CURRENT BEAUTY FAVORITES: JANUARY 2014

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My current favorites pretty much always consist of products that have recently been added to my make-up collection or have found a permanent place in there for quite some time already.

My current favorites pretty much always consist of products that have recently been added to my make-up collection or have found a permanent place in there for quite some time already. There are some holy grails in this January edition, and some that have potential to obtain that demanding status. I have a lot of favorites, but as I’m not one to stick to the same make-up routine or look day in day out – though I certainly have some routine staples,  I’ve only chosen to mention specific products I’ve been particularly impressed with throughout the month January and even February. So let’s get down to bizniz!

Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation in 38 and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 in Porcelain

Let’s start off by mentioning that I have a lot of foundations tucked away in my drawer. A lot. Around ten, probably more. I haven’t really found my ultimate holy grail foundation, but these two have remained steady favorites of mine that I reach for most often. The Make Up For Ever Face & Body foundation has been in my collection for about three years now, and there’s nothing I don’t love about it. It’s sheer to buildable coverage, water-resistant and just flawless-looking in general. I have combination to oily skin, and this foundation does a great job at keeping those nasty oils at bay for a decent amount of time, without dehydrating the non-oily zones on my face. It’s love. Especially in the summer months. The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish foundation has been mine for about a year, and I love the undetectability of it on my skin. It’s a perfect match and lives up to its name in terms of lasting power. It’s slightly more hydrating and has light to medium coverage, and it’s my favorite during the colder months.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

This baby does wonders for making my make-up stay on for a remarkable amount of time. It adds around two hours to the longevity of my foundation and such, depending on the foundation and the weather conditions and all that jazz. I’m prone to getting those non-menopausal hot flashes, and this beaut’s the perfect partner in crime. It does make my face feel a little ‘stiff’ and, well, fixed in the beginning – which I guess is normal for a fixating spray, but that goes away after some mouth aerobics. (Or just, you know, the passing of time.) Absolutele must-have for long days and summer months.

M.A.C. Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light

This pressed powder has only recently been added to my daily make-up routine. I’ll do a more in depth review of it later on, and as I’m thinking of purchasing the Studio Fix powder next, I’ll try to do a comparison review. Anyways, back to the product. I love three things about this product: the airbrushed finish it gives, the pigmentation it packs and the ease of it. When I’m in a hurry, I’ll just apply this powder over some concealer and be done with it. It has decent lasting power, but as it’s a compact, it’s easy to reapply during the day, and it doesn’t cake up when you do so (as long as you’re not packing on fifteen layers of it). I also use it as a finishing powder to give me a more airbrushed finish. Although it works fine on battling my dreaded oiliness, it’s not really targeted at that, so I do have to touch up after 4-5 hours, depending on the conditions I’m in. It’s not drying, it’s not cakey. It’s a darn good powder if you ask me.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and M.A.C. Eyebrow Pencil in Fling

After I mysteriously lost my beloved MAC Omega powder, I decided to pick the much talked about Anastasia Brow Powder Duo up, as there was no MAC store around and my brows were begging me for some powder again. I must say, I think it has surpassed my love for MAC Omega. It has way better pigmentation and, above all, has way better lasting power. It doesn’t budge, not even when my oils or hot flashes raise the bar. I love that it contains two shades, which is ideal when I feel like having more gradient brows. For days when I feel like having a more strong and defined brow, I add Fling. I love that’s it’s a wax, which helps make my hairs stay in place all day long. For those days where I have the need for a more natural and toned down brow, I just use Fling on its own. Works a treat and I’ve been using this pretty much on a daily basis. It’s just so easy and efficient.

M.A.C. Paint Pot in Groundwork

I love me a Paint Pot. I need me a Paint Pot. Everyday. It’s the holy grail amongst eyeshadow bases. I’ve been using Soft Ochre for years, and use it on my professional kit, too. But I had my eye on Groundwork for months now, and a while back I finally caved and bought it, and we’ve been best mates every since. It looks great on its own, and the word ‘creasing’ doesn’t even occur to me when talking about these cool little pots. (Well okay, maybe it does, since I just mentioned it, but you catch ma drift.) It’s this beautiful neutral toned brown shade that works great as a base when using neutral shades, but, as I said, looks equally as nice on its own. Yeah, me and Groundwork, we’re getting along just fine.

Make Up For Ever Star Powder in #90917

What’s up with this lame numbering? MUFE needs to come up with some snazzy names for their products. It’s so formal. Anyhooz, I’ve been loving this pinkish red burgundy loose pigment that was recommended to me when I was strolling through the store a few weeks back. It’s that perfect stand-out red burgundy shade that I’ve been looking for so long. Its silky shimmery finish just adds that special oompf-factor to it that I haven’t ever come accross before, and I’ve gotten a lot of compliment whenever I’ve worn this. I’ll do a look with it soon so you can all ooh and aah at this gem. I usually pair this with Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate as base.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

I won’t ramble on about this product for too long as I’ve writtin a review on it a while back, which you can read here. It’s just the prettiest, silkiest, most pigmented golden champagne highlighter I’ve ever come accross. Many compare it to Nars Albratross, but from what I’ve seen as swatched in the past, this one exceeds in finish. I wear this as a face highlighter on my cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow, or as a highlighter on the brow bone or inner tearduct. Can’t wait to try out their newest highlighter, the Cindy-Lou Manizer which seems to have a more rosey finish.

What have been your current beauty favorites for the months of January and February?

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