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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

a little bit of luxury.

Sometimes spending a little extra on something is totally worth it. Very often there are affordable equivalents of my very favourite things, but there's an almost unexplainable something special about those that offer a little more of a luxury feel. I'm still working on establishing a capsule make up collection, for some reason although I rarely reach for some things I'm unable to part with them, but ultimately I would like to have a small selection of things I really love. And if those things are a little more expensive, I think that's okay.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector | £18
Easily my favourite lip products of all time, I currently have three shades and I'm seriously considering adding another to my collection even though they're quite sheer. They don't look all that different from one another on the lips and although I think that everyone who likes glosses should have one of these in their make up bag, I don't think you need every shade. Unless of course you're like me and want to!

Dior Gloss in Dormeuse* | £20.99
I've only had this gloss for a little while, but it's already up there as a favourite. Smooth, not sticky and surprisingly pigmented, it's so easy to wear either on its own or on top of a lipstick. The packaging is equally as lovely as the gloss itself, which for an expensive product is important. A little bit of luxury in my make up bag that brings with it the feel-good-factor. And feeling good is always a good thing.

Stila Convertible Colours | £16 each or £19.50 for the palette
These are my favourite cream blushes of all time. They're lightweight, easy to blend, the colours are lovely and they have a beautiful slightly dewy finish. Gerbera, a neutral peach, is my ultimate favourite shade but honestly they're all so pretty and wearable I wouldn't be able to decide on my next favourite. The single blush packaging is beautiful and although the tin & plastic insert on the palette is a little naff, it's still nice to have a choice of colours in one place.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer | £23.50
When I first started watching beauty videos all those years ago, this was one of the products that I heard being raved about all the time and I remember thinking that I would never be able to part with over £20 for a bronzer. I resisted for a really long time, but one day I caved and I'm so pleased I did. I've had this same box for a really long time, I've used it almost daily and it looks almost completely untouched. I have to be careful not to apply too much because it's wonderfully pigmented, but it helps to define my face and give a little bit of warmth too. 

NARS Douceur Blush | £21.50
The perfect neutral, douceur is one of those blushes that helps enormously in adding a little more definition to my moon face. It's a little sheer making it almost impossible for me to over-do it in the mornings, which is a big plus for me because I tend to be a little heavy handed. If I were really pushed and could only choose one blush to have, I think it would be this one. 

Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush | £30
It looks quite intense and bright in the pan, but a little of this dusted on the cheeks really does give the prettiest rosy glow. My first really-high-end make up product, it undoubtedly adds more than a little touch of luxury to my collection. The outer packaging is a shiny mirrored silver and it comes in its own little pouch to keep it from getting scratched. A gift from my boyfriend, this will always be extra special I think.

Are there any luxury make up products that you really love? 


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  1. The Stila palette and Dior blush are both stunning! Lovely post Jennie :)

    Michaela-Leigh xx

  2. The dior blush is so, so stunning I honestly can't get over the colour.


  3. Those creamy blushers sound dreamy! I tend to save my special pricey purchases for clothing/accessories!
    Tara xo

  4. The Stila palette would def be my pick of the bunch!


  5. I love lipgloss so I definitely need to try out the Clarins instant light natural lip perfecter!

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  6. the dior blush :) you're the one who made me cave and get this hehe. have not regretted it at all!

    rachel x

  7. I have douceur and a stila CC palette and love them both, so worth the money. I think a trick to spending less on luxury brands is to find palettes (more bang for your buck) !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  8. Dior make up looks so luxurious, especially that gorgeous blush!
    Megan x
    London Callings

  9. I can't believe I still haven't tried a Stila Convertible Colour given how much I love cream blush! And you're not helping in the whole wanting Nars Douceur thing :) haha, I just love the idea of the whole sculpting effect it supposedly makes. The idea of a capsule makeup collection is SO appealing but I think I'm just too much of a sucker for new makeup to have one. Although I suppose I do have quite a few products that I use religiously, hmm... Great post Jennie :) x

  10. I love that Nars blush, so natural! And I really need to get my hands on the Hoola bronzer!


  11. I love the shades of blush you've picked! The Stila convertible colours are really pretty too :) My favourite luxury product would have to be my Charlotte Tilbury palette - I really want to try more from the range but as it's so pricey I want to choose carefully xx


    1. I've been hearing such amazing things about the CT line, the packaging looks so stunning too! xx

  12. I always wanted to invest in a really good lipstick
    or lipgloss, but then I always spend the money on other
    things. :)
    The dior lipgloss has such a wonderful colour and packaging,


  13. Oh wow, pretty products! I totally get the 'extra' thing that luxury products have. Budget things are nice, but I will always love the higher end stuff just a little bit more. I am currently into lipsticks and I am looking at some Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet ones and the YSL collection for autumn. Please help me (and my wallet!) ;)

  14. I only have one foundation, one mascara, one eye-liner, etc so I can justify spending a lot on makeup because I know I'm going to get lots of wear out of it. Great selection. :)

  15. Such pretty things that Nars blush is next on my Nars wishlist :) x

    Catherines Loves

  16. I got lip perfecter as a sample about a year back and I'm still using it. Ruddy love the stuff I do.

  17. That Dior blush looks so gorgeous! I also really like the look of the Stila Convertible Colours palette. Great picks :) x

    Telina | Love, Telina

  18. I absolutely adore the Clarins lip glosses - I can totally see what you mean about the shades though, they're so similar that buying more than one shade seems so naughty ha.
    I find the difference in packaging between the Stila convertible colours quite odd, to be honest, but then the prices are pretty far apart xx

    francesca | on-thebias | fashion, beauty, lifestyle

  19. Whenever I walk past a Stila counter, I can't help but swatch one of the convertible colours! I just love the packaging and the texture of the blush looks like it would be so easily blendable and natural looking :)
    My favourite luxury products have to be Nars eyeshadows- the texture and pigmentation are just perfect!

    - Grace's Beauty Space xx

  20. Ugh so much goodness here. And I totally agree- sometimes the splurge is 100% worth it because the product will work so much better. i cant tell you how many times i tried buying super pigmented lipsticks at the drugstore, be disappointed with the color, and then just go buy a MAC one. Sigh. Youd think a girl would learn

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

    1. Haha at least it's fun to try new things! xx

  21. The Stila palette looks stunning, even if it is a bit flimsy! I love all of the shades included. xx

  22. My mother-in-law gave me a Clarins Lip Perfector but I have yet to try it out, sound like I will be digging it out very soon though! x

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Lifestyle Blog

  23. I love the individual stila blush! Is that the colour Gerbera that you mentioned?

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  24. I love the stila blushes. I have quite a few in my collection.

    I've started to be a bit more carefull with the makeup products I purchase. I too am trying to create a smaller collection of products I really love rather than having lots of X product 'just because'

    ​Leanne @ Leanne-Marie ​ x​​x

    1. It's so nice having a collection of really amazing things! xx

  25. It's nice to treat yourself! Even if they are a bit more expensive you just feel good everytime you use them haha.

  26. You make me want to try Hoola! Nice selction of products x

  27. I love Hoola! For some things, like skincare and everyday products (e.g foundation), I do prefer splashing out - and spend less on things I'll switch up, like blushers and eyeshadows! x

    1. Sounds like a good way to do things for sure! xx

  28. Sometimes there is just no comparison to the luxury items!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  29. I agree, sometimes it's nice to be frivolous and treat yourself to something extra special! My little luxuries are Chanel liosticks x

    Josie’s Journal

  30. I think I need that Stila palette in my life! Douceur looks so gorgeous, too.

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor

  31. Love this post! I tend to splash out on eyeshadow palettes and blush/bronzers!


  32. i do think some things are worth investing in! i have the hoola and a couple of the clarins lip perfectors and love them :) x


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