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MAKEUP MONTHLY #6


It's time, once again, to talk about everything makeup-related! There's going to be a mini haul update for the month, I'll talk about the current makeup look I'm loving, products I'm using up, things I've rediscovered and I'm going to share my thoughts on some new beauty launches...

- THE LOOK I'M INTO -

I'm really enjoying a coppery, peachy makeup look at the moment. I've been using the Zoeva Unique Reflection Eyeshadow Palette | £17.50 | full review | that I got for Christmas pretty much non-stop! I just think this is a stunning, well-balanced warm-toned eyeshadow palette. There are wearable golds and bronzes in here, alongside peachy mattes and plum and copper shimmers. I haven't consciously made an effort to use this palette a lot but my hand just keeps instinctively grabbing for it!




To go with it, I love my Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in Pillow Talk | £30 | and Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Colour in Nubile | £40. I've wanted a Charlotte Tilbury blusher for years, but none of the shades really called to me before Pillow Talk, which promptly sold out on its original release, so I had to wait a good while longer before getting my hands on it! This is a subtle glowing blusher formula that goes on evenly, is impossible to over-apply and just gives this gorgeous flush to the cheeks. I find this lasts on me all day without fading or going patchy. I love this warm rosy colour too. This Tom Ford lipstick is an old favourite of mine and I'm dreading the day I have to drop the cash to repurchase it, because it wasn't cheap! It's a hydrating, glossy-finish lip colour that still has really good pigmentation. The shade is hard to describe; it's kind of a warm nude, that I really like with peach colours and rosy tones.

- NEW ADDITIONS -

Well, I'm finally moved back into my bedroom after my house suffered a plumbing disaster, so I've been able to dig into the PR that's been waiting for about two months in a box! 

I've really been enjoying the new version of the Indeed Labs Nanoblur Colour Corrector in Purple* | £16.99. Somehow I'd never tried the original but was kindly sent over the new colour correcting formula when it launched towards the end of last year. I've been using it for the past few weeks and really rate it! The formula smooths out my pores and fine lines so my base makeup doesn't settle into them and make those imperfections look worse! It just provides a smooth, satin base for makeup. The slightly lilac tint counteracts any shallowness and just ensures my skin looks bright and radiant. It isn't anything too strong so don't worry; it pretty much sheers out once you smooth it across the skin!

Another recent addition to my makeup rotation has been the Topshop Beauty Glow Liquid Highlighter in Blaze* | £15. It's no secret that I really love using these liquid highlighters; you can dab them on over your foundation for an intense look or my personal favourite way to use them is to mix in a drop or two with my base to add some glow to my skin. This formula is pigmented so you only need a tiny drop but it gives a gorgeous luminous look to my complexion. I love that this is a true peach with gold as well, because so many of these liquid illuminators have a silvery shift and I personally prefer something warm-toned.

The next product I tried out was the Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Bronze* | £22. This is billed as for 'eyes, lips and cheeks' but this is a shade I'd only use on the eyes! It's a warm reddish-brown bronze and it's a liquid formula with an almost gel-like texture. It's definitely a touch more sheer than some other liquid shadows I've tried, or maybe it's just easier to sheer out! It has a soft shimmer to it, as opposed to any obvious glitter. I personally like this formula; it's everyday appropriate and long-wearing, so it doesn't fade too much or crease during my usual work day.


- A FEW OTHER MENTIONS -

I also have a few other products I've been using lately and wanted to talk about - almost all of which are actually base products! This is pretty unusual as complexion is an area in which I tend to have my usual favourites and stick to them. I also have a couple of bits I got way back during the Boxing Day Sales but have only just had a chance to give a proper go.

The first thing I want to talk about is the Milk Makeup Blur Stick | £30.50 | full review. I didn't have the full-sized one to hand when photographing this post but obviously the price relates to that and not the little travel mini pictured! This is essentially a stick primer that really smooths my skin out and makes my pores way less visible. I'd say it has quite a mattifying effect and actually just makes your bare skin look perfected regardless, so you can use it even if you aren't wearing makeup. A product that I'm so glad I gave a second chance to is the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (250) | £27 | full review. I didn't have the right shade when this originally launched but decided to go and get matched and make sure I got a little sample to try at home! This time I had far more luck with it and absolutely love how build-able the coverage is and how it gives a long-wearing matte finish without being drying or unflattering on the skin. Finally, in terms of base makeup, I have to give a shout out to the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer (Medium) | £23.75 | full review. I just love this as an everyday product - it isn't heavy or cakey but gives a natural coverage that's enough for me in my day-to-day life. It lasts on my skin and I don't have issues with creasing when I use this, so it's just been a great find for me!   

Moving on to my sale purchases (bearing in mind these may or may not be in stock when you're reading this, as they were reduced!) The first thing is the By Terry Sun Designer Palette in Happy Sun | £47. I'm always dubious of these 'highlight, blusher and bronzer' all-in-one things, but this does actually work for me for all three purposes! There are three shades of highlight which you can use individually, swirl together or mix in with your blusher or bronzer tone - one is pink, one is bronze and one is gold. Over on the blusher / bronzer side there are three matte colours - a deep bronzer shade, a light mauve and a pinky-brown nude. I tend to mix the two lighter shades together for a blusher colour and use the deepest shade on its own to bronze with. This matte formula is gorgeous - it blends like a dream and wears really well on my skin. I also love the sheeny radiance the highlighters give to my skin. I got this for £27 but, having used it, I'd have happily paid full-price for something this good! I also got the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Gold Lava | £30 | for £15 on sale. The last thing I need is another highlighter but I love the dewy intensity of Becca's formula! This shade in question is a stunning almost yellow-toned gold with an interesting, very slight pink sheen running through it.



- STUFF I'M USING UP OR PANNING - 

Let's start with a little update on the products I've been plugging away at for a while! (Check out my previous progress here.) I'm still struggling with the Hourglass powder, but as a result, I have been making good progress with the Vichy - though given it's a loose formula, I appreciate it will take some time to use up! I'm still using the Lorac palette and there's still no pan on any of the shades... I'm confident I'll use up the Tarte concealer and the Too Faced primer over the next couple of months, though. As you can see - I'm almost done with the Urban Decay bronzer (which I've been using every day) and have more pan on my Too Faced blusher, which I use a couple of times a week.

I'm adding a few new products to the mix this month - largely where I have a replacement for them waiting in the wings! I'm using up my MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Layin Low | £16.50 | review. It isn't my favourite eye primer, as this slightly peachy neutral colour doesn't look like much on my skin tone, however it does the job! I'm going to focus on using this up so I can repurchase the Bobbi Brown one I really love.



There's barely anything left of my Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer | £15 | review | so I want to finish it up. I already have a backup of this as well as the Indeed and Milk Makeup primers to do a similar job, so it makes sense to use this to fill my pores on a daily basis. This is my second bottle and it's definitely one of my favourite primers. I also have next to nothing left of my Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (St. Moritz) | £31 | review. This is holy grail status for me and I don't know how many tubes I've been through! I personally love a light base like this on a day-to-day basis so will definitely repurchase this eventually, but I recently got my hands on the IT Cosmetics CC Cream, so will switch to that once this is all done.

- NEW LAUNCHES -

I have two products to talk about: one I'm interested in and one that made me roll my eyes! We'll talk about the product I'm excited about first, though it's a sceptical sort of excitement... The Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer is finally being launched in deeper shades! I'm interested in checking it out because everyone seems to love this bronzer and I've never been able to try it. The new shade Caramel looks perfect for me, so I'd like to see what the hype is all about. At the same time I'm frustrated it's taken Benefit so long to recognise that Women of Colour exist! They even brought out a Hoola Lite before launching these deeper shades. I feel like Benefit aren't an inclusive brand and it takes receiving backlash for them to make tiny little steps towards catering for other skin tones - it's frustrating...


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A product I'm just not interested in is the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded... Listen, I'm sure most of us were kind of expecting this when the original Naked palette was discontinued last year, however I was hoping for something fresh, something on-trend, something that would be a brand new twist on the classic palette. And we got... this! This palette is just so bland to me; I honestly prefer the original Naked 1. It looks very much like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette to me too. I just feel like this was a completely tone-deaf release - it's not what the majority of fans wanted at all! 




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What do you think of these new beauty launches? What have been your go-to products this month?


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