In case you don’t know, I live in New Zealand and am so grateful to have been able to take a holiday over the Christmas and New Year period. I’m aware that across the globe there are lots and lots of people that weren’t able to do that, and my post is in no way meant to rub that in. Instead it’s a wee ‘shop my stash’ with some old favourites and new.
Makeup Revolution x Rachel Leary Goddess on the Go Face & Shadow Palette
If you don’t follow Rachel Leary you need to. She is a breath of fresh air in the influencer space – so honest and hilarious. She’s beautiful, but takes the piss out of herself. She had a collaboration with Makeup Revolution and created two palettes, this being the smaller one and the only one I really wanted. It’s a true full service palette. With this you can use the bronzer and highlighters on the eye while the eyeshadows themselves are beautifully curated. Obviously leaning to the warmer tones that I (and Rachel) love, you can also swing a cooler toned vibe if you really wanted to. The blush is gorgeous, the bronzer is perfection, the highlighters are gleaming. One of my favourite eyeshadow colours is Chi-chi – a metallic peachy rose gold that is stunning. And this palette has a decent sized mirror – what more could you want? You can still find this palette in some places, but it’s not a recent collab so you’ll need to look for it. If you can get your hands on it, it’s worth it. If you can’t find it, then any face and eye palette should do the trick. Multi-purpose baby – that’s my jam right now.
Rimmel London Mini Power Palette in Sassy
This is the little palette I brought for a bit more of a cooler toned option. It’s got your bases covered here with a neutral matte brow bone colour, a mid toned brown for a transition shade and for smoking the crease out, a deeper brown to add depth to the outer corners and even for a wing, plus a gold for the lids. It has a lighter gold which is supposed to be a highlighter, but I use on the eyes as well. The only kind of strange thing in here is the white cream thing that is supposed to be a lip and cheek topper. It’s white so unless you’re frosty the snowman, this isn’t going to work for you. Instead it’s a nice inner corner highlight – but use sparingly. It’s a cute little palette that is super easy for travel. Combined with the palette above, I was sorted. Obvs I wasn’t going for any colour on my holiday – I was shooting for a bronzed babe look dahling.
Laura Geller Gilded Honey Highlighter
An oldie, but goodie, Gilded Honey gives you that stunning metallic true gold highlight. It’s small, so easy to take with you, but packs a punch. It’s smooth and pigmented to apply. It was an easy choice to pop this in the makeup bag.
MAC Glow Play Blush in Grand
I love this blush formulation from MAC Cosmetics. It’s a cream blush, but applies kind of like a powder. Not completely though, but I need to differentiate it from other cream blushes that are almost sticky. This one is not. You can apply easily with your fingers or with a stipple brush. Grand is that perfect colour that goes with everything and adds a little bit of life to the face.
Rimmel London Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder
Okay here is where I admit I’d never actually read the words on the packaging before writing this. Why? I got it as a free gift when I bought something else. I’ve used that other Rimmel matte powder and really liked it and when I was grabbing stuff to take with me (last minute as always) I snatched this up and thought I’d give it a go. I was super impressed. It’s super light in texture, and the colour does not show up even on my skin. It was perfect for an all over dusting and to set my concealer under my eyes. So yeah, complexion powders are life!
Heimish Artless Glow Base Primer SPF 50
I don’t use this as an SPF, I use a different one as mentioned in my Korean Favourites blog post, but this is a lovely primer. It’s radiant and smoothing and gives that little oomph to the face. You can wear it on its own or under a foundation to give that fresh dewy look.
LA Girl Pro Concealers
Speaking of foundation, I didn’t use foundation while I was on holiday. I just wanted to have a little coverage for my under eyes and for a few areas of pigmentation. These concealers are great for this. They’re full coverage, but I apply sparingly after applying my skincare and/or on top of the primer, and then I just sheer it all out. I have Pure Beige and Medium Beige and with these two they had me sorted when I went darker after being in the summer sun. Note, I wasn’t tanning, but being Pasifika, my skin darkens even with SPF.
MAC Prep & Prime 24 Hour Eyeshadow Base
Another oldie but goodie, I hadn’t used this one for a while. This was a repurchase, but after buying I thought that my skin had got used to it and it didn’t work as well as it had in the past, so moved to trying other brands. I threw this one in the bag to see if it worked again, and it did (anyone else move away from something then move back and it’s awesome?). In the hot beach weather this was great to set a base for eyeshadows or a quick shadow wing when I wanted to pull myself together and go out in public. It’s back in my day-to-day routine again.
You can see a theme here right? Nudes, nudes, nudes. There are a few here so I’m just going to list them for you below:
Maybelline Matte Ink in Seductress – and awesome warm toned nude. Click here to see my review of these.
Wet-n-wild Liquid Catsuit in Nudist Peach – a gorgeous everyday peachy nude.
Elf Cosmetics Matte Lip Colour in Praline – a more cool toned neutral that is perfect for lots of looks.
Mco Beauty Lipgloss in Sweet Peach – a lightweight gloss that goes perfectly with peachy tones.
Maybelline Lifter Gloss in Amber – a heavier gloss that is gorgeous on its own or over a nude. It’s a warm neutral tone.
So, that’s it. Depending on weather you have a big makeup collection (like me) or not, this will seem to be either a small or large curation. For me, going away for nearly three weeks, this was a lean little collection that I could choose from no matter what the occasion was – on the beach, at a restaurant, going to the movies or even just to have a little time for myself to play with some of my collection that I hadn’t used in a while.
Hope you enjoyed!