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Haul/First Impressions - New Beauty Stuff


Today I wanted to share with you some new products I've tried and my initial thoughts on them. Some products are brand new to the beauty world and some are just new to me. 

First is the newest release from Giorgio Armani, the Power Fabric Long Wear High Cover Foundation, and it's been popping up on different blogs and YouTube videos for the last couple weeks and with some many great reviews, I just had to pick it up. Of course it is a high end product, this cost me £36 but it retails for £40 on the Debenhams website. I also got a free gift with it which was a bunch of fragrance samples, a Urban Decay mini Liquid Eyeliner and a Bare Minerals Serum
As you would expect it is a full coverage foundation, so I was a little anxious to try it as full coverage often tends to be quite thick and cakey, but in actual fact it's very light and watery in texture and when blended in to the skin it looks beautiful. I initially use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply and blend and then go in with the Beauty Blender to melt it into my skin and it looks beautiful. I wore it all afternoon and it looked amazing the whole time. It doesn't cling to dry patches too much but I like to ensure my skin is well moisturised and prepped before putting any high coverage product on anyway. It didn't need to be set but I did pop some powder and setting spray over the top because I needed it to last until the evening and it did really well. The shade 2 is the lightest (although I believe there is shade 1 in the US maybe?) and it is too dark but I just add a few The Body Shop Lightening Drops and it works fine. I have used the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and although I like it, it's not my favourite, but I will definitely be trying it again as I really like this new foundation a lot. 

Since coming out with this last year I believe, the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer has been featured in so many makeup tutorials, monthly/annual favourites on some of my favourite YouTubers. I got the lightest shade which is Fair and it's a really great shade, not too yellow not too pink. The doe foot is bigger than your regular concealer one which has it's pros and cons. But as for the actual concealer, it's a pretty thick formula, but it works well under the eyes and areas around the face, but it did start to crease a little whilst doing the rest of my makeup so I set it with some loose powder and a Beauty Blender to ensure it stayed put and looking great. I do really like this concealer, it lasts really well and I can definitely see why it's a favourite to many others. 

Another concealer yes, but very different. This is the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, which as you can see is in a pot. Now when I see concealers in a pot I tend to find them drying and thick and just not blendable, but this one is totally different. It is creamy so you do have to set it, but you can use it under the eyes, on blemishes, to highlight, and the shade range is so good that many people have picked up darker shades to use as their cream contour. When you can find a product that works well for all concerns and that will contour and highlight, it shows just how much work went in to it. There's been many people saying to go a shade lighter than your Radiant Creamy Concealer shade as the pots run a little darker, but I went with the same shade as it's the lightest in both Chantilly and it's still great, a hair darker but nothing I can't make work. It's £23 which is the same as the Radiant Creamy Concealer too. I like to apply this with a synthetic brush and then blend with a Beauty Blender or just with my finger as the warmth melts it into the skin. Like I said you definitely need to set it so it lasts but it's an amazing product and I highly recommend it. 

This is by far my favourite from this little round up. Tarte is a brand I have been discovering for a while now and every product I have tried I have loved. But this little guy, oh wow how beautiful is it. I found this online through an Ebay seller who specializes in limited edition makeup products. I got this which I believe Holiday Blush Palette Colour Wheel from Tarte for a great price. It's a double sided blush palette which has two highlighters and 8 Amazonian Clay Blushers. It's so beautiful and although I prefer the shades on the left side, the ones on the right are great to mix and customize for a really pretty pink/coral flush. A beautiful palette as I am sure you will agree and the quality is still there just like their single cheek products. I find the highlighters to be a bit too glittery for my taste but they're still very nice. The blushes are pigmented, long lasting and just stunning. I never have problems with patchy-ness, fading or anything like that with these blushes. By far my favourite EVER.

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