Some of my favourite youtube videos or blog posts are ones that feature high end skincare or cosmetics that are actually worth spending the money. So, I thought I would talk about some of my all time favourite high end items- because everyone has a few items they tend to splurge on- whether its only on foundation or mascara, that’s just the reality I think. Maybe you’re looking to try something new that costs a little more and if so I hope this post helps you out!
Arbonne CC Cream
I love this cc cream.The coverage is perfect for everyday and I also use this when I am going out during the colder months because it doesn’t make me look dry like some foundations do. I apply this with my hands more often than not, I find the warmth of my hands really melts the product into my skin so it literally just looks like a better version of my skin. Sometimes I add a couple drops of argan oil in with it before I apply it on my face.
I use this mascara on a daily basis. I do carry the EyEnvy line in my shop- including the mascara and for those of you who aren’t familiar, EyEnvy mascara and growth serum both contain a blend of ingredients to help grow your eyelashes and eyebrows. You can apply a few layers to your lashes and it still does not clump. It conditions the lashes and before you know it your lashes are longer and thicker.
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy
I first started using this product when my daughter was probably about 5 months old. Pre sleep training. Which equaled no sleep for any of us in this house…and I was back to work when Quinn was a newborn. So, I was looking on Sephora’s website for something that would brighten my under eye area like an eye cream, but offer some coverage as well. So, it ended up being Eye Duty Triple Remedy by First Aid Beauty,$45 to the rescue. The rounded metal applicator feels so cool and refreshing under the eyes which, I love. The brightening effect it gives paired with the sheer coverage was exactly what I was looking for and now it’s one of my favourites. You can still use concealer on top of it if you want extra coverage too.
Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
If you are looking for a luxurious setting powder, look no further than the Hourglass veil translucent setting powder, $55. It really does act like a subtle veil by blurring imperfections, setting concealer and foundation all day without clinging to dry patches or creasing. I never find this powder to look powdery or cake-y. Another thing I appreciate about it is that when I try and get powder out of the jar to apply it, it only spills out a small amount which greatly prevents waste of the product. How nice of them! 😉
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light
One of my absolute favourite highlighters is the Hourglass ambient lighting powder in luminous light, $58. I use it in EVERY single wedding I do because it sits so nicely on the skin. It does not have sparkle… it just looks like you are beaming from within and compliments almost every skin tone.
Here’s a few tips to try when applying this highlighter. The first one is- after you have applied it to your desired areas, take a damp beauty sponge and dab over those areas. It gives the illusion of an even more natural highlight as it almost melts the highlighter into the skin. Second tip- apply this highlighter BEFORE you apply your bronzer and blush. I have done this on several occasions and I still dab my damp beauty sponge all over the area to achieve a seamless look. I would say to try the second tip if you are just starting to use a highlighter- because having the highlight underneath will look a bit more subtle but still with that pretty glow. If you try these out, let me know how they work for you!
Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer
There are a few high end concealers that I would recommend to you guys but this is the one I have tried most recently and it is probably one of my all time favourites. It is the Born This Way Super Coverage Concealer, $36. It offers amazing coverage, and you only need a very small amount to achieve it so this (huge) bottle will last you forever! It does not cling to dry patches and my under eye area appears hydrated. I should also add that there are 20 shades for you to choose from!
Lorac Pro Palette
I ventured to ULTA across the border to get this bad boy. I knew I wanted the Lorac Pro Palette, $44 USD after seeing so many girls on youtube using it was totally worth it. I have used it on so many people for so many occasions. With a row of matte shades and a row of shimmer shades, all on the neutral side, I find myself constantly reaching for this one. The one flaw – that brutal packaging. That black finish that is impossible to wipe clean. Why? Why do companies use that material?! It drives me nuts. Are you guys with me on this?
Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette
I feel as though most people have used at least one product by Anastasia- most likely the Brow Wiz. The Modern Renaissance Palette, $55 is another palette I reach for constantly, whether I’m using it on myself or others. There is a nice variety of tones making it very versatile and flattering on many skin types. Her eyeshadows blend out really nicely and her palettes also come with a double ended brush- such a nice bonus!
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2
Urban Decay’s palettes are awesome- the colours are pigmented and long lasting. Their Naked palettes are definitely considered cult classics- and their Naked Basics 2 ,$36 still one of my absolute favourites. I use these shades for everyday when I am working or going to meet a friend for lunch as well as when I am going “out.” Which, is rare. But still. The colours are mainly cool toned, matte yet very versatile, applying so easily and blending out seamlessly.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush
This cute little blush was part of my birthday gift from Sephora a few years back and I just love it. The full size blush is $38. It is extremely long wearing and the amazonian clay actually helps to control oil and infuse moisture. It is so soft to apply to the cheeks and it blends seamlessly. I love using my highlighter under these blushes for a natural and radiant glow.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess
I also received the mini of this bronzer in my birthday gift from Sephora and it has been one of my favourites ever since. The full size bronzer is $38 and it does last forever because you use so minimal. The colour pay off is really nice and it applies evenly with no sparkle. I love using it when I just want to warm up my skin a little bit and not necessarily for when I want to create a contour. The size is also perfect for on the go!
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Liquid Liner
The Tarte lights, camera, lashes precision liquid liner, $24 is a rich luxurious black, long wearing, vegan, and easy to apply. If you want to start using a liquid eyeliner and you’re wondering which one you should invest in- I would suggest this one. Plus, I love supporting vegan brands any chance I get!
What are your favourite splurge worthy makeup items? Let me know.