New In: Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer, Tarte bronzer in Park Avenue Princess, BareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, Buxom Full On Lip-Stick in Marrakech.
I feel like it's been the longest time since I brought myself any high end goodies, so I decided to treat myself, while trying out some new brands that are available to me in Australia. I've always lusted after Tarte and Buxom, but they're not easy to get hold of in the UK. I've been loving brighter skin recently, so I couldn't pass up the Buxom Divine Godess Luminizer, which is literally Victoria Secret babe in a tube. I use this alone as a base, mixed in to foundation, on top, it's so versitile and it never looks overdone. It gives your skin a luminosity that just makes you look dewy - not oily, but healthy. I have oily skin and I don't have an issue with this looking greasy or overdone. Even though it looks golden and warm in the tube, it may add the slightest, almost unnoticeable tint of colour to your face but it's barely noticeable.
To add to the bronze glow, the Tarte bronzer in Park Avenue Princess is a highlighter and bronzer in one. I actually use this on top of my matte bronzer, just to go over my cheekbones and temples to add a golden sheen to the skin. I feel like this just adds the nicest touch of shimmer to the skin, ideal if you're going blush free, just bronzing the skin and want a warm highlighter. It's not super pigmented so I don't feel like you could overdo it even though it looks intense in the pan.
The BareMinerals concealer was a last minute basket add, I swatched it on the back of my hand and the coverage, the smooth finish - I was sold. If you have oily skin, you'll have to set this. It's got a really beautiful coverage, with a very dewy finish which I find works well underneath the eyes, but around the face on my skin type everything just slips around. On dry or normal skin, you would love this, it's super hydrating, it doesn't settle in to lines and it does have a serum finish which is glowy.
The Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara is always mentioned on blogs and YouTube, so I couldn't pass up this mini. The brush is full, so it really grabs every hair and it fully coats each lash. It doesn't do an amazing job at adding length, but volume and thickness it's got covered. I need to invest in a good lengthening mascara, then layer it with this and I'll have lashes for days.
The Buxom Lip-Sticks I'd never heard of before but I loved the simple packaging and I fell in love with the shade Marrakech and so would you if you're a nude lover. It's super creamy, really comfortable to wear, relatively long lasting, pigmented and it gives your lips a bizarre cooling feeling when it's first applied.
I'm digging pretty much everything I brought, successful haul - plus I also went back for a beauty blender and I have to say that they're worth the price and applying foundation or concealer with them is just dreamy. I've tried a few dupes, but after the real thing, they don't really compare.
What're your most recent beauty purchases?