My Beauty Favourites

Everybody who knows me knows that I love my make-up and beauty products in general. I love experimenting with make-up and I often get comments like "I'm too scared to try that on my eyes" etc. I live by the "what do you have to lose" school of thought. If it looks crap, you just take it off right? Anyway, just thought I'd share some of my favourite beauty products with you guys, so here we go!

1. Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box

My favourite eyeshadow set gives you nine of Urban Decay's most popular pigmented eyeshadows in one package. Yes the packaging is oh-so-very-slightly tacky but the colours look amazing on black skin.

However, if the price tag is too much to justify in this recession, any of Sleek's palettes are a wonderful alternative. I personally like to mix colours from both palettes.
£20 in House of Fraser, Debenhams, or Boots (the Oxford St. one)

2. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Also known as the greatest thing ever invented! I have quite oily skin and before I discovered this my eyeshadow would usually migrate into my eye creases or fade as the day went on. But no more thanks to this. You put it on before you apply any eyeshadow and it won't budge for the rest of the day. Trust me, it's worth every single penny.

£9.50 as above

3. NARS blusher in "crazed"

Lasts forever as a little goes a loooong way. Get heavy-handed with this and you will look like Ronald McDonald's twin sister.

Couldn't find a usable pic of the actual colour but that's what the packaging looks like.

£18.50 in Selfridges, John Lewis, and Liberty

4. M.A.C. Blot Powder

Stops me looking like I've just been anointed.... Removes shine without messing with the rest of my make-up.
£14.68 in M.A.C. (Carnaby St.) and Selfridges

5. M.A.C. Zoom Lash Mascara

Not much to be said here. My favourite mascara and it can somewhat tame my mental, contrary eyelashes.
£11.00 as above

6. M.A.C. Lip Gelee
I don't ask for much from lip glosses. I mean is it asking too much if I insist they be non-sticky and don't leave those nasty white "deposits" in the corners of your mouth? Well, lip gelee lip glosses from M.A.C. give me what I'm looking for. They also manage to make my lips feel moisturised at the same time. Bonus!

Honourable mention too for Smashbox "lip enhancing" glosses.
£10.50 as above

7. Cocoa Butter

Forget all the fancy body lotions. No matter how much I experiment, test, etc. I always end up coming back to this favourite. The more raw the better.

8. O.P.I nail varnish in Russian Navy

I searched and searched for a navy polish to no avail until I discovered this. Gone are the days when Friday's Afro and I would mix black and blue polishes together in an attempt to achieve this look lol. Thanks O.P.I!

£9.50 but can be found cheaper here:

9. Perfumes

I can't pick a single, favourite perfume because that changes each day but the three I seem to come back to again and again are:

Narciso Rodriguez for her

£30 approx. for 30ml edt

Armani White
I'm pretty sure this has now been discontinued :-( but you can till find it on eBay etc.

Anna Sui

Another one that I think has been discontinued but as above, it's still possible to find it.

10.M.A.C. Brush Set

Last, but definitely not least, I loooove my brush set(s). I resisted the idea of make-up brushes for a long time as I had a sneaking suspicion that they wouldn't really make that much of a difference. Well, how wrong was I? You use far less product with brushes and if that means my make-up lasts longer in this recession, then I'm all for it. M.A.C. sell mini brush sets as a limited edition product every Christmas for a fraction of their usual price (around £40). So, if like me, you're counting the pennies I'd suggest you wait till then or hit up eBay (again lol).

So here ends my very first "beauty" post. Let me know what you think and there may just be future ones.


4 opinionated people have something to say:

Anonymous said... informative! How much can I get the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion for?

Nsoromma...Child of the Heavens said...

I must also support Sankofa on the Primer Potion tip it's A.M.A.Z.I.N.G....last's like you wouldn't believe. But sorry anon, mine was a gift.

I prefer Raw Shea Butter to Raw Cocoa Butter, it's for the EXTREMELY dry amongst us, like me (and just imagine I've quite dark too, ashy is NEVER a good look). My little tip 4 u!

Sankofa said...

Hmmm, I should probably have put prices up. Think I'm gonna fix that now....

Anonymous said...

yep, shea butter is the best thing for ashy skin. And as with cocoa butter, it's better in its raw state.

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