It’s been a long, long time since I’ve put together a favourites round up. Mainly because I wasn’t trying enough products to warrant a monthly post! But seasonally I tend to fall in love with old products and different bits and bobs in my collection, as well as accumulating enough new products to pick favourites, so today I want to share my winter favourites with you. I realise these are all makeup bits, but my skincare routine really isn’t anything special at the moment (the most exciting thing I’ve discovered recently is the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant) so it makes sense to share the more cosmetic side.
I’m a sucker for trying out new primers. I have my favourites, and some that got one slap on my face and that was enough to know that I never wanted to touch it again. A recent favourite of mine has been the ELF Blemish Control Primer which actually shouldn’t be in my collection. I’d heard ace things about the ELF Mineral Infused Primer and ordered that when there was 50% off, but this came instead. I ended up getting a refund and getting to keep the product so I made the most of it. This definitely isn’t a pore filling primer, but more of a smoothing one. It makes my makeup last all day (I forgot to apply it a couple of weeks ago and my face just ate up my foundation, so primer is definitely a must for me) and I do think it might be keeping the spots at bay. I haven’t changed anything in my life and I don’t seem to be getting quite as many breakouts so this is a winner! The only thing that surprised me is that it isn’t a green tinted primer. I sometimes use colour correctors when I’m looking a bit red, but this isn’t one, despite the packaging being green. The colour is simply there to differentiate between primers by the looks of things. I think having colour correcting properties would make this an even better product, but you can’t have everything! I find the pump to be great for tired mornings as more than once I’ve squirted primer all down my top as I’ve overestimated the amount of pressure I’ve needed to get the product out of the tube. ELF offer free UK shipping on orders of £25 and always have deals on such as money off or free products so definitely get looking at their site and treat yourself to a few bits and pieces.
One of my more recent foundation additions is the Seventeen Stay Time Foundation and holy smokes, why have I not tried this before the past month? Until a couple of years ago I didn’t touch liquid foundation, so it’s no surprise that I wasn’t a lover of full coverage until recently. Now I’m all about the cake (face…and actual cake; mainly the edible cake). I’m still a little bit pants at making my base look flawless, but I’m getting there thanks to the help of my favourite tools, and combined with this foundation, I seem to be able to hide most flaws. And it’s not only a great foundation, it’s also a bargain at £6.49 (I think. The Boots website has been dodgy ever since the recent upgrade and I can’t actuall confirm this) and is cruelty free as well.
There are two concealers I’ve got my eye on – the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Concealer – but finding out what shade I am is a little bit of a nightmare. Beauty counters stress me out because I feel like I have to buy something so I tend to steer clear, and I don’t want to order something that going to be the wrong shade. But for now, I’ve settled with the one concealer that everyone agrees is a dupe for the Nars offering – the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I’ve had this since the summer, have been using it daily since mid-December and have just ran out of my first tube (with a second one ready and waiting). It’s creamy enough to cover blemishes, but is thin enough to apply under the eyes, which is perfect for my lazy morning makeup routine as I only have to use one product. I use the shade 15, which is stupidly lighter than 10, and this is the perfect shade for me. Definitely a must try if you haven’t yet.
Now onto the eye category of my winter favourites (a big ol’ section). Over winter, I’ve fallen back in love with the palette I loved last winter too: Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette. This has been a firm favourite since I bought it back in Autumn 2015 and I honestly have no idea how I haven’t hit pan on it yet because I use it so often. I have written a review post on it before, but I feel like I didn’t hype it up quite enough. The shimmery gold and bronze tones blend like butter, there are ample transition shades and I love the pink for a pop of colour on my lower lash line. Honestly, it’s the palette of dreams and if I could only have on palette in my life, it would definitely be this one.
Stila is my go to brand at the moment if I’m wondering about trying a new product. After buying two of the Christmas sets, I’m fully converted to the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks if I want something that will last all day but remain comfortable. I’m so excited to try the new nude shades they’re bringing out because the formula is to die for. I’m even trying to persuade my mum that she needs to try them, and she’s a complete newbie to liquid lips. My favourite shades have been Beso and Serenata, with the latter pictured. I can’t wait to get my hands on some more of these! Especially after going a bit overboard on their Christmas sets (there were a fair few, and I review two of them: here and here).
Another Stila product that has become a go to is the Stila HUGE Extreme Mascara (previously talked about here). The wand is a fibre wand which I personally prefer, and has an hourglass shape. If you know Too Faced Better Than Sex, it’s a less messy version of that. I’ve been flitting between this and YSL Baby Doll recently, and it was a bit of a tough choice on which to pick as a favourite but the Stila one just pipped it. Despite it not being waterproof, it makes my eyelashes hold a curl as well as looking lengthened and volumised. It’s an all in one star! Sure, it’s not a cheap mascara but it’s worth every penny and I would definitely repurchase it.
Another eye product I’ve been thoroughly impressed with recently is an eyeliner that I received in the M&S Advent Calendar. The Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner is a felt tip liner (my favourite) and is super easy to use. It’s not too flexible, nor is it too stiff, so it’s easy to get a precise line – something I’m still struggling with on most days. It retails for a little more than the average liner that I usually pick up, but I’d say it’s work it for the cost. I find the Eyeko products I’ve tried to be quite hit and miss, but this is a huge hit for me.
And my final favourite is the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cher. Although it’s not as deep as I thought it would look on me, it’s still a beautiful colour for when I’m after something that isn’t nude but isn’t really bold. Whilst this doesn’t last as long as the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks, it has a pretty long wear time and you can definitely get away with going a few hours without a top up. I also have the shade 1995 which I love, but Cher has my heart (I just had to buy it after Hayley and Katie always seemed to be wearing it every time I asked what lipstick they were wearing).
So that’s my winter favourites. Nothing too out of the ordinary there but I thought it would be fun to share them with you. Let me know your recent favourites and what I need to try next!