It’s been about 2 months since the last LabelNV post and we’re very sorry for the delay, but sadly University exams, coursework and horrendous field trips have had to take centre stage over the past few weeks. This post marks the beginning of our Summer holidays and *hopefully* a much more regular posting schedule.
So without further ado, here is the first Summer post of the year – a quick pre-holiday makeup haul…
- Maybelline Anti-age Concealer –> £8.99
Definitely the least glamorous purchase of this post, but every girl needs a good concealer for those bad skin days/months/entire lives and permanent eye bag nightmares. Sadly, my favourite concealer of all time (also Maybelline) has been discontinued, so I’ve had to try and find another super pale, light-weight version to fill the void that has been left in my makeup bag. Ignoring the “anti-age” label, I picked this particular concealer because it is supposed to erase dark circles and blemishes. So far, I’m actually really pleased with how this concealer stacks up in comparison to my beloved discontinued version. It blends with my foundation, gives a light coverage and is easy to apply, so I don’t have any complaints about this at all.
2. Maybelline Baby Lips Lipbalm –> £3.99
Exams always bring out a terrible lip-biting habit in me, so of course my lips are looking particularly chapped and chewed at the moment. I have tried many of these Baby Lips balms over the years and I keep coming back to them simply because I love them so much. This clear balm is my absolute favourite and I usually apply it on top of my usual lipsticks to prevent any dryness, and before I go to bed. Anything to moisturise this Sahara Desert on my face is welcomed with open arms – and these Baby Lips balms are the perfect cheap handbag heroes.
3. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara –> £9.99
I haven’t actually tried this yet, but I bought it as a replacement for my Marc Jacobs mascara that has lately decided to leave impossibly large clumps on my eyelashes. I added this to my basket because there was a 3 for 2 offer on L’Oreal products and there was nothing else I really needed. I’ll be swapping to this mascara soon so I hope it lives up to expectations.
4. L’Oreal “Life’s A Peach” Blush –> £8.99
I’ve decided to replace my I Heart Makeup blush because I’m finding that the highlight section of the pan is creating a line along my cheek that I’m not loving simply because I feel like it makes me look more sweaty than glowy (gross). I thought I’d give this L’Oreal blush a try because I liked the natural not-too-pink colour and L’Oreal is a favourite highstreet brand of mine at the moment. However, I failed to factor in my ghostly skin, so I’m feeling like this blush may be a tiny bit too orange for me, but I’m going to try it for the next week or so and make up my mind.
5. L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour 2-Step Lip (Colour: Invinc Sable) –> £9.99
I’ve had to re-buy this lipstick because it is my product of the moment and I’m absolutely in love with it. “Invinc Sable” is my shade of choice as it’s the perfect nude colour and suits my skin tone really well. Once the liquid lipstick is applied with the wand, the balm is applied from the other side of the stick – and this seals the colour whilst providing moisture over the top of a relatively sticky formula. My only complaint is that the included balm typically runs out before I have used the rest of the liquid colour, but this is overcome simply by using any generic balm over the top. The staying power of this really is incredible for £9.99 and it lives up to it’s “infallible” name – I would buy it again in a heart beat.
6. Rimmel Insta Fix And Matte –> £4.99
Another firm favourite of mine is this Rimmel powder. It’s purse friendly, keeps my makeup in place and provides a matte finish to my foundation. It does it’s job and I re-buy whenever it runs out. Not much more to say really…
7. Stila One Step Correct –> £25
This was a splurge for me. I’d been debating buying this for ages but always thought that the £25 price tag was slightly too expensive for a product with a colour correct function. However, I had an Amazon voucher left over from Christmas, so I decided to bite the bullet and buy it. I must say, I’m really glad I bought it. Even though the colour correction isn’t life-alteringly amazing, it acts as a great base for my BB cream, brightens my skin and dulls the appearance of blemishes. I’d definitely buy it again, even if I didn’t have a voucher to use.
My makeup bag is still in need of a bit of a revamp, so I’ll be picking up a few more products over the coming weeks – and of course these will all be coming along with me on my Summer travels as well.
Tom Petty –> Learning To Fly