Nude lipsticks are key players in any makeup collection. They can perfectly complete any look, from understated and minimal to full on Kardashian. I heavily rely on nude lipsticks and they’re definitely the tone I tend to wear the most. Despite having a rather large collection, the following five are the select few which I reach for over and over again. All of the following score strongly when considering formula, shade and longevity (I’m also a sucker for cute packaging).
The product empties challenge is something I began last year in an attempt to minimise my makeup collection. Although my drawers are still fairly packed, I am slowly but surely whittling them down so that they only feature products I love. Over the past two months I’ve finished off some great products.. and had one that was destined to the bin way before its time.
NEEK Skin Organics, An Introduction
Unless you’re a brand new reader, you may know that over the last few months I’ve been on the hunt for eco-friendly brands. Cue NEEK: an ethical skincare company from Australia, who popped into my e-mails at just the right moment. A brand that I can fully get behind, NEEK utilise natural, active ingredients in their cruelty-free and vegan beauty products. They also post out their recycled and recyclable packaging in plastic-free, compostable satchels. Their environmentally conscious moral stance reflects my own, only upgraded to vegan too. For the last month or so, I’ve been using the following two products. Here’s how I’ve been getting on:
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line has carried quite the reputation since it’s debut. With an inclusive range of shades catering for almost every skin tone, it’s popularity is hardly surprising. However, in the UK, Harvey Nichols are currently exclusive stockists, so it’s not the easiest brand for access in terms of colour matching.
I walked into Harvey Nichols with a single purpose: to buy the Fenty foundation and that alone. While I was being colour-matched the staff up-sold me the primer, claiming that it was made with the foundation in mind and that it would improve it’s wear tenfold. They also claimed that it would reduce shine, along with the appearance of pores.
I hate to report that I haven’t found either of the latter claims to be true. The primer is fairly decent with regards to keeping makeup put, it has a nice consistency and blends over the skin well but that’s where the benefits end. In the above image, you’ll see that my pores are quite noticeable, specifically to the right side of my nose. My favourite pore-refining primers: Benefit’s POREfessional or NYX Pore Filler both fix this problem much more effectively. If large pores are a concern for you then I wouldn’t recommend the Fenty, particularly having considered its rather steep price.
Thankfully I had a much more positive experience with the Fenty foundation, which I rate for a few reasons. Firstly: it’s buildable. I tend to apply two layers to achieve full coverage, which nicely hides any blemishes without looking cakey. It’s one of the most affordable high-end foundations I’ve tried and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it.
I find that a lot of matte foundations can cling to dry patches, which isn’t flattering in the least. Even throughout the recent cold weather, I haven’t found this problem with the Fenty foundation at all. In fact, every part of my combination skin seems to love it, leaving me with no dryness, breakouts or other adverse reactions caused by the foundation to speak of. For these reasons, it’s become one of my definite winter beauty staples. One of the other strongest benefits of the foundation is its impressive ability to last all day with very little show of any wear: living up to its ‘longwear’ claim.
I tend to further mattify the foundation by applying powder to increase longevity and battle any oil my skin may produce throughout the day. Without it though, the foundation has a lovely dewy finish which is pleasantly surprising for a matte foundation.
Last year I had the pleasure of discovering a whole host of new (to me) beauty products. With so many oh-so-average products on the market, it can be difficult to narrow down the ones really worth spending your money on, so I’m here to lend a helping hand. The following list hosts the best of the best of my discoveries, and those which have become infallible staples.
The beauty advent industry has become so competitive that it’s becoming more and more difficult to decide which calendar to choose for yourself. The notorious Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar typically sells out quicker than you can say ‘Santa! I know him!’, so on its release, I was first in line. Advent is almost over but I may have opened my doors a little early this year so that I could try out the products throughout December. The following are the best of the bunch, and the ones I’ll be repurchasing.