Saturday, October 19, 2013

Christmas Beauty Wishlist

Beautysets - Christmas Wishlist

I'm surprised I don't write wishlist posts more often, as I'm the girl who has a dedicated section in her iPhone notes for adding products to the wishlist. I have beauty and fashion wishlists (in Paint form) safely stored on my laptop. And once I make a purchase and can happily tick off an item from one of these wishlists... I simply add another three. It's a never-ending process. 
Now we all know that the wishlist of all wishlists is composed at Christmas time. All those products that you've been lusting after all year but couldn't bring yourself to buy as they were too expensive or you already have something similar so didn't need it, now you might finally get to add them to your collection. 
My birthday is the 5th December, a mere 20 days before Christmas so I tend to make one big wishlist for both. Here's a selection of what I'm hoping to get my beauty-loving hands on this year.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation secured its place on my wishlist many many months ago. It's a must-have base according to all my favourite beauty bloggers. The likes of Amelia Liana and Vivianna Does Makeup rave about this foundation on a monthly basis (at least), praising it's lasting power and the polished yet natural finish it provides. I've heard people repeatedly say it's the perfect foundation for a night out (due to the lack of SPF as well as the aforementioned benefits) and that's exactly what my collection is missing - that perfect base that lasts all night, makes skin look airbrushed and photographs beautifully. 
The other base that's on the wishlist is the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser. I actually don't own any tinted moisturisers or BB creams so this will definitely be a welcome addition. Generally, my skin's quite good and for days when I don't need a full face of foundation, I think this will offer the perfect amount of coverage as well as injecting a little extra hydration, which my skin always needs. I've read that the oil-free version offers slightly more coverage than the regular offering and since I'm not confident enough to go practically bare-faced, this sounds like the right option for me.
Le Blush Creme de Chanel is just the most luxurious little compact of creamy colour and I just know I won't want to dent it with my stippling brush but I need to own one of these before the year is out. The shade Revelation is the one that's jumped out at me every time I've visited a counter as it's a warm-toned peachy pink - my blush colour of choice. The other colours look amazing too, but I thought for a £27.00 blush, I should get the shade that I'll get the most wear out of. 
I've rediscovered my love of lip products recently so they take up quite a bit of space on the Christmas wishlist. The YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks are just the most beautifully-packaged and luxurious lipsticks I've ever seen. They're very glossy and creamy so I've heard that the lasting power isn't all that good but who wouldn't want to pull that shiny golden bullet out of their handbag to reapply? I think I'd like either the shade 08 which is a lovely baby pink or 15 which is a light coral. I've heard nothing but good things about the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks which are said to be creamy and hydrating but opaque in one swipe and fairly long-lasting. The three shades that I would love to own are Naked, a light rose pink, Streak, the blogger's favourite - a peachy pink or Bang, a stunning orange-red. I can see me buying one or two of these before December arrives actually as there's a space in my lipstick holder just waiting to be filled with one of these lippies. The Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera is another blogger favourite, being sported by the likes of Lily Melrose and VDM and I don't own anything like it - in colour or texture so I'd love to try this. 
The Aesop Parlsey Seed Cleansing Masque looks like the perfect clay-based mask for me. It applies like a cream before drying in patches so is a lot more comfortable and gentle to use - something my sensitive skin needs in a cleansing mask. It's supposed to draw out impurities leaving skin clarified and refreshed. There's definitely a gap in my skincare collection for a mask like this and I really love the black and white apothecary-style packaging so that's a bonus! 
I really love Clarins, I've never tried a product from them that I didn't like. The packaging is nice, it's not too expensive and the products usually smell lovely too. The next product I'd love to try from Clarins is their Hydraquench Cream which comes in a blue-tinted glass jar (quite luxurious-looking I think) and applies as a light, silky cream that absorbs quickly. I tried a sample of this cream and loved it, and it smells really good too. 
I don't normally do anything to my eyebrows except brush them through on a morning because they're quite a lot darker than my blonde hair and they're not very sparse so when I fill them in, they can look a little OTT at times. The Anastasia Brow Wiz is supposed to be so fine that it creates hair-like strokes, making brows look completely natural so this sounds like exactly what I need in a brow product. 
The only powder I've ever used is the Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent powder and it does a great job of mattifying the skin and setting makeup, but I'd love to try something a little more high-end like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light which claims to capture, diffuse and soften the way light reflects on the skin. I imagine this powder to give skin that soft focus look and refine the skin's texture. 
Finally, the product I'm possibly the most excited about on this list is by Charlotte Tilbury, the celebrated makeup artist who recently released her own makeup range at Selfridges. All her products look so high-end and beautifully packaged but the one that stood out to me most was the Colour-Coded Eyeshadow Palette in Dolce Vita, which is inspired by the look of Kim Kardashian with deep bronze hues. This is such a gorgeous quad that could be used to create a variety of different looks. 

I feel like this was a very long post, but I just get so excited over new beauty products! If you made it to the end of this post, I'm seriously impressed. And grateful, ha.  

What's on your Christmas Wishlist?

Holly xo

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  1. I really want to get a laura mercier tinted moisturizer! Great wishlist xx xx

  2. Wow that eyeshadow palette looks amazing!
    xx Stephanie (

  3. I have a wish list on my phone too! I think it's more dangerous though because if I don't add it to the list there is a chance I'll forget about it but when it's all written down I tend to spend more! I really want to try the Armani foundation too, my mum got it and absolutely loved it:) x

  4. I really want to try some of Charlotte Tilbury's makeup! I have recently found you blog and I'm glad that I did. I'm your newest follower and really look forward to more posts from you. If you like, please check out my blog as well at xxx

  5. The YSL Lipsticks are amazing!! Should totally be the first thing on your list ;)


  6. I recently did my own mini Winter Wishlist! You can find it on my blog :-) Lovely post - and you've got some beauties on your wishlist too!
    x x

  7. The Charlotte Tillbury palette is at the top of my wishlist :)

  8. That is a pretty good list! I am always pinning things onto a pinterest board haha, I want so much it's terrible! The Charlotte Tilbury palette looks so gorgeous. xx

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