Okay, it’s fair to say I’ve gotten a little spendy in the beauty department recently, but in my defence, there’s been a lot of great new launches, and after the longest time of feeling a bit flat, I’ve been bitten by the beauty bug again. And it’s been pretty successful, I’ve fallen hard for a fair few products that are either new new, or new to me, and I’ve been enjoying using a few different things in my routine. I thought I’d round up some mini reviews of my new in, current favourite beauty bits for ya.
Starting with base, and the problem that probably kick started this beauty buying phase. My skin’s been a little up and down the last few months, and I found myself in need of a new primer. Primer is bit of an afterthought for me, I usually slap on my base and then remember that I could have used a primer. But really I was looking for something that did three things, prepped my skin for makeup, made my makeup stay in place a little longer, and added an extra hit of hydration to the skin. I did a little re-con, and ended up buying the Cover FX Water Cloud Primer. It does everything I hoped, and happens to be incredibly soft and silky, comfortable on the skin. It doesn’t feel like an extra cakey layer on the skin, and my base looks better for it.
It was during the bad skin weeks that I ended up picking up the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Photo Finish Foundation. I was after something with good coverage like the Fenty foundation, but lighter on the skin. This was love at first swatch, and I’ve really loved wearing this base since. The shade range is absolutely pants, but if you can find a colour that works for you, it’s a beautiful hydrating formula with a natural finish and buildable coverage.
I love Charlotte Tilbury products but I try and keep clear of their new launches, purely because whilst they always tend to be fantastic, they’re also usually really pricey and I defintely don’t need them. I couldn’t resist picking up the new Corrector though, as someone who struggles with super dark under eyes, this is a dream come true. I use my ring finger to press this in under the eyes and it works like a dream. It’s a little more on the matte side than I’m used to Charlotte Tilbury products being, but provided you don’t have super dry under eyes it’s actually a good thing, because it stays put throughout the day.
I took advantage of a pal’s discount to reunite with my beloved Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder this month too. Whilst not new to me, I’ve used two of these before, it’s been a while since I’ve had one in my collection and I forgot how much I love it. It’s such a lightweight powder that simply takes away any shine on the skin without compromising on glow. Pricey sure, but worth it, absolutely.
I may have gone a little overboard in France when I realised French Sephora is now stocking Tarte. But if you’ve tried their products, you’ll understand, they’re just SO good. Nothing stays put on my skin throughout the day like Tarte cheek products, so I had no qualms about picking up the Amazonian Clay Blush in Sephora exclusive shade Paaarty, a true nude shade. I love this, it’s the perfect everyday blush shade, and in true Tarte fashion, looks the same at the end of the day as when I applied it.
I also ended up picking up the Tarteist Pro To Glow Palette. Mostly, I grabbed this because I love the Hampton’s Weekender palette, but I’m not tanned enough to wear it right now, so this is a nice alternative. With one matte bronzer that doubles as a good contour and two glorious sheeny glowy highlights, I can see this becoming my travel best friend.
Let’s talk brushes for a second! I picked up the Space NK 202 Powder Brush on a whim and my god am I glad I did. This brush is ridiculously soft, and blends blush out a dream. It’s not too big so it’s easy to get a precise application, and near impossible to go heavy handed. This is by far the best brush I’ve tried for blush, and I’m not sure how I coped without it. I’ve also been using the Morphe X Jeffree Star Plastic Surgery Brush for contour, highlight and setting powder. Jeffree Star is well, problematic to say the least, but this is the only brush I’ve ever found like this, and I’ve been looking for one for years, it’s fluffy, long and perfectly tapered to really get under cheekbones and chisel things out.
There’s really only three eye products I’ve been using recently but I’ve been loving them all! The Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in Bette is the perfect all over easy to apply lid shade, and has been my every day go to when I don’t want to faff or think too much about it. It’s a gorgeous bronze with a subtle glitter, it blends out easily and sets down so it doesn’t budge. I do love a cream shadow.
For something more intense but equally gorgeous, the Hourglass Scattered Light Shadow in Burnish is just obscenely gorgeous. I spray a little MAC Fix Plus on a brush to pick up this loose powder, and then pack it on the eyelids. It’s beautifully eye catching and a gorgeous rusty bronze shade, perfect for a one wash lid colour with drama.
When I feel like playing a little more, I’ve been reaching for the Morphe 350 Nature Glow Artistry Palette. Filled with every warm eyeshadow tone you could EVER want, this is the ultimate eyeshadow palette for all your autumn looks. The shadows themselves are soft, pigmented and easy to blend, and I’m pretty sure there’s no end to the number of looks you could do with this palette. I also picked up the Morphe M510 Blender brush which is the eyeshadow brush missing from my collection. It’s perfect for blending out the edges of applied shadow perfectly, it’s slightly oversized and so fluffy.
What makeup have you been loving recently?