Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Naughtiest High End Beauty Haul

My justification for spending rather a bit too much money on some beautiful beauty products recently is the fact it was my birthday the other week. I had a Space NK voucher lying about from my birthday last year and well, I felt I needed a Spring update in my beauty bag. Totally justifiable, right?
I digress. Fancy a peak inside my shopping bags?


Laura Mercier is the base queen, and I am the buying queen of the bases. Foundation and my oily skin do not mix well, however so it is vital I have some sort of primer with good gripping qualities. Only a teeny pea sized amount is needed in the areas where you find your make-up might slight off (which is usually almost everywhere for me). Just the ultimate primer, get hold of one if you need a primer that properly does the job.

I'd promised myself I wouldn't buy another foundation until my current one was totally used up, considering I'd gone a bit mad with foundation buying a month or so ago. However, the lady at Space NK applied this and it was like a dream. This leaves a natural skin like finish, only a little is needed and can be worked into the skin with fingers or with a buffing brush. If you get a bit sheeny, make sure you have a good translucent powder, or a different powder of your preference. Otherwise, a seriously underrated foundation. For reference, I use the shade Cashew which I think is beyond adorable. 

Can you sense the Laura Mercier theme? Everytime I go to Space NK, I swear I leave best friends with Laura. The secret camouflage double concealer palette is a cult classic, but this is just a single pot that's specifically for under the eyes. I have however been using it for blemishes and under the eyes and it works really well for both. I'd say it gives about 80-90% coverage but it's creamy and easily blendable for whatever needs concealing. A little goes a long way.

Despite not being a fan of the uber scary Kim Kartrashian style of contouring, I do love me some sculpting and cheekbones. This was top of my list for what to purchase with my Space NK voucher right away, so there was no way I was leaving the shop without it. Again, a little goes a long way, but if you do go a bit overboard just blend it out. This has totally transformed my face and left my make up looking much more polished. A definite make up bag staple.

You've seen this on YouTube and every other beauty blogger's blogs a billion times over, but when BeautyBay were offering a variety of discounts off, I couldn't say no (Until I discovered Zoeva weren't included in the deal. D'oh). It's even more beautiful in real life, my only gripe is that the Goat's Hair brushes shed a little. However, the set is seriously good value for money, as it includes the majority of brushes you'll ever need. Not to mention, these will look seriously gorgeous in my make up bag or in my brush pot. It's been a long time coming.

Speaking of things being a long time coming, the Pai Rosehip Oil is something that's been on my beauty shopping list for quite sometime. Ever since Kate mentioned this is perfect so reducing acne scarring, reducing blemishes and generally helping your skin look more radiant and healthy, I knew I had to have it. It smells a bit like Christmas Pudding (minus the alcohol) or All Spice, which I can imagine isn't for everyone. Only 2-3 drops every few days is needed and it's already making a difference to my skin.

Another cult classic, everyone has been raving about this for years - first mention I can remember was from Ruth YEARS ago. This liquid exfoliant is super gentle, non abrasive and helps to eat away at any dead skin cells in order to resurface your skin and leave it glowing and radiant. I'm starting off by using this only twice a week and will potentially work my way up to three times, however two seems to be plenty. Ensure you're using SPF the following day as this will make your skin light sensitive and more prone to sun damage. 

Have you tried any of these products? What is on your beauty wish list right now? Let me know your most recent beauty purchase in the comments as I'd love to hear what I should try next...
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  1. A high end splurge is naughty but so totally worth it ;-) great picks, can't wait to hear your in depth thoughts on everything. The sculpting powder looks like such a perfect shade!

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

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    1. Totally, every once in a while you just have to splurge! The sculpting power is seriously amazing, it's totally transformed the way my make up looks - definitely recommend. xx

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  2. Wow all of these products look so lovely <3 I love to treat myself to high end products every now and again, there is something just so special about them! xx

    www.monochromeroses.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Totally, I think because they're so expensive, once you've saved up a bit and can actually afford to get something a bit more luxurious, it's like Christmas! xx

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  3. I love Zoeva brushes, you'll love them too I guess (;

    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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    1. They are DREAMY. So ridiculously soft I haven't used the eye brushes yet but I'm confident that they'll be just as lovely as the face brushes xx

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  4. Everything in this haul looks amazing... I may need to splurge on some high end goodies soon! xx

    www.chontellelouise.blogspot.com.au
    stop by if you like? xx

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    1. Hi Chontelle. Sorry if I've tempted you...! Is there any products you've got your eye on? Go for it, why not?! xx

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  5. Love this post! I recently bought some new make up from space nk, I got Laura Mercier secret brightening powder, which I love! Maybe will have to get some more of her things. The foundation primer sounds ideal, as I have really oily skin too!
    xxx

    www.prettywanderful.wordpress.com

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