Thursday, 13 February 2014

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

Hi Beauty Lovers!

I don't know about you guys but with all the Christmas and New Year releases and now Limited addition Spring collections hitting shops, some of my older products are feeling unloved and undervalued. So I sifted through my entire makeup stash and selected four products that haven't seen the light of day in a very long time, and moved them into my everyday makeup bag so they could get the use they so desperately deserve. 

Benefit - Dr. Feelgood
I completely forgot this product even existed...well durr Lauren that's the point in the post! I'm probably not all to blame, its not exactly Benefits most highly advertised product so it easily slip out of sight and out of mind. This in my opinion is like a solid version of their more famous Porefessional, but it works better on my skin as it's very mattifying, it also helps reduce the appearance of visible pores and fine lines...bonus! I've been using my fingers to apply this product as it's quite hard, Its the first product I use after. If your a regular reader you'll know poking my fingers in a product bothers me, but its such a hard consistency that the sponge you get is quite useless.
 
Benefit - Creaseless Cream Shadow - Skinny Jeans
This back in my teen years was one of my first Benefit purchases, the shade, not this particular tub! I've repurchased this so many times I've lost count. But as you can tell from last years packaging, this gorgeous shade once again got sadly cast aside. This really is one of the only cream shadows that doesn't crease or fade without the use of a primer, it also works as a great base for a dramatic smoky eye. I don't really know how to describe this shade, its all most a grey with brown undertones, very dark and full of drama. For a day time look I've been using this with a lighter colour to create a wearable daytime smoky eye.
'Skinny Jeans' swatch
 
Topshop - Lips - Innocent 
This  was the summer of 2013 lip colour for me, its the perfect frosted pink for my pale toned skin, it was never off my lips, but sadly it got thrown by the wayside when I discovered MAC 'Speed Dial'. I've now worked this into my work makeup look by toning it down slightly with a slick of lip balm.
'Innocent' swatch
ELF - Mineral Eyeshadow - Wild 
This was banished to the beauty no man's land, just because it was free with an order, and I hadn't chosen this shade myself. I have used it once or twice for an evening neutral smoky eye. The pigmentation is absolutely superb and rivals more the pricey brands. Since adding this to my everyday makeup bag I've used it with my beloved Illamasqua Sealing Gel to create a dark brown natural looking eyeliner. 
'Wild' swatch
 
I hope this post has given you the inspiration to rearrange your makeup and give some old products some much deserved love!
 
Lauren
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