The Other Concealers

On a day to day basis, I use liquid concealers because most days I'm too lazy to care about coverage. I stick with NARS Creamy Concealer and Clinique Airbrush Concealer, but there are others I reach for when I need a little bit more.

For during the day, I carry Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick in Sand around in my make up bag. This is a smaller version of their Foundation Stick, but I use it as a concealer. It's a stick concealer, but incredibly creamy when warmed up with your finger tips. I find that it gives quite medium coverage but is also build-able. I've had this for a fair few months now and it really has lasted a long time. The best thing about Bobbi Brown concealers is that you can find a shade to match your skin shade perfectly. Out of all three, this is by far my favourite as it's so versatile. I've mixed it with a moisturiser before and it's created a light base for my skin.
One which is said to be a dupe for the Bobbi Brown concealers, Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer is one which has been in my stash for a long time. It's only recently I have started to reach for it. Whenever I use underneath my eyes, I sometimes find that it's a little drying so I always make sure I use eye cream that day. But for concealing the dark circles, it's brilliant and it adds that little bit more coverage I'm used to on the days I haven't had much sleep. 
A new addition to my collection is & Other Stories Quad Concealer. I found it a week or so ago and thought of it as a dupe for the MAC Concealer palette, something I have wanted for a while now. It's handier than I thought, having a selection of shades to pick from. I've used the two on the left a few times and comparing it to the S&G Concealer, it's not as heavy coverage, but it's good enough for me. For underneath the eyes, it can be a little drying and can crease. But for covering spots and red patches, it's perfect. It's made me want the MAC palette even more than I did! The other two shades are a little too dark for my very pale skin at the moment, but I know that come winter or when I tan, they will be used. For £15, I think this is a good purchase. 

Which concealer have you been loving recently?

Luce x

The Mascara Battle

Two of my favourite mascaras, but which one is better? Benefit They're Real came into my life at the beginning of last year and then Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara* soon followed. 

I will mention that I already do have quite long curly eyelashes, but that doesn't mean that all mascaras work on me. I have used some in the past where they have made my lashes completely strange, but those usually went straight into the bin. I like a big plastic brush, non of these 'hairy' ones. 
Benefit They're Real claim to be first best selling mascara in the UK, which at first I wasn't sure why as I hated it. The first two times I used it, I was not feeling it at all. But I kept at it and once the mascara wasn't so 'wet', it was amazing. The brush coats my lashes from the root to tip and the little knobbly bit on the end is perfect for coating those little pesky ones in the corner. I even repurchased this, which is a sign how much I love it. Everyone complains about how it's impossible to remove, but I don't see the problem. I remove it with micellar water before going in with a cleansing oil, simple.
But then I was told that I would love Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara*, which creates a look which is very similar to Benefit. The mascara brush is a little larger than the other and the bristles are shorter, but it coats my lashes all the time. Again, the same happened that once I had used it a few times, I started to get a real hang of it. For an every day use, I use this as it leaves my lashes looking long, but not too dramatic. 
I reach for a different one every day, so it's a toughie. If I'm going out on an evening (that twice a year event), I will layer Benefit They're Real on and it really gives me the 'wow' lashes. Whereas Clinique is perfect for day to day, I also noticed that it doesn't separate my lashes just as well as the other. I still don't know if I can choose, I just love these two so much.
One which is a winner though is Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black Brown. Leaving my lashes with a little subtle definition, the size is perfect to fit along each lash. Now that one is worth looking into. 

What is your favourite mascara?

Luce x

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

I'm a little late to the party with this palette, but I think it's time to express my love for it. Before I first dipped my brush into the palette, I knew I loved it. The palette contains everything you will ever need to give that glow.

So the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders are used to capture, soften and diffuse the light reflected onto the skin, giving a soft focus look to the skin. They claim to brighten the appearance and conceal imperfections. I really do think they live up to the claims too. In the palette, there are three shades, Dim Light, Incandescent Light (limited edition) and Radiant Light
Dim Light is the setting powder out of them all. I brush it lightly down my t-zone and across my cheeks, which instantly softens the look of my skin. It's a light peachy beige shade which will work with most skin tones. Incandescent Light is the highlighter (which I oddly used as a setting powder once, I ended up looking like Edward Cullen). It's quite a subtle highlighter, which for me, is great for day to day. I quite like to whack on a lot of highlighter for an evening, so for those times, it's not suitable. Leaving a pearly finish, it looks amazing across the tops of cheekbones and on the brow bone. Radiant Light is the bronzer of the lot. Finishing the face off at the end, it leaves a lot soft bronzy glow to the face.
I have been using an old Smashbox brush to apply the powders as it fits into the pan perfectly. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect brush as I prefer synthetic bristles, but keeping the size small for 'precise powdering'. Alongside the palette, it also comes with a tiny size of the Hourglass Veil Primer. More on that later though as I think it's the first primer I've ever loved.

Do I think it's worth it? Yes. Do I want to pick up one of the other shades? Yes. It's a shame this palette is sold out, but you could always purchase a single one until it comes around again.

Luce x

Inside the NYE Beauty Bag

For New Years Eve, my family and I are heading to a country house in Northumberland for two days. I am so excited as it's an excuse to get dressed up on the evening, plus the house is amazing. I thought I would give you a little peek at what make up I'm taking along with me. I will be sure to show you some little snippets of it later in the week.

When we arrive, we have time to use the spa so after washing my hair, I will be using Antipodes Aura Mask*. A deep cleansing, but hydrating mask to make sure my skin will be in tip top condition. I'm taking a tiny little NEOM Real Luxury Bath Oil* in case I have time for a long bath. I will follow with Origins Make A Difference Serum* and Liz Earle Moisturiser*, two of my favourites. To prime my skin and to add a little colour, Clarins Self Tanning Primer* will be perfect as it keeps my make up in place.
I can't quite decide between Liz Earle Signature Foundation* or Bourjois CC Cream*, as I love the finish of both of them. NARS Creamy Concealer and Clinique Airbrush Concealer* will be used to conceal any blemishes. Hourglass Ambient Lightening Palette will come in handy for a setting powder, highlighter and a bronzer. As will the Hourglass Brow Sculptor, my new love. For the whole look, I'm thinking of a shimmery eye using the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette and keeping the lips bold with NARS Cruella, a new addition of mine. I will finish by using Benefit They're Real and Clinique Bottom lash mascara.
My hair is going to be curled, but with a little texture added with the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray, another new addition of mine.

What have you got planned for NYE?

Luce x