I put together my 5 high-end products that I think are worth the money. These products work amazingly for me, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work for everyone else, so keep that in mind!
- Kat Von D ‘Shade and Light Contour Palette’. £37 at Debenhams.
- I was in desperate need of a new contour palette and luckily enough my sister was heading to America. She brought me back this palette and I use it every day without fail. There are 3 lighter shades for highlighting the areas where you would put concealer, and 3 darker shades for contouring. It’s a good palette to have in your collection if you are a make-up artist as you would put good use to all of the colours, but if you’re only using it on yourself then you may see it as a bit of a waste if you’re not going to use the colours. They do have the individual colour refills available but as far as I am aware these are only available in America. The pigmentation is strong and the colours are very blendable. They have a range of cool and warm tones which works great to complement your skin tone.
- Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed – Champagne Pop. £32 at SpaceNK.com
- I’ve been watching Jaclyn Hill’s videos since before I can remember, so when I heard she came out with a highlighter I had my money ready to purchase. Of course, it didn’t become available to UK sites for ages after release and by which point it was constantly sold out. I eventually got my hands on it and it quickly became a staple in my make-up collection. The pigmentation is amazing and you can wear it with any look. I would 100% recommend this highlighter.
- Benefit Porefessional Primer. £26 at Boots.
- I have the mini size of the porefessional primer and I’m already on the hunt for a new one. It fills in all your pores and makes foundation application so much smoother. It feels great to apply and is weightless on the skin. If you’re looking for a good primer and aren’t worried about the cost, I highly recommend this one.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Heathers. £20 at Anastasiabeverlyhills.co.uk
- I’m not a big lipstick person. I don’t know why but 99% of the time you’ll see me in red lipstick and in particular, Heathers. It’s applied easily and lasts all night. And by all night I mean alllll night. It takes a lot to get it off but a bit of baby oil and some cotton pads and you’re good to go. ABH has a huge range of colours to suit all skin tones. Another red I love is the Jeffree star Designer Blood liquid lipstick.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. £41 at Cult Beauty.
- Although I don’t personally own this palette myself, I have used my friends. It was one of my favourite makeup looks that I’ve done (shown in the featured picture). It’s full of beautiful pinks and oranges and browns. It has great pigmentation and the shadows are easily blendable. It’s definitely a warm tone palette (which I love) but there are a number of different shades that you can use for any make-up look. I highly recommend this palette and I will be purchasing it myself soon enough.
What are your high-end products worth buying?
Going to my friends’ show on Thursday really made me miss being creative. I used to do drama in GCSE and it was my best grade along with maths. I’ve always loved singing and dancing (not that I’m any good at either) and it made me wonder what my life would have been like if I continued down that path.
I wanted to continue with drama in A level but it clashed with geography which was my favourite subject. I was gutted for a while but I got past it. Now, seeing my friends show made me wish I had continued and been more involved in school productions. Emily would regularly ask me to get involved but I think I may have used the ‘stage fright’ excuse one too many times. The closest I’ve been to a show is my primary school’s production of Alice in Wonderland, where I played middle sized Alice (it wasn’t very good and I can’t say that I was fit for the role).
If I had stuck to the arts I wonder where I’d be and what I’d be doing. Would I be studying in university doing a relative course or something completely different?Or would I not be doing anything at all. It’s always weird thinking about how your life would change if you were to go down a different path. I’m not saying i regret all my life choices thus far, more along the lines of I wish I had done just that little bit more.
We can’t change the past, but we can learn from it and change our future. Moral of the story is to never lose touch of the things you enjoy. If you want to get back into something, there’s nothing stopping you but yourself. For me, after being away from the arts for so long, I think I’ll start with a salsa class or two.
There are hundreds of beauty hacks floating around the corners of the internet, some extremely bizarre like using cutlery to contour your face and some more reasonable.
Here are some of my most used hacks,
What are yours?
- Re-hydrating Gel Products – I have had the ABH Dipbrow for months and I only use it when I go out. So, there are periods when I don’t use it at all and it dries out and becomes unusable. The easiest solution to this is to add 1 or 2 small drops of baby oil to the gel and mix it in. Make sure not to add too much as this can cause the product to become very runny, so a tiny drop will do.
- The Many Uses of Translucent Powder – If you want to do your face makeup before your eye makeup, set a thick layer of translucent powder under your eyes after doing your foundation and concealer. This way it both sets the liquid and if you have any fall out you can just wipe away the powder and nothing will be ruined. You can also use it when doing a cat eye. there are a number of different tips and tricks around like using tape etc. however, it tends to fall off if you take too much of the stickiness off or hurt if you don’t take off enough. Instead, take some translucent powder and put it where you want your eyeshadow to blend to. That way you can just wipe it off when done and still have the desired blended look. (this trick I learnt from Jaclyn hill)
- Keeping Your Oldie but Goodie Brushes – I have been using the same eyeliner brush for years (don’t worry I wash it regularly). I refuse to part with it because it helps me get an extremely accurate line and it’s small enough for me to have a steady grip. When you overuse a brush the bristles can start to fray and stick out all over the place. Instead of getting rid of the brush, just cut off the hairs that are stray using eyebrow or nail scissors.
- Creating A Matte Lipstick – if you have a lipstick that you love that isn’t a liquid lipstick or matte formula, then you can simply place a single piece of tissue (pull apart the tissue so it’s one ply) against your lips and tap it with translucent powder. This is a great tip if you have loads of non-matte lipsticks lying around. I’ve tried this trick a few times will some old lipsticks, but I don’t use it as often anymore as I just purchase liquid lipsticks instead.
- Different Liquid Liner Colours – If you want to do a different coloured wing liner, but don’t want to go out and buy new colours (student life), then you can simply use any liquid lipstick and an eyeliner brush of your choice. It works well and it lasts all day.
- Removing Liquid Lipstick – getting a good liquid lipstick means suffering the consequences of trying to take it off. Makeup wipes and micellar water certainly don’t do the trick for me. Take a bit of baby oil and rub it into the lips. It instantly loosens the liquid lipstick and allows easy removal. It can be a little messy but it works. I also tend to use a couple of drops of baby oil on my skin at night before my moisturiser to hydrate my very dry skin.
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There isn’t anything I dislike about photos. I love how photography has evolved, I love keeping (hoarding) photos and I love the memories behind each photo. My camera roll on my phone is full to the point where I have no storage and I have a one drive account for all the pictures I just can’t let go of. I am indeed one of those annoying people who constantly take photos wherever they go. Guilty. And before you say anything, yes, it’s important to make sure you’re actually living the memories rather than just taking a few snapshots and going about your day, but to me, I want to be able to look back at all the moments I’ve had. Whether I’m feeling a bit down in the dumps and need to remind myself of the good times or looking back at memories and thinking of how much I’ve changed since then. And just think, when you slowly start to lose your memory, you’ll be able to have proof of all the good times you had, even if you don’t remember what happened.
The point is, I got a little excited about getting my new camera sooo.. I went on a little walk around the campus lake and put my camera to the test. I loved the results and thought I’d share them. There will be plenty more photography related posts to come as I get to grips with my camera and start taking pictures of everything. Plus, I’m doing a photography module this semester and will be happy to share my work.
Camera: Canon EOS 700D.