For this month’s favourites post, I thought I’d round-up the best highstreet makeup I’ve tried this July. There’s so many amazing finds in Boots and Superdrug that you don’t have to splurge on luxury brands, and as my purse strings are a little tight this month, I thought I’d share some buys that won’t break the bank.
First up is a brand of makeup brushes I’ve been a fan of for a very long time. EcoTools make synthetic brushes with the softest of bristles and sturdiest of bamboo handles. My EcoTools brushes have stood the test of time and have never dropped their bristles. I was on the hunt for a small buffing brush to blend in my concealer and noticed this one new to the range. It blends in concealer perfectly, true to its name, ‘Airbrush Concealer’. You can find these brushes in Boots for a very reasonable price.
Next up is Soap & Glory’s Archery brow tint and precision shaping pencil. This product has been on the hit list of many beauty buffs so I decided to give it a whirl. The pen is dual-tipped, with a brow tint pen at one end and a creamy pencil at the other. The pencil is nice but nothing to rave about, but the pen is something a little bit special! It’s certainly the easiest of brow products I have ever used and allows you t0 fill and shape your brows perfectly. The tint is not too intense and can still be blended in for a subtle look.
My Maybelline The Falsies mascara ran out the other week and even though it didn’t last that long, it achieved great results, so I thought I’d try one of the new mascaras from the brand: Big Eyes Mascara. This mascara has two applicators, one for coating the upper lashes and a smaller head to coat the lower lashes. We all know how hard it can be to apply mascara neatly to the lower lashes and this makes it a breeze. The fluid is just as nice as that in The Falsies mascara, however the brush doesn’t quite achieve the long fluttery look that The Falsies does. For a day to day mascara, or for someone starting out in makeup, Big Eyes is a great option and you can’t beat its precision! I bought it in a waterproof formula for hot summer days and dips in the sea.
I’ve been using a loose face powder for a good few years and decided it was about time I bought a pressed powder for my handbag. Having not tried many Soap & Glory products I picked up their One Heck Of A Blot Super-Translucent Matifying Face Powder to see what it was like. This powder is lovely and light, getting rid of shine in a sweep without looking cakey or too powdered. I’m not a fan of the puffs you get in these compacts and use a fluffy brush to apply instead. I really like the finish of this powder as it works just like blotting paper removing excess oil without leaving a powdery residue behind.
Another Soap & Glory product, Sexy Mother Blusher is a cream blush stick that you blend into your cheeks. It gives a natural rosy glow that lasts longer on your cheeks than a powder blush. The formula isn’t oily or too creamy and almost turns a little powdery when applied to the skin, letting you blend the product into your base easily. I picked up the colour Pinkerbelle which is a peachy pink colour and it is also available in hot pink and an orangey peach shade.
I finally got my hands on one of the Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte lipsticks from Rimmel and this shade (107) is so gorgeous! It’s a plummy red that is too beautiful for words and is my choice of colour in the evening. These lipsticks have massive staying power although they did dry out my lips a touch but the matte formula stay put all day. I may have to buy a similar colour in the original formula too!