Primers and mascara: What I’ve loved this month

I’ve been really good this month – with my birthday coming up next month, and several international hauls due to come in later on in July I’ve been extremely strict with myself – which doesn’t make for an exciting beauty post but please be patient!

Baby Skin vs Prime Primer

First up is the battle of the primers. I never used to bother with primers but now I do, I can really see the difference – it gives me an easier base to work with and more lasting power which is always a bonus. I am still hooked to my Bare Minerals foundation, and when I ran out of their primer I was on the hunt for a replacement. I’d heard so much about Maybelline’s Baby Skin primer, so I was really excited to try it out. A few weeks into it I re-discovered Banila Co.’s Prime Primer, which I purchased in Tokyo on my last visit. I’m not sure whether my skin is more suited to Japanese skin care and cosmetic products but the Maybelline’s Baby Skin didn’t really do anything for me. It didn’t make my makeup last particularly long and I was slightly disappointed. The Banila Co primer however has been great, creating a great base with lasting power.

Kate Rimmel Mascarakate rimmel mascara

Even when I’m cutting back on my spending, replacing my mascara every three months is something I stick to religiously. I wear contact lenses and suffer from horrendous hayfever making my eyes particularly sensitive. I’ve found replacing my mascara often prevents me from getting the ever so attractive bloodshot eyes look! I recently picked up their Kate Moss mascara for a fiver and I am really impressed. I absolutely swear by their liquid eyeliners but I haven’t been a fan of their other mascaras in the past – their Volume Flash and Lash Accelerator were pretty unremarkable, but this mascara with the curved brush adds length and volume giving me fuller lashes. So far, I’m a fan.

St Tropez gradual tan

I’d recently been complimenting a French friend of mine about her glowing complexion, and she recommended St Tropez line. I’ve always been slightly terrified at the prospect of fake tanning – I absolutely hate the smell, and I’ve often been really irritated when friends have slept over and stained my sheets so I was slightly skeptical. The curiosity got the better of me, and I’ve started using their gradual tan moisturiser. With proper exfoliation (and rubber gloves!) I’ve started to use this and I really like the results. It looks really natural and there’s none of that horrible smell – hurrah! It’s light, easy and low-maintenance which is perfect for a girl like me.

I’m really excited about my US and Japanese orders and I’ll also be attending a beauty bloggers event in August which I can’t wait for!