My Makeup Faves: Edition V

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these (uh, last April) and there’s lots of new items I’ve found that I love so let’s waste no more time. Here are all my latest favourites of the new products I’ve tried in the past few months.

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Seventeen Wow! Skin Concealer – This concealer is great for brightening up my undereye without layering it without so much product that it begins to settle in my fine lines, as heavier concealers are wont to do. I also find it’s great for brightening and concealing minor imperfections and blemishes that don’t require heavy duty cover up. £4.99 available online or in store from Boots.

Makeup Revolution Blush Goddess Palette – Featuring 8 shades, 4 each of blusher and highlighter, I find this palette to offer great shades for paler skin. I prefer pale-to-mid pink toned blushes, nothing too bright, so almost every shade in this palette suits my preferences, though I can use them all. The highlights are also well pigmented and glide on easily. Great selection for travelling if you’re going on a trip that won’t allow you to take your full makeup bundle but you want options. £6 from Tambeauty.com, or Superdrug.com + select Superdrug stores.

Makeup Geek Contour Powder Pan in ‘Break Up’ –  The Makeup Geek Contour range comes with an awesome shade system that helps you figure out which shade is for you. Available in 4 cool toned shades and 4 warm toned shades, the line is designed to cater to every skin tone. As a porcelain skin lady with cool undertones. I chose Break Up, a perfect contour shade that gives me depth without looking muddy or orange. Glides on well, holds it’s pigmentation throughout the day, my new favourite contour shade. It comes as a pan, so you’ll need to add it to a magnetic empty palette (see ‘Tools’ below) unless you want to buy it in compact form. I bought my pan in the UK from Beautybay for £9.25 (free delivery over £15) but you can get them for $10 each from Makeupgeek.com, where the compact is also available for $15.

Freedom Makeup Green, Yellow & Lilac Pro Camouflage & Correct Paste – When they saw paste, they’re not kidding. These thick matte colour correcting pastes come in a glass concealer pot that’s bound to last you an age, as the paste is pigmented and goes a long way. Most other budget colour correctors I’ve tried have been half sheer and a lightweight cream, but these pastes go on and stay put. The product photos online make them look shimmery, but don’t worry, they’re 100% matte. £3 each available from Tambeauty.com or select Superdrug stores/Superdrug.com.

Gosh Velvet Touch Primer & Setting Powder – Aptly named, this translucent velvety powder works wonders as an oil-control primer and setting powder. You can use it in either step of your makeup application, or as I do when I wear a full face of makeup, which is use it both primer and setting powder. £9.99 from Superdrug stores or Superdrug.com, in which it’s often included in Superdrug’s 3 for 2 or buy 1 get one 1/2 beauty offers.

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Makeup Academy Inked Lip Stain – Available in 6 shades, this lip stain is a true stain. Honestly, it doesn’t taste great, so it’s best to avoid licking your lips, but it’s comfortable and super lightweight, making it a great liquid lipstick alternative for ladies who can’t stand the dry or thick feeling of some matte liquid lippies. In Maraschino, it’s a true red that doesn’t transfer and needs only minor touch ups after eating. It will definitely leave a pop of colour on your lips after you’ve taken it off, which depending on your opinion either leaves you a nice touch of colour for the next day or an annoying stain you’ll have to paint over. Budget friendly, it costs just £4, available from Makeup Academy’s website or Superdrug stores/Superdrug.com.

Maybelline Vivid Mattes – I’m a stickler for requiring that my matte lipsticks stay put and absolutely do not budge, so it may surprise you that I like these Vivid Mattes because they do come off easily. If I know when I go out that I’m going to be consuming a dinner that will destroy any lipstick I wear or kissing someone, because every lipstick that claims to be ‘kiss proof’ melts onto both of your faces after a good snog, then I like that I can swipe this lipstick off with a tissue and then paint it back off when my mouth is, uh, done. It’s soft and comfortable to wear due to the velvety, plush-feel formula. In ‘Red Rebel’ it has a solid red lipstick pigmentation, so it completes my full face of makeup beautifully and doesn’t feel like a step down from a full look like a red toned balm crayon would be. Available at any beauty store or pharmacy/chemist that stocks Maybelline, including Boots and Superdrug in the UK for £6.99.

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Colourpop Brow Pot in ‘Redhead’ – I have multiple brow products I love, and yet I can’t help but keep trying more. I liked the shade ‘Redhead’ from Colourpop as their brow pencil, but I’m more of a pomade girl, so I love this creme gel brow formula. Easy to apply with an angled brush, stays on well throughout the day (10+ hours of wear, according to the website) and not tested on animals, it’s a great mid-tone red brown for us dark red haired ladies. Plus, at only $6, it’s a bargain. Available from Colourpop.com

 

faves5tools Freedom Pro Studio Brush Bath Sanitising Brush Cleanser – Bit of a mouthful, but what it lacks in a catchy name it makes up for in ease of use. A solid brush cleansing soap contained in a place screw top jar, all you need to clean your brushes is this pot and warm water. That means this product is perfect for taking on the road with you when you travel, as there’s no risk of leakage in your bag. I used to be disgusting about how often I washed my brushes, but this is the second time I’ve bought this product and since I first tried it I’ve become much better at cleaning my brushes regularly. £7 from tambeauty.com or Superdrug.com/stores.

Makeup Revolution Precision Brush Oval Eye – Made for blending powder and cream shadows, I actually love this brush for blending my under eye concealer. I know most people swear by their Beauty Blenders, but I just don’t find it makes much difference to my application compared to anything else. Available for £6 from tambeauty.com.

Freedom Makeup London Pro Artist Empty Magnet Palette – I have a few empty magnetic makeup palettes, Z palettes and from coastalscents.com, but this Freedom Makeup palette is a great middle-ground size for me. Measuring 17.5cm by 9.5cm it can fit 18 standard eyeshadow single pans or 8 of Freedom’s contour/blush/highlighter shades. I’m using it currently to house my favourite contour shade pans, but for travelling it will be perfect for taking my favourite shades of all types of product pans, meaning I won’t have to carry a different palette for each type of product. Plus, the entire inner lid is a mirror, an added bonus. Only £5 from Tambeauty.com.

The Perfect Cropped Cardigan

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Cardigans from MAK, New Look, and MAK

Cardigans are a wardrobe staple in this day and age, but for a pinup it can be hard to find a cardigan that hits the waist at the right point. With swing skirts and dresses in particular, you don’t want a cardigan that swallows your waist and falls too long, masking part of your skirt and ruining the clean, crisp lines of your carefully selected outfit. That’s why a cropped cardigan in particular is the real staple for your average pinup, but finding them can be difficult.

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Mak Cropped Cardigans

MAK cardigans are my favourite cropped cardigan brand. They’re a wholesaler brand and their cardigans are available from lots of different vintage style retailers. Each retailer prices them slightly differently and offers a different colour and size range, so below I’ve compiled a list of each stockist I’ve found and the selections those stockists offer.

Doll Me Up
Their name for the product: Tootsie Cropped Cardigan
Colour range: Over 20 colours
Size range: S-L in all colours, additionally 1X-4X in some colours
Cost: $24.99
Availability/shipping: Free US shipping, worldwide shipping offered at multiple affordable price points and speeds. (Example: First Class USPS shipping for a cardigan to the UK is around $8.99.)

Pinup Girl Clothing
Their name for the product: Cropped Cardigan
Colour range: 13 colours
Size range: S-4X on all colours
Cost: $25
Availability/shipping: Free domestic shipping on orders over $100, typical domestic shipping fees otherwise. Free international shipping on orders over $350, otherwise Worldwide flat rate shipping available for $28 globally, or price-per-order Priority Fedex option available.

Modcloth 
Their name for the product: Dream of the Crop Cardigan
Colour range: 8 colours
Size range: S-4X across all colours, XS also in some colours.
Cost: $29.99
Availability/shipping: Domestic US shipping options free over $75 orders, or USPS flat rate $4, $8, $14, $21 options for different delivery speeds. International shipping available to over 50 countries, calculated at checkout, using USPS first Class International, USPS Priority, or Fedex (Example: An order of one cardigan delivered to the UK calculated shipping costs of $13.70, $28.89, or $47 depending upon delivery speed method chosen.)

Trashy diva
Their name for the product: Cropped Cardigan
Colour range: 25 colours
Size range: Only S-L
Cost: $28
Availability/shipping: Free domestic shipping on orders over $200, or else flat rate domestic shipping options of $13, $19, $26, $55. International shipping available for $21-85 for Canada or a flat rate fee of $39 for the rest of the world, or free on orders over $400.

Le Bomb Shop
Their name for the product: The Cutest Cropped Cardigan
Colour range: 23 colours
Size range: S-4X
Cost: $24
Availability/shipping: Free domestic US shipping over $50, international shipping available at various prices and speeds. (Example, shipping to the UK for one cardigan offered the options of $13.70 USPS First Class International, $47 for USPS International Priority, as well as faster, guaranteed more expensive options at $56-70.)

Other Cropped Cardigan options

It’s possible to find cropped cardigans other than the above MAK line. Here in the UK I’ve had luck before finding cropped cardigans from New Look in multiple colours, at around £10-15 a cardigan, but they’re not stocked constantly so it requires some regular searching on their website or in stores to check whether it’s a period when they’re making any.

I’ve also found cropped cardigans from Primark in multiple shades, but they were button-free so can only be worn tied in the front or open. I’ve found one or two cropped cardigans at Peacocks too in the past, but once again you’ll have to regularly check in store or online to make sure you’re not missing any that are offered at varying times.

Alternatively, there’s also eBay. When searching for ‘cropped cardigans’ the influx of results is overwhelming and somewhat frustrating, as often the practice of writing as broadly descriptive an item title as possible to increase search result hits mean you find yourself looking at lots of items that aren’t cropped cardigans, but instead are shrugs, boleros and so on.

Still, if you’re on a budget that means ordering MAK cardigans from an above stockist to your country is too pricey, if you can’t get out to scour the shops, or else you simply don’t like the above cardigans much, then searching through eBay will probably be worth it for you. You can find shrugs or boleros, whether sleeved, beaded, collared, lace or whatever else, very cheaply, often for £5 or less delivered, and I have several shades of plain long sleeved shrugs from eBay to add to outfits that need sleeves but don’t need torso coverage.

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Some eBay options

Plus, with eBay you can still get lucky and find people selling off new or gently used cropped cardigans much like the MAK kind above from all sorts of brands and stores, so it can be worth 10 minutes of so of scrolling.

I hope that has helped you figure out where you can pick yourself up a cardigan or two if you’ve been struggling to do so!

Have you found MAK cardigans stocked somewhere that’s not listed above? Leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list. Have you had luck finding other cropped cardigans somewhere else?