We’ve reached that stage of the year when I suddenly become obsessed with beauty products, and want to buy ALL THE THINGS. This always seems to happen in the summer – I’m not sure if it’s just the extra daylight making me feel, well, uglier, basically, or if it’s just because I know I’m soon going to be within shopping distance of Sephora again*, but the first sign of it is usually a decision to stop buying clothes, food and everything else I usually spend my money on, and just spend every last penny on makeup instead. I don’t actually DO that, I hasten to add, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about it. A lot.
Anyway! As it happens, I WILL be within a mile or so of a Sephora later this year, so here are just a few of the things I’m thinking of buying from it. Or from UK shops, depending on how long I can force myself to wait…
FOR THE SKIN – MURAD INVISIBLUR PERFECTING SHIELD, $65
I literally just found out about this product (via Hayley, Queen of All Things Beauty), and it went right to the top of my Wish List, because not only does it claim to “blur” out imperfections in the skin, it also has SPF 30, which sounds good to me. (Not as good as SPF 50 would sound, obviously, but still, not too shabby.) This is one of those all-in-one primer / sunscreen / anti-ageing products, but I’m most interested in what Hayley described as the “velvety” application, which allows it to be applied over make-up, without ruining it.
I like the idea of this because I already have a good facial sunscreen (Yeah, I know I said it was runny, but it does work, so you better believe I’ll be using every last drop of that stuff), but I’m also in the market for a second one, to use for top-ups throughout the day. Let’s face it, putting liquid sunscreen OVER my foundation isn’t going to end well, and I don’t know anyone who has the time to completely remove and re-apply their makeup several times a day, so I’m liking the sound of something that can go on over foundation. I’m also liking the sound of something that can “blur out imperfections”, because, well, WHO WOULDN’T?
(Another contender for this role is the Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral powder sunscreen. I mean, I really want them BOTH, obviously. This is ALREADY getting super-expensive, and we’re only on the first item. I feel like sunscreen should be free if you have super-pale skin. Who do I speak to about that?)
FOR THE LASHES – TOO FACED BETTER THAN FALSE LASHES EXTREME, $35
I’ve been using the original version of this for a couple of years now. It’s crazy expensive for mascara, but it’s honestly worth every penny as far as I’m concerned, so when I realised they’d brought out a version with the word “EXTREME” tacked onto the end, I instantly wanted it. (This is a REALLY easy way to get me to buy a mascara or lip plumper, by the way – just add the word “EXTREME” to the name, and why, here is my credit card!) I’m really hoping that the extra word in the already-lengthy name isn’t the only difference here, but I’m prepared for the fact that it probably will be. It’s OK, I’m used to this kind of disappointment…
FOR THE FACE – HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING POWDER in ETHEREAL LIGHT, $38
I don’t normally get along with powder – it almost always makes my skin look “cakey”, which isn’t one of my life goals, if I’m honest. I want this powder SO BAD, though, people: SO, SO BAD. It claims to make your skin look like it’s been “lit from within”. That actually sounds vaguely scary to me, and yet STILL I want it. This is also crazy expensive, though, so I’m going to force myself to wait until I can actually try it out in person first. If I CAN, I mean.
FOR THE BROWS – RAPIDBROW EYEBROW ENHANCING SERUM, £36
So, I’ve finally accepted that the bald spots in my eyebrows (caused by years and years of over-plucking: if my fairy godmother ever appears and grants me three wishes, I swear to God, one of them will be to go back in time and steal my younger self’s tweezer collection…) aren’t going to just miraculously grow back, so I think it’s time I bit the bullet and got myself one of these. I’ve been resisting this purchase for years now, because my eyebrows are that most awful combination of “bushy-with-bald-spots”, and they grow like wildfire, so the point where I have to tweeze the area between them every day, or I’ll have a unibrow by the end of the week, not even joking. It seems totally counter-intuitive to use something that will make them grow even MORE, but this was recommended by the girl who did my HD Brows treatment a few months ago, so I think I should probably take her advice.
FOR THE LIPS – NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL IN DRAGON GIRL, £18
I know, I know… I need another red lipstick like I need another stripe midi skirt but, well, the skirt arrived today (OOPS), so… This is apparently Taylor Swift’s favourite red lipstick, and if you need me to even finish this sentence by explaining why that’s even a factor for me, then you obviously don’t know me AT ALL.
So! What’s on YOUR beauty wish list?
(* I know Sephora ships to the UK, by the way, but expensive shipping, minimum order value, customs fees, product exclusions which seem to apply only to the items I want to buy… Also, there’s just nothing quite like walking under that black-and-white sign and getting to spend the next 7 hours happily swatching everything on your hand, and repeatedly telling the staff that no, you don’t need any help, you just want to try EVERYTHING, thanks. God, I can’t wait to get back into a Sephora…)