Monthly Makeup Menu #6


2016 has been hurtling by for me, which is always the way when exams loom on the horizon... Apart from one overnight stay with work, I actually spent all of it staying in Manchester. Although I do like my usual pattern of going here, there and everywhere; it's been a nice change. I've also had some real issues with my skin this past few week which affected my makeup choices. I had a really horrible allergic reaction on my face, which was so painful and even when it cleared up my skin was left dry, itchy and flaky. A challenge when most of my favourite base products are for my usual combination skin!


Debenhams is finally stocking this much-hyped primer, so I picked it up at the end of last month. Although it takes a little longer to settle (so it doesn't separate out from my foundation or moisturiser) than I've been used to with Soap & Glory's, it was exactly what my skin needed this month. It's been so tired, dull and dehydrated but this helps add some extra moisture and for my makeup to apply evenly even though it's still quite flaky.


This product has definitely had a resurgence for me this winter but this month in particular, it's the only thing I've been able to use. I know you're not supposed to wear makeup if you've got a facial rash but I really couldn't face going to work with my skin looking so bad and although I knew it was temporary, it did knock my confidence a bit. This is amazing as it's light, non-irritating and hydrating but still gives good coverage for redness and to even out your skin tone. It also doesn't disappear after a few hours of wear. Even though I was wearing makeup, the flare-up still calmed down within a couple of days and this helped with the subsequent uneven skin texture and dryness. So if you have sensitive skin, this could be your perfect base.


This is starting to become one of those products I don't shut up about! Although it kind of just looks like a powder brush, it's incredible for applying bases (especially light and fluid formulas). With the Nars tinted moisturiser, it gives me a flawless, even, skin-like brush stroke-free finish in seconds.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer | £7.99

There's only really been one under-eye concealer for me this month and that's been the Bourjois Radiance Reveal! It unfortunately only comes in three shades (and I wear the darkest) but if you can find one that works for you then definitely pick this up. It's a peachy corrective colour that has such a light, blend-able coverage that disguises my dark circles so well! I've always found potted creamy correctors can crease a little on me but I've not that that problem with this. This is the perfect mix between a correcting, creamy and highlighting concealer.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop | £32 | post

I know I talk about this all the time but it's such a gorgeous near-universally flattering shade. It's not for those who are shy and retiring when it comes to highlighter but it just applies so beautifully and I love the golden-champagne colour that has a little hint of peach.

Sigma Copper F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush* | $24

I was gutted when my #1 highlighter brush from Sigma was involved in an unfortunate incident with some leaking eyelash glue. Luckily Sigma gave me the chance to try some of their brushes again this month so I got my hands on the copper version. It's so great that they do virtually every brush in their range in copper and you can buy them all individually. Anyway, this is perfect for blending out Champagne Pop and just about any powder highlight. It's just the perfect shape and size for applying the product down the nose, the brow bone and cheekbones. It seems to pick up the perfect amount of powder and just blends it all out effortlessly.

Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love | £25 | post

I've pretty much exclusively been using this blusher as a natural flush of colour this month. The soft formula applies so nicely and evenly, even when my skin was really patchy and horrible. It's a sort of nude-mauve colour and it has a very slight sheen.

KIKO Rebel Romantic Perfecting Bronzer in 02 Medium-Dark | £12.90 | post

Sorry that this is Limited Edition and no longer available (though you may still be able to get it in-store in the sale) but it's my favourite bronzer and I love it so much I've got two backups! It's just the perfect matte bronzer for creating subtle definition and it sits so nicely on my skin.

Sigma Copper F40 Large Angled Contour Brush* | $22

This is pretty much my perfect brush for an easy contour. I do have the Zoeva Rose Gold Sheer Cheek brush, which looks very similar on first appearance, however that is much larger and more fluffy so whilst it's nice for blending products out or doing a figure-of-3 bronzer application, I can't get much definition with it. This, on the other hand, fits neatly into the hollows of my cheek, and the soft bristles help me apply and blend out the product with ease. Plus I think the synthetic bristles are perfect for getting an even application of face products if you have combination skin like me.



Small Z Palette | £8 with MAC Pro Refill Pans | £10 | post & Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans | £4.95-£7.95 | post

The Z Palette is definitely the best way to store individual magnetised eyeshadow palettes and the small fits 9 shadows in for me. A lot of people seem to dislike it but personally it's function, practical and the best option for customising different sized pans from different brands. At the moment I have a mix of Makeup Geek and MAC neutral shades that makes this pretty much my perfect eye palette, whether I want to go for taupe or brown tones. I won't go into all the details on each shades as I have exhaustive posts on my Makeup Geek and MAC collections but in here I have: All That Glitters, Woodwinked, Homecoming, Quarry, Frappe, Cocoa Bear, Sable, Grandstand and Taupe Notch.

Sigma Copper E38 Diffused Crease Brush* | $16

I've been in need of a crease brush that's a little more precise but not too stiff. This fits the bill perfectly! I actually think Sigma eye brushes are really underrated, even by myself, as I do use the ones I have from them virtually every day. This is no exception as it picks up the product and applies it perfectly, allowing me to blend out my crease colour of choice with minimal effort.

Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl in Black | £5

I've been loving a black kohl to enhance my tight line. It just makes my winged liner look more solid and my lash line look thicker. It makes a subtle but noticeable difference and I really like this non-smudinging formula.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude | £3.99

I don't know why but I picked this up because I'd heard about a nude liner making you look more awake a while back and just never really got round to using it. However this month I dug it back out and gave it a go and I was impressed! The formula is really creamy and the shade is really natural on the waterline for counteracting any redness on the rims of your eyes.

Revlon Ultimate All-in-One Mascara | £9.99

I picked up a few of Revlon's re-vamped mascaras but this has to be my favourite. I really wasn't sure about the wand but it works (don't ask me how!) This is nice and volumising whilst still giving me some length, definition and curl. It isn't a really impactful look but it's nice for everyday wear and doesn't clump. Plus the little wand makes it really handy for the lower lashes and getting into the corners.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light | £38 | post

I've noticed that setting my under-eye concealer after applying all of my eye makeup is the best way to go. It allows my concealer to set a little and also helps to stop any dark eye makeup smudging or transferring. At the moment I'm using Dim Light (a pearly neutral highlighting setting powder) because it did cost me a lot of money and it does work for me, however there are definitely more affordable options out there that'll do the job for you!

Sigma Copper F90 Fan Brush* | $33

This is by far the most soft, thick, luxurious fan brush I've ever come across! It's such a multi-tasker and is amazing whether it's blending out highlighter for a more subtle look, getting a nice, soft contour or sweeping a little powder and clearing any fallout under the eyes. It is pricey but it's very beautiful and is the kind of brush you're going to reach for every day. Personally, I love it for everyday definition with a matte bronzer as it's the perfect size and shape so a couple of sweeps and you're done. 

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil & Brush | £8 + NYX Tinted Brow Mascara | £5.50

The Soap & Glory eyebrow pencil is an old favourite for a natural, everyday look. I love the spooly and the texture of the pencil, plus Hot Chocolate is perfect for me (it's not too warm or too greyish). However the NYX brow mascara (hello Benefit dupe!) has been a new discovery. If your brows are fairly even, this is enough in itself but for me I've been using it to keep the hairs in place and add an extra bit of colour and thickness. I have the shade Expresso, which is a tad warm but not works fine. It has a nice little brush and isn't all clumpy and thick with fibres. Plus it keeps everything in place without that stiff, crispy feeling.


MAC Lip Pencil in Spice | £12.50 | post + NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich | £5.50

MAC lipliners are some of my favourites as they're the perfect balance between creamy and waxy. Spice is the perfect warm caramel-brown nude. I'm obsessed with NYX's matte lip creams too as they have that matte finish whilst still being so comfortable on the lips. I have a fair few shades now and the most recent is this peachy-pink nude. Whilst it's gorgeous on its own, pairing it with Spice just takes it to another level. I can't remember how I discovered this combination but I can't stop wearing it lately!



What do you think of this month's makeup menu? What have been your go-tos for February so far?

 


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59 comments

  1. I'm so glad I can finally get my hands on the Too Faced primer. I'm fed up of hearing wonderful things about it and not being able to try it for myself. I quite like the sound of the Revlon mascara too! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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    1. Yeah me too - I was about to order it fem Sephora when it arrived in Debenhams! xx

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  2. The Too Faced primer is at the top of my want list it sounds incredible. The NYX lip creme looks gorgeous!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

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  3. Ohhhhh the ambient lighting palette...need!

    xx lacoconoire.com

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  4. Great pick, I've been meaning to try that Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder but haven't got a chance, maybe later. Would you like to follow each other? if you decided to follow me on BLOGLOVIN and Instagram please let me know so I can follow you back. Thank you.

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  5. Great pick, I've been meaning to try that Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder but haven't got a chance, maybe later. Would you like to follow each other? if you decided to follow me on BLOGLOVIN and Instagram please let me know so I can follow you back. Thank you.

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  6. Such lovely picks here! All of the lipsticks look so lovely, you can't beat those shades hun! The primer sounds amazing, must get that one!
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  7. Fabulous post. I really want to try one of the new Revlon mascaras, I just need to decide which one!

    Alice ♡ // beautybyalicee

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    1. Yeah there are so many to choose from now :) xx

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  8. That new Bourjois Radiance Concealer sounds right up my street and I just love the shades in your Z palette, gorgeous selection x

    Beauty with charm

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  9. Love the look of the nyx lip cream & the too faced primer. X

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  10. Spice + Zurich look gorgeous together! The Sigma brushes look amazing, I really need to get my hands on some of them. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  11. I need to get some Sigma brushes! I have heard so many good things!

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  12. I want to try MUG eyeshadows so badly i wish they would open a store in the UK i hate ordering things online especially makeup

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    1. I know what you mean, though there are so many swatches online of their range that I just used that and have been fine so far :) xx

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  13. It is so annoying when your skin is having a hard time! Maybe it also had to do with your exams and stress. Hopefully it'll get better soon! I had never seen the Becca highlighter and it is the most gorgeous thing ever! Overall, I'm really liking the red toned, copper theme you're going for. :)

    Julia xx
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    1. Yeah I think my lifestyle really hasn't been helping the situation :( virtually back to normal now, luckily, but thank you :) xx

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  14. I love the TF Hangover primer too! I've wanted to buy a TF blush for a while & couldn't decide which to start with because they all look so pretty so I ordered the palette with a mini size of all six - can't wait for it to arrive! That Bourjois concealer sounds like something I would love & I'm intrigued by the Revlon mascara! xx

    Beautylymin

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  15. Fun post! I suspect the Kat Von D Shade and Light contour palette will be a staple in my blog menu this month. Really want to try that Nars Glow foundation.

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

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  16. I really need to get my hands on the Too Faced Primer and hourglass powder! I've been loving the Becca Back light primer so far this month :) xx

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  17. Oooh I love the MAC Spice pencil! So beautiful especially when combined with the NYX. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Yeah I'm not sure how I discovered that combo lol but I love it! xx

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  18. Love this menu format! I'm constantly in awe of your beauty collection - Spice & Zurich look like the most perfect combo! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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  19. Champagne Pop and Baby Love are seriously the most gorgeous combination, I can't get enough of the two!

    brooke | brooke elise

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  20. I really need to dig a nude eyeliner out! I have a NYX one that I think is called a wonder stick that is a better colour on me that the Rimmel one but I always forget about it! The brushes look amazing!

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  21. All these brushes look beautiful, you can't beat a good brush! Loving your choice of MUG eyeshadows too xo
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  22. I always love your makeup menus, so many beautiful products! I think I'm going to have to try out the Bourjois concealer after hearing so many rave reviews

    Emily xx | emilyclairewrites.com

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  23. I hope your skin feels better soon! As always a beautiful menu!! You have incredible taste in lipstick! <3

    Tahana
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    1. Aw thank you Tahana, it's much better now :) xx

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  24. So sorry for the skin accident, it's always so frustrating when the skin isn't looking its best and we can't do anything about it! I really need to check the Too Faced primer. Amazing choices and swatches as usual! ;) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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  25. these products look amazing ! love the eyeshadows

    This Girl Loves Chic xx

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  26. Dim Light is my all-time favourite setting powder! It matches my skin tone quite well and just adds such a perfect, luminous finish. I really need to try the Too Faced Hangover Primer too :)

    -Jen

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  27. I can't believe how fast 2016 is passing by as well! It is pretty insane that we are almost 1/4 done with 2016! Love your makeup menu for this month and just a few days ago I finally bought the Sigma F35 for myself after hearing about it for years and it JUST arrived in my mail (Eeekkk! ♡) Will be trying it out asap and hopefully I love it as much as everybody else do! xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

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    1. I've never thought of it like that but you're right - scary!
      It's one of my all-time favourites so I hope you enjoy :) xx

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  28. I absolutely love Sephora brushes, I have a contour one from there and its a god send! Great post and beautiful photos Jasmine <3

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  29. I wish Bourjois was easier to find here in the States. I remember Sephora used to carry them years ago before I was super into makeup. I also love MAC Spice and agree their lip lines are a great balance between creamy and waxy! A lot of my drugstore lip liners are either too creamy or too waxy. I've been loving the Hourglass ambient powder in Diffused Light for under the eyes because it's yellow toned and adds a subtle radiance so my under eyes don't look dry!
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    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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  30. Your monthly makeup menus always make me so envious! Serious heart eyes emojis at all those high-end goodies! Mine is far less glamorous, but I suppose because I've barely had time for makeup this month; it's been all about the one-sweep shadows over here!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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  31. I am loving the Z-Palette filled with lovely MUG and MAC eyeshadows and I would totally buy these colours as they are up my street. I love reading your Makeup Menu posts!!...xx

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  32. I do really need to get my hands on some Two Faced products, even more so that they are in the local shop now. Such a great post :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  33. Gorgeous picks lovely, have you tried the Nars Matte tinted moisturiser? Spice+Zurich looks divine, definitely going to have to try that out. I'm loving my Chanel Les Beiges blush lately, it's just too good

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    1. I actually picked it up as soon as it came out but my skin was so dry I couldn't use it! I've now tried it for a week or so straight and really like it :) not too drying, good coverage and feels quite lightweight on the skin xx

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  34. Love your lip combinations! The color is fabulous.

    seleneaddicted

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  35. I'm so sorry about your reaction :( hope your skin goes back to normal soon. My forehead has been really dry and flaky recently because of the weather, so I totally feel you on the struggle of having loads of oily/combination products and not knowing what to use lol! That primer sounds exactly what I need atm.

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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    1. Thank you - it's a lot better now :) and I've been totally the same, most of my products are geared towards shine-prone, spotty skin! xx

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  36. Absolutely love the Too Faced Hangover Primer, such a good product!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  37. I'm adding the Sephora Pro Airbrush to my wish list, I love the 2 brushes I have already (59 &62) so I'd love to add to my collection. Also, I'm now adding the Bourjois concealer to my drugstore wish list, shame it only comes in the 3 shades but hopefully one of them will be ok for my skintone.

    Annie x | absoluteannie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I really want more Sephora brushes - this one has become one of my 'can't live without's :) xx

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  38. Spice and Zurich look lovely together. Fab detailed post once again! xx
    Glossy Boutique

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  39. Love all the MAC eyeshadows! Those are just the sort of colors I would wear. I also love the Becca shimmering skin perfectors!

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  40. I really want to try a tinted moisturizer from Nars. I've been loving light coverage lately and only reach for heavier foundations on special occasions. So nice to know that it works so well with sensitive skin, too- my skin can definitely be a little picky sometimes.

    Paula
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    1. I've been exactly the same - I've not really worn anything over than tinted moisturisers and light basis for day-to-day this year so far :) xx

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  41. Spice & Zurich together are so beautiful, really wouldn't have paired them or worn zurich on its own. Love them together :)

    I really need to get myself some new brushes, sigma ones look lovely, especially with the copper detailing.

    And don't even get me started on my need for MUG shadows. It isn't even a want anymore, it's a need. Haha

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  42. So many favourites of mine. I love the Hangover primer and the MUG eyeshadows. I have nearly all of the ones you mentioned and they're so pretty. Mac Spice and NYX Zurich looks amazing together. Must get both! xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  43. I never really use tinted moisturizers as I don't think they add much at all to my face! Quarry is my favourite shade oh my!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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  44. Thank you for your comments! :) xx

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