Thursday 30 August 2018

2018 Beauty Finds

I am always up for trying new things, especially when it comes to beauty products. I have discovered so many this year, but I've picked the best of the bunch and packed them into one blog post. Enjoy!

Maybelline Super Stay 24H Full Coverage Foundation
This has been one of the best discoveries this year. Not only is it very affordable, it's full coverage, comes in a decent range of shades, and stays put all day. I use the shade Sun Beige, and you can see it in action in many of my photos in my 'Look Book' tab. I do find I have to be careful when blending this out on my skin, as it sets quite quickly and there is a risk of finding uneven, patchy looking areas if you're not careful. However, I have gone through so many bottles of this stuff and I don't intend to stop any time soon.

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil
This is a reasonably new discovery of mine, but I have been using it pretty much none stop recently. It's like a pressed powder, but totally undetectable on the skin. I use it during the day to blot away shine and it doesn't leave me looking cakey or dry. I have the shade medium and it has become a handbag essential.

Nip + Fab Smooth Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix
I found this primer on a random trip to T.K. Maxx a few months ago, and I've been using it everyday ever since. It smells amazing, and provides a smooth, matte base ready for my foundation. According to the label it usually costs £19.95 but I'm sure I only paid £3.99, so keep an eye out in your local T.K Maxx.

Rimmel Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick
I have been obsessed with these recently. They are quite new, and I originally only purchased one in the shade 'As If!', which is brown nude, then I returned to Boots and bought the pinky nude colour called 'Sike'. The formula of these is amazing for being a cheaper brand, and they don't feel drying at all. They are even more moisturising than my favourite ColourPop Ultra Satin liquid lipsticks. I usually just put a bit of lip liner underneath and layer these on. I am so in love with the shades too because there are so many variations of nude, and we all know Rachael loves a nude lip.

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner
I have been a huge fan of OGX shampoo and conditioner for some time now, but this argan oil conditioner is probably my favourite. The ends of my hair can become quite dry from constant heat styling so this smooths, detangles, and only has to be left in my hair for around 3 minutes which is so convenient. It also smells delicious.

Youth Lab Daily Cleanser 
This is my second tube of this cleanser for combination, oily skin. I love that it's a 200ml product, and it lasts me a lot longer than many other brands. It smells like melon and feels really refreshing, especially in the morning. It doesn't dry out my skin and removes make up and general dirt really easily. The only thing I dislike is that it was quite hard to get hold of this tube, as I ended up having to buy it from the Boots website and pay delivery which worked out quite expensive. However, I do love it so I didn't mind too much.

Vintage Cosmetic Company Make Up Melts
I was kindly sent a box of these make up removing cloths by the Vintage Cosmetic Company, and now I refuse to use a normal face cloth now. These are capable of removing make up with just water, however I still use my cleanser. They are super soft and feel really gentle on my skin. You can see the make up they remove too which I find quite satisfying. They leave my face so clean and fresh, and I cannot recommend them enough.

ColourPop Powder Eyeshadows
I have been a ColourPop fan for a long time, and their powder eye shadows have to be one of my favourite products. They are such high quality, offer amazing pigment, and they come in so many different shades. 2018 has been the year of the blue eye shadow for me, and it was all because of the shades called 'Backstage' & 'Formation'.  I had so many compliments when I wore these, and I find they really make my brown eyes stand out.

Lime Crime Venus XL
This palette is most definitely the best I have ever purchased. There isn't a shade in it that I wouldn't use, and there's the potential to create so many different eye looks. All the colours complement each other so well, and it even comes with a decent sized mirror, which makes it ideal for travelling. I have taken it on a couple of trips as it can be used for both easy daytime eye shadow looks, and super smokey evening eyes. It is well worth the money, and I have used it constantly since I bought it back in March.

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara
This mascara promises volume without the clumps, however I find it does a better job at lengthening my rather short lashes. I also think it performs better once the product in the tube has dried out slightly, as it's quite a wet formula. I do love it though, especially on my bottom lashes as it really coats them well and makes them look super dramatic.

OFRA Rodeo Drive Highlighter
OFRA are known for their pigmented highlighters, and Rodeo Drive is no different. It's a golden, champagne shade and melts onto the skin seamlessly. This one is the mini although it has lasted me a good few months, so if you're unsure of whether this shade would suit you, buying the mini is a good place to start.

So there we have it! The best of my 2018 (so far) beauty finds. I'm sure I am yet to discover more fantastic products, so if you have any in mind feel free to share them with me.


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