Discovering new things is one of the best parts of my job, but discovering new things that surpass my expectations and become staples in my regime is even better. It takes a lot for me to use anything more than ones, but these eight gems have become recent favourites and are (in my opinion) well worth a cheeky purchase if you’re in the market for something new. So settle down, get your notebook at the ready and check your bank balance… Because you may want to get spendy.
Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid Illuminating & Firming Foundation* £35.00
There are no more than five ‘holy grail’ bases in my collection, because discovering a foundation that ticks all my boxes from January to June is a really rare occurrence. However, with Clarins’ newest addition I think I’ve found a long-term love. I’ve actually been hanging up my beloved IT Cosmetics CC Cream in favour of this beautifully radiant liquid, and it’s fast become my most reached for makeup product; thanks to its creamy lightweight texture it blends beautifully to create a radiant finish that looks and feels like a second skin. It doesn’t cake, feel heavy or leave skin lacking any texture, instead imparting medium buildable coverage that creates a uniform finish without the sallowness. Clarins have really upped their game by adding into the mix Chicory Leaf, Oat Sugars and Red Jania to provide a lifting effect, while coated pearls create an ultra-luminous reflection that stops the foundation setting into fine lines. Basically, I can’t fault it. If you’re over 25, you’ll love it too.
Kure Bazaar Lip & Nail Balm* (£28.00)
You may weep at the price tag of these, but they’re utterly beautiful to use and worthy of the investment. A multi-purpose lip and nail balm that’s perfect for your handbag, it’s hard to choose between the ginger and rose scents; both are infused with Organic Shea and Cocoa Butters, Vitamin E, Candelila Wax, Beeswax and Squalene for a super nourishing and skin perfecting result you’ll love. The scents are incredible too, and perfect for transitioning into Autumn. My top tip is to massage a little of this into cuticles twice a day to ensure nail growth is healthy, as well as mixing a little with your usual hand cream for a supercharged moisturising experience.
Lottie London Ultra Glow Metallic Eyeshadow* (£4.95)
A brand that keeps on surpassing my expectations, Lottie London have really blown it out of the park with these super shimmery metallic eyeshadows – especially as they’re far superior to the Bobbi Brown version that arrived at the same time. Wear alone and buff into lids for a subtle shimmery result, apply over the top of your nude smokey eye for added punch, or even apply with a precise brush to use as a delicate liner. At less than a fiver you really can’t go wrong.
BrushWorks Precision Eye & Brow Brushes* (£20.00)
Vegan and cruelty free, this set of five brushes is not only super cute but super affordable too; the tinted brushes look fabulous, but they also work really well to create precise looks around the eye. I’m incredibly fussy when it comes to brow brushes, but I really love this one and find it on-par with far pricier brushes on my dressing table. Often great brushes come with compromise when it comes to their quality, but this brand seems to tread the middle ground really well – and they have a tonne of other accessories that are just as cute, if you want to check them out.
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Radiance Concealer* (£7.00)
After launching to rapturous applause and anticipation I was expecting this to blow my socks off – and it pretty much did just that. High pigment, creamy and super easy to blend, this concealer hydrates (thanks to the addition of Hylaronic Acid) while helping to conceal sallow skin or dark circles – but, most importantly, doesn’t sit in fine lines or exacerbate their appearance. Often cheap concealers are a bit meh and only really designed for teenage skin, but this proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great base product. The foundation, on the other hand, was not my cup of tea at all; I found it heavy, lacking radiance and generally make me look like I was wearing ten layers of makeup – but you win some, you lose some.
Clarins Natural Lip Perfector Lipgloss in Shade 19 Smoky Rose* (£18.50)
If I had to only use one lipgloss for the rest of my life, the Clarins Natural Lip Perfectors would be my choice without hesitation; I’ve adored them since they were launched, and every new shade brings a little more joy into my life. The creamy lightweight texture effortlessly creates a kissable and natural finish over lips, without it being too sticky or heavy; the colour ranges are subtle, the scent is sweet and the applicator ensures you don’t over apply. This newest shade is possibly my new fave, adding a beautiful nude-pink to my pout that just makes it look effortlessly chic. I need ten please!
Kiko Sicilian Notes Nourishing Bronzer* (£14.99)
When the local Kiko store closed down I was honestly a little gutted; they’re one of the few stand-alone brands keeping it affordable, pushing the boundaries of creativity and delivering effective products. This bronzer is not only beautifully packaged, but the shade is incredibly wearable and easy to buff into skin; the pink tone keeps it natural (especially on the cheeks) while the addition of Lemon Seed Oil and Hylaronic Acid ensure it looks after skin too.
Make The Make Hylaronic Gloss Pot / Vitamin E Illuminating Balm Duo* (£22.50)
I’m very much intrigued by this new brand that ensures every product is the perfect hybrid between skincare and makeup, adding in powerful ingredients to boost the performance of your daily regime. This duo really stood out as something fresh, fun and accessible if you’re not quite ready to jump in feet first – and it brings together a multi-purpose gloss pot and illuminating radiance balm that can be used on lips, cheeks, brows, the decollatage and anywhere else you want to add radiance. A quick dab of each will add effortless and youthful radiance, making it a great ‘pop in your bag’ addition to your regime. More on this brand in future I’m sure!
So tell me, which have you got your eye on?