Last weekend, it was my turn to hit London. I headed over with my friend Jenny and as we were staying with her brother, I was left with more spending money than usual. I'd been saving for this trip, plus it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I got paid the day before I headed off, so, a lot of make-up buying ensued. I'm ridiculously happy with everything I picked up and can't wait to start working them into my daily routine!
I also bought two skincare items that I forgot to photograph because, well, they're in my bathroom as I've really been enjoying using them. They are both Caroline Hirons-approved products - the Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm and Pixi Glow Tonic. I felt like a bit of a sheep buying them, but hey, they're working wonderfully so far. An updated skincare routine post is well overdue from me so, keep an eye out for that and I'll go into more detail about those products then!
An item I'll just mention briefly is the Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, as Sinéad has posted about it a few times here before. I'd wanted it for a while after her recommendation and it really does work - give it a go if you find it hard to get rid of darkness under the eyes!
On to the powders next. I think it's safe to say I am sorted on the compact front for a while, as I picked up two of the latest "non-powdery" pressed powders as well as a highlighter. When in Space NK, I gunned for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light - since I read ages ago that this is great for blurring pores, it's been on my list. I've used it quite a bit already, and I think it does definitely do a great job at making everything just look better, smoother and more refined, and works well as a final step in my routine.
Chanel Les Beiges was actually the last purchase I made in London - like Sinéad, I found it really hard to track down around central London, but managed to snap it up in Stansted Airport on the way home. I was definitely sucked in by the hype around this powder - the fact that it was sold out everywhere just made me want it more, but I don't regret buying it. The texture is phenomenally light, it looks amazing on, the packaging is beautiful and it even smells lovely...I'm a happy camper.
The highlighter I picked up is another absolute gem from Laura Mercier's latest collection, Dark Spell. Spellbound is an insanely gorgeous pale gold powder - it's really finely milled and has that almost liquid texture that both Estée Lauder and MAC have brought out before. This looks beautiful on and had overtaken Dior's Amber Diamond as my favourite highlighter of all time.
Next up, we paid a visit to Illamasqua's flagship store on Beak St (just at the end of Carnaby St) and got very lucky, as it was the last day of their sale. The blushers (Naked Rose and Sophie) were down to €10 and I got their neutral pencil (Vow) for €7. Seeing as all of these items are all popular ones from their permanent collection, I think I got a great deal!
I just have to take a moment to write about how amazing these blushers are.They are insanely pigmented and last so well on my skin - I'd always heard that Illamasqua did good blushers but didn't think they'd surpass my MAC and NARS ones, but, well, they have.
Finally, I picked up a liquid lipstick from Hourglass. I don't own any orange-y lip products apart from MAC's Lady Danger, as I am always a bit paranoid about them making my teeth look yellow. When I swatched Riviera, though, I was so taken by how bright and summery it was, and it actually looks fine with my teeth (I think?) I have it on in the picture below, so you can be the judge of that!
The formula of these Hourglass lippies is quite strange, and I think that you should probably skip on these if you suffer from dry lips. They're a liquid formula which kind of goes tacky and then sets to a very dry formula, but the lasting powder is really great. I don't know if I would buy another but I am really enamoured with the rich orange colour - it's different to the likes of MAC's Morange so, I'm happy!