The first product is Nars Sheer Glow, a foundation that I treated myself to way back when I started this blog. Back then I had combination skin which was slightly on the oily side and I was far more into concealing every blemish or mark. I still have it rolling around in my collection as it's quite a nostalgic product for me, but as soon as my complexion went into a dehydrated phase, I could no longer get any wear out of it, which meant that it's stayed stagnant for a while now.
Another base that has been around for some time now is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Foundation, a long serving favourite of mine. It's dewy and it matches my skin tone perfectly, but I don't bring it out into my makeup bag enough. It's a forever repurchase of mine, so no doubt it'll be around for several years more.
Although I've always loved Topshop makeup, I feel like it's still very much underrated. In 2014, I was using the Glow Highlighter in Polish and in 2017, I'm still using it. It remains one of my favourite creamy, blendable illuminators that adds just the right amount of radiance to the complexion without looking too glittery or shiny.
The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder was a much hyped product several years ago, it seemed like everybody owned it and- at the time- it was for very good reason too. It used to be my go-to as it was the perfect cool toned hue, but since then they've come out with a lighter shade which I feel would be much more suited to my pale skin tone. Saying that, there are a lot more products now on the market that do a similar job at a fraction of the price.
The Kevyn Aucoin powder changed how I saw contouring, but it was the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow that had me smitten. Although I've had a few times when this never left my makeup storage for weeks on end, it still remains one of my all round favourite contouring kits. The highlighter is dreamy, blendable and sits lovely on the skin, whilst the bronzing powder is the perfect shade for both warming up the skin or chiselling the cheekbones too.
MAC used to get all the hype back in the day. Before I had this blog, I used to write a few others and I remember picking up a limited edition MAC lipstick called Playing Koi (10 points if you remember it) and it was the most coveted item around the time that concealer lips were all the rage. Now? Not so much.
I'm pretty flexible when it comes to skincare, I tend to have lots of back ups or my favourites, but am always open to trying whatever is new or on offer. The Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask was a hyped up product, but it continues to be one of my favourite masks whenever my skin needs calming and soothing.
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