Hey lovelies, so by the time you are reading this I will either be on the plane or shopping my way through Paris. So I've asked the lovely Emily from Emilyloula to do a guest post on my blog so without further ado..
I love to keep my makeup collection on show, on and around my dressing table but the real everyday strong items are stashed away in my drawer. These essentials are kept within this adorable makeup bag from Benefit, so if I ever need to grab some makeup and go, I can always rely on this bag and its contents. Of course, I'll sway from these items and try out new looks now and then, a different concealer there and an alternative blush here, but the majority of the time, these goodies are what get applied to my face the most.
To start with, the two primers I opt for on the most regular basis are MaxFactor's All Day FaceFinity & KIKO's Mat Base Corrector. I absolutely love both of these, but for really different reasons. FaceFinity is really great for when it's a hotter day, as not only does it contain SPF 20, but it also has added micro correctors which absorb sweat and oil. Alternatively, when I'm wanting to go for a matte look that stays all day, KIKO's primer is the one that'll opt for. It's a little sticky and you'll need to work quickly as this stuff dries super fast, but the outcome is definitely worth it.
The foundation I use changes on quite a regular basis, as I still haven't found my 'holy grail' just yet, but what I have found is a combination of products that seem to be working really well for me at the moment. Bourjois' CC Cream is one of my more recent discoveries, but one that I'm absolutely smitten with. I'm honestly incredibly impressed with the coverage this gives me, I really wasn't expecting that to come from a CC cream. If it's a foundation kinda day I'll opt for L'Oreal's Infallible 24H Matte, which is as the name suggests gives a lovely matte finish, with a high coverage. While I wouldn't say this is a full coverage foundation, it does really well at covering my blemishes and discolouration, so I'm happy with it. Now, if I'm going to an event, or for a night out and I really want that full coverage, I apply the CC cream first, followed by L'Oreal's foundation and this gives me a really flawless base.
In terms of a concealer for my blemishes and scars I've actually found that Vichy's Dermablend Foundation is the best of the bunch. I don't apply this as a foundation as I've found it can go a bit cakey, but when applied in small amounts as a concealer, it's honestly incredible. I usually get a lot of redness around my nose, and I've found that MaxFactor's Colour Corrector in green is perfect to help with this as it cancels out the annoying red tones. For an under eye concealer, my favourite is Rimmel's Wake Me Up, as its said to have an 'anti-fatigue and radiant glow', which brightens the eye area and makes me look much more awake. I've found I get the best results with this if I lightly blend the concealer out by dabbing with my mini beauty blender. If I've opted for a lighter base, such as Bourjois' CC cream or a tinted moisturiser, I really love to apply bareMinerals Original Foundation on top. This adds some more coverage to the look, whilst setting my base and slightly mattifying my skin.
Now onto the cheeks... My blusher is another product that tends to change on a regular basis as I have quite a substantial collection, but one that I will always go back to is my all time favourite - NARS Orgasm. This is the most gorgeous peachy pink shade with a golden shimmery undertone. It blends out so well, and gives the illusion of beautiful natural flushed cheeks. Orgasm is the only blush I've ever hit pan on, which really says something for me and in my opinion, it definitely has it's cult status for a reason! For my bronzer, the majority of the time I'll use Benefit's Hoola, which is also known to be another cult product, and again,I think it has rightfully earned this status. It's a completely matte bronzer so it's perfect for a bit of light contouring as the shade is really flattering and not orange toned at all. If I want to really add some definition to my cheekbones and attempt to 'sculpt' my face, I'll always use my Clinique Chubby Contour Stick. This is the perfect contour shade for me, and it's so easy to use it's pretty fool proof. You literally draw with the cream based stick where you'd like to contour (if you don't know google contour face map) then blend blend blend, and you're done. I'm a big fan of this!
For my eyebrows I like to use Illamasqua's Brow Gel in Strike just to give them some definition and a bit more thickness. I've had this pot for over a year now, and I've only just started to make a dent it in. It's the perfect shade for my brows and doesn't budge all day, so it's a real winner for me. To set my eyebrows and keep them in shape I'll apply Maybelline's Brow Drama on top or if I'm having a light makeup day, I'll pop a bit of this onto my brows alone to give them a bit of colour.
The eyeliner that has it's place inside my makeup bag at the moment is Soap & Glory's Super Cat Liner. It has a long, felt tip like nib which makes precise application a lot easier. I'm a complete novice when it comes to doing the perfect eyeliner flick but this liner has made it a lot easier than any other I've tried. I keep my eyeshadow palettes and individual pans in my makeup storage, so you won't find any of them in my makeup bag, but what you will always find is a Maybelline Color Tattoo in a various shade. At the moment, my favourite is On & On Bronze, which as the name suggests is a gorgeous bronze shade with a shimmery sheen finish. It's such a beautiful shade, that can be quickly applied to the lid and blended out with your finger for a super easy yet effective look. I've got two mascara's that I use regularly in my makeup bag at the moment, and they're both from Benefit - They're Real & Roller Lash. Roller Lash gives my lashes a really lovely curl and keeps them lifted throughout the day. They're Real adds some amazing volume to my lashes, and it's not going anywhere, unless that's with an oil based cleanser. So when you combine these two, they made an incredible duo and my lashes look amazing throughout the day.
I don't tend to keep any lipsticks in my actual makeup bag, as I have a lot of lipstick storage on my dressing table, so I'll just grab what I fancy wearing that day. However, for the purpose of this post, I picked a few of my most used lip products at the moment, to talk to you about. My favourite lipstick of all time, and one I wear more than any other is KIKO's Velvet Satin Matin in 613 Pink Carnation. This is the most gorgeous muted pink, almost a my lips but better shade but with some extra oommph. The formula is really lovely, and due to it being a creamy matte shade they're incredibly comfortable to wear. I've got five other shades in this line by KIKO as I absolutely love the finish and the formula, but Pink Carnation is my favourite and most worn shade.
Another of my favourites at the moment is Makeup Revolution's Lip Hug in Love Can Set You Free. It almost looks like the same shade as the KIKO lipstick in the bullet, but they translate very differently on the lips. The Lip Hug comes out as a much deeper more mauve shade, and has a sheen finish to it. The Lip Hug's are really impressive as the formula is so comfortable and they're nice and hydrating - such great value for only £2.50! Another hydrating product from the bunch is Benefit's Benebalm, which is a tinted lip balm then leaves a subtle yet noticeable red tint to the lips. Sometimes I don't feel like I can pull of a fully red lip, so this beautifully packaged balm from Benefit is my answer. It's nourishing, lightweight and the tinted red sheen it leaves behind is is really stunning. And last, but no means least is Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rosewood Shimmer. The lip perfectors have such a lovely consistency, they appear on the lips as a gloss but there's absolutely no stickiness and if anything they feel fairly creamy. These also smell absolutely incredible and are definitely a joy to wear, this shade in particular is a great everyday nude with a pink undertone that I love.
So, that completes the contents of my everyday makeup bag, I apologise for the super long post, but there was a lot to get through! I hope you found this at least slightly interesting, and maybe picked up some new ideas for your own makeup!
A big thank you to Charlee for having me here, and if you fancy reading or seeing anymore from me I blog over at emilyloula.com, where you'll find all things beauty, with some lifestyle, tech, decor and blogging posts thrown in along the way. I'd love it if you'd come and say hi! xx