Super cute brand alert. Not only is The Beauty Crop fabulously kitsch, but the formulas are impeccable and made from natural ingredients.
After trying various products from the brand, several have become everyday staples, promoted directly to Residents of Makeup Bag. Quite a feat.
The Blush Duo in Fig It, £8, is a split pan, half cream, half powder. Lovely layered or used alone, I tend to use the cream on top of my Glossier Cloud Paint to add a pop of colour to the apples of the cheeks. Both sides are super pigmented – use a light hand or it gets a bit Aunt Sally – but blend beautifully and last all day.
Although the The Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream, £9, works perfectly well patted onto cheekbones, I’ve been mixing it with foundation and living for it. A generous dollop mixed with my No7 Stay Perfect Foundation gives the greatest glowy skin, in the most flattering, non-glittery manner. The high points of the face gleam, as if highlighted from within.
If you are over 30, I cannot recommend this method more as you get the glow without emphasising fine lines. I’ve used MAC Strobe Cream for it previously, but this product kicks it up a notch. Though the tube is nowhere near the Strobe Cream size that I was expecting. It’s a little guy, 10ml. Not a lot of bang for your buck, considering the rest of the line is reasonably priced.
Honestly, I’m a bit over liquid lipstick. It just feels like effort and isn’t that flattering on my dry winter lips. But the GRLPWR Liquid Lipstick in First Kiss, £11, calls to me. It’s the colour, a grey-mauve-nude, such a great shade if you can pull it off. I think I can kind of pull it off, with a proper base and sufficient bronzer. And the formula is superb, thin but opaque, no transfer, fades nicely and not too drying. If you like matte you’ll love it.
If you are a fan of a chubby lip crayon, you have to try the PJB Smoothie Stick, £11. Honestly, I think it is the best version of the chubby stick genre. The formula is king. More colour pigment than a Clinique Chubby Stick, less greasy than a Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stain, lighter than a lipstick. It has the perfect creamy texture that disguises dryness and chaps, making lips look super smooth. The easiest way to wear colour on the lips. My only complaint is the scent; it smell funky. Still, the shade Peach Please is now my everyday, liven me up, school run lip of choice.
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Til next time,
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