This past month has not JUST been about finding my perfect red lippy (although, that’s possibly a makeup highlight that will be tough to top this year). No, it’s been about quite a few makeup discoveries. Products that have surprised me; products that have made my morning makeup routine a little easier; and products that have added a new spark to my makeup bag.
1. Priori Coffeeberry Perfecting Foundation SPF15 $70: You know how I love a mineral foundation? Right? It’s got a lot to do with my
lazy efficient two-minute morning makeup routine. Well, blow me down if I’ve not only found another brilliant mineral foundation that hides the flaws and evidence of 40 plus years on this planet. The big, big difference to this one is that while it’s making you look gorgeous, it’s actually helping to make you look gorgeous. Confused? It’s basically a skincare product as well, with the coffeeberry extract providing “potent antioxidant protection” and anti-ageing benefits. Available in 6 shades and comes with a small kabucci brush for application at selected salons, visit www.spauniverse.com.au for details.
2. MAC Cosmetics Semi Precious Mineralize Eye Shadow in Quartz Fusion $40: This is from a new collection at MAC and it’s all about dazzle. It’s one of 12 new Mineralize eye shadows that combine either two or three shades in a soft shimmer. The two pinks in this particular one are offset by a silver. It’s a subtle colour and one I found worked great layered over a vanilla shade and then contoured with a chocolate. The colour is super fine and reflective, helping to make build a great eye statement. Check out the whole collection at your nearest MAC counter.
3. Rimmel London Vinyl Gloss $12.50: I’m such a sucker for a value-for-money lip gloss. And this one ticks all the value boxes as well as my ongoing need for lip-smacking pampered lips. It’s not sticky, has just the right amount of shine and gives your lips a bit of treat – thanks to ingredients such as shea butter and grape seed oil. Pictured is the collection’s new No Regrets shade. It’s looks like a vibrant dark pink but on my lips goes on to subtly enhance my natural lip colour.
4. Smiink Semi-Permanent Eye Liner Pen in Black Noir $36.95: When I’m not all about a statement lip colour, I’m all about a statement eye. A statement smokey eye, finished off with a slick of eyeliner. Now, I’ve got better over the years at eyeliner application but I have varying success with keeping it actually on the eye and doing its job. Not so with this one. It won’t budge (well it will when you really need it to). The pen/brush tip is like a hybrid between a between a Sharpie and a eyeliner brush. It was super easy to put on but word of warning: take care. The semi permanent quality, which is good for a long day or night, is not so good if you accidentally stuff up your application. The formula is a good one too with ingredients such as aloe vera, vitamin E and Phanthenol protecting the eye area.
5. Ciccone Cosmetics lipstick in Rhea $25: That statement eye I mentioned above? Well, it needs a subtle lip. This nude shade from this Australian-made company is perfect. I even set it off with a touch of the Rimmel London mention above. What I love most about Ciccone lipsticks is the way the formula nurtures your lips every time you wear one, thanks to the jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, calendula oiil and vitamin E that have been included.
6. Benefit new Foundation brush $39: Not using a brush to apply your liquid foundation? That’s just crazy talk. Not only will your coverage look way more professional; you’ll need to use way less foundation. Now that’s a budget win. So, so loving this brush from the new range at Benefit. The super fine synthetic bristles help get that even foundation coverage you should be after and the handle is easy to grip. Check out the rest of the range at your nearest Benefit counter.
7. Benefit They’re Real mascara in jet black $38: This is the new, hot-off-the-makeup-press mascara from Benefit. You’ll be able to wrap your lashes around it from this Saturday. OMG. I’m in love. It’s a long-wearing formula that stays put (you do need to employ a good eye makeup remover to get it off though) and it doesn’t dry out your lashes. Where its genius lies is with the brush. It’s a rubbery plastic with different sized bristles on the sides and little spikey bristles on the top. This gives it the ability to coat your lashes at their roots to make them look longer and more voluminous. You can use the end bit to define and curl even the smallest of lashes. Line up to try at your nearest Benefit counter.
Have you found a makeup product recently that’s made your life easier or given you a little confidence boost?
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