Friday, 14 November 2014

5 Everyday Miracle Workers


Although a stream line cat flick is my war paint, there are a few things that I just don't feel human without anymore. These five products I use every single day and they are completely incredible - I don't know how I ever made it through a day with out them. They are sort of high end, but I think it's one of those things where you can quite happily use budget make up every day of your life, but when you make that first step into premium cosmetics there's no turning back. Your entire make up collection for £50, turns into a collection worth upwards of a few hundred.

Now I didn't just splurge one day and buy all of it, this has been two years building, two years of accumulating and growing, as one product ran out, a higher price bracket one followed. But now I'm here with these wonder products and I will be loyal to these for the foreseeable future. They're perfect for my skin type in almost every way.

1) Clinique Moisture Surge - This is a dream come true for me! I used to skip over the moisturising part of my skincare routine because whenever I did my foundation wouldn't hold properly and would peel off in clumps. When I found this though I knew. The fact it's a gel rather than a lotion means it doesn't sit on the skin for ages causing clumping, or making your skin look greasy. It absorbs in seconds and you only need a tiny amount to do your whole face. The soft pink colour of the gel is lovely as well. It just looks nice on your vanity surrounded by other pretty packages. If there is one thing I'm a sucker for - it's nice packaging.

2) Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact in Transparent Fair 02 - This is my go to sculpting powder, using a tapered blush brush I dust this in a big E around each side of my face. It gives instant cheek bones and blends out any left over foundation lines in an instant. Although it's a powder it has a creamy - almost velvety texture about it. It feels super luxurious and the little red velvet bag it comes in adds to that feeling. I opted for this colour because I wanted something a touch darker than my skin so I could contour properly. I think this does it perfectly, and considering I'm not a huge fan of glitter and shimmer the complete matte of this compact is ideal, however it doesn't look stale or dark, it reflects light brilliantly and offers users a healthy glow.

3) Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher in 2 Fair - This little tube is the other half to my contouring trick. I sweep a little of this over the centre of my forehead, down my nose, under my eyes and along the top of my cheek bones towards my hair line, and also on my chin and cupids bow, these are all the areas that I want a little bit lighter. The fact that again this is quite a matte liquid is perfect, it doesn't reflect light as much as the compact which makes for a balanced face, rather than dazzling brightness. This lifts the dark circles under my eyes and softens the lines of my nose, and teaming that with a darker powder means I have a super easy contour without really even trying.

4) Estée Lauder Perfectionist Foundation - The one I actually have in this picture is Resilience Lift, but it's been discontinued and replaced with this one which is basically the exact same thing. Both brighten, lift and hydrate, improving the look of radiance. Both have an SPF rating, the new one actually has a higher SPF than the one I'm currently using, it is important to use products with sun protection in even on cloudy days to protect skin from drying and ageing before it's time. The formulas themselves are enriched with anti ageing properties, and although I can't speak for whether they work in that respect they do lift and make your face feel fresher and slightly more taught - and definitely more radiant. 

5) Eco Tools Eye Enhancing Duo Set - These double ended brushers are the best thing if you like to wear multiple eye colours at a time. I like to wear a light colour all over, followed by a mid tone brightening colour from half way along the lid to the outer corner and a darker shade around the outer corner and in the crease. The fact theres four brushes in the set means you never get a dark colour mixing with the lights. The different shape of each brush also lends itself to different tasks. A small round one for all over dusting and blending; a flat fan shaped brush for layering up colour; a small stubby flat edge brush for blending and shading; and a final angled brush ideal for either lining along the lash line, or for filling in eyebrows. 

These are five outstanding products and I would recommend them  to anyone and everyone. They're all the best at what their job is and each one is well worth the money you spend on them. I bought all of these between three - six months ago and I'm not even close to seeing the end of their lives and having to replace them. So when you're only buying two or three a year you can afford a slightly more expensive product.

What are your can't-live-without essentials? Have you tried any of mine?
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