001: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (£7.99) - I must admit, the first time I used this I was quite disappointed with the results it gave, considering it had been so hyped up. This past month I decided to give it another go, and I'm not sure quite what changed, but I really like how it now makes my lashes look so much more elongated and fluttery. Maybe it's dried out a little bit which, for me, seems to help the formula grip the lashes a bit more. I also really love how it doesn't flake or transfer onto my lids. I do find it quite similar to Benefit's Rollerlash, which is great considering it's considerably cheaper. You can also layer this baby up without any clumps, which is always a winner in my eyes!
002: MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Morange (£15.50) - I have wanted this lippy for so long, I'm not even kidding, such a long long time. Now it is finally in my grip, I haven't put it down. It is such a gorgeous summery orange-toned red that really brings make-up together. I like to wear this with natural, dewy skin and golden eyes. Amplified formulas from MAC are one of my favourites, so this was a welcomed addition to my collection.
003: Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot (£12) - Now, I have never been one for powders. Never really bothered about them and certainly never spared much expense, until now. I have realised now that I have previously purchased some shocking powders: those that caked on the skin and those that never really made a difference, or even those that just felt as if I were putting talc on my face. I had heard such great things of Soap & Glory that I decided to try more of the range, and this just so happened to be one of the products on my list. It's super lightweight, provides subtle coverage without caking, and doesn't feel at all drying. I only tend to use this on select parts of my face so I feel like it's going to last a good while - and I won't have to sell myself to replace, which is always a bonus!
004: COLLECTION Gorgeous Glow Blusher (£2.99)* - I am not going to go in too much detail on this one as I wrote about the collection in the post below, but I seriously haven't put this down since I received it. It reignites the glow in my skin and adds that extra little bit of summer sparkle to my lacklustre, and often very tired skin.
005: L'Oréal Infallible 24-hour Matte Foundation (£7.99) - This is a product I didn't think I would get along with at all. Usually the term matte in a foundation is a big no no for me, but after reading many reviews, I decided to give it a whirl. I am so glad I did, because although there is no escaping the fact that it is matte, it is not as matte or drying as I first anticipated. Many compare this to NARS Sheer Glow, which I can kind of see why, ever so slightly, but it is great in its own way also. I do find sometimes if my skin is having a really bad day in terms of dryness, I mix this with a moisturiser or highlighter to help inject more radiance, but when used alone it is still lightly luminous, in addition to being high coverage. The only negative thing I have to say about this is that I am not a fan of how it looks under my eyes if I am too heavy handed in application - it can cake a little bit, but I have to say that's genuinely because I have super dry, crusty eye bags. Oh yum, I know. I do find that using this with a hydrating primer also works so much better than with a matte, siliconey one.
006: Urban Decay Naked Concealer (£17.50)* - I am converted. Totes converted to Urban Decay. I had a voucher for Debenhams and decided to make a completely new purchase, which meant I walked away from the counter with this and its foundation counterpart. I am usually a dedicated user of the NARS Creamy Concealer, but now I am going to have to forever repurchase both. The Urban Decay Naked Concealer is creamy, provides great coverage and can be layered without caking... I also find it particularly lovely dabbled under the eyes. I wear this in the lightest shade, which provides a little bit more radiance in the places I wish to highlight.