everyday makeup essentials

I feel like I haven’t done a post solely about makeup in a little while, I think because on a day to day basis I really haven’t been wearing a lot of it. However, I’ve realised I have a few bits than I almost can’t go without which I wanted to go through today. I’ve been loving a very skin like and natural base, with a lot of glow, and simple eyes, so it’s super simple.

I don’t wear foundation everyday, but when I do the one I’ve been reaching for the most often lately is the IT Cosmetics CC Cream ($61). I’ve had this before and just recently repurchased it and fallen in love all over again. It definitely has more coverage than your average cc cream, but the texture and finish is so so nice.

I’ve been using the RMS Beauty “un”cover-up concealer ($52) for a few months now and I really love it. A lot of the time I’ll just use concealer as my base, and this works so nicely for that. It’s so light and creamy in texture, so it lays on top of the skin so nicely. Before I bought this I was using the Nars soft matte concealer, and this definitely isn’t as thick and high coverage as that, but I love the finish of it so much, and the way it just blends into the skin so seamlessly. Very good for that ‘no-makeup’ makeup look.

I have never understood how some people don’t powder their face, maybe it’s because my skin definitely needs to be set or the makeup I’ve put on will surely just slide right off. I absolutely love the dewy look, but I know that I could never leave my makeup not set with a powder, so I like to use something quite light so I can still try and achieve something similar. For the past while I’ve been using the Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($46). I always go for a translucent loose powder, and this one is really good. It’s lasted me quite a while too, which is what you want with products you use almost everyday.

If I’m doing this easy makeup I’ll usually not bother with blush or contour because the coverage is so light that the colour on my cheeks comes through, but I will always use highlighter. I’m running low on my Fenty Beauty highlighter ($50), because I’ve been using it a lot again lately. I love applying it with my beauty blender, it just seems to help it melt into the skin and look so glowy, but not at all like a massive stripe of highlight on my cheek. I use the duo in the shades Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal FYI.

I use one eyeshadow all through the crease and onto the lid, and I love a warm tan shade for this. My favourite one for quite a while actually is from the Nars Man Ray eyeshadow palette, which was limited edition unfortunately, but it is beautiful. I’m sure there are a bunch of colours out there that are similar, but this is just the one I’ve been loving lately and using almost everyday.

And the last step, and one that I’ll almost never miss, setting spray. I love MAC Fix+ ($36), and I know it’s not really for extending the wear of your makeup, but I love the way it just meshes all the powders and makeup together, and kind of helps them melt into your skin. I feel like I’ve constantly been repeating throughout this post that I love to look dewy and natural, and this is that final little step that just completes it.

november favourites 2017

I haven’t posted for a little while, but I’m back again now with my favourite things from november. Obviously, my number one fav from this month was andy and I’s little New Zealand trip, but I’ll share more of that once my film gets developed. But for now, I’ll start off with the best beauty goodies from the past month.

I’ve been trying to get my hands on the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer for the longest time, but they’ve always been sold out in my shade (the lightest one). I finally snatched one up though at the end of october and I’ve used it every single day since then. I completely understand the hype around this concealer; it’s got really good coverage, blends into the skin beautifully, and has a wonderful finish that is just really smooth looking.

I am super pale, and sometimes I can have a hard time finding concealers that are actually light enough for my skin. I’ve got the shade Chantilly and it’s perfect for me. I use a little elf flat shadow packer brush to apply it from the little jar (my fingernails are too long and it’s just a hot mess if I don’t use a brush), and then blend it out with my beauty sponge. I hope I’m not speaking too soon but I think I’ve found my holy grail concealer.

The other makeup product I’ve been reaching for non-stop is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure. This is one of my all-time favourite makeup bits. Hourglass powders as a general rule are all gorgeous, but this blush is my number one of all of them. It’s such a beautiful, natural mauve shade. Like all their powders, it’s so finely milled that it just blends and sits on the skin so nicely, and never looks cakey in the slightest. If I could only keep one of my blushes for some reason, this would be the one.

Lately, my skin hasn’t felt or looked it’s best, so I thought I’d try a couple of new bits from La Roche Posay and see if they’d help. I thought La Roche Posay would be a really good brand to try when my skin was acting up because their products seem very straightforward, get the job done sort of products.

This month the two products that I think have actually made a difference in my skin are both from the Effaclar range and are; the Purifying Foaming Gel and the Unclogging Purifying Sebo-Controlling Mask. They’re both made for oily sensitive skin, so they’re really gentle but still work very well on my skin. I’ve been using the face wash pretty much daily after I’ve taken off my makeup, and then the mask I’ve been using about 2-3 times a week.

Lastly, before I get on to my two fashion favourites, I want to talk about the Jo Malone fragrance that I spoke about in my what I bought in New Zealand post. This cost me a fortune. I’ve never spent close to this much on a perfume before, but honestly, in my eyes, this is worth every cent. It’s the Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense and it is gorgeous. I’m shit at describing scents but I feel like it’s deep and kind of masculine, but also sexy at the same time. It also lasts amazingly on the skin, which is absolutely what you want when you’ve spent a crazy amount on your perfume.

My first fashion favourite this month is a pair of swimmers I bought closer to the start of the month and took over to NZ with me. They are the most amazingly me swimmers I’ve ever seen or owned. They’re an electric blue velvet one piece with a super low back. I saw them months ago but held back from buying them because it was still way to cold to think about going swimming, but I finally got them and I’m so glad I did.

Velvet is my thing. I love velvet so much and I own so many different pieces of clothing made from velvet, so of course when I saw swimmers I had to buy them. I’m not really a bikini kind of girl, I love one pieces so much more, especially when the back is super low. I think they’re so understatedly sexy, and I always feel much more confident in pieces like this than in a bikini. I’m obsessed.

Swimsuit: Blue Ruby by Bras N Things / Jeans: Rollas / Belt: Sportsgirl

And lucky last is the bag that I’ve used more than any other one this month. This bag is from Decjuba, but it is obviously a massive rip off of the Loewe puzzle bag, which I would love to own but I’m 19 and work in retail so it’s definitely out of my price range for handbags at this point in time. Anyhow, I used this bag as my carry on, and it was the only bag I took overseas with me. It fits quite a bit more than you would think in it too. I carried my SLR camera, a book, wallet, passport, disposable cameras, plus all my random beauty products and I was impressed that it hold all of that.

It’s just a safe bet too, I feel like it’s one of those bags that you can put with any outfit and it’ll look great but also hold all the goodies you need. It’s starting to wear out a bit, but considering it’s a $70 bag and I use it majority of days out of the week, I’m really not too fussed.

Jumpsuit: Kmart / Jacket: Absent (mens) / Shoes: Nude Footwear / Bag:  Decjuba