I am most definitely not the kind of girl to wear a full face of makeup everyday; if I did, I’d constantly be late for work and my skin would hate me. However, on that rare occasion when I do decide to transform my face into a contoured and glowing masterpiece, I like to use products that I trust, sit well on my face, last throughout the whole night and help me to create the best look I can. So, here is a list of some of my all time favourite go-to beauty products, enjoy!
1. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Okay, so there is not another setting spray in this world that I will use over this one. It’s oil and paraben free, meaning it is perfect for my skin. I used to have a massive issue with my makeup just melting off halfway through the day/night due to my oily skin, but since using this my makeup has had no issues with staying on my face. I’ve tried other matte setting sprays, but always come back to this one, nothing compares!
2. Revolution Bake and Finish Luxury Baking Powder
I used to avoid baking my face at all costs. I would only lightly swipe the tiniest layer of setting powder across my face due to fear of terrible flashback making me look like a ghost every time someone took my picture. But let me tell you, this powder is a god send. It leaves no flashback whatsoever when taking those all important pictures at pre-drinks, meaning I can bake my face to my hearts content! It helps massively to keep my under eye concealer from creasing and is so soft and light on the skin.
3. Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette
Let me start off by saying I just love all Morphe eyeshadow palettes. They’re affordable, you get so many amazing colours ranging from matte to glittery and they are always so pigmented. But this palette in particular completely stole my heart. Every single shadow in this palette is beautiful, there are so many different looks you can create with just this one palette! I will say that the fallout you get from this palette isn’t brilliant, but despite that tiny flaw I still find myself reaching for this palette more than any other!
4. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Peach Goddess Skin Frost
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a great highlighter, and this is it. When it comes to other products by Jeffree Star, I can’t comment as I admit I’ve never tried anything but this highlighter. But it’s one of the best ones I’ve ever used! The colour is perfect on my skin tone, and you can either build it up for a strong glow or dust it on for a subtle shimmer. The pink isn’t too strong, so it doesn’t leave me looking like a clown. It’s the right mix of colour and icy highlight, and goes with most of the makeup looks that I love to create. I would definitely try the other shades of this highlighter!
5. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
So a while back I didn’t even know primer was a thing, let alone eyeshadow primer. This is the first and only eyeshadow primer I’ve ever used, and I see no reason for me to look for another one. Since using this, my eyeshadow hasn’t creased ONCE (which says a lot, as due to my oily skin having my eyeshadow crease towards the end of the day was always inevitable). My eyeshadow in general just seems so much nicer to apply, and the colour seems so much more pigmented after using this first. And the best part is this lasts forever! I will not do my eye makeup without it.
6. Benefit Hoola Powder Bronzer
This is the only bronzer I’ve ever used that has the most perfect shade of bronze for my face. I’m not a fan of liquid contouring, especially in the summer, as it leaves my face feeling way too cakey and heavy. With this bronzer, I can leave my cheekbones looking sculpted and my face looking tan and healthy without over doing it!
7. Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer
Okay so I don’t know what Urban Decay are doing to make their primers this damn good but whatever it is I am grateful for it. I’ve tried a few primers before (that’s after I discovered primer was a thing I should be using), both high-end and drug store, and nothing compares to this one. It feels so soft and satiny when applying it to your face, but it’s not overly oily. My foundation glides on perfectly over this primer and it makes my pores almost non existent, giving me the most flawless base for my makeup! It also lasts for such a long time. It may be slightly pricey but it’s definitely good value for money.
8. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
This mascara is hands down the best mascara I have ever owned. I am obsessed. I’ve been using it for a couple of years now, and I’ve tried to branch out and try out other mascaras from different brands but I always come back to this one. It gives you the perfect amount of both volume and length, isn’t too watery or too clumpy, isn’t so heavy that it weighs your lashes down after curling and lasts all day with very minimal smudging. Honestly I’ve cried wearing this a fair amount of times and my mascara has kept it together even when I haven’t. Trust me, you need this.
So, that’s that. My go-to beauty products. There are probably a couple more I could have added to this list but I didn’t want to bore you all, so let me know if you want to hear more reviews/opinions from me on beauty products or if you want to know more about my favourite products and brands! I’m thinking of doing a skin routine/favourite skin products post so keep an eye out for that. That’s all from me for now, thanks for reading!
– S x