The Cheek Product Drawer – What Remains?

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You guys seem to enjoy seeing what remains in my beauty drawers since I’ve had my biggest streamlining session to date and I quite like them too because it forces me to really look at what I’ve got and scout out whether there are any other duds that could go to a better home. Thankfully looking through my cheek drawer, everything was deemed a good’un. This is what’s inside… 

The first step? Contour. Being the round headed ‘Hey Arnold’ face that I am, I do love a good contour. I primarily use the Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium and have done for years. You’ll see two here because I’m currently polishing off the final dregs of my old pan before I move onto a new one. If we’re talking a drugstore equivalent, then the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Kit in Medium/Dark is the next best thing with a dramatically lower price tag. Although I find the shading colour of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow a tad too warm to contour with, it’s nice in the warmer months to use as more of a sculpting bronzer (plus the highlight shade is all kinds of hear eye emoji), but palette-wise I’m all over the Anastasia Pro Series Cream Contour Kit in Fair right now – there’s a review coming your way tomorrow.

You can see a little colour graduation going on with my bronzers. In my palest moments I rely on the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer to give me some glow. This is a fab one for any fair gals and guys out there, because it’s so darn subtle. If I’m looking slightly more tanned then I dip into the CHANEL Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Powder in No.40. However if I’ve been hitting the faux glow hard then I make myself looking even more Oompa Loompa sun kissed with the Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in M20.

When it comes to blushes, I keep very much within the dusty rose/perky peach category. My two favourites at the moment are the Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16 Hour Blush in I Will Always Love You and Baby Love, though I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. One that always brightens things up is the Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop and I like the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve for a one-stop everyday blush/highlight/bronzer combo. For cream formulas I always enjoy using the Bourjois Cream Blush in 01 and a new find is the Clarins Multi-Blush in Rose.

My favourite category is highlighters and I’ve recently cleared things out and declared it a BECCA only zone – that’s how good these ones are. Even though I purchased their Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone months and months ago now, I still get excited to use it everyday because I just love how it looks on the skin. The Poured Moonstone (a.k.a, the cream version) is nice too, but I just love the ease of the powder and being able to dust it on. Champagne Pop is lush too, though being slightly bronzier, it’s one that I save for when I feel a bit more tanned.

I’ve had plenty of cheek palettes over the years, but now only two remain and I feel like they are real good’uns. Perfect for travel or perfect for when you’re just feeling like you want to be more streamlined in your stash. The BECCA Afterglow Palette contains three highlighters (two of which I tend to use as eyeshadows too), one bronzer and one blush, so it takes care of all your cheek needs; whereas the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette contains two face powders, one strobing powder, two blushers and a bronzer. I know it’s been a couple of months since I started raving about the latter, but I still get a tonne of use out of it. I bloody love it.