I wanted to do a post showing you my absolute Holy Grail makeup items from my collection. These are products that I just could not live without, stuff I use all the time and really love.
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows –
These are the best eye shadows I have ever tried! I love them so much I own every colour and I have a blog pot with swatches and a review on all of them if you want to check that out http://abeautyobsession.com/2014/02/20/makeup-geek-eyeshadow-swatches-and-review-all-68-colours/
I wont go into too much deatil given I have done an entire blog post on them but they are amazing quality for such a reasonable price. They are pigmented, smooth and easy to blend for around $6 each, what more can i say? Perfect!
Arbonne Lipstick in Candy –
This is my all time favourite lipstick, which is something really huge because I have a ridiculous number of lipsticks and so many that I love. This one is just the perfect pink for me, so much so that I actually wore it on my wedding day.
It is beautifully pigmented and smooth and lasts for hours. It wears off evenly which is the main reason I love it so much. Will always needs to have this lipstick in my collection.
Art Deco Bronzing Glow Blusher –
I got this blush off Beautybay.com after seeing Shaaanxo (YouTube) have about it in a video one day and I’m so glad I picked it up, it’s stunning! It has three colours in the pan, a pink, peach and bronze section. When you swirl your brush around in all of them you get the most perfect mixture of all the colours. It has a slight sheen to the product and with the great mix of colours it provides the most beautiful natural pinky/peach colour that just looks stunning. It’s perfect for every day as it is such an easy, goes with everything kind of blush. It is limited edition but you may still be able to pick it up if you’re lucky.
Collection Lasting Perfection 16 Hour Wear Concealer in Light – (the label has rubbed off its so well loved!)
I wish I could purchase this concealer in Australia! I seen this raved about over and over again on Youtube and wanted to try it so bad so I purchased it off eBay ages ago and I’m so happy I did, its amazing! This concealer is available in the UK and is relatively inexpensive there, I think with currency conversion and shipping I ended up paying around $15 for this concealer but it’s worth every penny!
This concealer is so pigmented and creamy it is perfect for under the eyes and to cover blemishes. It doesn’t crease and I just find it blends so nicely and has the most perfect finish. I love this concealer; I never want to be without it. If I ever go to the UK I’m going to pick up like 20 of these!
Makeup Geek Gel Eyeliner in Immortal –
This is the most pigmented, blackest gel eye liner I have ever used. It is creamy but not so creamy that it is hard to work with like some gel eye liners. It just glides on perfectly and it stays all day, I mean ALL day! It’s inexpensive, I think around $6 or $7 maybe and I just can’t fault it!
Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base –
I have tried a lot of eye primers because I have oily eye lids and this blows them all out of the water! It’s just a clear eye primer and you only need a tiny amount but it will keep your eye shadows in place all day and night! This is quite pricey so I only use this for special occasions or if I need to go out at night after work and don’t have time to re-do my makeup but it is absolutely amazing.
If I want bullet proof staying power I will use this eye primer and then use one of the makeup geek gel eye liners over it as a base and it will last forever! Seriously I did this and wore my makeup for 18 hours on day and my eye makeup looked exactly like it did when I first applied it. Mind blowing!
I have had this last on its own though for at least 12 hours before it even starts creasing even a little bit so even on its own its an amaaaazzzing product!
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer –
This is the prettiest highlighter I have ever seen! If you like a subtle highlight this one is not for you as its quite bam in your face! But you could just a very light dusting and it would still be beautiful. It is a lovely golden champagne colour and the consistency of this product feels like butter, it just glides on the face so nicely and gives the most beautiful glow. Love it so much!
Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation in Buff –
I don’t have one bad thing to say about this foundation. This is a medium coverage foundation but can be built up without looking cakey and it has a natural satin looking finish. This foundation blends in so quickly and easily and looks beautiful on the skin! I get compliments all the time when I wear this foundation and it lasts all day. I have not been able to find another foundation that even comes anywhere close to this one in quality and I wear it every day. Arbonne products are all natural which is something I love in my skincare and makeup, especially since it’s something going on my face. I also love the packaging on this, as you can see it has the mechanism that pushes the foundation up as it is pumped out so none gets wastes which I love!
Arbonne Makeup Primer –
This product goes hand in hand with the foundation above, they work beautifully together. This looks and feels like a silicone primer but I don’t think it contains silicone. It has the nicest consistency, very smooth and silky like velvet. It works great with all the foundations I have tried it with and keeps my foundation on all day. Again it’s all natural and I love it!
Makeup Store Tri Brow Color –
This is a little compact with three different coloured brow powders that I picked up at IMATS last year. As you can see I have made quite a dent in the medium shade and this is because it is the perfect shade for my brows! This is a really nice powder, it’s not chalky and it is very pigmented. I have been trying for ages to find a brow powder that is the right colour match for me, I have blonde hair and like a quite ashy taupe shade for my brows but I find they are all either too warm toned or too light, too dark etc.
This one is just spot on and the lightest shade works well to for when my hair is freshly coloured and toned and I need a lighter shade or for the inner part of my brows and then I use the medium shade for the middle to ends.
I will definitely be picking up another one of these at IMATS this year. I would like to check out the Makeup Store in Sydney when I go up there are as well to see their full range of products as I’m very keen to try out some more things as I have enjoyed everything I got at IMATS from them.
NYX Butter Gloss –
Ok let’s start out by saying I’m not a huge fan of lip gloss. Half the time they are sticky or just uncomfortable on the lips so I normally just stick to lipstick and lip liner, but these are incredible. These smell like cake icing and have a really creamy consistency and feel so comfortable on the lips. They are really pigmented so you could wear them on their own or over a lip stick or lip liner and they have heaps of shades to choose from. They have just released 10 new shades which I have ordered 5 of and am waiting for them to arrive. This picture just shows some of the colours I have but I do own more but they are stashed throughout my hand bag and room! These are the only lip glosses that I have ever liked enough to purchase again and to recommend.
That sums up my holy grail makeup products, of course I have so many more products I really love but these are my absolute must haves. Let me know in the comments what your holy grail makeup products are so I can check them out.
All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored to do this review and all thoughts are my own. Whilst I am an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International I am not being paid or sponsored to write about their products, they do not know I am writing this post and all products were purchased with my own money. I will always give my honest opinions on anything I write about.