Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Most Expensive Makeup in My Collection



I make no secret here on my blog that I a huge fan of high end makeup. I just think that high end makeup seems to respond with my skin, hell of a lot better than drugstore alternatives. I feel like drugstore products can work really well, if you have quite a normal skin type, for me who is slightly more on the more combination side of the spectrum, I feel like I need something a little more from my makeup. Which is why I tend to do for high end makeup. I know that some people don’t like that all I mention is high end, but it is what I like and what I find works well for me, but I understand that some of the products can be ridiculously expensive. So, I thought that for this post, I would round up some of my favourite and most expensive makeup products that I have in my collection.

I know that this post isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but I also know that there will be people out there that like high end makeup with in the same way that I do. I don’t know why some people can get so high rate about me liking expensive makeup, it isn’t like I’m spending their money on it. I work bloody hard at work all week, I then blog in my spare time, I never put anything on my credit card and I save so well, so if I want to spend a silly amount on a foundation or brush, then I will do. Sometimes people do make me feel guilty about it, but I soon get over it. Anyway, here we go…



I have mentioned this brush so many times here on my blog that I feel like I don’t even need to mention it. You guys will know about how long it took me to finally commit and buy this brush. As much as I loved it and every time I saw it being mentioned and used on YouTube I longed to own it, £80 for a makeup brush just seemed far too expensive, even for me with my ridiculous spending habits. It wasn’t until I actually had a play around with one and saw the quality of it that I decided just to go for it and try it out for myself. I am about a year into using this now and I still love it just as much as I first did when I unboxed it.

This brush I feel just makes my bronzer glide onto the skin so nice and smoothly. I have been known to fall in quite heavy when it comes to bronzer, but with this, I don’t think that you can go in too heavy, because the brush seems to do all of the work for you. This brush washes so perfectly and comes out as good as new every single time. Since buying this brush I have even gone out and bought more Tom Ford makeup brushes because despite how expensive they are, the quality is there, and I think that they are incredible. I know this is a ridiculous purchase, but well worth it in my eyes!




As soon as Charlotte Tilbury released a teaser for this palette on her Instagram, I knew that I had to give it a go. I didn’t care what the price was, as soon as it was released, I had to go online and treat myself to it. I didn’t expect the price to be £60, which I think is quite a lot for an eyeshadow palette like this one. If you look online at things like the Urban Decay Naked Palette or even the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette, you will see that they are about £30 - £40, which is a reasonable price for a 15-shade eyeshadow palette. But, with the quality of the quad palettes that she does, I knew that this would be a nice and high-quality palette.

This eyeshadow palette is broken up into 4 different sections, one for day eye, office eye, date eye and evening eye. Even though I just dig into any colour that I like the look off to create a look that I have in mind, for people that are quite new or not as confident when it comes to eyeshadow then this would be a great and helpful palette to own. These shadows are really stunning and pigmented, not overly pigmented like some palettes, but personally I think that makes them really easy and manageable to use. You can create so many different and pretty looks with this palette and I love reaching for it.




I know that most of you will have heard about this bronzer before, I feel like over the past couple of years Marc Jacobs Beauty has just blown up and this bronzer has been so incredibly popular. I wanted to try this more or less as soon as it came out and I told myself that I would purchase it from Harrods the next time that I needed some of the Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation, but because you need such a tiny amount of that foundation, I didn’t see myself running out of it any time soon. In the end, I just went ahead and bought it and I have been in love with it ever since.

I would compare this bronzer to the Benefit Hoola. It has a very similar undertone to that bronzer, in that it is quite cool tone and great for contouring as well as bronzing. I love to take this on my huge Tom Ford Bronzer Brush and just adding a light dusting all over the places that I would normally bronze. Or if I a little fairer, I will go in with this on my Real Techniques Contour brush and use it to contour with. This is a super creamy and buttery bronzer, so you know that it will never look choppy or harsh on the skin. Not to mention that this pan of product is huge and I can see it lasting for me so many years!




I first saw this palette years ago and as much as I wanted it, I didn’t jump into buying it straight away. When I am spending a fair amount on anything whether it be makeup, clothes, handbags or shoes, I like to see a couple reviews on it first. But there just weren’t that many reviews out there for this Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Cream Palette. Then suddenly out of nowhere a couple months ago, I saw quite a few people talking about this which gave me the kick up arse that I really needed to try it out. Not that I really needed that much persuading, I literally saw one positive review and decided to buy it.

The contouring shade in this palette is just so stunning. It glides on the skin so nice and smoothly, it blends out like an absolute dream and looks beautiful on the skin. I have the deepest shade of the two that is available, and it looks like it was made for my skin because it goes together that well. The highlighting shade is less of a highlighter and more of a sheen, which I think looks so pretty and incredibly natural on the skin. The highlighting shade is also great for layering products because if you use this cream product and then go in with a powder, it can look so pretty and natural. Plus, when you pair this palette with the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminator Brush, there literally are no words because it works that well!




I know that I have mentioned this so many times since I bought it a couple of years ago, but I am so in love with it still. Anything Charlotte Tilbury does, I would probably love. I have said before that she could sneeze in a tissue and chances are that I would buy it and fall in love with it. So, when I saw this on her website I knew I had to treat myself to it. There is just something about all Charlotte Tilbury products that draws me in, but this one I fell head over heels for. It must be the stunning vintage feel packaging, whenever I pick this up to use it I just feel super luxe before the product has even touched my face.

There are two shades to this, a deeper contouring shade and a lighter highlighting shade. I thought then I first bought this that I would use all of the contouring shade and the highlighter would remain untouched, because I’m not really a fan of highlighting, but this palette completely changed my mind. The contouring shade is just perfection, it really does give the illusion of a shadow and a hallow of the face, without it being too obvious or ashy in tone. Then the highlighting shade is just the most perfect and natural looking highlighter. If you are into strobing and a beaming highlighter than this probably won’t even touch the sides for you, but for me this is just perfect!




I know that this is already the third Tom Ford beauty item that I have mentioned in this post, please don’t hate me. I know that some people get a bee in their bonnet when I talk about Tom Ford, but I love the brand. Everything that I have tried, I have loved, so I am enjoying trying more out by the brand. Now, I know that this is the second bronzer that I am mentioning in his post, but it is no secret that I am a huge fan of bronzer. When this was first released they only did it in a huge pan and it cost an arm and a leg, now they do a slightly smaller version which makes it a fraction more affordable and that is the one that I bought!

What I love about this bronzer is the shade of it. Whereas the Marc Jacobs bronzer was a more natural and cool toned bronzer, I find this one to be much more of a sun-kissed kind of bronzer. I like to apply this bronzer really lightly with my Tom Ford Bronzer Brush to add just a really light a wash and glow of colour to my face. It is a great bronzer that gives the illusion of sitting in the sun for a while. This bronzer is great for if I want a minimal makeup day, but I still want to look well put together. If I was still doing bridal freelance, then I know for a fact that this is a product that I would have in my professional makeup kit.




I am sure like myself, many of you see Lilly Lashes all over the place. I feel like I can barely go on Instagram or YouTube without seeing them mentioned on there at some point. I knew that I wanted to try them out, but I had no idea what style to go for or how they would look on me. Now I know that these aren’t exactly a high-end makeup product, but for a pair of eyelashes, these are bloody expensive. I paid pretty much £30 for these, which is the most I have ever paid for a pair of falsies. I am more of an Ardell Wispies kind of girl and I am quite happy paying that kind of price point for my eyelashes.

When I first bought these lashes, I wasn’t too sure about them. They were far more dramatic than any other lashes that I had worn before so when I put them on I felt like they made me look far too over the top. I finally fell in love with them when I trimmed them down so that they fit me eye much better. Trimming them just made them so much more comfortable and made them look like they were made for me. Not going to lie though, it did kill me having to trim down a pair of £30 eyelashes in case I ruined them, but they were fine in the end. When I pop these lashes on, I feel like it just pulls all of my makeup together and makes me feel like a truly sassy bitch.




Before I bought my first Tom Ford Lipstick I had to seriously talk myself into it. I have always had high end lipsticks in my collection, mainly MAC which are a really reasonable price at around £15. I then took a step up and started treating myself to Charlotte Tilbury that are around £23, so going from that to the price of a Tom Ford lipstick at around £40 was quite a leap. For the longest time, I just could not justify spending that much on a lipstick. It wasn’t until I was feeling really down in the dumps after my dog passed away a couple years ago that I thought it was time to treat myself and I decided to splurge on a Tom Ford lipstick.

Since then, it has just been a slippery slope. It is ok treating yourself to something like this, but if you love it you are going to want to buy another, and that is exactly what happened with me. When you try these lipsticks out just once, you realise that they deserve the high price tag. They are expensive, but they are also really hydrating, the shade selection is perfect, and they last all day really well on the lips. With how much money I spend on Tom Ford makeup, I can quite honestly say that Tom Ford is one brand that I wouldn’t mind been on the PR list for. I really do love these lipsticks and I will continue to try more of them out!



This perfume really does not need an introduction here on my blog. My mum always tells the tale of when I was around 4 and I wouldn’t leave her alone for two minutes, I constantly had to be with my mummy. So, she ran herself a nice big bath and she sat me at her vanity and let me go crazy in her makeup to occupy me for a while. She said that she was laid in the bath and all of a sudden down the hallway to the bathroom, she could small Chanel No5. I had grabbed her bottle and doused myself in it from head to toe. I used every drop of her 100ml bottle. Honestly, I can still remember the look she gave me, and it gave me chills from my head to toe, still terrifies me now!

Since then, I have simply been in love with this perfume. Now when my friends and family smell this perfume, they associate it with me and I think that is just great. I would hate to think about how much money I have spent on this stuff over the year, it is more than I care to think about. A 100ml bottle lasts me around 6 months, which I don’t think is bad going to say that I wear it every single day without fail. I also have a bottle in my car so that before I get out I can lightly spritz myself and give my scent a little top up. This is such an iconic fragrance and I don’t think that I will ever stop using it!




I had my eye on this moisturiser for such a long time because it looked so stunning on luxe when it was mentioned on any blogs or YouTube. What completely sold me on this product was hearing Charlotte Tilbury herself talk about this product. The way she makes it sounds literally makes it sound like it can save your life and pay your mortgage for you, that is how incredible she makes it seem. So naturally, I had to buy this and give it a try for myself. The only thing that put me off and made me stop in my tracks when buying it, was the price. I had only ever tried middle of the range moisturisers before, so it was quite a leap to go from them to this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream.

I think the thing that has made me fall for this product is how it makes my skin feel over time. I have oily skin around my nose and dry skin on my forehead, so I am specific on where I apply this cream, so I don’t add moisturiser where I am already oily. I apply this really generous and spend a decent amount of time rubbing it into my skin. Instantly my skin feels much more hydrated and plumper, but over time I can see a difference in how my skin looks. I have marks on my skin from sun damage, blemishes and dryness and I really do feel like this is making a long-term difference to my skin, not just short-term relief.

There you have it, I know like many other of my posts this turned into a long one, sorry about that. I love each of these products and even though they have a high price tag, I know that I am going to continue to use them and repurchase them. Like all of my blog posts, I will leave a link to all of the items that I have spoken about down below in case you want to check any of them out. Also, make sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know what some of your favourite high-end makeup favourites are!



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16 comments

  1. I love high end makeup and products too - it's just something I always gravitate towards but do purchase some drugstore items sometimes. That Tom Ford Bornzer brush looks so lush x

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    1. I really need to try out some more drugstore products!

      Danielle xx

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  2. I'm a fan of high end makeup too but am yet to try any Tom Ford! My favourite high end brands are Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass and Pat McGrath xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Tom Ford is just one of them brands that is daunting to start with because of the price, but once you start using it, you realise why it is worth the high price tag!

      Danielle xx

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  3. Those products sound very nice ! Thank you for sharing your thoughts !
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  4. I don't have any of these products but I love seeing luxury makeup! The Tom Ford lipsticks are gorgeous, they're like a work of art x

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    1. They are stunning, I didn't want to use it to start with!

      Danielle xx

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  5. Charlotte Tilbury & Marc jacobs are brands I definitely want to try! The most expensive makeup in my collection is the Huda desert dusk palette as well as the hourglass blushes & bronzer.

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    1. That looks like such a beautiful product, I would love to get my hands on it!

      Danielle xx

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  6. The magic cream is something I really want to try! I've been using the nars matte concealer most days now, I do really like it but I'm still not sure if it's a firm favourite. It is very convenient though and blends in well with a beauty blender x

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    1. I love the Magic Cream, expensive but well worth the money!

      Danielle xx

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  7. Ooh I love this idea for a post! You have some really gorgeous products within your collection. I love the look of the Marc Jacobs bronzer, it's so pretty xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

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    1. It is so lovely and buttery, I would highly recommend it to anybody!

      Danielle xx

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  8. I love posts like these! The packaging is usually what does it for me with more expensive products...
    I'm dying to try the Marc Jacobs bronzer, I had no idea it was that similar to Hoola (which I love!)

    Also that Tom Ford brush, I wish I could justify the price for that :O I'm absolutely fine with the one from Real Techniques I've got now. I also have the Hoola one, which I love for a bit of a contoured look, but still blended out very well. Because of the tapered shape it's just a bit more precise than any other big fluffy bronzer brush. it's really soft, too! Highly recommend it ;-)

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    1. I love Real Techniques brushes, for the money I think they are stunning!

      Danielle xx

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