Products On My FACE

Discovering a diverse range of high end and budget beauty products is probably one of the things blogging is really useful for. Whilst I fly the flag for purse friendly alternatives, I do find myself using more expensive make up products from time to time. Although I still remain true to some more affordable brands, I do like to mix it up and treat my face to some more pricey products from time to time. This is a selection of make up that I have found myself using more and more frequently over the past few weeks, despite begrudging every day use, because some of them are more than I’d spend on food for a month. But anyway, here are the products which my face likes a lot this week:
Benefit Big Easy Foundation: Weighing in at nearly £28 I thought I would treat myself when I acquired a voucher for Harvey Nichols. I actually sat down and let a woman put make up directly on my face for the first time in my life. I liked the colour match and lightweight texture of the foundation and it applies a medium coverage whilst not feeling too heavy. It’s especially good on warmer days when you want to cover all your spots but don’t want to feel caked up to the eyeballs in make up. Unlike a lot of bloggers I didn’t get a sample of this for free either, so if you have the money to spare on this foundation go for it, because it’s pretty good. 
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: This is a new one in my make up bag which my friend gave me. It’s one of those lovely primers which provides a dewy finish without making your face look like a light bulb. A delicate effect which smooths out the look of your skin and also does actually make your foundation last all day. A little seems to go a long way too, which is always a bonus. A lot of people go on about Laura Mercier products and I’ve always seen pretty positive reviews, so it would actually be interesting to try some other things in the range.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat: The coveted concealing wonder kid which every celebrity and their dog praises and I’m a bit unsure why. Yeah, it’s good and make your eyes a bit more bright and bushy tailed, but there are other high street brands and products which deliver a better effect with a much lower price tag. I’m literally using this for the sake of using it and even lost the lid because I clearly do not treasure it’s value. But saying that it is an alright product, just not £25 worth of alright. I wouldn’t repurchase it but I also wont be throwing it away, it’s a love/hate kinda thing.

Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner: Not much to say about this, apart from it’s one of the best liquid eyeliners from the high street I’ve found so far. Super black, easy to apply and lasts all day. It comes in at under £3 so you can’t go wrong if you’re an eye liner fan.

Essence Sun Club All In One Bronzer: This is one of my favourite products EVER. So much so, that the cat knocked off one I was using and smashed it and I immediately went out and bought another. I hardly ever repurchase anything, but this is just amazing. It’s a delicate shimmer finish, which adds a lovely fresh, dewy glow to your face. The bronzer adds just the right touch of sun kissed finish to your cheeks and the highlighter compliments it perfectly. I usually use a large, soft kabuki brush and just dust this all over as a finishing touch to my face, or concentrate the brush on the bronze part for a subtle every day contour. £3.50 well spent. Oh, and it smells a bit like coconut and summer.
Maybelline Jelly Glow Blush: I saw this around a few beauty blogs a while ago and was intrigued. I picked this up from TK Maxx and it’s nice just to add a touch of pink to the cheeks. It’s more of a novelty item than anything though because the formula is like a weird spongey thing which you just want to play with. The colour is delicate due to the nature of the product, but you can build it up effortlessly if you have the time to spare. Not one for weekdays in the mornings, but great for when you have a bit longer to really get the full effect from it. It also compliments the Essence bronzer well, acting as a more pinkish base to transition your make up from summer to autumn. It’s not available to buy in the UK so if you’re intrigued just head to your local TK Maxx to see if they have it in store!
W7 Eyebrow Kit: I really like the shades in the W7 eyebrow kit as they have a slightly red undertone, which is perfect for me with my naturally brown hair which is dyed dark red. This costs under £4 and you can find it in your local bargain basement shops (like Bodycare and the like). It also lasts for a really long time, and this one has been going strong for around 3 months now, and as you can see I am nowhere near close to touching the pan. It contains a lighter brown which I use for every day and the darker one which I use for nights out.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Rose Gold: When I first discovered this I really wasn’t keen, but this is the 3rd pot of the stuff I’m on now and have found it perfect for just popping on with your finger when you’re in a rush or being lazy. It’s brilliant for use with liquid eyeliner as it helps it to glide on smoothly, and the delicate colour is also good to act as a primer for pink toned eyeshadows. I’d about £5 to buy from Boots, but they often have offers on when you go in. It’s a cream gel formula and I have found it’s a lot easier to put on with your finger rather than faffing about with brushes. If you’re stuck for a blusher too, this colour is also perfect for using on your cheeks if you blend it in enough.


  1. September 8, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    The colour tattoos are my go-to everyday eye shadow, love them – although I've never thought of trying it as a blush, may have to experiment with that.

    Rebecca x

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    • September 8, 2014 / 9:20 pm

      This one is particularly nice for the blush idea as the slight shimmer adds a dewy finish too!

  2. September 8, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    Like the sound of the bronzer and the W7 eyeshadows sounds good for me too as I have dyed dark red hair too. How do you work out if something is red-toned or not, I wouldn't have a clue! Amy x

    • September 8, 2014 / 9:20 pm

      I can only really tell with browns! As they're more of a mahogany shade rather than a yellow mucky shade some eyebrow palettes can be!

  3. September 8, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    It's interesting you mention red toned for brows as whilst at an event last week there was a talk by Sali Hughes and she mentioned brows after a question from an audience member. I'm so crap with brows so I have no idea what is good or bad but she was saying that you should go for flat colours that are murky and quite dull no matter what your hair colour. She has a video somewhere on YouTube I think which she also mentions it. It's something I'm going to read around further I think.

    Big Easy sounds so good Terri, I need to try that in store. What shade did you get? I know you're quite fair too.

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

    • September 8, 2014 / 10:07 pm

      I have several sets of 'murky' colour brow products and they just make me look ridiculous. I find most of them seem to be a yellowish or grey tone and they just don't suit me at all, whereas the reddish browns (Benefit brow zings in medium is a good example of a reddish brown which works for me!) suit my skin and hair tone.I got light/medium in Big Easy, which is the 3rd from the palest I think, but is a perfect colour match!

    • September 8, 2014 / 10:31 pm

      Thanks for that, I'm going to check it out very soon! I picked up Illamasqua Brow Cake in Thunder before I heard her talk, I can't even decide if it is more red toned rather than ash lol, oh well!

    • September 10, 2014 / 12:39 pm

      This is the first product Ive tried so can't wait to try more!

    • September 10, 2014 / 12:40 pm

      I've never been a fan of pencil/pen liners as they always seem to rub off quickly and dry up in the packaging too

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