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Monday, 1 May 2017

The ‘Ride or Die’ Beauty Product Tag


As soon as I saw Jaclyn Hill created the ‘Ride or Die’ tag, I knew I had to participate! The tag basically consists of choosing one (yep just one!) ‘holy grail’ item within each makeup category. Think of it as though they were the only products you could take to a desert island. It’s actually pretty tricky right? Well I thought it would be fun to give it a go, so here are my ‘ride or die’ products – well for the moment any way!

Primer – Becca Backlight Priming Filter

One thing Becca does incredibly well is creating some of the best highlighters and illuminators in the game. I am in love with this primer, it is light weight, feels like it gives added moisture and leaves my skin with a beautiful healthy glow. Under foundation it gives you that added radiance, but i also have been loving it this past summer when I haven’t really felt like wearing foundation. To note, this isn’t a primer that will necessarily increase the longevity of your foundation – I’m still on the search for one I adore and feel truly works well – but will give you that sort after radiance boost.

Foundation – Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

I was hesitant to try this foundation at first, as I wasn’t sure how it would fair with my dry skin but I was pleasantly surprised and have been enjoying! I feel like I haven’t found my holy grail foundation as of yet, but this is definitly one I reach most for out of my collection. It is a full coverage foundation that has a demi matte finish and I think it will be perfect for winter.

Concealer – Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer in Light 

Concealer? Hands down the Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Concealer in light has been a staple in my makeup routine for a couple of years now. I use it as a dual product to conceal and highlight my face, and find it never creases has amazing coverage and the best of it all? It is so affordable at just £7.99, you really can’t go wrong!

Face Powder – MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium

Another product that I have been using for years to set my foundation is MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium. It is the best one I have found that doesn’t feel cakey or uncomfortable on my dry skin, but sets my face nicely and leaves a flawless finish.

Under Eye Setting Powder – NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana

For under eye setting powder it is definitely comes NYX and it is their HD Finishing Powder in Banana. This is a  yellow tinted powder that I use for the under eye area as it really helps brighten as well as eliminate any concealer creasing (which is the worst!).

Blush – Nars Blush in Orgasm

I wonder how many still choose Nars Orgasm! Its pretty much a cult classic and has been a favourite of mine for years. I have blushes that I love, but if I could choose one or need one to take away with me I always reach for Orgasm without hesitation. It is a rosey medium pink blush with gold reflects and gives you a healthy flush.

Bronzer – Benefit Hoola Bronzer

For bronzer it is easy for me. Hoola Bronzer is THE perfect contour shade as well as an all over bronze. It is matte, not muddy in the slightest and looks incredibly natural with a light touch. I haven’t found a bronzer that can beat this personally so it is definitely a ride or die product!

Highlight – MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle

There are so many highlighters I adore, so choosing one was tricky! I was thinking if I could only have one for the rest of my life, I would genuinely go back to basics and stick with MAC’s Soft & Gentle. It gives you an amazing glow, but also looks very natural and can really transform a demi matte foundation to give you a radiant overall look. I will continue to repurchase this as long as it is available!

Eyeliner – Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss

This is actually a new one for me and was introduced to me in the YOU Beauty Box! For years I was loyal to the Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner – until I tried this beauty. Not only is it intensely black, and doesn’t budge all day, the tip is precise which means you can create a sharp flick with ease.

Mascara – YSL Effet Faux Cils 

Beaut packaging and an amazing product. This lengthens and voluminises my lashes with just a few strokes.

Lipstick – MAC Brave

My ride or die lipstick that is the perfect neutral pink shade for everyday is MAC’s satin lipstick in Brave. I honestly wear this most days as it looks amazing with pretty much any make up look. It it a satin formula which makes it wearable and the mauve/medium pink shade can be worn in all the seasons.

Liquid Lipstick – Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina

Stila Liquid Lipsticks are a dream formula, Pigmented, glide on smoothly and stay on ALL day, it was an easy choice to make. For the shade I love Patina. Like with ‘Brave’ – I can see a pattern forming here! – it is a medium pink, think the iconic Kylie Jenner Shade. Liquid Lipsticks are just so fantastic and fuss free that I’m not surprised they have been all the rage for some time now!

Gloss – Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in SO Real

I don’t tend to opt for gloss most days as I prefer a matte lip, but over the summer months when it is hot a gloss looks amazing when you want a fresh look. The Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in SO Real is not sticky in the slightest and leaves a subtle baby pink tint to the lips.

Lashes – Ardel Demi Whispies

I wear lashes everyday. They can transform a whole makeup look in seconds and it is super easy to do. Personally, my favourite lashes are the Ardel Demi Whispies. I find they are the perfect balance between a natural lash and something that is dramatic enough to make a difference.

Eyeshadow Palette – Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

I new it would have to be an Urban Decay palette as the pigmentation, buttery shadows and blendability is amazing. After deliberating which palette to choose from, I ended up choosing the Naked 3 Palette! The palette can be fairly versatile with the options to create a neutral eye to a sultry smoky eye, and as for the rosey/gold and pink shades, the whole palette is right up my street.

Setting Spray – L’Oreal Paris Infallible Fixing Mix

I have yet to try the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (which I have seen is many people’s ride or die stetting spray, and so is currently on my wishlist) but I have been using the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Fixing Mix to set my face and I have to say I have been quite impressed! You have to give this a good shake to avoid the product building up, and getting white dots but if you shake it really well it is a great drugstore setting spray and I do find it helps lock in my makeup for the day and gives it a more natural look if any powders are looking a little cakey! For a drugstore setting spray – which actually, on reflection there really aren’t that many – is a great choice if you are on a budget.

Perfume – Paco Rabbane Lady Million

My boyfriend bought this for me for prom many years ago, and since then it is by far my favourite scent of all time. I would describe it as definitely an evening scent, with top notes of bitter orange and raspberry, heart notes of neroli, orange flower and arabian jasmine and base notes of honey and patchouli. I adore this and would definitely class this as one of those ride or die ‘holy grail’ fragrances.


What are some of your holy grail products?
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