Hi all, hope you’re well and have had a great week.
Amidst all that’s happening in our world currently; the terrorist attacks, racism, discrimination, and unjust occurrences, I do pray that you and your loved ones remain safe. I also challenge you, in whatever way possible, to seek avenues to promote peace, love and comfort to those around you, irrespective of their race, gender and beliefs.
As things stand, it is easy to choose to go about one’s business in an attempt to remain disconnected; however I believe that in one choosing to be a blessing to another, this world can be a better place. Although the notion of peace might seem afar off, every little contribution certainly will make a huge difference, especially to those who are recipients of such acts.
On today’s post, I will be sharing my current beauty essentials; some of which I’ve been using for years and have become a staple product, and others only recently. In no particular order, let’s get to it!
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation (Shade 13) – £30: This foundation is absolutely amazing! I’ve been using this product for over a year now and in comparison to the other brands I used prior to, not one of them has had such an impeccable impression. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra offers medium to full coverage, without leaving the face feeling cakey or weighed up. Its finish is velvety-matte, shine-free and long-wearing. It also has SPF 15, enabling protection from sunrays.
Lancome claims this product can last for up to 24hours. Although I haven’t tested that out, I have on an occasion worn it for 16hours. At which point I had a slight shine on my t-zone. I’ve also taken short naps in it on several occasions, and not once did it transfer.
The only downside to this foundation is its cost; each bottle of 30ml sells for £30. On the contrary, it does last a long time. I picked up my third bottle earlier this week. Coupled with built-in pump dispenser and its consistency, one is able to control how much is used. Do note that a little does go a long way. At most, I use two slight pumps (or one full pump) for each application. So overall, it really isn’t an overwhelming problem. The good does overweigh the negative.
M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer (NC45) – £16: Prior to switching to the in-betweens and eventually Lancome, I was a M.A.C girl! Over time however, I realised it really wasn’t for me. The oxidation/ashy look that comes with every application wasn’t satisfactory, which put me off the brand entirely. Although I do remember very much liking their concealer, moving away from the foundation swayed me away from that also. It wasn’t until last month that we were reconnected. Besides it offering great coverage when used to conceal, it also acts as a great base for eyeshadows, which is what I’ve been using if for ever since.
L.A. Girl Pro-Concealers (Fawn & Mahogany) – £3.99: Cheap and cheerful! That’s what it is, LOL. Who doesn’t own them? I’m yet to meet one. Creamy consistency, crease-resistant, blendable, great coverage, what more could one ask for? It’s also great for contouring, whilst offering a natural finish.
Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer (Rock on World) – £4: Only started using this product last month after watching and reading countless reviews online. Thanks to social media. It, since then, has become one of my cheap and cheerful products. At £4, this product – a marble of gold, red and brown is highly pigmented. The packaging is quite sturdy also. The product offers a natural, unmissable glow. I like it!
E.L.F Studio Powder Brush – £4.50: I’ve been using this brush for over three years now, and it’s still very much intact and does its job. Using this brush, I can do almost everything you can ever think of, well within reason. It’s a great foundation applicator, powder brush, good concealer and contour applicator. On occasions where I’ve been unable to apply my makeup at home and I desire to pack light, really LIGHT (ah!), I simply take this brush and use it for all of the above without any hassle. It works!
E.L.F Makeup Mist – £5: Just like the E.L.F brush, I’ve been using the mist for about three years now. Although, I hadn’t used it in recent months, as the brand’s UK webpage didn’t have it in stock it, I knew I had to find a way of getting my hands on it. The opportunity came when a friend took a trip to the States (Thanks Obebe!). It’s commonly accepted that it’s a viable alternative to M.A.C’s Fix Plus, amongst the other popular brands. It does a great job with keeping me matte. Makeup doesn’t shift, no shine – basically keeps the look fresh for the whole day.
YSL Black Opium – 90ml £84: When it comes to fragrance, I tend to go for sweet, floral, light options. I don’t quite like scents that are overwhelming; and this pick does just that. Coupled with its sweetness, it also exhumes a sense of youthfulness, edge and adventure which I love. It’s perfect for the evening outings…and day…and mornings. Haha! I use it all the time, basically!
So there you have it, my current beauty favourites. Do you use any of the above; what are your opinions of them?
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