Last week I received a beautifully packaged box from Jessica (blog here) filled with some of my favourite high-end brands and one which I haven’t really tried much from. We both agreed to use the InPost Click & Collect Service to send our packages which each had £200 worth of products perfect for the Christmas Party Season. InPost allows you to send packages which are collected from your home and delivered to the recipients closest locker to be picked up at their own convenience. 

What caught my eye first was the Dior Christmas Limited Edition Palette which housed four beautiful shades perfect for a day or night look. It comes in a luxurious box and every shade is pigmented but creamy. Since I haven’t tried much from Dior I was also very excited to see the J’adore Dior Perfume.

From Chanel there was a Vitalumiere Foundation which I actually just ran out off, it’s one of my favourite foundations so I’m happy to have another bottle. Also from Chanel was a beautiful autumnal plum nail polish in Provocation, I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but it looks perfect! 

I hadn’t tried an Armani Mascara before but I actually really like the Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara which has a great thin wand and is very buildable for impressive volume. 

Although YSL is one of my favourite highend brands I wasn’t expecting to like this lipgloss quite as much as I do, it’s the perfect everyday colour or nude to pair with a smokey eye. Plus it smells incredible. 

Overall I love all the products and I can’t wait to use some of the darker shadows to create the perfect smokey eye for party season. A massive thanks to Jess for choosing such great products! 

What highend products are you currently loving?

*In Collaboration with InPost who paid for products

There are a few products that I couldn’t live without but which I tuck away during the winter ready for the spring and summer. Of course there are some that are simply used more in summer than in winter and even though through the snow and rain these products go unloved I go back to them every single year as soon as I see a hint of sunshine.

St Ives Apricot Scrub £4.29
I would say St Ives Apricot Scrub is a little harsh for your face and I only use it very occasionally (once a month, if that) however it’s my go-to body scrub as it’s inexpensive, comes in a nice size squeeze bottle and really helps remove all my dry skin and gets my skin ready for fake tan/sunshine. We always take a few bottles on holiday too for the whole family to use. They do also do a body version but I find this works even better!

The Body Shop Body Butter £13 (Currently £5!)
It’s not that I think this is a summer products it’s that I simply am too lazy to cream my entire body during the winter but when I need to have my legs and arms out this is the product I can always reply on.

Benefit Coralista Blush £23.50
This doesn’t see the light of day during the winter but during the summer it’s my most used blusher, theres something particularly beautiful about a coral, sheeny cheek in the summer and no blusher does it better.

Bourjois Healthy Mix £9.99
I have a bottle of this in 57 which I pull out every summer and mix with my usual 52 for the perfect post tan colour, I love that this foundation is so inexpensive that I can afford to do that. The finish is a beautiful dewy, fresh one ideal for summer and it’s super easy to apply with fingers or a brush.

Marc Jacobs Daisy From £47.50
I’ve been in love with the Marc Jacobs perfume range for such a long time now and come back to them every summer. This year I am dreaming of Marc Jacobs Honey which I can’t justify due to the amount of perfumes I already own.

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy £25.50
Every single year whilst packing for my month long holiday I take a look at all my YSL lipsticks and simply have to take one, they’re just too beautiful to not take at least one. The Volupte Sheer Candy’s offer the same lux packaging, summery scent but in a more wearable, comfortable finish for the hot weather. It adds the perfect pop of colour without looking like too much in the sun.

Pastel Polishes
This one seems a little vague compared to the rest but I love pastel polishes in the sunshine. They aren’t the same every single year but I’m currently loving Maybelline Up Town Blue and Essie Go Ginza.

What product do you go back to every summer?

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I can’t help but find it a little amusing that my wishlist has an accidental black and metallic theme but apparently that’s what I am currently lusting over…

Gucci G Timeless Watch, £525
I have a love for watches and think this Gucci one from The Watch Gallery is particularly classic, I love the bracelet and the simple face.

RI Gold Mule Sandals, £28
I was sure I wouldn’t like Birkenstocks but actually have grown to really like them but do think they are a little pricey. I love these River Island alternatives which are affordable and come in my favourite colour, gold!

MAC Studio Sculpt, £24
I swore I would never go near a MAC foundation again but whilst avoiding the rain this week I took refuge at the Selfridges counter and tried on Studio Sculpt which I actually loved the finish of! Best part was I didn’t get a break out the next day and once I have finished my tester (and if my skin likes it) I’ll be getting a full bottle.

YSL Shocking Mascara, £24.50 
It’s no secret this is my favourite mascara, I thought I could live without but there seems to be a gold shiny hole in my heart which may requite me to repurchase this.

Lipstick Print $25
I’m trying to build up a collection of prints and I have fallen in love with this one and it’s affordable too!

Wellco Super Elixir £96
This week I had the pleasure of attending the Elle Macpherson talk at Selfridges for the launch of the Super Elixir at £96 it’s expensive for a months worth but it still sounds interesting and I would love to see how it performed, I mean who would want to look like Elle- how is she 50?!

Sisley Self Tan Facial Skin Care £81
I also at attend a Sisley talk and it seems everyone is talking about Sisley recently, my wishlist keeps getting longer and longer but I have been told that the self tan is really something special!

What is currently on your wishlist?

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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

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YSL is potentially my favourite beauty brand therefore I always get very excited for their launches and so far this year they’ve had some great one. Most recently they launched the beautiful limited edition Touche Eclat in a leopard print tube which I blogged about here, a range of Colour Correcting CC creams and their Baby Doll Kiss and Blush’s.

The Forever Light CC Cremes are colour correcting CC Creams which can be used along or as primers. They come in Apricot, Lavender and Rose each designed to correct imperfections and add a glow to the skin but they are far more tinted than I expected. They also have SPF35 which is particularly important now that spring has come about and claims to provide long term complexion improvements. However I think due to the colour correcting shades they come in I wouldn’t be able to use them on their own and I think darker skintones may also struggle with these.

I have been using Apricot for about a week now and really like it under my foundations and tinted moisturisers. I also gave the rose one a try today and was quite impressed although I did find it made my skin a little more pale which I wasn’t too keen on. Out of the two I would have to chose Apricot as my favourite as it adds a perfect glow to the skin and I’m sure I’ll carry on using it throughout the coming months. If you are interested in seeing what it looks like under a foundation check out my everyday makeup post here. After swatching the Lavender one on my hand I am a little more sceptical as it seem to really lighten the skin but I will keep you updated once I have tried it.

YSL have also realised Baby Doll Kiss & Blush which is a hybrid lip and cheek colour with a soft matte finish, comes in an impressive 12 shades. They are a great on-the-go product, just apply a dot or two on the cheek and blend out using your finger. You can do the same on the lips or simply apply it using the applicator for a more opaque colour. I found that on the lips it actually wasn’t very matte which I like and applies with quite a thin consistency. One the cheek it’s quite sheer on the cheek but very buildable. Below is a photo of me wearing the Baby Doll Kiss and Blush on my lips in 2 Rose Frivole.

The Baby Doll Kiss and Blush is available online only until the end of next month where it will be available on all YSL counters and the CC Creme’s are currently available on YSL Counters and online

What product has caught your eye?

PS. As I often get questions I though it was worth mentioning that my shirt is from Bon Prix which sells everything from Womens Clothes to Lingerie at affordable prices, check them out here.

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