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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Beauty For The Long Haul.

If you're a regular reader of LydiaLulu then you may have noticed a near silence on the blogging front the past two weeks. I know right, what is this madness? On the other hand, my Instagram and Twitter feeds have been full of procrastination and moaning about my seemingly never-ending sea of essays - but it all ended with my exam on Thursday. I'm free! *Insert hundreds of heart-eye emojis here* Like I wrote in my most recent Life Lately post, I swear I get separation anxiety whenever I'm away from the blogging world too long. If Bloglovin' could just pause for a couple days while I try and catch up with all the posts I missed, that would be great...
Anyway overexcited rambling aside, I thought what better way to get my mojo back than an all-time favourites post? As a self-confessed makeup maven, I've tried and tested my fair share of products in my twenty years. Some have been great, some not so great. But there are some that have stood the test of time and are yet to let me down.
The NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation is the first foundation I've ever really fallen for. Before this product graced my life, I was all about orange compact powders and serums that would only intensify my oily skin. Although the latest NARS offering has had mixed reviews within the beauty blogging community (there are some real Sheer Glow devotees out there), I can't sing this one's praises enough. I tried to in a review at the time. Whereas most foundations need touch ups throughout the day, I'd say this one gets better with time as it adapts to your skin type leaving a very natural, dewey finish.
I can't count the number of pots of Benefit's Erase Paste I've gotten through over the years. Oh teenage skin is fun. This creamy concealer is ideal for covering break-outs but also conceals dark circles like a dream. Retailing at £20, this isn't exactly a budget product but a little goes a long which means a pot normally lasts me about six months or so I never have or never will use another concealer.
Charlotte Tilbury's Full Fat Lashes was part of my Semi-Accidental Charlotte Tilbury Haul  last month and I've fallen fast and hard for this mascara. I was once a Benefit's They're Real! kind of gal but found the formula way too drying for my lashes when worn on an everyday basis. Plus they became way too tempting to pick at. Being totally honest here, it took me a little while to get used to this formula after years of thick, dramatic They're Real! lashes. But after a couple uses I really warmed to this mascara, the formula never dries out which means you can easily add a couple extra coats throughout the day. I love that you can easily build up the look from a more casual, lazy makeup day to full-on going out lashes. Plus, the staying power is like nothing I've ever tried. A winner.
What would an all-time favourites post be without some nail polish mentions? Well, it wouldn't have been written by me to say the least. Essie will always hold a special place in my heart... but if you've checked out this blog at any point in the past six months then you'll know that I entered into a bit of a love affair with Nails Inc of late. Essie wins in terms of their amazing range of colours at a slightly more affordable price range. One day I'll have a clear out of my stash and actually get round to counting how many I have in my possession - my educated guess would have to be about forty. However since their rebrand last year, Nails Inc have been bringing it with their unique colours and equally great formula. Queue a throwback to my Alexa Chung review back in September. These days Essie and Nails Inc are the only brands I switch in between. Can you blame me? After all, when something isn't broken...
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