Faking natural radiance

30 Jan 2014

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There's something lovely about a new makeup bag, especially when that new makeup bag isn't a cheap last 
resort from Primark, but a gorgeous and beautifully designed embroided makeup bag from SewLomax. I came across SewLomax on Twitter (@TattooedTealady), and instantly I was smitten with the gorgeous designs on offer. If I'm honest, I really love the look of the SewLomax men's wash bags, being tempted to order one for my partner even though he owns no products! When I spotted this gorgeous Snow White Lipstick Makeup Bag, I know I had to have it! Unfortunately it's no longer available but if you follow @SewLomax on Twitter, you'll see there's a new range of these makeup pages being released under a new collection, the Midnight Lips Range (I'm more than a little excited, I love the colour theme!) Currently tucked away in my lovely new makeup bag is my emergency kit. By emergency, I mean a lack of sleep and by kit, I mean radiance boosting, brightening and awakening makeup that's set for any occasion. Let's delve in shall we?

Starting with the products which work to perk up and brighten my complexion, a must have after a rough nights sleep. I'm unlucky enough that even an hour less sleep than I should be getting, and I have big puffy eyes and dark circles to battle in the morning. Step in the popular YSL Touche Eclat (Selfridge's, £25) which is perfect for brightening my under-eye area. Easy to use with a click-pen format, this is perfect for highlighting other areas of your face, too. For a light but buildable base that feels refreshing and plumping on the skin whilst leaving a naturally radiant glow, we have the MaxFactor Whipped Creme Foundation (Boots, 18ml, £9.99) I like to use two applications of this, as one provides a very sheer finish whereas I prefer a medium-full coverage. Very easy to build up, but I'd suggest letting the first application settle before attempting to apply a second! A touch-up is needed mid-afternoon, but otherwise? This complexion pleaser keeps the oil at bay. I prefer the Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana (MakeupEffects, 1.5oz, £9.40) which works well to set my makeup, but brighten my under eye area too.

Before I start any of my makeup, I always turn to my Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler (Space NK, £17) which is my favourite, favourite pair of curlers. Amazing is the only way to describe these - giving my lashes long-lasting, instantaneous natural looking lashes with a beautiful curl. Made by the same company as the coveted Shu Uemura curlers, in fact - made before the Shu Uemura ones, and a few quid cheaper too! I have been smitten with the KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows (KIKO, £6.90) lately, particularly Pearly Shell, which works fantastic as an all-over-lid base, with Smoky Brown blended through the crease. These are incredible and I have a long list of shades I hope to add to my collection soon! If I'm opting for something a touch brighter for my eye look, a touch of shimmer with the NYX Roll On Eye Shimmer (NYX*, 1,5g, £4.50) in Nude is incredibly flattering for a pop of colour on the lids. I'm finding myself with less time to go for full maintenance lately, so instead of powder for my brows I've been opting for the Sigma Brow Gel (BeautyChamber, £9.95) A swish and tidy with the clear side, before finishing off my brows with a touch of the tinted gel, brows sorted in seconds.

Blush has been well and truly pushed to the side whilst the breathtaking Michael Kors Sporty Bronze Powder in Glow (Escentual*, £34) which provides the most beautiful and natural looking glow. It's absolutely enourmous, and not the most light-weight of products so not the best for popping in your hand-bag for on-the-go touch ups, but gosh it's beautiful. Last but not least, lips. If I want a touch of colour I find the moisturising formula of the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers (Boots, £4.99) perfect and I've been turning to Nova, Nude Eclipse and Luna the most for a nude lip with a touch of warm. If I want something a bit more eye-catching, I add a touch of The Body Shop Flavoured Lip Gloss (The Body Shop*, £7) which have a touch of colour and a fine shimmer. I particularly adore the soft pink Rose and glittering golden Vanilla, which are due to be released with the new Spring collection very soon! 

What products do you turn to for a radiance boost? You can see me wearing the most of these products in this Instagram picture

Read my review of the YSL Touche Eclat (link)
Read my review of the MaxFactor Whipped Creme Foundation (link)
Read my review of the Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana (link)
Read my review of the KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows (link)
Read my review of the Sigma Brow Gel (link)
Read my review of the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers (link)

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