I am a lover of high end make up. It all started with the opening of Sephora at the local mall. I went on a trip with my old co-worker (@Spiffykerms, if you know her) and she bought me a Nails Inc nail polish. That’s where it all began. I started going more and more and then when I finally started wearing make up every day, that’s exactly where I turned to for some new products.Over the past 2-3 years or however long it’s been, I have tried my share of products and have a roundup of products that I feel are totally worth their price. In this post, there are two products that were sent to me, but as you will see, I will or have picked up more myself because they really are that good.
I always like to start with nails. They are my favourite beauty product after all. If you know me, you know that I 100% recommend OPI. Formula, perfect. Colours, amazing, Glitters, glamorous. Names, punny. They are about mid-range price point (below Formula X, Butter London, Deborah Lippmann) but more than your average drugstore polish (Revlon, Sally Hansen, Covergirl). I have a few colours here to show off the fantastic payoff and selection in case you haven’t seen them before. Viking in a Vinter Vonderland, Snow Globetrotter, I Just Can’t Cope-acabana, The Sky’s My Limit.
Highlighters are the one thing I always splurge on. I am all about the dramatic disco-ball highlight and so far, I haven’t seen inexpensive alternatives for these two. The cult classic, Mary-Lou Manizer (which you will see had a tragic accident) by the Balm is sold at Shoppers for around the $30-$40 mark and is everything you could want in a super intense champagne highlight. For a slightly less dramatic, but still noticeable highlight, there is the Too Faced Candlelight Glow which is a newbie of mine. It’s totally buildable and can look quite natural (though that’s not how I wear it). It is really just the perfect sheen to add to any make up look.
For concealer, nothing beats this Lise Watier Corrector Wheel I picked up back in April. I believe this is a Canadian brand that is sold at Shoppers as well for around the $30 mark. There are 5 creamy concealers and boy, do they pack a punch. On my worst dark-circle days, I use Ivory with the Ecotools Eye Perfecting brush to completely hide how much sleep I didn’t get. You can also contour and correct any redness or dullness, both of which I have. It is an all in one product that I really never want to go without.
A few skincare splurges that are worth a mention are the Vichy Normaderm Night Detox lotion and the GLAMGLOW Supermud clearing treatment. I use this mask like it doesn’t cost the $76. It doesn’t smell great, you don’t get a whole lot, it is really expensive but it works extremely well to pull out imperfections and tighten the pores on your face just about instantly. Let me know if you’re interested in before/after shots or a full on review! For the Vichy lotion (my holy grail acne fighting moisturizer), I think I have said enough in the many favourites and reviews so I will just leave this here if you want to know more. It is $29 at Shoppers and beats every other acne fighting product I have tried (plus moisturizes while you sleep).
Everyone owns and loves at least one of the many MAC lipstick shades and finishes. I own Flat Out Fabulous (Retro Matte), Chatterbox (Amplified), Girl About Town (Amplified) and the LE Frank-N-Furter (Matte) from the Rocky Horror collection. I don’t think there is much to say except they feel, smell and look great. What more could you ask for? For lip gloss however, I love a totally different brand. I received the Make Up For Ever lip gloss D16 in the Fifty Shades of Gray trio that came out in the winter and it totally changed my mind about gloss. To me, lip gloss is uncomfortable, sticky, thick, very lightly pigmented if there is any colour at all. the MUFE Lab Shine lippies are not like that at all. You’ll see that they aren’t overly pigmented but the colour is buildable and they are extremely comfortable and flattering on the lips. I later picked up M10 which confirmed my love for the formula. Are the Pixi glosses similar? I don’t know but if you do, let me know! I haven’t given them a try because I am just so in love with these.
I am on a big Lorac Pro 2 kick ever since picking the palette up at the end of July. even though it has only been a short time, I can confidently say they are my favourite eye shadows. Blendable and beautiful with a lovely shade selection. Just look at the swatches and tell me they aren’t amazing? You can see the quality. With this and every other eye shadow I own, I use the Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer. I have oily eyelids so a primer is essential to keeping things in check and this applies so smoothly. The full size (which this is not) is $24 and it lasts months and months and months.
If eyeliner is your thing, here is a super black, super matte bombshell: the Make Up For Ever Ink Liner. It took me a little time to get used to the applicator (I am more of a pen liner pro) but the intensity and super matte formula sold me. I did receive this product for review but once it runs out, I am running out to buy another. It stays all day and looks phenomenal. A fun, not so essential but absolutely beautiful product if you haven’t tried it already is the Marc Jacobs Twinklepop eye shadow sticks. They glide on smoothly and feel almost wet as you apply them. Once on, you have the most beautiful glittering glow. I wear this under eye shadows to add some extra pop or on its own to make a subtle statement. They are quite expensive but if you have the extra $35 to spend, you won’t be disappointed. The colour I have is Honey Bunny and I am really trying to debate on what colour to pick up next!
I know that was quite the list but I think I have touched on everything that I use all the time and love endlessly. Most of these products are in the $30 price range where I would consider a single product expensive, but all of these babies are worth it. I would love to know what high end or luxury products you love too!
Til next time, ttfn x