If you are due a pre-festivities treat: perhaps as a reward for conquering both the task of gift shopping and wrapping, or maybe you are looking for a few key pieces to see you through the Holiday season and beyond, then do I have quite the selection of must-try goodies for you. From the most wonderful budget-yet-special highlighter you'll find on the highstreet, to a new, classic everyday fragrance - I have something for everyone.
MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick £15.50 - link
For the entire Summer of 2016, I all but lived in MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick - the muted pink-come-brown shade, is the perfect everyday nude that doesn't wash out my complexion and pretty much compliments every make-up look. For years I have sworn by MAC Angel Lipstick but after finally purchasing a tube or two (I'm guilty of stocking up when near a Duty Free location), I like so many others have been converted. Obviously I can't promise that MAC Velvet Teddy will be the perfect fit for you but if you like slightly deeper nude lip shades that give the illusion of fuller lips, this is one you may want to try out. At the moment to celebrate the launch of the new MAC Scentshade fragrances, MAC have released limited edition, colour coordinated packaging for six of their most iconic lipsticks - Velvet Teddy has beautiful hints of Rose Gold, I mean could it be any more instagram-able? As you may have noticed, I have yet to actually use my new stick of MAC Velvet Teddy but it did nudge me to pick up, one of my more loved tubes and introduce the easy-to-wear shade back into my stash once again.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil £19 - link
It's not often I say this - nor have the opportunity to - but I don't care what shade of the Clarins Instant Oil Light Lip Comfort Oil you purchase (no really), just ensure you treat yourself to at least one. Lip balm is all fine and dandy until you have really chapped lips, it is then and only then, that you will be thankful for handing over close to twenty pounds (I know, I know), for this super-charged lip treatment. As you can imagine, Clarins Instant Oil Light Lip Comfort Oil, is just that - an oil, and as such it deeply hydrates, soothes, adds a glossy but non-sticky sheen and cares for your lips all-in-one. Technically speaking, yes the lip oils are tinted but in my opinion this doesn't really translate to much on the lips; as such you can layer it pretty much over - or under - any other lip product and it won't alter the overall shade. Grab one now and thank me in the depths of Winter.
Revlon Colorstay Compact 2-in-1 Make Up and Concealer £13.99 - link
I was very kindly sent the entire shade line up of the new Revlon Colorstay Compact 2-in-1 Make Up and Concealer's and as such, I can pop an unused one in my photo. However photo needs aside, I can vouch that I am quite smitten with this nifty duo - if like myself you struggle frequently with your skin
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Illuminate £23.99 - link
It takes a lot for me to hand over £23 for a single beauty product, especially concealers as there are so many wonderful budget options out there but as of now, I have yet to find anything that rivals Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Illuminate. Yes this features a heavier consistency but it blends out beautifully regardless of where - or how - you apply it. As the name suggests this does brighten and illuminate the skin and in turn has been compared to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer; I understand the comparison but I would state that the Amazing Cosmetics version offers a far more superior level of coverage, and for a similar price point too.
Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara £7.99 - link
At this point in time, I can not state if this does indeed live up to the Rimmel claim of gradually tinting the lashes with each use, as I have only been using this for a few days - what I can say is that it is a great, all-round, budget mascara regardless of any additional features. If you prefer softer lashes, with natural volume and lift, Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara is what you have been waiting for; it evenly coats the lashes, lifts, curls and thickens in one step, isn't prone to smudging nor smearing, and costs less than a tenner!
MUA Luxe Glow Beam Highlighting Powder Gold £5 - link
Not only is this beautifully packaged - with a hint of novelty - but it also happens to be wonderfully formulated and the most perfect, universal shade of gold, I have come across in recent months. As you may be able to tell, the MUA Luxe Glow Beam Highlighting Powder Gold features a shaver/rotary style design, in which you twist to shave off fresh powder each use; it may seem a little gimmicky but by doing so, you create a soft, finely milled powder that glides onto the skin with ease but without all the mess of a traditional loose powder. I feel inclined to mention that both the shade and finish of the MUA Luxe Glow Beam Highlighting Powder Gold, somewhat reminds me of the Becca Shimmering Skin Pressed Powders - do with that what you will.
Coach Eau de Parfum £49 - link
It's no secret that I am New York City obsessed and as such I do find myself gravitating towards fragrances inspired by such magical place, one that I have recently discovered that I would recommend to just about anyone (NYC fanatic or otherwise) is Coach Eau de Parfum. This is a soft, refined fruity floral, that is easy to wear yet unforgettable and draws inspiration from down-town NYC. It is clean, crisp and perfect for those who prefer a lighter, and generally relaxed scent.
Applying all of the above products, all at once, last week was a mighty fine idea if I do say so myself, my bank balance on the other hand may not actively agree.
If seven products alone, don't quite curb your appetite you can see a previous weekly product edit here.