I've been priming pretty much every single day with the Pixi Rose Flash Balm* | £26. It's lovely and moisturising but it sets down to a nice satin finish, so isn't greasy and doesn't make the skin look shiny. It has a nice smoothing effect and makes sure my foundation goes on nicely and lasts for the day. I then use my trusty Bobbi Brown Corrector (Peach) | £19.50 | review | which helps to hide my dark circles with its neutralising tone. There's only been one foundation for me lately and that's Nars Sheer Glow (Stromboli) | £33 | review. It's obviously my all-time favourite but it's also one of those products that whenever I stop using it and then go back to it, I remember just how amazing it is! It gives a good medium coverage but is totally everyday-appropriate. It has a satin finish with a radiant but not at all dewy finish that I can trust to last the day. It gives a gorgeous perfected look to the skin.
There's a new concealer on the block! Well, actually, I'm still using the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer (Ginger) | £24 | review | on blemishes and redness - it can be applied quickly and easily with the fingers. The texture is so easy to work with, it's long-lasting and looks natural whilst still delivering on the coverage. However, under the eyes I've been completely won over by the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (Medium) | £22. It's just so worth the hype and I've already done a bulk order of it this month because I'm terrified of running out! It just gives the most amazing coverage, it's brightening and never looks heavy or cakey. It doesn't crease on me and lasts so well! What more could you want from a concealer? At the moment I'm enjoying the Vichy Dermablend Makeup Translucent Setting Powder* | £18. I'm usually a bit sceptical of these kinds of products as they can leave a white cast, however this one doesn't on me - it's truly traceless on my skin and is so finely-milled (more so than any other loose powder in my collection). It's amazing at setting under the eyes to ensure everything's locked in place all day long.
On the cheeks I've been in love with the Becca Mini Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold | £15. I love this formula - it sets the standard for highlighters as far as I'm concerned with it's smooth texture and intense, dewy finish and this colour is stunning. For blusher I'm opting for the Milani Baked Blush in Belissimo Bronze* | £10. I just love this formula - it isn't too glittery and never looks over-the-top. It just adds the perfect bit of colour with minimal effort and this bronzed tone is great for any warm makeup look. I also recently pulled my Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Ipanema Sun | £32 | back out and I'm loving it. It's pretty pigmented, however the formula is very smooth and it blends out beautifully. The finish is matte-look but does have a slight sheen that gives it a less flat look on the skin. This tone is the perfect balance - not too orange but nice and warm to add some dimension to the skin.
To set my face makeup I've been using the Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist* | £16 | recently. It's just a really lovely everyday product to take away any powderiness or cakiness and leave my base looking fresh and glowing, as well as helping it last all day.
My everyday eye priming duo is still the Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion | £17 | & MAC Paint Pot in Layin Low | £16 | which you can read about here. I've then been reaching for the Tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette | £41 | to do my eyeshadow looks. I always go for warm colours and this palette is perfect for that kind of look. The quality is incredible - every shade, whether matte or shimmer, is so smooth and pigmented. They blend out beautifully and have the most insane longevity. It's a very balanced palette so you can easily do entire eye looks out of it and there's enough variation to switch things up too.
There's nothing particularly new in the liner lineup! I've been reaching for my usual Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black | £14.50 | review | when it comes to a winged look and recently repurchased the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Stingray | £14.50 | review | which I use to tight-line. Across the lower lash line I've been using the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Scorch | £15.50 | in an attempt to finish it off. I really like this formula because it goes on creamy and opaque but sets quickly and doesn't wear off or smudge on the eyes. This is a lovely warm gold shimmer. To finish off the eyes, I've been using the Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara* | £18.50. It has a really unusually-shaped wand that helps spread the product evenly on the lashes to give a clump-free finish. It adds volume but also curls and lifts my lashes. It doesn't transfer on me or flake off during the day.
Next I tidy up my brows with my go-to combination of the NYX Micro Brow Pencil (Espresso) | £8 | and the Glossier Boy Brow (Black) | £14 | which you can read about in last month's post.
I usually have a matte lip and something more hydrating on rotation and this month it's been the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Girlfriend | £18 | and the Nars Satin Lipstick in Kiss Me Stupid | £21. I love Huda's liquid lipstick formula - it's totally opaque, gives a true matte finish, lasts for hours and isn't drying to wear. Girlfriend is my perfect sandy-beige nude. Kiss Me Stupid has a creamier feel on the lips and gives an almost stain-like effect. It's a reddy-orange colour that really goes with my usual warm-toned makeup looks.
Which products have you found yourself reaching for during the past month?