Makeup Bag Essentials Edit – Face

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Having never really been one to use foundation, unless on super special occasions, finding ways to give the same effect with only applying minimal amounts of product to my skin has always been important.  It’s also really great if you’ve only got five minutes in the morning on a regular day and need to apply-and-go. In this edit, I’ve included my three picks for a really natural and minimal makeup look.  They are the three best friends that anyone could have…

If a late night Netflix binge is a bit of a regular occurrence for you, not that I’m saying it is for me *shifty eyes,* then having the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment in your makeup bag is a pretty good thing.  This is the one concealer that pulled me away from an all-time favourite, Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Concealer, and I haven’t looked back since.  The sponge applicator allows you to access the right amount of product and the formula is super blendable – major points for ease of use on this one.  Just a quality, quality concealer.

Mainly used around the eyes to prime before concealer and shadow, the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer 002 is not only hydrating and glides on in a pinch but it also keeps my concealer, well concealing, for the whole day and prevents even the creamiest of shadows from creasing.  As drugstore primers go, this is the ONE.

All other pressed powders be gone! A favourite of many a beauty blogger and what some would even call a holy grail product, the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder has been a staple in my makeup bag for a good while and is hands down the longest lasting mattifying powder to have ever crossed my path.

xo Coco

*Makeup Bag by Clinique
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The Mattifier Memo – NYX Cosmetics Shine Killer

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Okay, okay, this is a bit of a controversial one.  Snapped up the NYX Shine Killer primer/corrector on a whim – even though reviews have not been particularly stellar – and decided to give it a go myself.  As a member of the unofficial ‘Oily T-zone Club’ I have been through more blotting papers and mattifying creams, cleansers, balms and serums than is reasonable. So, what’s the verdict? I was expecting a cream, but the formula is more of a clear gel and it does sink into the skin after a few seconds without being sticky or leaving a weird film (so a plus there!) It does what it says and leaves a matte finish (another plus) while also doing a pretty good job of filling in pores around the nose area (more pluses.)  The only real downside was that it didn’t last more than and hour or two and then I had to reapply. Will definitely use again and haven’t broken out at all, but not sure if it’s a repurchase (yet.) Stay Tuned!

xo Coco