 🙂 X

  • Jasmine
    Posted at 12:42h, 22 July Reply

    I love finding old makeup that I used to adore! The NYX blush is so pretty! Need to try NYX makeup xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:36h, 24 July Reply

      Me too! Thanks Jasmine! You really should 🙂 X

  • Annabel
    Posted at 23:31h, 21 July Reply

    I love Diorskin as well, but for some reason I ALWAYS forget to actually use it!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:37h, 24 July Reply

      Try it with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush – amazing combination! X

  • Lily
    Posted at 21:34h, 21 July Reply

    I have been trying to spend less of make up, so I know how it feels to rediscover make up. I really like the sound of that Kevyn Aucoin Duo x


    • Jessica
      Posted at 23:37h, 24 July Reply

      It’s lovely! Makes you appreciate the products in your collection so much more! X

  • Charline Steuckers
    Posted at 18:26h, 21 July Reply

    Oh wow that Mac Beauty Powder looks like such a stunner! x

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

    • Jessica
      Posted at 00:08h, 25 July Reply

      It’s so gorgeous! Even prettier with a tan! X

  • Alina
    Posted at 17:26h, 21 July Reply

    I’ve had my eye on the Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Sculpting Duo for quite some time now, it looks lovely & it’s actually not that pricey considering it’s a high end brand x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    • Jessica
      Posted at 00:09h, 25 July Reply

      It’s great! Definitely worth the money and incredibly versatile! X

  • Alessia
    Posted at 10:49h, 21 July Reply

    Wow, all really lucky rediscoveries! Incredible but true, I have never tried anything from Kevyin Aucoin and was really interested in his highlighters…

    • Jessica
      Posted at 14:58h, 21 July Reply

      Their lipsticks are fantastic – I’m going to pick up one of their powder highlighters next! Xx

  • beauty bloss
    Posted at 09:15h, 21 July Reply

    Dior Star is a gorgeous base. I should do a no buy month!

    • Jessica
      Posted at 14:58h, 21 July Reply

      It’s been really fun! Let me know if you do! Xx

  • JasminCharlotte
    Posted at 07:51h, 21 July Reply

    This is always the best bit of a no buy, finding some awesome bits and bobs! It also helps me finally use some bits up, which never happens!! xx

    • Jessica
      Posted at 14:59h, 21 July Reply

      Totally agree – I finished shampoo, conditioner and body wash before I went on holiday and it filled me with so much joy! Xx

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