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Helloooo everyone !

Happy Monday morn to ya all, it’s been a glorious weekend and now a lovely hot day to go to work in (sorry to those working indoors today, I hope you get to rush outside at lunchtime and bask in the rays). Because of the lovely sun and making myself go outdoors to enjoy it all – 10 points to me for leaving the internet cave ! – I have not finalised my new HWW post booo (see recent post here) but never fear as I was super organised last week during the rainy dull weather and have loads of posts lined up for the next few weeks, I’ve even had an editing overhaul which looks super pretty because I found the perfect location to shoot my product images. Photography sometimes makes me so happy.

Anyway today we are delving into my current make-up bag and favourite products to use when I put my face on, there are some products missing because they are part of a cheeky haul which will be up soon 😉 (follow me on Bloglovin or GFC to keep up-to-date !) These are the products I’ve used the most, repurchased or have found them to be revolutionary to my routine.

Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’Express Mascara | MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15 | Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 Fair | By Terry Touch-Expert Advanced Concealer | Naked I Palette

Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara has been amazing at lengthening my lashes further and also separating them to look more fluttery and defined; perfect product. MAC Studio Fix Fluid has been my go-to, never fails foundation since I started buying it in 2012. I love a matte-full coverage complexion and this always does me good, a perfect skin compliment after years of orange. Buildable, long-lasting and also with SPF, it’s great all year round. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is the newest addition to my collection and I can see why everyone raves about it. A perfect dupe to NARS Creamy Concealer, it’s great at lightening my under-eyes (priority 1), complete coverage (priority 2) and is also a fab highlighter (priority 3). Mixed with the By Terry Touch-Expert Advanced Concealerwhich I had previously doubted, it creates a natural finish with it’s more skintone hue without the cakey look, keeping my under-eyes fresh and bright all day long. Finally here, I have been in love with my NAKED I Palette since getting it in March and it’s pretty much taken over from my MAC Pro Palette of browns (sorry MAC). The shade range is fantastic, there’s a never ending range of looks from subtle nudes, shimmery lids and soft browns to deep blues and golds for a modern smokey eye. I’m just so excited by brown eyeshadow.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder in Medium/Dark | Benefit Watts Up Highlighter | Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balms in 225 Sultry | Fresh inc Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Balm

Possibly the best bronzer I’ve owned so far, the MAC Skinfinish Powder is a perfect amount of shimmer and matte to great a sunkissed glow. Although I find it now too dark for a contour, blended with a good powder (more on that soon) it creates a fabulous contoured glowing face, oh yeeee ! What also makes my skin look more like Summer in Italy is Benefit Watts Up highlighter, which is a great rose-golden hue that makes your summer foundation and bronzer look even more ‘wow’. Paired with my MAC Mineralize Moisturise Foundation or new sample fave CHANEL Les Beiges it looks like such a natural healthy glow. Something I haven’t stopped raving about or mentioning when asked ‘what’s your favourite product’ is the Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balms – in all the colours ! Sultry is my go-to shade as it’s a soft red which allows you to spruce up your look without feeling too statement pout. A perfect finish and application. Finally, Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lipbalm has been my cult lip balm since I got it back in San Francisco last August. I’m almost down to the end of it which is horrifying, but for the price it is I would repurchase again and again as it lasts all day and has made my lips so soft.

Have you tried any of these products ? What is your current favourite ?

Enjoy the sun, Lots of Love,

Lauren x

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