Would you look at that… *insert multiple love heart emojis*. I haven’t done a Sephora haul in a very long time, and I wasn’t going to post about this one but how could I not?! I love seeing haul posts so I figured I’d show you what I picked up during the VIB Rouge Sale that ran from April 7-13.
One of the biggest and most anticipated launches in beauty this year has been the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sleek black tube of goodness that promised to deliver velvety-matte flawless skin. Its predecessor, the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser just didn’t do it for me, so I had high hopes for its new matte sister. I didn’t think about it too much – as soon as it released on the Mecca website, I pounced like a mad woman! I’ve been testing it out for roughly around a month, and it pains me to say I didn’t love it. In fact, I haven’t disliked a base product as much as this one since my beef with the Too Faced Born This Way foundation.
It’s favourites time! I feel like I haven’t done one of these in a while, probably because I didn’t do a favourites post for February… oops! But thats okay because now l get to show you what I’ve been loving in the past two months! I will blab on about uninteresting stuff a bit further down the post (a little life update), so let’s get into the important bit right now: makeup!
Much like contouring and strobing, colour correcting has been around for a very long time; but for some reason in the past few months, it’s become the latest and greatest makeup trend. Colour correcting and I go a long way back… one of first memories of buying makeup is that of 13 year old me standing at the makeup isle at Kmart trying out a Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer on the back of my hand (remember the real OG in the shape of a lipstick?). I remember being desperate for something to conceal the redness around my nose and my blemishes. Somehow through the years the simple step of colour correcting escaped me in my makeup routine and I forgot all about it; but I’m glad we’re back on thanks to the new Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors*.
I never cared much for liquid lipsticks, until I first laid eyes on Lolita – arguably the most elusive, most sought after liquid lipstick in the beauty world. Lolita has changed a lot since it was first released; the perfect dusty rose underwent reformulation, and with that the shade itself was also changed to what we know as ‘the bad batch’. Described as chestnut rose, it’s a much darker shade that has either the perfect amount of brown or too much brown, depending on who you ask. To throw a spanner into the works, Kat Von D decided to release Lolita II, because there weren’t enough Lolitas to keep up with already – but I’m glad she did.
What’s your go-to fragrance? Not necessarily the one that you are currently obsessed with; but more so the one that you can always wear no matter the occasion, time of day, season or mood you’re in. For me that fragrance is Chloé Eau de Parfum*. Chloé has been around for a very long time and is worn by a lot of women, but that doesn’t make it any less noteworthy. It’s clean, it’s fresh, it’s feminine and sweet without being too youthful. It’s a classic for a reason.
Strobing, colour correcting… everyone’s moved on to the next popular thing in the beauty world, yet I am here still talking about killer cheekbones. Sue me! I’ve been trying this one product out for quite some time and I’ve got a lot to say about it, you feel? I had been eyeing the Marc Jacobs #InstaMarc Light Filtering Contour Palette for a very, very, very long time. I emphasised the ‘very’ because it felt like I’d been lusting for this product forever; when I’d go to finally purchase it, it would be out of stock for a few weeks, then by the time it’d come back I’d talk myself out of it. Eventually it got gifted to me for my birthday in November and I haven’t really used anything else for contouring since. Crazy stuff, considering I had fully devoted myself to the Kat Von D Share & Light Palette.
We all love a good multi-tasker, but when it comes to beauty products, generally I gear myself for disappointment – they couldn’t possibly live up to all those claims. Well, I have put aside the sceptic in me and have been trying out the newly revamped Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment* as part of a Beauty Directory trial. Yep, 7-in-1 sounds very promising, doesn’t it? But when it comes to my nails, I need all the help I can get. Flaky, dull, thin, very visible ridges. Tick, tick, tick. I’m the perfect candidate. Could this be the answer?
Wow, wow, wow. Can a cheek palette get any more beautiful than this? I feel like I am borderline
obsessive repetitive when praising Becca’s highlighters and blushes, so I will try to condense (in a few overused words from the blogosphere) how magical they are: creamy, super-pigmented, buttery, blendable, dreamy. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying them as of yet, then the Becca Afterglow Palette* is the perfect way to do so – featuring three Shimmering Skin Perfectors and two Mineral Blushes, you will totally get the hype.
I love this time of the year because I get to see everyone’s yearly favourites round-ups – the bits and pieces were staples in everyone’s makeup routines, and what were the favourite discoveries that were uncovered. I decided to join in on the fun and share my own – some of these will not come as a surprise to you, while others I’ve been semi-secretly loving but just haven’t had a chance to share yet. The products that made the cut weren’t necessarily released in 2015, rather I got my hands on them in 2015.