What this post is about: My current beauty favourites – products that are part of my daily makeup bag and those that I can’t stop raving about.
I call it the beauty junkie’s block. You know when you love a product and can’t stop using it, when you forget about all the other awesome stuff sitting in your drawers, when you refuse to try anything new because you are so consumed and chuffed with your present beauty drill? (also, because you are getting all those compliments from strangers at work and at the children’s park!). I’m going through it right about now and as a gentle reminder to my beauty brain, I wanted to write this post and tell y’all what’s rocking my boat these days. These products are my go-tos when I need to get my make up on in five minutes (on autopilot mode) with my toddler blah-blahing incessantly in the background. Music to my ears.
Not dripping with sarcasm anymore – I really think these beauty basics are great value for money and do their job well. I’m narrowing it down to six of my makeup bag essentials. Here we go!
Base: The Face Shop Jeju Aloe Fresh Soothing Gel
The Face Shop Jeju Aloe Fresh Soothing Gel – This is the most soothing, calming, comforting and cooling aloe gel that you can possibly find in the market. If you have sensitive skin, this can be a wonderful gel base for your makeup. It can also be used as a post-wax soothing gel to calm angry or irritated pores. Superb for summers, as it absorbs in seconds, hydrates profusely and doesn’t run with sweat. I can’t live my life without this in my makeup bag.
Conceal: Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Concealer – Finally available in India, this was the much awaited every-beauty-blogger’s-most-gushed-about concealer for dark circles. I was so thrilled when I got my hands on this concealer and I’m glad that it did not disappoint. One happy miracle in a weird clicking-tube situation, this concealer is almost impossible to beat at the drug store level.
Light-weight, smooth and almost opaque, it is fantastic for concealing or brightening under eyes, and can alternatively be used as a handy base for eye shadow. Also great for combating redness around the nose and spot concealing, this one is definitely a makeup bag staple (even if you own a luxury one already). Try it and you’ll see.
I am in the shade ‘medium’ (I am brown-skinned with a fair to medium skin tone).
Brows: NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil
NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil – I never did my eyebrows until I tried this one, and now I can’t stop using it. It comes with a twist-up auto pencil at one end to fill brows and a spoolie brush at the other end to tame brows. Compact, precise, easy to use and does the job perfectly.
I use the shade ‘Brunette‘. This shade may seem too light for Indian skin, but to be honest it gives me the most natural looking, shapely brows. A great colour if you need to fill in any gaps; this colour will not give you those angry brows that ruin your no-makeup makeup look.
Cheeks: The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour
The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour – This range of blushes by The Body Shop is simply stunning. All the colours are gorgeous and extremely pigmented. They can be doubled up as an eye-shadow or can be used to add a hint of colour to the apples of the cheeks. The are long-lasting, smooth, buttery and provide a natural flushed appearance. Can’t wait to get some more of these!
The shade I own is called ‘Macaroon’ (a medium, warm peachy pink).
Lips: M.A.C Prep + Prime Lip
M.A.C Prep + Prime Lip – I was urged by my bestie to get this one ‘right now!’ And whatever she says, I do. So, now I want to go kiss her, because I love this lip primer to death. Until now, I always used a lip balm under matt lipsticks, but balms make lipsticks less matt, slippery and messy. Balms are also inconvenient if you need to use a lip liner (I almost always use M.A.C Spice under all my lipsticks, it’s my MLBB shade of liner), because they hinder even, clean application.
This lip primer comes in a twist-up chapstick-like pen. Ideally, you apply it generously on your lips before you begin your makeup. Wait for 5 minutes and allow it to hydrate and mattify your lips. Then go in with the lip liner and the lipstick. It definitely improves the staying power and colour pay-off of the products you apply on top of it. It prevents matt lipsticks from tugging at the lips and helps in achieving even application of deeper shades. Absolute must have. A bit of a splurge, but then a M.A.C product is irreplaceable.
Lips: L’oreal Paris Color Riche Le Matt Lip pen
Le Matt Lip pen – ‘She’s so matte‘ is currently my handbag pal. Pretty-looking, deeply matte and non-drying, these lip pens are so handy. A twist-up lip pen, the L’oreal Le matt range has five shades to choose from. Unfortunately, all the other colours are shades that don’t flatter my skin tone. I only wish they launched a few more shades in this range, as the formula, colour pay-off and staying power are so great.
I love the shade ‘She’s so matte‘. It’s a beautiful peachy pink nude, perfect for day wear and surprisingly opaque for a nude shade; it is a versatile colour that compliments many looks.
Tell me, what’s trending in your beauty stash this month? Comment down below!
Until next time, XOXO.
Disclaimer: All products mentioned are bought by me with my own money. My reviews are neither sponsored nor biased. I review only those products that I deem fit to recommend to others, staying mindful not to exaggerate or undermine their quality, value and usefulness. This post does not contain any affiliate links.