It's time again to walk you through some high-end beauty bits I've discovered recently and think are worth checking out - I hope you enjoy!
BareMinerals Matte SPF15 Foundation (Golden Nude 16) | £27 | I feel like I went on a bit of a journey to find this product! My beloved Cover FX Matte BB Gel has seen me through many a summer so I was horrified when I went to repurchase it for this year and found that it had been discontinued. It's actually really hard to find a lightweight matte base! The only similar product I could track down was the Clinique Stay-Matte, however I didn't have a shade match in their range. That's when I had an epiphany: powder foundation! I picked up the matte version of the famous BareMinerals formula and I really like it. I'm so glad I've found something in time for my holiday because this ticks all the boxes: it's lightweight, it's matte (but not heavy and powdery) and it's long-lasting, keeping the shine at bay even on the sunny days we've been having recently here in the UK. The one bit that takes a bit of practice is knowing where and how much to apply as it obviously isn't as visible on the skin as a liquid formula.
Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara* | £19.50 | I received this mascara along with a few other Urban Decay products a couple of months ago - I'd never really heard of it or looked into it, so just gave it a go completely blind and really liked it. I've since had a Google and know a lot of people weren't huge fans of it, however I can only talk about my experience and maybe if you like similar mascaras to me then this will be a good one for you. It gives me great volume without clumping my lashes together, makes them super-dark and also lengthens and curls. What I would say is that when my eyes water, it definitely does transfer off a little - strange given it's super-long-wearing claims!
Rodin Lipstick in Heavenly Hopp* | £28 | Rodin is a brand I was visually familiar with from Instagram but had never tried - I'm currently trying some of their skincare bits, so I'll update you once I've finished testing them! So far, though, I'm enjoying this lovely, creamy lipstick. It's pigmented with a slight sheen and feels comfortable on the lips. This colour is a natural nude pink - I use to wear these kinds of shades a lot but kind of moved on from them, so it's been nice having something like this back in my collection. I really like the clear packaging too!
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray* | £10 (travel size) | Can you believe I'd never tried the All Nighter? I actually do have the De-Slick version of this, which I used to use every day and I'm glad these mists now come in more practical packaging, because that white got grubby! This is such a great product for setting my makeup so it looks fresh all day long and I do still find that this version stops the shine coming through on my t-zone as much.
Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Exfoliating Treatment* | £34.50 | I do love a regular exfoliation treatment to keep my skin smooth, soft and radiant. This clay treatment contains both physical exfoliation and chemical (via AHAs). You simply massage it onto the skin, leave for 5-10 minutes and then rinse. I personally find this very gentle - though it's not the most dramatic in terms of the results, I can see it's done the trick after use without feeling really intense on my skin. This also means I can use it more regularly than some of the really strong treatments I have in my skincare collection. If you have sensitive skin, this may not be for you however as it does involve using two types of exfoliation on your skin at the same time.
Beatitude Joy Body Oil* | £34 | I really do love a body oil and this formula is nourishing without being greasy or sticky. It just smells of uplifting summery fruity happiness to me! There are lots of natural fruit oils packed in here including raspberry, peach and mandarin. My one negative is that although the bottle is beautiful, this really needed a splash stopper on it so you're not pouring all of the product out at once! (Update - this now has a pump and you can check it out here.)
Elemis Frangipani Shower Nectar* | £25 & Body Polish* | I received these two products as part of a QCV promotion and the Radiance bundle is still available on their website for £67 - I definitely recommend checking it out because I'm already loving the Overnight Matrix (review in the works) which comes with a hefty price tag if purchased individually. Anyway this pairing smells incredible! It's so hard to describe; I'd call it a sort of sweet, warm floral scent. The Nectar is almost like a shower oil and feels so hydrating on the skin. The body polish is a really nice, gentle product that buffs dry skin away without rubbing my skin raw.
Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment* | £28.99 | I love using an oil-based treatment on damp hair before blowdrying to lock the moisture into my hair. This is a really lovely option as it isn't sticky but hydrates my dry ends and nourishes the lengths. I think 1 pump is fine with this product, as you can over-apply it which makes it feel a little heavy on the hair. However I've been finding that my hair looks healthier and shinier since I started using this a few weeks ago so recommend checking it out if you have dry, dull or damaged hair.
Have you discovered any high-end products worth checking out lately?