Makeup Junkies of the world rejoice! It’s been a little while since our last hundred pound haul but, fear not…this ones a goodie! Giving a girl a one hundred pound budget and letting her loose in a beauty hall is a bit like letting a bunch of 30 something females loose at a Tom Hardy convention (or is that just me?)…the excitement is palpable! This one really has been a lot of fun so, without further ado, here’s how we got on in this special installment of the hundred pound haul…
1. Spectrum Brushes
Slightly off brief but still within the ‘makeup genre’ this set of brushes, complete with travel pouch are the stuff a makeup junkies dreams are made of. The perfect shade of ‘millennial pink’ with rose gold ferrules and super-soft pink ombre heads, these make makeup application a dream (despite my current dressing table situation – don’t worry an overhaul is most definitely on the cards). I’ve only recently discovered ‘Spectrum Collections’ (an independent brand started by two sisters from their garage in Wales) through the podcast ‘Made Online’. (If you’re into Podcasts go check it out – the brainchild of Hayley – London Beauty Queen -the interviews are so interesting and I nearly always come away feeling super motivated!). The brand cropped up again on twitter when I came across a post on their blog entitled Lessons Learned The Hard Way and I just thought wow these girls have been through the mill. They’ve powered on through and have come out all the stronger for it. I found their story to be incredibly inspiring and that in turn made me want to find out more about the product. I hadn’t really paid all that much attention to this new breed of makeup brush but after all my research I wasn’t in the least surprised that Spectrum Collections had been the originals. They do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery yet business is business and I always like to champion independent brands and original ideas. Aside from being a joy to behold the brushes are super soft (honestly its like been stroked by a kittens paw) and beautifully packaged (think seashell pouches and clam clasped rolls in shimmering metallics).
2. Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curlers
These are the Rolls Royce of Eyelash Curlers. Tried. Tested. Loved! I always think of curling my eyelashes as a necessary step in my makeup routine and am amazed at how many girls don’t use them! I quite literally wouldn’t dream of applying mascara without first curling my lashes. Maybe it’s a use thing – once you’ve used a good pair (and I say good as there’s a lotta shit out there), you never go back. Shu Uemura was always the Holy Grail but since the brand has pulled out of the UK market I’ve found these to be exceptional! This pair comes with a spare red rubber pad (amazing – you can actually see any lashes you may have missed) which should be changed every three months – as all makeup junkies know, changing your eyelash curlers is a bi-annual event!
3. BECCA Backlight Primer
This has been on my shopping list since I trialed it in one of the first Tili Beauty Boxes. It gives the most gorgeous ‘lit from within glow’ and I receive a compliment every single time I wear it (especially when mixed in with My Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation – the dream). I debated between this and the Iconic London Illuminator which is having a bit of a moment but BECCA are so good at ‘giving glow’ without that ‘dipped in chip fat’ effect, that it was really a bit of a no-brainer!
Christian Louboutin Les Yeux Noirs Lash Amplifying Lacquer – this mascara is almost offensively expensive and yet I am assured (twice over actually – this was a popular choice), that it is worth every penny and both testers said they would happily repurchase! There are many amazing mascaras on the market for half the price and less so really I think this one is reserved for only the most die-hard makeup junkies!
Bobbi Brown Eye Gloss – this was purchased on the assurance that it wouldn’t be like wearing lipgloss on your eyelids but I’m told that in actual fact that’s exactly what it’s like. The tester was told that her eyes looked ‘wet’ which I’m pretty sure was not the vibe she was going for!
BY TERRY Cellularose Brightening CC Serum – A blurring and brightening serum designed to be worn alone or underneath foundation. One tester loved it, the other is having an issue with it blocking her pores (yep it’s another double purchase) so I would say that this is definitely down to your particular skin type. Test in store if you can as all the BY TERRY products seem to have the most beautiful formulations and smell divine
Best Of The Rest
- YSL VOLUPTE TINT-IN-BALM (TEMPT ME PINK)
- CHARLOTTE TILBURY UNISEX HEALTHY GLOW
- BY TERRY COMPACT-EXPERT DUAL POWDER
- GLAMGLOW GLOWSETTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY
- MAC FLUIDLINE, BLACKTRACK
- CHARLOTTE TILBURY MINI MIRICLE EYE WAND
Right, makeup junkies, I hope you’ve found this useful and that it’s perhaps put a few new brands or products on your radar! I’m a bit gutted that Glossier UK hadn’t launched in time for this haul but I’ll definitely be sharing my findings when I receive the (ahem, rather large) order I’ve just placed…oops! What are your makeup must-haves? Anything amazing I should know about?