Thursday, 1 June 2017

High end favourites worth the hype

Maybe it’s the pressure of the online beauty world, or maybe it’s just cause I’m a sucker for good quality, but ever since I started reading beauty blogs I have swooned over all things high end! Don’t get me wrong, I have some major Holy Grail products that are Superdrug & Boots-stocked, but where I can go for luxury, I do! I don’t drink much, or smoke or even go out socialising all that often, so spending a little extra on my beauty products is definitely my main vice (…as well as Nandos and donuts…)!

I think you can definitely tell the difference between highend and lower end beauty in a number of ways, depending of the type of product & its ingredients list etc. etc. but mostly I tend to judge each product on:
  • How long-wearing it is
  • How easy it applies
  • How it works with other products from different brands
  • How pretty and well-functioning the packaging is - i.e doesn’t smash to pieces the minute I put my make up bag down a little more heavy-handedly that usual!
  • How it last over time – if I’m spending £50 on a palette, I want it to last me a while!

So, with all this in mind, I decided to put together a list of my favourite high end buys that I bought on recommendation from others, and let you all know exactly why I fell in love with them!

This range was all the rage a couple of years ago, and as Hourglass keep rolling out extensions of the Ambient Lighting range, it’s safe to say it’s been a favourite for a lot of folks! I have a couple of the single compacts, and can safely say I’m pretty sure they contain magic! They have beautiful ‘blurring’ properties, while giving a beautiful, naturally angelic glow that really lasts throughout the day! I think I need to try the bronzers next…!

A YouTube & blog favourite, this blush is another cult product that everyone has heard of! I was late to the party with this one, but I have to say it is a beautiful blush. It’s a gorgeously girly coral blush, with very fine gold shimmer. It just makes me look so ‘healthy’ - I cannot get enough of this beaut! It’s so finely milled, and really easy to apply with no loss of control but lots of build-ability!

For all this brand has gotten quite a bit of attention this past year, I really their highlighter is so underrated. I have the Citrine shade, and the glow is off the charts! I feel like it’s one of the only powder highlighters I have tried that I can wear over un-powdered foundation without it going stripy. Although the payoff is out of this world, it’s really easily controllable and buildable, and you can amp up the glow to max in no time!

I have to admit, I’ve only had this for a couple of week now, but MY GOD I love it already! I was so dubious of the whole cushion trend, but at least for this product, it has definite benefits! The cushion helps with managing how much product your using, and actually encourages you to use a little less than you might normally (I’m hoping this means it’ll last longer!). The foundation itself is also just so beautiful. For starters, it’s rare that I find shades light enough for my skin (think NW13!) but I tried this one in Porcelain and it’s just lovely! It has a perfect every day, medium coverage that is definitely buildable and workable. I would say the finish isn’t really dewy, but definitely looks natural and second skin-like – it’s just so chic and French!

Again, this is fairly new to my beauty stash, but is already a keeper! After I tried the Dolce Vita eyeshadow palette, I was really keen to try more Charlotte Tilbury beauty! CT beauty is already really established in the beauty world, but honestly, I think it is completely earned and warranted. I have tried so many products of hers now and I can’t say I’ve been disappointed by one yet! And this all-in-one style palette is no exception! The eye shadows and perfect everyday stunners, the bronzer and highlighter are the same products as in the Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette (another fave!), and the cheek colours are just enough flush. And as well as the gorgeous products, the palette is really compact and with a huge mirror. I think the convenience of it is just as appealing as the products itself!

Until fairly recently, I was very anti-primer. I was convinced it was a con, and that it was not necessary at all – especially not eyelid primer…. How wrong I was! I had seen Anna, from The Anna Edit, talking about this multiple times and started to get very curious after my eyeshadow started getting a little patchy over the last few years. It turns out your lids get a little oiler with age, and this eyeshadow base from NARS does wonders for balancing them back out again!

Another blogger favourite that has stood the test of time (okay, well a few years at least!) is this gorgeous lipstick range from YSL. It’s decadent gold packaging is what appealed to me first, but the lipstick itself is now a huge favourite of mine – especially for summer! I have the shade gorgeous shade ‘Orange Impertinent’ and its completely stunning! I feel like the finish is what I can only describe as a less-sticky, pigmented gloss. It gives a beautiful sheen to the lips and an even colour payoff. Definitely worth investing in, as there’s a shade for everyone!

After the release of the new ‘Powder’ foundation by Giorgio Armani, I feel like this beauty has slipped under the radar a little recently, but it’s still a foundation that I will always strive to have in my stash. Unfortunately, I don’t have any at the moment, but I can’t wait to get my hands on it again, as the colour match for this blew me away. The finish is so, so beautiful, and my skin looks so awake when I wear it! It’s not too heavy, but still provides a lovely even courage that gives me a massive confidence boost whenever I have it on! I feel like it might be one of the only foundations I have ever tried that I have literally no gripes about – it’s just perfect!
I discovered this amazing stuff about 3 years ago when I got a free sample of it with a magazine just before my wedding, and I was flabbergasted at how great it was - one of my favourite mascaras of all time! I have never found anything that lengthens, volumises and separates so perfectly without clumping – it’s freaking amazing! I’m not sure if I’ve heard too many people talking about this in the blogosphere recently, but I know it’s been out for a fair few years now and I know soooo many people who swear by it in my circle of friends and family!
I think this might be one of the first high end beauty products I ever bought, and I remember feeling so bougie about it – haha! Since then I don’t think I’ve ever been without it. It’s my perfect no-sleep remedy, as I use it as both an under eye concealer and a blemish concealer. It’s full (like, really full…) coverage, but is still really workable and easy to blend out. A great benefit, of course, is that because it’s MAC it comes in a massive range of colours so there is a shade for everybody! 

Well, that's my sermon over for another day -  I hope you found it useful in some way! Let me know in the comments if we have any of the same high-end favourites!


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