Monday, 8 February 2016

If I could only try 7 brands in 2016 // Beauty

Seeing as I don't have as much makeup in my stash as one would think, I thought it was the perfect time to lavish and give some attention to a few products I have had my eyes on for a while. I was actually tempted to do a 'Wishlist' type of post on every product I want to try in 2016, when I realized that it would have ended up being far too long, and no one would actually read it til the end. We all know how much I like to babble.

If you asked me if the ones I'm about to mention are the only ones I want to try, I would immediately tell you that no, they aren't. But as it is, there are quite specific products that I want to try from very specific brands. I was surprised by how one of everything this is.

I thought to myself - "If I could only really try 7 brands this year, which ones would I pick?". It was actually harder to pick than I thought.

Individually, these are items I've read on quite alot, and know for certain they'll allow me to step out of my comfort zone. It's also a perfect excuse for me to pamper myself - and I know you're probably going "What? You haven't tried this brand yet? What kind of beauty blogger are you?". Don't worry, the itch to try new products is here and I'm very much getting better at discovering new brands and trying out new looks.

Also - I think they'd look perfectly on my very tiny (but lovely) makeup collection.

// TARTE // 

I've always wanted to own a Tarte cosmetic, and I've been itching to get my hands on a few of their products for a while now. Not having had the chance to do it yet, I'm not worried, because I know exactly what I'm going to buy when given the chance.

Applying makeup with the correct tools is just as important as the makeup itself - I'd love to try the Tarte Powder Brush (£26) as well as either the Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder (£24) or the Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation Powder (£25)- one to use with the other, because why not?

The Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush (£21) has also been one of their most talked about products, well, simply everywhere. Having read everywhere how pigmented these are - and having seen the packaging (they match the colour of the blush itself, like, how?), they already have me at the palm of their hands without having to do much work.

Then, let's not forget the Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara (£17) - I'm completely sold, and I don't even know how this happened.


How I've not yet tried anything by Charlotte Tilbury is beyond me. It's no secret that Charlotte Tilbury knows what she's doing. It feels like anywhere in the blogging world, there's always someone with a CT product in their daily routine.

There are several products of them I'd like to try, such as the Light Wonder Foundation SPF 15 (£32), having read over and over again that this brings a special glow to your face and looks natural throughout the whole day, as opposed to having to retouch every few hours. I'd also have to say that I'd absolutely love to try the Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette (£49), a palette that will allow me to get more of a natural definition on my face. And last but not least, The Uptown Girl Luxury Eyeshadow Quad (£38).

Then of course, there's the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks (£23 each, £220 the whole box) , and I'm not certain if it's because they look absolutely delicious on the lips, or because of the rose gold plastic packaging. I mean, I don't think I can resist them. Plus, from all I've read - they seem to be very creamy and hydrating on the lips.


Can you blame bloggers for going absolutely crazy with this brand? I know alot of you have already probably tried products from Laura Mercier, but I couldn't just not mention it, when all I think about is trying anything and everything by her.

First on list would have to be the Secret Camouflage Concealer (£27.50). Second would must likely end up being the Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer (£34), which claims to smoothe our the skin and reduce the redness, while still hydrating it.

One of the latest beauty finds was the Foundation Primer (£29) - I've noticed that it's on alot of Holy Grail lists on beauty blogs. Alot of people claim it feels like silk on the skin, helps to make the foundation last longer, and helps cover some blemishes and redness. What else can I ask for on a primer? I cannot wait to get my hands on this. Seriously, I'm getting tingles just thinking about it. 

Let's also not forget the Flawless Contouring Palette (£35) - I feel like this palette was designed to work on all types of skin tones, enhacing the natural look of your cheekbones, rather than mask them or make you look like a major countouring fail. Its creamy texture makes me think that they're best applied with a brush, to make them more blendable than if you used your own hands.

// ORIGINS // 

I know this this a massive blogger favourite, and probably something everyone already incorporates onto their daily routine. After reading so much on their moisturizers, and masks, and serums, and basically, everything, I think it's safe to say I'm become slowly addicted to reading on it.

Without wanting to go into too much detail, there are quite a few products I wouldn't mind introducting to my daily routine. Among those products are the GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (£20) - I seriously need a massive eye treatment as I feel that I'm lacking in this department, so this is the one I'd go and will go to first when possible. The Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Face Serum (£62), the Origins Clear Improvement Mask (£23) and last but not certainly not least, the Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel (£15) - I am absolutely dying to get my hands on since I first read about it.

I'm usualy skeptical when it comes to skincare because I've honestly tried so many products over the years and most of them end up not working as well as I hope they do, but I want to try every product by Origins. I won't rest until I do.


As most of you may know, I don't have my eyebrow game on fleek. I usually wear (is that a term when it comes to eyebrows?) them pretty naturally, using the Gimme Brow by Benefit, and while I'm okay with that because that's how I feel most comfortable, I'd like to up my game. I'd like to be better and progress. And we all know that Anastasia Berverly Hills is the Queen of eyebrow makeup, do we not?

Obviously, the product on my to-buy list would have to be the Brow Wiz (£15.50) - the pencil that made waves and became one of the best selling products of all time. It was a changing twist in the makeup world, and I can't believe that I still haven't had the guts to buy it and try it out. I might scream 'Hellellujah' when I do. Then I might spend too much time in my room by myself just playing with it.

I mean, practice makes perfect, right?  

// NARS // 

As a blogger does, I was delving in the blogging world, when I came across a review of the Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19.50). I feel that this is quite a favourite amongst the makeup world - personally, I have quite oily eyelids and I've read that this is the perfect primer for people like me.

Just when I thought I'd have enough lipsticks and lipglosses, I come across the Matte Lip Pencils (£19), and for someone that loves red and pinks as much as I do, I feel that the shades Square and Cruella would be the perfect ones. The fact that their formula speaks out as very long lasting, despite the fact that they're quite matte, worked its way into my heart.

I don't know how long I can go without these in my bag. So they're available at hand whenever I please.

// ZOEVA // 

I basically want every brush available by Zoeva. I know there are quite alot of brushes brands, and I've always been indecisive and torn between Real Techniques and this one, and while I want both, the first that always comes to mind is Zoeva.

I know it's a thing for certain products to become quite popular, and when you buy them, it turns out that they're not exactly what you expected them to be, but the fact that they have reasonable pricing and a wide variety of brushes and brush shapes, has me at "Zoooo". Also, every review, such as Lauren's, is in favour of them.

If I had to buy any, I think I'd go for the Rose Golden Luxury Set (£59) and the Rose Golden Complete Eye Set (£59) for how pretty they are. Too cute not to.


Are there any new beands you're hoping to try this year? What would you recommend I add to my list? Would love to hear your guys's suggestions.

Ella x

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