Shop My Favourites


27 February 2016 15 comments


Like 95% of beauty bloggers, I own clear, acrylic drawers (Muji) to store my most used makeup. I like to periodically give my collection a good rotation to 'shop my stash'. A bit like a 'current favourites', here are the products that are currently, unarguably, top shelf.

Let's start with a base that I witter on about all the time. The IOPE cushion foundation has graced my top drawers ever since my cousin bestowed me with it's brilliance several months ago. Everything about this foundation I love, the finish, the scent, the cover, the price, superlative everything.

Another base that has crept it's way into the highest echelons that is the top drawer, is Tom Ford's Traceless foundation stick, initially because of the 'Oh God this is Tom Ford, I can't throw it in a drawer and let it become anything less than pristine' factor, but it stayed because it's in fact an exceedingly good product. I might do an in depth review of this guy so let me know if you'd like to see that.

You'll be seeing Chanel's Les Beiges blush a lot I'll warn you. I kind of feel like it's going to be the blush product of 2016 for me, which is a big statement to make here in February. I think there must be some art in the application though, the French garcon on the Chanel counter just had the magic touch to make me look kissed by cherubs, which I'm yet to master but this product is so easy even I'm nearly there. 

If spending £32 on a stick of blush pains you a little, Kiko's Shade Fusion blush in 03 Abricot is one third of the price but equally as pretty (ok almost equally, but sometimes I layer both and then it's the best of both worlds). It gives you the most beautiful, soft sheen as well as a natural flush and I can't get enough of the stuff. Staying with cheeks, the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance powder is my highlight of choice recently (I'm actually a terrible blogger and have forgotten to include the Rosie For Autograph Rose Bud Highlighter (review), honestly, it's exquisite). With a light hand, it looks natural and effortless and the formula is really easy to work with. 

Between Charlotte Tilbury's Colour Chameleon in Dark Pearl and the Marc Jacobs Lolita palette, I've got everything I need for a neutral eye look that I love no matter what the combination of shades. Marc Jacobs palettes are such a great investment, supreme quality. For brows, the Freedom Brow Pomade is pretty hard to beat. The colour range is great, including those cool, ashy browns that a lot of us need, and each little pot, which will last you yonks, is only £5.

Rather than prime to make my makeup last longer, I need a heavy duty primer to fill in the lines on my forehead and pores on the inner part of my cheeks. The Nars Instant Line & Pore Perfector is perfect. 

Last up, it's a rare moment when there isn't a Chanel compact in the top drawer. This time, it's my Joues Constraste blush in Alezane. From the Fall 2015 collection, I kept it in the box for a little while but, even though it's darker than I might usually go, this blush is exquisite on the skin and will see you through all seasons.

What favourites are you reaching for at the moment?

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