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Cult Beauty Products Worth The Hype

You know the feeling. You're reading a blog post, scrolling through Instagram or watching a beauty guru on Youtube and it seems like all anyone can talk about is that product. You read countless blog posts about it, eye up swatches and hear rave reviews; people are saying it's 'holy grail status.' You feel like you're the living incarnation of the heart-eyed emoji until finally you cave and buy the product for yourself, sorry wallet.

After you've taken the plunge I find cult beauty products usually either exceed expectations or they just don't live up to the hype surrounding it, which can be really disappointing. To help you sort the gems from the flops, here are some cult status products that are definitely worth the hype:

I'm sure you've all heard of the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette. The shiny packaging alone sparked my magpie-like tendencies but the product itself is brilliant too. Pricy AKA ridiculously expensive but worth it. The contour shade is a subtle medium brown tone that's perfect for some serious cheekbone sculpting, while the luminous champagne highlight gives me that 'lit from within' look that I can't get enough of. Both powders are finely milled and ridiculously pigmented, so despite the hefty price tag you're still getting your money's worth in my opinion.

Essie nail polishes seem to be all anyone can talk about nowadays and it's easy to see why. With a huge shade range they've got all your classic colours plus some really unique shades that I haven't seen anywhere else (I'm looking at you Maximillian Strasse-Her). The brush is slim which makes it easy to coat your nails and I find with a little Seche Vite top coat my polish stays chip free for the good part of a week.

Bold claim, but I'd go so far as to say that the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is the best foundation I've ever used...when applied with a beauty blender. If you've tried this and didn't think it was all that, try giving it another whirl using a beauty blender. Despite the name it's actually not the most glowy of foundations but it does give my skin a natural dewy finish with medium coverage. The shade range is a huge drawcard here as well; I'm the palest shade (Siberia) and it's nice to find a foundation that's light enough for me and doesn't make me look like an Oompa Loompa.

When I was younger I oddly used to think Jo Malone perfumes were for older people? Not like grandma old but I'd seen my mum use Jo Malone for years so I just assumed 'adults' bought them and they weren't for me. Well guess what, I'm 21 now and I half, kind of, maybe sometimes think of myself as an adult so embrace me Jo Malone! Wild Bluebell and English Pear are my go to scents; there's something very fresh about these perfumes where no matter how much you spray they're never overpowering or sickening. Plus, I may or may not feel like a really classy adult when I use these...

So now I have to know, what cult beauty products do you think are worth the hype?

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136 comments:

  1. I really want to try that Charlotte Tilbury powder duo - I have heard so many amazing things and it looks incredible! I totally agree with Essie nailpolishes, I like them so much better than any other brand that I own (OPI, cough cough).

    I need to try the Jo Malone perufmes - I have one of their candles and it's incredible.

    MargaritaChi.co

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    1. I'm completely enabling you but you should take the plunge with the CT palette, it's so good.
      Ah I need to try the Jo Malone candles, they're just so damn expensive in Aus!

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    2. I definitely will! I'll try and purchase in NYC next month as I want to try it before buying (no stockists in Brisbane, unfortunately!). I'm sure it will be amazing and live up to the hype, though!

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  2. Completely agree about Jo Malone! I always thought it was for older people but I've been blown away by their scents this year :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. Oh I'm glad it's not just me! Maybe it's because their packaging is so minimal?

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  3. I would love to try these products! The red Essie nail color is so pretty!
    xx Elle

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    1. It's called Fifth Avenue, one of my favourite bright red shades!

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  4. I have to agree with you on the nars foundation. It is TOTALLY worth the hype. It's like giving you second flawless skin. It's light and has great coverage. I love it!

    www.blushingkay.com

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    1. Exactly! I've been using it for about 4 years now non stop.

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  5. I only like Jo Malone perfume, other perfumes make me feel nauseous, but I live in Australia so will only buy them when I'm overseas as the price here is ridiculous. I love Chantecaille future skin foundation but may give Nars a try as my wallet would like a rest.

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    1. Chantecaille is pretty expensive in Australia as well, actually, pretty much all makeup is expensive here! :(

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  6. I've never been in looove with the NARS sheer glow, perhaps I'll need to give it a try with a beauty blender! Thanks for the tip :) I feel like there are always brands that remind me of adults - Jo Malone, Estee Lauder, Clinique, etc. But hey - they're great products which is why so many older ladies love em! I've definitely got my eye on a few Jo Malone scents!

    Cindy | www.cindyhyue.com

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    1. Oh yeah you're right, Estee Lauder and Clinique remind me of adults as well! Definitely take the plunge with Jo Malone, I literally stopped wearing all my other perfumes after I bought a few Jo Malone's, they all just seemed way too overpowering compared to the JM scents.

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  7. I love Essie polishes, I have collected classic colours over the years and I think they're the best polish brand out there.
    I'm dying to try Jo Malone one day... I'm really curious if it's really that good. :)

    Lucija
    http://coffeeandlux.com

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    1. If you're a fan of fresh scents and floral, fruity smells that are quite light then I think you'll like Jo Malone :)

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  8. Great, interesting reviews on everything hun! I love the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette so much too! I got it as a birthday present and have loved it ever since. But I really want to try the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. I can't believe I haven't tried one of their foundations yet. Also your claim to it being the best foundation you have ever tried, basically means that I need it lol.

    - www.veebzboo.com
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    1. I got it as a present as well! I don't know if I would've paid for it on my own (that sucker is expensive) but I'm so glad I have it. Definitely give the Sheer Glow a try, I don't know why but when I try applying it with a brush or my fingers it just doesn't look as good as when I use the beauty blender!

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  9. YES the Charlotte Tilbury compact is the best! I love how luxurious it feels and it looks so pretty on my dressing table too :) Also agree with you about Essie, Maximillian Strasse-Her is one of my fave shades. Really want to get NARS Sheer Glow, last time I tried it on the assistant matched me to the wrong colour and it just looked awful, I'm going to go back another time and try again! x

    Brigitte | brigittehayley.com

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    1. It took me a while to find the right shade as well, it's funny how even if you're shade match is slightly off it can make or break your opinions on the foundation. Hope you find a good shade and it works for you this time round! x

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  10. Yes! I have heard about the palette a countless number of times. Definitely feeling the need to explore into the world of Charlotte Tilbury with all these rave reviews going around!

    Anna xx
    http://thefashionscents.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Oh yeah there's so much hype around all Charlotte TIlbury products in general at the moment, there's so many more of her products I'd like to give a whirl.

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  11. Essie nail polishes are my favorite! The are seriously amazing, although last year I was very disappointed by their Matte Cashmere collection. Other than that they are seriously my go-to brand!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Me too! Luckily I never tried their Matte Cashmere collection so I haven't been disappointed by them.

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  12. I have such a struggle finding foundations that don't make me look so orange! My skin tone is soo light. I am currently trying Nars Luminous Foundation in Monte Blanc, and I love it, but it is still too light.. I will need to give Nars Sheer Glow a try! Thanks for the post!
    leavingericafootprints.blogspot.com

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    1. I used to use Mont Blanc in Sheer Glow but it was a little too orange toned for me I think, I wear Siberia now which is quite a bit lighter but it has much more even/neutral undertones in my opinion :)

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  13. I agree with all of these :D I love my Jo Malone fragrance over summer, Essie polishes come in so many amazing shades, Filmstar Bronze & Glow is stunning and Nars Sheer Glow is my holy grail xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Happy you liked the post Jasmine, I wear Jo Malone all year round though, can't get enough of the stuff!

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  14. Nars is such a lovely foundation! Definitely one of my favourites. I'd love Filmstar Bronze and Glow, it looks so beautiful! May have to put that on my Christmas list!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

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    1. Definitely do! I think it'd be a perfect Christmas gift.

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  15. The Charlotte Tilbury palette looks amazing but I always dread paying a small fortune for something that might disappoint!!

    www.ohsobecky.com

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    1. I'm the same! I want to try more products from CT but they're all so damn expensive that I don't want to pick wrong then regret it.

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  16. I haven't owned Nars Sheer Glow for a while now but I think I need to pick it up again. I've forgotten how good it is and I think this post has reminded me!

    Georgia Jade | The Weekend Attic

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    1. Hopefully it lives up to how you remember it! I think if they ever discontinued it I'd be devastated, haha

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  17. I love it the essie nail polishes
    xx

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  18. LOVED this post. I have been dying to try NARS sheer glow but didn't know if it would be worth the price! Glad to know you're loving it...I may have to pick it up asap!

    lynyrdgolightly.blogspot.com

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  19. LOVED this post. I have been dying to try NARS sheer glow but didn't know if it would be worth the price! Glad to know you're loving it...I may have to pick it up asap!

    lynyrdgolightly.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Lindsey! I think it's definitely worth the price and it lasts me a decent amount of time :)

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  20. I so need to jump up on the Jo Malone bandwagon -- they sound fab!

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. They're expensive (in Australis especially) but so worth it.

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  21. Essie is my favourite, I love the big brushes
    Maddy, xo

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    1. Essie is great, but I actually think the brush is pretty small compared to some others I've tried.

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  22. I have been wanting to try a jo maline perfume but for some reason I find all the fragrances far too strong for me! Or am I just picking out the wrong ones? Anyway sheer glow foundation sure is a treat and love the colour range they have. I also love their new foundation which has such high coverage and looks beautiful too. Lovely post x

    Sara Ali | www.saraswonderland.com

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    1. They do have a few scents that are too strong for me as well but their floral and fruity scents are usually beautiful! Give Wild Bluebell, English Pear & Freesia and their Nectarine & Honey perfumes a sniff, I think all of those are lovely and not overpowering :)

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  23. Loving all of these products and totally agree with Nars Sheer Glow, it's been one of my favourite foundations and never breaks me out! Absolutely adore it xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

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    1. Oh yeah I forgot to mention that in my post, that fact that Sheer Glow doesn't break me out is such a huge plus!

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  24. I love this post - I really wish I could afford the Charlotte Tilbury palette, it's so beautiful. I think the Naked palettes are worth the hype, and the Benefit Roller Lash! xx

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    1. Sadly the Roller Lash didn't work too well for me but I agree that the Naked palettes are worth all the hype they get!

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  25. I haven't bought any makeup in awhile but this is giving me some makeup fever now! I've never tried any Jo Malone perfumes before and I've heard any great things so I just might! When you mean ffresh do you mean like floral fresh or like clean laundry fresh?

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    1. Well they have lots of different fragrance families like floral, spicy, fruity, woodsy etc, but I've found the perfumes in the fruity, citrus and floral ranges to be very fresh as in the scent makes you smell very clean, to the point where someone probably wouldn't be able to tell you sprayed perfume because you just smell nice, if that makes sense. Usually I find with other perfumes it's really obvious when you wear them because the scent is just kind of unnatural and overpowering.

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  26. I've been obsessing about Jo Malone since I went inside their store in Paris. Everything smelled so amazing; I regret not buying anything. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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    1. Oh wow I bet their Paris store looked amazing as well. I think Jo Malone perfumes make great christmas gifts, so it's never too late! haha

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  27. Essie nail polishes are the best! They have such a wide range of colours and the quality is amazing, definitely my favour nail polish brand x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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    1. I don't think I could choose an all time favourite brand but Essie is definitely one of the best for sure x

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  28. I really want to try the Filmstar Bronze and Glow, but I don't think I'd get much use out of the highlight shade cause I like a really strong one hahaha. But I admit that the packaging is so cute.

    becky ♡ star violet

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    1. Oh no the highlight shade is really pigmented, I use it lightly but you could definitely use a heavier hand and build that sucker up!

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  29. Everyone seems to love the Nars foundation! I have oily skin so I've been hesitant to buy it but I may have to make an exception!

    dyannedavid.blogspot.com

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    1. If your skin is super oily I'm not sure how long it'd last on your skin, but if you set it with powder hopefully it'll work well for you :)

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  30. Thanks for sharing :)

    www.eatlovemerry.com

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  31. Agree with every product in this post! Especially Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow - I am yet to find a more natural and easy to use contouring kit. Not to mention the packaging is so beautiful!

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Exactly! Every time I use it I spend half the day looking at my nice highlighted cheeks in the mirror, haha

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  32. As soon as I saw the title of this post, I had a feeling the Charlotte Tilbury palette would have made its way onto the list! Everyone seems to give it glowing reviews - excuse the pun ;)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  33. I really want to get CT palette-it looks gorgeous- however price tag kinda puts me off! x

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. I was the same, I actually got someone else to grab it for me while they were overseas. Maybe it's one to add to the Xmas wish list?

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  34. I've been dying to get my hands on that Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar palette but it's ridiculously expensive. Maybe one day when I have a bit more money than my student loan!! :)

    Anything & Everything | Bloglovin'

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    1. Ah yeah I definitely don't miss the student budget life!

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  35. Ah I super want that Charlotte Tilbury palette but haven't been able to take the plunge yet. Also most of the polishes in my collection are Essie as well, but I really don't think the quality is that great and they're not free of harmful chemicals either. But the color selection is too good and I find myself wanting a couple of new shades every season!

    xx freshfizzle

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    1. Oh really? I actually find the quality to be quite good- that's part of why I like them so much! Maybe it depends on which shade you get?

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  36. These are literally my all of my favourite products!! -I even believe I have the same shades in the essie polishes. Haha, such good picks!

    I haven't tried filmstar bronze & go yet though, I'm being very tempted but have resisted thus far... it's only a matter of time though lets be real :/

    Bethany x

    www.bethanyalicemarie.co.uk

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    1. Yeah don't worry it was the same for me. At first I was all "I don't need it" but then I completely caved!

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  37. I'm glad to hear the NARS sheer glow is worth the hype. I've heard both it's worth the hype and then that it's not, but more so on the worth it side. I do love all of these products! xx, adaatude.com

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    1. I was the same, I'm always hesitant before buying a new makeup product but with something like the Sheer Glow where most people seem to love it, I feel like I may as well try it because chances are I'll like it.

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  38. I really liked this post, sometimes it can be hard to figure out if a product is worth buying! I have a love hate relationship with Essie polishes - the colors are gorgeous, and I love that they regularly come out with new ones, but they chip so easily on my nails, even with a top coat.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. I agree, I feel like a lot of products are over hyped so it can be hard to figure out what's actually worth your money! Have you tried the Seche Vite topcoat? I haven't found a better one on the market so far.

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  39. I agree with you on all of these products, especially the CT Bronze & Glow! xx

    Beautylymin

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  40. Dying to try the CT bronze & glow but hadn't taken the plunge. I think you have convinced me. www.champagneinateacup.wordpress. com

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  41. I also adore Nars foundation. Will want to try Jo Malone!

    Kisses from the Philippines!
    - Seyra
    www.pavementsarerunways.com

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    1. You should definitely give them a go, I think you'd love Jo Malone!

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  42. Seems like great products!

    summerdaisy.net

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  43. i'm dying to try some charlotte tilbury stuff! i got my first jo malone perfume this summer in rome and i'm obsessed!

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. I got my first one in London! I feel like when you buy your first one overseas it makes you like it even more.

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  44. I have only just found my first Jo Malone love! And I love all of these products you mention they are so worth the hype xx

    franklyflawless.com

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  45. I need to get my hands on some Jo Malone perfume. I'm obsessed with her fragrances.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. There are so many nice ones, I'd really like to get some more as well!

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  46. What a great list and also gift guide. I do not own any of these products and will be reading into them
    to see if they would be a good fit for me as well :)
    thanks!
    xx

    http://potsofsmiles.blogspot.com/

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  47. YES TO JO MALONE!! love wild blue bell too! I'm also digging the current wood sage and sea salt!

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

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  48. Essie nail polishes are my fav, too! And I love Jo Malone fragrances - my fav one is 'Ginger Biscuit', but I think it's discontinued now. :( <3

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oh too bad, that sounds like it would've been an amazing scent!

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  49. I'm dying to try Charlotte Tilbury products!

    lifeisashoe

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  50. Yes to everything. I love all these products that you mentioned in this post. Xx

    eLLa
    every LiTTLE thing07

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  51. Love your post, great content!

    Only 4 MORE MONDAYS till CHRISTMAS!!

    MyLyfeMyStory

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  52. Great selection. I've been meaning to get products from Charlotte Tilbury.. they look awesome

    Kisses,
    BLOG | Taislany

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    1. Thanks Taislany, I'd love to try some more Charlotte Tilbury products as well. There are so many that look really good!

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  53. I'm totally in love with Essie nail polishes. They're the only ones I buy! I definitely agree with all of your reasons to love this brand!

    Sartorial Diner

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    1. I think my favourite nail polishes are tied between Essie, OPI and Nails Inc!

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  54. I'm really wanting to try Jo Malone perfumes! I've heard such great things! I've been obsessed with their candles for ages! Xx

    www.theemasphere.com

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    1. Ah and I really want to try out their candles!

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  55. I love, love, love Essie - they have so many glorious colours and the quality is great too!!! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk
    http://www.youtube.com/sprinklesofstyle

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  56. I'm SUCH a huge fan of the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, everyone needs to have it! I also love Essie nailpolishes too :-)

    Mia / stoneandpearl.co

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    1. I agree, the Sheer Glow is a staple in my routine :)

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  57. Thanks for the reviews - always nice to know which products are worth the hype or not! Love essie polishes so much!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. That's how I feel as well, especially because there are so many over hyped products out there!

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  58. I NEED to try Nars Sheer Glow as so many people love it!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  59. I love your writing style! I would definitely say the L'Oreal Superliner and the Benefit Boing Concealer are two beauty products I am obsessed with.
    http://nxha.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Neha, I really want to try the L'Oreal super liner.

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  60. The Filmstar Bronze & Glow is so good, it's totally worth the price tag for sure! I'm loving all of your picks, definitely some of my favorites.

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    1. Thanks Faith, we both must have similar taste (aka good taste) haha
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  61. I really want to try that Charlotte Tilbury palette and the NARS foundations! They sound absolutely fantastic!! Thanks for sharing :)

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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    1. You definitely should, they're worth the splurge!

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  62. One day I will own the CT Filmstar Bronze & Glow... one day! xx

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

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  63. I had an iffy experience with the NARS sheer glow foundation. I don't hate it but I don't love it. It just doesn't want to sit properly on my skin, which is a shame because the glow is gorgeous.

    http://themakeup-gypsy.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Not to sound like a walking beauty blender advert but did you try applying it with a beauty blender? I actually don't like this foundation on me if I apply it any other way, it sits weird on my skin!

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  64. It's funny, I always thought Jo Malone was for older people as well! The CT bronze and glow palette is so pretty, I'd buy it for the packaging alone.
    Ivory Avenue

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    1. So strange isn't it! I wonder why so many people assume it's for older people? I feel like maybe that's poor marketing on their end or something.

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  65. I've tried the Nars Sheer Glow and wasn't that impressed but I never tried it with a beauty blender so I may have to give it another go! I too am the lightest shade and I LOVE how it matches my skin! I keep it handy because if another foundation is too dark, I'll mix it with Siberia to make it lighter! Works like a charm!

    Shannon Sage

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  66. Oh that's a brilliant idea, I never would've thought to do that!

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  67. I still haven't tied the Jo Malone perfumes or candles, they're something on my wish list and I need to get them sooner rather than later! :)

    Got to love Urban decay, I think they've been my best items along with a few from Clarins' too - great brands both of them and you can count on them for quality too! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  68. I totally agree. I am a hoarder of Jo Malone fragrances, I only buy the smaller sizes because I like to mix and layer them.
    I can remember when I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow I thought to myself this better be worth it for £55 and it really was. Not I have even had to repurchase it because I ran out!
    x

    www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  69. I totally agree. I am a hoarder of Jo Malone fragrances, I only buy the smaller sizes because I like to mix and layer them.
    I can remember when I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow I thought to myself this better be worth it for £55 and it really was. Not I have even had to repurchase it because I ran out!
    x

    www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  70. I totally agree. I am a hoarder of Jo Malone fragrances, I only buy the smaller sizes because I like to mix and layer them.
    I can remember when I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow I thought to myself this better be worth it for £55 and it really was. Not I have even had to repurchase it because I ran out!
    x

    www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. I've never thought to layer my Jo Malone perfumes but that's a brilliant idea, especially because each scent is so light!

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