Which products deserve a spot on your makeup counter? Our Fashion Editor Maya Mcdonald shares her thoughts.


 

Incase y’all are like me and are in a constant search for new amazing cosmetics, I have assembled this list of deliciously fabulous items which I have been putting to the test in the month of October. Please keep in mind these are my personal opinions and recommendations, so if you happen to love a product I hate, don’t take it personally. Some of these are major hits, and some are full on misses, let’s get started!

Hits:

1. IT Cosmetic CC+ Cream

I am probably the laziest person alive, so the idea of rubbing ‘moisturiser’ on my face and simultaneously covering up blemishes is perfection. This CC cream, designed by leading plastic surgeons, claims to do just that, providing your skin with a healthy dose of moisture, some vitamin A, C, B, and E, while protecting your skin with SPF 50. My verdict? I am in love. The CC cream is the easiest product to use; it is as simple as applying it evenly on your face (your hands will work best) and seeing all your blemishes disappear. Seriously, no concealer needed. A bonus is that it hides uneven texture and the best part is that it’s incredibly lightweight and long wearing, so you don’t need to set it with powder. This product is perfect for all skin types and is a major hit in my book!

Buy at: https://www.beautylish.com

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer

If you’re a makeup addict, I am sure you will have heard of the ‘Anastasia Brow Wiz’, but I promise you the ‘Brow Definer’ is the ultimate Anastasia brow product. I’m not somebody who has the patience to carefully fill in my brows, and with ‘The Brow Wiz’, you need to be very precise, or your brows can end up looking very different from each other. In my opinion, the ‘Brow Wiz’ can sometimes make brows look like they’re filled in with a pen, meaning the lines are sharp and prominent. The ‘Brow Definer’ however, has a slightly thicker applicator making the lines blend a bit more effortlessly into the natural brow hairs. It’s also perfect for creating a beautifully defined arch without making your brow look like it’s tattooed on. So if you want to slay the brow game, get your hands on this little magic wand!

Buy at: https://www.beautylish.com

3. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

I am always on the hunt for the perfect mascara because let’s be honest, everyone has time to throw on some mascara before running out the door. I have probably tried over thirty mascaras (drugstore and high end) and truly this one has to be my number one! If you’re like me and you apply mascara to your bottom lashes religiously, you will totally emphasise with the frustration of having little black smear marks under your eyes at the end of the day. So when I tested this mascara and found it didn’t transfer after 9 hours, I was sold. Moreover, I am obsessed with how the wand curls and separates the lashes making my eyes look more flirty and awake. Honestly, mascara is tricky, and a bad one can ruin your entire vibe, so if you’re in the market for a f00l-proof mascara you need this in your life!

Buy at: http://debenhams.com

 

Misses:

1. Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation

Having heard YouTube ‘beauty gurus’ rave about this foundation I was more than keen to give it a try; unfortunately, it’s one of the worst foundations I have EVER used. Stick foundations tend to be finicky regarding colour matching, but this one was especially hard to match to my skin tone. Just keep you up to speed on why this foundation has so much hype: it is advertised as having the coverage of a concealer and the lightweight feel of a water-based liquid foundation. The coverage is a full on mask, I mean I could hide facial tattoos with this stuff, but the feel is somewhere between a thick liquid and mud. Overall, save your money, check out the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation, and pass on this over-hyped product.

 

2. Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition

Despite being best known for his unique liquid lipstick formula, Jeffree Star launched a line of regular cream lipsticks this fall, and I was naturally dying to test them out. I’ll get straight to it; they smell like chemicals, and the packaging feels/looks super cheap. Pink bullets? I’ll pass. I mean if Revlon can have decent packaging then Jeffree Star has no excuse. The ‘Lip Ammunitions’ were so drying that I ended up wiping it off after an hour and slathering my lips in chapstick. So my advice is to take a hard pass and hit up Boots to find something comparable in price with a better colour pay off, a nicer texture, and proper packaging.

 

3. Gerard Cosmetic Slay All Day Setting Spray

Usually, I am loyal to my Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray, but my friend convinced me to try these new scented setting sprays from Gerard Cosmetics. They are supposed to ‘naturally’ mattify your makeup, keep it in place all day, with the bonus of the ‘signature Gerard scents’. The range comes in Peach, Lavender, Jasmine, Green Tea, Lemongrass, Cucumber, and Grapefruit and I won’t lie they smell amazing. The problem is that they almost wash your makeup off, the spray is so aggressive that even while holding it an arm’s length away it creates water dents in your foundation. Honestly, the idea of the scented setting spray is cool, but it just doesn’t live up to the Urban Decay.