...THERE'S A LOT OF IT!
I tend to go through stages when it comes to buy clothes and make up, flitting between obsessively buying one or the other from month to month. Looking at the collection I've managed to accrue (I've pretty much got a whole new face of make up here!) over the last few weeks, it's safe to say I'm definitely in my "Buy All Of The Make Up" setting.
YSL TOUCHE ECLAT LE TEINT FOUNDATIONIt all started with that YSL foundation. After hosting a beauty masterclass with House Of Fraser together, Leanne and I spent a fair bit of time (and money!) up in their beauty hall. The MUA had demonstrated this foundation on Leanne and it looked flawless, so with my L'Oreal foundation on its last legs I took the plunge and bought my first 'proper' high end foundation. I'm in love with it. It's delicately scented with watermelon which is really refreshing in the morning, applies so easily (a little goes a long way) and comes in a nice, weighty glass bottle.
BARE MINERALS PERFECTING FACE BRUSH
YSL have a released a tailor-made brush alongside the reformulated Touche Eclat foundation, which comes complete with a dip in the bristles to hold and disperse the foundation seamlessly. I was seriously tempted to purchase, but the sting in the tail? The price. Their brush comes in at £32.50, whereas Bare Mineral's pretty much identical (and first to be released!) version is only £24. And as soon as I saw this limited edition gold version, I had no choice but to buy. After regular use, I don't find the reservoir cut into the bristles to be necessary - I always use more foundation that way, whereas one pump on the back of my hand and then dotted onto my face is more than enough - but am enjoying how smoothly it buffs the product into my skin.
YSL FULL METAL SHADOW IN 'ONDE SABLE'
The final purchase made after our masterclass was of a metallic liquid shadow in the shade 'Onde Sable'. This is a beautiful peachy golden shade which can be packed on or patted in to more of a wet-look sheen. It's not my usual style of eye shadow, but I've found that blended gently with my finger once my mascara has dried gives me my perfect, subtle daytime look.
Charlotte Tilbury's lip cheats are well known on the internet, but this shade tends to be overshadowed by 'Pillow Talk'. Whereas Pillow Talk leans more pink, this is a brown-toned nude which fits nicely into my collection. My only issue is sharpening them....I always find that they get stuck in my sharpener and end up looking a little messy.
Another product which doesn't get enough hype is this lipstick. It sits, understated, on MAC counters and finding it again jogged my memory that I'd meant to buy it months earlier. Even better is that it's the perfect tone for pairing with Iconic Nude....new dream team, right there!
This is a palette I'd seen do the rounds on YouTube (both Sam and Nic used it in recent tutorials) so, intrigued, I duly went out and bought it. It's every bit as good as it looks. Three powder products alongside one cream shade....it's a bargain at only £10. The purple tone really packs an iridescent punch and the pinky peach shade warms up the complexion beautifully. The cream product is a gorgeous champagne colour which really adds a sheen (rather than shimmer) when patted in to the inner corner of the eyes or along the brow bone. The only 'dud' shade is the yellow....not because it's not every bit as pigmented and finely milled as the others, but because I just don't tend to reach for it.
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIPBROW POMADE IN 'MEDIUM BROWN'
My love for ABH dipbrow pomades is well documented, and with shades Soft Brown and Taupe in my collection (alongside with my subtly-changing hair colour!) I fancied a change. I was finding the light, grey tones of Taupe a little hard to work with and found myself layering Soft Brown on top. A bit of a faff in the mornings! Medium Brown is a cooler-toned, slightly darker offering than Soft Brown and although it can look a little harsh on immediate application, it's easy to brush through and soften.
For my first step into the Stila brand, I knew I couldn't go wrong by opting for something in the cult 'Kitten' shade. This little duo is a multipurpose product which can be used as eye shadow, cheek colour or highlighter (my personal preference). The lighter shade is your classic champagne highlighter, but the darker one is something special. There's shimmer there, but warm-toned, and I think it'll look great with a tan.
STILA EYE SHADOW IN 'EDEN'
I always gravitate towards taupe eye shadows, but with the purple undertones around my eyes I often end up looking dull and tired. I think I've found the perfect balance with Eden - it's a definite taupe, but with a warmer, duskier pink hue. It's matte, highly pigmented (without being chalky) and is the perfect nude with an added edge.
Now tell me....is there anything missing from my new collection?!