Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The luxe(ish) list

Soooo I do realise that most of the prods I’ve been featuring lately have been on the lighter side of the coin purse and this is no bad thing (in fact my savings account named “UK Christmas trip” is applauding quite loudly), however this post is dedicated to my top 5 product picks (for right now) that I hold close to my heart and to whom I owe many favours for keeping me from looking: A) hung over B) tired and C) fugly.

Let's begin.

Numero uno
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in “SC-3” (for medium with yellow or pink skin tones) RRP: $65.00

Secret Camouflage contains a unique two-shade system, one to match the skin's depth of colour and one to match the skin's undertone, making it possible for every woman to custom-blend her own perfect shade. The high level of pigment requires very little product to achieve complete coverage. I really love this concealer as it completely camouflages dark circles, minor imperfections and discolourations. When I’m running low on makeup supplies, this is the product I save and only use for night time outings when I want to look my best as it provides coverage like no other. The texture is thicker then most concealers, perfect for oily skin types or those who like a matte finish.


M.A.C Sheertone Blush in “Peaches” RRP: $41.00

Pure peach in the most darling way possible. This blush is super pretty and comes out quite light so it’s up to you how much product you want to apply for a, “barely there coral glow” or a “ thoroughly flushed and fabulous – I am just brimming with health and wellbeing” look. This shade really brightens the complexion and can make even the most tired and dehydrated of skins look FRESHHHHHH. I like to pair w/ some white Chanel eye liner on my water line (for an extra wide-awake look) and a slick of Smith's Rosebud Salve.


Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder RRP: $65.00

LOVE THIS. No really, I adore it. Spent a good two years being a makeup slut with no bronzer brand loyalty going between M.A.C, YSL, Australis, Rimmel and Benefit ... until I tried Bobbi Brown. With all the brilliant illuminating products on the market there is absolutely no reason why chicolas should be applying brown glittery bronzers all over their pretty mugs. The Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder has a delicate matte finish that gives a subtle yet flattering sun kissed glow. I’m not saying that a shimmer based bronzer is a bad thing but it should be used for contouring and highlighting, NOT darkening the overall appearance of your skin and leaving a decidedly unflattering bronzer moustache. Ick.


Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara RRP: $38.95

This gem is lash extension in a tube! The exclusive 3D formula builds actual tubes around each lash whilst unique elastic polymers curl, fatten and stretch far beyond the natural lash to add extreme volume. If you've heard of "tubey mascaras" before you'll know what I'm harping on about. With a flick of the specially-designed gigantic wand, lashes are injected with indelible weather-proof colour. Easily removable with soap and warm water or eye make-up remover this amazing mascara doesn't dissolve and smudge like any ordinary mascara but rather comes off in tiny tube-like little socks - ca-ute!


Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in “Mistress” RRP: $32.00

(note: I was under very white lights for this pic so it looks a lot pinker here then usual)

Bright coral, sitting on the orange side of the fence. This colour is STUNNING!!! This high-shine, colour-rich (opaque-ish) lip enhancer gives you a pout that is full and glossy, without feeling sticky. The packaging is simple and chic with an angled application top allowing for a more precise finish if you don't have a lip brush on hand. I can not communicate just how GREAT I think Illamasqua's products are, huge blog to come on that later. If you like "Mistress" get hunting because when I got mine it was sold out at Robina and Brisbane Myer (I had to sweet talk the assistant into selling me stock meant to kept for the display haha desperato but I HAD TO HAVE IT!).

So Parlour and Looters, what are your favourite products at the moment?