Some Super Sneaky Beauty Finds

You'll have to forgive the hasty post-workout shower selfie, but we've got a friend coming to stay, and I spent most of my day cleaning the extra room, which hasn't been used in a while. The last thing you want or need is for your guest to discover a secret pile of cat vomit. Luckily, there wasn't any, but you just never know. Because cats.

The reason for the hasty photo is that I'm wearing all three of today's sneaky beauty finds, so it seemed appropriate. So lets have a look, shall we?

Circa Beauty Ultrasuede Cream Blush - $13
I didn't realise it when I bought it, but Circa is Model/Actress Eva Mendes' makeup line. It got an absolutely rave review on, and it's easy to see why, even though this is the only product I've tried to date. I purchased the shade "Portofino", which is a peachy apricot that I liken to Nars' "Orgasm", if you're familiar with that shade (remember the 90s). It is light as a feather, goes on easily with a sort of eggshell finish, and has good staying power. I also pat it on my lips for a subtle tint.  I totally bought this on a whim because I wanted something small that I could take in my terrorist-proof small ziplock bag on an airplane, and not need to also take a brush to put it on. I liked it so much the rest is history. You can get it at and Non U.S. Customers can get their hands on it through - the site gives you directions as to how to go about it on their shipping info page.

Revlon Age Defying CC Cream - $14.99
As I quickly approach my mid-forties, I just can't stand the look of too much makeup, so this product really suits me well. Revlon's Age Defying CC Cream is one of the most natural "not quite foundation" products I have tried, and I have my mother to thank for it; she always seems to be on top of the whole drugstore makeup scene, and this just underscores that. The shade selection is really great (I wear light medium…maybe regular medium if I'm pretty tan). It's a respectable SPF 30, reflects just the right amount of light to make you glow without being too shiny, and boasts a host of helpful antioxidant skin ingredients in the formula…what's not to like? You can find it just about anywhere in the USA, UK customers (and beyond) can find it on and

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - $20
I have my sister to thank for this find.  A makeup artist used it on her once, and she loved it. I have never been a fan of primers; not that I haven't experienced firsthand the wonders that they can work, but I just don't like the feeling of having layer upon layer of product on my eyes, or anywhere else on my face. However. 
This product locks in your eye makeup. So much so that if you screw up your liner after you've put it on, you may have to get creative. I use this nearly every day, as do my mother and sister. Even when I am not wearing any other eye makeup other than a whiff of liner and maybe some champagne-hued light highlighter on the lid, I wear it. It works like crazy. You just need a tiny bit, and it settles and dries down into a nice dry finish that doesn't feel sticky. Since I got my last tube (they last forever), Urban Decay has come out with a zillion different formulas (variations on the theme; apparently this product was a popular one). I use the original formula, so if you want to give it a go, I recommend you start with the original- the one that started it all. US customers can get this anywhere they sell Urban Decay: Macy's, Sephora, etc. UK and International customers can try John Lewis or FeelUnique.


  1. Good choice. The Urban Decay primer is that rarest of beauty products, something that does exactly what it claims to do and even better than you expect. It has enabled my eyeshadow to survive - whether I needed it to or not - a hot yoga class followed by a shower. Please share any more sneaky finds. I think your opinion can be trusted!



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