So this week, for the first time in a little while (like 10 days) I thought I’d treat myself to some new beauty products. Like with clothes, sunglasses, bikinis and pretty much everything else, I’ve at one stage or another been addicted to buying makeup.
At one point I used to honestly budget £300 a month just on makeup and beauty products. Like wtf. That’s double my car payment. And don’t even ask about New York. I spent almost $800 in 2 visits to Sephora. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. I swear to God the feeling of shopping in Sephora has the same impact on my body as buying a designer bag. I get literal butterflies and feel euphoric as fuck. It’s like crack for me. Especially being in the queue with all the minis of everything. I need to stop talking about it cause it’s raising my heart rate.
So after stockpiling enough makeup and skincare to become a pop up Selfridges beauty counter, there came a point when I ran out of space to store it all (I have a chest of drawers full) and I figured I’d have to curb my vice for spending. I’ve been fairly good recently, working my way through all my existing products and only replacing the Holy Grails, which I’ll do a separate post on if you’d like.
So what I bought recently is a combo of old favourites and a couple of newbies to try; and I’m really excited to see how they slot into my ever growing routine. Here’s what I bought.
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick – Sand – £42.00
I bought this after being recommended it by my lovely friend Naomi. She has legit the nicest skin on Planet Earth so it was only a matter of time before I bought it and hoped my face would magically transform into hers. I have a few Hourglass powder products and absolutely love their range. I’ve only tried it once but I already know I love it. It’s medium to full coverage with a satin finish that leaves a slight glow to the skin. The colour is incredible, I bought mine in the shade Sand as I love very yellow undertoned foundations to help combat my redness. The packaging is so luxury and a little goes a long way. I just looked airbrushed after it and used half as much makeup as I normally would. I know it’s really expensive but I would always say foundation is the best product to invest in, alongside skincare, as a good base is hard to replicate.
Cheaper alternatives that I’d recommend are:
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick – £31.00
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick – £29.00
NYX Mineral Foundation Stick – £11.50
I’ve tried all 3 of these products and all do a similar job of providing medium – full coverage, just with slightly different colours and finishes. However I do like the Hourflass one best so far!
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops – G50 – £36.00
Anyone who knows me knows that this product is all I bang on about. It’s my Number 1 Holy Grail product that I doubt I’ll ever be able to replace. They’re supposed to be coverage drops that you add to moisturiser or other foundations to build a coverage that suits you. I just use them as straight foundation (I fucking love full coverage). It’s a light, watery formula that provides really concentrated coverage. I usually do my full face with one foundation and spot conceal with this. The only issue is it’s £36.00 for 15ml – when most foundations come in a 30ml bottle, this makes it an expensive product to fall in love with. This must be my 7th bottle, but if you use it more sparingly than me, it can last around 3 months. This is so yellowy and dries down to a demi matte finish. It’s the only foundation I’ve ever tried that layers flawlessly when touching up your makeup throughout the day or night; everything else goes cakey or grey but this blends like a dream. I honestly can’t fault this product, it’s my secret weapon for flawless skin.
I’ve never come across a product that works like this before so I cant recommend a cheaper equivalent but let me know if you’ve tried something similar.
Mario Badescu Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea Facial Mist – £7.00
I’ve always been a fan of Mario Badescu’s skincare. It’s really affordable, and aside from the pharmacy look of the packaging, it’s a really incredible brand. I’d definitely recommend their drying masks and lotion for acne sufferers and their skin soaps and lotions for anyone with sensitive skin. Their Aloe & Rosewater Facial Spray is a favourite of mine, so I was really excited to try this. When I saw it had cucumber in it I knew I’d adore it. Cucumber is one of my favourite smells (reminds me of Hendricks & Tonics) and along with the Aloe and Green Tea, this is a skin saviour. It works wonders as both a makeup setting spray or as a skincare mist. It locks moisture into the skin, helping your skin stay hydrated with a nice glowy finish. You 100% need this.
Mac Lipliner – Whirl – £13.00
I could bang on about how Whirl is supposedly Kylie Jenner’s go to lipliner but I couldn’t give a shit. I bought this again because I need one in every bag I have; lipliner is one of those things that you can never find when you need it but you’ll have 6 at the bottom of your bag at any one time. I love this shade of nude as it has a mauve berry undertone, unlike Spice that’s much redder, or Stripdown which is much browner in undertone. This almost perfectly matches my natural lip colour, meaning that it makes my lips look naturally fuller, instead of just overlined. I’m on the fence with MAC about a lot of their products, but I do love their lip liners as the formula is so long wearing and the colour range is great too.
You all should know by now that I’m truuuly obsessed with skincare and sheet masks are my fave. I know they’re a bit pointless and don’t do an inordinate amount but I just feel so pampered when I wear them and my skin feels a lot more hydrated. I tried the Pink Clay mask a few weeks ago and I did actually notice a big difference. My skin felt really soft and my pores were noticeably smaller and tighter. Clay masks are brilliant for sucking out all the gunk and imprurities in your pores, whilst brightening and tightening your complexion. I usually buy my clay masks in tubs as it’s more cost effective (I use the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque currently) but if you’re wanting to treat yourself, try the sheet mask as it’s waaaay less messy and convenient for travelling. I’ve not tried the Hydrating Mask yet but I’m excited to give it a go; I’ll let you know how it goes.
Tan Luxe Illuminating Self Tan Drops – Face – £35.00
Hoooly Shit. I’m going to do a special post purely for these as they’re that good. I’ve been using them for almost a week now and I’ve noticed a dramatic change to my skin. Tan Luxe is a brand that combines skincare with self tan ingredients to make a product that fights all major skincare concerns while adding a gradual tan. They do face and body products in a few different formulas. I always fake tan my face as I try to avoid sun exposure to my face to prevent wrinkles and extra freckles, so I cover it when I go on the sunbeds. I don’t always like wearing makeup so I need my face to match my body, so this tan is perfect. It’s really natural looking and makes my skin so soft and smooth. It fades really evenly, something I’ve found difficult to find in a facial self tanner, due to the amount I wash and cleanse my face. I can’t recommend this enough. I was sceptical at first but it feels like a luxury skincare product with a citrusy smell, the packaging is gorgeous (you should know I’m a packaging and branding nerd by now) and it’s genuinely transformed the appearance of my skin. It’s blurred my patchy complexion and hidden my red cheeks and I just genuinely fucking love this. I can’t wait to try the Body Drops in winter when I stop going on the sunbeds.
And that’s everything I bought. I’ll do a separate post on the Tan Luxe Drops with before & after pictures as it deserves a full post dedicated to how amazing it is. Let me know what you’d like to see next or any other products you recommend me trying; I love finding new favourites like the Hourglass foundation.
Thanks for reading.