New In This Week: Pretty (Yet Practical) Makeup Bits To Make You Go ‘Ooooooh!’

You know what they say: you wait for great makeup launches to come along, and then a tonne turn up all at once! It’s taken a good long while for genuinely exciting bits and pieces to land on my doorstep this year (red lipsticks and another re-hash of a mascara are not exciting,) but can I get a whoop whoop because boy do we have lift off! I’ve pulled together an edit of nine launches I think you need to know about, all of which just happen to be more than a little bit pretty too. Here’s the lowdown, so get your notepad and pen at the ready because there *will* be a shopping list.

Benefit Galifornia Blusher (£24.50)
More well known for their box blushers than possibly anything else, Benefit have knocked it out of the park with their latest launch. Galifornia is a beautiful coral peach shade that’s infused with golden pigments to add a natural glow to cheeks, enhancing a tan or just helping to provide a touch of radiance. The gold is very subtle and catches the light to provide a beautiful highlight, but that does mean you have to apply this strategically if you’re not a fan of looking a bit too glowy! The best bit though is the fact this smells like holidays; the tropical scent ensures it’s addictive and transports you instantly to somewhere altogether more warm. I’m obssessed already – it’s my new fave.

L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette (£9.99)  
of the new ‘Total Cover’ range (more on the foundation soon,) this
concealer palette may be about a year too late to the colour correcting
party, but it’s a great high street version that’s both effective and
affordable. With three shades of concealer, plus a green and lilac to
counteract redness and sallowness, the idea is that this will help
provide a flawless base without the faff; the products are good and do
cover, but if you’re over the age of 25 they’re also going to sit in
those fine lines and make them appear worse. A great one for those of
you with great texture, but maybe a miss for those of us more concerned
with the onset of wrinkles than a blemish or two.

Paul & Joe Bon-Bon Pearl Foundation Primer (£23.50)
One of the most beautiful makeup brands that ever existed, Paul & Joe can often be overlooked in favour of more ‘serious’ names when it comes to anything other than eyeshadow and lipstick. However, this beautiful pearl-infused base contains four different tones of pink to provide a colour-neutralising base that also ensures your foundation applies with ease. I don’t know how the little pearls burst without leaving residue (they do and I need to deal with it,) but they leave a very understated glow that can either be worn alone or under your usual makeup. Infused with Orange Flower Water for a hit of hydration too, this is more than just a pretty bottle.

YSL Shock Mascara (£20.70) 
I’ve always been a big fan of YSL mascaras; in fact they’re one of the few brands that rarely has a miss for me when it comes to creating luscious, long and full lashes. I’ve adored their BabyDoll Mascara for years, but their newest launch may be even better at creating the fluttering lashline I desire – and that’s a huge feat. Thanks to the dipped brush that hugs the lashline, and bristles that pick up a great deal of product without overloading, the result is a seriously powerful look that transforms my eyes in seconds. Usually it takes me a good few applications of a tube to get to grips with it and see if it works for me, but this was love at first dip. J’adore.

Clarins Skin Illusion Blush £16.00
A brand that rarely gets it wrong, Clarins have created some stonking makeup must-haves in their time that never leave pride of place on my dressing table. These new limited edition blush pots contain a little foam applicator that picks up product from the lid and applies it to the skin; the formula is light and airy, providing just enough colour to make a difference without overloading the skin. My only concern with these is that the applicator can leave a very round mark on the face, creating a look that’s more porcelain doll than naturally flushed! You do have to be careful and ensure you blend in the product (or better still use an actual blush,) but that does kind of defeat the point… One for travelling rather than every day maybe?

Georgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation (£36.00)
heard so many amazing things about Armani foundations over the years,
but I don’t think I’d ever tried one until the moment I opened this
bottle. Rather wonderfully it totally lived up to my expectations,
providing incredible coverage and lasting all day long with ease; it’s
certainly matte and certainly high coverage, so it’s not for those that
like a natural finish, but if you like your base highly powered then
this is a dream. The idea is that this feels effortless and like a great
piece of fabric that hugs and fits the body perfectly – and it does.
Although it’s pricey, if you’re after a hard working base then I
wouldn’t think twice about recommending this.

Ciate Dewy Stix (£20.00)
I love it when a brand comes up with a truly innovative and totally on-trend concept that you never knew you wanted until you tried it. That’s exactly what this Dewy Stix is – a simple, beautiful and so easy-to-use makeup addition that’s simply perfect for Spring. If you like the idea of adding a touch of highlight or added radiance to your skin, but loathe the idea of layering on the makeup or overdoing it, this is for you. An incredibly lightweight balm in stick format, the Dewy Stix glides over skin to deposit a subtle sheen wherever you want it: the tops of cheekbones, the decollatage, even down the front of your legs! With natural ‘no makeup makeup’ set to make a big comeback this year, this is one product that will be top of all the beauty editors wish lists.

Ecotools Modern Romance Collection (£20.94) 
Nobody needs 100 different brushes to apply their makeup, but when they look this pretty they’re hard to resist. Ecotools creates really great quality applicators that have been somewhat understated until now, sitting cooly in the ‘eco friendly bracket’ rather than appealing to fashionistas; however, with this beautiful little collection of rose gold embossed ferrules they’re ticking that box too. Within the set is a foundation, blush, lip and two eye brushes which are perfect for travel – I just wish there was a cute little pouch to keep them in.

Rimmel Brow This Way 3-in-1 Ultra Soft Powder (£5.99) 
you’ve got Cara Delivigne as the brows of your campaign, you know we’re
all thinking that this has got to be a wonder product. This ultra soft
powdery formula helps to fill in and thicken brows, providing natural
texture and effortless fullness that lasts all day long without
smudging. Although I look for something that will help create the
missing parts of my brows from scratch (and therefore need something a
little more precise,) for those with great brows already that just want
to frame or define this is a great little product. Available in four
shades, you can apparently use it to line the eye too – although I
wouldn’t advise it.

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lipglosses (£13.60) 
needs their perfect nude, and Bare Minerals is a brand I know I can
rely on to always provide it. Some of my fave ever nude glosses and
lipsticks have been from their understated collections over the years,
but in 2017 they’ve launched a whole collection of nude tones and
comfortable formulas so that we can all relish in the niddy. The angled
applicators and glossy (but not sticky formulas) make the process a
pleasure, while the slightly sweet scent ensures you’ll want to apply
again and again; well worth a little investment if you’re feeling a
little splurgy! 

So, what have you already added into your shopping basket?!

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  1. Leah and Rachel Collins
    March 2, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Lovely photos by the way! I'm desperate to get my hands on the blusher from Benefit – the colour is so perfect for Spring and the L'Oreal palette also looks incredible. Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

    • Hayley Carr
      March 3, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Thanks so much! And OMG the blush is sooooo pretty. I saw it a while ago and almost stole it from the PR…

  2. Beckie Porritt
    March 2, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Omg that pearly foundation primer looks so amazing! I also love the ciate dewy stix, it's something I'd love to get my hands on. I have a cheap MUR one but I don't like the colour of it it's a little too dull for me hahah so would like to try this one.Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

    • Hayley Carr
      March 3, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      It's really beautiful when applied – perfect for summer on slightly tanned skin.

  3. Fa nny
    March 2, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I've always wondered about Paul & Joe as a makeup brand, their packagings are so pretty that I often feel like they put more effort on them than the actual product inside. Having said that, this foundation primer sounds very lovely, the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric foundation as well!

    • Hayley Carr
      March 3, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      The product inside is really good too – I think we all get a bit distracted by the packaging though! It's sold out in a lot of places, which says a lot I think.

  4. Rhiannon Pulling
    March 3, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Those makeup brushes look gorgeous. All these things definitely made me go ooohhh! Haha x Everything But The Kitchen

    • Hayley Carr
      March 3, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      Haha I told you 😉

  5. Leanne Page
    March 3, 2017 / 9:32 am

    I'm intrigued by the L'oreal concealer palette. I'm yet to find a good drugstore concealer palette. I'll have to give a swatch in store. The Dew stix sound brilliant, I need that in my life!! The Benefit blush is at the top of my wish list xxLPage Beauty

    • Hayley Carr
      March 3, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      It's a much better quality one than the likes of Makeup Rev etc – definitely heavier and more covering, and not at all greasy.

  6. Rachael Dickinson
    March 3, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Some fab products here! Love the loreal infallible range so will have to try that product!Rachael xox

  7. Jessy
    March 3, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    I've heard such great things from that concealer palette 😮 need to go find it hehehedorky-and-weird.blogspot.comXoxo Jessy

  8. Melanie Rose
    March 3, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    All these products sound amazing! Lovely photos! xMelanie // Lilies Beauty

  9. Zara McIntosh
    March 7, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    I swatched a couple of the Bare Minerals Liquid lipsticks in Debenhams and the colours were gorgeous! They were so soft and lasted throughout the whole day on my hand. I went back the next day to pick one up and I love it! Zara xx

  10. My.Little.Flower.Pot
    March 10, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    I'm considering the Giorgio Armani power fabric! What shade did you get ? I have tried the silk foundation but that's it! Lovely review and blog x

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