A makeup artists kit is ever growing. Not only do things need replenishing often, technology changes so fast that there are always new things to try and products that are improved upon. Add to that the fact that, well, I love make-up, I stand no chance!
These are a few of the more recent additions to my kit that I’ve been really enjoying.
Liz Martin lashes- a fab collaboration with Salon System has resulted in a selection of lashes, both individuals and sets of strip lashes that deserve their place in any kit. Each set has varying sizes and thickness levels to enable a fully customised look that can work for everyone. Pricier than your average set of lashes but I feel justifiably so.
In addition to the foundations I already have in my kit (Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Nars, Face Atelier) I spotted these one day on a peruse round Boots and decided to try out a few shades. They have turned out to be so lovely, I’ve used them a lot more than I intended to. I mix them in with other bases so as not to create a shimmery effect that may cause problems on camera. Ideal for drier, slightly dull skin that needs illuminating whilst covering. I have 3 shades, one neutral, one cool and one warm. These are there to fill in a gap I felt I wanted to fill for a base for the drier skin, originally I was going to buy the Bourjois Healthy mix range which I know are lovely but I need a wider tone range than they offer. I need to have the pinker undertones as I’m working on real people with real skin tones rather than just models. I’ll definitely be adding in the remaining 2 shades and if they extend the range, then I’ll get them all.
This is a brow pencil from a brand called Anastasia. I saw the lovely Sam from Pixiwoo wax lyrical about these and I’m always on the quest for better brows. For me and my clients!
The Brow Wiz isn’t a regular pencil, it’s a very fine tipped retractable pencil with a lovely, highly pigmented waxy finish. I’ve only invested in two and so far, I’m road testing this one myself. I love it so much it’s not made it out of my own bag yet! It has replaced my RMK pencil which I lost my love for after my last one ended up being sharpened away to a nub within 2 weeks.
I use Medium Ash rather than Brunette as I fill in quite extensively,so I’d rather not go for the darkest shade. The other one I bought was a basic pencil in Ash Blonde. I anted to try and replace my Laura Mercier Blonde pencil which is the best blonde brow pencil I’ve found yet. This was still very much warmer than the LM which isn’t my cup of tea.
I stopped by the Bobbi Brown counter a few months back and had a quick refresh of some products and saw the Long Wear collections and a few things caught my eye.
One of them was this beautiful bronze-mauve shade called Velvet Plum in her Long Wear eyeshadow range. I almost always use a waterproof cream shadow on my clients first and then layer shadow on top so this was a good addition for me. Nice and sheer yet buildable, I wish it had a tad more pigment, however I’m really happy with the colour. I also picked up a matte shade called Heather. A grey mauve that is superb with brown and hazel eyes.
I also picked up some correctors for under the eye. I did have these in my kit a few years ago but they turned and the texture changed so I chucked them. The shades I’m starting with are Bisque and Light Peach. I will be investing in the BBU palette which has all the shades in the correctors, concealers and also the stick bases.
The Bobbi Brown gel liners are another of her star products and I grabbed a few of them too. Black Mauve- as it sounds, a plum based black
Violet- a stunning Cadbury purple with a shot of shimmer, looks wicked with a luxurious bronze eye.
Granite- a matte, deep grey.
These replaced my ELF cream liners which were a bargain but prove that you get what you pay for as they dried up within 3 months.
Finally, I have replenished my skin care. I have used a few Avene products on myself and really like them so I have purchased a Hydrating serum, a Rich Hydrating cream, a Light Hydrating Cream and a Mattifying fluid. Let’s see how I get on with them.
I have a loooong wish list of different products I’m intending on purchasing over the next few weeks to tide me through the rest of this crazy busy season. I’ll try and get them blogged soon too, inbetween weddings, shoots, trials and being mummy!