Wednesday, 27 January 2010

My ultimate cosmetic must haves!

I'm a complete makeup hoarder (as much as it pains me to admit it I actually have 2 makeup bags stuffed full of stuff, a big box filled with goodies from my days as a Bare Escentuals beauty ambassador and my amazing Urban Decay book of shadows 2) and for some reason I'm really reluctant to go anywhere without ALL my makeup, even though I know I only use a few select items, I just have to have it all with me... just in case!.

My die hard absolute favourite products would be as follows though (these are the items that I simply have to have with me all the time!).

Foundation is always a really tricky one for me as my family is Irish, so I have the whole ridiculously ghostly white pale skin thing going on, and it's almost impossible for me to find a foundation that actually suits me. Fortunately I found Max Factors colour adapt, and that's been doing the job for a while now. I just love how it effortlessly blends in to my skin and makes it look so smooth and flawless. I've never had any problems of it looking cakey or dry, it just feels like I'm not even wearing any makeup. I also adore Bare Minerals SPF mineral foundation (it just feels amazing on my skin and even helps to clear up any blemishes!).

I use to work as a Beauty Ambassador for Bare Minerals and so I got really hooked on their lipsticks. My two favourite shades are Bavarian Creme and Red Zin. Bavarian Creme is a really gorgeous nude pink colour which makes my lips look and feel super plump and smooth, it's a great colour for wearing during the day or when I want to tone down my look a little bit. Red Zin is pure drama - I love red lipsticks but I always had trouble finding one that really suited me. Fortunately I feel quite confident with Red Zin, it's just a gorgeous hue that really fits in with my pale skin and dark hair.

My favourite eyeliners would be Urban Decays 24/7 eye pencil in zero. I'm really fond of making my eyes really dark as bizarrely this tends to make them look bigger (bit odd considering dark colours are suppose to make eyes look smaller). It goes on really smoothly with no tugging, and leaves a lovely sharp line that can be easily blended to look softer. I also tend to use it in my water line, to make my lashes look thicker, and it doesn't irritate my eye at all. It's a total life saver :).

The best mascara in my opinion is Max Factors masterpiece in black. It lengthens my lashes to the end of the universe, no word of a lie!. The only trouble is that it doesn't tend to thicken them much, so I normally use another mascara on top to make my lashes really stand out. I really love the brush on the masterpiece mascara though, it also acts a bit like a comb as the bristles on it are just the right width apart to reach every bit of the lash. It's also quite cheap, which is always a plus!, and it doesn't have a habit of drying out (like most mascaras I've owned in the past).

Blusher / Face colour
I utterly love this product - Benefits Dandelion. It's just gorgeous. As I'm super pale, my skin always looks very washed out and most colours are too harsh for my skintone, so this pale baby pink colour is perfect. I just sweep a bit on in the mornings and it really lifts my face and makes me look more awake (& alive!). It's so long lasting as well, my last little box of it lasted for over two years. It's such a lovely shade as well, and really blends into the apples of my cheeks with a very very subtle hint of shimmer that draws the light to my face. I'd definitely recommend it for all you fellow pale girls out there!.


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