Being back in Milan for the beginning of the year means among other things, being in close proximity to Sephora stores. So a mini beauty haul happened. Obviously.

I firstly picked up the Makeup Forever Step 1 Hydrating Primer. Ive wanted to try this for a while and I’m so glad I caved. For the past few weeks it’s replaced all my other everyday primers. I use this when I know I’ve a long day ahead and want my makeup to stay in place. It hydrates the skin enough to even the skin out, making the application of foundation easy and longer lasting. It also makes sure dry patches don’t occur a few hours later, which is a dry skin problem that I’m always up against. This is the best primer I’ve found in a long time, my skin is so dry so it’s great to add that extra layer of moisture onto the skin.

Next I come to the lip stains that took me a good twenty minutes to mull over colours. I love lipsticks and would happily wear something bright every day, but I’m a lazy girl at heart so red is usually out for me because I can’t be bothered checking and reapplying and basically faffing. But the Sephora Cream Lip Stains are insanely long lasting and so right up my lazy street. I went for a matte red, the 01 Always Red, which I’m pairing with a Mac Redd Lip Liner. It lasts for what feels like forever. I’ve eaten burgers in this red, gone out for a night drinking and all with the barest minimal effort put into top up. It’s pretty easy to forget about and, therefore, my favourite thing in the world right now.

I also bought 03 Strawberry Kissed, a matte pink that is bordering on the red side of pinks. It’s a strong almost florescent pink that makes me dream of warmer weather. Here it’s paired with Kiko Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner in 312 Fuchsia.

The lip stains are quite watery as you apply them, clumsy as I am it goes better when a lip pencil is involved. I need to get hold of a bright pink to go alongside the Strawberry Kissed Lip Stain and then I’ll be ready for spring. But it dries almost instantly and your pretty much good to go in under a minute.

They are both matte lip stains, so to say they are drying is an understandable. I do try to make sure my lips are well moisturised and scrubbed before using these, it helps them stay on longer and not flake off. Also taking the lip stains off is a job for a heavy duty make up remover, namely oil cleansers. I’ve tried micellar waters and there’s always the slightest stain left but The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil took it off completely for me.


Finally as I was already feeling spendy I made a little trip into Madina. A small Italian makeup brand that has a gorgeous cream highlighter stick, that has quietly been on the beauty scene for years. But isn’t really talked about, mainly because it’s not so easy to get hold of. It’s a highlighting stick that Pat McGrath has sworn by and would annually pick up when she was in town. The Madina Chic & Shine Highlighter is a pale champagne colour that comes out as a subtle shimmer that gives the face a soft focus glow rather than all out strobe glow. Its a great product for giving the face a glow from within, it’s so easy to swipe it on and blend it in with your fingers.

Annoyingly, like I said before, it’s only available in Italy. And on top of that there are only three stores in Italy. It’s online and ships worldwide, but the site is only in Italian. Which is frustrating, but well worth it.