If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for a friend, are lucky enough to score a Sephora gift certificate over the holidays, or are wanting to glam it up for NYE, check out the beauty products I’m loving this year.
Laura Mercier’s Radiance Foundation Primer is a product I use every day. Its slightly opalescent, lit-from-within glow is easily addictive. Although I use it all over the face, I particularly like the sheen it delivers to the cheek bone area.
Tip #1: Sephora sells a smaller 1 oz bottle of this stuff which is great for giving it a first try and even the smaller size lasts forever.
Tip #2: Laura Mercier also does a Radiance Bronze version, which I wanted to love but didn’t. It was far too muddy on me.
Best Eyeshadow Palette
It was my sister who first got me hooked on Urban Decay, and at Christmas time to boot. Their mega-hit Naked2 eyeshadow palette, which contains 12 fairly universally-flattering shades, did me in. Although there are both matte and sparkly options–and I’m not one to shy away from a little glimmer–this palette is slightly too shiny for me. That said, it’s an undeniable go-to when it’s in the house, and Half Baked and Booty Call are AMAZING shades. (Not to mention pretty good names.)
I once asked a professional make-up artist what she considered to be my best feature. Without hesitation she said my brows. It seemed slightly disappointing at the time but now that we’re having a Cara Delevigne moment, I’m pleased. The best shortcut to amazing-looking brows is Urban Decay’s Brow Box. This one tiny box packs a lot of punch: two powders, a setting gel, two tiny brushes, and a mini tweezer. Plus it lasts forever.
Tip: Anastasia Beverly Hills also offers excellent brow products. Though not cheap, the Urban Decay brow box combines so many products that it’s far better value for the money.
Best Cheek Palette
This Urban Decay palette has much of what you need to create a perfect face: a blush, a bronzer and a highlighter. It’s available in four different colour schemes; I’ve tried both the introductory Naked (more pink) and Streak (more peach, which is nice for summer). Although the blush and bronzer are good (and useful for very basic contouring) it’s the highlighter that really takes the cake. This stuff is excellent!
Like many of you, I’ve been searching for the perfect mascara for years. While I’m a fan of Lancome’s Definicils, my favourite mascara right now is L’Oreal’s Voluminous Butterfly.
Something about the brush really does elongate and shape the lashes! This drugstore product is definitely worth giving a try.
Tip #1: Channel your inner Kim Kardashian and apply liberally, especially at the outer tips.
Tip #2: Knowing how much I like the regular Butterfly, I was keen to give the newer Voluminous Butterfly Intenza a try. Disappointing! Unlike its predecessor, that stuff is weak sauce.
Best Red Lip
Having succumbed to the charms of Taylor Swift, I too have started daring to sport a bright red lip. I’ve even stumbled upon the perfect shade. Lancome’s Rouge In Love in 183N “Be My Date” is a true red–not too orange, not too pink, just perfect.
Unfortunately, it seems like it’s been discontinued. Scour your local stores, ladies, as this a red you don’t want to miss!
Well, that brings this year’s beauty list to a close. Happy holidays, everyone. Here’s wishing you a beautiful 2015!