Wednesday, 22 May 2013

My Current Beauty Faves

Recently I have been splurging a little too much on my most favourite thing to products. And in the process of trying them out and testing away I have fallen in love with some old favourites I haven't used in yonks, so I thought I would grab a couple of my recent faves to show you all. If you would like to see a haul of everything I bought please let me know but even I am a little shocked by the amount of Boots, Superdrug and Debenhams orders that have arrived at the Bamber household the past few weeks. Ooops! Don't worry, everyone else has been spoiled too - it just so happens my weakness is anything in small pots and jars!

First off is the Naked Basics palette, I am certain you would have seen this knocking about all over the Internet and bloggers have been raving about it's amazingness for months and finally decided to add it to my collection. I own the Naked 2 palette and love it! But if I had to sum it up in one word it would be 'Shimmer'! The great thing about the Naked basics is it is branded as all Matte shades, although I think the highlight has the tiniest hint of sparkle running through it. I admit it, I am a neutrals addict, I rarely venture from browns and greys so I know this will be well loved and has already become my most reached for palette.

Next I fancied a little contour, who doesn't want to have cheek bones like Sam and Nic Chapman?? Okay Okay, maybe I am venturing a little high but I do love a defined cheek, plus as an added bonus it slims down the face so why wouldn't I want to give it a whirl. For as long as I can remember I have used the Bourjois chocolate bronzer but I really don't see that it gives that much colour pay off, maybe it is an old formula or it really just isn't working on my skin tone? Off I went surfing over to superdrug and popped this in my basket, its the Sleek Contour Kit in Fair (they also do one without the blush). It is great, the bronzer isn't too orange and I am loving the highlight! But watch out, the first time I used all three together I had a little too much 'glow' going on so I would recommend a matte blusher...I actually also got the Sleek blush by 3 palette in Lace and it goes perfectly :)

Brows, Brows Brows! I love a good Brow but always struggle finding just the right colour. I look back on pictures and sometimes I have blonde brows, then brown...even black. Having red hair and being pale I just couldn't make my mind up what shade to go for or what suits me best. Finally I took the plunge and bought the Anastasia Brow Wiz that Pixiwoo rave about in nearly all of their tutorials...I opted for Brunette and crossed my fingers that it would be the perfect colour. When it arrived I whipped it out and filled in my brows and it was perfect, it is a true ashy brown colour with no red tones which is rare to find. The only downside is it is so blumming well difficult to photograph! haha!

Another product I finally bought after way too much ummming and aahhing, the holy grail Mac 217 brush and if I am honest I wish I had took the plunge so much sooner. When it came Matt said 'another brush, why? Don't you have like a hundered' I suppose he has a point, I love brushes and have more than I need but this is in the top 3! If you aren't familiar with the Mac 217 it is an all purpose brush but amazing for blending out eyeshadow. I love a smoky neutral eye so it was more of a necessity than an indulgence - Are you buying this Matthew? I doubt it haha :D If you are tempted then go and get it, I promise it is worth every penny!

Bare Minerals Warmth Face Powder. I have fallen back in love with the product over the past few months and I even forgot I had it I hadn't used it in so long, I only found it again thanks to Finley pulling out a massive box of make up all over the floor! The way I use this is to fake the 'Ive been out in the sunshine' look rather than using it as a contour powder as it is a little dark. Just a light dusting on the cheekbones and forehead gives you a lovely summer glow without looking orange and too made up. But beware it is very very pigmented and a tiny speck really goes a long way, I bought this pot back when I got married and still have all this product left! 

Oh hi Estee Lauder in Shell, welcome back into my life! Back in Oct/Nov of last year there was an uproar in the 'fair skinned' community - Estee lauder decided to discontinue their lightest shade and replace it with two alternatives - both wayyy darker than their predecessor and left the likes of me hunting for a replacement. I was liking Bourjois Healthy Mix serum is shade 51 but it was still that touch too dark for me and wasn't as much coverage as I was used too. Finally after calling up Estee Lauder pestering them for months (sorry about that Customer Services) and ringing my local counter time after time they have finally re-launched Shell. Wahoooo!

Now onto the eyes, I am going to be honest with you all here. I never used to like this mascara at all, I thought it was over hyped and really couldn't understand what everyone was raving all my mind could think was 'how much?' But once my first tube had all run out and I moved back to trying out a few other mascaras it dawned on me that it was actually really great. It is a easily buildable formula that doesnt clump and the brush is amazing at grabbing those tiny little outer corner eyelashes. I wouldnt say it looks like I have false lashes on but it definitely a lovely defining mascara, the only thing I would like changed is the price! It was £18 when I first purchased and already it has had a hike twice from £19 to £19.50! Holy Moly, if it gets any dearer I have to say Benefit I may have to love you and leave you and run off with another poor purse just cannot cope!

Recently I have really got into Lipsticks and I am especially enjoying Revlons massive choice! I have picked two different ends of the spectrum here one a Matte dense finish and the other a balmy sheer finish. Firstly the Revlon Matte Shade, the swatch is a little orange-er on the photo and is much more nudey with a hint of colour in real life but I love it. I was a little scared it would be one of those scary Matte lipsticks that stick in all the cracks and you are clawing at your lips to wipe it off in 60 seconds (i'm looking at you Barry M). But it is smooth, long lasting and is fully opaque in one swipe.
The next is one of a few Kissable Lip Stain Balms I have, as you can tell I am loving orangy tones and shades at the moment. All through winter I loved lilacs or just a plain lip but now I have pumped it up and cracked out the crazy summer shades. The colour although sheer is definitely buildable and super moisturising, I love them and when the 3 for 2 offer is back on in Boots I shall be stocking up on more.

That's a few of my current favourites rounded up for you all :D I hope you enjoyed the post and if you want to see anymore of the bits I purchased (all along the same lines) just let me know.

I have also just got a brand new storage system to house all of these lovelies in so next time I might be able to show you that all set up...that is if I can follow the flatpack instructions!

Love Kayleigh x


  1. Hello lovely, fab post :) I can't get on with the Benefit mascara :( it 'blobs' on me but I do like the wand so I'm going to clean it and use it with other mascara's :) The 217 is fabulous isn't it? I am greedy and have 3 and would like another, have you tried it for your under eye concealer? It's amazing at blending it out. Lots of love, Zoe xxxx

    1. Awww thank you so much Zoe :) I am loving the 217...I have no idea why I havent bought it sooner! Oooo I may just have to purchase another now if I can use it for concealer too...I have a feeling that my Mac brush collection is about to grow haha. Let me know if there are any 'must have' brushes too, is the 180 the brush of life haha? Lots of love and Hugs xxxx

  2. Wants to try everything on here! xxx

    1. I have been so naughty recently buying wayyy more than I need...I might pop another beauty buys haul up *slaps wrists for buying too much*! xxx


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