Current Favourites

Having a break from Anchors & Swallows, has given me a new desire to dress vintage. I get the same satisfaction to transform my face as I do to dress up! I am looking forward to creating and getting back into the swing of things.
Make up has been an escape for me, for a long time. I’ve talked about it being a part of my self care routine in the past and that certainly has not changed.
Towards the end of last year, I fell in love with a few items that I still can’t do my make up without. So, I thought I would share with you some of my current favourites!

Nyx Born To Glow Foundation

Nyx Born To Glow Foundation

I seem to have been on an everlasting journey to find the perfect foundation. For years it was a battle to find a shade light enough for my paper pale skin tone. Thankfully, this is no longer a problem as more brands these days cater for both lighter and deeper skin tones. Now, I’m searching for the perfect finish and coverage!
I used to love a full coverage, matte base – the Too Faced Born This Way was the answer to those prayers. Towards the end of 2019, I found that foundation to dry out my skin by the end of the day, depsite moisturising – not sure why my skin changed so much! Although I occasionally still reach for Born This Way, I have a new favourite.
The Nyx Born To Glow Foundation is a medium buildable base with a natural radiant finish – perfect for my dry-prone skin! It wears really well and I found a spot on colour match for my skin tone, with lighter tones available too! Of course, it is cruelty free and a great price point at £10.

Jeffree Star Redrum Lipstick

Morphe x Jeffree Star Mini Lip Set

I had heard very good things about Jeffree Star’s velour liquid lipsticks, but I could never decide on a shade to try, being a mainly online brand. Morphe is now over in the UK, also carrying his brand. But I still couldn’t justify another lip product…
My lovely husband treated me to the Morphe X Jeffree Star mini lip set for my birthday, lucky me! Now I have a new favourite red that I keep reaching for. Redrum is my perfect blue-toned red shade. Having tried many liquid lipsticks in the past, I can tell you this one is comfortable, wears well and isn’t drying. Three of my most important tick boxes ticked!

Essence Lash Princess Mascara

Essence Lash Princess

Now, this wasn’t necessarily a miracle find. It isn’t even the best mascara I’ve ever tried. But recently I have been remincing on the good old days when I would nip into Superdrug and purchase a decent mascara for under £5…
Having a cruelty free make up routine can be tough to find something you love for a great drugstore price. I nipped into Wilko one day and found the Essence stand. I remembered Tati Westbrook raving about one of their mascaras on her Youtube channel, but I couldn’t remember which one! For £3, I decided to try the one that stood out to me the most. The Princess Lash ‘False Lash Effect’ certainly defines and volumises the lashes and stays well throughout the day. To be honest, it is the mascara I reach for the most these days! So if you’re after a cheap, cruelty free mascara – this one will do!

I can’t help but look out for new products to try out, if you have any recommendations, comment below!

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I am a twenty-something vintage lover who is trying to find the time out of work to dress up and feel more glamorous!

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