Saturday, 28 November 2015

November Beauty Favourites


Due to the fact that it's coming to the end of term, and my student loan is wearing a little thin (cry), this is more of a recap than a haul. There are a few new products, but the majority of them are products that I've mentioned before but haven't reviewed, or products that I've had a while and only recently starting using again.

LA Girl PRO Conceal in Porcelain (£5.00/8g)


I did mention these concealers in my September Beauty Haul, as I love to use a lighter & a darker shade as a cream highlight and contour. However the lighter shade that I bought when I had a slight tan became my normal concealer shade over the last few months, so I had an excuse to buy another one hehe.

I did end up going for the lightest in the whole collection, which is impressively pale. For me this is my ideal cream highlight shade as it had a very slight pink undertone and this brightens up the areas under my eyes that are a bit sallow. The consistency is quite thick, but I like this personally because I feel like it gives a good coverage and is a great base for shimmery highlighting powders.

Emite Make Up Diamond Heart Base Illuminating Primer



I received this as part of my November Glossybox (link), and started using it ASAP as I had never used a primer before - very exciting stuff. And in all honesty, this means that I have nothing to compare this to. From first impressions, it did make my skin glow and my make up lasted a lot longer. The claims of being "illuminating" and creating "soft focus" on your skin, is definitely true. 

One thing that did happen, and I really wasn't expecting it to, is that it made my skin a tiny bit dry. I think it did anyway, I tried this with my top 3 foundations and they looked more patchy. I didn't even know that I had pores on the bridge on my nose, but these bring them out quite a bit. Once covered with some setting powder, it's barely noticeable. I would not buy the full size version for £20+ for that reason, I will however still use this because I have oily/combination skin, so it was somewhat a magnifying product for me.

So Susan Concealer Quad (£18.95/4g)
So when I bought my first Glossybox, this was an added extra that I received using a voucher code. I had heard of So Susan before as I have seen some bloggers receive their products in other beautyboxes, however I had never seen their products and nor would I have bought them with my own money. 

The first thing I noticed is the packaging, I absolutely love it. It came in a really chic little box and the actual casing is clear and geometric, how simplistic.

Apparently this product is made with "Virgin Marula Kernal Oil" which is supposed to nourish the skin and prevent blemishes, and yet it is apparently really good for oily skin. I have only used one shade of the quad and that's the pink-toned shade, for colour correcting under my eyes because I finished my Bobbi Brown Corrector. And it pretty much does the same job, it brightens and provides good coverage. What I didn't realise is that this company is completely cruelty free, and do not test on animals - which is surprisingly rare in the beauty industry. I'm an avid fan of LUSH for the same reason so I might have to try a few more of their products - guilt free!

Unfortunately the other colours haven't had a place in my make up routine and I probably wont use them, however if you have a way that I could use the white concealer shade please let me know because I'm intrigued!

MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal in Green (£2.00/3.4g)



I bought this absolutely ages ago when I make a big order from the MUA website. I hadn't used it because my degree has become so intense that keeping an active social life is verging on impossible, and I bought it to conceal my Asian flush when I drink. The green tone blends right out to hide and neutralise redness (which I have a lot of after only a single vodka and coke). I like to use it over primer and under foundation to act as a barrier between the redness and my foundation. The consistency is like a thick paste, and whilst it looks strange on it's own. It is completely invisible under completed face make up.

I'm intending on doing a sort of how to cover up asian glow/flush post at some point and I'll show you guys how I do this. It is a very cheap product and you can feel it in the packaging (my lid just comes of the hinge randomly when I use it) but you just have to think of the yummy budget goodness inside.

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder in 03 Medium (£7.95/each)



After my beloved Elf face powder hit pan, I was on the hunt for a brand new powder that had a bigger surface area to get better coverage because the Elf pan was tiny. I was browsing around in Beautycrowd and this powder caught my eye.

Firstly, it was from Milani and I'd already heard great things about the brand. And secondly, it was all about the packaging. I couldn't hold off on using this before doing the photography for this post, so the intricate designs on the top of the powder have worn down significantly. So I'm sorry that I can't show you it in all it's glory but the wear is inevitable - every time I dip my brush in this the design fades a bit more and my heart breaks a little.

I absolutely love the Milani packaging, the shape is perfect to hold comfortably and with grip, and it does have that luxe feel without the luxe price tag. A little bit of a rant about the shade names here - this powder is called Medium and it is slightly lighter than my skin tone. I would suggest looking at the numbers and not the names if you order online, as I would never have ordered something called "Medium" as that's usually a shade too dark for me.

I didn't realise this but the product is a bit of a wonder product, in a sense that this is not just a face powder. It claims to be a powder foundation, a setting powder, and a oily skin touch up powder, which is completely true. Apparently you can also buy the darker, ashier colour Deep Amber and use it as a contour - I might investigate this because I really love the silky formula.

No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in 10 Brown (£7.50/each)


Usually when I'm just going to work or university, I wont do the whole dip brow routine because it takes too long and I really don't think it's needed for such a causal day. Usually I would grab my GOSH brow palette and fill them in with powder and seal with wax. However, I have recently been reaching for this eye pencil more, and more often. And I kind of have no idea why.

It did come in a set that I got last christmas from No7, and the rest of the set is useless as the brow shadows are all extremely shimmery (???) but they act as good eyeshadow bases so I've kept them.

The pencil is so creamy and soft, it just glides on. And the colour really works for me, I was really surprised because it is more of a taupe brown than a dark brown (that I would usually go for brow-wise). And it does have a small sheen to it, which is totally against my brow code. I literally have no idea why I like this, but I definitely do. If you have a look at my brows in any of my Instagram pictures in the last 2 weeks, this is the only thing that I've used on them.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Brushes



103 Angled Powder Brush
300 Tapered Blush Brush

I did a review on these a while back, when I got them in an Essentials Set in Boots. Since then, I've discovered something quite important and that is that the suggested application uses should be swapped. I have just swapped them round in my make up routine, and that works so much better for me.
 I chose the angled powder brush initially for applying highlight as I have the regular Real Techniques Powder Brush and I prefer that shape. I thought that the soft, angled nature of the brush would give a natural dispersed highlight - it didn't. I was a disco-ball every time that I tried to do this. When I started using this for my blush, the application was really nice. There was an even amount of colour on my cheeks and it naturally blended.

The blush brush is completely useless as a blush brush, for me anyway. It's just too small! Maybe it's because I have huge chipmunk cheeks, but for me the brush was too precise and made it hard to blend out. I was left with almost cartoon-like circles of blush. Switching this to a highlighting brush was the bomb. It lets you precisely apply highlight to the "C's" around your eye and on the cheekbone, on the cupids bow, chin, and nose.

What made it into your favourite beauty products this month?

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8 comments

  1. I thought exactly the same about the eyebrow kit, I received it as a gift but haven't even touched the powders however the pencil did make the gift completely worth it!

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    1. Haha oh my I just thought that I was being a bit weird, so reassuring when someone else thinks a product is useless too!

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  2. Great post! I hated the So Susan concealer quad! I just didn't like the look on my skin and I also thought it was ridiculously small and difficult to get any product out of!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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    1. I literally just keep it for the top right square, I know what you mean though I have to fiddle around a bit with my concealer brush to pick up the right amount of product. However, I am a broke student and will work hard to make use of a free product! x

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  3. Ah, I love beauty boxes for discovering new products. I have a love/hate relationship with primer too, my skin is dry and I've not found 'the one' yet. Absolutely LOVE the look of the RT brushes!

    Barbie Sparkles | Beauty, +SizeFashion and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I know right, I can't wait for my next Glossybox now!
      I'm the same, but opposite - oily skin sucks.
      Thanks for reading!

      Holly x

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  4. Your photos are so pretty! I think you might have convinced me to give that MUA green concealer a go! xx

    www.shonalouise.com

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    1. As I suffer from sooo *real emphasis here* much redness, I've found it to be a grail colour-balancing product - plus is a bargain!
      Thank's for reading :)

      Holly x

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