High End Holy Grail Happenings!

If you are a makeup junkie like me, you probably can relate to my constant hunger to look at, touch, try out, and BUY new makeup ^_^ ; but no matter how many new products come to the market, there will always be a few that hold a special spot in your life and you have to buy them over and over again. And when that product falls in the ‘high end’ category, it validates that ‘ride or die’ status even more! I’ve come up with 6 high end holy grail products that I’ve either repurchased or will definitely buy again when I run out. (I did not include any foundations though because that deserves a post of its own!)

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#1 MAC Pro Longwear Concealer {20 USD/32 AUD}

I don’t even know how many bottles I’ve repurchased of this, I love it sooo much! Which reminds me I’m almost about to run out of my current bottle. This concealer has been part of pretty much all my makeup looks since like forever. I use the shade NW25 for my under eyes to correct and cover my dark circles (and trust me they are bad!). It does such a fab job! I do have a couple of other shades as well that I keep in handy. Three things that I love: 1) High Coverage – you only need a small amount 2) Shade range: something true for most MAC products! 3) Longevity – it’s called ‘Pro Longwear for a reason and you can also use it as an eyeshadow base because its so long wearing! The only con is that the pump squirts out too much product but I can live with that!

#2 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light {45 USD/59 AUD}

When these powders came out, there was a huge hype in the beauty community, and let me tell ya, there was a legit reason behind it. These powders create that extra oomph you need when all your makeup is done. They literally tie everything together. My holy grail is the Dim Light. It’s a finishing powder so you are meant to apply it all over your face after you have done your makeup. It gives this blurred illusion to your face and and subtle angelic luminosity, like you’re lit from within. I’ve got so many of my friends hooked on this powder and I always get compliments on how glowy my skin looks every time I wear this. It’s pretty pricey but I’ve already hit pan on my first one and I purchased a new one!

#3 MAC Fix + {22 USD/27 AUD}

Well I think everyone and their mothers should have this or already have this product sitting on their vanity! This is such a versatile product. It can be used just before putting any makeup on to prep the face, it can be used after your makeup application to stop your makeup from looking cakey, it can be used to wet your brush to get more color payoff from an eyeshadow and 10,000 other things! The traditional Fix Plus has now become a part of the prep and prime series but it’s still the same thing!

#4 Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler {20 USD/29 AUD}

I’ll just put it out there – my natural eyelashes suck! They are wimpy and straight and not all curlers can handle that! On top of that, I have a tendency to pinch my eyelids with eyelash curlers and oh boy that hurts! The Shu Uemura curler is epic! It lives up to its popularity in the beauty community and does a really good job at tackling my stubborn straight eyelashes without me hurting myself. I’ve repurchased this product couple of times already and when you buy it, it comes with 1 extra band. One con is that you can’t buy the refills of the bands, so when you’ve used up both, you have to buy a whole new eyelash curler!

#5 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz {21 USD/34 AUD}

If I had to choose one product among all the products I’m mentioning today, it will probably be this one! A lot of you might agree that brows take a lot longer than some of the other areas of the face; but you don’t always have the time to do an elaborate brow especially when you’re going to work or school and you’re running late (story of my life!). Enter Anastasia Brow Wiz to make your brow struggles so much easier! I love how small and thin the tip is so you can precisely carve out a shape. You can draw small ‘faux’ hairs with it. The formula is really nice and not super harsh, super dry, or super soft. It comes with a really nice spoolie on the other end which makes it even more travel friendly.The only thing is, it doesn’t have a lot of product so I run out of it all the time!

#6 Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Opal {38USD/46-60 AUD}

Some of you might think ‘How the hell can a highlighter be a Holy Grail!’ especially for someone who loves to glow and collects so much makeup. Well in my opinion something can be officially called ‘Holy Grail’ when you tend to reach for it the most among all your highlighters. I think 8 out of 10 times I go for Becca Opal. The formula is sooo buttery and smooth, I can’t even! I think the shade Opal is very versatile – girls who are light medium to medium dark can use it. But those of you who are either fairer or darker, fret not, Becca has you covered! They’ve got few other beautiful shades like Moonstone, Topaz, and Rose Gold that caters for other skin tones!

And that concludes my High End Holy Grail Happenings! What are some of your favorite high end makeup?

XOXO

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Splurge: Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Shalimar!

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My love for lippies knows no bounds, so I decided to stray away from my regular Mac purchases and treat myself to something luxurious! As you all makeup junkies know, when we wonder off to luxuryland, Guerlain is the Queen B! I’m a sucker for packaging and if I’m paying big bucks, the packaging has to be unique! And that’s when I came across the Rouge Automatiques! The packaging is simple yet innovative and quirky! And it has a history….who doesn’t love a bit of a back story?!!

The packaging is reminiscent of the first Rouge Automatiques launched by Guerlain in 1936! This is the first ever lipstick without a cap, requiring only one hand to apply! I find it really handy to be honest! The packaging has a sliding button engraved with a G which you have to push down for the lipstick to come up….it’s just so clever and fun! And don’t worry about damaging the lipstick. The metal flap opens completely and is out of the way before the lipstick actually comes up. Also the button doesn’t slide down easily which is also a sign of a good quality packaging. The case itself is extremely sturdy but very lightweight unlike the YSL rouge volupte lipsticks. Some of you might be disappointed with that since you are paying a hefty price. I personally really like that its light and love the gold!

slide down and the lipstick comes up!

slide down and the lipstick comes up!

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Speaking of the price, these retail for $55 AUD at David Jones, Australia as opposed to $35 USD in the US. That’s not a huge difference if we compare with the the inflated prices of brands like Bobbi Brown and Mac here in Australia.

Shalimar 166

Shalimar 166

So after all that rave about the packaging, let’s come to the shade I purchased. When I was looking through the colors, my love for fuschia took over and I had to pick up Shalimar (166). It is a cool- toned, blue based fuschia with subtle gold shimmers. It’s not like any fuschia lipsticks I have. When we usually think of fuschia, we think of something bright, shocking, or in your face. This on the other hand is a very subdued fuschia, which makes it really hard to dupe. The blue base is also quite muted and according to Temptalia, the color showed up warm on her. It shows up more blue on my lips than the swatch on my hand, so it really depends on your skintone, undertone, and pigmentation of your lips. The shimmers are almost undetectable on my lips. I don’t really care for shimmers anyway. The formula is semi opaque, glides on effortlessly,and it’s very shiny and glossy. You can wear it sheerly like a gloss or build up the opacity. It gives my lips a plumped up and glossy look! Love it! Longevity is quite good considering the finish. It wore on me about 4 -5 hours.

Guerlain Shalimar, Revlon Sweetheart and Smitten balm stains

Guerlain Shalimar, Revlon Sweetheart and Smitten balm stains

 

The finish had a bit of a balmy texture. Reminded me of the Revlon Balm Stains but much more buildable in opacity and softer on the lips.

Swatched on my lips!

Swatched on my lips! Looks a lot more blue based than the swatch!

As you can see, the lipstick shows up more cool-toned and blue on my lips than on the swatch.

I love this lipstick, both the color and the formula. If you love juicy, glossy lips, you should definitely look into these lipsticks! I do think $55 AUD is a bit too much for it though. I have my eyes on a couple other colors: Nehema and Liu. I might just give in and buy those !

XO