It’s been a long time since I last wrote about my current beauty favourites, so I thought that I’d give you all a bit of an update. However, I decided to give this post a bit of a twist – instead of updating you all on my favourite cosmetics right now, I thought an update on my favourite emergency cosmetics would make things a little bit more interesting (especially with the change of season, end of year stress and other factors we’re all facing right now that so easily lead to breakouts and bad skin!). I’ll be doing a part two of this post soon so if you enjoy this one, keep your eyes peeled for the follow up. Happy reading and a beautiful Friday to you all!
1. MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage
I know I’ve mentioned this amazing product in a number of different posts, but it really does deserve the credit. This ultra lightweight lotion is my saviour when it comes to bad skin. Having naturally fair and sensitive skin, I struggle with redness and blemishes on a regular basis, and it’s horrible to say the least. This product, affectionately known as my MAC Skin to me, is simply amazing. I apply it straight after I jump out of the shower to soothe the redness in my skin. It also helps with cooling down broken skin (believe it or not) and evening out your complexion. I then apply a second application before I start my make-up – it lays down a great base for foundation and eye make-up! If you don’t already have this baby in your make-up bag, please do yourself a favour and invest in it. You won’t be sorry!
2. LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub
As overpriced as this tiny tub of flavoured cane sugar may be, it’s a winner. I’m prone to dry lips (especially in the case of weather changes), so I find this nifty little pot of sweetness rather handy. Just a touch of product on your lips is enough to scrub off all dry skin and leave you feeling pouty as ever. Looking to wear a matte lipstick but feel your lips are too dry to pull it off? No problem – use this product just before your lipstick application and you’ll have created the perfect base to apply your favourite lipstick, that will now glide on more smoothly than ever. I also love the Popcorn flavour, but Bubblegum wins overall for me (for the love of pink)!
3. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
This product is a miracle-maker when it comes to transforming dull, dry lips to healthy, hydrated ones. Just a dab of this unfortunately pretty sticky (that’s about its only con in my opinion) before you start your make-up is all you need. By the time you get to your lipstick (usually at the end of your make-up regime), your lips will be left feeling intensely moisturised. I sometimes pair this with my Dior Lip Glow (rather heftily priced but great for girls who aren’t big lipstick fans) to revive my lips’ natural colour and get them looking as healthy as ever.
4. MAC Mineralize Concealer
Admit it, some days you roll out of bed and dread the thought of going through your perfected foundation routine before work. Well, luckily for us, there are concealers – and this one does just the job for me. Whether I’m in a rush or just plain lazy, I always cover up spots and blemishes with this beloved concealer of mine. It’s also great for highlighting under the eyes for a fresh-faced look, and can be set with any translucent powder without looking cakey. It also doesn’t break me out which is, of course, another huge plus! I’m yet to try the Pro Longwear Concealer but when I do, I’ll definitely do a comparison post.
5. MAC Matte Face Blush in Prism
I’m kind of over shimmer blushes for now (this won’t last long, I can assure you), so when I found this product, I was instantly impressed. Prism is a very natural brown/earthy-toned blush that adds a natural sunkissed-looking contour to the cheeks. I use it with my angled contouring brush and the results are always fantastic. It’s so quick and easy to apply because it requires little blending, so if you have this product in your make-up bag, you can never excuse bare cheeks!