Its been a long time since I posted about makeup, I just haven’t been feeling it recently! And to say its been a few months, I actually haven’t accumulated that many new products, I’m trying to limit myself as I have more makeup than I could ever use! But here’s a few makeup and skincare products I’ve loved so far this autumn.
Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold Edition
I’d been looking forward to this palette launching for so long, and had to have it no matter the expensive price, because it literally has all of my ideal colours in it. Huda Beauty was the first youtuber I ever started watching and is why I first started loving makeup. So I was insanely excited to get this palette as I knew it would be amazing, which it is. It contains 10 matter shades, 2 shimmer shades, and 6 textured shadows which are liked pressed glitter pigments. Now a lot of people aren’t keen on this, but you just have to get used to the way they need to be used. The textured shadows need to be applied with your finger which I honestly don’t mind. The colours are stunning and the pigment pay off is insane! The matte shades are also super pigmented as well which is quite rare, you only need a little bit!
There is every colour you could possibly need to create a variety of looks, even though there are loads of bright colours and glitter, there’s still your basic matte shades to create more subtle looks too. And its talc free which is great! Yes the packaging should probably be better considering the price, but it’s slim enough to carry around with you and the actual product more than makes up for it. This palette has hands down become my favourite ever. I’d say the price makes it so mainly only hardcore make up fans will purchase it as it is really pricey. It’s currently sold out, but I believe Cult Beauty are restocking in January.
NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette – Warm Neutrals
This eyeshadow palette is literally the perfect one for autumn, with 16 gorgeous warm shades including golds, reds, oranges and browns. There are 7 shimmer shades and 9 matte shades, which all have great pigment and are easy to blend. All the colours go together, so you literally couldn’t create a bad eye look whatever shades you use. It’s really affordable as well and one of those palettes you can use every day. I would definitely recommend!
NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer
I really struggle to find a good concealer with enough coverage to hide my under eye circles, but doesn’t cake up. So I literally try out so many! This time it’s another NYX one. I really do like the coverage of this one, it pretty much totally covers my dark circles and doesn’t feel cakey! The formula does take a bit of getting used to though, it feels really sticky and shiny when you first apply it, so I apply it before my foundation to avoid having a sticky, shiny face. After liquid foundation I then put a tiny bit of powder over top to get rid of the shine. I find it applies best with your fingers using a patting technique, then dab it in with a damp makeup sponge to really blend it in. The sticky feeling is a little weird at first, but I think under my foundation it really helps to keep my makeup on longer as it has something to stick to! It also doesn’t dry my eyes, crease or get cakey.
- Collection Contour Stick – I’ve mentioned this one before but I literally love it so much; the colour is perfect, it has a nice creamy formula, it blends really well and its so easy to use!
- Kiko Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara – I think I have finally find my holy grail mascara! Kathleen Lights raved about this on her channel as a great budget mascara, and it is so amazing. It makes my lashes so long and full without being clumpy or smudging during the day
- NYX Glitter Primer – This is amazing not only to keep loose glitter in place all night, but it’s also really great as an eyeshadow primer for really glittery eyeshadows as it has the perfect sticky formula. Make sure you pat product over the top of it, don’t wipe or rub
- NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Speed of Light – I’ve been wanting a metallic lip product for ages, so when this finally came into Boots stores I was so excited. I love the coppery/rose gold colour, and its a lip cream which means it’s not drying like a liquid lipstick, but still lasts a long time
- NYX No Filter Finishing Powder – a great setting powder that mattifies the skin and helps makeup last longer, with a slight bit a colour for more coverage. You really don’t need a lot of this stuff, a little bit is definitely enough or you’ll get that cakey look (trust me I made that mistake)
Last month I couldn’t really afford to spend a lot on skincare but I needed a few things, so decided to go with the super cheap option and was pleasantly surprised! I bought three of the Boots Essential products (which I think was 3 for £3) and I actually really like them! I got the moisturising cream which is literally just as good as any expensive moisturiser, and I love the cucumber smell. I also got the toner which take my face makeup off really well without irritating my skin. Then I got one of the mini cucumber face scrubs which has really fine particles in to buff the skin and leave it super clean and soft. The other day when I had a bit more money, I raided the discount shelf (I love a bargain) and picked up these Masque Bar Hydro Gel Eye dark spot eye patches for only £4.50! It contains all sorts of ingredients to help improve elasticity, brighten, and reduce puffiness and dark circles. You get 30 pairs in a pot, and I’ve only been using it for about 5 days but already am noticing a difference! My under eyes instantly feel tighter, smoother and less puffy straight after use, and do look a little brighter. I’ll be interested to see the effect after 30 days!
Recently The Body Shop opened a new concept store in Leeds which I love, and since I went on the opening day and they made us wait for ages to go in, I got loads of free goodies! Two of my favourites were the Moringa Body Milk which melts into the skin so much quicker and easily than a normal body moisturiser, and I love the scent. I also got a full-sized bottle of the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion. I was unsure of this at first because the name doesn’t really mean anything, but it makes my skin soft and moisturised, has a lovely smell, is packed with good ingredients and makes a great base for makeup due to its slightly tacky feel, helping makeup stick to it. I also bought two fragrance mists from The Body Shop (unfortunately not free) which are absolutely delicious! They were only £7.50 each, and if you wanted that actual perfume version they’re still cheap at only £15 (apparently the fragrance mist is cheaper as its more subtle and doesn’t last as long)! I got Polynesian Island Tiare, a light floral scent with a tropical, exotic feel, and the Indian Night Jasmine with jasmine (obviously), violet leaf and sandalwood.
One last thing I’ve loved recently, none beauty related, is the Street Cat Named Bob film/books. I had heard of them before but never got round to reading them, but the other day went to see the film (and yesterday again) and absolutely loved it. I then read the original book and A Gift from Bob which I equally loved. The story is so inspirational and uplifting, and really makes you think about how we treat homeless people. I often bought food for homeless people I saw, but this film and books have definitely inspired me to do more! Everyone should watch the film/read the books!