Chanel Foundation | Here
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector – Rose Shimmer | Here
MAC Creme Cup Lipstick | Here
L’Oreal Lipgloss | Here
Revlon Glitter Nail Polish Selection | Here
Garnier Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles 2-in-1 Roll On | Here
I thought I would do a little beauty post today as I’ve been trying out some new products lately, and for once I’ve had quite a good run of buying new bits that are actually effective, and do what they say they will! It’s so easy to waste money on products which are complete let-downs, but all of these have definitely lived up to my expectations and are now firm favourites in my little make-up routine!
Foundation – For years and years, I used the Perfectly Real Foundation by Clinique, which was great, but after using it for so long I found that I really wanted a change. I was introduced to Chanel foundation by the lovely Jo from Amodatta who is definitely my go-to on all things make-up and she has some great tips over on her blog which you can read here! Chanel Vitalumiere is perfect for me because I really hate the feeling of having too much make-up piled onto my face, and much prefer a lighter foundation – this is a lovely light texture which glides on and sits on the face well without feeling too heavy. It’s definitely not one of those I-could-scrape-this-off-with-my-fingernail type foundations, it’s really subtle and ideal if you want a more natural look. It’s really easy to put on in the morning and lasts amazingly well – so I think I will be sticking with this for a while!
Lips – I bought my first ever MAC Lipstick the other day!! I know, shameful, how have I gone so long without ever trying one? I think it’s because I’ve always been so content with my various Revlon shades, but I’ve heard so much about the MAC Creme Cup that I couldn’t resist…and now I think I’m addicted. It’s such a lovely, light pink shade and has an incredible finish, so I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’m about to become a serious MAC addict. I’ve lasted 23 years without though, so I don’t think thats too bad right? I have also seen a number of my favourite Beauty Bloggers using this Clarins lip product, so obviously I had to try that…I bought it in the ‘Rose Shimmer’ shade as I love pinky tones, and it’s definitely worth the spend I think, it glides on perfectly and has a lovely lasting shine. L’Oreal Glam Shine is another favourite lip gloss at the moment – a clear lip colour is always an essential when you’re in a rush or just need something to glam up your lips.
Nails – If you can’t wear a ridiculous amount of glittery nail varnish at Christmas then when can you? I always go a bit mad with nail varnish that sparkles and glitters at this time of year, I feel like I have a very small window in which OTT glitter is acceptable, so I have to get in as much as I can. I picked up these shades from Rimmel the other day and really love them all, glittery red is literally perfect for Christmas, and the clear Finishing Touch is perfect for painting over a colour coat to add that shimmery finish. This glitter-heavy nail varnish is an absolute nightmare to remove though, as I’m sure everyone knows, so all I can suggest is that you make sure to always wear a clear base coat to protect your nails, don’t do an insane amount of layers with the glitter and be prepared to spend ages getting it all off. Any tips for easy glitter removal – please let me know!
Eyes – In the Winter I have a real nightmare with dark circles under my eyes; I think it’s because my skin is a lot paler (I really need a tan) and dark circles aren’t really helped by lack-of-sleep/stress and all those things that come with everyday existence! Anyway, I will try anything and everything to beat these dark circles and have used everything from Clinique to Natural Collection creams and concealers to try and solve this problem. My latest attempt at banishing them is the Garnier Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles 2-in-1 Roll On Concealer which I bought in the ‘Fair’ shade because my skin is very pale. I use it in the morning under my eyes just to fill in those dark circles and found that it actually helps quite a lot – it’s really cooling on the eyes and just helps to hide the problem a bit! Don’t make the mistake of rolling on too much, you only want a little amount – but once you get the hang of how much you need and blend properly, this is a great product for when you’re in a rush and just need a quick-fix to cover those circles when you first wake-up.