I know I haven't been doing these posts as regularly as I used to, but I've decided I'd rather wait until there's enough changes in my routine so it doesn't get repetitive. I'm sure that if you follow me on Instagram, a lot of these products will come as no surprise but I haven't actually posted properly on what my solid routine has been over the past month or two and there have been some amazing discoveries!
There are a few absolute staples that have remained in my routine, such as my Bobbi Brown Corrector (Peach) | £19.50, Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer (Ginger) | £24 and Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black | £14.50, plus I'm still loving the Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer | £15 | (even on the days I don't use it all over my face, I pop a bit where I have visible pores to reduce their appearance), all of which you can read all about here.
In terms of base products, I'm really enjoying prepping using the Touch in Sol Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base | £19.50. I'm not overly fond of the applicator because (as the name of the product suggests), this has a honey-like consistency and it can just be a bit stringy, however I can live with it. It gives my skin a healthy, dewy, fresh appearance and I'm all about that for my spring makeup looks! I've been alternating between my Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (St. Moritz) | £30 | and the Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation | £35. On a day-to-day basis, I like something lightweight and breathable, so this tinted moisturiser is perfect. It gives really nice coverage whilst looking very natural. It gives a beautiful radiance to the skin without being overly dewy and lasts very well on my skin. The Radiant Longewear is more something that I reach for in the evening, if I'm heading out straight from work or when I know I have a long day ahead of me. It gives a good full coverage with a radiant satin finish that I can trust to hold up.
My go-to concealer under the eyes is still the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (Medium) | £22 | and given that I have 2 fresh backups ready and waiting; that's probably not changing any time soon! It's just such amazing, flawless coverage that lasts without creasing and isn't at all caky. It covers my dark circles easily but never looks or feels heavy.
On the cheeks, there are a few clear products that I've reached for over and over again this past few months. The first is the Becca Gradient Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed | £32 (apologies I've misnamed it as Ombre in the swatches below!) I think this might have been limited edition here in the UK but Americans: you can still get this on their website. It's essentially a highlighter containing all of their best-selling shades - I tend to swirl all of them together to get this gorgeous golden amber colour. I've said many, many times on this blog that the Becca powder highlighter formula is second to none for me! It's smooth, glitter-free and gives an intense, dewy look. I've been adding some warmth and definition using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer in Saddle* | £29. It's seriously pigmented but does blend out evenly with minimal effort. It has a matte finish and the tone is warming without being orange, so gives dimension and depth to a makeup look. In terms of blusher, I'm reaching for my beloved Too Faced Papa Don't Peach Blush | £25. It's a beautiful warm peachy flush of colour with a very subtle iridescent sheen, adding a natural glow to the skin at the same time. The formula applies easily and lasts all day without going patchy or uneven.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that for eyeshadow it's been all about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette* | £43 | review | for me! I just love the quality of Anastasia eyeshadows - there's a bit of fallout but they're so pigmented whilst blending out with ease. This is my perfect shade selection and I use every colour in here besides the matte black. I find this palette incredibly versatile too - the variety of lid colours means that you can get really different looks with this and there are plenty of mid-toned and deeper matte shades to apply to the crease. They're long-wearing and I just can't sing their praises enough!
Ok, it's not exactly an 'everyday' product, but I still wanted to give a shout out to the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Bronzed Bell | £23! It's been a go-to for my evening makeup looks. This is a stunning, easy-to-apply copper colour with silvery glitter running through it. You can check out a review and swatches of all the shades I own from the Magnificent Metals collection here. I've also been using the Touch in Sol Stretchex Stretch Effect Mascara* | £18. This is a really nice, everyday lengthening mascara. It gives good curl and doesn't smudge around my eyes or flake during the day. Although I enjoy it and will use it until I've finished this tube, I don't think I'd replace it because I do like a little bit more volume these days.
My current brow duo is the Zoeva Graphic Brows in Arsenic* | £7.50 | and the Hourglass Arch Brow Shaping Gel* | £22. I totally forgot about this brow pencil, but I really liked it last year and I still rate it now. It's pigmented but not too much and doesn't smudge or smear. You can use this to define and fill in the brows naturally, as the pencil is so fine and you can just twist it up, plus there's a good spooly on the other end. This is a great colour for me as it isn't grey but it cool-toned in a natural way. It isn't necessary to pay £22 for a clear brow gel but I have this Hourglass one and I'm enjoying using it. It gives soft, natural hold that just makes things look more groomed.
For lips, there are two I've been reaching for: the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Sugar Mama | £18 | and the MAC Satin Lipstick in Mocha | £17.50. I've mentioned many times that Huda has one of the best liquid lipstick formulas going, in my personal opinion. It's totally matte, long-wearing and opaque without being drying. This is a light warm pinky-nude colour. Mocha is a creamy lipstick that's pigmented and long-wearing like a matte but isn't as drying and has a slight sheen. I love this warm pinky-brown colour. Both of these lip shades are perfect for the warm peachy makeup looks I'm enjoying this spring.