Monday, 4 July 2016

Makeup Musings #4


I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who commented congratulations on my previous post - I can't believe I've been consistently blogging for over half a year now, the time has honestly flown! It feels like I haven't done one of these posts in a while but to be honest, I wasn't really trying anything new. I think I got stuck in a bit of a beauty rut throughout June (and I sort of had to with the havoc my skin was playing)! But recently things have been better, so I've been trying out a handful of new beauty bits which I thought I'd share with you in today's post. There are four new standout products that I'm sharing so it makes sense for me to do a mini review for each in this post - but let me know if you'd like to see more in-depth posts about any of them.  

As I just mentioned, my skin was flaring up out of nowhere last month - I'm not sure what it was but I definitely needed something to calm it down. I have been trying out the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Clay Skin Mask once a week and my skin has been loving it. Even at it's worst, the redness died down instantly after using this mask - my skin felt smoother, softer and firmer almost instantly. It's a quick 20 minute mask so it's great for a pamper session, and super light and fresh so it's also perfect for the summer months. Priced at £45 for 75ml, it definitely isn't cheap though. I haven't found a cheaper alternative to it either. But when it comes to skincare, I find that the extra splurge is always worth it for the results.

Keeping with the skincare theme, I had been eyeing up the Chanel Hydra Beauty Lip Balm for quite some time as the reviews seem to be unreal. It's incredibly hydrating and smoothing on the lips - but it is also quite sticky. I think it works more like a mask, so great for applying before bed. I really like it - but if you're not a fan of really rich formulas, you may not like this one. The results are seriously good though, if you can look past that. Again, price wise it's definitely one of the more expensive lip balms that I've tried: £30 for 10g. The pot is weighty and the product is incredible (which I guess makes it worth it?). No, actually, I don't think I can quite justify that price tag.

With the summer months approaching, I purchased the Tom Ford Complexion Enhancing Primer in the hope of finding a lovely radiance boosting primer for under my foundation. This was my first Tom Ford purchase and definitely one that required a lot of thought - spending that much for it not to be a wow product can definitely hurt. But the reviews were right! It's a really light texture and it makes my makeup last well throughout the day - the part that makes it stand out though is definitely the gorgeous glow I get after using it. It's like my skin has had a huge drink of water and is (excuse the cliche) lit from within. I think the £54 price tag is around the average for any Tom Ford beauty product, but I know that this is going to last a long time, and that I really do love it. 

The last product I'm going to mention is one of my favourite blushes of all time. I've only been using this shade for a week and I'm in love but I've been a long term fan of Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes. I remember hearing Estee rave about them back in the day and she mentioned her love for the shade Tipsy. I totally agree. It's the most pretty coral pink, long wearing and perfect for the summer months. It's hard to find in the UK but I've heard Bobbi Brown's Pink Coral is a pretty good match. I'm definitely going to be picking up more Tarte shades in my next Sephora haul though. Without a doubt. 

What new beauty bits have you been enjoying recently?
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