Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Holy Grails #1


It's not every day I throw around the term 'Holy Grail' but when thinking up items for this post, I was surprised how many sprung to mind. Hence the #1, I thought I'd split it up into a few parts rather than ramble on for ages. To me, holy grail status means that it's not only something I know I'll always repurchase, but they're also items that if I'm stuck for what to use, I'll immediately grab these failsafe options.

Starting with base, one I always need to have in my drawers ready is the MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW13. This has been a bit neglected recently as I go for a slightly lighter base in summer, and I also have a bit of a tan so it's slightly too pale. But as soon as I return to my pasty self, this will be back to my every day foundation. Firstly, it's a perfect colour match for me, and second, the coverage is second to none. Any imperfections, dark circles and scarring are covered up so easily with this, and it lasts really well too. My brush of choice is the Real Techiques Buffing Brush; I go through little love affairs with the Expert Face too, but I find myself always returning to this, and it's great for cream blushes and highlights too.

If I'm stuck for what blush to use, my failsafe option is always NARS Final Cut. I feel a bit bad talking about it as it's no longer available in the UK, but it's a pretty coral peach with a gorgeous formula and amazing pigmentation. It just brightens up my face and lifts my complexion so much, it's perfect. The same goes for MAC Vegas Volt, this is my go-to lipstick if I need something bright to perk me up, and it suits my skintone really well. My last pick me up that is my all time favourite perfume is Coco Mademoiselle. If I'm unsure what to wear or I want to go for something classic, it's this one every time. I've been wearing this since I was 15, and I'm pretty sure I still will be when I'm 40.

I hate body moisturising but one of the products that's lovely enough to encourage me is the Korres Vanilla Plum body milk. It's light enough that you don't feel like you can't move for hours, but leaves your skin really hydrated. Plus it has a beautiful scent that doesn't disappear as soon as it's all rubbed in. I don't class much skincare as 'holy grail' as I still have issues with my skin, but something that does help me out more than anything is the Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream. It's a lovely, thick cream, which means you don't have to use too much of it, with my favourite ingredient manuka honey in, as well as a ton of anti-oxidants that really brightens up my skin and helps to repair any blemishes whilst it's at it.

Have you tried any of these? What are your holy grail products?
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27 comments

  1. The Buffing Brush has got to be one of my holy grails as well! Final Cut is gorgeous, definitely need to check that one out!


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  2. Laura07:49

    Awesome picks - I love coco mademoiselle, I wear it a lot

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

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  3. I had never heard of that particular NARS shade until now, but it is so, so stunning! Vegas Volt is so pretty too, I am obsessed with brights.

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  4. Great post! I have been absolutely loving the Trilogy night cream as well, good to know it's made HG status for someone! I'm so sad Final Cut was a limited edition shade, it's so beautiful!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  5. Every time I read your posts you make me what to go shopping to get all the products, more to add to the list eh. Do pop over and check out my blog sale if you get a chance :) xx
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  6. Great picks! I think everyone falls in love with that RT brush :)

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  7. Too bad.. I haven't tried any of this except of course the buffing brush! I would love to try some Trilogy.. a lot of people seem to love the brand!

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  8. I love my Real Techniques Expert Face and Blush Brush, both are so soft and do a great job. One of my HG has to be the REN Clay Cleanser, so soothing and calming to my skin x

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  9. Vegas volt looks so beautiful & I always think it looks bloody amazing on you when you wear it! <3 xx

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  10. jasmine turner13:58

    Studio fix is a holy grail for me too! And costa chic is such a gorgeous shade, i love it!

    xprincessjas | ♥

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  11. What beautiful picks! MAC Vegas Volt is such a huge favourite of mine and that Trilogy cream sounds heavenly :)

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  12. Ahh, I've always wanted the NARS Final Cut blush but I never managed to find it anywhere! The RT Buffing Brush is definitely a holy grail product for me as well. I can't imagine not having it in my collection! xx

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  13. Jade00:44

    totally agree with you on MAC Studio Fix, I always have a bottle in my cupboard because although I might try other foundations I always know I can fall back on it

    Jade x
    Beauty Butterfly | UK Beauty Blog

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  14. Haha, yeah I definitely feel the same about foundations! I go through stages of obsessing over different ones, but I know I'll always love MAC Studio Fix.

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  15. Yep, it's such a good one to have when nothing else is working.

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  16. Owwwh, that's a shame! It was actually the first thing I ever bought from NARS so I'm glad I picked this over Orgasm or Deep Throat.

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  17. I haven't worn Vegas Volt enough recently, think I need to before the sun disappears!

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  18. Definitely, me too! I've been using a gorgeous one from Laura Mercier and a couple body oils recently which have made moisturising a lot easier and nicer!

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  19. It's such good coverage and great for oily skin too, love it!

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  20. Owwh, thank you, Jennie! <3

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  21. I'll have to try that! I love all the REN skincare I've tried so far.

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  22. Owwh, that's a shame! Yep, I'm really heard nothing but good things from Trilogy!

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  23. I always wonder how I managed to apply make-up with my fingers before the Real Techniques brushes came along!

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  24. Thank you, I do really love the Trilogy cream. I know, it's such a shame being limited edition, it's definitely in my top 3 blushers!

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  25. It is gorgeous, such a shame it was limited edition.

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  26. It's an absolute classic, I love it :)

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  27. I love Real Technique brushes, definitely the best brushes for a bargain!


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