I’ve been feeling a bit like I’m in a make-up rut recently, which isn’t totally a bad thing – I’ve found a selection of products that I like and work for me. But then, my inner beauty junkie starts to crave something new, wanting to try something else out (even if I’ve already found a product I love) and I know I have to mix it up a bit. So this week I’ve been using a whole collection of new products (well, new to me).
I delved into my drawer of ‘not tested’ bits and bobs and pulled out a whole face of the day using these (with the one exceptions of MAC strobe cream – I have used this before). Now, despite the fact that I was trying to break out of my ‘safe neutrals’ rut, I do still seem to have come up with a look that’s pretty much safe neutral… but baby steps! I will embrace colour eventually!
Not my greatest FOTD photos… but here we go. Here’s my mug in natural light.
What I used:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in ’52’*
Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse in ‘beige’*
MAC strobe cream
Nars Concealer in ‘honey*
Max Factor Creamy Blusher in Soft Murano*
Smashbox Soft Effects Powder Eyeliner in ‘gunmetal’*
Collection 2000 Metallic Cream Eyeshadow in ‘Rock n Rose’*
NYX Pigment (no label)
Cargo Lash Activator Mascara in ‘black’*
Too Faced Shadow Insurance*
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner in ‘black’*
MAC brow set gel (clear)
UNE Lip Toned Colour* L02
|L-R: Smashbox Soft Effects Powder Eyeliner in ‘gunmetal’, Collection 2000
Metallic Cream Eyeshadow in ‘Rock n Rose’, NYC Pigment, Nars Concealer in ‘honey’,
Cargo Lash Activator Mascara in ‘black’, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in ’52’,
Left – NYC pigment
Right (top to bottom): Mascara, Concealer,
Cream Shadow, Powder Eyeliner
|The Shu Uemura Under Base Mousse – an odd, but amazing product.|
|Swatches L-R: Une Lippie, Bourjois Foundation, Strobe Cream, Avon Gel Liner|
I forgot to include the blusher I used in the photos, but it was Max Factor Cream Blush in Soft Murano – lovely product, really amazing to blend and leaves cheeks with a healthy glow that lasts all day. Could also double up as a lip shade.
|Mac Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Murano|
It felt really good to use a whole face of new products! Quite refreshing, and has definitely helped shake the ‘in a rut’ feeling. I also discovered that I really like the Nars concealer – for some reason I expected it to be a bit heavy and not suitable for the under eye area, but I found it amazingly light and blend able – I’m really impressed.
In fact, I felt generally impressed with all the products – the only ones I didn’t immediately love are the Smashbox eyeliner (because it was a bit fiddly and caused some fallout on tops of my cheeks) and the Cargo Mascara – Great colour but took some work to get the lashes looking as long and defined as I like.
So there we have it – my initial thoughts for my ‘new’ face of the day! I’m going to try and mix it up a bit more make-up wise…! What do you do when you feel stuck in a make-up rut???
Products marked with a * are PR samples.