What's in my Muji Drawers? | June


To say June was a month of trying new things would be an understatement! It was not only my birthday but also I was just feeling kind of spendy... So there's a good mix of products in here that I've had for a while and a few new ones that are already firm favourites. I've especially been loving a bronzed/nude look this month.

Base and Face

I picked up the Makeup Forever HD Foundation (£29) as soon as it dropped about a month ago. The colour match is ok but certainly could be better. I still can't decide how I feel about this! It does have a nice finish; flawless but natural, not too matte or too dewy. However I'm not sure it lasts that well throughout the day and the tone isn't quite right so that throws things off a little. All in all I'm not sold but I remember I didn't like my now Holy Grail foundation (Sheer Glow) that much to begin with so I'm keeping an open mind.

I'll skim over my concealer products as they don't really change, however there's a bit of a new technique I've been using that I'll tell you about. Firstly I pat on a layer of Benefit's Erase Paste (£20.50) with a flat concealer brush or my fingers underneath my eyes to correct the tone with its salmon colour. I then use the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (£7.99, review and swatch hereunderneath my eyes and blend it out with the Real Techniques Setting Brush (£6.99) which is just the best combination to get concealer blended out seamlessly in seconds. If I'm having a bit of a rough day I'll add a small amount of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22, review and demo here), otherwise I just use that on blemishes as it's a pretty heavy coverage.

Whilst I still use my Bourjois powder on my t-zone, I've been using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (£38, review and swatch here) to set everything. I take a second Real Techniques Setting Brush (from the Sculpting Set, which seems a little less dense) for my under-eye concealer then a bigger brush for the rest of my face. It adds a nice glow from within and makes my makeup stay in place longer. I then finish up my face by using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure (£28), which I really need to do a post on as I love it even more than the other shade I have! It's just the most gorgeous mauve/dusky pink shade that has this slight plummy tone. I love the shade, how it applies effortlessly, looks on the skin and lasts like no other! It's amazing when I'm in a rush (blusher is one of the last things I apply so I don't lean on it and ruin it whilst doing my eyes); a quick sweep with my Real Techniques Blush Brush (£9.99) and I'm good to go.

Eyes and Lips

At the start of the month the Stila palette was all I was wearing, however as that's in my monthly favourites (which I don't want this to be a repetition of), I've gone with the things I've been wearing pretty much every day this past week. Firstly I've been loving the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon (£29) across the lid with the edges blended out using the Zoeva 233 Cream Shader (£6.95) (which is also amazing for if you have potted cream shadows - much less messy than using your fingers!) It seriously just goes on like a dream and makes it look like you have multiple shades on. I have a lot of the KIKO ones so I'm going to see if I can find a dupe and do a post on it! If I've wanted to add a little extra I've used the KIKO Queen of Hearts Essential Brown Quad (unfortunately limited edition, which is also a shame as it's also the perfect Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita dupe). A bit of the highlighting shade in my inner corner and a bit of the red shade in the crease.

I've recently gone back to using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (£11.96). It's pretty impressive this hasn't dried out as I've been using it on and off for a few months. It's still a really pigmented inky black and the nib is actually made up of lots of thin little bristles. On the bottom lash line I don't like to use black as I feel it makes my eyes look smaller. For something softer I've been loving the KIKO Generation Next Crystal Eyeliners in 02 Technological Brown and 03 Reflect Burgundy (£6.90 each), which are gorgeously creamy but long-lasting and smudge-proof. There's a more bronze shade and also a deeper red (both are shimmers). On my lashes I've been trying out the Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara (£7.99, not yet online). I have a lot of love for the original, so wanted to see if this would be good to take on holiday. The formula is not as wet as the original and I think it clumps a bit more however the curl really lasts.

My eyebrows are taken care of (as they have been for a while!) with the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil (£8). It's that perfect tone (not too warm but not too grey) and texture (not too soft but not excessively waxy) to quickly fill in my brows then brush it out with the spooly end for a natural look.  Finally I've been playing it safe a lot with my lips recently with my fail-safe sheer 'my lips but better' colour: the MAC Lustre Lipstick in Jubilee (£15.50, swatch and post here). It's just so easy to throw on for a subtle lip look when I'm wearing the Hourglass blush and want that to be the stand-out feature. 


Have you tried any of these products? What's been your go-to look this month?


 


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63 comments

  1. Ooh that Kiko quad looks amazing! I've been wanting to pick up the CT Dolce Vita palette for a while now. The shades in there are so pretty!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  2. Make up envy! MUFE is opening in brum debenhams soon so I need to get my hands on it!

    Vanessa // VNSX x

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    1. Ooh I didn't realise they were rolling it out to non-London stores! xx

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  3. I am gutted that I didn't pick up that KIKO quad as it looks stunning, also really want to try the Kat Von D liner..really need to put in that Sephora order soon :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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    1. If you do let me know how you get on with the shipping process :) xx

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  4. I really want to try the By Terry eyeshadow stick and also the quad looks so gorgeous! I love the Kat Von D liner but I would recommend you to try the Stila Waterproof Eyeliners as well! xxx

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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    1. I have heard great things! Will definitely check that out xx

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  5. I really want to try the Age Rewind! I have heard such good things!! And anything Hourglass as they always seem to be amazing! Xx
    OliviaCheryl.com

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  6. The Maybelline concealer i love! It is so creamy and lasts ages x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  7. I love using the RT setting brush for my under eye concealer too. I've been meaning to try that Maybelline concealer for ages, but it's always sold out in the lightest colour whenever I get to Boots! I love the look of that Kiko quad & just wish there was a Kiko store near me xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Yeah it does always seem to be badly stocked! I always grab some KIKO bits whenever I'm in Leeds or London but I've mostly been fine ordering from their online store too :) xx

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  8. Love the look of that Kiko quad...a store has just opened a few minutes away from where I work so need to nip in there on my lunch break and have a nosey around :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

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  9. The Make Up Forever foundation is tempting, I have heard so many things about it. Lovely posts.

    Olivia - My Clueless Mind

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  10. Lovely post! I'm obsessed with the Hourglass blushers, they are so stunning! xo

    Catherine | Pretty Little Beauty Blog

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  11. Ooh this post was really interesting, love seeing what things people pick for their muji! The hourglass powders just look like such a dream.

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

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    1. The blushes have the easiest formula to apply and work with that I've ever tried! xx

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  12. I love that cream shader and have been using it every single day!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  13. I've been wondering whether I should pick up the MakeUp Forever HD foundation but now I'm not so sure whether I want to, I want a foundation that will last

    Emma emhasrednails

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    1. I guess everyone is different - it may be worth seeing if you can get a sample :) xx

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  14. The Hourglass products look so beautiful!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  15. I've been loving the Kat Von D eyeliner as well! I have been eyeing Hourglass products for so long, I really want to try the blushes and ambient light powders! Super dreamy looking.

    Cindy // www.cindyhyue.com

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    1. I would recommend the blushes 100%! I'm a bit more lukewarm on the powder but it's still nice xx

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  16. Charlotte Tilbury finally launched in Canada and I am making a list of products to splurge on. The eyeshadow quads and lipsticks are in my list, do you have any other recommendations from her line that's worth noting?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I have the Dolce Vita Quad, Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl and Walk of Shame - I would recommend all of these, especially the lipsticks as they have an amazing formula xx

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  17. I love the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon it's my absolute favourite at the moment. I wear it smudged on the outer corner of my lid but also lightly line my lower lash line with it and it just looks so lovely - defined but not overly so. xx

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. I agree, it looks lovely underneath the eye! xx

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  18. really need to invest in a muji drawer set, they seem so handy. absolutely love the kat von d trooper liner, it's one of my holy grails.

    brooke | brooke elise

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  19. This Mac lipstick looks stunning, I've never heard of it! I really need to check it out :)

    alexandraabeauty.blogspot.com

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  20. Everything looks so nice..want all of it!! <3 really want that Mac lipstick! love the photo too!!
    Chloe xx
    http://chloebee1.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. There 's nothing in there that I don't like! I'm so envious of your makeup collection. :) The Hourglass highlighter and blush look absolutely gorgeous and I also love that beautiful MAC lipstick shade!

    Olivia x
    Beauty from the Fjord
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  22. You have some amazing picks! I really want to try the Make Up For Ever HD foundation. I always heard such good stories about it!

    X Marjolein
    http://misscocoblue.blogspot.com

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  23. Love the Kat Von D liner- it makes such a nice line!

    She Likes to Shop

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  24. I love the MUFE HD Foudation. It is what I use in my freelance kit on clients because it photographs flawlessly. It is my number one choice of foundation for brides.
    http://www.lipstickisalife.com/

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    1. Yes I must agree it looks great on camera! xx

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  25. Great post! I love how you photographed your products :)

    - Mariah-Ruthel
    http://mariahruthel.blogspot.ca

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  26. Girl I am so with you on nearly all of these products, especially the Make Up Forever foundation, so amazing! :)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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  27. I love it. I rearly use foundation or corector but this looks soo gud. I must try some of these products. I follow you on GFC, I hope that you will follow back.

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  28. Some fab products! I only ever use the MUFE HD foundation when I'm taking blog photos as a generic base. It doesn't have that wow factor for me, however when I bought it, it was becuase i'd heard rave reviews. Lesson learnt haha xx

    Anoushka Loves xx

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    1. Haha I know how you feel - I agree though it photographs well! xx

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  29. Those Hourglass powders are next on my list, I can't handle the beauty!!!

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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  30. What a shame that the MUFE foundation did not turn out to be what you expected. When I first got it, I was obsessed with it and then the weather changed and so did it. We stopped getting along until I learned to use the right primer and setting powder and now we are back on track. I like your Muji line up and I am still eyeing those lovely Hourglass products...xx

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    1. Yeah I'll definitely keep an open mind as I have a history of changing my opinion on these things haha xx

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  31. I've heard such good things about the Kat Von D tattoo liner, I definitely need to give that one a try! Definitely a good choice of concealers; the NARS, Benefit and Maybelline are all favourites in my collection! x

    Toni x
    clarkecouture.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. So many gorgeous products! I'm already in love with the NARS Concealer by the way, thank you for convincing me that I need it (not like it took much convincing!)

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

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  33. Great post. Really wish I'd have gotten my hands on that Kiko quad. Interested in the foundation too...my holy grail is the Urban Decay Najed Skin and I also didn't like it at first! They can grow on you x

    Sarah | www.seriouslyshallow.co.uk

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    1. Definitely agree with this and I really want to try Naked Skin! xx

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  34. Ah I'm gutted that I missed out on the KIKO Quad, I absolutely love them and this is so gorgeous!! Hopefully you'll grow to love your Makeup Forever foundation soon! x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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  35. Love seeing what you've been using all month! I need to get a Muji drawer for 'everyday makeup' and switch it out every now and then so I make sure I use everything. Is that what you do?

    Would love to hear an update on the MUFE foundation if you end up loving it!

    Kat www.kathorrocks.com

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    1. Yes that's what I do :) so much easier! And I definitely will do! xx

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  36. I have been wanting that By terry black star ombre its gorgeous.. I picked the last tube to waterproof maybelline mascara yesterday for same reason, can't wait to go on a holiday yay...

    Beautydetour

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  37. I really need to try the MUFE foundation. It sounds like such a lovely base, and the coverage I need! xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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  38. I really want to try the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara and I have no idea if I should get the original version or the waterproof one but considering your words I think I'd prefer the original one! Which one do you like the most? Xx

    riitamacedo.blogspot.pt

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    1. Personally, I prefer the original as I find the formula easier to work with and less clumpy :) xx

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  39. That Kiko eyeshadow quad looks SO similar to the CT one! That Hourglass blush is gorgeous.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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  40. I loved reading this, felt like a Youtube video where you were taking us through your current stash ^_^
    It's a shame about the shade of the MUFE because I always feel like that distracts me from the actual foundation when it's not the right colour :(
    I'm nearly done with my ABH Brow wiz so that soap and glory one looks like it could be a great replacement!
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

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    1. I'm exactly the same with foundation - such a shame! xx

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  41. Thank you for your comments lovelies! :) xx

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  42. Great brushes! The NARS concealer is excellent for highlighting :) www.shehearts.net

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  43. I've just had a huge benefit online shop so I'm waiting anxiously for that to arrive - I ordered the erase paste and can't wait to try it out :) x

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    1. I seriously use it every single day! xx

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