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Friday 18 March 2016

Products worth the hype #2 featuring BECCA, Tatcha, Clarins, Charlotte Tilbury & more!

It's very easy to get wrapped up in hyped up products and feeling that you absolutely need a product, only to buy it and then be disappointed - I think we've all been there! However, sometimes products are hyped up for a reason so today I am going to share with you the products that I believe are worth the hype and are definitely worth having in your collection. I actually had to narrow it down to just make-up because when I started to think about this post, there were perfumes and skincare products and it would just be too many products for one post so I will post about those categories separately at some point.

The first product that immediately sprang to mind is the very famous, very lusted after, Champagne Pop (or to give it its full title: BECCA Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Champagne Pop). I think most people went crazy for this last summer when it was released and the fact that it was limited edition, made it one of the most coveted make-up products last year. It was initially only available in the U.S. but I managed to grab one from Rose's Beauty Store. It is now available from Cult Beauty & Space NK. All of the hype surrounding this product is real - it is so, so buttery soft and feels almost creamy even though it is a powder. It is extremely pigmented so only the smallest dusting is needed, so it will last a long time and it doesn't settle into any fine lines. The shade is extremely flattering as it isn't too gold or too silver/pink so I think it would suit all skin tones. For me, this is definitely worth the hype.

Next up is a product that I have used for years (long before I needed to probably!). It is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. This can be used as a primer, a face mask or just when your skin needs a general pick-me-up on no make-up days. I have dry skin, so for me, this immediately adds moisture, plumps the skin and generally makes my complexion look brighter and more radiant. My foundation applies beautiful over it without clinging to any dry areas and everything looks fresh and more youthful. It is also perfect for sensitive skin and doesn't feel greasy or tacky on the skin. I cannot tell you how many tubes of this that I have gone through because I have used it for years and it will be forever repurchased. This is a hyped up product for a very good reason. 

From an old favourite to a new one - Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. I have only had this for around 3/4 months but I have fallen hard for it. If you like a dewy finish to your skin or make-up, then you need this in your life. I have never used anything else with the ability to transform your entire face in the way that this does. If your skin is looking dull, a quick spritz of this fine mist and you will look like you've had 9 hours sleep. If your make-up is looking a little flat or cakey, this will soften the whole look as though you have used an Instagram filter or a soft focus setting on your camera. It will literally transform your skin before your eyes in an instant and it doesn't unsettle your make-up. It feels very soothing on the skin and adds some hydration so would be perfect for a touch up during the day. I love the colour of the packaging but the bottle is glass so quite weighty and not great for in your handbag, but perfect for on your desk. I cannot recommend this product highly enough and I definitely plan on exploring the brand more.

MAC eyeshadows have been been very hyped for years now.  I know that people are saying that Make-Up Geek eyeshadows are the same quality but more affordable, but I personally have yet to try them so cannot comment on the comparison but for me, MAC eyeshadows are definitely worth the hype. I have around 60 of them and I would say that there are only one or two out of all of them that aren't very pigmented. The rest are easy to blend, pigmented and have great staying power. I love the huge variety of shades and finishes there are to choose from. I have over 30 eyeshadow palettes but there is something about my MAC palettes that make my heart skip a beat. 

Now on to lipsticks. I took me around a year after they were released, to try Nars Audacious lipsticks but they were worth the wait & worth the hype. First up, I love the sleek black packaging and the crisp click sound of the magnetic closure (it's the little things sometimes!). There are so many colours to choose from and I only own two currently (that will have to change soon!) but both are extremely creamy but not so slippy that your teeth will be covered in lipstick! They are very moisturising and so pigmented that just one swipe is sufficient for full coverage. Amazing! Expensive at €30, but so worth the hype.

The final products that I am going to mention today are also lipsticks and they are from Charlotte Tilbury. Again, these are priced at €30, so not exactly cheap but they are a real treat. I adore the rose gold packaging, although it is much more lightweight than YSL packaging because it is plastic. There are two ranges available: Matte Revolution & K.I.S.S.I.N.G. I own some from both ranges and love them both equally. The matte lipsticks are very creamy, which is surprising and I don't find them to be at all drying or clingy on the lips. They are long lasting and I find them to fade pretty evenly. The K.I.S.S.I.N.G. range give a glossy finish and are really moisturising on the lips. They also give the appearance of fuller lips and whilst they aren't as long lasting as the mattes, they will still last around 5 hours on me, which is pretty good going. I've seen posts about lots of new shades being released this summer so I will be keeping my eye out for those and adding to my collection!

I would love to know what products you think are worth the hype? Do you sometimes get caught up in hype only to be disappointed? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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