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What's In My Makeup Bag: January

What's In My Makeup Bag: January
Its been yonks since I delved inside my makeup bag and shared its contents with you. And having spent the last few months welcoming new beauty products and disguising my pasty complexion, I thought I'd chat you through the makeup routine that has seen me through the first month of 2017...

L'Oreal foundations have always been some of my favourite drugstore foundations and for a light-medium coverage and finish that looks natural and feels bare, I've been opting for L'Oreal True Match Foundation in (N1) (£9.99). It's an old favourite and one of the few foundations that matches my current skin tone. 

Everyone needs a good concealer and one that's got the blogosphere talking is the Tarte Tape Shape Concealer (£19.00). If everyone's buying it, it's got to be good right? And it's true when they say, you always want what you can't have. So as soon as I saw Tarte offering free international shipping I'd checked out before you could utter the words Tape Shape (speaking of which, what does that even mean?!). It's on the thicker side, yet has a natural finish and works best with a beauty blender, doing a great job at concealing dark circles and discolouration without creasing or fading throughout the day. 

As I've been rotating a few newbies, I've been fickle when it comes to setting powder. But one powder I've been wearing daily is the shade 'Fawn' from the Anasatasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (£39.00). I like to apply it using the Morphe M143 Deluxe Soft Fan Brush (£9.50). It's shaped perfectly, fitting right in the hollows of my cheeks, creating a flawless and clean contour quickly and effectively. It honestly makes applying contour an absolute breeze. And whatever is left on the brush, I sweep over my forehead, across my jawbone and down my neck. If I want to add a little warmth, I've been using Models Own Sculpt & Glow Contouring Bronzing Powder in Deep Tan (02) (£8.99)

I've been hooked on Makeup Geek's Duochrome Highlighter in 'Lit' (£19.25). The latest highlighter drop from Makeup Geek has gone completely under the radar?! Yet 'Lit' has become one of my favourite highlighters. It might not look particularly special in the pan, but a quick dusting imparts the most beautiful multi-tonal sheen, that's fit for everyday wear. If you're in the market for a new highlight, then you know what to do... 

Makeup Geek's Creme Brulee Eyeshadow (£6.00) is a one sweep wonder. There's no need to apply another shade into the crease. The light-medium brown has warm peachy undertones, which make my blue eyes pop. It has undeniably good colour payoff and is not at all powdery. It just looks so darn good on its own, so much so it's received a hella lot of public appreciation (thanks work colleagues!)
I love BIG lashes and I also love Maybelline's Lash Sensational Mascara, but for now it has taken a back seat whilst I put Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£19.00)* through it's paces. Mascara for me can be a tricky one, as I already have pretty lengthy lashes that work well with most mascaras. But this mascara definitely performs well and gives outstanding volume. Better than sex? I'll let you decide! 

My lip product stash has grown considerably in recent months. So what happened? I was introduced to NYX Liquid Suede in 'Soft-Spoken'* a matte liquid lipstick that's comparable to both Kat Von D Lolita and MAC Velvet Teddy. 'Soft-Spoken' has reignited my love for brown, tawny mauves. The shade instantly transforms my look with ease and I don't find the formulation drying or hydrating. And did I mention it has the seal of approval from the Kardashian/Jenner clan? Not bad for £6.50 eh? 
What makeup products have you been reaching for recently? 
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