Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Beauty 5: 5 best new discoveries.

I'm about to resurrect an old post series I used to do when I was but a nipper at this blogging game, and I haven't done a little post in an embarrassing amount of time.  So, here we go with something you probably haven't seen before, a Beauty 5 post.  Today's topic is my 5 best new product discoveries, the A+ good-job sticker students who make my daily routine a little easier and prettier, and whose end of term reports are bringing in top of the class grades (stop. with. the. metaphor.)


1. Alpha-H Liquid Gold.

Um. I have basically used this 6 times and am committed to the movement.  This stuff is like genius in a bottle.  Now - if you didn't get it by now, I have what is known as smugly-generally-good-skin. It is a terrible affliction whereby I don't often get spots, my skin tone is mostly even and generally there's nothing wrong with it.  I'm firmly in the camp of 'can't complain', because I can't, even with my eczema flare-ups.  The point is, that when I try a new skincare product I very rarely see a huge difference in my skin.  Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair does sweet FA for me - and believe me, I wanted to rave.  However, THIS. STUFF.  I have been skipping foundation and going for tinted moisturiser.  My skin has been bright and glowy and exuding loveliness.  BUY THIS.

2. NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base.

Oh, you. Where have you been all my life?! As a staunch opponent of the Urban Decay Primer Potion movement because I hate the way it feels greasy (and people keep telling me I'm using it wrong and that's why I hate it - NO. I actually just hate it), I have been waiting for a little excuse to purchase this baby.  And then I finally did, and there was much rejoicing.  It locks down my eyeshadow all day, stops it creasing and fading and doesn't feel oily on my eyelids. Marvellous.

3. Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Nymph.

This is that kind of healthy vitamin advert girl blush, the type which features just the prettiest, healthiest, glowiest looking girl ever with sweetly flushed cheeks and that kind of serene getting-my-vitamin-c smile.  I'd never tried a matte Illamasqua blush before this one - the first Illamasqua blush I ever owned was Morale which was, funnily enough, one of their first ever shimmer blushes.  Nymph is this gorgeous fresh warm-toned candy pink and you only need the tiniest bit.  It's so beautiful for Spring and goes all day and then some.

4. YSL Glossy Stain (Vernis à Levres) in 5, Rouge Vintage.

Be still, my beating heart.  Even though this applies a bit patchily on me (and I am only now getting the knack), I just adore the sweet muted raspberry red of Rouge Vintage (left).  It's a beautiful glossy shine which wears brilliantly and looks beautiful throughout the day.  It might be a little bright for some, but this is firmly my 'daytime' red.

5. Louise Young LY24B Eyeliner Brush.*

This is just the tiniest eyeliner brush I have ever seen.  No other eyeliner brush compares to those made by Louise Young, and this is the latest brush, following on from both the bigger sisters of the LY24 (my first love!) and the LY24A (the one I cheated on my first love with).  It's teeny tiny and works so so amazingly for detail and precision, and the quality is, as always, superb.  I think I might even like this more than the LY24A, I just can't help it, I'm a fickle lady.




What's your best new 'discovery' recently?


* PR sample.


49 comments:

  1. Really need to try out the Alpha-H liquid Gold!
    xx
    lilacdreams15.blogspot.com

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  2. Hourglass edition lipstick
    Shu 5R brush (awesome for undereye concealer)
    LMdB cebu lip creme

    [inserting generic blog name for desperate promotion]

    :D

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    1. You always talk about products I've never even heard of! You're the queen of niche, expensive brands :)

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  3. Good choice of products! Am totally obsessed with Liquid Gold and Glossy Stains, did you check out Fusion Dore? Your kind of colour I think x

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    1. I haven't! I nearly bought that colour though, maybe I will yet! ;) x

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  4. I've wanted to try Liquid Gold for a while now, but my cheeks typically don't deal too well with acid, so I think I'm going to wait. I'm a loyal fan of UDPP. It does what an eye primer is supposed to do for me. However, I've heard so many marvelous things about NARS smudgeproof! I'm not a fan of the packaging, but I MIGHT have to give it a try somewhere down the road :) Thanks for sharing Camille!

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    1. Oh dear! Maybe you could avoid your cheeks and just concentrate on the other areas of your face? Haha, I'm the opposite - I love the packaging of NARS Smudgeproof! Although the doe-foot is a bit odd, I'd rather have a squeezy tube :)

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  5. I've been wanting to purchase UDPP. Now you're making me lean towards the NARs one! xx

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    1. I think you might like UDPP as it's the generally well-liked popular product! I just didn't get on with it myself! xx

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  6. OO..I liked this post.

    My discoveries have been NARS Isolde Duo, Wet n Wild liquid liner in coffee (I am sad..I love it and they discontinued it! I bought it on clearance sale), Sonia Kasuk blush in Flushed, CLinique Superbalanced Foundation (it's the only one that I have found that does not crease under my eyes!).

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    1. I haven't tried any of these things! I'd better up my game ;)

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  7. ELF HD Powder, amazing stuff and makes your skin look better!

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    1. I hear a lot of people love that one!

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  8. HMMMMMMMPHHHH.... "smugly-generally-good-skin" :D :D :D :D Lucky you! Am firmly on the other side of the fence..with the skin and the UDDP too :D Should try the NARS version..just cos I am curious to see what it's all about!

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    1. Hahaha, I know, I know. But I have short legs, flat feet and whenever I go in the sun I get an allergic reaction ;)

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  9. Alpha-H liquid Gold sounds like the SHIZ, I think my skin *needs* this x

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    1. I have a feeling you would LOVE it! x

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  10. Definitely with you on the NARS Smudgeproof, I adore it (and also hate Urban Decay Primer ). The Liquid Gold is very high up on my 'must buy' list too!

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    1. Oh I hope you love it! I put it off for the longest time as I hate splurging on skin care but it was worth it :)

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  11. I just recently discovered the Nars Pure Matte lipsticks, Mascate is the most fabulous shade ever.

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    1. Yes it is! One of the only reds I'll ever need :)

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  12. How do you avoid the patchiness with the glossy stains? For me they can be a bit hit and miss, most days its gorgeous but some days it just wont apply evenly.

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    1. The thing I've found is you can't apply them thinly, as that's where I get patchiness, where the thin layer starts to drag and go patchy while you move the product around. So, apply one, thick layer, and don't move the product around after that. Don't rub your lips together, lick them or anything, and wait for around 5 minutes.

      That's basically the only help I can give you, I find the application of these very tricky!

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  13. I love the alpha h liquid gold so much that the bottle is nearly empty. I'm definitely rebuying this! My recent beauty discovery must be the MAC face and body foundation, it's amazing!!

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    1. It's wonderful stuff - I use it very sparingly and I think it'll last me forever! Can't believe it took me this long to buy that damn Alpha-H!

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  14. I just posted a review on the YSL lip stain. It's great to see your take on the product. I always feel like I'm learning.

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  15. My most important discovery this month was probably my bank balance.. so looking at your lovely new things to get a vicarious thrill! I think I want every single one of those items.. :/

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    1. Haha oh dear! Oh well, hopefully it won't be such a bad shock next month! x

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  16. So much enabling with the Liquid Gold... my favourite new item is my Lancome Rouge in Love lipstick in 159B. Its the most divine corally-red colour, I just adore it. I must admit though it does feather on me, so although there are some other really nice colours in the range I might pass since I feel a £21 lipstick shouldn't feather really...

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    1. haha, I apologise! It's been all over my blog and channel recently! Such a shame it feathers on you, I totally agree. But then, Chanel Dragon feathers on me and gives me hooker lips. Not good at all!

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  17. Your blog is ze best. I need to try more NARS!

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    1. oh thank you! Such a sweet comment :)

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  18. NARS Smudgeproof is next on my list of primers to try. I am finishing up a bottle of UDPP, which I really dislike & a tube of TFSI, which is okay. But I'm looking for a primer that will wow me! Adding Alpha H to my skincare to check out list. I had not heard of it before reading abt it on this post so I don't know if I can even get it here!

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    1. Oh I hope you like it after having to use up the UDPP! And hope you enjoy the Alpha-H too, it's great stuff :)

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  19. The Llamasqua blush looks stunning :) xo

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  20. I have the YSL glossy lipstain in #8 and I love how it looks on me, i want to get more colors but the price ...ouch!
    Daisyv316

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    1. I know! I think I'm just gonna stick to lip stains right now, I'm still not sold on the YSL texture!

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  21. I have just ordered some alpha-h liquid gold. Strangely it was cheaper from a UK site than an Australian site.

    I love the look of those stains too! Right up my alley.

    Check out my blog if you have some time

    http://kitschsnitch.blogspot.com.au/

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  23. HAHA I "actually just hate" the UD Primer Potion too...I discovered the Nars primer a couple of months ago and it is just amazing. Nars in general has been burning a hole in my wallet recently.

    New follower...just came over here from watching your Youtube videos. Thanks for being hilarious.

    xo Courtney from StrawberreeSwing.com

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    1. YAY! I feel like I'm JUSTIFIED in saying that I hate it! Thank YOU for coming over here, and for commenting :)

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  24. I love the Louise Young brushes, they're just so darn brilliant. The eyeliner brushes are absolute sheer perfection!

    I just want to say your blog was recommended to me and I cannot. stop. reading. Love your writing style!

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  25. How do you find the LY brushes compare to the MAC 210?

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