Friday, 7 December 2012

Most-Loved Makeup Products

Warning: You are about to see some heavily-used and possibly kind of gross-looking products, but that is merely proof of my love for them!
Today I wanted to talk about some of my all-time favourite products; the ones I would and have repurchased over and over again, and use at least four to five times per week if not every day. 
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque: I could not live without this product. I know a lot of beauty bloggers say, "I have such terrible dark circles," when they are in fact barely noticeable but ladies, my dark circles are literally purple and my skin is more or less translucent so I need something of near herculean strength to cover them. As you can see, the one shown is completely empty and I have scraped out the last bits completely. I have re-purchased too many of these to count.

MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Blonde: This product evokes a sad tale, as it was unfortunately limited edition with the Naturally collection earlier this year, and thus I cannot repurchase it unless it is re-promoted. Since purchasing this in January, other blushes have come and gone but I literally cannot stop wearing this. It gives the most gorgeous pink flush to the skin with an absolutely stunning sheen and is so, so easy to work with. In the past I have actually tried to stop wearing it in order to save it but I just can't stop myself. Yesterday, I hit pan on this and want to weep. 

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair: When I came to England this was the first thing I picked up on my inaugural trip to Boots, and only then did I understand how worth-the-hype this product is. The concealer shown in the picture is actually brand new as I've just run out and it's honestly the best, longest-lasting concealer I have ever tried.
Maybelline The Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara in Very Black: I can honestly say that before this mascara, I have never repurchased the same one twice. Mascara is actually kind of a personal and conditional makeup item which a lot of people don't realise, but I saw this mentioned in a MissGlamorazzi video and decided to give it a go. What else can I say other than I love the way it makes my lashes look and it doesn't smudge. Can a girl ask for anything more?

MAC Cromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20: When I'm getting ready in the morning, my main objective is making my eyes look human - and this product helps me achieve that feat. My waterline is a bit red naturally so this really helps make my eyes look bigger and more awake. It is a pro product, but definitely worth the extra effort. I bought it in April, use it almost everyday and look how much is left still! However, I may end up trying the Nars or Rimmel versions of this kind of pencil and see how they measure up.

NYX Slide-on Eye Pencil in Brown Perfection: I love brown eyeliner on the top lash line and this one is absurdly smooth and long-lasting. It's the shit. As you can see there is hardly anything left of it.
MAC Lipstick in Cosmo: My first-ever MAC lipstick and still my favourite. MAC describes the colour as "Pink coco" and I guess that's fair enough but really it is more of a toned-down rose colour and is so gorgeous for every day I am surprised I don't hear much about it. Additionally, it's an Amplified Crème finish which besides Lustre is my favourite MAC lipstick finish.

Sephora Mineral Powder Brush: Since purchasing this brush, not a day has gone by that I don't use it to apply my foundation. It's brilliant. 

Hope you found this at least somewhat interesting, and I'd really love to know your holy grail and most-used products! Which ones have a special place in your heart? Hope you're all well! xx

Monday, 3 December 2012

Thoughts from Places | The Aesop Event with Essiebutton

I happened to be in London this past weekend for an interview and saw that one of my favourite bloggers, Estée was hosting an event at the Aesop store in Soho, so of course I jumped at the chance to go! I was fairly intimidated as I didn't know what to expect, but it ended up being absolutely amazing!
 First off, the aesthetic of this store was absolutely killing me - it was so clean, organised and just all-around gorgeous! P.S. Any store which has a Robert Frost quote front-and-centre is more than okay in my book!
 Here is the area where the Aesop employees were giving customers hand treatments and skincare recommendations and yes, on the left is the woman of the hour, Estée! By the way, she is just an absolutely lovely person, and I commend her on taking the time to talk to everyone there - it must have been a bit overwhelming.

At the event there was tea, mulled wine, and some damn good sandwiches! But now onto the gift bag! 
 I have never before used Aesop products, but their reputation precedes them as a leader in natural, no-frills (but still luxurious) skincare, so I was very excited to possibly pick something up. Spoiler alert: I didn't end up buying anything for myself as I am pretty skint at this point, but to my surprise all of the attendees were given gift bags with some incredible samples! Inside my gift bag was a sample of the Amazing Face Cleanser, Geranium Leaf Body Wash as well as a little packet of samples of more skincare to try out.
This event was so much fun and I am absurdly lucky to have been able to attend. One of the many perks of living in the UK, eh? Hope you're all having a great start to December! xx