Sunday, July 29, 2012

July Favourites

Despite organising my makeup collection, I haven't varied the products I've reached for much this month. Largely in part due to an aversion to experimenting with an established everyday look in the limited time I have to get ready in the morning. It's been the same neutral eye and rosy cheeks, with the introduction of a couple of new products I've been liking and the rediscovery of one of the first brushes I bought.


Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner in Naturally Glamorous
Reviewed here separately, I favoured this palette at the beginning of the month, mostly using the two browns as all over lid colours. This would be an ideal palette for travel as it's streamlined and compact and contains all the colours you need for basic, slightly smokey eye makeup for both day and night. The shadows themselves are nicely pigmented and softly textured.



Maybelline EyeStudio Mono in Iced Fudged (720)
I bought Silken Taupe first, but I couldn't resist picking this shade up on sale as well. Iced Fudged reminds me a lot of Toasted from the Urban Decay Naked Palette, but without the pink undertone. It's a warm and quite frosty brown that works well as an all over lid colour. It's much more pigmented than Silken Taupe which makes it a lot easier to wear.

Revlon Luxurious Color Satin Eyeshadow in Polished Bronze (010)
I'm a little bit in love with this. I think it might be my favourite eyeshadow single. It's such an unassuming colour but it just seems to be the perfect shade for me. It's not too warm or cool, not overly glittery or frosty but just gives a soft, slightly taupey, bronzed sheen. I like to darken it up near the upper lashline with a touch of the first colour in the bottom row from my Sleek i-Divine Palette in Storm. The eyeshadow itself is soft and smooth in texture (the Revlon satin singles are superior to the mattes from my experience), but I find that it does wear off a little by the end of the day.

l-r: Polished Bronze, Iced Fudged


l-r: 1st and 2nd blended, 1st shade, 2nd shade, 3rd shade

Rimmel 3 in 1 Powder Blush in Autumn Catwalk (003)
Despite buying a bazillion Bourjois pot blushes this month, it was this little gem from Rimmel (that I found hugely discounted at the feminine hygiene aisle of Coles, of all places) that I enjoyed using the most. The first two shades blended together form a pretty, glowy pink that brightens up the face. The third shade is a very pigmented coral which is a little too dark and orange for my tastes, but makes a good autumnal blush. You could use each of the three shades separately, though the second shade is quite glittery on its own and looks better blended with the first matte pink.

Ecotools Blush Brush
This was from a 5 piece Alicia Silverstone set, so I'm not sure whether it's the exact same as the individual Ecotools blush brush. Either way, it's beautifully soft, ideally shaped and seems to deposit the right amount of product just where you want it. I've been neglecting this brush in favour of my Real Techniques brushes, but it's just as good as the Blush and Multi Task brushes.

Urban Decay Primer Potion
I almost forgot that I have this travel size Primer Potion, which was included in the original Naked palette. While I prefer to use Revlon cream eyeshadows for priming my eyelid, I use this for the bottom lashline area. It's a nifty inclusion to my routine that helps my Maybelline gel eyeliner stay on longer and prevent mascara on the bottom lashes from smearing.

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  1. I like the shape of this brush and I want to try this eyeshadow primer

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    1. The brush is a really nice shape, it's super soft and fluffy but not overly dense. The UD primer does a great job too :)

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  2. I love that Revlon CustomEyes, I pretty much wore that for a whole month when I was traveling around China. Great colours!

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    1. It's a great travel option and really versatile/wearable shades :)

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    1. I have two palettes but I definitely prefer Naturally Glamorous :)

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    1. It's made of some really nice colours! Peach and pinks are my weakness evidently :p

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  5. i adore those blushes! the pink ones are just so pretty <3
    I'll definitely get some of those :)

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised at the pigmentation. The pinks are really pretty and easy to wear :)

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  6. Eco Tools brushes are amazing! I have a few brushes from the range and the quality is excellent!

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    1. Agreed, they make some very good brushes :) But this blush brush is definitely my favourite one.

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  7. I love your Favourites posts! No exception with this one- I saw Iced Fudged (bizarre name) when I bought Silken Taupe; I regret not buying it now! So good to know that you regard the Ecotools Blush brush as highly as the RT brushes that I haven't bought, but want! x

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    1. Aww, thanks :) I liked reading your latest favourites post as well! Iced Fudged is totally bizarre - not sure if it was meant to be Iced Fudge, which makes more sense :p I think the blush brush is closest to the Multi Task, but a bit thicker (however not denser), slightly more rounded and smaller shaped. The RT blush brush is quite different (larger, tapered, less dense). I'm loving my Ecotools for blush more than those two though :)

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  8. Oh wow great favorites! I love the ecotools brushes! They're so soft :)

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    1. Thank you :) Ecotools do make some really good brushes! This blush one is firmly my favourite.

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  9. Lovely favourites! The colors are lovely :)

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    1. I am a sucker for neutral eyeshadows and pink/peach blushes through and through! :)

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  10. That Rimmel blush is one of my faves as well, a complete accidental find! Great favourites, I am going to check out those eyeshadow singles.

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    1. Love those accidental finds! :) Especially when they're under $5 at the most random places lol

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  11. I use the Urban Decay primer potion the same way :) It definitely helps my maybelline gel eyeliner stay put better! I also use it for longer lasting eyeshadow. I love ecotools~~ i agree, they have such soft brushes :) I love brown eyeshadows~ the photos above look really nice!

    Joyce @ carouselstreet.com

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    1. It's a bit of an extra step but it really helps :) I do love the softness of Ecotools brushes, especially this blush one. Glad I'm not alone in my brown eyeshadow weakness :p

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  12. The Revlon custom eyes palette looks gorgeous! I also have a bit of an aversion with playing with different make-up looks - usually it's just bb cream, face highlight and slightly winged eye liner for me~

    Your newly organised make up collection looks fantastic!

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    1. Thank you :) I'm happy to have organised everything, it really helps to see everything laid out in one place. I sometimes think I should really be more experimental with makeup, especially considering how much I have, but I just never find the time, inclination or opportunity :p

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  13. Revlon customeyes palette looks really good. I am looking for a neutral palette which is easier to carry than my Naked Palette 2.

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    1. I know what you mean, I wouldn't be inclined to carry around my Naked palettes for travel because I'm paranoid I'll lose it or damage it somehow, and I'd prefer to take something more compact. The Revlon CustomEyes in Naturally Glamorous is a great option instead :)

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  14. Great favourites, I want them all :) x

    bluebutterfly80.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I'm generally a neutrals person as well as I need to almost plan my look the night before if I want to experiment with colour. I decided one morning to experiment with green I think and it was such a disaster! Toasted is the only colour in my Naked palette that has a good sized dent in it, so thank you for introducing to me a duplicate for the day I run out!

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    1. I love Toasted as well, it's definitely a favourite eyeshadow of mine. Generally the UD is just nicer in texture and better quality than the Maybelline, but I do regard them as quite similar in shade (except Iced Fudged isn't as pink as Toasted and more frosty). I'm sure the green wasn't too bad :) Everything can be fixed with a bit of black eyeliner and mascara :p But colours are a bit trickier because it's more dependent on how it complements your skin tone, which is why I can't be bothered usually lol

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  16. I'm mostly like how you are: I have the same look day-to-day, though I occasionally vary it up by making the effort to wear mascara on the weekend. Lovely favorites! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. I guess it's just easier when you only have a limited time period to get ready in the morning to resort to the same products than having to think or trial something new :)

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  17. lovely favourites! I just posted mine as well - check 'em out!

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  18. Everything you've picked is such a gorgeous colour :)
    I have that blush and it's so lovely :)
    I am so drawn to the same colours as you haha!

    xoxo

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    1. Lol I think most beauty bloggers are drawn to the same things! I need your Stila eyeshadow palette and Amber Diamond :p

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  19. I think this is the first July favourites post i've seen where I'd happily use any product - its so refreshing to see drug store brands included too x

    josieowen.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww, I'm glad you liked my picks :) I generally stick with drugstore brands, I don't have a lot of high end makeup. Thanks for your comment, I am following your lovely blog now!

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  20. Thanks for sharing! The Revlon customeyes palette looks really nice. Those neutral shades are right up my alley.The Rimmel blush is really pretty too :)

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    1. I'm a big fan of the Naturally Glamorous palette. Neutral shades all the way hehe :)

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  21. Those are some nice favorites! I love the revlon palette! I usually can only afford drugstore products haha

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    1. I like to stick to drugstore products as well, I can't bring myself to buy expensive, high end makeup :p The Revlon palette is really wearable and versatile, the eyeshadows themselves are nicely pigmented and quite smooth in texture.

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  22. I've heard a lot about Rimmel blushes and always want to try them! It's only about time that I'll get my hands on them :p
    nice post! xx

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    1. I've only recently heard good things about Rimmel blushes, mainly from this video I saw of Tanya Burr saying Santa Rose was her favourite drugstore blush. So when I saw this Rimmel blush heavily discounted at the supermarket, I really wanted to try it out! :)

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    1. It's a lovely little palette, highly recommended :)

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  24. The colours look great, are they frosty when worn on eyes?
    Relvon always has some goodies!


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    1. The Maybelline Iced Fudged is quite frosty, otherwise the rest are more satin finishes :) Revlon rarely disappoint!

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  25. The Rimmel blush looks really pretty, I never gave a thought about them because I don't hear much people talking about it - but now that you've mentioned it, I think I'll go give it a try! :P You also reminded me to give my ecotools blush brush more love, I've neglected it in my drawer for quite a while even though it's a good brush haha.

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    1. Awww, poor Ecotools blush brush :p All neglected. You should give it some more love, it's a really fantastic brush :) I was surprised at how pigmented the Rimmel blush was, it definitely exceeded my expectations!

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  26. Before I found the Realtechniques brushes, the Ecotools were my absolute favourite, in fact, the eye shading and concealer brushes are still staples in my everyday routine. There's absolutely nothing wrong with neutral eyes, I've been on such a long neutral eyes run and I must admit that although I love colour, I've acquired a taste for subtle, more work-appropriate looks and now I really enjoy wearing them. Revlon has excellent quality eyeshadows, I'm using Moonlit at the moment ^^

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    1. Revlon does make some really excellent products :) They're definitely my favourite drugstore brand. Ecotools make some really great brushes, I love this blush brush the most, but I also use their fluffy eye blending brushes daily, as well as their angled eyeliner brush. I have to stick to neutral eyeshadow because of work, but I'm not complaining. I'm no good with colour :p

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  27. I love the rimmel blusher :) If you want, check out my blog
    www.nessa-mae.blogspot.co.uk, If you like it follow on GFC and Bloglovin, and I ALWAYS follow back xx – Vanessa Mae

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    1. The colours are right up my alley, though the coral shade is a bit too dark for me :)

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  28. I didn't know Rimmel made blushes that were that pigmented! I've been steering clear of those because I thought they would be quite poor in quality! I guess I'm wrong xx

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    1. I didn't either! I was curious to try Rimmel blushes after seeing a video of Tanya Burr raving about the Santa Rose blush, and I'm glad that I decided to give this one a go because it really exceeded my expectations :)

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  29. such pretty neutrals!
    - blog.andrealamo.de

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  30. That Revlon Custom Eyes palette looks really nice. I like the complimentary brown and taupes.

    -Lisa
    The Lovely Memoir

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    1. You could really wear multiple looks from the palette alone, it's a nifty little palette :)

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  31. Lovely favourites! I really rate Ecotools brushes, all of the ones I have are really soft and just so nice to use :)

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I don't have many Ecotools face brushes but this blush brush really impresses me, so much that I've been favouring it over my beloved Real Techniques brushes for blush :)

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  32. Revlon makes great eyeshadows indeed! I've always wanted to try their new palettes since I loved their old Colorstay ones. And their singles are phenomenal. :)

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    1. I have 2-3 of their old Colorstay palettes, I really should give them a bit more love. They've been largely neglected :p I wasn't too thrilled with Revlon matte singles but I'm absolutely loving this satin one in Polished Bronze :)

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    1. Thank you :) It's not intentional, haha! But I guess it reflects what I'm naturally drawn to in terms of colours.

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  34. very nice tutorial, I love nude make up looks and these all look pretty neutral and pretty to me :)
    would you like to follow each other?
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    epiquemoi.blogspot.com

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  35. The colours of the Rimmel blush are just so pretty. ^_^

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  36. I love the Revlon shadows! So versatile. Great blog :)

    opinionatedaboutopi.blogspot.ca

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  37. The Rimmel blush swatches nicely, they're all really pretty individual shades. I love it when Coles or Woolies have sales on makeup/skincare hehe. I haven't tried any Real Techniques brushes but I have heard so many great reviews - and reading your comment that the Eco Tools brush is just as good, I want to try it ^_^

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  38. Those Revlon shadows look beautiful swatched on! :)

    Evani
    simplyevani@gmail.com

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  39. I love Eco tools brushes too!! You have some fantastic favourites this month! I want them all :)

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