Wednesday, 20 April 2016

New Additions To My Make Up Bag

It seems that day by day my make up collection only gets larger and larger and I tend to put it all away and forget that I even own it and so I thought that today I'd make a post showing all the latest bits and pieces that I've managed to accumulate in the last few weeks. Helpfully, they're all gold or rose gold and so they match and look cool together - small mercies, thanks cosmetics companies.

First up was one of the most exciting additions to my make up collection in a long while - the Mai Couture Like A Diamond Trio, which is a tiny book containing sheets of two different blushes and one highlighter. These are literally sheets of paper coated in pigment that you can use to top up on the go. In theory, these are amazing - they have a really soft champagne highlighter, a rose gold sort of blush and a soft pink blush - but in practise, they just don't swatch that amazingly. The highlight is good, it's strong and you can use it with a brush if you rub it against the paper - but the two blush colours just don't have the pigmentation and come out splotchy and uneven. Mostly, I hate the idea of rubbing the sheets against my face; I can never get it even and where I want the product to be and, to be honest, it's just a lot more hassle than it's worth. These are just a little gimmicky in my opinion, and probably just use the $18 to get a standard blush and highlight. In theory, great, in practise? Just take a brush along with you and it'll do the same job.

Next up are my favourite new additions to my make up collection; Charlotte Tilbury lip products. These ones all came in The Golden Goddess look, but you can actually buy the lip kit seperately here. It doesn't come cheap at £49.00 but they're so worth it - the kit contains the infamous Lip Cheat Pencil in Pillow Talk, the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Stoned Rose and the Lip Lustre in Ibiza Nights. On my lips (and you can see the combination all over my social media) this creates quite a dark nude lip on someone as pale as me, but the lip gloss adds a little brightness, and makes my lips look a little fuller. I've been using this combination most days, and I'm really, really into it. Thumbs up for Charl Tilb on this front.

Next up comes Paul and Joe. Now, I'm not really that big a fan of cats and so Paul and Joe have always seemed like a bit of a novelty brand to me, however I did manage to get my hands on this Pressed Face Powder which is half translucent and half a very nude highlight. I like the compact for this which you can buy seperately for £9, but the powder itself is £17 and I'm not sure it's worth that. When you blend the two together it makes a really lovely, slightly glowy setting powder; however, I do think it's a lot of money for what it is. My pro tip would probably be get a cheaper setting powder and a good highlight and you'll probably pay around the same £26 mark anyway. The powder's good, but I'm just not sure that any setting/translucent type powder is worth that amount of money.

Finally up is the Hyaluronic Eye Primer by By Terry. This stuff is expensive at £32, and yet it's quickly become a staple within my make up bag. This goes on smooth without feeling siliconey, but really does seem to make my eye make up last most of the day without even a tiny bit of creasing. All in all - this is one of my favourite eye primers - it's even overtaken Urban Decay's Primer Potion - and I'd say that if you're going to buy anything expensive to go on your eyes, make it a really good primer; however, this does only come in two shades - light and neutral.

So a bit of a mixed bag, but that's the make up I've been trying out this month. What's been your favourite make up this month? What would you recommend?

Sammy xo.
Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies however all opinions are my own - please view my disclaimer for more information.

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