Saturday, January 16, 2016

The First Haul of the Year

High End Beauty Haul 2016

I've promised myself that 2016 will be the year I save - I want to travel more and generally stop frittering my money away on products that I use once. I have swore that from here on out, all beauty purchases will be well thought out and not spur of the moment decisions; I'm hoping to live by the use more, buy less mantra - all well said and done, 15 days into the first month of the year, of course. Anyway I was given a little cash for Christmas and decided to treat myself to a few things on my wishlist.

High End Beauty Haul 2016

Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino Eau de Parfum £145 via Net-a-Porter - link

This light, aquatic come floral fragrance has all but haunted me since last Summer, at £145 I wanted to wait until I had completed a few bottles of scent within my already expansive collection first. I'm not sure if this is my favourite fragrance within the Tom Ford Portofino line up, what I will say it is the most feminine and floral out of the bunch. Well I say that now, apparently two new fragrances are due to join the Portofino collection come the Summer; I'm excited, my bank balance not so much.

High End Beauty Haul 2016

Nars Audacious Lipsticks £24 each via Feel Unique - link

One of my favourite lipstick formulations ever and I mean ever, has to be Nars Audacious Lipstick. The soft, creamy and utterly comfortable texture is perfect for those like myself with forever dry lips, not to mention the shades are so easy to wear and on the most part fairly natural. Two shades I have admired and promised myself I would eventually own are: Barbara and Raquel, two cool toned nude pink washes of colour that will pretty much see me through all situations - an investment if you will.

High End Beauty Haul 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation £32 via John Lewis - link
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation £29.50 via John Lewis - link
Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Conceal and Treat Stick £25 via John Lewis -link
Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder £33 via John Lewis - link

Restraint is not my middle name but in my defence I have held off purchasing the above loot for quite some time and in my defence I did my beauty homework before parting with any cash. You see I actually swatched all but one product in store, given it was in July but I think waiting over 6 months before splurging on any product shows some sort of consideration, non? Anyway, I finally own pretty much every Charlotte Tilbury product I have ever swooned over and as such I'm suitably content. 

Obviously it is very early days with any product within this haul (I went shopping on Monday) but I can share a few quick thoughts on one foundation, the powder and the concealer so here goes...

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation - light, nourishing, radiance inducing and super comfortable. In terms of coverage I would say it is buildable but best described as light to medium - ideal for covering redness and maybe even light scarring but not the foundation I'd reach for when plagued with blemishes.

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Conceal and Treat Stick - Very similar to YSL Touche Eclat at the moment, I'm not convinced I *need* it. Perhaps my mind will change after a week or so of properly using the product but for now I'm not blown away.

Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder - Holy smokes, this is one finely milled pressed powder, I kid you not when I say I have never experience anything like it. It is basically weightless yet offers a hint of coverage, all the while leaving the skin beautifully matte. I am hooked and now understand why everyone raves about this particular product.

Yes my bank balance took quite the beating but on the most part I'm really happy with my purchases; I will of course be featuring and reviewing everything above in due course, until then let me know if you have tried anything in this post. 

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  1. omg these pretties though!

  2. I absolutely love The Retoucher! It's the ONLY concealer that doesn't crack up or go into fine lines under my eyes. I'm 31 so don't have many lines but most concealers show them up dreadfully and make me look about 10 years older! Retoucher is fantastic, lasts well, blends easily and the packaging is lovely.

    1. I'm so glad to hear that :) in that case I'll stick with it and hopefully grow to love it!

  3. All the Charlotte Tilbury products! *heart eyes emoji. I've heard so many great things about the magic foundation.
    I picked up my first Audacious lipstick recently and I absolutely love the formula and packaging.

    chloé⎪ status.chlo

  4. Both the Nars Lipsticks look incredible

  5. All of these are amazing, you chose well! I'll have to try out Nars lipsticks one day, they seem to be great - and I love the colours you got. I'm getting interested in the Charlotte Tilbury powder, will you be reviewing it more in depth? I wonder if it's a good investment in the long term of using it! :)

    Julia xx
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  6. I was hovering around the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges the other day and managed to stop myself from buying something but this post is making me want to go back...

  7. I really want to try some Charlotte Tilbury products, need to just do a haul already! I'm just scared buying foundation without swatching first, has the john Lewis got themselves a counter in Glasgow yet?

  8. Thanks!!! I've been saving in 2015, and now I know what products I now definately need to buy! :)

  9. I hated the pressed powder, it started off looking and feeling great then as the day went on looked very shiny and had almost a waxy look and feel to my skin. Like a film over my foundation...horrid. Really want to try the re-toucher though.x

  10. I love Charlotte Tilbury products and really want to try the Magic Foundation, hope it comes to the US soon!

  11. They all look divine!

    Kiran |

  12. Great picks! I've being lusting over everything CT for quite some time now. I'm trying to be strong and not give in but I keep seeing them everywhere!! xx

  13. Look forward to your review of the Magic foundation! On paper it sounds amazing xx

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