Lately I've been experimenting with a lot of different makeup, with all the new releases in September. So instead if cramming everything I've been using into the post I picked the ones that I just kept reaching for! Make sure you check out my linked posts for more in-depth reviews, comparisons and swatches. Lets get into it...
Becca Backlight Priming Filter | £32 | POST
No surprises with this primer. Most of you will know by now how much I love this. It's simply one of the best primers I've come across. It's a primer that adds a glow to the skin, but without glitter or being overly shimmery. You only need a tiny amount to get a good glow. I also find this really hydrating for my dehydrated skin. I found this works with all foundations. And since repurchasing my second bottle I've been reaching for this over everything else.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue | £27 | POST
Another old favourite I've been reaching for comes in the form of this foundation. Well it's actually a tinted moisturiser hybrid. But it makes a perfect base. It's very hydrating and gives a luminous glow to the skin. It blends beautifully and lasts all day. I even used this on my wedding day - that's how much I love it!
Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation | £27 | POST
This was a new launch in September and I just had to see what this foundation was all about. I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay bases and this one is no exception. I'm actually really surprised I like it, because full coverage foundations that promise to be long lasting are too drying for me. But this isn't. The coverage is really full, I only use one small pump for my entire face and the coverage is still full. The finish is matte but not overly matte or flat looking. The shade 5 is a good match for my for skin tone. This does oxidise by about a shade, nothing major but I allowed for this when choosing my shade, So bare this in mind when shade matching.
Kat Von D Lock Concealer | £16 | POST
I'm sure most of you know that Kat Von D is now available at Debenhams, so here I am, the proud owner of the Lock Concealer. I haven't had it very long. But since I got it no other concealers have had a look in. The is everything I want from a concealer, creamy, easy to blend, has good coverage and is long lasting. If the NARS Creamy Concealer and the Urban Decay Concealer had a baby it would be this! It's not as creamy as the NARS one but not as dry as the Naked Skin. It's perfect.
Maison Jacynthe Poudre Compact* | $29
I finally managed to step away for my trusty Hourglass powders to give this a try. And I've found myself reaching for it a lot. Maison Jacynthe is an on all natural brand that offers a range of skincare and cosmetics. I've not tried completely natural makeup so I was intrigued to see if it had anything different to offer. I'm really impressed with this powder. It's finely milled and set all my makeup down well. The big plus for me is this wasn't drying, which I tend to find with most powders. My only issue is I didn't realise this was just a refill so it doesn't have any outer packaging. Another thing to bare in mind is I actually got customs charges on one of my parcels, so bare that in mind when making an order.
Urban Decay Beached Bronzer | POST
I'm not ready to let go of my summer glow yet so I've been reaching for this bronzer. This one from Urban Decay is actually really good for the autumn months, because it's matte and nothing too over the top. The shade Bronze is warm toned, so it really gives a healthy colour to the cheeks. The formula is buttery soft, easy to apply and long lasting!
Morphe 350 Palette | £19
I feel like I've given this palette a lot of scrutiny recently, see my 'Morphe 350 palette | worth the hype' and for swatches post. But I do really like this palette. I've been enjoying creating a warm, bronzey eye look. Most of the shadows are really well pigmented and easy to work with. My only issue with this palette is it's so big!
ColourPop Highlighter | $8 | POST
At first I wasn't a huge fan of this. I think it's because the formula is so different to anything I've tried before. It's kind of a dry mouse consistency. It took me a while to get used to applying it. I've found it works best with my fingers, since I have, I found myself reaching for it over all my others. The shade Wisp is stunning! It's a lovely Champagne colour, that gives a really dewy look to the skin.
ColourPop Shadow Shock | $5 | POST
When I haven't been using the Morphe palette I've been using this. The shade Sun Set Blvd is a beautiful Bronzy colour, that works really well all over the lid. The formula is super easy to blend and lasts all day without creasing.
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush | £8.99
I've been really liking a barely there blush, and the shade Nude Mauve is great for just that. The shade is pretty much as the name would suggest - a nude Mauve colour. It gives the cheeks a subtle wash of colour but without being over the top. The formula is really nice, soft, easy to blend and long lasting.
NYX Tame & Frame | £5.50 | POST
For brows this has been my go to. The formula is a good dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, if not better. It's so easy to use. I like to apply it with my Real Techniques Angled Liner brush. And I'm left with thick, full but natural looking brows.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick | £16 | POST
When I made my Kat Von D order I had to try one of the famous liquid lipsticks and this has quickly become my go to. The shade Lolita 11 is a warm toned, Terracotta Brown nude. The formula is very liquid-y compared to some Liquid lipstick formulas but it's easy to apply and dries down quickly. The lasting power isn't the best but this is a small price to pay because the shade is so nice and it's non drying and really comfortable on the lips.
So that's all the makeup I've been reaching for lately.
Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?
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