Rome and Duty Free; Makeup Haul

Last month I visited Rome, I went for 4 days from Thursday to Sunday. Rome is a now favourite city of mine and I had the most amazing time. I might do a blogpost on Rome with lots of photos and I’ll stop rambling before I start weeping because I’m not there now. These are high end products which is why I wanted to wait till I was going on holiday to purchase them as often you can get them better value. In Rome, there was two sephoras (yes I went and bought something in both of them) which worked out cheaper than the sterling price. But.. they had 15% discount cards as well so I actually saved a lot more! I got one product in duty free at the first leg of the journey as we had transfer flights and we wouldn’t have time in amsterdam to shop. 
The first product I bought was the chanel perfection lumière foundation in the shade 20 beige. I have never used a foundation before I purchased this as I have always been very dubious as using the wrong foundation can really badly react with your skin causing irritations and breakouts. I have never felt the need with my skin to use a foundation until recently when I found unevenness in my skin tone and spots more frequently. This is a special formula for oily skin, if your skin isn’t oily then there are chanel foundations for pretty much every skin type. This is quite a liquid consistency but it glides over the skin beautifully. It is light to medium coverage but I think it does a really good job especially at covering redness and imperfections. This is sold on the high street for £36 but I bought it for £30 in duty free which is a sixth of the price off. I think I got a good deal and the people in duty free are so helpful when you’re looking for a product but aren’t sure what you want exactly. I apply this with a foundation brush to the areas that need it then buff it in with a buffing brush. If my skin is having a good day, I mix a bit of primer with a small amount of foundation and use it like a tinted moisturiser. 

At least one of the naked palettes is on every beauty loving girl’s wish list! In sephora I bought the original naked palate, can I just emphasise how much fangirling I did when I saw it. I chose the original palette because I felt like it had the most wearable colours with browny and pinky nudes and a couple of darker shades. These eyeshadows are so pigmented with very little fall off which is great if you’re like me and do your base makeup first! I actually use a couple of the colours as top lid eyeliners as they’re so pigmented that you can’t tell that it isn’t a pencil. I feel there is a lot of possible combinations with the perfect colours for a nude eye, a bronze eye, a smoky eye and a pinky purple eye. So many people say they hate the velvet, magnetic packaging but I absolutely love it. I think you get an amazing quality brush as most palette brushes are rubbish and I never use them, I would actually buy the brush as a separate product! I do kind of wish the mirror was the full size of the inside lid as it would be a perfect on the go makeup mirror, you can’t see much in the small mirror. I think I bought this for €50 which in pounds works out about £35 so its not that much cheaper than if you buy it in sterling but I don’t think I’d spend that much money if I wasn’t in holiday mode abroad.

Before I start can I please just emphasise how coral/red this lipstick looks in the photos, but please trust me that this is a pinky nude. This is the nars lipstick in the shade brigitte, I really love the name, it sounds like an English boarding school girl’s name. These lipsticks are so moisturising which I find so helpful as I naturally have really dry lips. I love the sleek, magnetic packaging, I think it makes it really feel like a luxury product. This was a “I’ve already spent so much money so one more thing won’t hurt” buy. I’ve never been super into lipsticks like aside from this I only have a red lipstick and a pink lipstick but I think as I’m growing up and exploring more into makeup, lipsticks are entering my makeup bag. I really love this product and it’s my go to lipstick to wear effortlessly. I can’t remember how much I bought this for but I got a good price for it as sephora had a 15% discount but it is sold on the high street for £24.

This nars highlighter has been raved about by youtubers for a long time so I thought it was about time I tried it for myself. Copacabana illuminator is the most popular highlighter in the range and it comes in liquid or stick form. I chose liquid form as the stick is quite a bit dearer and the woman in sephora said the tube actually lasts long. The swatch of this looks silver and metallic but it is pink and once blended in it just gives a subtle highlight that shimmers in the light. Again, I can’t remember how much I paid for this but it is sold for £23 on the high street.

These are swatches of all the above items – top left to bottom right – Nars brigitte audacious lipstick, Nars copacabana illuminator, Chanel perfection lumière long-wear flawless fluid makeup, Naked eyeshadow palette naked, buck and toasted 

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