The August Makeup Menu

Saturday, 6 August 2016

August Makeup bag essentials

With a new month comes a makeup rotation and today I'll be taking you through what I plan to use this month makeup wise...... 

   The Base:   

For my primer, I'll be using Benefit That Gal which is a brightening primer. It provides luminosity to the skin, instantly making me look healthier and it's also quite hydrating. The main reason why I tend to use these type of brightening primers is for their hydrating properties. My skin gets quite dry and foundation often clings to my dry areas so using a primer like this or strobe cream from Mac prevents that from happening. I only ever buy the sample size of this though because I just don't think it's worth the price - You can get 30ml of Mac strobe cream for €10 and it's much better in my opinion.

The weather here in Ireland hasn't been great so I haven't really gotten the chance to wear much "Summer makeup" so this month I'll be sporting a lighter base and my favourite is the Nars Tinted Moisturiser. It evens out skin tone, covers imperfections and provides a healthy glow to the skin - Love!

My current favourite concealer is a cheap but cheerful little gem from Boots: Rimmel Match Perfection concealer. This medium coverage concealer is great for using both under the eyes and on spots. It has a pen style applicator similar to the Mac Prep & Primer Highlighter {review}. I've really been liking it - It doesn't crease under the eyes and it's quite hydrating. 


For bronzer, I've been using another great budget product: Catrice Sun Glow Mineral Bronzing Powder. It's a light bronzing powder perfect for pale skin with tiny golden flecks running through it. It looks very similar to Mac mineralize powders and the Hourglass bronzers but a fraction of the price, of course! I love it because it warms up my face as well as providing a subtle glow to the skin.

If you read my Becca Champagne Pop review then it will come as no surprise to you that I've been obsessed with it recently. This beautiful golden peachy shade instantly perks up the skin and it can be used to provide a natural subtle glow or when used heavy-handed it packs a serious punch!

And lastly, to finish off my complexion I'll be using one of my favourite blushers: Nars 'Luster'.  A beautiful peachy shade with golden shimmer in it. This looks incredible on and provides a sheen to the skin which I love!

What's in my makeup bag


I'm plan on using my Zoeva Cocoa Blends palette for eyeshadow this month. I recently dug it out of my makeup drawer and forgot how beautiful it was. It's full of statement warm shades from browns, golds to a cranberry shade. I did a 'Get Ready With Me' over on my Snapchat {@clionahill} yesterday and it should still be there until 4pm today. 

For brows, I'll be using my favourite product: Sleek Brow Kit. I love the wax in this as it's very pigmented and easy to work with. However the powder is a miss from me!

To finish off the eyes I'll be using my all-time favourite mascara - the Bourjois Volume 1 Second mascara. Volume? Check! Lenght? Check!  Smudging? Nope! 


Recently my lipstick of choice has been Mac 'Tropic Tonic' - A statement coral shade with a slight orangey undertone. It has a matte finish but it's not overly drying and in fact, the formula is quite creamy so I hardly ever have to exfoliate before I wear it - Perfect for us lazy girls *wink wink* The majority of corals I own look quite pink but this shade is very different to any other coral as it leans more on the orangey-red side than pink. Even if you own 50 coral shades you still need this in your life as it's so unique!

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