High-end Discoveries

I've seem to have acquired some new high-end makeup that I wanted to share with guys. A few of these have been on my wish list for quite a while so I'm excited to share them with you guys...

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint | £30

The lovely Sal over at Ummbaby Beauty was having a clear out and was selling this. I've wanted to try it for ages so I practically bit her hand off! I rarely use anything up and wasn't sure I would like this, it being matte, so buying it second hand was a great way to test it without splurging on a brand new one. The consistency of this is quite light and very easy to blend. The name 'tint' is kind of misleading because this has medium coverage. NARS say this is build-able but I didn't find it was, it looked cakey if I tried to layer it. The finish is a soft matte as it claims. The first few times I tried this I did like it. But I don't love it. Don't get me wrong it is a nice base but I just don't find it sits as nice as some of my other foundations on me. I have dehydrated skin so I struggle with matte products at the best of times! I think this would make a great base for summer though, so I will revisit it then.

MAC Prep and Prime Primer Oil | £21

Primer oils have intrigued me but I've never quite plucked up the courage to invest in one. Just purely because I couldn't see how they would work. Oils tend to look shiny and take a while to sink in so using one right before makeup just didn't make sense. But being a beauty junkie curiosity got the better of me and purchased this from MAC. I'm pleased to say I really like this! It is an oil but it's really light and doesn't sit on my skin in the same way skincare oils would. It leaves my skin looking dewy and really smoothes over my dry areas. This adds that extra bit of hydration my skin needs so my skin doesn't get dry throughout the day. If you have very dry skin you will love this! Overall, I'm really happy with this and want to explore primer oils more!

Ofra Highlighter  | £25

I'm not quite sure if Ofra are actually a high-end brand. But they're slightly more expensive than what I would call 'affordable' so they are in this post. If you didn't know Ofra recently launched and BeautyBay and beauty junkies across the UK rejoiced! I picked up this highlighter because, well it's stunning! The shade Blissful is a beautiful Gold colour. The formula is so soft and pigmented. I think this is quite comparable to Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighters. It doesn't contain any glitter, just beauty shimmers that give an intense glow to the cheek bones. I actually have to be careful not to go over board with this because it's so pigmented! But I really like this! It's quickly become one of my favourites.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick | £16

Obviously I had to pick up one the famous Ofra Liquid Lipsticks! And I safely say the formula is one of the best. The consistency is more along the lines of a mousse rather than a liquid. It has a doe foot applicator which applies the lipstick really well and easily. It dries down to a matte finish, but without being dry at all - it's really comfortable. And so long lasting! I have the shade Pasadena which is a Rose nude - perfect for everyday wear. I'm so impressed with this, I definitely need more shades.

Urban Decay Liquid Lipsticks | £15.50

Urban Decay have jumped on the Liquid Lipstick bandwagon too. I really rate the their regular Vice lipsticks so I just had to try this. I think all the shades of their Liquid Lipsticks were the same as the lipsticks from their regular line, which was kind of disappointing, I would have liked to see some new shades. But I see what they are doing. I went for the shade 1993 which I have from the original lipstick line, which I love. But I think the shade is slightly different to the liquid lipstick. Anyways, it's a warm toned Brown colour. It's quite a bold lip on me but probably a good nude on darker skin tones. The formula is liquidy and easy to apply. But it doesn't quite dry, it stays a little bit tacky. Which isn't a deal breaker but there are better formulas out there. I'm not sure if this is consistent throughout the whole line, I'd like to try another one before I make up my mind fully.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Oil | £16

It was only a matter of time before I tried one of these lip oils from the Too Faced Sweet Peach collection. I have the shade Papa Don't Preach. Which is a Peach colour with Brown undertones. The formula is silky, smooth and buttery. It's not sticky at all and feels really nice on the lips. It also smells good enough to eat! I'm really happy with this and is definitely a hit from the collection. My only gripe with this is when I eat or drink I can taste it and it doesn't taste as good as it smells!

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask* | £32

I've been so desperate to try this, everyone seems to love it. It's basically an AHA mask that exfoliates the skin. It's so packed with ingredients that brighten, tighten and promises to do great things to your skin. I'm amazed with this stuff. It recommends that this should be left on for a maximum of 7 minutes, but I manage around 3. It really tingles the skin, but this is normal with AHA products. It's really easy to remove and after my skin was so soft and smooth. I have a few Red marks that are left over from blemishes and it instantly improved them! I was really impressed. I can't wait to see the long term effects of this!

Clinique Hydrobur Moisturiser* | £20

Another new skin addition came in the form of this! Clinique have formulated a hybrid moisturiser and primer in one. It offers hydrating and blurring properties. In the pot this doesn't look like your average moisturiser, it's quite a thick, stiff cream and to me it feels more like a primer. This does add hydration but for my dehydrated skin it's just not enough. But I really love this as a primer. It really helps to blur imperfections and leaves my skin feeling smooth. Makeup blends so easily over it and this also helps my makeup stay on longer, without drying my skin out, which I tend to find most primers that extend makeup wear do. I think people with oily skin would really like this a moisturiser but for me it's a brilliant primer.

So there are all my high end discoveries!

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

Until next time...

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