Rummaging through my life’s worth of beauty storage, I came across a few interesting finds that screamed ‘Play with me!’. They aren’t from a particular make, nor are they coordinated in any way whatsoever. It was just one of those blogger urges to pick out random products I hadn’t laid my eyes on since a while and start applying them to my face haphazardly.
Let's start with Cargo’s Lipstick in Kyoto. I remember having two of these, one’s a dark burgundy shade I use quite often and this one, I recall storing away as the colour didn’t quite suit me. So I figured out it was quite that. It’s this pale, pastel, bubblegum pink that’s quite frankly a daring number to wear with my skin tone. The finish is gorgeously satin-ey and demi-glossy with a luscious finish to it. The trick is to apply most of the colour to the centre and start working it towards the corner of the lips.
Next up, I was itching to douse my face in this. Urban Decay’s Afterglow 8-House Powder Highlighter is something else. It defies your champagne gold and peachy pink, standard highlighter categories and creates a league of its own. This one is a multidimensional lavender with pink reflects! Brave. Very brave UD. Again, I remember storing this away as I didn’t find it super wearable but browsing through all these LFW backstage images, I think I could definitely put this to some use. Say hello to rainbow cheekbones J On a more geeky note, it creates an unreal, soft-focus glow that’s modern and works instantly at brightening up sallow complexions. The finish is not like strobing, or those overtly blinding highlights you see on Instagram but quite sophisticated instead.
Next up, Joan Collins Lip Gloss in ‘Too Hot to Handle’. I believe that’s the name. Again I’ve had this lying around in my ‘to use’ stash since a while and sadly, it doesn’t have a name on the tube. Now, I’m not a huge of lip glosses but this one’s great if you can’t stand those uber sticky, MAC Lip Glosses. It’s reflective and glamorous when on, but still offering some translucency and control. A lovely hot pink that I love to pair with bronzed lids and a subtle contour.
KIKO sent me their Invisible Lip Liner a while ago and I dismissed the ‘primer’ for lips as being unnecessary in a daily makeup routine. I still don’t use it every day but for occasions and tricky products, this one’s a keeper. It’s a transparent wax that you use to line the lips and it ensures there’s less feathering and bleeding when working with dark colours and sloppy formulas.
And lastly, Coastal Scents Fluffy Blending brush is something I have sentiments attached to. If I remember correctly, they were the very first make-up brushes I bought when I was starting out as a blogger. I was so excited that they were pink, hah! And believe you me, they are still intact after years of use. This particular one has brush hairs the right length for highlighting and precise powdering.