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Hello again! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are now relaxing after a hectic time – or perhaps no so hectic if you’re that lucky not to go on a road trip to three different places to see family (psst in case you didn’t guess I envy those of you that don’t do this haha).
As promise in my previous post I curated my beauty roundup of 2018, this is part one: all about the makeup I have loved this year, which isn’t too different to what you might already know. During the year I had an acne breakout that didn’t want to go away so I stopped wearing and trying makeup for a while to give my skin a break, and thankfully it seems to be clearing up nicely and I’ve managed to test out a few new things – I’ll be going into detail about these next year *a new series is coming to my blog eek!*.
But enough of my chit chat, lets get on with my favourite makeup products of 2018. With each product I have included any dedicated product review posts I may have previously done in case you’re looking for a more detailed review on that product.
Let’s dive in…
I’ve not tried any new primers this year, which makes this easy – my primer of 2018 is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It’s quite a pricy primer, but I’ve enjoyed it with every foundation, BB and CC cream I’ve tried. It’s light, slightly creamy, and absorbs quite quickly, which is great for oily/combination skin. There’s not many other things I can say about it to be honest, it’s just a great all round primer.
I’m going to cheat slightly here and mention two… the Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturiser and Giorgio Armani Power Fabric foundation, however I’ve been using these as a combo [you can read my full review on this duo here].
These two foundations (I’m going to call the Nars Tinted Moisturiser a foundation because it’s got such good coverage that you could easily class it as a foundation) are the perfect duo, it gives your base radiance but with a longer lasting ability. It’s been my go-to base for everyday and events, what more do you need to know.
Again I’m going to cheat slightly and pick two concealers as my favourites: the Revolution Conceal and Define concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. You may have heard ravings about the Revolution concealer and how it’s a drugstore dupe for the infamous Tarte Shape Tape concealer, sadly I don’t know about this as I haven’t tried Tarte’s concealer *shocking I know*, but Revolution’s Conceal and Define is amazing! I typically use this on my blemishes and anywhere that has redness showing through for some extra coverage. I’m surprised I’ve not tried this by itself as base product because it seems like it would be good enough too if I didn’t want to wear a full face of foundation.
The Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer however is different. I only use this one for under my eyes and for lightly concealing / gently highlighting areas of my face. It’s a gorgeously creamy and light weight concealer that provides a decent amount of coverage. When using this user my eyes I only notice it slightly creasing, but whatever concealer I use, whatever powder I use to set it, it usually ends up creasing a little bit. However it’s easy to fix with a brush or beauty blender.
Are you bored of me talking about the Too Faced Peach Perfect Setting Powder yet? Well, I’m going to mention it again haha! [Read my full review here] This powder completely floored me when I tried it. After having a *meh* time with powders I was so happy to find one that was so finely milled, and a powder that doesn’t cake up whether I have a dewier foundation or a matte one. It seems to be great for all skin types – I have oily skin and it does a pretty damn good job at keeping oils at bay.
If you haven’t tried it, you need to!
Pale skin girls and guys rejoice! A bronzer that you don’t have to worry about going in with a heavy hand, or it being too warm.
Benefit’s Hoola Lite is a beginner friendly bronzer that is hard to go over the top with, while providing a beautiful bronzy look for anyone who is accustomed to buying the palest, or almost palest, shade in foundation.
This bronzer is always in my makeup bag and I love how easy to use it is. It’s the type of product that’s great for when you’re in a rush because you don’t have to check if you’ve got a muddy patch of bronzer on one side of your face, because A) I’ve never experienced it going muddy or patchy – I honestly feel like it is incapable of doing so, and B) I find it extremely difficult to go overboard with it. For me it’s a win-win.
However, the downside to this product is that I’ve become so attached to it I haven’t been trying out any of my other bronzers — so maybe that’s a flaw haha.
I’ve also heard that there are going to be new deeper shades of the holy grail Hoola bronzer (I believe there are going to be two – please correct me if I’m wrong), so if you have a deeper skin tone and want to try it make sure you check out Benefit’s counters in 2019.
I haven’t been wearing practically any blush until recently, so I’m not going to add any in this post, but I’ll probably be mentioning some in up coming posts. Stay tuned!
Again… nothing of note here. I haven’t experimented with any eye shadow palettes until a couple of weeks ago, so it doesn’t feel right adding them to my best of beauty roundup post.
I’d love it if you commented down below some of your favourites or ones that you’d recommend for someone who doesn’t do anything crazy or use bright colours.
There’s only been one true love of mine for brows… yes, you guessed it, the holy grail product of so many lazy-brow gals is Glossier Boy Brow. It’s simple, quick and easy to use, the colours aren’t varied (only three shades and a clear one), but it does what it says, and that’s all I want. I’m not someone who enjoys doing their brows. Nor do I want to spend 20 minutes penciling in each hair to cover a tiny bald patch. I’m a lazy brow girl through and through and this beauty gets my brows in line whilst adding a slight tint of colour. You can read my full review of the Glossier Boy Brow here.
Hands down the Glossier Lash Slick was my most used and favourite mascara of the year. Of course I already love (most) Glossier products, but this one was the icing on the cake. If you love natural looking lashes and want something that’s quick and you don’t have to fuss over making sure your lashes are tangled together, then this one is for you! Read my full review here.
Grab yourself a cup of tea, we’re going to talk about lip products… this could take awhile.
Being a lip product lover I could not just pick one, or two… or three… so four products it is! Most of them are different, so technically they could have had been put into different categories, so that makes it better right?
My first favourite shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if you’ve followed me for a while: the Mac Lip Liner in Soar. I use this most days, even if I’m not having a makeup day, because it just adds some colour to my lips that make them look plumper (I tend to colour in my lips rather than just lining my lips). It’s creamy without disappearing after an hour and… actually I can’t think of anything else to say apart from it’s really good and if you’re in the market for a pinky-neutral lip liner then definitely give this a go.
In terms of lip sticks my go-to’s are the Glossier Generation G (any colour) & my ride or die L’Oreal lipstick in 630. The Glossier ones have recently been reformulated and I’ve only just got my hands on one so sadly I can’t give you a mini review as of yet, but after reading more about the reformulation online I’m fairly certain I’m going to love it as much as the old one – maybe even more.
The L’Oreal one in the photographs is in limited edition packaging they did for the Cannes Film Festival, but the shade is available all the time, it just looks different. Shade 630 is a pinky-neutral (can you see a theme here?), which of course makes it my go-to shade when I’m running out the door or I want the ‘my lips but better’ look. The formula is creamy, yet decently long-is lasting. I wouldn’t say it lasts after eating, but I don’t always expect my lipsticks to do so.
And lastly, the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Plum Shimmer 08. Clarins are well known for their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors and for good reason: they are amazing! Similar to a gloss, but without the sticky or gloopy feeling. I have the one in a lovely berry shade that’s great for this time of year, plus it’s easy to apply – kind of like applying a lip balm, so that’s automatically a win with me.
This year hasn’t been one for experimenting with setting sprays, so I’m going to be pretty boring and have the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray as my must have of the year. You’ve probably heard of it before – I mean who hasn’t? – so I won’t dwell here too much, but if you haven’t it’s one of the best standard setting sprays. It’s not going to make your makeup more radiant and dewy, or matte, but it does help your makeup last longer than it might without using it. Another plus side it doesn’t give your makeup any droplet marks, unlike some other sprays.
And that’s my beauty makeup roundup of 2018.
I could have included my favourite makeup brushes to coincide with this post, but I’m currently working on doing a separate post next year when I have finished trialing some new ones. Stay tuned for loads of new and exciting content in January!
My last post of 2018 will be my beauty roundup 2018 | Skincare edition, which will be up very soon.
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