Tuesday, 14 September 2010

A Product Round Up

Hi everyone! I've noticed I have some new followers so hello to you all [waves]

I have been super busy with work lately but due to some pretty big changes, from this Monday I will hopefully be a whole lot less so! This should leave me much more free time which we will hopefully mean more posts so if any of you have any suggestions of the type of posts you would like me to do, don't be scared to ask :)

For now I thought I'd do a post on some of the products I'm using at the minute. I seem to be revisiting a lot of things I've had knocking about for a while. Maybe because I'm cutting back on my spends and trying to use up things I already have? In general though these things are old favourites of mine which I never truly tire of so I thought it might be worth a share.
Concealer by Barbara Daly at Tesco
I love this little concealer. I only really conceal the odd spot and love this stuff. I use it either with just my finger or a little brush. I think it costs about £3-£4 but usually BD stuff seems to be on a 3 for 2 style offer. I bought this ages ago so hope they still stock it but my local Tesco don't stock BD at all anymore [shakes fist] so I can't be sure.

Virgin Vie One Step Face Base
At £15.50 for the whole thing or £12 for the refill this isn't cheap. It was my first real foray into more expensive foundation though and I love it. It gives good coverage, finish and lasts really well on my oily patches. A refill lasts for for months as well before needing replaced. I've used Ivory in the past and it gives a good colour for me when I have some tan. At the minute I use Alabaster which is great for my pale skin and bronzes up nicely with a matte bronzer for extra colour. I use the sponge that comes with it for application but a foundation brush gives a good but lighter coverage. The compact comes with a mirror so if fab for a night out or for dropping into your all day handbag, a definite keeper!!

Avon Eyeliners
I go between a couple of these eyeliners. They are cheap but give a great payoff and last well. Black eyeliners is my one essential cosmetic. I love these lots and wear them one my waterline and this stuff lasts brilliantly for the price. The colourtrend one is under £3 and quite often there will be similar ones of offer. I'm very scatty with my make up so have lots of these kicking about my house/car/office so I'm never lost for one!

No 7 Lift & Luminate Foundation
I've always been wary of liquid foundations. Why? Well I'm pale, it's difficult to get something pale enough for me and not too orange. I'm terrified of having a horrible line of where orange foundation stops and pale skin starts that I see on so many others. I have oily and dry patches so it's difficult to get something to work for me. I have this in Alabaster and apply it either with a sponge or a brush and the colour is a great match for me and lasts well. To stop it sticking to any dry bits I tend to apply a little moisturiser with it and it works a treat. It also comes with SPF 15 which is never a bad thing. It costs about £15 (boots.com seems to be down at the minute so I can't check!) This is often on a 3 for 2 offer or No 7 vouchers are quite often so a bargain can be had.

GOSH Quattro Eyeshadow in Q24 Platinum
Again something I've had for ages and just rediscovered. I love GOSH products (especially their brushes) but this quad is fab too. It costs £8.50 in Superdrug (also often available in offers). The shadow lasts well and applies smoothly. There is a nice selection of colours which are good for a soft smoky look. I'd prefer to have a darker grey or black in there too but it's very handy for a quick light smokey effect for every day or to throw in a clutch bag for night out touch ups.

Superdrug Essential Eye Make Up Remover
I bought this recently for about £2 as I'd got fed up of using wipes which were making my eyes a bit stingy. This looks very much like a toner and according to the print, contains camomille and is suitable for all skin types. for a budget product I find it works really well on cotton pads to remove any eye make up I have and the watery toner type appearance leaves my eyes feeling pleasantly fresh and clean. A handy addition to my toiletries bag!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I love this bronzer. I use it for contouring and general bronzing. As you can tell by the battered packaging I've had it for a while!! I find it really hard to find a nice matte bronzer and this is the best I've found. It isn't cheap but as the war wounds on mine suggests I've been using this one for a while so it lasts well.

So there you have it. Some of my "must haves". Have you tried any of them and loved/hated them?

'Til next time :D

LoubouLush x