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!
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!