I feel like I love a lot of things at the moment but I am rounding up the things I am using every single day and loving!
First up an oldie but a goodie-MAC Studio Fix. I have seen Nic from Pixiwoo using this quite a lot in tutorials as a powder foundation but, in the spirit of more is always more I apply my foundation and then this on top as my setting powder. And to apply it, my favourite brush is the Space NK flat top powder brush which I picked up wandering around Chester with Tash before Xmas. I only have a couple of Space NK brushes but this one is really really good for applying powder/powder foundation/foundation. It's very soft, densely packed but doesn't pick up too much product. It's very similar to the Sigma Flat Top Kabuki but unfortunately my Sigma brush disintegrated after a few washes.
The Studio Fix is really really finely milled which makes it perfect for buffing over the skin. I like it because it's not chalky or powdery and it evens out my skintone. It can also be used as a powder foundation which gives lighter coverage but that's not for me. It's also lasting ages-I haven't hit pan yet and have been using it daily for over a month.
I recently mentioned how good I thought the Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara was in this post
and it really is a brilliant mascara. It's really black and the curved bristle brush makes it easy to get from root to tip on the lashes without any scratchiness (my pet hate). It's also one of the few mascaras that does hold a curl on me and lifts my lashes. It really elongates and fattens lashes and once on, doesn't flake or smudge. My only concern is that from first use it's very dry in formula so I am not sure how long it will last-but it's an excellent all rounder. You can see it in action here.
I have lost count of how many bloggers have raved about the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer over the 3 years I have been blogging and I still never bought it. My skin has been so bad again recently so when I was in the UK I bought a couple of tubes of the lightest shade and I really really like it! This concealer is one that can be used both under the eyes and to conceal blemishes and it really does cover without caking. It's pretty heavy duty and one of the thicker concealers I have used but it blends easily and sits nicely. I'm glad I picked up a couple.
My last favourite may not be instantly recognisable from the above picture because it's in a limited edition (and impossible to keep clean) limited edition bottle. I have never worn a perfume that has got me so many compliments-even from James!! And it's crazy because I can't even smell it on myself.
If you've never heard of Escentric Molecule 01 let me tell you a little about it. It's a fragrance designed to interact with the bodies natural chemistry to produce a bespoke and individual scent.
The fragrance is created solely from the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, traditionally a perfume basenote that adds allure to a scent, which works as more of an effect than a fragrance. The scent has a subtle, velvety, woody note which will meld with your natural pheromones, vanish, then re-surface after some time, making it totally individual and personalised to the wearer. You will rarely smell this fragrance on yourself, Molecule 01 perfume is more about the effect it has on others.
It definitely has good lasting power as well because James came up to me late afternoon yesterday in the office and said 'are you wearing that pherenome perfume again because you smell nice'? James never ever compliments me so I talk this as concrete evidence he loves me.
It retails for around £65 for 100ml and would be a great gift for a picky person to buy presents for.
Have you used any of my current faves?