Last month, I made one of those big changes that is extremely significant in the life of a 30-something woman.
I changed my foundation.
While I do like to switch out my foundation for something with a little fuller coverage in the winter months, I’ve typically done that by swapping between Urban Decay foundations. But I’d heard great things about the Kat Von D ‘lock-it’ foundation (£27, Debenhams), after getting introduced to it at the St Enoch Centre’s blogger event over the summer, so just before heading off on hols I popped into Debenhams to see how it would look in person.
With a range of shades so wide that even those of us with pale skin have options, this buildable, full-coverage foundation (it even covers tattoos!) goes on beautifully and, provided you prime and set it properly, looks just as good at the end of the day. I use a single pump and find that it still feels pretty weightless on, although I don’t intend to put that to the test when the warmer weather returns.
I actually visited the Kat Von D counter almost immediately after my latest adventure in hair restyling (a good six inches shorter, with dramatic undercurrents of pink, blue and purple) so it was with very little urging that I also picked up one of the new Glimmer Veil everlasting liquid lipsticks (£20, Debenhams) – in shade Razzle, perfectly matching my hair. There was a Debehenhams Beauty Club points offer on for multiple purchases after all, so passing it up would simply have been bad economics.
At £20 for just 5ml of product, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a bit of a bum deal – but I can hand on heart say that the Glimmer Veil is one of my all-time favourite products. It applies beautifully, dries quickly without leaving so much as a smudge, and feels like wearing a lip stain with a long-lasting glitter topcoat. Sure, the sparkle won’t survive your lunch break – but the colour definitely will. I get so many compliments whenever I wear this, and I’m definitely going back to pick up the Dazzle reddy-orange shade, meaning about 90% of my usual lip colour choices will be covered IN GLITTER.
It does mean that, by the time I finally got around to ordering one of the metallic Lime Crime Velvetines (Urban Outfitters, £11.20) I’d been coveting for months, I had already practically moved on – so it’s a good job that the coffee-coloured shimmer shade I ordered will be perfect for Christmas party season. As a liquid lipstick, I find the Velvetines quite drying so they’re not usually a favourite – but the metallic shades are just gorgeous, and the one I ordered in particular (Vibe) smells like Baileys.
Also bringing some much-needed sparkle to my dreary November is the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter (£26, Harvey Nichols) in Trophy Wife. This was a bit of an impulse purchase for me: Rihanna’s beauty line is, as you probably know, exclusive to Harvey Nichols in the UK, and since my nearest store is in Edinburgh I’ve been trying to resist the hype. But with some time to kill in Manchester with the local bestie a couple of weeks ago, and the queue into Cathedral Gardens proving too difficult to resist, well…
Besides, Fafa totally made me do it.
Now, for a blush over highlighter kinda gal, I get why the bright golden shade of this beauty might look a little bit much – but with a little going a long way, from the subtlest of shimmers to a party season flash on the cheekbone, I can’t get enough of this product. I’ve always been drawn to a bit of golden shimmer on the browbone when I’m putting some effort into my eye makeup, so I can see myself getting the wear out of this for a long time to come.
I’m not really one for eyebrow makeup, as you know, but Benefit’s new Foolproof Brow Powder* (£20, Benefit) is so easy to use that I’m trying to get at least some use out of it before my sister comes back for the holidays and nicks it – it’s right up her street. Presented in a cute little brow-shaped compact, with a light-to-dark formulation that is supposed to mimic the look of natural brows, this product can be used to easily fill in sparse areas – and the sponge applicator is way easier to use than the finicky brushes that I’ve seen bundled with similar products.
Another discovery on my Manchester trip was Juliette Has a Gun, a suave, stylish line of fragrances created by Romano Ricci, great-grandson of Nina. I fell hard for the scents, the packaging and the ethos – but not so much the pricing which, at £100 for a bottle of my favoured Lady Vengeance, came as a bit of a shock to somebody who thought graduating to Marc Jacobs had been a classy move.
So I was pretty chuffed to discover, when in Canada, that Sephora (as well as Juliette Has A Gun’s own website) sells 7.5ml sprays – ideal for travelling, and perfect for trying out a new fragrance. Since they could only give me a sample size Lady Vengeance I opted for new fragrance Sunny Side Up instead. With its notes of sandalwood and musk, I wouldn’t have expected this scent to appeal to my sugary, girly sensibilities – but I’m absolutely hooked on the way it settles on my skin, fading throughout the day into a soft yet robust, uplifting scent. Guess my tastes are far more expensive than I thought.
And finally, yes, I too got caught up in the Glossier hype (to be fair, Andrew only had to mention “birthday cake balm” before I was certain to place an order…). I’m yet to try the priming moisturiser I ordered to hit that free delivery threshold since I’m waiting until my current day moisturiser is done, but YES, Birthday Balm Dotcom (£10, Glossier), with your excellent scent and subtle shimmer, I’ll be ordering you again. Use my referral link if you fancy 10% off your first Glossier order, and let me know what you think.
Have you tried any of these products? What are your current beauty favourites?