[Well, its July now and I am have done the unimaginable! I missed out on the deets for my June makeup menu but because it was a special one I thought I’ll still go ahead and publish!] There is some major throwback happening here (circa 2012?). Most of the products you see in the picture are things I bought when I first got into makeup and have since shelved them (as per usual) when they lost steam or new shinier things took their place. The recent dissatisfaction and lack of need of too much coverage on the face got me into excavating these out of their dark and gloomy hideout and I have since been very HAPPY!
Looking at how battered (and well loved) Sugarbomb’s packaging looks I hope you can tell it has seen good days! There was a time when Christine called it her favorite blush ever and that was enough for me to NEED it on priority basis! It is a tad light for my skintone and shows up as a slightly peachy golden highlight but on some days I can just wear this and call it done! It works best when layered over another color (theBalm’s Frat Boy is its perfect companion) and the hues in this gets really enhanced and emphasized.
Talking of bases, I was recently reunited with my MAC Prolong Wear concealer. There’s a backstory which goes like this; last time I visited my parents I had left it back there and had since been struggling to find a good concealer match in other formulas. So, when my mum came down this month she got this back for me and dang! This IS my PERFECT concealer match! NC42 may sound way too dark, which it is in other formulations that MAC does but, somehow Pro LongWear is slightly lighter and less yellow/orange than its cousins hence suits me perfectly! If you’re not familiar with this one, its a long wearing nearly full coverage concealer with a natural finish which neither creases, nor oxidizes on my slightly oily T-zone and dry under eyes.
Bless my skincare routine, because I have been consistently needing less and less coverage on my face and have been getting away with only covering the darkness around the eyes and leaving everything else bare. A
good GREAT alternative for people on the go looking for makeup to be applied in a moving vehicle is the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick! The one I have is the original formulation (It now has “Skin” attached to its name) and it is AMAZING. This is as full coverage as it gets and much like a thick solid cream but it blends so so well that there is nothing I can complain about! It is too rich for summer and all over the face for me but for strategic concealing around the eyes and nose it works well. Lovely natural finish which stays put through the day! I have the shade Natural 4 which matches the center of my face.. which is basically where I need it!
I have found my new HOLY GRAIL brow product and its the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel. It has taken me years to get myself to buy this and now that I have it I cannot stop kicking myself for not getting it earlier! So many precious years wasted over trying to keep my devilish brow hairs in place! The best thing about it is that it stays put through EVERYTHING and thats exactly what a brow gel SHOULD do. No discomfort while wearing it and no flakiness after a few hours.
For most weekdays this month I have had only one kind of eye makeup. Brown, neutral, bronze (duh!). The only thing “new” about it is that I have found a perfect trio that delivers every damn time. I use a fluffy eye brush and dust Bobbi Brown’s Taupe eyeshadow all over the lid up to the crease. Then, with a slightly denser brush I blend Bobbi Brown’s Burnt Sugar eyeshadow on the mobile lid and diffuse it into the crease. A quick slick of MAC’s Teddy into the waterline and in the outer corners of the top lashline and we are done! Layering of two eyeshadows makes sure they stay in place and the reddish bronze Teddy adds dimension to the eye and keeps it from looking like one bland neutral brown patch! Louvley!
[If I had to suggest dupes for the eyeshadows in MAC, I’d say something like MAC’s Cork + Woodwinked would be similar, although the BB colors I use have more warmth to them and Burnt Sugar is much less metallic than Woodwinked.]
For the lips I have FINALLY started using the Dior Fluid Stick in Rieuse #373. I bought this exactly a year ago (they were all the rage last summer!) and after a couple of uses I hardly ever wore it! (BTW these are so so good!) Juicy coral lips which are quite a head-turner but I make sure I use it sparingly and dab down the shine for everyday. This is definitely a dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains which I adore, with a sightly better formula, might I say, and less streakiness for sure. I am not a liquid lipstick fan or a gloss fan but the glossy stains (from both YSL and Dior) give me enough space to wear them as I want and still be happy with the result! If you have never given one of these a go and want to try something less expensive, I’d suggest checking out the versions of the YSL that its “Mama company”, L’oreal makes. They seem to be very similar for a third of the price!
I hope I’ve been able to get my enthusiasm for makeup across! *insert excited emojis*
Upwards and onwards to July!