This week's Best of Beauty Post (a series created by lovely Samantha from All The Buzz) is a challenge. I was making a list of products during the week and I came up with about 25 of them! In order to save you having to read a novel on my favourites, I narrowed it down after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing. There's still a lot, but these ones are the ones I just couldn't live without! So without further ado, as per usual, starting from the left, here are my Make-up Must-Haves!
Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base This is one of the best and most hard working products I came across in the make-up industry, at least so far! There is one in my make-up stash and one in my professional kit at all times! I have oily eyelids and most eye products crease on me. The fact that my eyelids are slightly hooded only makes matters worse and things like gel eyeliner end up on my crease unless I use the Nars Pro Prime. My eye make-up just does not move with this on! I've worn this from morning until night time and everything stays just as I applied it in the morning. I have tried a fair share of eye primers (including Urban Decay, 2Faced, etc.) and they were OK but this one is hands down the best. I cannot stress enough how amazing this product is! If you have oily eyelids & have not tried this product you have to run to the nearest Nars counter now! Drop everything and run!
Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyesheadow Base approx. €25 from Nars (Brown Thomas)
MAC Eye Shadows I have a lot of eye shadows but these four are the ones I use most often & couldn't be without. I'm not going to bang on about MAC eyeshadows as I am sure everyone and their dog has heard of these and tried them. But what I will do is quickly tell you about my absolute favourite shades that I have re-purchased time and time again: Burle, All That Glitters, Satin Taupe & Carbon. I love this little palette, you can do so much with these colours, from natural to smokey & dramatic. The perfect colours for us green eyed gals as well!
MAC Eye Shadows (re-fills) €11.50 from MAC
Make Up Forever Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Colour in Warm Beige This is basically a waterproof cream eye shadow in the most gorgeous pale golden colour. And when I say waterproof I mean this stuff doesn't move! It will not go anywhere until you dissolve it off your face with an oily cleanser. If I have a long day ahead of me this is what I will use as a base a lot of the time. The only thing I will say is you need to work very quickly with this product, it sets in seconds and once it does it's game over, there's no budging it. It's not the cheapest of products but a little goes a long way & it is definitely worth investing in! Couldn't be without it.
Make Up Forever Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Colour in Warm Beige approx. €22 from MUFE Claredon St, Dublin
MAC Lipsticks Again, I'm sure you have all heard of these guys but just wanted to share two of the colours that I wear all the time. I have re-purchased both of these several times, they just are shades that look particularly flattering on me and I can't imagine my makeup bag without them: MACs Rebel and Lady Danger. Rebel looks quite scary in the bullet but is the most gorgeous purple berry colour (photo of me wearing it here). Lady Danger, my favourite red of all times, is a really warm orange red. It looks amazing on everybody, I particularly love it on blonds! I find it makes me look more tanned when I'm wearing it and it really brightens up my face. I just love both of these! You may have noticed, I am not a lipgloss kind of girl...
MAC Lipsticks in Rebel and Lady Danger €17.50 from MAC
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara I am extremely fussy when it comes to mascara! Shock, horror, I didn't get on with Benefit's They're Real and I hated Maybelline's The Falsies... I have blogged about Hypnose Start before (here) so will not go into too much detail but it is just the perfect mascara for me: deep black in colour, nice wand, gives a lot of volume, holds a curl and is easy to take off! I try out new mascara all the time and this is the only one I have re-purchased time and time again!
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara €25.92 from Boots.ie
Make-up Forever HD Foundation Again, a product I have written about before... This is my favourite foundation for when I need a flawless but invisible coverage! It looks absolutely gorgeous in photos and on video and doesn't have this cakey, powdery finish that I hate. I am a foundation fetishist, have lots in just my own makeup bag but if I had to use only one for the rest of my life this would be my man (or woman... not sure).
Make-up Forever HD Foundation approx. €40 from MUFE Claredon St, Dublin
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream This is a new one but already one of my top products! Technically also a foundation (I know, I know.... I have issues) but one I use for every day, natural make-up. Bourjois is my favourite highstreet brand ever and their foundations are absolutely fantastic. This beauty will star is a post of it's own on the blog shortly, so keep your eyes peeled for a more detailed review. All I can say is that this is very easy to apply, has good coverage, a nice luminous but satin finish and stays on well! And it is affordable! BIG love for this product!
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream approx. €10 from Boots.ie
Chanel Soleil de Tan Bronze Universel This is a love/hate product for many but for me, and Becky too, it is the best bronzing base. Becky is slightly darker skinned than I am so this products is absolutely perfect for her and she goes through these like nobody's business! I need to use it more sparingly and work with it a little more, but it's worth it! I know it doesn't work on very pale people and I hope Chanel will one day bring out more colours. But this is basically the product that brings a little bit of life and dimension to my face and gives me the most wonderful healthy glow! It's unfortunately an expensive one but for me, worth every penny (lasts for ages though!)
Chanel Soleil de Tan Bronze Universel €38.50 from Boots.ie
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer This is probably going to appear in a few Best of Beauty posts but it really is that good! You can read a full review with pictures here. Nars have managed to produce a gorgeous concealer that has amazing coverage without being cakey. It's luminous without being sparkly or highlighting. I just cannot say enough good things about it, I am not even curious to try any other concealers any more. I found the one!
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer €26 from Nars (Brown Thomas)
MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy My sister in law introduced me to this baby and it's now an absolute staple in my makeup collection! I don't wear black eyeliner a lot as I don't have huge eyes and I find that a black liner can make my eyes look even smaller. Teddy is a gorgeous, slightly shimmery bronze colour. It's very creamy and easy to blend. I use it for my every day makeup all the time. I know it's only an eye liner but I can't imagine my makeup bag without it!
MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy €18 from MAC
Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink When people see this in the pan they usually shriek and try to run. It looks pretty scary and you could say there is absolutely nothing pale about this shade of pink. That being said this is my all time favourite blush. It's one that can make you look healthy, glowy, awake & about 10 years younger when deep down you are dying of a hangover or a cold! It is the blush I wore on my wedding day and I love, love, love it! Try it next time you are at a Bobbi Brown counter!
Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink approx. €25 form Bobbi Brown
Finally! We've arrived at the end of this monster of a post! I'm sorry I have put you through this ridiculous amount of products but there is about 20 other ones on my desk that didn't make it into the post, it was so hard to choose! As always, check out all the other Irish Beauty Blogger's "Best of Beauty" posts on twitter under the hashtag #BOBBlogChallenge.