I’m no beauty blogger. Or maybe I should say yet. Yet is the operative word as I’m always keen to try new things. But I’m a bit wary of writing about beauty products, especially since there are so many bloggers out there who do it amazingly well. And I’m no expert, far from it. I only started dabbing into make-up and the likes once I turned 18. My very first make-up application was actually my final prom. And more than a decade down the line, it feels like my beauty routine is very much still stuck in the basics. But this doesn’t mean that I don’t have a list of my favourite beauty products.
As any woman, I do enjoy shopping for beauty related items. Not only do they smell great, they can help me get rid of the dark circles under my eyes or blotchy skin. I’m quite lucky though. I’ve never sufferend from zits and other skin related problems much, my skin used to be on the very dry side, which changed into mixed as I got older, but that’s alright. The only “problem” I have is that my cheecks often look red. Enter foundation.
One of the beauty products I can never go without is foundation. I used to run to a drugstore and buy whatever was currently in magazines and commercials. I sometimes still do, but I have learnt that what looks good on a model, isn’t necessarily good for me. I finally gathered my courage, walked into Boots and had a professional talk me through what would suit my skin type. And I ended up with a foundation I can’t go without.
Benefit’s Hello Flawless liquid foundation is perfect for my skin. I love it because it’s so light that I don’t feel like my face is melting while I’m running for the tube. And the coverage is pretty decent, which I always find really important despite continuously being told I barely need any foundation. Hmmmm, I still need convincing on that one.
I always carry Benefit’s Hello Flawless Powder Foundation with me (spotted the pattern yet?) because I sometimes need to retouch my morning make-up. It comes with a brush and a sponge in a compact little case. I often use it in the morning with the brush to take the shine of my forehead and chin, but I love that I can just use the sponge and quickly cover the problem areas on the days when I can’t be bothered with the primer and liquid foundation. The coverage is fantastic, I think it’s even better than the liquid one and your face also doesn’t end up looking all powdery. Definitely a product I’ll keep going back to.
To be completely honest, I have never used a primer before this year. I actually had to Google it to learn what it does. And I tried a few different ones so far. The absolute winner is Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer that comes in a stick. It’s really easy to use, but it dries incredibly fast, so you need to use foundation quickly. The second one I’ve got is the cheaper Rimmel Match Perfection Fix&Perfect which comes in a tube. I can’t find a fault with it and it’s good to have a drugstore item available in case my finances don’t allow a purchase of the more pricey one.
Who hasn’t tried a number of mascaras? One leaves your lashes looking all lumpy, one has a funny and useless applicator and we almost give up before we find the perfect one. And for me it’s actually a drugstore staple, Maybelline’s Colossal Mascara in black. I just love it. It may be that I got so used to it that I get annoyed with anything that’s different, but it works for me. And it’s reasonably priced, which my finances are thankful for.