I firstly would like to begin with a much needed explanation. University alone is very difficult. Juggling that with the pressures of running a blog is virtually impossible, in my case anyway. I'm deeply inspired by anyone who is able to run a blog, do a degree along with all the other stress at the same time all successfully, I swear it's some sort of amazing wizardry. My only excuse for why my blog was left dormant for the past 4 months is that my degree came first. It was a sad decision I had to make because I do love blogging and I love the process of taking the photos, editing them and then writing my heart out. But I just didn't have the time to do all that when my degree needed all the attention. But I'm successfully completed my degree now and I'm walking away with an upper Second-Class Honours (2:1). Although, I can't forget to mention that my dissertation was definitely my proudest piece of work; scored a high first and was nominated for the best Undergraduate Project in Experimental Psychology.
That’s enough of me rambling on about university (I’ll have another detailed post about that soon!) and explaining my excuses. I wanted to address some favourites I’ve been enjoying lately. After my hiatus, I was very tempted to start off with a June favourites but most of the products I’ve been loving lately have been over a few months and not just June. So that sort of defeated the point of doing a June favourites!
Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation
Firstly, I wanted to address that the packaging is the US version and not the UK version. As soon as my current bottle runs out, which will be very soon since so much product is wasted due to the pouring method of dispensing, I’ll be trying out the UK version. Nevertheless, I didn’t actually like this product at first. I found that it kept breaking up on my skin very quickly and made my skin appear too dry. I honestly can’t really remember what I was doing wrong at the time. But I’ve recently discovered that applying this with a good primer and using a damp sponge to blend it in helps to sit on the skin a lot better and for longer too! It really does what it says on the packet too; this foundation helps to create a gorgeous matte and poreless finish that looks flawless! Highly recommend if you’re on the hunt for a matte foundation on a budget.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
I’ll be honest, took me a while to buy the whole “baking” trend. I didn’t really understand the hype at first. That was until I heard so many oily girl recommending it to help foundation last all day and night. So, being the beauty addict that I am, I gave in and dived right in. Too many were suggesting to try the Laura Mercier powder and I can now understand why. I don’t use it on a day-to-day basis, but when I want my make up looking photoshopped-flawless, I’ll grab this. I really do love this for baking my under eyes; I don’t know how it does it but it creates a seamless look but also brightens to make me look awake. I also like to apply it with a damp sponge to the areas of my face where my foundation wears down first, which is usually just my t-zone. The hype is real, if you haven’t given it a try yet, I definitely would recommend trying it out.
Kiko Extra Sculpt Volume Waterproof Mascara
I’ve been quite blessed to have dark and long eyelashes, so all I want my mascara to do is seperate them nicely and to hold a curl. As simple as it may sound, it can be hard to find a mascara that does that and last all day. I heard about this Kiko mascara since many were saying that it’s a perfect dupe for the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara, I hesitated at first since I hated the Too Faced mascara. It made my eyelashes clumpy and did nothing for them. Then the kiko mascara was on sale and I realised they had a waterproof formula, plus at the time I was on the hunt to try a new mascara. Everything was telling me to try it out for once. I have no regrets. This is actually my second tube of this now.
I do need to point out the applicator though. This separates my lashes so perfectly and makes putting on mascara so easy! Helps to make my lashes look fuller without making them clumpy. This is a very similar applicator to the too faced mascara, so if you’re looking for a cheaper (and in my opinion, better) alternative, pick this up! Although, I am curious to see if the too faced mascara in waterproof would be a better match for my lashes.
Mac Blush Powder in Buff
Mac Cubic blush was one of my favourite blushes of all time. Unfortunately, accidents happen and it broke (RIP). When this happened, I was very quickly on the Mac website trying to order a new one, only to find out that it had been discontinued. I now understand the pain every girl or guy goes through when their favourite product is discontinued and is no longer easy to purchase. The nearest shade I could find was Buff. It’s not a perfect dupe, but it’s close enough for me which is exactly why it’s a favourite. Dusty rose colours are my favourite shades for blushes since they add a nice subtle hint but it’s not too much. That’s exactly what I look for due to my pale skin tone, it’s very easy for me to look like a clown if I use the wrong blush!
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
I’ve tried and loved the beauty blender, but when it comes down to it, it’s quite expensive for a makeup sponge. Since real techniques has been a reliable brand with their brushes never disappointing me, I thought it would only be right to try out their sponge too. Simply, I love it. I’m lazy when it comes to blending out foundation but this helps to make the job a little easier. I especially love the edge of the flat side for blending around those awkward places like the nose and eyes area. Works great for baking too!
I hope I can excite you with many more blogs to come. My current aim is to get 2 blogs out each week and I’m becoming more and more motivated to work on this blog - so watch this space! Do you have any current favourite that you’d recommend? And is there any blogs you’d like to see from me?