Seeing as I already do a monthly favourites post, I thought I'd do something a bit different and talk about my favourite beauty discoveries of the summer!
Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palettes
Unless this is your first time reading my blog, you'll be aware of my love for Makeup Revolution. When they first came out there was little to distinguish their brand from competitor MUA, but for me they've really blown everyone else out of the water! No other drugstore brand has such a vast, exciting range being constantly updated. My favourite product from them is their eyeshadow palettes, and I own:
* 12-Shade Redemption Palette: Iconic 2 (£4, review is coming)
* Ultra 32-Shade Palette: Flawless (£8, review on the way!)
* Limited Edition 18-Shade Salvation Palette: What You Waiting For? (£6, review coming)
They're incredible quality, especially for the price! And there's such a huge variety Makeup Revolution are really putting the usual drugstore brands to shame.
Revlon Lip Butters
Yes, I'm very late to the party, but before this summer sheer lip colours didn't really appeal to me! I've learned the error of my ways and purchased myself:
* Red Velvet (£7.99, review to be posted soon)
These are great for a low-maintenance, hydrating pop of colour.
This summer, for the first time, all my makeup was in one place and I realised I needed tidy and efficient storage for it. I have the Muji 5-Drawer Acrylic Box (£24.50) on top of my dressing table, the IKEA Godmorgon Box with Compartments (£15) is inside my drawer and even though my drawers aren't IKEA the Lidan Set of 4 Baskets (£8.50) fit perfectly next to it! On top of the Muji drawers is the Acrylic 24-Lipstick Holder I picked up for just £2.49 from Amazon, it's great as you can put your MAC lipsticks in upside down so the lack of a flat top doesn't stop you using this storage. Check out some of my other storage methods here.
MUA £1 Lipsticks
The MUA £1 line never really caught my eye until they released a matte selection. I own:
* Matte - Fawn Fancy (£1, review coming soon)
* Standard - Shade 11 (£1, review to be posted this week)
These can definitely be a little hit-and-miss, so definitely pop into Superdrug and have a swatch before you decide, but when you come across a gem it's so satisfying to know you got something so great for a quid!
Maybelline Colour Tattoos
Another one I'm late to jump on the bandwagon for...the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadows. I have pretty much every shade I like from the UK line (which is a very out-of-date and edited selection), so I'm hoping my boyfriend can grab me a few more in the US...So far I have:
* Permanent Taupe (£4.99)
* Eternal Gold (£4.99)
* Metallic Pomegranate (£4.99)
* On and On Bronze (£4.99)
I'll be reviewing all of these together very soon, but basically they're super long-lasting cream eyeshadows you can use as a base or on their own. Perfect for something a little more maintenance. My favourite is On and On Bronze.
Real Techniques Brushes
£10-ish for 1 brush is pretty pricey, so it took me a while to cave and get into Real Techniques. At the moment I have the:
* Expert Face Brush (£9.99)
* Stippling Brush (£11.99)
I've also ordered the Sam's Picks Set, which was reduced on Feel Unique to £19.49 (from £29.99) then there was a further 10% off! Unfortunately this offer seems to have ended, however keep an eye out as Feel Unique always have some amazing deals. I'll be reviewing all my RT brushes very soon!
I'd never really given liquid blusher a thought before, but at £3 a bottle I decided to try out the Makeup Revolution Vivid Blush Lacquers. I have:
* Heart (£3, review on the way)
They give such a natural, flawless finish when applied with a stippling brush. Plus you only need to use a tiny amount for amazing colour pay-off.
MUA £4 Eyeshadow Palettes
I actually only own one of these! I wish I had more, but the range is just quite limited. Heaven and Earth (£4, review and swatches here) is just incredible though! On both my holidays this year I took with me only this palette and was able to create a variety of looks for both day and night.
What beauty products did you discover this summer? :)