Beauty Staples #1

It is so easy to form a bit of a security blanket with beauty routines. Let's be honest though, plum red lipstick looks a little out of place in Summer as does an overly bronzed complexion in Winter. Now it's holiday time and there's a more time to spend having a proper hunt through my makeup drawer and bag finding new products to use and giving the everyday makeup routine an overhaul. 

Bourjois Bronzing Primer, available hereThis bronzing primer was receiving high praise from some of the porcelain beauty bloggers overseas so I was keen to try this out. It is compared to the Chanel Bronze Universal but is considerably more affordable. I've been using this every day underneath foundation or tinted moistursier-not so much as a primer but more so to add a bit of warmth to my face. This is super easy to blend and it doesn't leave your skin looking orange or obviously bronzed. 

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle Highlighter is a step I tend to skip when I'm rushing about. Given I use a lot of matte products though it is perfect for adding a glow rather than a sheen to the face. This powder is so subtle and has only a touch of shimmer to it. Swipe this along your cheekbones and above your cupid's bow to add radiance and a bit of something-something to the complexion.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla This concealer is unrivaled at the moment. Given that the shade is such a perfect match to skintone. This works wonders at both concealing blemishes and under-eye circles. While it is a thick concealer, the creaminess ensures it doesn't crease or look too caked on.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak, available here. These lipsticks have the texture of a balm and the opacity of a matte lipstick. Streak is a more wearable coral-pink shade. These are so easy to apply in the morning and because they're so long-lasting you don't need to fuss around with a lipliner. This lasts pretty well on the lips but do be prepared for a couple of touchups during the day.

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, travel size. My Porefessional primer is very close to running out, I'm saving the last few pumps until I go through Duty Free next week. Anyway, because of that I've been reaching for this primer a lot more instead. Now Porefessional, I think you're great and all but I think Mineral Veil outdoes you. Applying this feels like adding a layer of silk over your face. As for its priming benefits, most if not all of my base makeup comes off on a cotton pad at the end of the day.

*What are your current beauty staples?


  1. haha oh im so bad about getting stuck in a makeup routine when the season changes! i do it with my nail polishes too, i always want to wear my winter colours during summer!
    loving your posts sophie!


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    1. That's the same here, I blame the Northern Hemisphere bloggers. Thanks Ellen! Love yours and Tara's posts-especially your latest ones. x