It’s been a while since I posted a beauty products post! I don’t have as much to share this time round, as I’ve spent the past month packing up my life in Vientiane (sob, sob), and relocated back to my home town of Port Hedland (I really do love a sunburnt country). In between that I was in Singapore and Perth, so managed to pick up a couple of things along the way.
I’ll be starting full-time work again soon which means that I’ll definitely be trying out a lot more products and posting them up here for review!
Here are the few beauty products I’ve been loving of late (clockwise from left):
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint
I was a bit hesitant to get this when it came out. I love all Nars products but my experiences with anything ‘tinted’ has always been lacklustre. I watched a few Youtube reviews of this product and was kinda convinced it would be ok. At first I was very impressed at the range of shades. Nars had more than a few colours in my skin tone range, yay! And I wanted to dance when I swatched it on my face and it matched, PERFECTLY. This rarely ever happens and when it does, it’s like the universe is giving me a pat on the back. I was already liking this product. I’ve worn this probably four or five times now, and I really like it – it provides light to medium coverage (full coverage if you really layer it on) and it does work best for oily skin as it’s not super matte, but gives that perfect dewy glow without looking like an oil slick. It wears well throughout the day and you do have to blot a bit to soak up excess shine but all in all, it’s the best base for everyday wear.
Tarte Tartelette Tease palette
This is the perfect palette for those who like to keep it simple and stick to a few key eye looks. It has a mix of shimmer and matte shades, and they’re all matched so you can go casual or glam. I don’t own any Tarte eyeshadow palettes and I’ve always been intrigued. Beauty bloggers rave on about Tarte make-up, but I have my favourites (looking at you, Nars) and the shades of the other Tarte eyeshadow palettes don’t really excite me. I bought this as it was a steal at SGD$35 and I’m glad I did buy it. The shadows are highly-pigmented and buttery (I hate using that word, it’s so overused). The shimmer shades do fade more easily than the matte shades but that’s to be expected. Overall, it’s a good purchase and also a great gift for someone who is a make-up collector.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara
I received this as a birthday gift last year and hurriedly threw it into my make-up bag when I was packing for Laos, not really giving it much thought. Admittedly, I did forget about it until I was searching through my bag for another product, and I was all ‘hey, forgot I had this!’ (a common occurrence). I thought I’d give it a shot and my first impression was not favourable! I’m not a fan of plastic brushes, with those spiky bits as I’m always in a rush so I always manage to poke myself in the eye. I gave it another shot after about six months, and with perseverance and determination, I mastered it! I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite, but it is great if you want really defined, long lashes. Doesn’t do much for volume, but it does give a natural looking lash so that’s always a win for me. I don’t know if I would repurchase this, as I’m faithful to my Maybelline mascara, but I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something funky and new (bonus points for the insane packaging!).
Nudestix eye pencils
When I saw the Nudestix stand in Sephora, it triggered something in my brain though I couldn’t remember where I’d heard the name before. Intrigued, as always, I rushed over and started swatching everything. Beautiful! I even went one step further and applied the eye pencils on myself (I never apply tester make-up, you don’t know who’s been touching it!). I was in love – the shades I used (Burnish and Immortal) were so well matched, so pigmented and just perfect. Needless to say, I bought them immediately. It looks even better when you layer the Nars Kalahari eyeshadow duo on top, which are a perfect match. I love using these and I will definitely be re-purchasing these.
Urban Decay eyeshadow in X
Can I just say how difficult it is to find this shade?! I first swatched it at the Urban Decay store in Suria KLCC, but didn’t buy it as I was saving pennies for Paris (priorities). Then I saw the UD store in Le Marais and can you believe they didn’t have it? Since then I’d been searching for this shade for three months at every Sephora I go to, and finally, a month ago I found it! I love this shade so much – it’s a gorgeous peach, gold shimmer shade but on my skin tone it becomes a lovely golden nude kinda colour. Just love it. The perfect stand-alone shadow or for a base colour.
Nudestix concealer pencil
Another Nudestix product I’m in love with. This concealer pencil is super easy to use and matches really well with my skin. It’s creamy and easy to blend, though you do need to set it with powder, especially if you have oily skin (I prefer using Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim Light). This is my current go-to concealer as it provides excellent coverage, especially for dark under-eye circles; you do need to layer it on a bit to cover redness so if you have oily skin like me, I’d recommend using a different concealer. I am seriously becoming a huge fan of Nudestix and I will be trying to stock up on more of their products if possible!
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