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Makeup Bag Minimalism : #2 Concealer

October 31, 2014


I’m reducing my makeup bag down to the essentials one product at a time. See my full Makeup Bag Minimalism series here.

Following primer, concealer is next essential product in my makeup arsenal. I’ve always used concealer to cover up blemishes, but I never really got along with the under-eye variety before. I’ve recently discovered (read: given into the hype about) Nars Creamy Concealer. And I’m not disappointed at all – the formulation works really well for me and I now appreciate how much of a difference it makes in the under-eye area and with discolouration too, particularly as I don’t normally wear a very heavy base. When I want to forgo foundation altogether, I’ll still apply concealer under my eyes to brighten the area.

Nars Creamy Concealer is an excellent catch-all product – it works on both blemishes and the under-eye area. However, before I found this, the blemish concealer I always used was Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. It’s a little bit of a faff – it comes in a palette and it’s fairly solid, so you really have to warm it up with a brush/your finger to get it going. The palette also comes with two shades, which you can mix together to get your perfect shade (this is good if your colour changes a lot through the year), but like I said, faff. Anyway, once you have your perfect shade/consistency mixed, you can use a super tiny Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage brush to pinpoint each blemish. The ladies on the counter have worked WONDERS on my face with this method – I’m good, but I mean I’ve witnessed miracles. Also it really stays put once it’s on there. So I would definitely recommend if blemishes are your main issue. This product is far too heavy for the under eye area though, so you would need something else (like Nars).

OR… if you’re after a particularly brightening effect under the eye, the famed YSL Touche Éclat is very good. Not that I’m telling you anything you didn’t know – it’s probably one of the most hyped product out there. It’s very much an under-eye brightener though – you don’t want to be highlighting those blemishes! But it works well in conjunction with the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.

Nars Creamy Concealer | Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage & Brush | YSL Touche Éclat

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?


Makeup Bag Minimalism : #1 Primer

October 12, 2014


So here it is, the first step in my makeup routine: Primer. And hence, the first post in my makeup bag minimalism series.

I know not everyone wears primer. Depending on your skin type, you might get enough wear from your foundation without. If, however, you find your makeup sliding off your face within 30 minutes of application, this might be the solution. I have seen a huge difference in longevity since I started with the primer. Now we are inseparable.

There are (obviously) loads of primers on the market, and you want to find one that works best for your skin. I’ve just recently started using this Nars Pore Refining number (above), but I previously always used Laura Mercier – I’ve used both Normal and Radiance.

Aside: Laura Mercier is a bit of a running theme for me. This is because I went to a Laura Mercier (consumer) event at Space NK a little while ago, where I tried out and stocked up on lots of products from the range, some of which have lasted, and others which I’ve liked enough to repurchase.

I find the formulation of Nars and LM very similar – a translucent, white, fairly runny liquid. Both are very light, don’t feel clogging and are easy to apply (with fingers). The Radiance version from Laura Mercier has a slight pearlescence to it. I actually liked it a lot when I used to use it (much better than the LM Radiance Tinted Moisturiser, which gets a NO from me). At the time I was going for that dewy, glowy look. It was pretty subtle though, which is always good thing.

Laura Mercier has tonnes of primer options: Hydrating, Oil-Free, Mineral etc. They do the basics really well, so I would definitely recommend trying them out and finding your favourite.  Nars also has a couple of other options, including an SPF one, and like Laura Mercier, they also offer their own version of “Radiance”, or in their case “Light Optimising“. So that’s another option if you like a slightly dewy finish to your makeup.

Another brand that has a huge range and very good primer reputation is Smashbox. This might be another good place to start if you’re thinking of dabbling. They also offer their primers in a travel size for £12.50 so you don’t have to shell out the full £25 for the big tube.

But remember, always try before you buy!

Laura Mercier Normal | Radiance | Nars Pore Refining | Smashbox


P.S. I haven’t included any budget beauty options, mainly because I don’t have any genuine recommendations, but also because I’m generally happy to invest a little bit in good staples. If you have any great budget options let me know in the comments!

Makeup Bag Minimalism

October 3, 2014


Simplicity makes me happy. In all parts of my life. And that includes my makeup bag. Some people love experimenting with makeup looks – I like makeup because it has the ability to transform me into a wide awake, clear skinned, high cheekboned human being.

But as a blogger (and reader of blogs), it’s so easy for the makeup collection to get out of control. But I’ve decided it’s time for me to pare back.

So, rather than focus on new product launches in the space I save for beauty on my blog, I thought I’d strip it all back, and start a series building up my makeup bag from scratch, perfectly stocked with all the essentials.

When I say “Makeup Bag Minimalism”, I don’t mean it in any extreme sense – I’m not throwing everything out, bar that single, lone mascara – this is more a “one of everything” approach. Every product I feature, is something that I think is good to have in your kit, and that you only really need one of. Take the nude lip, for example. You could have loads of variations if you wanted, or you could forgo lip products altogether. But in my opinion, having one perfect nude lip is ideal.

So here you go, all the basics of a well-stocked, but not overflowing, makeup bag:

Foundation/Tinted Moisturiser + Setting Powder
Contour + Highlight

Eye Shadow + Eyeliners

Nude Lip
Dark Lip

Foundation Brush/Sponge
Powder Brush
Blusher Brush
Eye Brushes
Eyelash Curler

Let the fun begin! Next week, Primer.