This month has been a pretty spendy one for me, although it was bonus month so I guess that is acceptable?! Since I did have a bit of extra cash I decided to go ahead and pick up some more expensive products that I had been lusting over instead of getting spending in Boots or Superdrug like I usually would. There was also a good Space NK offer (£15 off £60), which might have led me to placing two orders.

As soon as I spotted this dreamy ombre blush/bronzer I just had to have it. This is quite pricey but the size of the compact is actually huge and you can either use it as three separate shades or swirl them all together. I went for Capri which is the lighter more coral selection. I prefer to swirl all the shades together and add it to my face for warmth and a glow. The formula of these is a really finely milled powder that has light diffusing pigments to ensure you skin catches the light and radiates.

One thing I still hadn't tried from Nars was their lipsticks and having hearing pretty good things I decided to try one out when Space NK had their recent discounts. I went for the standard lipsticks in Dolce Vita, which is a dusty rose shade in a sheer finish. As it's sheer finish it isn't too intense on the lips but still adds a good bit of colour, I also find that its super moisturising and comfortable on my lips.

This is pretty cult foundation in the beauty world and so this payday I had to pick myself up a bottle. This is light-medium coverage foundation that can be built up for me coverage, when I did first use this I actually wasn't that impressed as I like full coverage but it is really easy to build up. This really helps my skin glow and lasts all day without wearing off or going patchy.

I kind of picked this up on a whim as it looked interesting and was quite affordable compared to other products from Kevyn Aucoin. This is basically a cream contour set that can be used on the cheeks and lips. I went for the Candlelight/Sculpting duo so I can use it as a contour and highlight. The compact itself is actually quite small so I'm not sure how long it will last.

Again another product I had heard a lot about so just had to try. This is a matte powder in a cool toned contour shade that is perfect for sculpting out some seriously harsh cheek bones. I went for medium which is admittedly a little dark for me if I use to much so only a tiny amount ion powder is needed on my brush. I find this is best used with an angled contour brush to really get into the hollows of the cheeks.

I got matched to this in my local Space NK store and ended up talking myself out of buying it as I really didn't need another foundation, especially one at over £40. However, here it is and I ended up buying it, but its actually amazing and I'm so glad I did. I'd never used a stick foundation before but it gives my skin such a flawless but dewy finish. I apply this all over my face and will then blend in using a stippling brush.

I've wanted this for ages but the hefty price tag for the full size was a bit off putting so I went for the mini size to trial. This is a mineral based, water resistant formula that smooths out the skin creating the perfect canvas for foundation application. You also only need a tiny amount of this to cover your whole face so I'm hoping this 10ml size will last me a while before needed to purchase the larger bottle.

These are a new release by Hourglass and they really caught my eye when they were first released. These are a lip pencil in a satin finish that contains Shea Butter, Jojoba, Mimosa and Sunflower Seed, which all help keep the lips soothed and moisturised. I went for the shade Seeker, a pinky rose that adds a pop of colour to your lips but nothing too bright.

The Laura Mercier powders are pretty famous and everyone seems to rave about them so I had to get one. This one is designed for use mainly under the eyes to set and brighten your concealer. It's a really finely milled powder that can be dusted on lightly or applied more heavily and then the excess brushed off. I have to say at the moment I'm not really impressed with this, it seems to be settled in every dry patch I have and just doesn't sit right, I don't know if I'm just not using it right or something.

After I couldn't get on with the Secret Brightening Powder I decided to pick up this one that everyone raves about. I went for the universal shade, which is a bright white that suits any skin tone. However, again I can't seem to get on with this, its so finely milled that it just seems to cling to all the patches on my skin and looks flakey. I will keep preserving to see if I can get this to work.

Have any of you tried these products?


1 comment

  1. Really want to try the hourglass primer and the foundation stick, do you think the primer would be good for someone with oily skin? x

    Jodie / jodiemelissa.com