High-end Beauty Edit | Collaberation with Nimra Imran

 

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Hey there readers! Today’s is an exciting post as I’m doing a collab with my wonderful friend and fellow blogger Nimra. I’ve known Nimra for quite a few years now and we have definitely connected recently over our love of blogging and our interests!

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My post today will talk you through my favourite high-end beauty products for a full face of makeup. If you’re feeling a bit splurgey and fancy treating yo’ self then this post will hopefully help you out on what’s worth the money. Once you’ve had a read of this, head on over to Nimra’s blog to see a drugstore version where you’ll find excellent and more affordable options. Nimra’s blog takes after my own heart and the variety of posts and topics covered means that there really is something for everyone to read and enjoy on her site! I always eagerly await a new post from her and can’t wait to read it once it’s published! (Number one fan right here I think) Don’t take my word for it though, go and give her a like and a follow and see her wonderful blog for yourself! Now, on with my top high-end beauty picks.

Primer

I must admit, I’m not one to reach for a primer every day when I do my makeup because I find that my daytime skincare routine provides a good enough base for my makeup to sit on. That being said, I do have a few that I keep on standby for a special occasion when I want my makeup to look flawless and stick around a bit longer. My favourite is Chanel’s Le Blanc De Chanel because it hydrates my very dry skin. This makes my makeup look so dewy without having any excess shimmer in it, there’s absolutely no irredecense or sparkly bits in it at all. So if you like a glowing, dewy finish without the shimmer factor you’ll love this primer.

Foundation/base

This was an extremely tough one because foundation is literally the most important step of my makeup routine. If I only do one thing makeup-wise in the morning, it’ll be to apply some type of foundation to cover my extremely red face. Keep your eyes peeled for a post on my top five foundations though as that’s definitely on my to-do list. In the end I went for Estée  Lauder’s Double Wear foundation because I feel like it’s not super extortionate but it’s also definitely high-end and you can tell that when you use it. I’m not gonna beat around the bush here, this is a very full coverage foundation because that is the main thing I require from one (I don’t like to use a lot of concealer and especially not for my redness). You can totally use a light layer of this or even combine it with your moisturiser to get a lighter coverage though. The finish of this, for me, is somewhere between matte and dewy which I find is perfect. It applies well with any tool and it behaves well over moisturiser, sunscreen and primer so it has to be my ultimate choice. To add to this category, I’ve thrown in a powder too because I personally always need to set my makeup and I feel like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder provides a happy medium for those that don’t like a matte, flat look. I don’t know how it does it with virtually no shimmer in it, but this powder has worked wonders for my complexion after applying foundation. It never looks cakey or over done and somehow manages to give me radiant looking skin whilst still setting my makeup. It’s definitely a worth-while purchase.

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Cheeks

I could have selected hundreds of different blushers to rave about for this category, but in the interest of keeping this post short (ish) I’ve gone for a lovely Estée Lauder Pure Colour Blush. The shade I have is Witty Peach which I think is good for paler complexions. The thing I love about this though is the lighter powder to the left because you can use it to soften the intensity of the peachy-pink blush if it’s a little too heavy. I love that Estée Lauder do this with their blushers and feel that it’s quite unique. The handy little brush is also a bonus when travelling. I feel like this product is a good one to treat yourself with because the packaging alone is really beautiful and so is the product itself.

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Eyes

This was again a hard one to narrow down because I could recommend so many luxury palettes. I’ve chosen one of Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palettes in the shade Vintage Vamp because I feel like these eyeshadows are the best I’ve ever used and this product is just generally a really beautiful and luxurious item. The thing I love about this is it’s compact nature and also the fact that you’ve just got the four shades to work with, meaning it can make things a little bit easier when you need to think of an eyeshadow look quickly. There is no question that this palette delivers on quality as these eyeshadows have the loveliest buttery formula which doesn’t crease and sits on the lid beautifully. I get so many compliments when I use the Vintage Vamp palette because the red-toned shadows really make my dark brown eyes pop. Charlotte Tilbury’s palettes also all come with a unique sparkle dust shade in the bottom left corner which I like to apply over the centre portion of my lid with my ring finger to give me a beautiful shimmer which also adds dimension to the lid. It’s perfect to use for a night out to give you show-stopping eyes or you can do what I do and apply it pretty much every time you use the palette. I love me a bit of shimmer! Mascara wise, I don’t tend to get too adventurous and generally stick to what I know I like. I’ve opted for MAC’s Opulash in Optimum Black which is the blackest a mascara can get I think. This stuff is great for me because I’m unfortunately not blessed with skills in the false lash department and so in a mascara I essentially look for good length and lots of volume which this one certainly delivers on. The brush is quite large though so that’s something to watch out for when you’re in a hurry.

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Lips

I’ve selected a couple of different ones here for those who do like a bit of colour and for those who like to keep it natural, but all are very nude and natural options. Firstly, for those who like a glossy and natural finish, the Dior Lip Maxmizer is perfect. It has collagen in it to plump the lips and has that signature tingling feeling once it has been applied. But the thing I really love about this is the clever colour technology. Don’t be fooled by that striking baby pink colour because when you put it on, the colour actually adapts depending on the pigment in your lips. It essentially looks so different on everyone and adapts itself to give you a natural rosy and glossy pout. I’ve also thrown in a lip pencil by Charlotte Tilbury which I just think everyone will love. It is her Lip Cheat pencil in the shade Pillow Talk and it is the perfect everyday shade. I love to pair it with Chanel’s Rouge Allure lipstick in Pensive which is again the perfect peachy nude that suits any kind of makeup. If you’re gonna treat yourself to a posh lipstick I would hands down recommend investing in a Chanel one because the formula is spot on and it is, after all, Chanel.

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So those are my recommended high-end beauty picks if you’re feeling in a splurgey mood. I hope this helped anyone who wanted to treat themselves and weren’t sure what to buy. If you want any more info on these products or just high-end brands in general, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments! I hope you also enjoyed this exciting collab with the lovely Nimra, don’t forget to head on over to her blog now and see what’s best at the drugstore! Click here for a direct link to her post.

Lots of Love,

Steph.B

A Little Disclaimer- All products featured have been purchased with my own money or have been gifts from friends and family. I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned or the links to websites that have been provided. All opinions are entirely my own and honest, I am not being paid to advertise these products. All pictures on this post have been taken by yours truly (except the image of the lovely Nimra) and as such must be approved by the author for any further or commercial use.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice post! Great choices! 💙 🌼

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  2. Amanda Burley says:

    Hello Stephanie,
    I have been reading and enjoying all your posts – I love seeing the lovely photographs of the much too lovely products too. Some I have tried and fully agree with you on their wonderfulness and the others I put on my ever growing wish list because you really do not help with my affliction 🙂

    Despite this I always read your posts so please keep writing – I would love to hear more about your highlighter collection. You probably already know about the new Hourglass palette which looks so beautiful and at the moment I am considering the Perricone MD No Highlighter Highlighter far too closely. At first I imagined it must be full of alcohol as so many liquid products are but I was happy to see it has none at all. I never thought I say it but I am starting to veer towards more liquid and cream products these days.

    I have also been waiting for the Loreal Pro Glow to arrive here – but then discovered alcohol to be the third ingredient so it may be a no go for me. My favourite foundation is always GA Luminous Silk, the alcohol is fifth on the list here – why do they do it? Guess it must do something really vital for these foundations to be used so much but it`s really making me reconsider what I use – ahh, here I go again – the eternal quest.

    I would also like to ask your advice – I am on the hunt for a cranberry/burgundy eyeliner and also eyeshadow. I love Autumn and the change in what I want to wear/ am able to wear in clothes as well as makeup.. I have yet to find the time to have a good browse myself although hope to soon and wondered if you might have any suggestions in either high or drugstore.

    I also came here to wish you a happy birthday, I hope you had a lovely day.

    Much love
    Amanda
    X

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    1. Hi Amanda thank you so much for your comment! I have heard about the hourglass palette and have already emailed Space.NK about reserving one! I just can’t not get one it is absolutely stunning! I agree that alcohol is used too often in makeup and companies should try harder to formulate their products without it. I feel like we are getting somewhere with it though, especially in the last few years. I would LOVE to try the GA luminous silk foundation I’ve heard great things about it so will hopefully be investing in a bottle soon as you’ve recommended it. As for the cranberry products, I would highly recommend MAC’s eyeshadow in “Cranberry” as I think it’d be just what you’re looking for! For a cheaper alternative though, I have a lovely Maybelline 24 hour colour tattoo pot in “Midnight Pomegranate” which is beautiful and so affordable! It is a cream shadow though so is slightly harder to apply (in my opinion) than a powdered one but still a bargain and a beautiful colour! Haven’t found a cranberry eyeliner yet but I would think that someone does one! I checked on MAC’s website but couldn’t see one which I’m quite surprised about but I will keep hunting for you, especially when I’m in work.
      So nice to hear from you and thank you for the lovely birthday wish, I had a lovely chilled birthday this year.
      Lots of love,
      Steph x

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  3. Amanda Burley says:

    Lovely to hear back from you Steph,
    I`m glad you had a good birthday, I think the relaxed ones are the best.
    Thanks so much for your recommendations on the eye colours, I really appreciate it. I knew you would know.
    I went straight to check out the MAC cranberry online and it is what I am after. I have a very similar shade in Burberry – `antique rose` now renamed `dusky mauve` which I have rediscovered my great love for lately and highly recommend but just wanted that extra bit of a berry tone. I will defo be getting the Maybelline colour tattoo – I have had a couple in the past and was really impressed but didn`t know about this one. Think I`m going to have to go today:)
    Have you tried any Burberry products – you may not want to as all the ones I have tried are incredible. The silk eyeshadows especially, which at first glance seem underwhelming are quite unbelievable when actually experienced – they even manage to make my lids look rather good. (This applies to the singles, I have heard the palettes can be hit and miss.) They also do shadow pens and pots. I wonder how they compare with Charlotte Tilbury.
    Yes I`m still on the hunt for the cranberry liner – I have `grenat` by Chanel a ltd edition from many moons ago. I love it but it is so rare and I can only bring myself to use it occasionally as it is nearly out.
    Yes the GA Luminous Silk is a wonder – before you take the plunge let me give you samples I have the shades 2,3 and 4 which are all fair – it may give you a pointer to your shade too.
    Good luck on getting the Hourglass palette – it is beyond beautiful and we all know, pretty much guaranteed to be amazing.

    Bye for now
    Much love
    Amanda
    X

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  4. Amanda Burley says:

    PS. Just ordered MAC Cranberry – I don`t usually buy MAC but it looked too good, especially with a free sample and delivery. Thank you for recommending it. I will let you know how it goes. Now I just need that eyeliner 🙂
    BFN
    X

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