The trees are down, sparkles put away, the cheese has all been eaten, and Christmas suddenly feels like a very distant memory in contrast to the cold, dark 2018 mornings and empty bank accounts.
But today I’m going to talk Christmas anyway – or, more specifically, I’m going to talk about the beauty gifts I received for Christmas now I’ve had time to properly try them out.
Here are my thoughts…
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand
Sometimes you try out a beauty product and can’t believe how amazing it is. It’s rare, of course, considering how many products are out there, but it’s a feeling I’ve experienced a handful of times – Soap & Glory’s Hocus Focus, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Dipbrow Pomade, Rimmel’s Match Perfection concealer, Max Factor’s Creme Puff Blushes… and this, Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Miracle Eye Wand.
I’ve raved about this product in the past, after I used Feel Unique’s sample service and fell in love with it. Of course, at £30 a pop it’s a bit pricier than the Boots Seventeen concealer I usually turn to, so when my mum asked for Christmas ideas I knew I had to suggest it.
It comes with an eye cream in one end to moisturise, then a peach toned concealer to neutralise dark circles. It’s a dream to work with, lasts all day, and doesn’t crease up like a lot of heavier duty concealers tend to. It’s one of those products I genuinely can’t believe I lived without before – and believe me as someone who is more often disappointed in beauty products than amazed, that’s not a statement I make lightly.
Urban Decay Brow Beater Eyebrow Pencil
As I mentioned above, my one true love when it comes to eyebrow products is Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – it’s creamy, can be applied to look both natural and ‘instagram brow-y’, lasts all day, and there’s a huge shade range.
However, when my Ultimate Basics palette arrived with a smashed pan, House of Fraser gave us a voucher to apologise (their customer service is fab by the way, I’ve never shopped with them but definitely would now after how easily they sorted the issue out).
I used the voucher to try out this Urban Decay eyebrow pencil, which is a great shade match for my brows (I got it in ‘Dark’ and it’s neither to reddy or to ashy). It was easy to apply to the tail, the front of my brow was a bit tricker but blended in and looked very natural once I ran the brush that comes on the other end of the pencil through it. It did take a bit longer than Dipbrow because it covered a much smaller area than my slanted eyebrow brush does, which is a shame as I was hoping it’d be a super lazy ‘quick fix’ brow for minimal makeup days.
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics
I’ve still not had time to fully test this because, well, snoozing an alarm 12 times doesn’t leave much room for eyeshadow application on a daily basis. The 12 matte shades were what drew me to the palette – I found myself wanting to use matte shadows more but I didn’t actually have many in my collection. They’re neutral, which if you know me you’ll know is perfect as I tend to play it very safe when it comes to eye make up.
It’s smooth to apply, lasts all day, and there’s a decent range of shades depending how smoky I fancy my smoky eye to be on any given day02.