Despite my impassioned pleas that yes, I would need two different foundations and five different lipsticks, and risking a hernia to carry my excessive make up bag in my backpack–it turns out that I’ve used precious little from my original haul (packed with hope and unrealistic ideas of looking attractive whilst backpacking). That being said, I’m still so happy I stuck to my guns with some of them, as a few hardworking little gems have been worth their weight in gold. Especially after 18 hours on a cramped sleeper train, smelling like death and looking even worse…..they have been comforting as well as entirely necessary to face the world.
In order of importance, my ultimate makeup saviours have been……
This has been invaluable. The obvious uses are as a lip balm, but I’ve also used it for sunburn (it stopped a peeling nose), frazzled split ends on seriously frizzy hair, and more grossly for my very dry heels. My only regret is that I didn’t bring the lip balm version as well, as I think it would hold up better in the heat.
I literally couldn’t live without this product, and to prove it — I just lost it in my backpack, and thought I’d left it in Goa…..there were almost tears. I’m not joking, Oli will verify this. I have used a few of the incarnations of terracotta but this is my favourite. It has a tortoiseshell pattern of peach and bronze shades which are super versatile. I’ve been using my Body Shop kabuki brush to swipe the lot over my fave (natch, in the Guerlain ‘3’ shape) and the peach as a blusher. I guess you could also use it as an eyeshadow, but in all honesty I’m not a big one for eyeshadows. Anyway, it’s amazing and if you don’t have one — you need one.
I like MAC stuff a lot. But honestly, I rarely wear it anymore as I’ve discovered so many new brands that I love (Guerlain, Dior…..) but someone bought this for me for my birthday last year and I have re-discovered my love for MAC. It’s just a ‘do what it says on the tin’ kinda product, and I like how simple and functional the packaging is. As a sallow gal, I have a tendency to very dark under eyes and this is the best concealer I’ve used for them. Also, being nicely tanned now, I happily don’t need to wear foundation anymore (just wait till I peel, and go back to Sallow Sally!). So concealer is my new best friend…..I guess the only other product I would say is on the reserves list would be Estée Lauder BB Cream.
This is genius. It’s super clever and I don’t really get it, but essentially it’s a lip balm that enhances your natural tones. This one is in a coral shade, but as my lips are really pink – it goes a pretty peachy pink colour. The link above is to the original pink lip glow, which I also have, and also massively love! The great thing about this product, is that you get a bit of colour without sacrificing moisture. So if you are a lipstick phobe, then this may well be for you. Love, love, love Dior packaging as well – it makes me feel like a proper girl again.
This little mini came in a Coralista pallette I spontaneously bought ages ago and promptly never used again. High beam however has been so useful. I have a face devoid of curves and angles, so I need a highlighter or two to contour a bit and create some cheekbones, and slim my mushroom nose down. I really love this product, it’s so easy for a total make up retard like me, and it really holds up in hot weather.
So I guess in essence, all you really need once you get a decent tan – is some peach, some bronze and a bit of dewy-ness (Note: not shininess. Instagram will testify to my shiny slap head misdemeanours).
What are your desert island beauty products?
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