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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

My pick of the best high-end products

I don't know about you but as girl I absolutely love to treat myself to new makeup every now and then. There's no feeling quite like using a new lipstick for the first time, or any other makeup product for that matter. Now, how can I say this without sounding snobby?... I'll just say it anyway, I prefer to treat myself to high-end products that are a little on the pricy side. That's not because of the fancy name or anything but I do find that high-end products work best for me (certain drugstore products can be just as good may I just add) but if you're going to treat yourself you might as well go all out, right girls? If like me you want to splash the cash on a bit of fancy makeup then here's some of the products I've picked out especially for you... 

Naked 2 palette | Urban Decay | £37.00
First up is possibly my favourite product out of my whole makeup collection, the naked 2 palette- that's a bold claim coming from the girl who owns near enough the whole of boots. I'm a huge fan for the following reasons: the wide range of shades, all of the eyeshadows are super pigmented and unlike other eyeshadows I've tried in the past these actually stay put all day. The price tag is a little off putting but I think it's worth the money, they're such good quality! 

Photo finish primer | Smashbox | £25.00
I never really understood the importance of a primer until I tried this one. You only need to apply the smallest amount before your foundation and you're left with silky smooth gorgeous skin. My foundation has never looked so flawless and I've found that it really does help to keep shine at bay throughout the day as it isn't oily in the slightest. I would definitely recommend this primer! 

Strobe cream | MAC | £24.50 
As soon as I applied this for the first time I instantly fell in love. It makes my skin look so healthy and glowing, it really does give that 'lit from within' look. I'm not too sure on the smell but I can easily get past that as it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and vibrant so who cares about the smell?! I went a day without applying this to see if it actually does make a difference and I can tell you the difference was massive, my skin looked so dull and tired without it. 

'Soft and gentle' highlighter | MAC | £23.00
Following on from the 'healthy glow' theme the next product I'm a huge fan of is MAC's mineralize skinfinish 'soft and gentle'. This highlighter is brilliant for giving you those gorgeous shimmery cheekbones, especially if you contour your cheekbones with a matte bronzer and then apply this just above the bronzer. You'd expect this to look a bit on the glittery side but it gives a really natural effect as appose to looking like a glitter ball. Every girls needs to own soft and gentle! 

Prep + prime highlighter 'light boost' | MAC | £18.50
I've mentioned this highlighter so many times already on my blog but I thought I'd mention it again because it is honestly the best product I've ever used, it makes a huge difference to how my makeup looks and really does brighten up my whole face. You can go all out and go contour crazy or you can opt to apply a little to your under-eye area to get rid of those stubborn dark circles! Full review of this product, here.

*I decided not to write about the MAC lipsticks as I've included them in so many blogposts already, the lipstick photographed in picture 1 is Rebel and the lipstick in photo number 2 is Lickable. You can have a nosy at my MAC lipstick collection, here

I could have included so many more products in this post but it'd be the longest blogpost in history, do you have any high-end products you'd recommend? 

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