The Low-Down: Current Cosmetic Crushes

By | February 18 2010 | 51 Comments

I recently got a new fancy digital SLR camera so it’s gonna be swatch-central round here, mark my words. I haven’t a bogs notion yet how to get the best out of it (camera course, here I come, STAT), but my attempts to point and click are delivering semi-passable results so I thought I’d share with you a few bits and bobs I’m using a lot at the moment.

Lets start with that little shadow up there on the top left, shall we:

  • it’s a Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow in Where There’s Smoke, and you can see its compadre down by the pot of Erase Paste. That shade is Rich Beach, and I’m using these together a lot for work recently – the texture is very creamy, they’re not too shimmery and they’re very easy to work with. Nice packaging, too
  • I am shockingly pale right now and am using bronzer quite a bit, which to be honest I normally never do. My product of choice is Bobbi Brown’s Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Bali Brown. It’s very sheer – important! – delivers the teeniest smidgen of colour – important! – and has a very subtle shimmer which wakes up my winter skin – important!
  • Beside it is Chanel’s Poudre Cristalline. I’ve had this product for a while but a recent chat with makeup artist Christine Lucignano made me dig it back out. It’s designed to deliver a HD-ready effect to skin and she raved about it. On my skin, the jury’s still out I’m afraid, it delivers a papery look that I’m not thrilled by. More testing required!
  • Behind both products you can see Clarins Blue Orchid Oil peeping out – check out my thoughts on that here. I use this at night before bed.

  • Two Origins products next (truly, my love of Origins knows no bounds). The foundation is not on-counter yet and I’m testing it happily – keep an eye out for a review soon. It’s called Youthopia SPF15 Skin Firming Foundation with Rhodiola, and so far, so good
  • My day cream of choice is Origins Make a Difference - it is truly wonderous and fantastic
  • Front row: the little pot is a Barbara Daly mousse eyeshadow in a nice creamy shimmery dark silver-grey. Great as a wash of colour but equally good as a base for a smokey eye
  • Smashbox blush in whore-tastic pink (can’t remember exact shade, sorry!). Also, the second I took this pic I dropped said blush and shattered it into a billion tiny, messy pieces.
  • Behind is Benefit Sugarbomb, (yes, having a little B love recently, it seems) sitting beneath my Bobbi Brown bronzer. This is their latest blush must-have.
  • Behind the aforementioned Benefit eyeshadow is a beeeeutiful and super-sparkly gloss from *sob* Prescriptives. It was part of last summer’s collection and is just gorgeous – loads and loads of glitter and shine and when it finishes I will be very sad.
  • Lastly, another Benefit product – my trusty pot of Erase Paste is almost done and it’s been a brilliant beauty bit

That’s me – what are you using all the time at the moment?

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51 Replies to "The Low-Down: Current Cosmetic Crushes"

  • littlesis says:

    Wow Kirstie, this stuff makes me drool!

    I am using Dermalogica Active Moist everyday
    Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil
    Lancome defincils(prefer Clinique High Impact though)
    Mac Shroom eyeshadow
    Mac Teddy eyeliner
    Benefit Georgia
    Mac Well dressed powder blush
    Mac Ample pink plushglass(the perfect pink for me, a fab bday pressie!)

    Lots of other stuff too, but this stuff mostly!

  • littlesis says:

    Oh and Nars Laguna bronzer!

  • Efa says:

    I’m currently using
    Dior nudeskin foundation,
    Clinique super defence moisturiser,
    Blinc mascara,
    Ilimasqua cream blush in Rude,
    Bobby brown basic eyeshadow palate.

  • MAC Addict says:

    oh i like the look of that bronzer and am loving the blush!!! i’ve never tried anything from smashbox before..i think i should get this blusher now hee hee. self-gifting on saturday me thinks :) x

  • Jenni says:

    Kirstie – I bought the Benefit ‘Where There’s Smoke’ too and love it!

    I’m using these atm:

    BB vitamin enriched face base or Laura Mercier oil-free primer
    BB skin foundation in number 4 or NARS sheer matte foundation in Barcelona
    BB pressed powder in warm natural, number 6
    Benefit Erase Paste in number 2
    Benefit F.Y…Eye
    NARS concealer in custard
    Benefit cream shadow in flatter me or birthday suit for daytime or where there’s smoke for night-time or the BB chrome palette shadows.
    BB forest shimmer ink gel eyeliner
    BB everything mascara
    Benefit Dandelion
    NARS blusher in orgasm

    That’s what’s in the small, bring in then handbag, Benefit make-up case at the moment!

  • MAC Addict says:

    ah sure i might aswell get in on it…

    im currently using;

    MAC studio fix fluid
    MAC Studio fix powder
    Stila blush (it lasts me forever!!)
    Bobbi Brown gel liner in black ink
    Bobbi Brown mascara

    the BB mascara was a trial size i got when i bought the gel liner and brush in the UK(it was actually someone on here who told me the the UK deal so thank you to whoever that was,so sorry i cant remember who you are). i think its called perfectly defined lashes or something similar, would any one know how much the full sized one costs here by any chance? its the only mascara i’ve ever had to not irratate my eyes, i am in *LOVE* with it!!!

  • alchemystee says:

    Quite the Benefit fan, Kirstie! ;)

    Rimmel mascara, eh the red one that looks like a bullet
    Benefit Erase Paste in 01 Fair
    Barbara Daly for Tesco lipstick in Innocent
    Bourjois Kohl & Contour eyeliner in black
    Bourjois Brush unifying and illuminating concealer
    Essence eyeshadow in Girls Night Out
    Benefit Hello Flawless! powder foundation in All The World’s My Stage (luuuuving this!)
    Benefit Coralista
    **Chanel liquid eyeliner in Anthracite** (my most fave)

    Would love to get Sugarbomb too though!!

  • sweetie says:

    Love posts like this!! :)

    My everyday essentials are:
    MAC tinted moisturiser
    YSL Touche Eclat
    ELF Complexion Perfection
    Les Tissages De Chanel blush in Coral Tweed – it’s lovely, definitelly one of my favorites, alongside with MAC The Perfect Cheek
    Inglot brow powder
    MAC Tendertone in Pucker
    Gosh Lengthening mascara
    Dr.Hauchka Normalising Day Oil at nights
    Cuticle oils and balms – those are random, I have Creative Solar Oil at work, Essie by the bed, Badger Balm in the kitchen and Burt’s Bees in my handbag – I’d die without them ;)

  • Kirstie says:

    alchemystee – you know, I’m not, or wasn’t. But recently there have been several things I have really really liked!

  • daiseeboo says:

    Wow that blush looks fab. At the moment my beauty staples are:

    Trilogy Rosehp Oil
    Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel
    Clinique All About Eyes Rich(I heart this)
    Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
    Star Bronzer Cream to Powder Bronzing Veil
    Benefit Get Even Powder
    Mac Select Cover-Up Concealer
    Have just replaced my Touche Eclat with Erase Paste so see how that goes
    Benefit Lemon Aid
    Mac Powder Blush in Style
    Elizabeth Arden Sun Goddess Bronzing Powder in Sun Goddess
    Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm & Carmex Lip Balm(one in bag, one in bathroom)
    EA 8 Hour Sheer Lip Tint
    My new favourite BB Cabana Corals Palette
    Benefit Smokin Eyes Palette
    Trilogy Night Cream (jurys out on this one)

    God, that seems like an awful lot for one little face but the bronzing products are generaly night time ones and the rest are day time, yep my sis was right I do put an awful lot of crap(I would probably choose a nicer word myself) on my face.

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