Unlike last month this time round I've bought quite few new things and also rediscovered a couple of things which has made for easy pickings and felt like I've gone shopping for them when I haven't. Love that.
Let's begin with the one skincare item which is the Ilcsi Sour Cherry and Blackthorn Gel Mask. I'd never heard a thing about this before buying it but the description on Cult Beauty had me hooked (I swear that website could sell me anything). A nourishing, glow enhancing, radiance boosting, dead skin shedding, inflammation reducing mask? Uh yeah, I'll take one please. It smells like marzipan, looks like jam and a thin layer over the face may look slightly scary but for soft, glowing skin post-removal it's worth it.
This past month or so I've really come round to foundation primers after years of not using them - I used to be obsessed with the Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer back in my uni days but eventually I realised it wasn't actually a necessity and the idea that my skin needed it was mostly in my head. However... my skin's been drier than dry lately and all my foundations (yep, even my usual go-to Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum) have been dragging across my skin and clinging to all my dry patches *shudder*. In desperation I gave the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer a whirl and while I've been finding it helps in not only making my foundation go on a lot smoother but also after a couple of hours my foundation develops a really dewy glow which I love, love, love. Maybe it's an unintended side effect of the primer but anything that makes my skin look... well... the opposite of matte and dry is an absolute winner in my book.
My eyebrows are both the bane and love of my life. They're long, sparse and straggly but I absolutely love the process of filling them in and totally transforming them into brows I wish I had naturally (we can dream). So while I can fake them into looking good I still often find them halfway across my face due to their straggly nature (thanks Dad) so a good brow gel is a must. I've been through a lot of them over the years but in terms of keeping them locked down the Tweezerman Brow Mousse is the best I've found yet; it keeps them exactly where you want them without any of the flakiness or crunchiness. It's a simple ask but one a lot of brow gels don't deliver on - thankfully Tweezerman is the King (/Queen/whatever) of all things eyebrows.
If you've followed my ramblings for a while you might know that I've never really been a fan of the much-loved Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Well, I might just have to eat my words as since my second tube of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer bit the dust (RIP) I've turned to the Collection one and hey, it's actually pretty good. OK so it's not on the same level as my beloved Nars - it doesn't have that amazing creamy feeling, it doesn't blend as well and and I don't think it has quite the same level of coverage but it is a good - and much, much cheaper - alternative, at least for the time being.
You know how much I love a nude pink lip, combine this with one of my favourite formulas courtesy of the Bourjois Colour Boost lip crayons and there you have one stick of wonderfulness. The shade Proudly Naked is the newest addition to the family; the sheer and glossy formula makes it perfect for that 'throw on and go' thing while the subtle pink colour keeps things looking polished. In short, I love it and it's became my go-to whether that be on its own or over a lip pencil for a little oomph.