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Finish 5 by Fall TAG

7 August 2014

finish 5 by fall

I saw this tag floating around and it tickled my fancy as I’ve been considering a spending ban. Truth be told, that probably won’t happen but finishing up some products might make me feel a little less disgusted at the amount of stuff I have. Looking at the photo, I realise I cheated by picking three skincare products which tend to easier to use up than makeup…and the makeup products I’ve chosen are almost finished anyway. What a rubbish start.

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NC42, £25

This was my first ever MAC foundation. Actually it was my first ever foundation that matched my skin tone…and that was only two years ago. I realise I should have chucked this away by now but I couldn’t bear it. I’ve got it on today and so far my skin hasn’t fallen off. A trusty old friend that perhaps I’ve neglected recently.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 25, £5.99

I really like this concealer for brightening and highlighting the under eye area. I’ve had it for a few months and I use it several times a week. The packaging looks suspiciously like the NARS Creamy Concealer but certainly doesn’t feel as luxe. It’s also got less coverage than NARS but it’s a good choice for daytime.

Una Brennan Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser, £16.99

Pump? Check. SPF? Check. Zesty scent? Check. Fast Drying? Check. I’ve been using this as my day cream pretty much every single day since February and it’s still going. I can just about see through it in the light and I think it’s sadly coming to an end. I could buy another one or console myself by cracking open one of the others eagerly waiting in my drawer…we shall see.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion, £14

One of the most effective exfoliators I’ve come across, I rub my face with with this about once a week. My face is genuinely brighter afterwards although this product feels a lot harsher than I first expected…but I’ll just take that as proof that it actually works.

Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean Cleanser, £8

I like this but I don’t love it enough to use it more than once or twice a week. I’ve got another one of these from the S&G Christmas set which hasn’t been opened so I feel Peaches & Clean will be with me for a while yet!

So, that’s your lot, you’ll hopefully be seeing these in an upcoming Empties post. If like me, you haven’t been tagged, you should do it anyway – break free from the shackles of etiquette! Don’t forget to leave me your links if you do.

I tag:

Francesca
Alice
Katie
Catherine
Laura

Nail Product Addict Tag

15 July 2014

nail polish addict tag
Thanks to A Simple Mix for tagging me, I no longer feel like a saddo who never gets asked to do these!

Favourite nail treatment product?
Probably Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle. I use this as my base coat every time I do my nails. I’m not sure if it strengthens nails in the long run but it does seal up any cracks quite nicely.
Favourite luxury brand?
I’m a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to nail polish but I do love OPI. The colours are great, the brushes are fat and the names are witty.

Favourite drugstore brand?
Barry M. Super affordable and quite frankly, superb colours, formulas and finishes. A close second has to be Rimmel, the Salon Pro ones are the easiest polishes to use, I love the one-stroke application.

Best eye-catching red?
I usually go for China Glaze Hey Sailor. It’s a true, classic red and lasts for over a week without chips, which is good because chipped red nail polish is one of the biggest beauty crimes.

Most disappointing nail polish/product?
For some reason I bought OPI RapiDry topcoat thinking it would be better than my beloved Seche Vite. At the time, it was nearly £20 (I think they’ve reduced the price since then) so I was quite frankly expecting miracles. It wasn’t bad but it certainly wasn’t worth the price.

Basecoat – yes or no?
Yes! My nails have the texture of sandpaper so a smoothing base coat is a must and saves tears and frustration when removing dark nail polish.

Favourite topcoat?
Seche Vite every single time.

Favourite summer shade?
I keep going on about this and it’s getting boring but I can’t keep away from Rimmel Salon Pro in Aqua Cool (you can see it in action here) this summer. It’s one of the few pastels that doesn’t look odd on my skin tone.

Favourite winter shade?
Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI – it’s a very, very, dark blood-red that looks almost black. Gorgeous and vampy and perfect teamed with a dark red lip.

Mention something extra!
Seeing as it’s high summer, now is the only time I’m brave enough to crack out something a bit mad. Yellow Polka Dot Bikini is an insane fluorescent yellow which always gets comments (mostly good) when I wear it. I can imagine it looking great for the beach if I ever went to the beach.

Please feel free to make any suggestions, I’m a total lemming when it comes to nail polish. Looking forward to seeing other responses to this from everyone, but in the meantime, I tag:

Khrissie
Tamira
Victoria & Tori
Ruth
Zoe
Kate
Rosy

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