Saturday, 30 May 2009

Pretty Girls Make Graves

Have you ever noticed that when magazines do beauty awards, the winners all suspiciously seem to be new products and advertising in the magazine? Call me sceptical, but how could they possibly be the reader's tried and tested all time favourites - they've only had them a week! Now I'm not a beauty expect by any means, but I've been enhancing my ol' mug for over five years now and I reckon I've got a pretty good idea what works and what doesn't. For your peace of mind, I don't want to look like a page three model but I also don't go for the no- makeup look... So here is my list of beautifiers that grace my face daily.

Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation
Ahh if only I slept ten hours a day, then I'd have no need to paint my face. But I do so thankfully, there's this. It's a very thin, sheer consistancy with subtle shimmery particles that don't glitter and does look like it could feasably be your inner health, radiating from within!
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
Again, my lack of sleep makes this badboy neccessary to make me look alive! It never looks cakey and doesn't crease, and presuming you opt for the right colour it blends in perfectly. A word of warning though; once you've had this, no bog standard under eye concealer will ever do!
Chanel Powder Compact
Very matte, finely milled, good range of colours... Ok, ok, I will admit the packaging is a massive part of why I love this so much. If I have to whip out my powder for regular touch ups, I may as well do it in style with that classic interlocking C logo. Plus it does it's job very well, and lasts for ages.
Benefit Dandelion Powder
As a milk bottle white, dark haired girl, this is THE perfect blusher. Nothing could hold a candle to it. Bordering on baby pink, it has illuminating particles and somehow looks very natural on me. Plus I have had it for about three years and have only just began to see the bottom, therefore it's definately splurging on.
Benefit High Beam
Slight pattern developing here... I love natural shimmer, Benefit and cheek makeup. Cheeks are criminally under appreciated! This little gem either carves cheekbones where you have none, or enchances a killer bone structure, depending on what your mother gave you. For a night out, I like to dot it in a C shape along my brow bones and cheekbones, and tiny dots in the inner corner of my eyes and in my cupid's bow. It's a very subtle but effective way to enhance your skin.

Rimmel Professional Liquid Eyeliner
I like to draw on a little black winged line above each eye, every day. I feel naked without them. Admittedly I have never tried any fancier brand's liquid eyeliner offerings, but then again I've never needed to. Rimmel's goes on smoothly (and easily, once you know how), stays put, but comes off withut difficulty when it comes to face-washing time. 

Rimmel Glam'eyes Mascara
I need to be honest with you here... my eyelashes are a bit crap. They never look magnificent like other girl's do. I am either cursed with average lashes or I'm missing out on some secret application tip; I'm really not sure. However, this Rimmel one is the best so far, and I've tried many a mascara, even Chanel! It's not too clumpy or heavy, the brush makes it posible to push my eyelashes up and seperate them and it doesn't smudge all down my face. A winning formula, I think.

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in 'Angel' and Moisture Drench in 'Dare Devil'
In the book I am currently dipping my nose in, a French lady claimed that all a woman really needs is two lipsticks and a lover - a lipstick for day and night, and a lover for, well, loving. I can't assist with the latter but I can recommend two ideal candidates for your lipwear. Angel is the perfect, natural pinky-beige shade for daytime looks or if you opt for a smokey eye on the night. Dare Devil is a bold, pillarbox red with 'bluey undertones' (this is beauty jargon meaning it's not orangey red, and suits people with my colouring) perfect for nights on the razz! Simple.

Has anyone got a mascara they'd care to recommend me? What are your favourite products? Have you tried any of these, and did you like them? Questions, questions!


june said...

i will have a chanel lipstick....

kiss =)

A. said...

i so often heard that the ysl touche eclat must be so good, soo i think i should buy it...

Milzy&Leila said...

I simply couldn't live without YSL touche ├ęclat
and for your mascara you should also try YSL it's am-a-zing
Anyway you commented on our blog a while ago just to let you know that new stuff is comming so stop by if you can

SophieDiamond said...

I often use maybelline mascaras (with a primer) as a base, and then lancome ones over the top which does the job ok....I also used to love Dior mascara, thought haven't used it for ages. Bourjois has a really good waterproof mascara also, and its very cheap! I also recently discovered Clinique mascara- high impact I think it is, which I'm going to start using next- it goes on really nicely without clumps and giving lashes that horrible spidery look.
I enjoyed reading this post- it seems like we have similar complextions, and I also love highlighting and shine (in the right places),chanel powder and winged eyes! I've also found mixing a bit of illuminator into foundation to start with gives a good base glow!
Sophie x

Anonymous said...

Thanks for these reviews! I also have Benefit Dandelion and High Beam and love them :)

Jackie said...

My first time on your blog...such a sweet theme! I have to try out your recommendations. 10 hour sleep sounds like a miracle. Also wanted to let you know that I love, love Max Factor 2000 calorie waterproof mascara in rich black. If you put it on right and add the right amount of liner, it looks like your lashes are fake! sadly, max factor is discontining in the U.S. but I'm going to try to buy it online somehow because it's been my staple for literally 10 years...since I was like 14!