Today I’m sharing my all time favourite high-end beauty products with you and a little history on some of my purchases – it just makes it a little more personal, right?
Disclaimer: in this post I’ve classed anything that’s not ‘drugstore’ as high-end.
I really enjoy buying high-end beauty products and went through a stage a few years ago of buying way too many. Over the past year or so I’ve cut down on my spending massively – Matt and I are saving for our house after all (🤩❤️) – and now I usually only buy the things I know I like! I do however occasionally treat myself to new products or raved about items – usually things featured within the blogging/YouTube community (damn you, Monthly Favourites posts/videos)!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
My favourite foundation of all time! I have the shade Ecru (I just repurchased and I used to buy the shade 1.0 – I think they have just switched to the same shade range as the regular Double Wear. I’m currently mixing the two as I still have a little bit of a ‘tan’ from Kos!). I genuinely think this is the best formula in a foundation I’ve ever used. I wore the regular Estee Lauder Double Wear for years before this and never thought I’d switch, but I feel like that is too heavy/cakey and often made me breakout. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light wears really well on the skin; it has a medium level of coverage but can definitely be built up to full. I like that my freckles are still visible through this, yet it covers redness and acne scars without a problem. I find the rest of my makeup sits well on top of this foundation and it lasts all day, even in this crazy heat!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Okay let’s be honest – I am terrible at doing my eyebrows! I always have been and I always will be, I’ve come to accept that so you should too. That being said, one of my desert island must-have beauty products would hands down be my eyebrow pencil. I use the shade Medium Brown which is a little darker than the colour of my hair, but fills in my eyebrows in the most natural way. I love how thin this pencil is – it makes it so easy to create hair-like strokes, and it definitely lasts all day. The spoolie is equally as good! I have tried several eyebrow pencils at different price points and again, I just feel like nothing compares to this one. Side note: I over-plucked my eyebrows to the extreme when I was younger (I’m never going to forgive my 13-year-old self for that)! I really want to get HD brows but I’m not sure how I feel about it, if anyone has any tips or recommendations based on their experience with HD brows please let me know!
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I have worn Benefit Hoola bronzer since I was in high school; I must have repurchased so many over the years but nothing beats it! Even though I am fair-skinned, this never looks muddy or unblended. I use this product to ‘brontour’ – I think I just made this up… basically I don’t contour nor do I bronze my face; I just do something in the middle? I realise I sound like a five-year old playing with their mam’s makeup but I swear it works for me! I’m currently using a little mini I got in a gift set this past Christmas, as when my last full-sized one ran out I had no need to purchase the big one just yet. We’re never going to get that house if I spend all my money on makeup, right?!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Kristen
This is just the most beautiful rosy nude lip gloss you ever did see! I love everything about this – the packaging, the wand, the colour, the consistency! This is my go-to lip gloss, it is a little sticky but not in a hair-stuck-to-your-face-all-day kinda way. It can’t be that bad because Matt kisses me without a fuss when I’m wearing it 🙂 I’d really like to try a few more colours from this lip gloss range in the future. I feel like ABH is such a raved about brand, but where I live there are no counters around to have a browse through, and honestly I don’t like buying beauty products online if I haven’t already tested them in store. Swatches online often look nothing like the product IRL – what a struggle!
MAC Blush in Peachykeen
My first high-end makeup products were from MAC, and I always will have a soft spot for the brand. Until I was around 19 pretty much my whole makeup collection consisted of MAC products – I’d dash straight there when I’d been paid and spend my weeks wages on a little goody bag of MAC treats. *A goody bag with the WORST designed handle in the world – why have they still not changed this!?* I have always loved MAC’s blushes the most – my favourite being Peachykeen. It is, as the name would suggest, a peach toned blush and gives the perfect wash of colour. It has the finest run of glitter sparkles through it – not in a disco ball way, it just gives a healthy glow – perfect for the Summer weather. I think this works perfectly on my fair-light skin, and never gives a ‘muddy’ look when blended with contour/highlighter.
In this case, the original is the best! Now, don’t get me wrong I really do like the Real Techniques sponge (*spoiler* as you will see in a drugstore favourites coming very soon!) but it’s just not the same as using a beauty blender. I use mine for foundation, concealer and, for a special occasion like date night, to bake under my eyes. Baking was life changing when I first learned about it, but honestly who can be bothered to do that every day?! Not me, that’s for sure. As I said in my skin care routine post – I’d much rather have an extra 20 minutes of cuddles in bed than spend ages on my makeup! I especially love when they’re all pink and new – after one use they look really gross, even once cleaned. I unfortunately don’t have a photo of this as trying to take a photo of a recently used beauty blender and make it look somewhat pretty is beyond my (already very limited) photography/editing skills!
Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
Glossier is without a doubt the ‘it’ brand of the year among millenials, and it’s only going to get bigger! I just said I don’t like to buy makeup online if I haven’t tried it in store, but this brand is where that thought process goes out of the window. I love Glossier. I love the concept of the brand, I love the design of the products, I love every product I’ve tried, and, most of all, I love Emily Weiss – CEO and founder of the brand. (I will talk about her and what she has achieved more in a post coming soon, all about women who inspire me!) Boy Brow was the first product I purchased from Glossier, and boy am I glad I did. This stuff is magic – it blows any other eyebrow setting gel I’ve ever tried out of the water! My eyebrows are very sparse, and this clings to the few hairs that are there to make my eyebrows look full and much better than they do normally!
*I’m thinking about doing a post all about Glossier – my thoughts on the brand, products I love, hits and misses – please let me know if this something you’d be interested in!*
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla/Custard
My one true makeup love. This product is the definition of ‘an oldie but a goodie’ to me. It is just everything I need from a concealer. I usually use this on redness (around my nose), on any blemishes – but I never would use the wand on the blemish – and to cover the few acne scars/hyperpigmentation I have left on my cheeks/jaw. This works perfectly with my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, or by itself if I’m having a minimal makeup day. I keep one of these in my bag at all times, even though I would never apply on top of powder… it makes no sense but it’s true, ha!
MUFE lip liner in 14C
This lip liner is a god-send! It works perfectly with the aforementioned ABH lipgloss in Kristen, or my other favourite lip product, Chanel lipstick in Mademoiselle. It is a beautiful ‘your lips but better’ colour (albeit slightly darker and more rosy-toned), and applies so well. I tend to use this more for nighttime makeup as to be honest, my daytime makeup is very simple, quick and easy. I do tend to slightly over line my lips for an evening look as I think it makes my makeup just look a little more pouty and put together. Regardless, this helps the lasting power of my lipglosses/lipsticks a lot – and it also ensures when I’m eating/drinking it’s more likely to stay in place!
Chanel lipstick in Mademoiselle
My favourite lipstick ever! This is also a beautiful ‘your lips but better’ shade, and goes perfectly with the MUFE 14C lip liner. It wears perfectly well without it; this has such good staying power – and to be fair, for the price so it should! This formula is my favourite of all the Chanel lipsticks, it’s creamy and never sticks to any dry patches. Story time with Gills: The first time I ever bought this lipstick was in 2014 – I had passed my probation period at work and was so excited. I remember walking into Boots in the Metro Centre and heading for the Chanel counter thinking I deserved a treat (how funny)! Although this is ridiculously expensive, I have since repurchased this shade a few times and I’ll probably buy it forever, I just love it. (Tip: buying expensive lipsticks with your saved up Boots points is not at all painful!)
Lancome La Vie Est Belle
This is my number one perfume (well, I also have a huge love for Jo Malone – Peony and Blush Suede but I just talked about that in a recent post). I have worn La Vie Est Belle for years now and people often tell me it’s my scent, as in if they smell it they think of me, which is pretty cute! It is a very sweet, vanilla/fruity scent – it’s definitely feminine and girly and the smell just makes me happy. I wear this both day and night; I think the scent works perfectly for both. I really love the bottle, it looks so pretty sitting on my vanity table. (Matt’s mam is always telling me their house smells of this perfume – oops!)
I’d love to know your favourite high-end products, or if you’ve been inspired to pick up a new item or two for your makeup bag (…apologies in advance, if so). There will be a post coming in the next few weeks all about my favourite drug-store products!
Thank you so much for reading!