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I've never been the type of person that could fit all their makeup in one bag, I was always switching out foundations and trialling a new blusher. My friends would ask me about any updates on new releases and ask for my recommendations, but over the past six months or so my approach to makeup really changed. Rather than getting excited about what blusher to pair with which lipstick, I just stuck to the same handful of products to see me through the day.
Although my love for makeup was still there, with no place to go and no people to see, I found myself reaching for reliable products at the start of the day. I experimented a little around Christmas and again at Valentine's Day, but other than that I stuck to my routine every day. I've recently got the itch to start experimenting with my makeup looks again, but before I delve back into the world of beauty, I thought I'd share with you the products that have been my go-to over the past couple of seasons.
For foundation, I have been using the L'Oreal Skin Paradise Tinted Moisturiser*, a product described as a tinted water cream which I think pretty much sums up it's formula and finish. If I'm honest I didn't expect to love this as much as I do because tinted moisturisers aren't usually up there with products I reach for as a I tend to find them patchy and not very long lasting. This base does have a slightly strange shade range which tends to lean towards the pink undertone side of foundations, but once I found my match, I felt liked it blended in well and looked natural on.
When it comes to concealer, I've had quite the love affair with the Nars Creamy Concealer*. I loved it when I first used it many moons ago then I fell out of love with it for quite some time before going back to being smitten once again. It's super easy to use under the eyes as it stays put and doesn't appear drying. Plus it stays put despite the watery eyes I often get especially get at this time of the year thanks to hay fever.
I've used the Nars Laguna Bronzer* for many years now and was very excited to try out their new packaging, but as the bronzer takes so long to use up (I'm not complaining) it took a while to replace my old one. It's just perfect for my skin tone as I can use it to lightly contour and add warmth to my complexion.
The L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara* came out in America long before it made it's way over to us, but despite hearing so many amazing things about it, I was still skeptical when I got my hands on it. I'm going to make quite a big statement now - it'ss officially in my top three favourite mascaras. This means it's beaten quite a few high end offerings to the podium too. It makes my lashes appear longer and fuller, doesn't flake or irritate my eyes, plus I love it's longevity.
Just like my powder routine, my eyebrow products have pretty much stayed the same too. I opt for the ABH Dipbrow Pomade* to help add depth and colour to my brows, whilst the Milk Makeup Kush Gel* helps to keep them all in place. The latter is a product I didn't get along with initially, but after some time, I've really gotten used to it and I think I'd struggle not to have it in my makeup bag.