Recent Beauty Discoveries You Need to Know About

I thought it was about time I had a look back at the new products I've tried recently and let you in on a few of my favourites! We actually have a really good spread of skincare, haircare, makeup and other beauty products this time round, so I hope my post introduces you to something new.

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation* (3W2 Golden) | £35 | This new release from Laura Mercier has seriously knocked my socks off! If you've been looking for a foundation that has coverage and longevity but isn't totally matte, then this could be perfect. It gives such a flawless appearance to the skin without ever looking or feeling heavy or caky. It has good longevity, though does let a bit of shine through and starts to wear away around my problem areas after the 10-hour mark. The shade is spot-on for me, which is about the first time this has happened when I've been sent a foundation as PR! I really like that this isn't too much for the day, whilst giving a finish that's perfected enough for a nighttime look.

Playa Pure Dry Shampoo* | $26 | This all-natural California haircare brand isn't actually available in the UK just yet but keep your eyes peeled for it landing in Space NK soon! I was definitely hesitant about trying this because dry shampoos can really irritate my sensitive scalp and I hate the white residue they often leave behind, however this truly is invisible and traceless. Whilst it won't soak up the oils to the extent that something heavy like Batiste does, it still did breathe some life back into my hair, making it look less greasy and adding some volume. Plus, it has a delicate but beautiful scent. Overall I'm really impressed with this!

Playa Ritual Hair Oil* | $38 | This hair oil comes in a bottle and you dispense the product using a dropper. The dropper doesn't actually pick up a lot of product, however it's actually the perfect amount. I seriously over-applied this on first use and it did leave my hair a bit heavy. I think the lightweight, watery consistency can be deceptive because a little goes a long way with this. You only need a tiny amount to nourish the hair and add shine, smoothing away any dry or split ends. 

Playa Endless Summer Spray* | $28 | Overall, I do really like the packaging of these products however on this spray, the rose gold logo completely rubbed off for no reason after about two uses - I really wasn't impressed with that for a premium brand! However, that aside, I really like the product that lies within. It's essentially a texturising salt spray, but it's really lightweight and not too crunchy. It gives a bit of grit and volume to the hair without making it feel sticky or heavy with product. I would happily use this on just-washed hair without fearing that I've ruined it until the next wash.

Iconic London Original Illuminator* | £30 | I actually purchased these and then was sent them so keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway featuring my spare one soon! I'd almost got the Cover FX drops on several occasions but for some reason the bronzed pinky-amber shade of the Iconic London version called out to me. They do suffer from the same 'issue' (if you want to call it that) in that even a warm-toned shade does have a silvery shift to it, however surprisingly this doesn't bother me too much. You only need a small amount of this and I either dab it on top of my foundation with a damp BeautyBlender for an intense metallic highlight or mix it in with my base for extra luminosity. It looks absolutely stunning paired with the Laura Mercier foundation too.

Elf Baked Highlighter in Apricot Glow | £5 | You might remember that in a haul and first impressions I kind of slammed this product! However a few of you guys mentioned in the comments that this product has a bit of a 'layer' on it that you have to break past. So, on the surface it's a glittery, under-pigmented mess, however after swirling my finger around on it a good few times, I finally understood what the hype was about. Beneath that it's a soft, pigmented formula that sits beautifully on the skin to give a stunning highlight. I think the warm golden peach tone of this is gorgeous and so unique, especially on the more affordable end of the market.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre* | £20 | I know I've mentioned this a couple of times already on my blog but it really has become an indispensable product in my beauty routine! It's an intensely moisturising but lightweight cream that's an amazing moisturiser but also a fantastic primer. It takes care of any dry spots, hydrating the skin and evening out its texture without feeling heavy or greasy on my combination skin.

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara | £11.99 | This new mascara came out with a lot of hype and more than a few comparisons to Too Faced Better Than Sex. As it's a volumising formula (and I'm more about the curl and length), I wasn't sure I'd get along with this, however I really like it! It has a fibre wand that really does give amazing volume without being at all clumpy. It does still also give a nice amount of length and lift and doesn't smudge or flake on me. I absolutely recommend checking this out!

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Fragrance Mist | £18 | I used this scent a lot on holiday and now I'm back home, it's perfect for holding onto that summer feeling! It isn't the most long-wearing scent, however this doesn't bother me massively. I just spritz it all over my body and it has this gorgeous warm fragrance with salted caramel and pistachio.

Have you discovered any new products worth sharing recently?

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Disclosure - products marked * were sent to me for consideration however all opinions remain my own. 

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  1. I love the 3 Playa products and that's great news that they are launching in SpaceNK soon! Love the look of the Illuminator drops and the foundation sounds incredible! xx


  2. The Playa hair oil sounds like a really good buy! It would do wonders for my hair :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

    1. It's so good if your hair is dry or damaged :) xx

  3. Wow that Elf highlighter, how gorgeous! Everytime I see your posts there is always a product that enters my wishlist, this time is the Elf highlighter ahaha xx

    Carolina's Makeup Life

  4. The new Laura Mercier foundation sounds incredible!

    Sara - Flemingo

  5. I'm desperate to try the Iconic London Highlighter, it looks amazing!


  6. The Laura Mercier foundation sounds really good, I'm very tempted to try it! x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

  7. I've been test the Playa hair care and I really like it! The hair oil is my favourite. I love the Iconic drops, i'm pleased you're liking them to. I love the SDJ bum bum cream, it smells amazing so I'm going to need the fragrance xx


  8. I've heard the best things about the Sol de Janiero line, I really want to smell everything from them to see if I would like it! The fragrance mist isn't as expensive as I would have thought, maybe I'll pick it up x


  9. Great post! I absolutely love e.l.f highlighter, reviewed it just recently on my blog :)

  10. The Iconic London drops look amazing. Ive seen so many people sharing them lately and I would love to try them out.


  11. This SOOO happened to me as well with the elf highlighter! It has an awful film on it, you really need to get rid of the first layer and its suddenly a brand new product, it also works great wet! xx


  12. Need to try out the Iconic range.


  13. How gorgeous that Iconic London highlighter looks, it definitely gives the glow! x

    Ela BellaWorld

  14. I have a small tube of the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre that I bought when it was on offer a while back, but I've never gotten round to using it for some reason. I think I'll have to dig it out though as it sounds really nice!

    Louise | Lipstick & Luxe

    1. You should definitely crack it out - I love it! :) xx

  15. The mascara sounds very nice !

  16. Lait Creme has to be one of my favourite moisturisers ever! ive used it for years its that good

    Andrew James -beautyandtheboy.com

  17. Everything sounds so gorgeous, the Laura Mercier foundation sounds like a high end base worth buying, thank you for sharing Jasmine. Beautiful post x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  18. I need to try out the new L'Oreal mascara, I would love it!

    Danielle xx

  19. Such great discoveries, I would love to try the Iconic London Illuminator


  20. Ooo how pretty do those highlighters look!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  21. The Elf apricot glow looks gorgeous! I will have to check it out!


  22. will you be trying out any of the Fenty beauty products?

    1. I definitely want to check out the foundation and highlighter sticks - how about you? xx

  23. Love that elf highlighter!! Great finds!


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