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Can you believe we're 1/4 of the way through 2020? It really hasn't panned out how any of us expected and we face difficult, confusing times. However let's have a bit of an escape from the 24 hour news cycle and dive into makeup, and more specifically the products I've reached for the most this year so far...
- COMPLEXION -For primer, I've returned to an old favourite: the Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer | £16 | full review. This smooths my skin and reduces the appearance of pores without having that unpleasant silicone feel or pilling up. It's actually even quite moisturising and provides the perfect soft base for makeup. I'm on my second or third bottle of the stuff, so you can tell I love it! My go-to everyday base has really been the Kosas Tinted Face Oil* (Shade 6) | £40 | full review. This is an oil-based product, so won't be for everyone but I love the dewy, luminous look this gives on my skin. The coverage it gives evens out my skin's tone nicely and it lasts really well on my skin. It's the perfect light coverage option for my typical work day.
I've actually been trying to use up my Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer | £25 | full review. I really remembered what I used to like about this concealer and have been using it for the past couple of months. It gives amazing coverage whilst still feeling fresh and hydrating on the skin. You definitely have to set it, but it does last on my skin and I love how it brightens under my eyes. You only need the tiniest bit of product with this one, so I'm sure my tube will keep going for a while yet! To lock my makeup in place, I've found myself reaching time and time again for the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder* | £42 | full review. It's just so finely-milled and traceless on the skin that it's impossible to over-apply. It gives a nice soft-focus look to the skin and sets my makeup without being too matte or drying.
- CHEEKS -A highlighter I always seem to come back to is the Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Sunset Glow* | £14 | full review. I find this formula to be beautiful; it gives a soft-focus highlight that's nothing too blinding but looks beautiful when it catches the light. The colour itself is actually pretty unusual; a sort of rosy bronze-gold that's not quite like anything else in my collection. My go-to bronzer is something I picked out to try and use up, but one I'm also really liking; the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Gimme Sun! | £26.50. This colour definitely won't be for everyone - if you don't already have a warm undertone to your skin then it could look a bit orange! However, it works well to warm up my skin and I just love how smooth and easy to blend this formula is.
For blusher, I have a cream and a powder that I've gravitated towards a lot this year. First, let's talk about the Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze in Sunkissed | £28. This colour truly is my perfect kind-of-bronzing, kind-of-blushing shade - it's a warm rosy terracotta colour that is spot-on for my skin tone. I really enjoy the formula too; I personally dab it on with my fingers and if I need to blend out the edges I just use the sponge I've applied my base makeup with. It gives a fresh, healthy, long-wearing look. When I'm going for a more golden-bronze look, I go for the Milani Baked Blush in Bellissimo Bronze | £10.95. This highlighting formula looks so natural on my skin and you really can't go overboard with it. It blends out easily and lasts well on me, giving a flush of golden colour.
- EYES -If you're a regular, it will come as no surprise that the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette | £43 | full review | is in this post! I just love the green and yellow based browns in this palette. The quality is gorgeous and these colours can take me from day to night. This is one of my all-time favourite eyeshadow palettes. I quite often pair the mattes in the Naked Honey with the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour in Copper Foil | £20. This is a long-lasting cream shadow stick you can swipe on, dab out with your fingers and let set down; all in a few seconds. I personally love the metallic finish and this warm gold colour is perfect for the makeup looks I gravitate towards.
For my brows, the MAC Eye Brow Styler (Spiked) | £16 | has been the gift that just keeps giving! Not only is it cheaper than my usual ABH Brow Wiz (which now comes in at £23!) but the packaging is better and it lasts longer, so maybe I'm converted... I tend to go in with a light hand because this is actually quite a pigmented product, but the colour itself is a natural tone for my darkest brown hair. The spooly is also really handy for brushing out the brows to get a natural look.