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.

  • Keila says:

    I’m too lazy at the mo to write my full list but I got the MAC Ample Pink Plushglass for my kris kindle and I absolutely love it. My other fave lipgloss is Prescriptives in Sassy and I will also be very sad when it’s gone. Managed to get my Prescriptives foundation in the States a few months ago but i will be really missing the brand.

  • Olaola says:

    Oooh, I love this kind of posts ;)

    At the moment I’m using
    – Barbara Daly concealer in Medium (it is much paler on than it seems in the pan, and I LOVE IT – it’s my latest buy :) )
    – Inglot black gel liner; it is my first gel liner and it’s great. I’m definitely buying more colours for the summer!
    – MAC cream blush in Posey
    – Myface pressed powder in Fair
    – Ruby&Millie lipstick in sheer Pink
    – Sephora brow defining palette
    – Benefit Eye Bright *love*

  • sooz says:

    I currently use;

    Clarins hydra quench moisturiser
    Bourjois foundation (not sure of the name)
    trilogy rosehip oil at night.

    & I own a mascara but so seldom use it I cant think of the name!

    Don’t have much of a mekeup habit but i make up for it on what i spend on my hair/products.(not that you’d know by looking at it!)

  • Jenni says:

    Daiseeboo – is that the Trilogy anitageing night cream in the jar? I’m using that at the moment too and can’t decide if I like it or not. The smell is odd, not nasty or anything, just odd!

  • daiseeboo says:

    Jenni – it’s the Trilogy Age Proof Replenishing Night Cream. It’s doing a good job, when I wake up in the morning my skin is healthy looking and nicely plumped but I don’t like it when it goes on. I find it dulls my skin and adds a greyish look, like it sits on top and doesn’t sink in. This is not a major issue as I am slapping it on and then jumping into bed and as I say the results are really good but for some bizarre reason I am finding this really off putting. Having put that down in black and white I now feel a little crazy! I like my moisturisers to sink in straight away and give that instant glow, am I asking too much from my night(I’m lying in the dark for 8 hours and not a sinner is gonna see me) cream?

  • Glamazon says:

    Kirstie – I have just recently started using the BB illuminating bronzer in Aruba (gorgeous pale golden colour) and you are right – very sheer. Do you find it is quite sparkly in the compact but thankfully not as shimmery on? I hope it isn’t just my mirrors deceiving me as I want to use it for daywear too.

    I am currently using:

    BB hydrating face and eye creams.
    Laura Mercier oil free primer.
    La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation – creme blush.
    BB Creamy Concealer – warm ivory.
    BB loose powder – pale yellow or Chantecaille translucent powder (handbag).
    BB shadows (Chrome or Velvet Plum).
    BB gel liner – graphite.
    BB lip liner – med rose.
    BB colour rich gloss – pink raspberry or tutu.
    BB illuminating bronzer in Aruba.
    BB blush – Peony or Tawny.
    BB Everything Mascara.

    When the weather picks up a bit I fully intend to update to the Cabana Corals for spring.

  • ShellBelle says:

    Kirtie – I think that smashbox blush shade is called radiance – I have it and it looks the same, fabillis!

    Currently loving:
    Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel
    Benefit Velvet eyeshadows – the two that came in the celebutante palette
    EL Double Wear Light in 1
    Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer
    Benefit Ooh La Lift to disguise the suitcases under my eyes
    Smashbox blush rush in Chiffon (though I do like Radiance too)
    Smashbox Fusion Softlights – very subtle bronzer and getting alot of use lately
    La Roche Posay Toleriance Moisturiser
    Yes to Carrots Hand and Elbow Cream
    Clarins Lip Exfoliator
    Blistex Lip Balm

  • Rach says:

    oooh i love reading what people use! i have a big list of stuff…

    bare minerals powder foundation(best foundation ever i will never ever go back to using mac, my skin is sooo much better now!)
    bare minerals bronzer
    bare minerals skin veil finishing powder
    mac smoke and mirrors eyeshadow compact(xmas limited edition)
    rimmel professional liquid eye liner in black
    max factor false lash effect mascara, and girls aloud lashes for when i go on the lash :D
    urban decay eyeshadow primer
    boots 17 lipsticks in heartthrob and pink power(for nites out ;) )
    mac lipstick in Plink
    soap and glory sexy mother pucker lip gloss
    soap and glory eyebrow pencil but want the BB one!!
    smashbox cream eyeliner in black
    smashbox blusher (dont know what name)
    make believe face illuminator

  • poptart says:

    Ok, new stuff – here goes!

    Vichy Normaderm day & night (just finished the microdermabrasion kit)
    Lancome Genefique

    currently using 3 different samples of Estee Lauder DW Light – undecided if i like it or not
    Barbara Daly concealer – just got it yesterday!
    BB Powder Pink cream blusher
    BB Bone, Heather, Cement – trying the matte look at the min
    BB Gel liner – black ink
    Armani lip wax – no 5 – gorgeous red (but now I want the Ellis Faas one!!)
    BB Earth metal palette
    BB lipstick in Rose Petal

    Phew – this site is bad news for my bank balance, the minute I see something on here its “I want, I want, I want”

  • alchemystee says:

    Rach – does Soap and Glory sexy mother pucker lip gloss actually work??
    I tried it in Boots recently (nice smell) and it stung like hell! so I panicked and wiped it off but I’m still curious as to whether it does the business!

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