I can't believe how busy it's been recently and that I haven't done a favourites post since May! The reason I like doing these kind of posts is because my favourites change all of the time. Between the PR samples that are sent to me and my regular visits to Sephora (which average on 3-4 times a month. Okay. Maybe 5-6...), I'm always trying out new products and experimenting with different techniques. Here are 5 luxe items that I'm currently loving and I think you might love too.
BECCA x JACLYN HILL CHAMPAGNE POP FACE PALETTE
When YouTuber/makeup artist Jaclyn Hill released her limited edition Champage Pop highlighter in collab with Becca Cosmetics last year, I was one of those people who fell for the hype. Half a year later it's still my favourite highlight, so naturally I was excited when she extended her collaboration and released the Face Palette, with 3 blush shades and 2 highlights, including the original Champagne Pop.
Not only is the packaging the gorgeous, but the colours are beautiful and look natural on my kmedium olive skin. The powder formulas are buildable and the longevity is amazing! I always use a face primer to help my makeup stay on longer, but it's been a hot, sweaty AF summer and if this blush is still on at the end of a long day, then it's good!
TIP: HOW TO KEEP YOUR MAKEUP FROM FADING
Use a face primer after you moisturize and before applying your makeup. I've been loving Dermalogica's Face HydraBlur face primer. I have about 10 face primers in my collection and this one works miracles in keeping my makeup on all day. I put it to the test during a 2 hour photo shoot in the sun and aside from some shine, my makeup was still on. I'm working on an extensive primer story for you guys as we speak so stay tuned!
Sadly the JHxB Face Palette is sold out on Sephora online, but you might be able to still find it in store. I frequent Mapleview Mall in Burlington, more than I like to admit, and I saw a few there last week. If you missed out on the palette, fret not. JHxB have just released blush/highlight duo's that are just as beautiful!
CHARLOTTE TILBURY HOT LIPS LIPSTICK
This post is all my luxe favourites and can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful and luxe these new CT lipsticks are?
Packaging aside, I have been loving Hot Lips so much I carry them everywhere I go. The formula is velvety matte and wears comfortably on the lips. For longevity, you will need a need to set these with a nude lip liner, otherwise they'll fade. I've been using Pillow Talk, also from CT, because it doesn't alter the colour from the tube.
The shades I've been loving are: Miranda May, a coral pink, created for the beautiful Miranda Kerr AND Secret Selma, a deep rose-plum, created for actress Salma Hayek.
You guys know I'm lipstick obsessed and i just love these! I have my eyes on a few more shades so I might do a full review and wear-test at some point!
HERBIVORE BRIGHTEN PINEAPPLE ENZYME + GEMSTONE ISNTANT GLOW MASK
At almost $60 a jar, I've been apprehensive about buying this mask but I'm so glad I did. I slathered before going to bed one night and let it work its magic for 20 mins before rinsing it away. The results, smoother, brighter, clearer skin that made me giddy with joy!
HOW IT WORKS
Brazilian Tourmaline: a micronized gemstone powder that naturally brightens complexion.
Pineapple Enzyme: A natural alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) to gently exfoliate and rid of dead cells.
Rice Powder: Brightening and skin smoothing, used in Japan for centuries.
MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN PARIS
I've often heard about layering scents but I've never tried it until I got these MFK fragrances. Both of the ones I have are refreshing, refined and smell luxurious. I tried a few of the MFK scents when I was at Saks one day but these two are my faves and like I said, they layer beautifully together but they're excellent on their own.
It's sparkling floral accord is heightened by a touch of sandalwood and a sumptuous jasmine absolute. It releases a generous freshness, with bergamot from Calabria, Sicilian lemon, lily of the valley, syringa in a swirl of light and musky woods
À la rose
A rosy duo in one fragrance: two hundred and fifty Centifolia roses from Grasse (May Rose) in the form of an absolute produce a very floral base note with sweet honeyed and carnal accents. One hundred and fifty Damascena roses from Bulgaria in the form of an essential oil create a top note with a playful blend of pear and lychee.
À la rose has the crisp tenderness of rose petals, a whimsical free-spirited style and an elegance that radiates femininity.
HERMES TWILLY SCARF
Last summer I was all about tying bandanas around my neck, wrist and hair. I'm doing it again this year but I wanted something for refined and less bulky than a cotton bandana. Enter, the Hermès twilly. Michael, @globalgarcon, and I bought our together and we haven't stopped wearing them since. My favourite way to wear it - around my wrist for a touch of colour.
*Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips and Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances were provided as gifts. All other items were purchased by me. All opinions and photos are my own.