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After January lasting approximately nine thousand years, we’ve finally reached the end of March. I’m still battling with my skin dryness/texture that got worse over Winter, and a crap-ton of breakouts from going on holiday; so I’ve been focusing on my base and spending less time on eyeshadow (or skipping it altogether). Most of the time, my makeup has been fairly minimal, so hopefully they’ll be some more adventurous makeup in my next favourites post.
Here are a few products I’ve been reaching for over the last month:
CYO Lifeproof Long Lasting Foundation
Here’s the thing: I used to hate this foundation. The palest shade 101 is too dark for me, even before it oxidises (and boy, it sure does oxidise). Plus, it’s so overly dewy that it always looked like a streaky, greasy mess. I was all set to throw it out… and then winter happened. I don’t know if it’s because it was especially cold this year, or because I’m in my late twenties, but my skin has never looked so red or textured in my life. Suddenly, this foundation is an absolute dream. It brings so much radiance back into my face that most days I skip highlighter. If you have dry skin, you’ll love this one.
Revolution Baking Oil
While we’re on the subject of crappy Winter skin, here’s another product that’s really been helping me out. A lot of primers just aren’t cutting it at the moment, but this skincare-makeup hybrid has made my foundation glide on a whole lot easier. It helps me look radiant and dewy, but also somehow helps my base last a bit longer? Is this some kind of witchcraft?
Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in 2 Nude Bronze
When I first saw this, I was instantly reminded of my favourite shimmer shades in the (now discontinued) Urban Decay Naked Palette. I mostly reach for the bronze and dusky pink shades (no surprises there) but would happily wear any of these all over the lid when I want a quick wash of colour.
The only annoying thing about this palette is that there aren’t any matte shades, so I have to mix this with other palettes or chuck whatever bronzer/contour I’m using in my crease. It’s not the end of the world, but it would be nice to have even one matte shade in there to make it a more complete palette.
NYX Micro Brow Pencils in Taupe and Auburn
I’ve been using the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe for a few months now (it never seems to end), and it’s become my favourite brow product. The colour was spot on for my natural strawberry-blonde colour, but I’ve used some temporary henna this month so I picked up the Auburn shade as well. They’re super skinny and great for drawing fine, realistic brow hairs, and not all that pigmented – which is actually a good thing, as it makes it easier to screw up. I love them on their own, or used to add some definition with a brow pomade.
e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji Matte
A friend of mine gave me this for Christmas, and said that it’s the perfect product for someone with pale skin – and she’s absolutley right. The formula is juuuust the right amount of pigment – enough to add some colour, but not enough to go overboard. The blush looks a bit bright in the pan, but once on the cheeks it’s completley fine, though you could easily mix it with a dab of the bronzer to tone it down a bit if you wanted to. I’ve really been enjoying this, and the mirror makes it great for travel.