Recently I went shopping and completely forgot that I needed a brow pencil. I got plenty of other stuff (of course) but forgot something to make my brows look less poo.
Cue a little Boots click and collect order and I thought I would try this Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow. I’ve tried S&G for brow products in the past and been a massive fan…but I have to say I am pretty disappointed with this one :(.
It is FRIDAY. Now is the time to step out of your work shoes (if you wear heels you’re mental), put your hair up into a messy pineapple and sit with a cuppa or glass of wine to read this here post.
These products I’m going to talk about today are a great little collection if you are just starting out with make up, or want a second capsule collection if you are travelling. A few of these items are multi tasking as well as great performers, and if you’re like me you’ll love a good 2 in 1 beauty product.
I’ll focus on eyebrows first. I don’t do that when I do my make up but they are the second thing I go to sort out in the morning. The products I use and would say are now staples in my make up bag are the Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brownand theSoap & Glory Archery brow pencil. These are brilliant for creating a really natural brow if you are light handed, if you aren’t light handed you can go from Groomed to Drag in 0 – 60.
For skin, my favourites are the Max Factor Cream Blush, which is great for giving you a really healthy dewy glow, and it lasts way longer than you’d think. Rimmel Stay Matte powder is an ABSOLUTE essential, with translucent shades that can keep you shine free all day. For eyes, my complete soul mate is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze. This is the best cream eyeshadow I’ve ever used, it doesn’t crease, stays on all day and gives a gorgeous sheen.
What are your favourite underrated beauty products?
I thought these products deserved a bit of time in the lime light, they are most definitely repurchases and although I may try alternatives I will always come back! I swear…
For about a year and a half, I have been quite loyal to the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealers because they stay put all day, give medium to high coverage and are completely matte! However, I thought there might be a concealer out there that was less thick, less drying and more highlighting.
I used to use shade 3 and 4 mixed when I concealed dark circles and blemishes. I quite like mixing concealer shades, so I stuck with this with what I’m calling my ‘Concealer Upgrade’:
The shades I bought were 20 (lighter) and 30 (darker). The formula of these is great! I was really pleased when I first tried them. The concealer isn’t too thick which means it’s really blendable, and there is not a hint of sparkle or shimmer which means it is highlighting without being too in your face.
Although the formula is thinner than the Collection 2000, if this concealer is set with powder it lasts all day, and doesn’t crease as much as the Lasting Perfection.
I really like the packaging of these as well, they look ALOT like the NARS Creamy Concealers, but at a fraction of the price.
The darker shade looks quite daunting to use, but blended with the lighter shade, it is just right for my skin tone.
Another perk of this upgrade is that I don’t get black ink from the packaging all over my hands like I used to with the Collection 2000 concealers!
Have any of you guys used the Maybelline Fit Me concealers? What are your favourites?
I thought I would do a ‘What I use daily’ post, so I can give you a quick round up of what is on my face most days. When I wake up I usually have pillow creases on my cheeks, so I wash my face and give it a quick dry (most original tip ever) to get it looking normal and un-zombie-like.
What I haven’t pictured is face creams etc so to summarise, I use Nivea Creme, Nivea Q10 Face Cream and the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Eye Cream (all the boring stuff) before make up.
To keep this brief, here is a picture of everything that makes up my every day make…up:
Starting with skin, I tend to use the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream on days when my skin isn’t too shabby. It is a little light for my liking, but once you have bronzer on it evens out. The Bourjois Happy Light is a good summer foundation, and perfect for when you want more coverage. I use a Real Techniques stippling brush to buff either of these in (there will be a tools picture further down). Then I move onto my eyebrows, and use the waxy pencil end of the Soap & Glory Brow Archery to fill them in, and a bit of eyebrow gel (Collection 2000) to brush through.
Once this is done, it is time for the Collection 2000 concealer, which has the most annoying packaging in the world. Do not use this after a hot shower, because the black text on the tube will just ink up your hands, and I ended up smearing this over my face and trying to work out where the black marks came from. Actually either way I think it would transfer so maybe try to rub off all the ink when you first get one 🙂 hence the naked tube above in the pic. I use the same Real Techniques stippling brush to buff the concealer over any blemishes, and I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush to dab it over my dark circles. (I think you can see I like Real Techniques.)
Then I move onto bronzer, and I use the FCUK brush (it doesn’t have a name, it was in a set) to search for non-existent cheekbones. My face is as round as a penny, so I apply it lightly to avoid looking like a stripy round lollipop. I just do a weird fish smile and apply it to what sticks out.
Then I powder my T zone with the Rimmel Stay Matte, I think it is just the translucent shade. I use the Real Techniques Multitask Brush for this, and then move onto blusher. This is the gorgeous MAC ‘Dainty’ blush that I reviewed here. I just dot this on my cheeks, and brush a light amount on the tip of my nose with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush (strange I know, but it makes my face look a lot more even). Most people tend to use the Buffing Brush for foundation, but I prefer the stippling brush because the bristles are shorter and you can really work the product into the skin.
Lastly, I curl my eyelashes and use the Maybelline the Falsies mascara on my top and bottom lashes. The spoony curved shaped brush is really good at lifting the eyelashes, and I like this one because the colour is not an ashy black, it stays very black throughout the whole day.
Here is a picture of those millions of brushes I mentioned: