I’ve really started to dislike January with a passion. Financially crippled from Christmas, depressive grey weather (even snow in some parts), bitterly winds and de-motivational feelings – it’s certainly not the jolliest of months. However, it’s the start to a new year and with new beginnings brings new chances, new opportunities – and yes, you guessed it, new make up.
Just like every other beauty enthusiast I received some goodies for Christmas (I’m sure no-one buys me anything other than beauty products); and so I have been sampling them all through January. Here’s my favourites so far;
1. Zoeva Eyeshadow Fix in Pearl, £8
I used to be one of those people who didn’t ”believe” in eye shadow primer. I thought it was merely a gimmick produced by the beauty industry to encourage us to consume more goods. Turns out I was terribly false, and actually, eye shadow primer is a must. It helps your eye shadow to appear more pigmented and gives staying power. I got this primer in Pearl, mainly because the retail assistant in Douglas in Berlin sold it to me; but also because I generally wear metallic shades of shadow. However, there is also a matte version available, if you feel that would suit you better.
This mascara has progressively grown on me. It gives amazing volume in no time at all, the brush is thick and long, long lashes cab be achieved in just a few swipes. No doubt you can replicate a similar effect with cheaper alternatives, but sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a bit of high end luxury.
3. Barry M Flawless Setting Spray, £4.99
Brilliant value for money. I had Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray previously – and I am adamant that this performs just as well. Preserves make-up to within an inch of its life.
4. Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops in ‘At First Light’, £6.99
This has fast become my daily highlighter, it gives a natural yet pearlescent glow. Because it’s in liquid drop form, it’s easier to work with. You can apply and work into your cheekbones gradually. Add to foundation for an all over glow. Real-life mermaid vibes here.
5. Urban Decay Moondust Glitter Eyeshadow in ‘Space Cowboy’, £15.50
I know it’s expensive for a single eye shadow, but it is so worth it. This glitter eye shadow is buildable, and the pigmentation is out of this world. You can wear it both casually or going out out. I’ve come to rely on it, whenever I want to add a dazzle to my make-up, oh and FYI it lasts AGES.