Just like last month, I’m here today to talk about what’s been living in my makeup bag for the month of February. Being a month associated with reds and pinks, I’ve been keeping it pretty low key on the eyes so I’m free to experiment more when it comes to lips. I’m not going to grow through the huge list of lip products I’ve been using this month (it changes on the daily), so I’ll be sticking to eyes and a few new base products.
I’m still using (and loving) Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and Rimmel’s Stay Matte Long-Lasting Pressed Powder, so I won’t talk about them again today — but feel free to read about them here, here and here.
Let’s talk new products, shall we?
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Oil-Free). I got a sample of this a few months ago and was in love with it from the moment I used it. I loved it so much that I used it sparingly until I finished the other primer I was using because I knew that I would be turning my nose up at that one in favour of this one if I had the option. If you are not a fan of a silicon feeling to your primers, skip this one. But, if you can get past the odd texture the first time and wait for the results, you might just find yourself in love like me. This primer gives a great base, leaving it smooth and your pores blurred (because nothing can actually shrink your pores). And, a little bit goes a long way, so you don’t need to use too much product — always a bonus in my book as I like it when things lasts a little longer.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair. This last month, I’ve been less than impressed with my Maybelline Eraser. It worked well for a while, but I was finding that it was beginning to crease, and the application wasn’t as smooth as I wanted it to be (plus, I really never liked the applicator). I decided to try this one, thinking that the consistency would be creamier, and easier to blend. I was right on the counts. I like the thicker consistency, because I can use less, and also cover up some blemishes that I have living on my face for the last week (just hormonal ones, I believe). The colour is pretty good, though I would like to find one with pinker tone for brightening under the eyes.
Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Light (01). For years I thought that having such pale skin meant I couldn’t wear bronzer. I’m so glad that times have since changed and there are bronzers out there that don’t leave us pale girls with streaks of orange all over our faces. Wanting to wade into the pool of bronzers, I decided to try this one, knowing it had good reviews, but also a price tag that I could handle. It’s worked really well for the most part, giving me a tad of colour without being obvious. The only con (which might be a big one) is that I think it might be breaking me out, so I need some suggestions for another one. Anyone?
Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara in Black-Brown. For at least a year, I’ve only been using mascaras with fibre bristles, but I’ve been wanting to try a plastic one again. When this one came out last year, I knew I would want to try it. I mean, it’s pink! This has been great for days when I want a natural look on the eyes, because it’s doesn’t give me much volume, but it does define and lengthen my lashes really well. It doesn’t smudge, and I’m not left with mascara bits all over my face at the end of the day. It’s also easy to wash off, which is great for my sensitive eyes.
Urban Decay Naked3 Palette. Like the other two naked palettes, this is one of my favourites. It’s versatile and gives me any kind of eye look I want. When pairing this my the Full Lash Bloom Mascara, I’ve been sticking to the lighter colours for a easy and neutral look. I start with “Strange” all over the lid, “Limit” in the crease, then “Burnout” on the outer corner or three-quarters of the lid, and sometimes a bit of “Dust” on the center of the lid for some extra shimmer. I feel like that look really helps to brighten my eyes, make my lashes more obvious and also lets me choose many different colours for lips without it interfering.