Recent Beauty Buys

Over the last few months, I seem to have somehow accumulated rather a lot of new makeup. These weren’t all in one hit but they are still all fairly new purchases. One was a stock up after I hit pan, one was a treat with my Boots points and one too many Lisa Eldridge enabled purchases. Now I’ve had chance to test all these out pretty well I thought I’d do a mini review on all my new beauty buys. The majority of these have been huge hits but there were a few misses along the way. I should point out that these will be in no particularly order because I can’t even remember what I purchased first!

Starting with the irresistibly gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer & Blush Glow. I truthfully couldn’t have handed my money over faster when I saw this new release especially since I hit pan ages ago on my original one. I love these palettes and I actually think that this blush and bronzer duo is more practical. As much as I LOVE the Charlotte Tilbury highlighter, I don’t think you need a huge pan of it as I’ve barely touched the surface and I used that palette daily! The bronzer is stunning and is the perfect shade for my pale complexion, it adds a sun-kissed colour without the dreaded orange twinge I tend to experience with a lot of bronzers. The blush is extremely pigmented so needs a gentle touch or a very soft brush and if you blend well it gives a lovely healthy peachy pink flush to the cheeks.

My first Lisa Eldridge enabled buy, Lancome Doll Eyes Mascara was a nice splurge courtesy of my Boots points (can you believe I had £25 worth of points?!). In terms of the type of makeup I tend to buy, it is 90% high end with the remaining 10% being mostly drugstore mascaras. However I wanted to see if there was much difference in a high end mascara – not for everyday use of course but for best occasions. So many of Lisa’s videos feature this mascara and I liked the look of it. The wand is huge! Initially I wondered if it was going to be a problem, on testing it out several times it seemed not. The size actually allows an even application on all your lashes, and you can really get in the corners to coat them thoroughly. It doesn’t clump –  thank God as that is one thing I cannot stand in a mascara. This mascara makes my lashes look long and defined, it lasts all day and I haven’t once experienced any panda eyes even at the end of the day. Love it.

A collection of ZOEVA brushes were all again sparked on by Lisa Eldridge, I opted for the rose gold editions. The Luxe Soft Crease 221, Luxe Highlight 105, Luxe Face Focus 114 are all new editions in my brush stash not to mention my first ZOEVA brushes. Instead of talking about what all these are designed for I’ll leave the link to Lisa’s video here – I could just sit and listen to her for hours. Well apparently I do, and its expensive! I will add one thing: they do not wash well. One wash and they are already considerably misshapen and fluffy which is a shame because I did like them up until that point I just don’t see these standing the test of time at all.

When the BECCA Champagne Pop fad was all the rage I wasn’t at all interested. But when I saw Lisa applying the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter I was ALL eyes. My god this is a STUNNING product I love it -the only problem is I was a bit uneducated when I ordered the shade ‘Pearl’ which is far too cool toned for my skintone. Pearl is too silvery and just doesn’t look quite right on me which is such a nuisance because otherwise I love this product! The highlight itself is so striking yet blends in very naturally due to the liquid formula. Gorgeous. One tiny thing I have found which I don’t like is the pump: it dispenses way too much which is a bit wasteful as a little goes a long way with this product.  Upon doing my research (which is what I definitely should have done in the first place) I think I need ‘Moonstone’ a gold, warmer shade which I intend to replace eventually.

And the final Lisa enabled purchase was of course Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage a product which appears heavily in her videos. Now, I had a hard time getting to grips with this concealer something I was prepared for after reading all the online reviews. The two tone pan concealer has an extremely dry formula – which you have to warm before applying. When I purchased this at the counter the lady said to swipe a few times with a brush on the back of your hand and blend the two colours to make the perfect shade, and I tried this at home with it but it still wasn’t playing ball. The formula still seemed a bit stiff and unworkable. So after much persevering I found the most effective way to warm the product is to actually take a brush and apply the product straight to my ring finger, blend a bit then apply to the face. The coverage is undeniably superb. The process is just a bit too long winded for everyday makeup application I think, although I will be saving this concealer for special occasions.

Last but not least in my new beauty buys comes the Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. A product I’ve seen plenty of beauty bloggers rave about. I actually got this to test out for my wedding day, as we’re getting married in August *hopefully* we will have some warm weather and I need my makeup to LAST. First impressions of this eye primer are very good indeed. It keeps everything stuck in place just how you want it and my eye makeup is still looking as good as new come the end of the day. Pretty sure this bad boy will be in my makeup bag for the big day.

Have you bought any new beauty products recently?

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