Discontinued favourites

Firstly let me apologise for the state of the make up in these photos. As you’ve probably gathered from the title these products are oldies, but goodies.

Unfortunately they’re not being made anymore.

You might be wondering why I’m blogging about make up that’s no longer available to buy. Simply put, they’re just so good I couldn’t not. And more selfishly I’m on a mission to find dupes.

First up is Moon Beam an apricot coloured highlighter from Benefit. On warm and slightly yellow-tinged skin tones like my own Moon Beam works like a dream. I use it in a V-shape around the outer edge of my eye to illuminate my brow and cheek bones with a gentle irridescent shimmer.

Moon Beam used to be part of a suite of liquid highlighters offered by Benefit of which High Beam and Sun Beam still remain. High Beam is great for pale skin tones but is just too pink-based for me. And while Sun Beam suits better it’s really not a replacement for Moon Beam, instead giving a more straightforward golden bronze glow.

The second product is a cream to power blusher from Topshop. Called Neon Rose this was actually the last one in the shop when I bought it and I’ve never seen it since.

Anyone who’s tried the Topshop blushes knows they’re really good value. For around £6 you get a blush that’s nicely pigmented, is easy to apply and blend with your fingers (I’ve found this much easier than using a brush) and has a pretty good mirror too.

While I find most coral coloured blushes still have quite a pink base Neon Rose is a pure coral – with an almost fluorescent orange tone that I absolutely adore. What could be quite a striking colour works really well on darker skin, giving a just worked out flush to my cheeks at least. Ever since I’ve owned this I’ve been on the look out for similar coloured blushes. Unfortunately I’m still yet to find one.

Luckily I’ve still got quite a way to go before I run out of either Moon Beam or my beloved Neon Rose. But do you have any tips for highlighters or blushers when I do? And are there any products you love that are no longer around?




Benefit’s World Famous Neutrals

On the hunt for a thirtieth birthday present, my friend asked the indian lady at the Benefit counter for advice on what she herself she used. This dinky eye shadow kit was the answer.

Benefit’s World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever contains six separate eyeshadows, four power and two cream of varying gold, brown and neutral shades. As with all of Benefit’s offerings the retro packaging is very cute and well designed, with a mirror (good quality but a little too tiny for my tastes) and some tutorials on how best to use the colours to create different looks.

Although I love this set I must say that I mainly use the three colours mentioned in the kit’s playtime tutorial – my two cents (a golden shimmer cream, which makes an excellent base), kiss me, i’m tipsy (a gold-flecked deep brown) and gilt-y pleasure (a golden powder). Used together they can be combined to create a glamorous golden look that I think works well in the day as well as night.

The second cream, birthday suit, shows up well on my eye but is just a little too silver based for my taste while it’s complicated is an iridescent gold/pink that looks amazing on the palm of my finger but fails to make much of an impression on my eyelid. Call my bluff is a matt shell colour that I’ve tried to use as a highlighter, but ultimately always prefer other shadows in my collection.

However in my opinion my two cents is more than enough to make up for this. It’s a cream I’ve found I reach for again and again, yet still seems to be relatively unused. I’ve also found kiss me, i’m tipsy to be a great crease colour, dark enough to make a real difference, where other shadows don’t really show up. And gilt-y pleasure looks great at the corner of the eye, as well as taken along the inner section of the lower lash line for extra definition and glitz. The one flaw I’d say is that the powders aren’t the best at blending, in particular the glittery shades are a little scratchy and not as soft as other shadows I’ve used.

Ultimately I love the simplicity of having three great shades that work for me in one easy to use kit which is why this is definitely one of my favourites. So while the name is a bit of a mouthful –  it’s a title it might just live up to. What do you think?