As a beauty junkie, I have a pretty hefty collection of make up and sometimes I can neglect them as they collect dust in my muji drawers. I picked up this little black wire basket from TK Maxx last week to put alongside my makeup bag where I can put new products I am trying out, or products I haven't used in a while and deserve some love.
Although I probably will always a person who uses a make up bag for their everyday face, I am still someone who loves make up and trying new products, so I'm hoping this will be a happy medium. As the weather is hotting up, I have been trying longer lasting make-up, different colours and tones and lighter feeling products and here are the ones that have made the cut this month.
Hourglass is such a beautiful brand, from the packaging to the product itself, they just seem to do no wrong in my book. It is a pricey brand but everything from them I have tried (albeit, few and far between) has absolutely blown me away and been a really indulgent addition to my collection. Their Ambient Lighting powders contain multidimensional pigments that add a sort of soft focus effect to the skin, giving you that true “lit from within” glow. These blushes are designed to act as a blush and highlight in one; flushing the cheeks with pigment and radiance. As they are all handmade in Italy, no two pans are the same, you’re getting a real one-of-a-kind hue. The one I have and have popped in my little basket is Diffused Heat, a really beautiful marbled coral that is unlike anything in my collection and perfect for the summer time.
I got a little sample of this in a magazine recently and have been smitten ever since. I've been on the look out for a lighter feeling moisturiser in recent weeks and this is ticking all my boxes. According to REN's website it is 'designed to repair skin's natural barriers, calm, hydrate and soothe sensitised skin'. Its really soothing and calming and it just leaves a really radiant canvas for make up.
Chanel describe this as a “bright coral red” whereas I would say it leans more towards a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones. The formula is so so beautiful and sits comfortably on the lips with a soft, luminous shine. It has a really full color coverage and pigment when applied to lips, and the consistency is quite creamy so it glides across lips without pulling, tugging or accentuating dry patches during application. On me, it wore well for around the four and a half hours mark and was lightly hydrating during that time. Because of the creamy formula it will move around a bit when you eat and drink but you can always blot it down so it acts more as a stain.
I haven't worn liquid liner in the longest time, partly because it can be a bit of a faff and partly because I have such chronic hay fever in the summer that it just ends up halfway down my face by lunch time. This is where the L'oreal waterproof black lacquer comes in, a special sponge tipped pen for creating fine lines or thick flicks in a blacker than black formula. I am by no means a pro with liquid liner but this is the easiest one I have found and its drugstore which is always a bonus!
It is absolutely no secret that I am a massive Glossier fan girl (I even have a whole post on my initial thoughts that you can read here),so when they launched a mascara I didn't think twice about ordering it. If you want thick, voluminous lashes then this won't be for you but it does give really beautiful, wispy, fluttery lashes. Its great for no-makeup-makeup-days, the gym or if you're suffering from hay fever. I have been enjoying it alone or combined with my holy grail In Extreme Dimension Waterproof mascara from MAC for fluttery lashes that pack a punch.
I think I am going to try and rotate my little basket every month or so that I am shopping my stash and showing all my products some love.