Since my last blog post with my ten top Budget Cult Beauty Products worth the Hype proved to be quite popular I thought today I would share the non-budget version. That said most of these products float around the £20-£30 mark which I think isn’t overly highend and all these products are well worth the extra pounds.
Makeup Forever HD Foundation (Available here)
I wasn’t sure if I was going to include this as it isn’t easy to get hold of in the UK however it’s probably one of my all time favourite foundations, it overs coverage without being overly cakey.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (Available here)
Equally as beautiful as the Makeup Forever HD Foundation however it’s a little easier to get hold of and it’s a Kardashian favourite!
Bumble & bumble Dry Spun Finish (Available here)
I wasn’t too sure if it was soon to call this a ‘Cult product’ as it has only been released recently but everyone in the industry seems to love it and I can see why. It adds volume and texture without adding in weight which is perfect for use fine hair gals.
Benefit The Porefessional (Available here)
This almost didn’t make the cut but I love it and use it so much it simply had to. I’ve gone through a few tubes and it remains my favourite primer.
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (Available here)
Rewind a couple of years and this product was everywhere but it seems to be getting forgotten a little, at least with bloggers but it still remains an absolute staple for both me and my mum. It’s great for minor irritations, sores and dry skin- I always have one of these on hand.
Clarins Instant Lip Perfectors (Available here)
Simply the best lipgloss out there, nothing compares.
Urban Decay Naked Palettes (Available here)
I doubt any eyeshadow palette will come out soon and actually be better than these they are just my favourite, it’s rare that I ever reach for anything else.
Mac Lipsticks (Available here)
I nearly put YSL lipsticks in here but if I am honest I prefer MAC and they’re cheaper. The colour range and finish selection is very impressive, they always have what you are looking for.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara (Available here)
You need to give it a week to dry out a little but after that it’s amazing and adds great volume and length.
Clarisonic (Available here)
I’ve had this for ages now and somehow have never mentioned it, I am not a Clarisonic addict but still think it’s a staple. I only use it every now and then but see a great change when I do, it’s also useful when removing fake tan from neck and decolletage.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (Available here)
After almost removing all my eyelashes and eyeball with another pair of curlers this week I am convinced these are the best on the market. The shape is perfect to achieve lifted lashes and an open eye, a little pricey as far as eyelash curlers go but a great investment and they last a long time.
YSL Mascara (Available here)
Although I don’t have one at the moment YSL mascaras (Shocking or original) are my favourite picks, nothing gives my lashes volume like them.
Which cult beauty products have I missed out? Have you tried any of my top picks?
Check out my budget picks here
Since I touched on the new Bourjois Nail products I thought we would have a quick look at their makeup product which have recently launched.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream and Concealer- I’m not a CC Cream kinda gal, I need full coverage. I tucked this product into an acrylic draw and forgot about it until I decided to give it a go as a primer. Since then I have fallen for it, it works beautifully as a primer under a light/medium coverage foundation as it gives a radiant flawless finish. What’s most shocking is I’ve even been wearing them alone with no foundation and felt super comfortable in them. I wear foundation to hide the redness in my skin and this does it do beautifully without masking everything else. (I use shade 33 in the CC Cream)
Bourjois Happy Light Primers- These have been out for a little while now but I still haven’t got too attached. They come in a matte and a luminous version and although they are nice I wouldn’t say either makes a huge difference to my skin.
Bourjois MegaLiner- This is the first (I think) angled liquid liner I have tried and although I think it’s a nice idea I find it a little trickier to trace a line on to my eyelid. That said it makes the flick much easier and since that is always the hardest part I actually quite like this product. The best thing about it however is that it is very black and lasts all day which is something very few eyeliners are able to do on me.
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara- Inspired by the traditional hair round brushes this mascara wand is quite a thick one. It deliver clump-free, intensely black, volumised lashes, quickly but it does take a fair bit longer than a second. I quite like Bourjois mascara’s but think this could be one of the best and although the brush is quite big I think it works particularly well on the bottom lashes.
Bourjous Rouge Edition Velvet- I have four of these new Velvet/Matte Finish liquid Lipsticks, the pigmentation is amazing and they have some beautiful vivid colours and last really long but theres something about them that has caused me not to reach for them. Matte lip colours have been notoriously difficult for me but these apply patchy, are a little drying and have a horrible scent which reminds me of sticky tape. That said I know a lot of people love them but they’re simply not for me.
Bourjois still remains one of my favourite drugstore brands but I would love to know what you love from them in the comments. Have you tried any of the products I have mentioned?
As I am sure most of you know Tarte has finally arrived in the Uk on QVC with the first show starting on Friday 28th March at 2pm and then 6pm. I thought I would share my opinions on the Tarte products I have so you can have your shopping lists ready for tomorrow’s launch!
I have a handful of products to try but the item I was most excited for is the Amazonian Clay Blush which I have heard so much about from American Bloggers. I have the shade Fearless which is a beautiful warm pink that would wear on almost any skin tone. It applied really well with just the right of pigment and is very blendable, I’d love to try the other shades if they’re all as good as this one!
I’d seen someone wear this mascara earlier in the week and had asked what they were wearing as it was that good. The packaging to Light, Camera, Lashes Mascara is different to anything I have seen and although I like it I think it would get ruined rather quickly if you are not careful. The mascara itself has a pretty standard brush which get’s quite clogged up with product making me think this mascara would get a little better when it has the chance to dry out a little. However I actually think this is a great mascara and I would happily replace some of my favourites with this, it’s incredibly black and gives fabulous volume. I had also heard the eyelash curlers were good and I love the shape of them although I prefer the handle to also be metal as I think it gives you more control.
They also have a little Amazonian Butter Lipstick Trio which includes Rose, Golden Pink and Soft Coral. Once again gorgeous packaging but as it is made of paper will get damaged if it takes too many tumbles at the bottom of a handbag. They all apply quite sheer but are easily buildable which I love and feel nice on the lips although can get a little drying after a while. They have a slightly glossy finish which is very flattering on the lips, I love all shades and simply couldn’t choose a favourite. They also have a minty scent which is worth noting but not much of a problem for me.
I haven’t yet had a chance to try the Pure Maracuja Oil but will update you once I give it a go. I found the dropper however to not be the best, as product does drip out of it if you aren’t careful and doesn’t happen with my other oils. It also comes in Bamboo packaging which looks great but always makes me feel like I have to keep it instead of just keeping the bottle on it’s own.
Overall I am very impressed with the range, if you like fuller lashes the mascara is a must-have and I am sure I will repurchase it in the future. The eyelash curlers and blushers are also highly recommended and I can not wait to check out the other colour of blushers. The lipsticks are very cute and the trio would even make a great gift.
Above wearing the mascara, blusher and lipstick in Rose
Have you tried Tarte? What is your favourite product? I can’t wait to explore the range further!
I wanted to find a way to post regular reviews on my YouTube channel so I have come up with Hot Or Not. Today I’ll be talking about the new Max Factor Excess Volume Mascara and Excess Intensity eyeliner.
The mascara is a two step application with Max Factor False lash effect on one end and a more standard brush on the other with a product of thinner constancy. The result is thick, long lashes but the finish is actually quite glossy, almost wet. The eyeliner is one which you roll us but is very soft and perfect for the water line as it doesn’t move and lasts.
Both products are good but the stand out product has to be the eyeliner which is perfect, super soft, easy to use and last most of the day. Although the mascara is also great and holds a curl I usually like my lashes to look less glossy, it’s also a little hard to remove I needed a few eye makeup removers to get through it.
Overall Max Factor Excess Volume Mascara gets a 6.5/10 and the eyeliner gets a 7.5/10.
Max Factor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara Review launches in January 2014 and will retail for £12.99. For more info check out the video.
What drugstore mascara have you been using?
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