My kit weighs a tonne. I don’t know what the weight of a tonne actually is, but I wouldn’t be surprised if my kit weighed the same as it. I try to downsize, but in my experience (and my superstitious brain), whatever I leave at home, will be exactly the thing I end up needing for the job I’m on. As a result, something has to be seriously amazing to be added to the kit, as it often means something else coming out. Either that or a slipped disc from lugging the extra weight (I don’t get cars booked for me on every job, and I’m far too tight and unfabulous enough to be paying for them myself). I drag that shit around town myself! And I have the callouses to prove it!
Over the past couple of months I’ve been sent some amazing products and I thought I’d take the time to present you with some of them. I’ve used these on a fair few recent jobs and they’ve done me PROUD. We may have some permanent additions in here!
The first couple of goodies are by supercute brand BeneFit. I have to admit to having a bit of a soft spot for BeneFit, it was my first foray into makeup hall territory on my 18th birthday, and while their super perky salespeople may unfortunately put off some more chilled out customers, if you can brave the army of peppy faces they make a great range of hero products. Perhaps more than any other brand (scary claim but could well be true). BeneTint, High Beam, Bad Gal mascara and pencil, Lemon Aid, Dr Feelgood, the list goes on, but my two new loves are…
Erase Paste, a creamy super-high coverage, moisturising, brightening concealer that covers under eye circles like nothing I’ve ever used before. It only comes in three shades at present but claims to suit all skin tones… debatable, there need to be some darker shades perhaps, but if you need a little extra help in the under eye area, give Erase Paste a bash. You need the thinnest amount, buffed into the skin… no more dreaded cakey under eyes, sweet! And secondly…
"Bathina - Take a Picture it Lasts Longer!" Slight mouthful of a name there, but Lordy what a lovely product. This is a body balm, not a lotion, not an oil or a shimmer, but a block of actual sented glimmering balm, that comes with an applicator pad, and it is beeeeeeautiful! It feels moisturising, but looks just heavenly, I can barely even describe the sheen it gives. Lets just say, if you want beautiful dewy skin that looks like this;
…but on your body, then this is the product for you. It will make fair skin look all plumped up and creamy, darker tones highlighted to perfection, just gorgeous. (Hayden Panettiere there by the way, one of my skin HEROINES, just take a look at her perfect skin online, it’s unbearable.)
Next up, Clinique Lid Smoothies. These are no crease, longwear cream shadows, but with a luxurious, softly metallic texture unlike any I’ve used before. They come in 12 shades, £17 each, and although most are on the natural spectrum, even the more funky colours have a muted edge to them which makes all of these very wearable. They’re wonderfully blendable, help to smooth the appearance of fine lines on the lid, and look great worn just on their own if you wish, with a little mascara/liner. I’ve used the more natural grey and beige tones on quite a few looks recently to go with a strong lip, it’s a great way of creating an expensive looking eye whilst keeping the look effortless and classic. Love these.
Also getting me far too turned on for an inanimate object are the nude shades of Armani’s Rouge D’Armani lipsticks I’ve been blessed with. To be honest, the whole range of Armani Cosmetics is frankly dee-lish. High end, luxurious, beautiful shades, beautiful packaging, textures, just lush. I’ve already waxed lyrical about their foundations, but these perfect, tonal beige shades, 100 and 102 in particular are moisturising, just the right side of glossy, sheer yet still highly pigmented enough to leave a tint the lip without becoming waxy or thick, in a dinky little magnetised tube (I usually transfer my lip colours into pallettes, I can’t bare to do that with these beauties!). I’m not going to get into the world of swatches, but will borrow this shot to illustrate, from the lovely folk at www.thebeautylookbook.com
Look at those perfect shades!! Want a luxurious Burberry stylee nude lip like the dreamy Cara Delevingne? In the mood to treat yourself (at £25 they’re not the cheapest, but they just may well be worth every penny)… You need one of these bad boys.
And finally, just as an extra cheeky treat, because let’s be honest I ain’t no manicurist, I was sent some Envy 3D nail wraps. Without sugar coating it at all, my nails are shit. Weak, bendy, peeling useless things, and any polish, even the best I’ve found, is chipped beyond belief in a day. I’ve used Minx nail foils before, and whilst they may last fantastically on my toes, they still tend to peel on my fingers. For those not in the know nail wraps are kind of like nail shaped stickers that you use instead of polish, filed to fit your nail itself. As such they can come in an array of kerrazy patterns and metallic finishes, as rocked regularly by the Jessie J’s and Katy Perry’s of the world. With their 3D range, available in Superdrug in the UK for £6.99, Envy have gone one step further and created clear nail wraps with jewelled embellishments. THEY ARE SO COOL. And not only that, I have just removed a pair that stayed put for three entire weeks, and in the end I only removed them as my nails had grown so much in that time there was a great gap of bare nail at the base. These are my fingernails new best bud, something that helps my nails grow and looks utterly badass?! Erm, yes please.
Just don’t go buying them all at once. Wink.