With it now being December, we are well and truly into winter so I’m overdue a favourite’s post right now. I’ve not been wearing much makeup recently as I just can’t be bothered to get up early and do it just for university, but I have still been enjoying wearing some on occasion and there are specific products that I have been gravitating towards recently that I just had to include…
BareMinerals Original Foundation in Fairly Light (£27)
I mention this time and time again, I go back to it every year for Autumn and Winter. My skin texture always changes around this time and powder products like this sit on my skin beautifully. It’s lightweight with buildable coverage for however much I need, and it gives a semi-matte (satin?) finish which I prefer for the cooler months. I don’t want to say too much more because I have definitely written about it before, so head over to my other post if you want to know more!
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral (£19)
I have gone back to this, having moved away from it in favour of a slightly darker concealer in my collection over the summer, and I’d forgotten how much I like this. It’s light enough to highlight but not so light that I can’t use it on blemishes and I get a very nice, natural finish whilst still having the coverage I need. I generally pat this in with my fingers as that’s how it sits best on my skin. The only issue I have with this is that it doesn’t work well over my TooFaced Hangover primer which is a shame because I really like it this time of year, but I do have other primers which work well with this. Despite primer difficulties, I’m very much enjoying this right now and some days I can get away with just using this and not a foundation because the colour match is so good when blended.
Read my previous comments on this here.
Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes in Black (£21)
I got this over the summer in the Tarte Bombshell Set and this is definitely my most used product from it. I spoke a lot about my love of this in a post about the set and my opinion of it hasn’t changed. The effect this gives is voluminous but fanned, long lashes which is how I like it. The only disappointing thig about it is that I’m fairly sure that I’m near the end of it now and I just can’t afford to buy more, so it looks like I’m going back to my second favourite soon.
MAC Satin Lipstick in Retro (£16.50)
As I haven’t really been reaching for makeup in general recently, I haven’t worn a lot of lipstick (a bit of a shame really as I’ve missed out on using those deep berry shades!), however, when I have worn lipstick, it’s generally been this. Retro is a lovely deep, brownish nude which I love for this season as it fits the autumn feel without being too in your face about it. The satin finish has also suited me well because I have had issues with chapped lips recently and the satin finish is a lot less drying than matte, but still gives a similar look. Some days I also like to use this dabbed on instead of applied thickly which creates more of a stain look and suits my more natural makeup looks a lot better than a solid lip colour.
Lush Grease Lightning (£6.95)
I have previously spoken about Origins Super Spot Treatment being my favourite, but actually it’s not a patch on this and is now sat neglected at the back of my cupboard. Firstly, I can use this twice a day, all over my face and it doesn’t affect my eczema at all. It’s so much cheaper than the Origins treatment and that can only be used directly on the blemishes which just wasn’t as effective. Since using this, I’ve had a lot less blemishes and the ones I have had are so much smaller. I had this initially with the origins treatment but it just stopped working, Lush Grease Lightning however has kept doing what it should be and my skin is feeling great because of it.
It’s Skin Power 10 Formula GF Effector (£13)
I received this in the ASOS beauty box I got back in October. It’s a 10ml deluxe sample size of the product and I have used it most days since I got it, so I’m about 3 quarters of the way through the bottle now and I need to get the full size! It’s a hydrating serum and I was nervous at first about whether it would affect my eczema, but I’ve had no issues with it so far. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite. When I use this, my skin feels so soft and plumped, it’s vastly improved the appearance and how my makeup sits. I’ve already reached the point of worrying if it runs out because I really don’t want to lose how amazing this makes my skin feel.
Diesel Loverdose Tattoo Perfume (£36 for 30ml – £51 for 75ml)
This is a perfume I regularly go back to. I first tried it about 4 years ago now and loved it so I’m now n my second bottle. I’ve been trying other perfumes and, I’ve been very much enjoying these too, but I can’t not go back to this every now and then, and I really have been loving it recently. I’m not great at describing scents, but to me, it’s a deep floral scent. I 100% recommend it, especially this time of year.
UGG x Swarovski Constellation Classic Short Black Boot (Limited Edition, now unavailable)
For years I said that I didn’t like UGG boots, but in recent years I’ve changed my tune and I considered getting myself a pair, although I wasn’t sure I could afford some… until last year. I found these Swarovski Constellation UGG boots on M&M direct last year, so I finally got some and I couldn’t be happier about it, especially now I’m back at university. On days when I’m heading to a computer room for an 8-hour stint, I like to be as comfy as possible with a pair of leggings (occasionally fur lined), these boots and a massive jumper, I’m set. I was of course drawn to how sparkly these boots are, but I would’ve been happy with just a standard pair of classic boots, so this is just a bonus. If you’re looking for a pair I highly recommend M&M Direct as they have huge discounts on a lot of different styles.
Custom Painted Hufflepuff Slip-on Vans
I couldn’t resist throwing these in as I’ve certainly worn them a lot and have even had strangers when I’m out and about ask me where I got them. I hand painted these personally, as I have done with 7 pairs so far, and I fully intend to do more. I feel like I get better with every pair I do, and my materials are improving also, so I’m really happy with them. I can even run them under a tap without it damaging the paint. I want to do more in future and I even intend to set up an Etsy store after university so I can sell custom painted vans to people who want them. If you are interested in this, keep an eye on my Instagram, and the hashtag #customshoesbysjh as that will be the first place I post about starting a store. Let me know if this is something you would like! I’m also going to do a post soon all about my current painting method so you can have a go yourself if you want to. I’m very much an advocate for sharing creativity, and not for keeping secrets.
I would love to know if you share my love for these products and what your current favourites are, let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading,