Thursday, 27 February 2014

Most coveted/favourite items

Hey guys, hope you're all having a great week! So, I decided that I wanted to share with you my list of favourite affordable products, the makeup that I use most often, and the products that are on my current wish list. A lot of these products I'm unable to use at the moment, as I'm currently eight months pregnant and my skin is playing up horribly, but as soon as my hormones relax more and I have better skin I will be going straight back to these products! Some of them I have bought already, and some are still waiting to be bought. I thought that, as a present to myself, I would treat myself to a cute little hamper filled with all my favourite makeup for when my little one arrives, so I'm buying it all in preparation! After 9-10 months of baby carrying, as a new mum I will definitely deserve a treat! 

The first on the list is the set of 13 Nanshy brushes. I have heard a lot of good reviews about them, and a lot of people say they are just as good as the Real Technique brushes. This set is sold for about £30 on eBay, and comes in the super-cute branded case. I'm reluctant to buy the Real Techniques brushes as I personally consider them expensive as you only get four brushes per set (for around £30) so I'm keen to give these Nanshy brushes a go. I've been using a mix of Ecotools, BareMinerals, and The a Body Shop brushes, and I'd like to find a larger kit of professional brushes for a good price. Equally, Mac, Smashbox, and Benefit aren't selling brush sets online at the moment so it has been a real task to find a good quality affordable brush set! 


I have been getting a little concerned about wrinkles and ageing recently, I know it sounds so silly as I'm only 22 but as mum expecting a child soon I'm expecting to mature a bit, and also having a child will leave you with no sleep and I expect it will age you a bit! I swatched the Garnier Ultralift cream in the shop and it smells so good! I can't wait to be able to use it.

I swatched the Garnier Perfect Blur Primer over the Ultralift cream while I was in the shop. I wasn't expecting much if I'm honest, and I was surprised at how good a primer it was! It just blended so well into my pores and made my skin seriously silky smooth, and also really woke my skin up! I really love this product and can't wait to be using it in my daily kit!

I then swatched the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream on top of the Perfect Blur Primer. What can I say? It was so good! I personally really dislike heavy foundation, I hate the look of it, and the feel of it on my skin, but BB Cream is so light and it just gives you such a fresh, natural complexion, which I personally love the look of a lot more. Who doesn't love flawless, natural looking skin? These three Garnier products are the perfect base to achieve this. They're all so quick and easy to apply, too. As an expecting mum I know I'm not going to be able to have all the time in the world to do my makeup. I personally like to apply the Ultralift cream and Primer with my fingers, and a light layer of the BB cream with a foundation brush.

As I leave the base makeup for my face to set, I like to do my eye makeup. I start off with these Collection eyeshadow 'Work the Colour' pencils. One is just a really light shimmer that is good to apply right in the inner corners of your eye, and the other one I have is a really really light rose gold colour, which looks beautiful when blended with the initial light shimmery colour, into the crease of your eye. You could then also apply a shimmery brown colour in the outer corners for a smoky eye effect, just remember to blend, blend, blend! As they're solid-set eyeshadow pencils, it means no loose powder falls onto the rest of your face (which I find SO annoying after I've just applied my face makeup), so they're really quick and easy and quite literally, foolproof. I swatched this in store because I really like to see how long the product lasts before I buy it, and it was so easy to apply, even with the dodgy lighting and badly angled mirrors, and you don't need it to be absolutely perfect anyway, since you just blend it altogether. I will definitely be going back to buy it!

The Collection 2000 Extreme 24 hour eyeliner is another foolproof product. It is so, so easy to create so many looks, whether you want a subtle bit of definition, or the perfect feline flick, you just build it up as you go. As it's a pen it makes it so much easier and far less fiddly than trying to do any other kind of liners, whether it's the ones that come in little gel pots with brushes, or when you're trying to do a winged eyeliner with a dark shadow and wet angled brush. This is far easier - a real wonder product! 

This is my favourite mascara, ever. Max Factor sell such good quality products, and this one is no different. It opens your eyes and gives you such a beautiful finish, and at around £10, is much more affordable than the high-end mascara, and in my opinion, works just as well, if not better. I've tried Dior, YSL, and Benefit mascara's, and this one is always the one I go back to, it's amazing. I'm running low on this though so I really need to repurchase it soon - and I can't wait!

I've been really wanting to find a good product for my eyebrows. Mine are blonde, as is my hair, and I really want to try something to just give subtle eyebrow definition, and I came across this while perusing the Mac website. This is the brow set in Beguile - finally, an eyebrow shade for blondes! It's applied with a brush just like a mascara applicator, which is supplied in the tube. I've been so bored of just having to apply a dark brown eyebrow pencil to my brows, purely for lack of other options, so I cannot wait to give this a try! It seems like it's exactly what I've been looking for, and has five-star ratings.

After I've done my eyes, I like to go back and finish my face makeup. I left it to set at the BB cream, and I've found that this Bourjois bronzing powder is the perfect shade for contouring my cheek bones. I've used this before, I borrowed it from a friend at Uni, and I found that it just has the perfect pigmentation, isn't too dark for me, is a really good price (around £6), and smells delicious. I've been using bareMinerals bronzing powder in Skinny Dip recently, but have been wanting to find a cheaper alternative product, and this one is my favourite.

I have to say, I just haven't found a finishing powder as good as the bareMinerals mineral veil. The flawless face brush is perfect as a bronzing brush, and then used to blend the mineral veil powder into your skin. It is a translucent powder and just gives your skin the most amazing flawless finish, I really cannot rate this product highly enough! I generally find loose powders quite messy, but this is supplied with a little twisty kind of lid so you don't use too much, which I find really useful. It's pricey at £25, but is seriously worth it!

I've been wanting to buy the Burt's Bees lip wax for a while now. I swatched it in store but just haven't got round to purchasing it, but at around £3, it's definitely on my next-to-buy list! I've generally been using Vaseline but I don't like how greasy it is, or how messy the tins can get, and as the Burt's Bees lip balm is more solid-set than Vaseline, its definitely the next thing I want to buy! You get more product in the tins than the little lip balm sticks though, and when they're around the same price you definitely want more for your money! It's the perfect lip balm just on it's own, or as a base coat underneath a lipstick, and is so nourishing and moisturising.

My recent favourite lip product that I like to finish my lip makeup with, is the Max Factor Lipfinity set in the shade Angelic. My usual lip colour is a peachy-nude, and I've been really wanting to try a fresher, light pink lip for a more spring-summer look. This shade is perfect. I've done a recent review on it so I don't want to keep repeating myself, but I love this product. The lip colour is strong and lasts, I wouldn't say all day as I personally like to top up my lips throughout the day, probably a lot more than I need to as I just like to freshen up, but I did leave it for a few hours and only really needed to reapply the moisturising top coat of lip balm. The colour really does stay! I swatched it in store and swill definitely be going back to purchase it.

Finally, just for my body, I adore the Body Shop Body Butter range. I know a lot of people's favourite Butter is the Coconut butter, which does smell delicious, but as my personal favourite, I have to go with the Papaya Body Butter. There are so many different scents to choose from but the Papaya butter is just so summery, it's just such a fresh, happy scent to me, and I adore it! 

So, there you have, my favourite products, and what I'll be treating myself to next! I love every product I've listed, so if there's anything on there you were curious to try, give it a go! I promise you will not be disappointed. 

Sammii-Jane x

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