So these are my current favourites for saving face. They have been worn day in, day out for the last 2 weeks- this really hasn't been a time to be experimenting and switching things up. I have been relying on...
L'Oreal Glam Bronze Brunette Harmony Duo Sun Powder bronzer
Maybelline Lash Stylist Waterproof mascara
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
No 7 Skin Illuminator
Benefit Posie Tint
I don't it's necessary to explain why a good waterproof mascara was a staple product at first, and was the only item of eye makeup that I used in case of tears but thankfully the need for that has now receded. The mascara itself is good but unexceptional. I have also relied heavily on my Brunette Harmony bronzer and Posie Tint to put a bit of colour back where it's been missing and the Skin Illuminator to give me a glow.
Top of the heap though is the concealer. Annoyingly the packaging lets it down; the writing has all but rubbed off and this makes it look like the budget product that it is. However the actual concealer is very good and deals brilliantly with my dark circles. It doesn't crease and can be layered depending on the severity of such circles and it lasting for ever. I bought this months ago and it's still going strong. For just £4.19 it is a brilliant buy.
Now that things have begun to get much better, I have started wearing full eye makeup again. To keep things simple, I have dug out this little kit; Benefit's Sha La Lovely, which has been neglected since I moved.
The Eye Bright and Boi-ing products at the bottom brighten and conceal and the RSVP Creaseless Cream eyeshadow is brilliant as a base or on its own. I do usually use the darker, liner shadow to line my lower lashes as well and a brown liquid liner of some kind on the upper lashline. It's simple but it defines really well and makes me feel groomed and pulled together.
Sometimes going back to basics works really well, especially when you rediscover little gems like this in the drawer. It may only be a teeny good thing to come from this whole but hey, I'll take it!
What are your essentials when you need perking up?