Last payday (or was it the one before?) I decided I needed a bit of a treat. Instead of having another huge splurge at Origins, who can gladly take my money any day, I thought I’d try a few new brands that I’d heard such good things about. These purchases were mostly enabled by Kate’s blog ghostparties, FYI, that girl can sell beauty products to me like there’s no tomorrow.
They’re not cheap, but if you need a little pick-me-up treat, then have a look at what I thought of them…
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade
Cult Beauty, £15 (but worth every penny)
My first stop was Cult Beauty, who I’ve never shopped with before, for their cult product (duh) Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade. I wanted a cooler toned dark brown, so decided to go with ‘Dark Brown’ rather than ‘Chocolate’, but I think both would have been well-suited to my hair colour.
Now before I tell you how great this is, let me just say one thing: Kim K uses this. Well, Anastasia Soare (the Hollywood brow expert) used this on Kim’s brows on her wedding day. The third one, just to clarify. Even if you don’t like the woman, you can appreciate how flawless her brows always look.
The formula is a sort of gel-mousse mixture, which is smudgeproof and waterproof, and adheres itself to each individual brow hair. So, as you can imagine, it creates a nice natural finish. You need to be careful though; start with a small amount on your flat angled eyeliner brush and build it up. It’s a bit of a nightmare if you go in too heavy-handed, especially in the morning when wiping it off and starting again can take up valuable time.
It’s £15, so not cheap, but expect this to last you a while. Your brows won’t fade part way through the day so it’s well worth a purchase.
Jurlique Silk Finishing Powder – Rose
Look Fantastic, £24.50
Another product with glowing reviews that also came highly recommended by pretty much everyone. This silky translucent finishing powder from natural cosmetics brand Jurlique has become an absolute essential part of my makeup routine.
I’m always one to opt for a pressed powder, as it’s much less messy, but I decided to give this a go and see how I fared. Yes, it is messy, but the powder is translucent and incredibly finely milled, so you don’t risk making an absolute mess of your dress before you’ve even made it out of the door.
I use a light dusting with my Real Techniques powder brush all over my fave to keep my makeup in place all day. And it really does stay put all day, no cakey-ness and no shininess, even in the heat. Pricey, but again, a little goes a long way and I can see this lasting me a good few months.
Additional benefits of loose powder: when you drop it on the floor, it doesn’t break up and become unusable. I’m looking at you Rimmel Stay Matte powder!
When I need a new moisturiser, I have to admit that I don’t research it as extensively as other things, like I do with cleansers or foundations. The REN EverCalm Global Protection Day Cream was just something I spotted on a couple of blogs and thought I’d give it a whirl. It’s quite a rich formula, has a lovely natural tea scent and is really calming on my sensitive, sometimes dry, skin.
I’m not sure it’s 100% worth the £27 price tag, but I do genuinely feel that it benefits my skin and feels a lot more natural than your standard high street moisturiser. I’m definitely interested in trying some more products from the REN skincare range though, so keep an eye out!
Those are my new purchases, what are your favourite new products at the moment?