With Santa having paid a visit and myself having been through the airport duty-free one too many times during my trip to and from the UK for Christmas, I’ve inevitably collected a few new beauty products over the festive season. And as they are quite a bit cheaper back home than over here in Oz, it would have been rude not to take the opportunity – right?
Tom Ford Lip Color in Frolic
Let’s kick off with this sexy little thing. The lipstick of all lipsticks, Tom Ford Lip Color is thick, creamy, and downright indulgent, clad in a chic and heavy black enamel case. It ain’t cheap so I’d only ever really have this as a special Christmas or birthday present, but since Santa has just been (and I have, of course, been a good girl all year) I was very lucky to receive one. I had a Tom Ford lipstick once before a couple of years back and, while the formula was indeed incredible, I went for a bright coral colour which was very heavily pigmented, meaning I only ever really wore it when I was going out somewhere special – and even then I felt a bit like ‘WOAH, I HAVE LIPSTICK ON, PEOPLE!!!’ (girls will know exactly what I mean when I say that).
However, ‘Frolic’, a pretty peachy pink, is very wearable for every day, offering a dash of colour without being too in-your-face. (You’ll have to excuse my dried-up old lady hands – I have, in my defence, been in minus degree temperatures in the UK).
MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Go For Girlie
When I popped to Bicester Village last week I knew a trip to the Cosmetics Company Store was in order. Last year I found a MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in there which has been my go-to shade every day since I bought it. With a moisturising formula, a pencil format for easy application and just enough pigment, it’s a great, wearable, everyday product. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to find exactly the same shade but I did find this pretty coral colour called Go For Girlie, which I really like.
This one offers a bit more of a colour pop than the more grown-up Tom Ford shade, which I think will be great for the Aussie summer.
Laura Mercier Smoke & Mirrors Set
This Laura Mercier set, which includes an Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara and a Kajal D’Orient Eyeliner, was a surprise Christmas gift that I was really pleased with. I’ve never tried any Laura Mercier products before and I was pleasantly surprised by these. You can get a great smoky-eye effect with the thick and waxy eyeliner crayon which is easy to use and blendable, and the mascara is thick and packed with pigment for a dramatic lash look. I’d definitely try more of Laura Mercier off the back of these products.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
You may remember I mentioned wanting to try a Smashbox primer a while back, so when I spotted this miniature-sized Photo Finish Foundation Primer at Heathrow Airport, I had to snap it up. Smashbox primers are a bit of a cult product and, having given this the test, I can see why – the finish of my foundation with this underneath was really enhanced.
Sleek Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals
I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything by Sleek before but when I was queuing up in Boots with a few essentials this Highlighting Palette – which was strategically situated near the till (damn, they get me every time) – really caught my eye. The champagne-toned colours looked gorgeous in the pan so, for under a tenner, I thought I’d give it a go.
I’m sad to say I was a bit disappointed by this product, but this could be down to personal preference. I like my highlighters to give a subtle sheen that blends naturally into my base rather than just adding a lot of surface glitter, and this one is a bit of a glitter-fest unfortunately. But, if you don’t mind the sparkly look, this one is probably a great buy for the money.
Benefit Brow Zings
Strictly speaking, I’ve been reaping the Benefits (geddit) of Brow Zings since my birthday in October, but since I haven’t featured it yet – and it’s available in the UK – I thought I’d squeak it into this edit. For those not familiar, Benefit’s Brow Zings palette features a powder to fill in brows, a wax to fix, an angled brush for application and tweezers to knock out any strays. Quite simply, Brow Zings: WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? I love this product – the little brush is perfectly angled for creating a great shape while the powder is just the right tone for filling in sparse brows without looking fake.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Next up is an old favourite, Liz Earle’s iconic Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. For those that haven’t tried this lovely product before, you simply massage the creamy cleanser into your face before removing it with a muslin cloth soaked in warm water for clean and exfoliated skin. I used this a couple of years back and don’t really know why I stopped now – probably because I’m a bit of a flirt when it comes to skincare and I like to try out lots of different things. This version has a slightly different twist on the original formulation as it has a rose and lavender scent which, by the by, I’m not overly keen on, so I think I’d revert back next time.
Jo Malone Bath Oil in Pomegranate Noir
And last but not least – BATH TIME! Man, I love having a bath. Having a shower with all that water hammering on your head just isn’t relaxing in my book, and there’s nothing better than locking yourself away at the end of a stressful day in hot, fragrant waters. I’ve been taking my self-indulgent soaking sessions to new levels lately with an essential oil burner in my bathroom, so when I found this super cute little Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir bath oil in the Cosmetics Company Store in Bicester Village while I was visiting for just £12 – which you can add directly to the water – I couldn’t resist.