Recently my Instagram has become somewhat of an extension of my face in terms of the amount of makeup I've been putting on there! I have switched up my makeup for the season and in so doing, I've added a few new items to my kit that I've not used before but are fast becoming integral to my AW face. I thought I'd put together a post of the top 5 items to cater for your whole makeup from base to nails.
BASE: Max Factor Skin Illuminizer in 40 Light Ivory Starting with the foundation, I picked up this Max Factor foundation from Tesco of all places, where it was on clearance for £4.99. This is still in Boots at £11.99 so I don't know whether Tesco are just discontinuing Max Factor or if they just had a sale on the range but I've used a MF foundation before and loved it, so I thought I'd pick this one up. I have hardly used the Seventeen one I bought (gutted) because I just don't get on with it so hopefully this one will be better.
FACE: Sleek Makeup Blush in 935 Flushed I recently blogged a new blusher I'd got here and whilst it is perfect for day, I wanted something a little more punchy for evening. This blush by Sleek is just lovely; quite a dark, reddy toned shade but easily buildable to a strong colour or worn as a wash for a more relaxed look.
EYES: Maybelline Colour Tattoo Leather Effect in 98 Creamy Beige I am such a fan of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos. I have the 'on and on bronze' colour and it makes up a key component of my day to day face but I wanted something a little softer and with no shimmer to it to wear if I wanted to do a dramatic lip. This one is from the 'leather effect' range and is called 'creamy beige.' I've high hopes for this although a blogger I like very much, Lily Pebbles, gave it a poor review (in a slightly darker shade) and consigned it to her 'disappointing products' so I am hoping it was just down to the colour, and that this one won't be a mega fail!
LIPS: Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencil In 310 Berry Much I've been on the hunt for the perfect berry lip shade, and it was proving impossible to find! I picked up this velvet lip pencil because the colour was just what I was looking for. I would have preferred it to be a matte pencil but it's not overly glossy, and it has got a lot of staying power, so I think I will use it quite regularly as part of a more dressed up makeup look.
NAILS: Max Factor Glossfinity in 155 Burgundy Crush I picked this polish up because it's like no other colours I have; I do wear darker nail shades in the winter and I feel I have been wearing a spectrum of greys, beiges and greiges for ages so it's time to switch it up with this really pretty pinky burgundy colour. I thought it worked really well with the other makeup items I already had so as a complete look, it complimented but wasn't too matchy, and is also very seasonally appropriate!