- Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15, 30ml, Shade 40 - Beige, £31.65 - I purchased this a couple of months ago, as I started to notice that my Nars Sheer Glow wasn't producing the finish that it had done during the summer months - it just didn't give me that healthy 'glow' and radiance that I need during the colder months. (NB. This is partially to do with the fact that my skin type had changed as well from combination to dry/combi). The Nars Sheer Glow actually highlighted the drier areas of my skin so I knew it was time for a change (at least for the Winter months). Roll in Chanel Vitalumiere, yes it is the most expensive foundation that I have ever brought up until that point, but it was worth every single penny! I absolutely love this foundation! It has light to medium coverage and lasts a whole work/uni day on me. This is now my HG foundation for the Autumnal and Winter months =) According to Chanel, the Vitalumiere gives "a radiantly, youthful smooth satin finish, and a light, moisturizing texture. Your complexion is visibly rested...Your skin is energized...The youthful quality of your skin is protected". Yes please I'll have some of that, thank you very much! This product actually does stand by its' word. My skin looks more a wake, dewy and I'm more confident that people are not staring at the drier areas of my skin whilst I converse with them. It doesn't give you an oily finish if you set it with powder and blot once/twice throughout the day. Highly recommend this product! Wow, that was a big ramble! I'll try to refrain from now on but I just wanted to express how much I love this foundation! Since then I have purchased Chanel Prolumiere to test the finish as well, and have also loved it.
- MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush, 6g, £16.50 - Following from the drier skin experience that I mentioned, this is my first ever cream blush. I swatched this on my hand at the counter and loved the opacity of the product. Once sheered out, it produced a beautiful pink, dewy finish. I have used this everyday since I purchased it - about a month ago. I apply with my Sigma F82 brush then set with a light dusting of Nars Deep Throat Powder Blush. The cream blush just gives me a more radiant glow to my skin, which is much needed during the cold days and nights.
- BareMinerals by Bare Escentuals Glimmer Loose Eyecolor in Bare Skin, £14 - I purchased mine from feelunique.com and paid just below it's RRP, whilst it was on sale at the beginning of the month. Usually, I always have to apply 2/3 eyeshadow colours on my lids whenever I have an eye look. However, this is the only eyeshadow that I feel 'comfortable' wearing by itself. Due to the glimmer finish, it gives dimension to the shadow at various angles, giving the appearance of having more than one eyeshadow over your lids. It's a neutral, loose, pinky-peachy shadow - similar but lighter to MAC's All That Glitters and has smaller shimmer particles compared to Revlon's 002 Nude Slip eyeshadow. My go-to-in-a-hurry eyeshadow.
- Dior Ultra-Shimmering All Over Face Powder in 002 Amber Diamond, 10g, £32 - I'm not one to highlight but have decided that this year, I will try new products that I don't normally use. After being on my wishlist for the past few months and from vast recommendations, I gave in and purchased it after a couple of times swatching at the counter. I think it was the price tag and the fact that I don't really use any highlighting products that prevented me from purchasing it in the first place. However, I have used this product every single day since I purchased it and it sill looks brand new! I apply this with my MAC 109 brush, just on top of my cheekbones. It gives such (again) a radiant glow to the skin, which is perfect for the dewy/glowy, awake look that I want.
- Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks in 180 Vintage Pink and 700 Nude Delight, £6.29 - Purchased these babies last year and despite the amount of lipsticks that I already own. I have had only these 2 lipsticks in my make up bag that I use on rotation. The 700 Nude Delight, as the name can tell, is actually a warm-toned nude. Not as light as MAC's Creme d Nude nor as dark as MAC's Brave New Bronze (limited edition from the Style Warrior collection). It perfectly suits my skintone (Nars Barcelona, Chanel 40 Beige) and the opacity covers my red/pink pigmented lips. The 180 Vintage Pink is a cool-toned pinky-mauve lip-colour and has the same opacity as the Nude Delight. They last approx 3-4 hours on and do not dry out my lips. Beautiful!
P.S. Apologies for the lack of pictures and swatches!!! I'm still trying to get use to photographing in such rubbish lighting, but hopefully things will improve very soon once I get the hang of things :)
What are you favourite products for the winter months? Can you recommend me others? Share the love!