B is for Beauty

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Beauty, so it has been said, comes from within but, sometimes, we all need a little help with the outside too in the form of makeup.  Today, as part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, and today being the letter B I’m going to share with you the beauty items that I use.


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I use the Flawless Original Primer by Barry M as my base for my make up application.  I really like this primer as it’s not sticky like some primers can be, it is really easy to apply and you only need a tiny amount.  When I use this my foundation applies really nicely and seems to last a really long time compared to when I apply foundation without a primer.


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I currently flit between 2 different foundations W7 Genius Feather Light Foundation in Buff or Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation in Warm Vanilla, depending on the type of coverage I need.  The W7 foundation has a fairly light coverage, the consistency is really runny but it blends well and dries to a powder like finish which I love as I can save a little bit of time by then skipping powder.  I love that this has a dropper applicator that gives a precision application directly where you need it, I then blend with a beauty blender for the best finish.  The Collection foundation is a slightly darker tone but matches my skin tone perfectly.  This has a pump top and it has a nice, thick consistency.  I have found that you need to work quickly with this product as it seems to set quite fast though I do like to use a powder once I have applied the foundation just to make sure it is fully set.  I like that this product is a fuller coverage and is brilliant for when my skin is not looking its best.


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I use Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer in Light I love that this concealer is a pencil design and twists up from the base to access more product.  I use this before foundation under my eyes to illuminate the area and after foundation to conceal any spots or blemishes that may not have been covered by foundation alone.


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I use Revolution Luxury Banana Baking Powder to set my foundation.  I really like that this powder is really fine and helps to brighten my skin tone.  Under the twist off lid is a salt and pepper type of shaker lid and I sprinkle this onto a buffing brush before applying over my foundation.


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I use the Collection Highlight, Blush and Bronze Trio for contouring, though as you can see, I have hit pan on the blush so I only really use this pallet for the highlight and the contour now.  I really like that this product is easy to apply and blends really well.  I use a contour brush to apply the powder and an angled blush brush to apply the highlighter.  The only thing I dislike is that the highlighter seems to be a bit hard in places so it looks weird in the pan but it doesn’t seem to affect the application.


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Technically this is a highlighter and not a blush but the pink tone of this Revolution Rose Gold Ingot Highlighter lends itself well to being a dual purpose product – a highlighter and blush all in one!  This product is not too sparkly or overly shiny but adds a warmth and a golden tone to cheekbones which looks really pretty.  I love using this product on bare skin and with foundation, either use makes me look really healthy!  And this is the third purchase of this product I have made!


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This highlighter pallet, Revolution Ultra Cool Glow, is my favorite to reach for when I am going out for the evening.  I love the variety of different coloured highlighters and like to match them to my eyeshadow colour or the colour of the outfit I’m wearing.  A little goes a long way with this product as they are super pigmented and bright.  And, I have a confession to make, when I bought this product I didn’t realise it was a highlighter pallet, I was looking for an eyeshadow pallet that I could take with me to a festival and grabbed this quickly in a rush… but, I do love a product that has a dual purpose and these highlighter colours have made really nice eyeshadows too!


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These eyeshadow products are my go to shadows.  The first is the Make Up Academy pallet in Poptastic (which seems to be discontinued though the Silent Disco Pallet seems to be very similar….), the second are loose powders from the Sugar Skull Collection by Concrete Minerals (I have the full set of these and also the Zombie Girl Collection)  These shadows seem super bright in the pan and pots but all have a really buildable colour, blend really easily and you can create so many different looks with each collection.  I don’t always wear these together, sometimes I use a grey or silver shade as a base and add a pop of colour along the socket line or combine 2 or 3 different shades to create a super colourful smokey eye.

Eyeliner and Mascara

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I like to use different mascara and eyeliner depending on the look I am going for.  Day-to-day I tend to use George Va Va Volume Mascara – Black as it doesn’t tend to flake or smudge and just enhances my lashes a bit.  It is also really easy to remove which is a plus on week nights!  I like using Model Co Eye Define Pencil – Black for a softer eye look and this pencil is perfect.  It is soft and doesn’t drag the skin, is really easy to smudge out if I want a softer, more subtle look or can be left as it is for a more defined look.  I like to use Collection Extreme Coloured Lengthening Mascara – Black if I am going to be going out after work or on the weekend if I am out as it really defines my eyes and makes me look more awake.  And it is true to its word – it really does add length to the lashes with just one swipe!  And for a more defined, cat eye look I really love Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen – Black as it is a felt pen design and is has a really accurate, precision application which is just what you want for a sharp eyeliner look.


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I really loved this product but it was discontinued a while ago.  I was really lucky to snag myself a few of these from Amazon not too long ago but I’m down to this last bottle.  Collection now do another spray for setting make up with called Primed and Ready Make Up Fixing Spray which I am considering getting once I run out of this.  This spray is fab for fixing make up in place once you have finished applying it, the handy spray pump ensures that the product mists finely over the skin and covers well.


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Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish shade 107 is one of my favorite shades of lipstick.  It is not too dark or light, can pull any make up look together and the shade is good for day or night.  I really like the formula, it is creamy and feels moisturising, it lasts a fair few hours and doesn’t seem to bleed or feather.  I really like all the Kate Moss lipsticks and own a few darker shades that are perfect for evenings.

What are your go to beauty/make up products?

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