Monthly Makeup Menu #7

It's time again for me to share the makeup products I've been reaching for these past few weeks. Although I've had a few options I've been flitting between, it was actually pretty easy to narrow things down for this post.


This new release from Nars just had my name written all over it! I actually really like a lighter base these days, however my skin can be a little shine-prone. Whilst I've been experiencing some dryness during the colder months, this has been the perfect middle ground for me. It is a matte finish however it isn't overly so and doesn't feel drying on my skin. It's somewhere between a more full-coverage bb cream and a lighter coverage foundation. Essentially it offers enough coverage to even out and perfect the skin tone whilst still looking and feeling lightweight. I have this in St. Moritz, the same shade I wear in the Tinted Moisturiser and I'd say the two are more or less the same in colour (though this may be a tiny tad more neutral in tone). It's really long-wearing too so I can see this being a favourite when summer comes around.

This has almost reached the point where I should stop mentioning it because it's something I use every single month without fail! I've become a light-medium base-lover in the past few months and this is just the best brush for applying those kinds of formulas. In just a couple of swipes you can get that perfect, brush-stroke-free, flawless, natural look.

I'm sure you're bored to death of my raving about this concealer! It's replaced the traditional thick, creamy potted corrector in my routine completely. It has a nice peachy tone to it and the formula is just so lightweight that it blends effortlessly. It gives fair coverage but I mainly use this to cancel out the darkness under my eyes before adding a more skin-toned concealer on top. Unfortunately though this comes in very few shades.  

This has been my go-to concealer both for under the eyes and on blemishes and redness. I've never come across such a hydrating light-feeling concealer that offers incredibly full coverage! You only need the tiniest little bit of this for your entire face too.

I've not really had a loose translucent setting powder in years and wasn't sure if I'd take to this, however it's so fine and traceless on the skin. It doesn't give my skin a white cast, even under flash photography. It isn't caky at all but keeps my makeup in place and my t-zone matte.


I honestly think I've had my eye on this highlighter for about three years! I finally picked it up with my Boots Advantage Card points over Christmas and got round to playing around with it this month. It's a gorgeous pearly-gold liquid highlight. I love that it isn't too glittery and just looks natural and subtle on the skin.

I've never been much of a contour-er but these powders just make it so flipping effortless! I'm surprised that I prefer Complicated as it's described as Medium Cool whereas Half-Hearted is described as Medium Warm. Half-Hearted is a little darker and it's more of an evening look for me. Complicated, on the other hand, looks more natural on my skin. Be careful of the fallout with these but overall I love them and how effortlessly they blend on the skin.

Morphe E34 Angled Contour Brush | £11.25 | post

My favourite brush to apply the Makeup Geek powders with is this bargain from Morphe. It picks up the right amount of product and blends it out perfectly. I love the angled shape of the brush as you can use it in two different ways depending on how precise you want  to be. It's a fairly natural look you get with this too, making it a perfect everyday contour brush.

I won't lie; the packaging was a big part of me picking up a few bits from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's makeup collection, however I've been beyond impressed with the quality of the products I've tried so far. This month I've been loving this natural rose-toned cream blusher. It has a lovely, almost mousse-like texture that means it's pigmented and doesn't look greasy on the skin. It also lasts really nicely on me, unlike a lot of cream formulas.

My still-dry winter skin has meant I've favoured cream formulas  on my cheeks recently and my other option is this shade from ColourPop (you can find the details on how I shipped it to the UK in the post linked above). It's a gorgeous slightly plummy pink-mauve nude. I love the ColourPop cream blusher formula as it applies evenly and wears well on my skin. This adds a beautiful flush of colour to the cheeks.


Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil & Brush | £8 | post

I won't bore you too much as this is a product I talk about a lot. Basically it's my perfect quick, easy and natural eyebrow product. It's not too warm or too greyish, the tip is very precise and you don't have to keep sharpening it because it's a twist-up product. It's the perfect balance between soft and waxy too.

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara | £5.50 | post

I like to finish off the look by making sure any gaps in my brows are filled in. If my brows don't need re-shaping then I can use this on its own but at the moment I'm loving the combination. This isn't crispy at all - it just adds a nice bit of colour (without being clumpy) and keeps my brows in place.

Stila Eyes Are the Window Palette in Soul | £30 | post

When I first got this palette I really liked it, however I dug this back out a couple of weeks back and I am obsessed! My love for this has reached a whole new level and I can't stop wearing a bronzed smoky eye. This is such an unusual palette with a blend of mattes, shimmers, cool shades and warm shades. The quality and pigmentation are excellent too, plus the packaging is gorgeous.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black | £14.50 | post

I know this makes it into my makeup menu every month but whatever! I love how it doesn't transfer, I love how pigmented it is, I love how it doesn't try out quickly, I love the thin and precise nip: this has just become my absolute favourite for winged liner.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Underground | £15.50

I always go for something softer on the lower lash line and I find this taupe-bronze shade from Urban Decay compliments the shades in the Soul palette perfectly. The formula of these is so creamy and pigmented but still long-lasting.

L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara | £9.99 | post

I'm a huge fan of L'Oreal's False Lash Flutter so wanted to see how this new offering measured up! Personally I do prefer the Flutter formula but this is still very good. It gives me length and definition but still some clump-free volume.


ColourPop Lippie Stix in Brink | $5 | post

If you're a fan of MAC's matte warm brown nudes like Velvet Teddy, Taupe and Spice then you need this in your life! It's just the perfect blend of all of those shades in a creamy, comfortable formula. Find out how I shipped this to the UK in the post linked above.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare | $20 | post

My other favourite lip product this month has of course been Double Dare. It's a very fluid formula but doesn't feel too drying on my lips. It's so long-lasting and I just love the colour. It's a sort of pinky-nude with hints of brown and mauve.

What do you think of this month's makeup picks? What have been some of your most-reached-for products?


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  1. My besti has that Katvon D liquid lipstick, she cant raving about it and I cant stop staring at her lips ha ha. It's so so gorgeous. Nice picks.
    I have been reaching out to the liquid lipsticks I bought recently, Elf neutral blush: goes with everything and a khol liner from Sugar. The weather is sooo humid, I dont feel like wearing anything heavy on the face :)

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  2. I cannot wait to get my hand on Nars Velvet Matte! It's truly a good product it seems, thanks for just making me crave for it more :)

    Tuki | Selene Addicted

  3. I like the look of Sun Beam - will have to pick it up & the Bourjois concealer too xx


  4. Im not too impressed with the Bourjois Concealer but the Amazing Cosmetics one sounds like on i need to try! Im also loving the MUG Contour Powders they are really pigmented!
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | GIVEAWAY | Win Makeup Geek, Morphe & More

  5. You've sold me on the NARS and the Bourjois concealer! xx


  6. Such lovely picks! I love the Vichy setting powder, that keeps my makeup in place all day! I need the makeup geek contour pots!
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  7. I really need to try this Sephora pro Airbrush, I use the n°56 for my foundation and absolutely love it as it is the perfect mixture between a flat and a buffing brush, yet the n°55 sounds great for a lighter coverage!


  8. I love the Stila liquid eyeliner and the palette looks gorgeous x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  9. The Stila palette looks beautiful!!!!


  10. I have the High Beam highlighter and I love it so much! That Stila palette looks amazing, I love their eye shadows.


    1. I really need to check out their other palettes! xx

  11. I remember really wanting to buy sun bean before but forgot about it with all the new highlighters that came out on the market! Might consider buying this again, it's so pretty!

     Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

  12. I love the MUG contour powder I have! Waiting patiently on another one coming back in stock! Loving the sound of the Bourjois concealer too!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  13. NARS tint sounds nice for combo skin during this season and the brushes sound wonderful! I can't get access to Sephora here but I am eyeing Morphe like a hawk! :D xx

    Jadirah Sarmad at Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

    1. Their site ships internationally if you ever do an order I definitely recommend that brush :) we don't have Sephora in the UK now either xx

  14. They all sound great. I love the MUG contour shades. I have half hearted but i think i'm going to complicated to, because it might be a better shade for me! The Stila palette is great, i've been loving it as well :) xx


  15. Between the Sheets is the blush I've been using the most lately, I absolutely adore it! It's so perfect for every day.

    brooke | brooke elise

  16. You always have so many products that I want to try out! The Sun Beam by Benefit is so on my list. I still need to get this baby.



  17. I so need to get my hands on the NARS concealer for Summer. Think I will love it when it starts to warm up a little! :) You need to try the bobbi Brown Face Brush though, its incredible :)


  18. I kept telling myself I need to narrow down and force myself to use certain products for at least a couple of weeks. I'm way too fickle and so many products are wasted, just sitting there collecting dust. Vichy setting powder seems to be a favourite for many, I'll need to check it out.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  19. Fab post lovely, such gorgeous picks! Double Dare is a definite favourite of mine and I agree it’s not too drying on the lips either. The Stila Al Day liner sounds amazing, and definitely something worth trying :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

  20. The nars foundation sounds lovely!
    Philippa x

  21. i need to get my hands on the nars velvet skin tint, it sounds so perfect for me! the sephora brush looks great too! xx

  22. So many gorgeous products here. I really want to get my hands on the benefit sun beam for summer, it looks like a gorgeous highlighter with a bronzed look and also hope to check out the makeup geek contour powders, I've heard amazing things x

    Beauty with charm

    1. That's exactly the sort of thing it's perfect for :) xx

  23. NARS tint foundation sounds perfect, I haven't given NARS counter a visit for so long, I should definitely change that. Between the sheets is a beautiful shade, even though I am not a fan of cream blushes, this one is tempting! x

    Ela BellaWorld

  24. I'm planning to place a Sephora order soon and will be definitely getting this brush as so many people love it. I've finally placed my first Colour Pop order last week and literally can't wait for it to arrive! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  25. I really need to try the Nars foundation, it would work wonders with my skin!


  26. What a great menu! I've seen that palette at Ulta Beauty's sales calendar and was wondering if it's good or not. Thank you for your review - now I know that it's a game changes for creating smokey eyes!


  27. That UD liner is so pretty! Can't believe I haven't noticed it before! I've been reaching for Clinique's Beige Pop lipstick a ton lately!

    She Likes to Shop

  28. So many amazing picks! I am also really liking the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint - I've been reaching for it every single day. We don't have that Bourjois concealer in Australia as of yet, but I will have to keep an eye out. KVD Double Dare is such a stunning shade! xx

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

  29. I love the shades in this eye shadow palette, so beautiful! The new NARS base sounds lovely too, perfect for a day to day base! I've been using CT and By Terry foundations soon with Clinique blush and am loving my new Clarins pink eye shadow!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com xx

  30. I'm just not an eyeshadow palette kinda person (shocking isn't it) but the Stila palettes are a little too beautiful.. next 20% off at marks maybe?! I can't get enough of the new Rimmel primer, it actually makes a real difference to how my skin looks

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    1. I just picked that up after reading your review! :) xx

  31. I have yet to try the blush from Colour Pop...this blush is on my list of things I want to try next for sure!

  32. I love the Vichy setting powder it's so good, really want to try the Colorpop Lippie Stix I just wish you could get them in the UK!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  33. I'm really liking the look of the Rosie for Autograph cream blush! I'm not much of a cream brush wearer, but the shade of this looks like it would be so pretty and flattering.

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

  34. That Stila palette looks amazing! I can see why you're obsessed! Xx


  35. That Nars Skin Tint Foundation sounds great! I always go for a lighter base as soon as Spring heats and that sounds perfect!


  36. That palette looks incredible! I keep wanting to buy it but I've never tried Stila shadows before so I'm not sure!

    Beautiful photos as always!


  37. So many lovely products! I really want to try the NARS skin tint. It looks beautiful! I also love CP Between the Sheets. You just can't go wrong with that shade!
    Nida | Caked to the Nines

  38. Now that we're coming into spring and summer Benefit's sun beam sounds like the perfect highlight!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

  39. I have double dare too and I love it but it doesn't last long on me:(



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