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

  • 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!

No.1 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

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…!

No.2 NARS Orgasm blush

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!

No.3 Jouer Highlighter

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!

No.4 Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra – Cushion Foundation

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!

No.5 Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Beauty Glow

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!

No.6 NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

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!

No.8 Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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!

No.9 Clinique High Impact Mascara

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!

No.10 MAC Studio Finish concealer

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!