Review: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette (Limited Edition)

In my experience so far, I’ve learned two things about Hourglass: 1) You have to mortgage your house to afford their makeup. I don’t even have a house so I really have to get creative, which leads me to 2) Their products are of incredible quality, which means you find yourself wondering if you really need that second kidney more than you need their latest product.

 

Which is exactly the place I was at when Hourglass launched their limited edition (holiday release) Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light. A face palette about the size of my hand that will set you back a whopping AU$116. So is it worth it? Read on to find out my thoughts.

 

 

First Impressions

I tentatively swatched this in Mecca just after its release, fully expecting to love it so much I would end up in tears trying to justify its addition to the budget. So I was (almost pleasantly) surprised by how awful it looked on my hand. A glitter bomb of little pigment. It did nothing for me, so I congratulated myself on saving a hundred bucks from not buying it online and continued my Mecca browse.

 

Cut to ten minutes later when the Mecca girl suggested I try it out on my face, an offer I begrudgingly accepted. Dammit. It looked freaking amazing, and no glitter in sight. I had to get it. There goes that hundred bucks I saved earlier.

 

What You Get



For AU$116 you will get yourself one ambient lighting powder in Surreal light, two ambient lighting blushes (surreal glow and surreal effect), an ambient lighting bronzer in surreal bronze glow, and an ambient lighting strobe powder in surreal strobe light.  This palette is the perfect colour range to help you look like you naturally wake up looking like a freaking goddess every morning.

 

I’m not sure how the colour range would go on darker skin tones, the bronzer is natural even on my pale-to-the-extreme skin.

 

Worth It?

In a word, yes.

 

In many more words:

 

This palette just makes me feel so pretty.

The ambient lighting powder in surreal light is by far my favourite ambient lighting powder to date! That is saying something because they are all great.

 

 

The bronzer gives me the perfect natural glow. Gives my skin some warmth and definition without looking too done. I love it. It’s that sun-kissed look we’re all after.

 

The blushes may be my favourite part of the palette. There is a nude and a pink blush, both of which apply extremely naturally. They blend themselves. The nude blush is my new go-to. I cannot rave about them enough… they’re gorgeous! Unfortunately I think I’ll now have to try the other hourglass blushes out…dammit.

 

The highlight is beautiful. It’s not going to give you a beaming streak of light across your cheekbone but if you’re after a natural gleam then this is for you. I personally think it is stunning, just makes you look like you have perfect lighting on you 24/7.

The only downside for me (aside from the price) is the pan size. You do get a large pan (4g) of the finishing powder  but the other four are small (1.4g).  Aside from the fact you’re paying for not a heap of product, for the bronzer in particular, it is just annoying getting your brush into the tiny pan.

I’m so sorry to tell you this. But mortgage the house, get a second job, go sell your kidneys, cause you need this in your life.

 

100% in love.

 

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Stay beautiful,

N x

Fun Makeup Look for Summer – Feat. The Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Ain’t no doubt about it, summer is fun. The warm weather makes people happy and the good times roll well into those long summer night. In general, I don’t believe in only wearing certain colours in certain seasons, but summertime has given me the urge to be colourful. So I thought I’d use the completely stunning Gwen Stefani X Urban Decay eyeshadow palette to create a fun makeup look with a splash of colour. Without further ado, let’s get started.

 

The Base



For the base I was aiming for one thing – glowy af. Tbh, this is what I aim for daily, and in life in general, but for this look in particular I wanted that dewy like a fairy kinda glow.

 

To achieve this I used the NYX Angel Veil primer, to hydrate my skin (especially important when you’ve spent time in the sun) and help with longevity. For foundation I used the L’Oreal Nude Magique cushion foundation in shade Vanilla. Under my eyes I used my everyday favourite concealer, Benefit’s Fake Up in Light. I then lightly powdered my t-zone and under my eyes with Revlon Colorstay pressed powder in Light – this helped to keep my concealer in place and stops me from slipping from glowy to oily.

 

The Face



If you haven’t got the idea yet, we’re going for glowy. To keep this going, I used the Soap & Glory Solar Powder. This is technically supposed to be a bronzer/highlighter duo but I love to blend the two together as a very lightly shimmered bronzer. For blush I used my ride or die, Luminoso baked blush by Milani followed by a beautiful natural highlight using the Soap & Glory Glow All Out luminising face powder. This is a pinky highlight that is just so subtle and pretty, the perfect ‘glowing from within’ highlight.

 

The Brows



For brows I used the NYX micro brow pencil in brunette. I wanted my brows to balance out the brighter eye look we’ve got coming up. I love a full bushy brow – so that’s what I went for.

 

The Eyes


Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the beautiful Gwen Stefani x Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. Wow. This palette honestly shocked me with the quality; I was speechless when I swatched this in Mecca. The colour range is beautiful, that blue in particular slays me.

For this summery look I decided to play with the pink shade in the palette, Harajuku, and create a wearable yet bright (totally a thing) look. First I used the shade Stark from lash line to crease to balance out my eyelids and create a smooth base for the rest of the shades. I then used Blonde on my brow bone and Annaheim through and slightly above my crease to create some light depth and a blending point for the rest of the colours. Next up is Zone which I used directly in my crease to deepen things up and create a gradient effect through to Annaheim. To deepen my outer corners I used Blink on a more defined brush and then, with a clean fluffy blending brush, I smoked out the edges so there were no harsh lines. Here comes the fun bit – Harajuku! Using a more precise brush I popped this on the inner two thirds of my eye and, with the same clean blending brush from earlier, I softly blended Blink and Harajuku together to create an effortless gradient. To top it all off, and add a little more glow cause we all know we need it, I added Pop to my inner corners and coated my lashes generously in the Essence I Love Lashes Mascara to finish every thing off. Ta Da! 

 

The Lips


To finish this look off, I tossed up whether to go nude and balance the eye or just commit and go bright. In the end I compromised and went for a muted pink. I used a Rimmel 1000 Kisses lip liner in Natural to both line and fill in the lips. Over the top I used a true favourite of mine, Shanghai Suzy’s Dusty Rose. This lipstick gives me life, such a gorgeous pinky nude.

 

And there you have it! A bit of a fun look for summer nights, and to match those gorgeous sunsets. What’s your favourite kind of look for summer? Let me know in the comments below!

 

If you’re in the southern hemisphere I hope you are enjoying your summer!

 

Stay beautiful,

 

– N x

2016 High End Beauty Favourites

You might want to grab yourself a drink and some snacks, because it turns out we are really bad at narrowing things down to just one favourite and this post became a lot longer than we intended.  Having said that it’s full of awesome products that we really do adore! If you want to see what we loved the most in 2016, keep on reading!

Skincare

M

Keihl’s Midnight Recovery Eye

I’ve always been a bit lazy with eye cream but I have used this one religiously since I rediscovered it in my skincare draw earlier last year! It’s the only eyen cream I’ve used where I can actually see results! It is so moisturising and light weight enough that I can wear it under makeup as well!

Hair Care

M

Davines MOMO Hair Care

I’ve written a full review on this here. This hair care range has changed my hair so much this year! I love it so much ch and will continue to purchase it!

 

N

TIGI S-Factor Diamond Dreams Shampoo & Conditioner

This stuff smells amazing. Like wow. I can’t quite put my finger on what the smell is exactly, but whatever it is it’s amazing. It also leaves my hair with a weightless volume that I adore. Big thumbs up for this one! Made washing my hair so much less of a chore.

Scent

M

Si by Giorgio Armarni

This is the ultimate musky, feminine perfume! This was my favourite last year too but, to be honest, I just haven’t found anything that compares! I’m awful at explaining fragrances so I won’t even try – just go smell it asap! You won’t regret it!

N

See by Chloe EDP

This was a little pressie to myself at the beginning of 2016, and I still adore it. It’s my go-to for when I’m feeling a little special or pretty. I am terrible at describing scents, but what I will say is that this is classy without being too old, and doesn’t overwhelm the senses. Give it a try when you’re next at the perfume counter.

Primer

N

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

We’re a little late to the party with this one, but we’re officially on board. This will make you look like you glow from within. Dry-skinned peeps you are going to love this. Mixed with foundation or worn on its own as a primer, it’s amaze if you’re after glowy unicorn princess skin. And who isn’t?!

Foundation

N

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Finland Light 1

I realise that this is technically a tinted moisturiser, but I would be lying if I didn’t put this in number one place for 2016. I found myself reaching for this on the daily. It’s so easy to apply and leaves you with a naturally radiant looking complexion whilst evening out skin-tone. I adore it.   If you’re into the super natural look, give this a go. It’s worth the price tag. And buildable if you’re wanting more coverage too.

Honoural Mention

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in BD20

An oldy but a goody. Still my go to for any special occasion. It does have SPF in it, but I don’t experience any flashback. It gives a great buildable coverage, wears like a dream and never looks cakey no matter how dry my skin is. My OG foundation fave.

M

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream in Light

This is so worth all the hype it gets online! It has amazing coverage, SPF and a beautiful natural looking finish!

Concealer

N

BareMinerals Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Fair

Hydrating and lightweight coverage; perfect for under the eyes, even with dry skin like mine. Big thanks to the girl at Mecca that recommended this one to me. I far prefer it to the Nars radiant creamy concealer.

Honourable Mention

Benefit Fake Up

This is my everyday concealer. I am so disappointed if I have left it at my boyfriends and can’t use it. I have actual feelings of missing it, like an old friend. I have said it once, and I’ll say it again, I’ll never get why this isn’t more popular.

M

IT Cosmetics Bye-Bye Undereye in Medium

If I really want to block out all discolouration under my eyes I pop this on before any concealer (or on natural days I will use it alone). It is the best under eye corrector that I have every tried! So worth the hype!

Too Faced Born This Way Natural Radiant Concealer in Fair

This is such a beautiful natural looking concealer for under the eyes or covering any blemishes or discolouration. It doesn’t have crazy pigmentation but is build-able and looks beautiful on more natural looks!

Powder

N

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

If you wan’t to look airbrushed but in real life, then get this powder. Any of the colours will do. But get it. Even my dry skin that normally cakes up at the mere sight of being set with powder doesn’t mind this miracle powder. Love love love. Even if you do have to mortgage your house to buy it.

M

Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation in Petal

I’ve never been a huge powder lover as I have super dry skin but when I was given this powder this year that completely changed! It is so nice as either a setting powder or an all over base for a natural look! It doesn’t make me look cakey or emphasise any of my dry patches. The shade range is pretty slim though which is my only complaint!

Contour

N

Nars Paloma Duo

This is old news, and admittedly when M is home I definitely reach for her Kat Von D palette, but I have travelled with this duo and still love it. The contour blends so easily, you don’t even have to think about it. It leaves a natural shadow that I love. It can be muddy if you’re a little heavy handed, but I just build it up slowly.

M

Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Cream Kit in Fair

I’ve got a complete review on this palette here including the way I like to use it. I was a bit scared of cream contouring before I found this product and have quickly fallen in love since! 

Honourable Mention

Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette

Ah Kat Von D, I am yet to find a product from her line that I’m not completely in love with. This creates the most amazing Contour of any product I have tried to date. You need this!

 

Bronzer

M

Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in Sweet Tea

As you can tell, I’m really good at choosing one favourite. This bronzer is very different to the Urban Decay one though so it’s totally ok yeah? This is an absolutely stunning shimmery bronzer that has a lovely sheen with no chunky glitter!

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-Kissed

You need this bronzer! It is an absolutely stunning matte bronzed shade and is beautifully build-able! Love!

N

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil

This bronzer makes me happy. I get excited to use it. Perfect natural bronze for pale girls like me. And it smells like chocolate. What more could you ask for?

Honourable Mention

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel

I never used to like this cream bronzer, but in 2016 I embraced cream products.  This makes me look like a Grecian goddess and I’m always down with that.  A staple of 2016.

Blush

N

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Mineral Blush in Amaretto

KathleenLights inspired me to get into nude blushes. I have a bit of a natural flush (it sounds pretty, it’s not) and so natural blushes work well for me. This one by Becca in collaboration with Jaclyn Hill (part of the face palette) is my favourite so far. I love it, and always feel naturally beautiful when I wear it, a gorgeous natural satin finish. If you haven’t already bought this palette (and let’s be honest, you probably have) then get it in your life. It will be all the shinier for it.

Honourable Mention

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in 2 Calypso Coral

Cream blushes scare me a bit, I’m always worried I’ll end up looking like a clown. This one by Bobbi Brown has helped me to embrace them. I wear this on the days when I want that no-makeup-look-whilst-(obviously)-wearing-makeup. It’s gives me a natural blush and really doesn’t at all look like makeup. This became a staple of my 2016.

M

Becca Mineral Blush in Flowerchild

The colour and formula of this blush are so luxe and unique. Everyone needs this shade in their collection. A++

Honourable Mention

Tarte Blushes…all of them

The Tarte blushes have, by far the best blush formula I have ever tried! They last so long on your cheeks and the pigmentation is insane! I use these blushes on every one of my makeup clients!

Highlight – Beaming

M

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

Jaclyn Hill and Becca completely changed the highlight world with this release! It looks amazing on all skin tones and has the most beautiful sheen! Love, love, love!

N

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

This whole palette is da bomb. Definitely glad I purchased it. The two highlighters (champagne pop and prosecco pop) will burn the retinas of anyone that passes you by and some days that’s just what you’re after. They can be applied with a lighter hand if you’re not looking for unicorn-esque beaming highlight that particular day, but you’ll still be pretty beaming. I particularly love combining to the two, the colour they create is perfection. Plus that’s what Jaclyn says she does so obvs I had to do that too. Cause we’re besties.

Highlight – Natural(ish)

N

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Beige

There’s a reason one of these sells every second or whatever that insane statistic is. This is my highlight I chuck in when I’m travelling because it can be used lightly as an everyday no-yeah-i-totally-glow-like-this-all-by-myself or heavier handed for that dayum-girl-strobe-much?! look that 2016 was all about. I am pale af and just lightly run my brush across all the colours and it’s not too dark. Definitely one I recommend for people easing into the highlighting game.

M

Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle:

I rediscovered my Soft and Gentle highlight earlier this year and have used this nearly daily since! I even like wearing this when I’m not wearing any other makeup to give my full skin some light. Perfection!

Eye Primers

M

Mac Prep + Prime 24-hour Extend Eye Base

This is the perfect eye shadow primer for hooded eyes! It keeps my eye shadow from creasing and moving around like nothing else I’ve tried!

Too Faced Glitter Glue Glitter Shadow Primer

This will make any shimmer eye shadow or glitter stay on your eyes 5eva and make the pigment pop like crazy! If you like shimmery eye looks you need this in your life!

Eye Shadow

N

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection

M moved away from me this year (rude) and took with her all her makeup (even ruder). After months and months of “bugger, wish I had the chocolate bar palette” moments I finally gave in and bought one of my own. Still the best palette out there. Ride or die. Perfect all in one, and the palette I recommend to anyone looking for just one palette. It’s love.

 

Honourable Mention

Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette

When I was going through my draws picking for this post I saw this and realised, I use it almost every day. The reason? The finish. It’s this soft satin finish that just sit so naturally on the eyelids. It’s perfect for every day as it doesn’t leave you looking too overdone (if that’s not what you’re into). The lightest colour is the one I use to just cover the veins on my eyelids on days when I want to look neater but not like I’ve actually tried…even though I did try…hard…this don’t happen easy kids.

M

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection

This palette has brought me so much happiness this year! It has all the colours you could possibly need and the formula is out of this world! Too Faced have got the eyeshadow game perfected!

Brow Product

M

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown AND Taupe

This has changed my eye brow game in 2016! It is so easy to apply and makes my brows look so full and fleeky!

Mascara

M

Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Beyond Brown

I have written about my love for this mascara in a post here. It’s my holy grail! Love!

N

Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara in Black

Still my go-to for nights out. I often combine it with They’re Real or Roller Lash for extra length, but this baby lasts forever! Which is exactly the reason I bought it. This was worth the price tag. Love.

Lips

N

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita

I was going to choose another lippie and then I realised that, if I’m being honest, this is the one that has lived in my handbag. I have a very undefined lip line, which can make applying lipstick a very annoying job. This pencil makes easy work of it. Plus the colour is so natural and yet pretty. LOVE. So glad I rediscovered this in 2016. In fact imma go put it on right now.

 

M

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick…all of them

Can you tell that I have a love for these lippies? If you love liquid lipsticks then you need to give this line a try! Keep your eyes peeled for a review coming soon!

Brush

N

Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek Brush

I have a feeling I chose this last year. How boring of me. But it’s still my favourite. Perfect for both cream and powder blushes. Blends and applies with no effort. Perfection.

M

MAC 135

N gave me this for Christmas in 2015 and she will forever be my favourite sister because of it! It is the most perfect bronzing brush that I have ever used! Is it worth the whopping price tag?… yes! 100% yes! 

Honourable Mention

MAC 127

This is my absolute, hands down favourite brush for highlighting! I haven’t used anything else since I discovered it at the end of 2015! This one is limited edition but they have it in black in their permanent collection! Definitely give this one a go if you are looking for a new highlighting brush!

Tanning

N&M

Loving Tan 2hr Express Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Dark AND Medium

Ah Loving Tan! We are definitely not tanning pros but feel like it when we use their products! It is almost impossible to apply this wrong which, for us less coordinated people) is everything! Medium is our perfect shade during the Winter months and dark gives us that extra boost in the Summer! So, so worth all of the internet hype!

 

What were your high end beauty favourites for 2016? Did we match up on any? Let us know in the comments below!

Stay beauitful, N&M x

 

 

 

2016 Drugstore Beauty Favourites

Buckle up your seat belts and prepare some snacks because  we are about to show you our 2016 Drugstore Beauty Favourites! Enjoy.

Skincare

N

SugarBaby Vita+Skin Slim-Ulate Coconut & Coffee Stimulating Body Scrub

This was an impulse purchase. I was at a Priceline sale, and remembered just as I was about to head for the checkout that I had run out of coffee scrub. Which will just not do! So I grabbed this bad boy because it was close by. Excellent impulse purchase. It smells AMAZING, I feel beautifully moisturised and exfoliated. New fave scrub.

Honourable Mention

Beauty Essentials Bright Eye Cream

Another impulse purchase. This was bought when I needed an eye cream for travel but didn’t want to spend a fortune. I LOVE THIS. It is possibly my favourite eye cream ever, over all the ones I’ve tried, drugstore or high end. Get around this. It’s amazing. And SO cheap.

M

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads

I got these bad boys when I was having a particularly in a particularly bad skin phase and didn’t realised how much I would love them. I have been using them religiously morning and night. They make my skin brighter with no drying effects. Love.

Hair care

M

TONI&GUY Nourish Reconstruction Mask

This mask has saved my hair this year! It is so incredible moisturising and (surprisingly, considering the quality) doesn’t cost a small fortune! This is a must for anyone who wants to give their hair some lovin’

Primer

N & M

Nyx Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer

So many YouTubers rave about this primer, and it was slowly killing us not being able to get our hands on it in Aus. So when N went to Europe in 2016, she snapped it up quick smart. Our thoughts? Think a less greasy version of Hourglass Veil primer (which is one of our all time faves). One of our fave primers, not just in the drugstore category but in life. If you can, try this baby out.

 

Foundation

N

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

It was a rocky start to my relationship with Bourjois healthy mix serum foundtaion. It’s a regular in beauty bloggers drugstore favourites, and so I was super keen to try it! The first time I wore it, I applied it with a BeautyBlender and it didn’t sit on my skin well at all. Second time I used my hands, same deal. I was not impressed. The third time, however, in a somewhat uncharacteristic move, I used a buffing brush. Generally, I really dislike applying foundation with a brush, but for this particular foundation, it’s absolute perfection. Glowly, healthy, medium-long wearing, I truly love this foundation….when it’s applied with a brush.

 

Concealer

N&M

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Everyone’s raved about Fit Me concealer since forever, and we found out this year that it was for good reason. This is high-end quality stuff; it doesn’t dry out our under eyes but we do find it needs to be applied with a beauty sponge. It’s also great for spot concealing.

 

Corrector

M

Models Prefer Colour Correcting Concealer

I’ve written a whole post on this, if you want to read more click here. The short version is: creamy, blendable, effective, and cheap. You need this.

Powder

N

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

I am not even sure this is my powder tbh, I think it is M’s from many moons ago. But I found it in a draw, used it and fell in love. My skin does not get on well with setting powder, I can look ghostly and cakey very easily with my dry under eyes. The Stay Matte powder helps to get rid of that greasy look whilst keeping me looking fresh. Great powder.

 

M

Australis Banana Powder

This stuff has changed my setting game. My only qualm is that the colour is only suitable for small range of skin tones; people in the super pale or super dark tones won’t suit this colour. Otherwise, I love it.

Contour

N

Nyx Highlight & Contour Palette

This was another UK purchase (and then typically it turned up in every store in Australia the second I got it there…*eye roll*). YouTubers raved, and they were right. Is it as good at Kat Von D or Anastasia? No. Is it still fantastic? Yes. It is an amazing drugstore alternative to those ride or die high end palettes. No muddiness in site.

M

Australis Take Me On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit

I’ve mentioned this in my Australis Full Face Tutorial post. I use this as a brontour and love the effect it gives me. This definitely feels like a high quality powder, well done Australis.

Bronzer

N

Soap & Glory Solar Powder

For some reason, Soap & Glory products cost a mint in Australia. So when I saw this bronzer in the UK for a much more reasonable price I snapped it up, keen to try the brand I’ve seen so much of! This bronzer reminds me of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer. I really love it. Natural, buildable, blendable bronze. Really glad I got it.

 

Honourable Mention

Models Prefer Bronzer

If you’re looking for a bronzer next time you’re in Priceline, grab this bad boy. Cheap as. Great colour. It doesn’t blend seamlessly at first, it does take a little more work than the Soap & Glory bronzer, but for availability and price, who care!? Definitely recommend.

 

Blush

N

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

I feel boring putting this in. Everyone loves it, everyone goes on about it, and everyone has it. But….this is my favourite blush. Hands down, in all categories. Ride or die. I’d be lying if I put any other blush here. I feel so pretty every time I wear it and I get excited to use it. If you haven’t got it yet, get on it asap.

M

Nyx Cream Blush in Boho Chic

This blush has a really cool consistency. It’s definitely a cream product but on me (I do have dry skin) it transforms into more of a powder when I apply it. I really like the colour and I’m keen to try more of this formula.

Highlight

N & M

Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette by BH Cosmetics

Carli is queen. This palette is da bomb. You can more in M’s review here.

 

Honourable Mention

Australis

Like the rest of the palette the hightlighter is incredible quality. The thing I like about it is that it’s less intense than the Carli Bybel, which is perfect for an everyday highlight. This palette is perfect for travelling.

Eye Shadow

N

BYS Nude Eye shadow Palette

I’ve done a full review on this palette here. In short: great quality, great pigmentation, great colour range, great price.

M

Morphe 12P Palette

To be completely honest, I bought this palette thinking I would create a couple of colourful looks for the gram and be done with it. I was wrong. It has completely changed my makeup game in 2016. I’ve full review here.

Brow Product

N

NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil

There’s not much to say about this. It’s easy to apply, lasts all day, great colour range, and super cheap. NYX eyebrow products are all ace, and this is one of my faves. I find myself reaching for this over all my other brow products.

M

Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel in Clear

This stuff keeps your brows in place all day. Big tick.

Mascara

N

Max Factor Velvet Volume Mascara

I got this for free with Vogue. Thanks Vogue. I LOVE, this mascara. No clumping (my absolute pet hate), length and volume. My go to every day mascara. I will repurchase this forever.

 

Honourable Mention

Essence I <3 Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara

Looking for amazing mascara under $10? Look no further. Great volume, great lasting power, fantastically jet black, it doesn’t give the clump free effect of the MaxFactor product, but to be honest no other mascara does that for me, so for under a tenner, this mascara is bloody fantastic.

 

Lips

N

Shanghai Suzy in Dusty Rose

I’ve done a review on Shanghai Suzy lipsticks here. This colour is my favourite of them all. A wonderful pinky nude that goes with everything, and suits everyone and great quality. All for an insanely reasonable price. Get around it.

 

M

Apocalips by Rimmel London

Lip Velvet in Atomic Rose

Atomic rose is a beautiful every day matte colour that wears really nicely throughout the day with a velvety finish.

 

Lip Lacquer in Celestial

This is the perfect “whack it on and don’t think about it for the rest of the day” product. The pigmentation is insane.

Brushes

N & M

Real Techniques Blush Brush

I was forever stealing M’s one of these and so finally got myself one. I use it for everything. Blush, bronzer, setting powder. It’s so soft, so great at blending, washes perfectly, and a great price! Definitely my favourite brush.

 

Honourable Mention

Real Techniques Setting Brush

It broke my heart not putting these in first place because I really do love these too. I have two of these, one for setting under my eyes and my t zone, and one for highlighting. They are my go to brush for both of those things. I will probably buy more. I love them.

 

Tanning

N&M

Bondi Sands Summer Bronze Instant Tan in Light/Medium

This is a very recent edition to our lives. We got sent this product to test out by a PR company, and didn’t really know what we were going to think, not normally being into instant tans and often disliking the smell of the Bondi Sands products. We were very pleasantly surprised. Great natural colour, so easy to apply (we use a mit to rub it in), dried quickly, and lasts really well! Definitely a new fave!!

Happy New Year and stay happy,
N & M xx

 

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