Saturday, 25 October 2014

The Top 10 tag

Hey everyone!!
Hope you are all well on this dreary cold Saturday!
Thanks to the lovely everyday unicorn, a fab blogger with an amazing writing style for the tag for the top ten products i cannot live without! Head over to Everyday Uniocrn to check her out you wont be dissapointed!
This was such a hard one to do, as its hard to pin point ten!!
Okay so lets start!
1. Foundation
ooooh now this is my product that is top of the list that i cannot live without. I have tried so many brands over the years from drugstore to very high end and everything in between. My skin is very combination at present, oily tzone, dry cheeks, but a bit of dryness at nose and forehead, so you can see it is a mission to find a good formula.
I have to admit the one i always fall back to is MAC Studio fix, i was initially matched in the shade nw15 but never was fully happy with it, so when in my local MAC store recently i got rematched, and the girl felt that the NC range would suit me better and i have to admit, i was wary cause i am very fair and high coloured cheeks, but this is pretty good, so i will have to say my fave has to be this. Check it out here MAC Studio FIx


It wont be for everyone, but i feel that i can use my Real Techniques stippling brush and it works great with a medium buildable coverage!

2.Concealer

This is a very hard choice for me as it is a toss up between Rimmel Wake Me up Concealer which i would use on a day where i don't need much coverage and the MAC Pro longwear which i always use on the days where i have wee breakouts or i feel my red cheeks are very bad.
I think my choice has to be the MAC one, i just feel it sits better on my skin, and doesn't sit in the little crinkles round my eyes, and doesn't highlight any wrinkles which is always a bonus!!



3.Powder

This has to be the easiest choice ever!! Just like so many bloggers and youtubers we all seem to love Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
I used loads of powders over the years to combat my oil slick forehead, but none ever seemed to do well enough. Then during a marathon youTube session i came across this powder. I must admit i had never rated Rimmel as a brand but this has totally changed my mind. It is very fine and you don't need a lot of it to make a difference, which is fab for me and my random dry patches!



4.Blush
Ahhh blusher, the bane of my make up routine! I have always loved the idea of a pink blusher but just take a minute to think of my red cheeks and pink blusher! That's not a good look is it!
So i have went now to the golden brown peachy colours, and I must admit, it is working a lot better with my skin tone!
I dont have a really stand out blush if i am honest, just because of the love hate relationship, but the one i go for most is Benefit Sugarbomb It has goldy tones with a hint of pinky that i can still get away with, but on a really red cheek day, i find myself just using the 2 golden tones. Its a gorgeous formula and feels so light on my skin. Definitely recommend this one!

5.Bronzer
Again here I have a little love hate relationship, I never seem to find the perfect colour for my really fair skin, so if you guys have any recommendations, let me know!
I always reach for my MAC Bronzer
In all honesty this is the best of a bad bunch that i have, so i don't always wear bronzer!

6. Highlighter
I never really understood the benefits of a highlighter until again i was having a youTube session, and I saw a stunning one on Tanya Burr seriously you need to check this girl out if you dont know who she is! One of the original youTube sensations!!
She was wearing a MAC one, Soft and Gentle I think it was, and when i went into store they were out of stock, and the assistant suggested Lightscapade it looked very very light to me, but it was very pretty on my brow bone, so I bought it and when i have my full make up on, its gorgeous just on top of my cheeks, my cupids bow, and my brows, a little goes a long long way with this so it will last you a lifetime, I am still lusting after Soft and Gentle, so I think I need to give a few hints to hubby!



7. Mascara 
Again one of the easiest choices on my list. It has to be Avon Mega Effects
Lets just take a minute to look at how fab it is

Okay lusting over!! This really is fab, from the unique wand to the creamy formula, there isnt a mascara that has come close in my eyes. It takes a little getting used to as the angle you set the wand effects the results, but you can get very natural lashes right up to full on glam very easily!
The only negative I have for this product, is that when you pull the wand out, i think it could dry very easily in the tube, but if you use mascara as often as i do, then this wont be a problem.
Avon are really coming into their own in my opinion the past year or so, it got not a great name for a while, but its now getting the credit it fully deserves!
8.Eyeshadow
Ahhhh now this is hard. I switch from MUA palletes to single MAC palletes all the time, but if i am being completely honest, I think it has to be MAC all that glitters it is just such a stunning shade, I have blue eyes, and it compliments them well as an all over lid shade. I normally wear this with a little deeper brown through my crease for a real easy smoky brown eye. Or even on its own and a slick of mascara during the day. Its a dream to work with and blend even as a transitional colour. Can you tell i love this goldeny, sheeny pretty colour!!

9.Brows
Oh my brows, another love hate!! I have naturally thick brows a la Cara!! but i inherited one distinctly shorter than the other, my mummy had the same thing crazy. I tried to do my brows with pencil but i looked horrendous to say the least, so when i tried powder i thought i had fixed things, but my wonky brow likes to stick up at the end! So i really needed something to stick it down so to speak!! Then i discovered Avon perfect brow kit One word AMAZING!!
You can choose between a light and dark colour and you get a little wax to set the brows, this really is great and is inexpensive! Only negative would be that the wax seems to get dirty very easily, so i have now started using a separate eyebrow brush for the wax!


10. Lip Products

This is a toughie as i go through stages of loving glosses over lipsticks and vice versa!
I adore MAC lipsticks as i think their staying power is amazing, but at the price of them its hard to buy them all the time.
I was lucky enough to win a competition on twitter recently from essence cosmetics and i got a huge package of makeup including lippies. One stood out for all the right reasons Barely There is a great colour, nude but definitely shows that you have something on your lips, and the formula wow, its very creamy and long lasting!
I think this type of colour goes with so much and has to be a staple in your kit, and at only a couple of quid, sure you cant go wrong!! I will without a doubt be purchasing a few more of the colours!!




So... Thats it ladies and gents my holy grail products. Looking at my list, I think i have a good combination of higher end and drugstore, which is really important in my eyes!

So my people i would love to do this are:


and any other gorgeous peeps, who would like to!!!!

Lots of Love
Ali




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5 comments

  1. Aw thank you! Great picks, the avon mascara looks and sounds amazing and those essence lipsticks are so great! I use them all the time xx

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    1. The mascara really is fab,and sometimes you get it on offer for £5
      The essence stuff isn't available up here but I was so chuffed when I won that comp,the lippies and eyeshadow are great x

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  2. Wow that mascara!! Would love to try it!! Love the Rimmel powder too, always have one about somewhere!

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  3. Some great picks!! I swear by Rimmel stay matte! I really want to try the Avon Mascara it looks so cool ahha x

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  4. Can't recommend the mascara enough girls x

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