Shockingly enough, I don't think I have ever done a 'daily make-up' post on this space. Maybe it's because my make-up picks change on a near daily basis, but lately I have been reaching for a selection of products that have, quite simply, been bringing it (whatever it is) and I thought I had better document those products before my tastes change and I move on. But to be honest, I don't see that happening for quite a while. January is always a month where I get to try out quite a few new products (it being just after Christmas and birthday month) and there have been one or two newbies this month that I have been just adoring, and I have a feeling that they will be firm staples in my daily make-up routine for quite a while.
It is a widely known fact (if you're a regular reader) that I never stay true to the one foundation for too long, mainly because I like to chop and change depending on the current condition of my skin. But one that I can rely on no matter what the state of my skin is Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and I think if I had to choose just one foundation for all occasions, it would be this one. To put it bluntly, I just like how it makes my skin look - almost like I've got naturally good skin. I love how barely detectable it is, and the light to medium coverage and satin finish is exactly what I look for in a foundation that I use for daily wear. I usually have to pair a concealer with this foundation to tone down the purpley-blue shadows under my eyes, and my favourite at the moment is the Clarins Instant Concealer. Yes I've read a few good reports about it here and there, but nothing too crazy. So I was really quite surprised after my first few uses when I discovered just how good it really is - why isn't this stuff raved about more?! For something so lightweight and non-cakey, it really manages to cover well. I love how moisturising and hydrating it feels and how well it sits throughout the day - it doesn't settle into fine lines or look cakey. It is marketed as an eye brightener - and there is no denying that it works wonders in helping to cancel out dark circles - but I have also been using it on other areas of the face too with great success. The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow is a relatively recent addition, but something that I haven't been able to put down since first discovering it. It is so handy for everyday use, and both shades work beautifully with my pale skin and are subtle enough for daytime use. I don't think it will take me too long to hit pan on this baby!
For eyebrows, I'm still in love with the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade. I recently misplaced it and went back to using a powder to fill in my brows for a few days and it just wasn't the same. I will always be an Anastasia Dipbrow kinda girl I think! For eyeshadow, I have been wearing the Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Effect in Creamy Beige. I had no idea that these had landed in Ireland and couldn't help but pick up two when I spotted them a few weeks back - I am a big fan of the original Color Tattoos, and these new Leather Effect ones don't disappoint. The formula is very like the MAC Prolongwear Paint Pots - they glide on easily and last well throughout the day without fading or creasing. Creamy Beige is a warm toned medium brown shade and works great as a 'whack-on-all-over-the-lids-in-two-seconds kind of eyeshadow. It leaves a matte finish, which I've been leaning more towards lately when it comes to eyeshadow, and looks great whether worn on it's own or with other shadows. I've been digging out my NARSissist Palette a lot more recently too and experimenting with different shades - lately I have been using Madrague 2 or Bali (neutral matte browns) in the crease when I want to add a little more definition, with Maybelline's Creamy Beige all over the lid. The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is still a staple in my daily make-up routine - it is definitely the best liner I have come across so far and I love how the brush applicator allows me to get so close to the lashline. I have been winging this out ever so slightly - nothing too dramatic, don't worry! - and I really think baby flicks suit my eye shape. Another thing I have been obsessed with recently is tightlining with the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in Black. It makes the biggest difference in giving the appearance of full lashes, and even though it's a little more time consuming than I'd like it's a step I haven't been missing out on lately. For mascara, there's nothing new in the fact that I've been opting for my trusty L'Oreal Telescopic on a daily basis, sometimes combined with the Make-Up Forever Smokey Lash Mascara if I want a more dramatic look. It's my all time favourite mascara and I have probably been through about ten tubes of the stuff at this stage.
And finally on to lips - the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Pencil in Pillow Talk and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Satisfaction are two products that basically haven't left my lips in what feels like forever. The two of them create the most beautiful 'not-too-brown-but-not-too-pink' nude shade and I've been obsessed with the combo recently.