These past few months have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride to say the least. After four years of living and working in London, I’ve decided it’s time to finally close this chapter of my life and move back home to Slovenia. If you’ve ever moved abroad, you’ll know the bureaucracy side of it is not a quick nor easy process. Switching addresses, phone numbers and personal documents are only a few changes the move has left me to deal with (again), but there’s one thing that has stayed the same all along – the contents of my makeup bag. Partially for practical reasons – I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t squeeze in a couple of trips abroad right in between my move – but mostly because the products I’ve been using recently couldn’t be more up my alley.
The It Cosmetics goodies I’ve been raving about over here still have a firm place in my everyday makeup routine, but there’s been three products joining them earlier this summer that too haven’t left my side since. The first one’s Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette, which is just perfect for traveling if you’re a fan of warmer, orangey shades like me. It’s about the size of a hand and includes six shades in total, ranging from lighter to darker, so you get the versatility of day and night looks.
For a more natural, day-to-day appearance, I normally apply the shade Hot Spell all over the lid, combined with Inhale under by brows and in the inner corners. For a bright pop of colour, Wild Thing is my go-to crease shade, while the darker Heiste and Strike come in handy for evening occasions. Strike is ideal for a warm smokey eye! Vibrate, the second lightest shade, is the only one that hasn’t been getting much love from me, as it’s unfortunately too light for me to apply it over the lid, and too dark for highlighting.
Except for the slightly shimmery Inhale, all shades are proper mattes. They blend out beautifully, the pigmentation is comparable to other matte shades from the Urban Decay family (could be better in my opinion), but they do layer and intensify nicely. I’m over the moon the palette’s a part of my makeup collection now, as I was really missing some rusty shades before the purchase. Oh, and the packaging is super sturdy! I’ve been quite rough with it recently, but it’s survived all bumps and throws. Plus it comes with a big, handy mirror – always a thumbs up in my books. If you’ve ever experienced the pain of doing your makeup in a badly lit hotel bathroom, you’ll understand why.
Maybelline SuperStay Un-Nude Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Amazonian is also following the coveted rusty colour trend. I fell in love with the shade the moment I saw it on my friend, and RAN to the drugstore to buy it straight after our meal. If that doesn’t tell you how great the staying power is, I don’t know what will. It. Does. Not. Budge.
I’m a fan of both neutral and bold lip shades, but often avoid the latter, because I’m always worried about them smudging and wearing off too quickly. If I have to check my face in the mirror every five minutes, it’s not the product for me. Luckily, this one rarely needs touching-up throughout the day, unless you’re eating ice-cream or something extremely greasy. You do have to wait a couple of minutes after the application for it to completely dry, though.
The pigmentation is strong enough for one layer only, but you can add on another if needed, as it applies evenly in either case and doesn’t crack, despite it being a proper matte. It also doesn’t dry out your lips (a big yay), and the applicator itself gets another seal of approval from me – the tip is SO precise! The only thing I’d say you need to be mindful of is the removal process. I’d suggest you to get an oil-based makeup remover (or pure olive/coconut oil) if you don’t have one in your arsenal yet. Micellar water, which I normally use, doesn’t do the trick.
My last summer favourite, a London farewell present from me to me that I snatched en route home at the airport (and by snatched, I mean bought, just to clarify it), is Jo Malone’s English Pear and Freesia Cologne. Believe it or not, I’ve been eyeing it up for no less than four years!! It was a love at first smell kind of situation on a rainy, cold November day, but I was already on a mission to use up all the other perfumes I owned before buying a new one, so I had to leave it at the store. Little did I know, this process would end up taking over three years…whoops! It was worth the wait, though. It smells even better than I remember!
I’ll be completely honest here – I’m not the best at describing perfume notes, but I’d say it’s pleasantly sweet, with a fruity sort of freshness? Sorry, I’ve tried… If it helps, I’m quite picky with my scents and all of my favourites (Michael Kors Sporty Citrus, Issey Miyake Pleats Please, D&G 3 L’Imperatrice) follow the same formula of fruity/citrussy freshness in combination with some sort of musk.