Nine Innovative Makeup Gems That Effortlessly Add Something Fresh To Your Makeup Bag

I’m always super excited to see the new textures, colours and innovations coming out of the beauty industry at this time of year; it becomes super acceptable to adopt colours that are a little bolder, textures that are a little bit glossier and shimmers that are a little bit sparklier – especially as we get that bit closer to festival season. They’re fun, uplifting and add a little extra something to our morning regimes, which is what I always have time for. From the oodles of new things that have been landing on my doorstep over the past few weeks, these are the ones I’m most excited about (and think you will be too.) Full of colour, sparkle and something fresh, they’re smile-inducing in more ways than one.

Ciate Rainbow Highlighter (£26.00) 
Undoubtedly one designed to meet the desires of the mermaid-obsessed among you, this is surprisingly wearable and actually a great addition to any springtime makeup bag. The incredibly lightweight and creamy texture glides over the skin and leaves a beautiful glow on the surface, catching the light to leave an ethereal radiance. For best results buff a little from the pan using a fluffy brush, swiping over the tops of cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose, ensuring you pick up a little of each of the colours rather than attempting to pick up one at a time. The result is a glow that’s suited to all skin tones and is perfect for spring.

CYO Two Clever By Hlaf Lipstick & Liner (£5.50) 
A great innovation that’s also super affordable, this double-sided pen includes a liner and lip crayon in identical shades to allow you to effortlessly line and colour in lips. There’s no need to carry around two products or worry about getting a matching hue, as this provides all you need for a super precise and long-lasting hit of colour. The liner isn’t super smooth but it’s also not scratchy, allowing me to outline the contour of my lips for precision and longevity, while the crayon is smooth to apply (albeit not super creamy or hydrating.) All in all a great buy and a fabulous shade I’ll be wearing all summer.

Lottie Stamp Liner (£5.95)
If you stuggle creating the perfect cat flick, then this is definitely for you. One end features a traditional liner pen, which can be used to draw along the lash line or create highly pigmented wings, while the other end features a ‘stamp’ in the shape of the ideal flick. All you have to do is line it up with your lash line and press to transfer the ink into the perfect place, tidying up with the other end. Whether you use it as a template or prefer to stick to the full-on stamp is up to you, but this rather ingenious liner is sure to make lives easier in an instant. A word of warning though – it does dry out super fast, so be sure to keep the lid securely fastened.

Pixi Lip Icing Lip Glow (£16.00) 
Part of their collaboration with YouTube ‘guru’ Chloe Morello, this super shiny lipgloss features three-dimensional glitter to bring a beautiful glow to lips. Use it alone or over the top of other colours for added pop, the blushed champagne colour is effortlessly glam and fresh; it also features rose hip seed and marula oils to smooth and condition lips, leaving them looking as great as they feel. I adore the subtle sweet scent and the non-gloopy sensation it leaves behind – a great spring update to my lipgloss collection.
CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish (£10.95) 
I can’t praise these polishes enough, but with the launch of their spring collection there are all number of beautiful new pastel shades to choose from. These rich nail paints glide over the surface to leave behind a fab colour result that’s sealed with a corresponding topcoat; I’ve been wearing them pretty much non-stop all year and they really do last so much longer than my usual polish – up to ten days if I look after my hands properly. From my experience the pastel shades last a lot less, but they’re still super pretty and far better than getting a chip within an hour of applying Barry M!

Iconic London Prep-Set-Glow (£18.50)
Although I’m not a huge fan of facial mists and tonics, sometimes I do love the refreshing sensation they leave behind – as well as the glow they add to skin. Prep-Set-Glow is a light hydrating mist that refreshes, moisturises and contains light reflecting properties that leaves the skin with a subtle radiance, perfect as we step into the warmer months. With extracts of cucumber and chamomile, the spritz also helps to soothe and calm sensitive skin, while antioxidants, green tea, vitamin E and caffeine help to condition skin and combat dullness. A lot of power in a spritz eh! Although it’s hard to really know what difference this makes, I definitely feel refreshed and my skin looks a little more glowing instantly after using it – and I know it’ll be a welcome addition to my hand luggage come holiday time.

MUA Pro Illuminating Lilac Setting Powder (£4.00) 
Setting powder is one of those products that’s got a bit of a bad rep, but actually can be the secret to transforming your look and ensuring it lasts all day. I don’t feel ‘ready’ unless I’ve added a dusting of powder across my t-zone and chin, as it helps to set my base and prevent slippage, and this lilac tinted version is perfectly milled to leave an undetectable finish. The hue helps to illuminate without leaving behind a visible colour difference, leaving skin feeling radiant without looking cakey. A dusting is all you need though, so don’t overdo it! 

Collection Glam Crystals Lip Topper (£2.99) 
fun and affordable way to update your look, these holographic lip
toppers add a not-so-subtle shimmer to lips. Wear alone or over the top
of your favourite lip shade, they leave a powerful shine and sparkle
behind in a variety of colours; perfect for the unicorn trend or just
for popping in your bag if you’re heading to Glasto or Ibiza, they’re
super affordable and so much fun. Why not use them to create glitter art
or add a zooped-up highlight to cheeks?!

Models Own Cover It Concealer (£8.99) 
Without a doubt this is comparible to formulas twice the price, especially the Anastasia Beverly Hills concealer I love and use so much. Although the tube is a little fiddly and causes a touch of wastage every time you use it, the creamy and incredibly pigmented product inside helps to conceal imperfections and brighten the complexion with just a dab of a sponge. I’ve been using it under my eyes to brighten, around my nose to conceal redness and on patches of discolouration to create a more even tone; it does have a tendency to crease a little under the eye if you don’t set it, but all in all a great budget buy that’s worthy of a purchase.

Which of these new releases have you got your eye on?


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  1. Lucy Cole
    April 24, 2018 / 8:38 am

    So many fun products here! I feel like I NEED a rainbow highlighter in my life. xxLucy |

    • Hayley Hall
      April 24, 2018 / 11:13 am

      Even just to look at because it's so pretty! 😉

  2. Candice Petersen
    April 24, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    That rainbow highlighter looks so beautiful!Candice | Natalya Amour

    • Hayley Hall
      April 25, 2018 / 7:50 am

      Isn't it so pretty!

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