Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I just thought I’d put together a list of my favourite products that were introduced to me this year. I always like to expand my makeup kit as my work takes me in all different directions and locations. Two days are never the same and that’s one of the reasons I love my job. I do like to experiment with new products that I haven’t used before. There are a few items that do stick in my mind and ones that I will continue to work with.

MAC CREMEBLEND BLUSH IN SOMETHING SPECIAL: I love using cream blushes especially for anyone who has dry skin. I really like MAC’s Cremeblend blushes and their peachy shade of ‘Something Special’ is gorgeous. It’s really flattering for both pale and darker complexions without being too overpowering. I also find that it applies well with a synthetic brush or fingertips and the colour is buildable too. It’s one of many great neutral shades to accompany most makeup looks.
SIGMA’S PERFORMANCE EYES KIT: I am already a big fan of Sigma brushes, which is evident in this blog. I have also previously written a detailed review on this set as well as two others and I would be lost without their Performance Eyes Kit. I personally like to use small eyeshadow brushes for blending and applying rather than larger fluffy ones. It’s purely just personal preference. This set is fantastic and of great quality. I really enjoy having all of these brushes in my kit and they are brilliant for achieving even the finest of detail.
BOBBI BROWN’S LONG WEAR EYE PENCIL: These eye pencils give great results that are just as good as their gel eyeliners. I’ve found that they don’t budge at all especially on the water liner. So far I've used both the black and brown shades. These eyeliners are also soft and creamy in texture and blend easy for a natural or soft smoky look.
CLARINS WONDER PERFECT MASCARA: I have tried many different mascaras over the years and I just wanted to share, that in my experience, this would have to be one of the best. It lasts all day without crumbling and when using this product I found that not much was needed to achieve natural luscious lashes.
ESTEE LAUDER MAXIMUM COVERAGE FOR FACE & BODY: This product helps camouflage any types of blemishes big or small. I like to use it as a concealer rather than a foundation and it is extremely long-lasting. It’s a must have in my kit and appears very natural when applied to areas that need it.
URBAN DECAY’S URBANBROW: This is a clear setting gel for eyebrows. Brows are an important part of any makeup look and this helps make sure that the hairs stay in place. The Urbanbrow doesn’t feel sticky when applied and when it appears very natural when it dries.
CLARINS EYE QUARTET MINERAL PALETTES: These palettes are gorgeous and a great addition to my eyeshadow collection. There are so many shades to choose from! I find the pigment very good and a little goes a long way. They are soft and lightweight on the lids, which is great for anyone with sensitive eyes. They apply beautifully and sheer but buildable depending on the look.
NUXE HUILE PRODIGIEUSE OIL: Oh how I love this oil. I would be lost without it on most of my jobs. This product gives the skin a gorgeous glow but the sheen is so fine it doesn’t look at all glittery. It appears very natural and because it’s an oil it moisturises the skin as well as adding an illuminating effect. This can be used on both the body and face and it really lasts. It is also available without shimmer.
INGLOT AMC EYELINER GEL MATTE IN No.74: I love Inglot’s gel liners and I was looking for the right purple-plum colour to add to my kit. I finally found the right shade in No.74. Its not too bright and really enhances green eyes. It one of many products that I like to use when I want to add some colour to a look.
NUXE ULTRA NOURISHING LIP BALM: This balm comes in a generous amount yet also compact in size. I apply this along with the rest of my skincare on shoots and I find it instantly moisturises the lips. It doesn’t have a greasy feel to it at all and absorbs well. Only a small amount is needed for full effects and I can easily apply lip products after I’ve finished the rest of the makeup look.

F.Y.I: I also love the Nuxe skincare range. It’s amazing, lightweight and great for anyone with even sensitive skin.