Summer Makeup Haul - Becca, NARS, Tarte, MAC and more!

Beauty products trickle in towards my makeup drawer as they usually do. These products have found their way to my beauty collection the last few weeks. 

With the temperatures rising (albeit fluctuating and slowly), I've been reaching out for glowy highlighters and my grubby hands have managed their way to Becca. I picked up these two which stood out to me the most. Opal provides such a beautiful almost metallic sheen that looks stunning in photographs where as Moonstone offers a more natural pale golden glow. I like applying this with the Real Techniques Fan Brush, Real Techniques Setting Brush or even with the fingertips high on the cheekbones. These are pretty difficult to find from the Space NK counters... You may want to stalk the SpaceNK website for availabilities.

Somehow my two favourite foundations for Giorgio Armani and NARS have been found to be in their last drops so I have purchased some back ups for when they inevitably run out. I've picked up NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab as my previous shade match. I was re-matched at the Giorgio Armani counter however and was surprised at the results - I was given Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 3.5. I had been wearing 6 all this time, which I did know at the back of my mind that it was at least 2 shades darker than my skintone, so I usually wear that for a faux lets-pretend-I've-been-on-holiday tan.

I've had my first foray into Tarte with this blush in Exposed. My sister Shannon kindly picked this up for me from the Sephora in California. Exposed is a matte midtone rose pink. It's not the easiest to apply, it can feel a little hard on the pan so I recommend applying and building up the intensity to what you desire, but its wear is impressive. It's one of those blushes that last on your cheeks til the end of the day despite your face eating up foundation. I am impressed and am looking forward to trying another shade.

Hidden behind the blush is my new makeup sponge, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This small orange sponge allows natural application of makeup. I would spritz some Avene Eau Thermale to make application a bit more fluid and easier to blend. It is well contoured to fit the sides of the nose. I have been enjoying foundation application with this although it does take more time than just using the Louise Young LY34 Super Foundation Brush.

I also picked up MAC Morange Lipstick for a little pop of colour and the new limited edition MAC 126SE Brush for powder applications from the MAC Wash and Dry Collection, you can read my thoughts on those HERE.

Care to share any new product discoveries? Leave a comment below!

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  1. I'd really like to try something from Tarte! The blush mentioned in your post looks lovely. I love the MAC lipstick as well, but there's no way orange would look good on me haha!

    Valérie | Scribbles of Valérie

  2. Mac Morange is so so pretty, I was going to pick up Lady Danger but I might have to get this one too! x

    Gemma Louise | Just Little Things

  3. The Tarte blush is such an amazing shade!


  4. Yes it is! Its a versatile every-day kinda shade.

  5. For the wearable factor I suggest Lady Danger more than Morange but who says you can't have both ;)

  6. Thank you Valerie. You can use Morange as a lip stain or mix with other shades, but I agree it is difficult to wear!

  7. Awesome haul!!! That's a really pretty brush btw.

    CJ | From Manila with Love


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