I didn't want to take a huge amount of products with me to Paris last week, so broke out a tiny sampling of tried and trusted favourites, and new bits that needed a good testing, and made do with one - ONE! - lipstick whilst I was there. I figured, hey, it's Paris, there's a Sephora on the doorstep if it all goes wrong!
Luckily, it didn't. Here's what I took:
Clockwise from bottom left:
DJV Beautenizer Volume Lash Mascara: I get mine from Cult Beauty, it's simply the best tubing mascara I've used. I love it. I occasionally use it in conjunction with the same company's Fibrewig mascara which is better for lengthening, and hey, I get to sing Fibrewig to the Spiderpig theme for the rest of the day...
Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in LotsO' Latte and Fuller Fudge: Both taupe-ish shades, though Fuller fudge has a touch more orange/copper in the mix. These are simple, and easy to use, and are very silky to apply without dragging. They take a bit of building up though, and I discovered that they do need a primer underneath or they crease and fade quite badly (albeit slowly). I like them, but I don't love them, to be honest, I think I'd like them more if they were slightly more pigmented, and (ironically) a bit thinner. I may try some of the less neutral shades and see how I like those.
Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser in Glow: I love this. I need a back up. It's nourishing and gives good buildable courage with just a hint of a sheen. It makes my skin look amazing. I need a back up (possibly in a slightly lighter shade), did I mention that?
Illamasqua Liquid Liner in Abyss: My holy grail liquid liner. This one is nearly dead after almost two years of almost-daily usage. I need a replacement.
Green People Mineral Powder Blush in Peach (with Louise Young blusher brush): This is a delightfully soft blusher that gives you a slight glow without shimmer. Very natural looking, and not too much on the orange side.
And finally: Givenchy Le Rouge in Carmin Escarpin: I'm a shallow so-and-so, and, I have to admit, that I mainly packed this because it's an extremely stylish lipstick, clad in chrome and leather, and, well ... Givenchy were kind enough to send me a sample that had been engraved with my name:
Who can resist such luxury? Luckily for Givenchy (and the Lippie mush), the formula is a winner too. Lightweight and matte, with great slip, it's a fabulous red lipstick, which felt perfectly at home in Paris! Lasting time is about average for such a bright colour, but reapplying is no real hardship, let's face it!
There we have it, seven products and a brush. What would you take on holiday with you?
The Fine Print: Mixture of PR Samples, purchases and re-purchases, with more re-purchases to come.
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