I’ve loved ALOT of products this month so thought I’d write a review of my top five. From makeup palettes to setting sprays and hydrating balms, the beauty gods have answered quite a few of my prayers…Read on to find out what made the list.
I love, love, love Tropic’s new colour palette and have used it every day since I received it. It was created by Tropic’s founder Susie Ma in order to streamline a daily routine while reducing waste with its 100% aluminium refill pans. The palette can take up to seven different products, and it’s totally up to you which shades you try – there are 50 products available and 734 combinations which is pretty impressive right? My palette has a highlighter, two eye shadows, a cream blush and a gorgeous bronzer. Next season, I can either replace the products I already have or update them with something new. Choose from a large, medium or small pan and fill with concealers, cream blush, pressed blush, bronzer, contour and highlighters. Prices start from £16 but you pay for each section of the palette separately.
I’ve been dying to try Alex Steinherr’s skincare range for Primark for a while and managed to pick up a few pieces earlier in the month. The Maximum Hydration On-The-Go can be applied as a serum or mixed in with moisturiser, or simply patted onto dry patches over makeup throughout the day. I’ve been carrying it around in my handbag and reach for it late afternoon when I want to touch my makeup but need a little extra hydration. The only downside is that the tube is very small, so I doubt it will last all that long. It’s a bargain though at £4. The Plump & Glow, Facial in A Stick is also lovely and perfect for flights and travelling. Add water to use it as a makeup remover or leave on to hydrate and plump the skin. Also £4. The range is cruelty free too. It doesn’t seem to be available to buy online, so you’ll need to head to the highstreet to try the range.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the release of Nars’ Limited Edition Orgasm range and, like most other beauty addicts, I was pretty keen to get my hands on the Endless Orgasm Palette. It comes with six lightweight, blendable satin-cream pigments for eyes, cheeks, and lips, from pearlescent gold to iridescent pink, and creates a really natural dewy look. The complementing liquid highlighter – also limited edition – can be applied to the cheeks, eyes or anywhere you want to add shine. I find that if I apply directly to my cheeks it just seems to disappear (as it has a very watery texture), so I’ve been adding a drop to my foundation for a subtle all-over shimmer instead. The palette is £46, and the liquid highlighter is £25.
When I saw this Rose-Bronze Glitter-y Eye Quad on the Pixi by Petra stand in M&S last week, I practically pushed a lady out of the way to grab the last one. The pigments are so rich, and the texture is so sparkly and ooh, just too good to resist. So far, I’ve tried the top left pink shade and it went on really nicely and lasted all night long. The only downside is that it did irritate my eyes a little so be warned if your peepers are pretty sensitive. Great for parties, festivals or just going out for Taiwanese food (where I debuted mine) it’s a lovely palette to add to your collection and gorgeous for summer. Looking at it just makes me happy.
(Also, top beauty tip – the Marks & Spencer beauty section is fantastic. Stop by next time you’re in store and shop everything from Ren, to Pixi, to Stila, Emma Hardie and Rodial).
So my Beauty Pie obsession continues and this month I tried its new Fresh Glow Breathable Setting Spray after being lured in by an Instagram ad. It’s designed to be applied post-powder and blush and transforms a ‘made-up face’ into one that’s naturally glowing and beautifully blended. It smells amazing, doesn’t leave the skin feeling too damp and keeps makeup in place on warmer days. Beauty Pie members can snap it up for £5.27 and it’s £15 if not.