My mind tends to go into full swing thinking mode just as I am winding down to go to bed, I am too much of a thinker which is my downfall sometimes but sometimes it works in my favour. So last night I was laying in bed thinking about my makeup collection, which is so extreme I cannot even bring myself to photograph it for fear of judgement, but I decided I need to stop hoarding & actually use up some of my products. I realised a couple of years ago I have a bit of a OCD about using up products so I only use things for a little while then stop as I hate running out of things I like, very strange I know but I am gradually overcoming this.
Each month I want to try to use a certain set of products only in the hope I can get as near as I can to finishing them, if I still find I have a lot of product left over I will have to rethink my plan & maybe keep using the same products until the end of them. So here is the first lot I have picked out;
I received the BareMinerals Prime Time neutralizing primer in a set I purchased & thought at first this was a great product because it helps with redness which I suffer from at times on my cheeks & chin but I just don’t like the texture of it it feels wet & slippery on the skin. This being said I do need to use it up. I would sell it in a blog sale but it looks a bit messy around the lid. I am hoping my makeup will stay in place for most of the day as I do tend to find by mid afternoon its non-existent when I am not using my Laura Geller primer so we will see how this fairs up, if my make up does not stay for long I will remove this from my routine.
I decided I would treat myself to a Lancôme foundation & I do like this one I think it is great that it has a built-in concealer though I think I picked the wrong shade, unfortunately there was no-one working on the Lancôme counter the day I made the trip & to be honest it was already a 30 mile round trip so I was not coming away empty-handed. It is properly a shade or 2 too dark but I have a white foundation I can use to lighten it up but I haven’t used it much because I am conscious of it being the wrong shade. The foundation is lightly fragranced which I think is quite pleasant though I don’t understand why some brands scent them. I am however determined to make this my daily foundation certainly for this month there is no point wasting this baby.
When L’Oreal released the Nude Magique BB cream I just had to have it but I don’t know why it must have been an urge of I want it now just because it is new on the market. I am not sure I would wear it alone but it claims to mimic the texture and glow of perfect, healthy bare skin – maybe this would be more suited to the summer when I don’t tend to wear a foundation but as I have pulled it out to use I may try it under foundation to see if it brings a dewy glow to my skin.
I suffer from terrible dark circles it’s quite depressing as I have never found that perfect concealer to cover them up & make me look flawless but I have not given up the search. About 18 months ago I came across the Jemma Kid makeup range though now it is no longer in existence which is sad but I did manage to pick up two correcting pallets. The first one is pretty much used up for what I wanted it for but I should really give this another whirl seeing as I have one untouched. The citrus colour top left & apricot top right is for colour correction I use the citrus under the eyes & the apricot on the eyelids to neutralise. The bottom left is a dewy glow all over radiance crème which I never really used so will use it as a highlight & the bottom right is a berry lip & cheek tint so I may give this a go too.
I have had the Estee Lauder double wear concealer for a while I find it quite thick & heavy but for the amount it cost I have to use this. I am waiting for the double wear foundation to arrive that I purchased from a blog sale so I will try them together to see how it works but in the meantime I will make use of this.
The Bareminerals Mineral Veil came in the same set as the primer I purchased but I haven’t really used it much at all because I think I tend to use a bit too much powder & end up looking cakey but I am determined to master this product. It claims to reduce shine & minimise pores which is exactly what I need I also want to start using this as a setting powder for my concealer so I hope this works out as I have a lot of product to get through.
I became a blusher freak last year I just can’t seem to get enough of them I love how they can transform your look & give that healthy glow / pop of colour. I was vaguely aware of Benefit Cosmetics but as I started to get to know the brand I realised that Hervana was quite a popular blush so I made a cheeky purchase but if I am honest it has never won me over so I think I need to give this one another try & a good try at that to see if it’s what it is raved to be.
I decided to pick up the High Beam a while back but I have only used it twice I just don’t think I like it, the texture is quite thick it’s not really what I expected it to be. I am toying about selling it in a blog sale I am planning to do at some point but I feel I need to try this a few more times to help make up my mind for sure so I will see how this goes.
So the Fine One One blusher was quite popular when it was first launched! I think I only purchased this as I got caught up with the hype. There is two blush colours & a highlighter all in one handy stick, I think the concept is great but the colour is a little too dark for me though I have to say I am generally a little heavy-handed when applying my blush so I may try a more gentle approach to see if I can get the best out of this.
I have a mountain of brand new mascaras that I really want to try out so I need to stick to just two to get them finished up so I can move onto the next. The first one I have been using for a couple of months is the Wild About Beauty mascara which I have to say is a lovely mascara, you don’t necessarily need to build it up but I like to put on two or three coats to give it that wow factor. I would definitely repurchase this once I have got my collection down a bit further.
I started to use the Estee Lauder mascaras last year when I bought a little makeup kit & since then whenever I have purchased something from the Estee Lauder website I have chosen the mascara sample to be sent with my order. I love this mascara it separates the lashes perfectly, I love this mascara for an easy-going day look it’s not too heavy & even after three coats you never get any clumping.
The above two lip stick / glosses are from an American brand called Mally which is only available in the UK through QVCUK. I have appeared to have accumulated a few of these but these two I have already started so I need to get them finished so they are not wasted. These are quite clever lip products they are a primer, lip stick & lip gloss all in one. I find that these are quite a thick consistency but I think I go a little over board when applying them.
The colours look similar in the packaging above but there is a difference, the first one is empowering pink which has a lovely shimmer running through it & the other colour is encouraging peach. I had to change the auto levels on the swatch picture to show the colour a bit better as my lighting set up is not very good at the moment.
I hope you enjoyed the post I will probably continue to do this each month. x