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Today I was inspired by the amazing Richie Nickel, watching his YouTube videos while I was slumped in my pyjamas. Do you ever get that rush to doll yourself up to make yourself feel better?! Well it was a mix of that and wanting to channel my inner Richie. I also wanted to experiment with products in my collection that have been a teeny bit neglected. What I ended up with was a shimmery smoky eye that looks the same whenever I do a smoky eye, even though I use different products nearly everytime. Sigh. But I was happy with the overall look, and so here are the products I used, and a bit of a break down on each of them.
Break it down.
Clockwise from top left: Clinique Repairwear in no. 8 Vanilla, Bourjois Healthy Mix in no. 52, MAC Hue lipstick, NYC Lip Plumper Gloss in Pink Champage, MAC Thunder Eyes Quad, Barry M Dazzle Dust in no. 39, Benefit Thrrrob Box-o-Powder and MAC MSF Natural in Light Med.
Clinique Repairwear: I'll admit I am aware that this product is for aging skin, (I argue that we are all aging so it's ok to use on my 22year old face), and the lovely makeup artist Emma Farrell who did my makeup for my 21st told me the same, but I saw Richie use it in a video and it looked amazing, so obviously I had to have it. It has been stashed at the back of my shelf for god knows how long, a looonng time, but I broke it out today because it is quite dark for my skintone, and I wanted to embrace a bit of a tan and glow without actually having to, you know, tan. It doesn't look that off compared to my arms so its all good. :) I did have to lighten it a tiny bit with my Healthy Mix but more on that in a moment. This foundation is quite thick but also reallllly longlasting, and Im really happy with the finish. Heavy coverage too! Win win.
Bourjois Healthy Mix: If you watch my YouTube Videos or have been reading my blog for a while, you will know I always have this foundation in quick supply, I love it. Im not going to review it but let me say this; it's cheap, smooth, longlasting, smells like peaches, medium coverage and blends very very well. I always tend to bulk out my more expensive foundations by mixing them with this to make the foundations last longer in the bottle. I do also wear this alone, and it's fantastic.
MAC Hue; This hasn't been one I have been neglecting, quite the opposite actually. It has replaced Patisserie as my go to pink from MAC, and I wear it pretty much all the time. Its a glaze, which I have mentioned before I am not too fond of, as they don't last very long, but it means that you don't have to wear a gloss over it! (In this case I did but howandever). Love it.
NYC Lip Plumper Gloss in Pink Champagne: This is a cheap and cheerful tingly gloss from NYC Cosmetics, a brand I'm relatively new to. I bought this a while back, used it, then I forgot about it. It stings the lips in a menthol type manner much like the Smashbox O-Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper but is obviously a fraction of the cost. Im not quite sure it actually 'plumps', but it is a glittery pale coral tone that looks great over anything.
MAC Thunder Eyes Quad: Love this. I used the pale shimmery pink and the dark purpley shadows which are Thunder and Sketch. Abso-friggin-lutely love Sketch. It's such an unusual colour and so fantastic and pigmented that I have nothing bad to say about it whatsoever. I used Sketch in the outer corner to blend, while I used Thunder solely to highlight the browbone.
Barry M Dazzle Dust in no. 39: This colour is called Tan (thank you BarryM website), and is a sandy shimmery dust that is so pigmented and just so damn beautiful. I have a soft spot for Dazzle Dusts because they last a very very long time, on both the eyes and in the pot. Ive used this colour countless times and everytime I open the pot its completely full, like it hasn't been touched. I have a few of these gems in my collection, but I think I really need some more. I used a tiny dab of this to wash over the entire lid, and my god its so pigmented! You can see the true colour more in the first pic!
Benefit Thrrrob Powder: Although this doesn't get as much attention as its sisters Coralista or Hoola, I really like this powder. Its a really pretty pale pink and sometimes I'd rather a nice pale pink on my cheeks rather than a coral. The only downside is that it's actually not really very pigmented so you have to build quite a bit up onto your cheeks. Still lovely though.
MAC MSF Natural: As you can see from the picture this powder is nearly at the end of its little MAC life. I hate throwing things away so I was determined to get as much product out of it as possible before tossing. Perfect face powder.
I love finding little gems that I have forgotten about in my eyeshadow drawer or at the back of my makeup shelf. It's like discovering them for the first time all over again. And I get excited like a little school girl.
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