Thursday, 20 February 2014

Best Of Beauty | Make Up Must Haves

I know, I've been a terrible blogger lately but life has just taken over a bit. Hopefully now things are settling down somewhat, that will all change. In the meantime, thank god for Samantha and her Best in Beauty blog challenge to keep me going! This week we're looking at our make up must haves. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing everyones picks for this as I am quite the little make up fiend!
Mine probably won't come as any surprise as I bang on about this lot all the time anyway:



1) Nars Voulez Vous Couchez Avec Moi, Ce Soir Palette
I have still yet to do a full independent review of this guy but believe me, when I do, it will be GLOWING. I bought this at the start of December as a Christmas present to myself (I'm generous like that) and I've actually used it every day since. I've always been a big fan of Nars blushes and would've put Orgasm in here if I haven't since fallen for Deep Throat (on the left of the pan in the photo below); for me, it's the grown up version of Orgasm- the same flattering peachy pink but with way less shimmer and very build-able in its pigmentation. Dolce Vita (on the right) although also lovely, I've used slightly less of as it's a darker dusty rose that requires a very light hand, something I'm not known to possess. As for the eyeshadows...SWOON. If you were wondering whether you should've bought the Narsissist palette, then yes, you should have. I have Lima, Lhasa, Tasmania and Antananarivo in this set and I've made a dent in all four already. The perfect combination of eyeshadows, this palette has actually ruined me for all other palettes.

2) YSL Touche Eclat
This is a weird one as I actually haven't used this since my early-mid twenties (when I bought it religiously) but got it as part of a Christmas present this year and have been reminded about why I loved it so much. I use this over my Nars concealer for my under-eye area and I find it's just that little extra something I need to neutralise the blue tones I'm prone to there. Plus it's light as a feather so sinks in nicely and doesn't leave me with any product build-up in skin creases (yeah, I'm THAT attractive). Sometimes, things are classics for a reason.

3) Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
This will be my monthly ode to this concealer then. I bought this last Summer and really, I haven't looked back. This stuff is the absolute business. It works on both under eye dark circles and spots/blemishes (actually rare enough to find that in a concealer). It doesn't go all cakey and it has fantastic staying power. I wrote a full review on it HERE if you want to see it in action, although I would warn you to prepare your poor eyes for the horror that is the before photo.

4) MAC Rebel
I also spoke about Rebel HERE so I won't go rambling on again but since I bought this, it's become my absolute favourite. A super flattering berry shade that works as well built up for a full on pop of colour in Autumn/Winter as it does applied as a light sheen with a slick of gloss over it in Spring/Summer, this is for me, the perfect lipstick.

5) Bourjois Intuitive Liner
I always have a liquid pen liner of some variety on the go. At the moment, I'm using this one from Bourjois, having recently finished the more expensive Clarins version of it. I really like Bourjois eyeliners in general though, they tend to be a good strong black (watery liners are my pet peeve), last well and are a decent price point.

6) YSL Effet Faux Cils Shocking Mascara
I've also gone on at length about this so I won't bore you any further but basically, this is my favourite mascara of all time. I try and use cheaper mascaras for daytime and "save" this one for nights out etc but then I think, once it's open you won't get that long out of it anyway and so I end up using it constantly. I don't really mind spending the extra bit on this though as I am now addicted to its false lash effect in a major way. It actually changes the way my face looks when I use it and I can't leave the house without it on now. Gah.

Apologies for the dirty mirror, didn't notice that til I uploaded it. Doh.

And that's the lot. Let me know in the comments if any of these are your own make up must haves or what you would pick yourself!
XX

34 comments:

  1. Love all your picks! I also have a love for the NARS concealer x

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  2. I swore that once my collection concealer ran out I’d get the Nars but I got a Maybelline one instead! I think I just need to get it anyway!!

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  3. love all those nars palettes.oh yeah you cant beat YSL touche eclat and the nars concealer...seen them pop up on a few posts..MAC rebel is gorgeous (thanks for reminding me about it) and all these shades are in for A/W this year so I'll be whipping mine out when that time of year comes around again ;) x

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    1. Oh i'm desperate, I'd wear them all year around! Really versatile shades, they give a few different looks thankfully :) x

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  4. Ha! Rebel & the Nars concealer made an appearance in my post too! Love your picks!

    alex @ http://pinkelephantbloggin.com/

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    1. Thanks Alex! We have very similar taste! x

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  5. I have to try Rebel it looks amazing, think that'll be my next "Back to MAC". Great choices Chloe :-)

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  6. LOVE Rebel… and the Bourjois liner! Great picks! x

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  7. I want that MAC palette and I adore the NARS concealer!

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    1. We should all start a Nars concealer appreciation club! ;)

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  8. I'm seeing a lot of love for that Nars concealer in these posts, it seems to be a great all rounder. I might have to give it a whirl at some point.

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    1. It's pretty fantastic alright, i genuinely wouldn't bother trying another one at this stage!

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  9. Your Nars palette looks amazing Chloe :-)

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  10. I have the Korean version of that Bourjois liner! My mom bought it for me on her trip to Vietnam from the brand Etude House. I've been gravitating to it lately because it's so quick and easy.

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    1. Oh cool!! I'm always looking at Etude house stuff on ebay, looks so cool!!

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  11. Ooh! I'm so wanting to try out some Nars products. I'm so jealous everytime I hear a blogger raving about the laguna bronzer, the orgasm blush, the concealer or the eye primer. I want them all.

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    1. I only have a few things from Nars but they're all brilliant!

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  12. Nars Deep Throat is my favourite blush - I've featured it in my post too! I love the YSL Touche Eclat and mascara too! :) x

    CatherineSarah

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    1. Oh yay! We both have great taste so! ;)

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  13. Payday next Thursday. I think I can no longer put off the fact that I need the Nars concealer in my life

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  14. I'm a new convert to the Nars concealer, the palette looks nice.

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  15. Oh with you AND Avril including that NARS concealer I may have to add it to my list :)

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    1. It's so very good Sarah!! Well worth checking out! :)

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  16. Hmm... I'll have to bear this in mind when I'm sauntering past duty free next week... I've been wearing a cheap concealer for ages (can't remember the brand - Rimmel or CoverGirl or something). It is pretty good, but can crease and clump a bit if I lash it on and don't blend quickly enough.

    That mascara sounds amazing too. There isn't any point in saving it though, cos they all do go clumpy so quickly...

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    1. Oh, if you're planning a duty free treat you seriously should head straight for Nars, they are the business!!

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