Everyday Glamour: Products I’m Loving

Sunday, November 23rd 2014 1

Make-up for quick, easy glamour

When your job is to sell make-up, it helps to wear quite a bit. I love nothing more than experimenting with every brand of make-up, working out what suits me, what lasts and which items I'm going to recommend to the ladies I meet every day.

Here are a few things I’ve been using recently that I just keep coming back to. What I love about these is that they’ll make you feel infinitely more glamorous and only take a minute or two to apply.

MAC Eyeshadow in Antiqued, £13 from MAC Cosmetics
Everyone, and I mean everyone, should own this shade of eyeshadow. Antiqued is a rich, shimmering brown with a flash of copper through it, meaning that it manages to make eyes look deep and smoky and yet makes every eye colour pop. Buff this all over the lid and under the eye for a full smoky look, or simply use under the lash line to contrast and brighten the eye colour. I work this into almost every make-up look and get asked about it without fail every time.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, £38 from Space NK
I’m a huge believer in always using a face powder once you’ve finished your base so that everything stays put all day. What I’m not so keen on is when powders look chalky or dry on the skin; I love a fresh, glowing base. Normally my powder of choice is Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Powder (totally brilliant), but for fellow dewy skin lovers the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is simply divine. If you like a glowing look that isn’t shiny or glittery then this will be for you – you simply look as though you’ve got a natural luminosity to your skin when you wear it. It keeps everything in place and you can keep topping it up (around your t-zone by mid day, like me for example) but it will not look cakey. I’m OBSESSED.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, £26 from Space NK
Now I never thought I would see the day that my beloved Illamasqua Brow Cake gathered dust on the beauty shelf, but alas it appears that we’ve reached that point. The Hourglass Brow Sculptor is lovely because it contains the same waxy consistency and is applied with an angled nozzle but doesn’t give the harsh precision that a brush might. As a result the finish is that of a naturally groomed, full brow rather than my usual ‘Instagram cut-throat precision’ brow look. And Hourglass are an LA based brand, so naturally I am biased and already obsessed with them because ALL of the best colour brands are from LA.

Hourglass Arch Brow

Peaches and Cream Eyelashes in No.2, £3.90 from www.fabulousmakeup.co.uk
I wear lashes every day. MAC Cosmetics, Eylure, Illamasqua, Shu Uemura; I love them all, I’ve tried them all, I wear them all. But the BEST lashes are still from Peaches and Cream. Stock pile them, especially the No.2’s, because they sell out in 5 minutes flat whenever they go online. What is unique about a No.2 lash from Peaches is that you can peel the glue off and re-use them about a gagillion times and they still look fresh and pretty.

No 2 lash peaches and cream

Peaches and Cream Pigment in Pearl, £5.95 from www.fabulousmakeup.co.uk
I am obsessed with powder highlighters, always dowsing myself in a little too much every day. But Pearl from Peaches has been my favourite illuminator of late because it inverts my preferred creamy sheen with an iridescent pink glow. Though golden tones are lovely for contouring, the pink helps to brighten and illuminate tired skin and after late nights and early mornings this is totally what my skin has needed. Layer yours along the cheekbone or mix into your favourite blusher to add instant glow to your skin.

Pearl Peaches and Cream Pigment

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks, £23 from www.charlottetilbury.com
Rarely will I get on board with a matte texture, but Charlotte’s new velvety lipsticks are simply the best. In a range of flattering shades, there’s something for every beauty eventuality. Very Victoria works well as a sophisticated nude with a smoky eye, whereas Sexy Sienna is a peachy coral to brighten skin and eyes, and Lost Cherry is so striking that you can still look fully made up with just a coat of this and a layer or two of mascara. I love them all and every girl should own at least one. (Pictured: Lost Cherry)

Charlotte Tilbury Lost Cherry

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body, £45 from www.charlottetilbury.com
At the moment I’m trying to lose a little bit of weight and I have my good days and my bad days. Bad days equate to buffing a slither of this down the centre of arms, legs and the decolletage and somehow looking as though I’ve lost 7 pounds in all of 45 seconds. It is a true miracle worker and gives you that uber polished Kimmy K glamour puss finish. There’s nothing else like it and it will make you feel impeccably groomed.

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, £31 from Space NK
This foundation is great skin in a bottle. I don’t know why they’ve called it Sheer Glow because there’s nothing sheer about it, the coverage can be built to be a strong medium coverage, and it makes your skin look plump, glowy and fresh. I recently had dinner with a botox expert who told me that before she will let anyone have botox in her clinic she advises them to try this foundation because it is that good at making skin look good.

Sheer Glow NARS

What are your current make-up must-have items? @ mention @MixedGemsBeauty on Instagram to show me your photo!

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Emily says:

Love your blog! So detailed! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Hope you get the chance to fill it out and then display the award on your blog! Here’s the link for more information! http://coloradoblonde.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-versatile-blogger-award.html