Make-up is so expensive and sometimes hard to know what to spend your hard-earned cash on…
I’ve bought a lot of make-up over the past five years that I wish I hadn’t wasted so much money on. I’ve complied five beauty items that I think are worth the splurge and if you’re a beauty addict, you need these in your make up bag.These items are ones that I’ve either had for a long time and use everyday or ones that are newer to me that have just blown me away and I believe that you absolutely need and are a long-term investment, rather than a frivolous splurge.
A make-up item I have used religiously for the past 3 or so years is the original Naked palette from Urban Decay. It’s full of really diverse, buttery and pigmented eye shadows and I find myself reaching for this palette at least once a week – which is pretty impressive considering the amount of choice I have. It’s full of soft browns that are perfect for every day, as well as some pale golds, darker purples and greys and a black to help transform a look from day to night. I chose this palette to feature over the ABH Modern Renaissance because I think it’s more suited to beginners: it’s less pigmented (which sometimes isn’t a bad thing), extremely blendable and easy to work with and it contains all the shades a beginner could possibly need. Even if you’re not a beginner, this palette is so diverse and such a staple in my collection that I believe everyone needs.
I couldn’t choose between two lipstick formulas to feature, so I’m going to talk about both. I know that not everyone shares the same taste in lipstick shades and not all shades suit all skin tones so I’m strictly talking formulas. The first formula is the extremely-pricy-but-totally-worth-it ‘Rogue Pur Coture The Mats’ formula from YSL. Not only is the packaging amazing (if it’s gold, I’m sold) but this is one of the most comfortable and long-wearing lipstick formulas I’ve ever tried. It is extremely silky to apply – it almost feels really thin and like you’re not applying anything at all. Now, I’m pretty bad at French. I got a B at GCSE, and haven’t taken it since. In fact, when we went to Paris back in September, the only French word I said was “merci” and I say it more like “mercy”. But hey, at least I’ve got manners, right? This lipstick formula is called “the mats” which is French, but I don’t know if that means it’s a matte lipstick. It’s definitely not one. It’s still got a very flattering sheen to it and I would say it’s more of a statin formula. I love these lipsticks and my favourite is ‘218 – Coral Remix’ which is a dark, purple-pink… not really a coral at all.
I couldn’t write a post about luxury beauty must-haves without mentioning bae, could I? For those who don’t know, bae is Charlotte Tilbury. I have a few of their lipsticks but by far my favourite formula is the Matte Revolution formula. This is one of the most comfortable matte formulas I have ever tried. These lipsticks are incredibly pigmented, long lasting and oh, can we talk about the packaging? Rose bloody gold! That sells me more than the actual lipstick. Pillow Talk is my favourite shade and I think that it’s really universally flattering – and yeah, it’s as good as they say it is and worth all the hype you can give it. I really think that every beauty lover should own at least one Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in their lifetime. I see it as more of a right of passage than anything else.
Oh, here she goes again. Talking about that bloody Hourglass palette again. Will she ever talk about anything else? Does she even own any more make up? If I mention something a lot (and we all know I’ve talked about this palette on my blog), then you know I really believe in it. Today, however, I’m not going to be talking about the palette but part of it. I believe everyone needs an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in their make-up bag. These come with a hefty price tag. They’re £42 a time, which for a powder, is quite a lot of money. However, I truly believe these are worth it. In minutes they can transform your skin into a glowing literal representation of the sun. My favourite is Diffused Light, it looks flattering in any light and makes your skin literally look insane. These powders are so finely milled that you have no chance of looking dry or over powdered and while they’re not great at mattifying, they honestly make your skin look like angels kissed it. And believe me, that’s a good look. It’s my firm belief that a beauty lover should, at one time or another, own one of these powders.
Finally, concealer. The Nars Soft Matte Concealer has been one of my favourites now for almost 9 months. It’s the most blendable concealer I’ve ever tried. It really lives up to it’s name of being soft. It’s also matte, so it wins there as well. The coverage on this concealer is insane. I sometimes just use it as foundation because it’s so high-coverage. I find blending concealer around my nose area because, well, it’s quite hard to get in all the nooks and crannies in that area. However, this concealer blends so well into all the hard to reach areas – in fact, I’d almost go as far to say that it melts into them. Everyone raves so much about the Radiant Creamy Concealer but I wholeheartedly believe that this one is so much better.