Sunday, 6 July 2014

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Luxury Make-up

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Luxury Make-up Beauty Review Estee Lauder NARS Jurlique Michael Kors Too Faced Daniel Sandler

When it comes to the summer I seem to treat myself to more and more luxury make-up products (I blame the brand new summer releases and the fact that there are so many different sales on at the moment). I definitely make most of my make-up purchases in the drugstore but I do love a good nose around the local department stores and Space NK is an obvious beauty blogger haven too. If you want to see what drugstore make-up products I've picked up this summer then be sure to check out my Summer Sun-days: Drugstore Make-up post (link here). 
I thought this would also be a great post to share with those who will be visiting duty free this summer. It's certainly always worth stopping by either on your way to your destination or on the way home as you can really get some great discounts and savings on luxury beauty products and make-up. When you take into consideration some of the VAT free prices on offer and special deals, it would be rude not to have a look. That's the way I operate anyway. Hehe.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Beauty Review

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara* £19

Now I've seen quite a few reviews of this mascara recently. I think it might have something to do with the fact that it was included in The British Beauty Blogger Dream beauty box. I can now completely understand why it was included in that beauty box and why so many bloggers have been raving about it.
Normally I'm all about the drugstore mascaras, my all time favourite being Maybelline's Colossal mascara. The only other mascara that I own, that I didn't buy from the drugstore, is Benefit's They're Real mascara which I do really love but I wouldn't rush out to buy another, especially when I can find great alternatives in the drugstore. Too Faced's Better Than Sex mascara, on the other hand, is a whole different story! 
I've never tried a mascara quite like this one before. It really is incredible and it's one of those products that you can completely justify spending the extra money on. Considering Benefit's offering is £19.50 and I didn't really bat an eyelid (see what I did there? Hehe) I wouldn't hesitate about repurchasing Too Faced's mascara at all. My lashes look lengthened and separated and it gives them the added volume that I always look for in a mascara. On top of that, the formula is a true black shade and doesn't clump or flake, even when I've been wearing it all day in this warm weather.

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo Beauty Review Packaging

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo* £25
When I think luxury make-up, the first brand that comes to mind has to be NARS. Any time I'm looking to treat myself to some high-end make-up it's the direction I always head in. I did just treat myself to the Matte Multiple in Anguilla last month, which I'll need to review very soon as I'm absolutely loving it.
This beautiful eye shadow duo is part of the Adult Swim collection, which is the collection for Summer 2014.

NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo Beauty Review Swatch

The two shades in this eyeshadow duo are described as a neon lemon lime and an icy lavender, which I think you can agree sounds as beautiful as they look here.
The eye shadows are extremely pigmented and incredibly soft. What I love about the formula of these is the fact that they are effortless to blend and there is no fall out when these are applied. 
Since this is part of the Adult Swim Summer 2014 collection, this particular eyeshadow duo is limited edition. So if these look like the kind of shades for you, then I'd make sure to pick this up whilst you still can. Do you have any recommendations on shades or duos to try out? I now feel the need to try out more of the NARS shadows after falling in love with the quality of this duo. 

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lip Gloss in Brazen Berry Shine Jurlique Rose Love Balm Beauty Review

Jurlique Rose Love Balm* £10
Some days in the summer, normally depending on the heat, I will go sans make-up. The only product I tend to make sure I apply on those days is a lip balm and I've had the pleasure of trying out the Rose Love Balm from Jurlique over the past couple of weeks.
I've really enjoyed trying this out, even though I'm not the biggest fan of lip glosses where I have to dip my finger into it to apply it. I think that's just me being a bit of a germaphobe though. This balm melts onto the lips despite it being quite a hard waxy texture in the tin. Again, like many good lip balms, it can also be used on other areas of the body. As the consistency of the balm is waxy, I have been applying a little to my cuticles, which feel like they might need a little extra TLC as the weather gets warmer. These are now much softer than they were a month or so ago. This is a nice treat for the summer due to the floral fragrance of the rose which is a nice change from some of the other lip balms that I tend to use in the winter.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lip Gloss in Brazen Berry Shine £18
Brazen Berry Shine has quickly become my go to lip gloss for the warmer weather. It's actually the best lip gloss I have ever tried. I'm aware that that sounds like quite a big claim and it is, especially when I think about the real variety of lip glosses that I have tried in the past. It's the kind of shade that will work equally well in the winter as it does in the summer, which is a real bonus.
This Pure Colour Lip Gloss smells absolutely incredible. It's highly pigmented yet it isn't overly sticky. I've yet to put this to the test in very windy weather (it's been unusually calm in Scotland recently, weather wise anyway) but I have a feeling this will cope pretty well in terms of not ending up a sticky mess. It also certainly lives up to it's name. The shine from this gloss is pretty unbelievable and it has a wonderfully fruity berry scent which I adore. I really can't fault this lip gloss at all! I know I'll definitely be picking up some more shades to try out very soon.

Daniel Sandler Grey Velvet Waterproof Eyeliner Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lip Gloss in Brazen Berry Shine Swatches Beauty Review

(From left to right: Daniel Sandler Grey Velvet Waterproof Eyeliner lightly and heavily swatched, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lip Gloss in Brazen Berry Shine swatched) 

Daniel Sandler Grey Velvet Waterproof Eyeliner* £9.25
When it comes to eye liner I very rarely stray away from the traditional black eye liners that make up the large majority of my collection. Saying that I do have a few teal and blue eye liner pencils that I keep meaning to start wearing more regularly but they do normally end up at the bottom of my make-up drawer, meaning I forget I even own them. 
Taking a step out of my comfort zone, the grey velvet shade from Daniel Sandler really is such a beautiful grey. In addition to this it's not too far off my trademark black eye liner which is great if that's what you're looking for. (I tried to show you in the swatch above that it can be built up to a dark grey shade very easily). It just gives a different look to my eye make-up routine and I think it works particularly well for someone with blue eyes, such as myself.
The pencil itself is very soft, which is the one thing I need my eye liner pencils to be. I really hate it when you buy an eye liner pencil, normally a cheap one, only for it to feel scratchy on the eyelid. This just glides onto the skin. Very impressive and not too expensive considering it's more of a luxury make-up brand than what you would find in the drugstore.

Michael Kors Bronze Powder in Glow Beauty Review Packaging

Michael Kors Bronze Powder in Glow* £34
This product genuinely has the most exquisite packaging of any product I have ever had the pleasure of owning. I did try my best to photograph this bronze powder closed but as the exterior of this the same gold mirrored effect that you can see slightly above, I found it quite difficult to get a good shot where you couldn't see me and my camera ruining the shot. Am I the only one who struggles to take photographs of mirrored products?
This really is the kind of beauty purchase that is a real treat. I would certainly say that this shade would work for a multitude of skin tones as it's got a beautiful rosy undertone to it. It blends easily and has quite the subtle scent to it as well, which I've been reliably informed smells just like the Michael Kors fragrances. This is perfect for creating that bronzed beach goddess look and I now can't wait to treat myself to some more of the Michael Kors beauty line when I'm in the US later this year. I already have my eye on some of the lip and nail lacquers. Hurry up holiday!!

So what luxury or slightly pricey beauty products do you like to treat yourself to, especially in the summer months? Have you tried any of the products featured in today's Summer Sun-days post? If so, what do you think of them?
Do you prefer to spend that little bit extra on make-up or are you happy to scour the drugstore for great dupes and alternatives to the high-end make-up must-haves? 

Next week's Summer Sun-days post will be the last in the series and to celebrate I have something very exciting to share with you! Let's just say, it's the perfect way to celebrate the end of the Summer Sun-days series and hopefully the start of the proper summertime. I will also be recapping the series, which has been my very first beauty blog series over on Ellis Tuesday, so be sure to have a little look at that if you want to catch up on the rest of the Summer Sun-days series.


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