New In | Dior, Tom Ford & More

Lately I've been reassessing my entire makeup collection (with empties posts coming at you left and right) in anticipation of my move in September. Tidying up made room for some new things! Part of this haul was funded from cashing in all of the Shoppers Drug Mart I'd saved. Free is the best feeling.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop – I did an entire post on this heavenly powder last week. It deserves to be the star of the show so check that out here. #HighlightOnFleek

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolour Blush in Shimmering Lotus – One of my favourite Youtubers Lily Pebbles raved about this in a recent video. The net covering in this reminds me of the cushion compacts that are so popular at the moment. This is described as a "goldy pink" but to me it's a true coral with gold shimmer. This gives a super dewy and seamless cheek colour. However it isn't a stain (and doesn't claim to be long-lasting), so I notice it wears away after a few hours.

Dior Glow Maximizer Primer – Because of the packaging I thought this would be a pearly white primer but instead it's a neutral champagne. This isn't suitable for every skin colour so if you have very fair or very dark skin test this first. It isn't glittery but packs some serious radiance.  This is similar to the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, but the Pixi primer has more peachy tones to colour correct instead. 

Diorskin Nude BB Creme in 002 Fair – Read why I think this has perfect packaging here. It has fantastic coverage for a BB cream and really smoothly blends into the skin, plus it has broad spectrum SPF 10. The lightest shade 001 is one to avoid because of the very strong pink tone, but my shade 002 is a good match.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita and Echo – BLUE lipstick?! What has gotten into me? I've been obsessed with interesting lip colours lately, so a "chestnut rose" and "satin navy blue" sounded too good to pass up. My first thoughts are that they are very pigmented and look best applied in thin layers over a lip liner (to even out your lips first and help prevent the colour from settling in lines). I have yet to test the wear time of these, though – would anyone be interested in seeing a tutorial with one or both of these? 

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper – This dual-ended eyeliner is outrageously expensive, full stop. This liner features a long flexible nib on one end and a shorter precision tip on the other. It's weighty, so it's very easy to balance and hold steady. Even on hot summer days the long wearing formula doesn't transfer. All told I really love this eyeliner, so if you're an eyeliner fiend and have some spare $$ check this out!

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in Beige Sunrise – I've never tried lip plumpers before and the new nude shade of the Lip Maximizer won me over. I'm not sure of the exact science behind this gloss but it definitely works. It was immediately cooling and smoothing on the lips. After about five minutes there was tingling sensation which does feel a bit prickly but not painful. Hyaluronic acid, collagen and marine fillers also work to plump your lips. If you're looking for instant results, try this out – I'll continue to test it and see if there are long-term results.

Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry Lush – This was a gift from my parents  and I was so happy to receive it because I love the Tom Ford lipstick formula. This is a true red with blue undertones. It's the most classic red that Tom Ford does, unlike Wild Ginger which leans orange or the darker Scarlet Rouge. The formula leaves the lips with a very soft and lustrous finish. It's such a standout colour that it's best to pair this one with a lip liner. 

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Nude Pop – I really love the formula of this lipstick line, and already owned Melon Pop. Top marks for the unscented, pigmented formula housed in a chic, colour-coded tube.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water – I'd heard so much hype around this product that I knew I had to try it for myself. It's described as the "lightest, purest, and most refreshing form" of the original Smashbox primer. I still need to try this more before I give a final review, but so far I've noticed that this helps water-based foundations blend if I spritz it on my face first.

Clarins Fix Make-Up – This spray not only sets makeup but contains silica to give shine and vitamin C for radiance. Still, I don't fully believe that this is worth the price tag – $30 per 30ml (~1 oz), whereas a bottle of the Urban Decay All Night Spray the same size is half the price ($15)! The glass bottle is beautiful but delicate, so I wouldn't want to travel with this.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – I've been having a moment with Kat Von D and even zoomed back in time to watch the first season of L.A. Ink. Her makeup line has some serious attitude and I was really drawn to this eyeshadow palette. Neutral, cool, and warm eyeshadows are grouped together. I can't stop using the red-brown Succubus, the perfect neutral Samael and the peachy Ludwin.

Bumble and bumble Brilliantine – One of my favourite blogs That Grace Girl dedicated an entire post to this oil-based styling cream (read it here) and I knew that I had to try it. Grace described it as giving "languid, perfectly separated, glossy waves" which I have to agree with. I've only used this a handful of times so far, but every time it has left me with smooth, shiny waves. However I'm not sure how this would work on other hair types (I have fine hair but lots of it, with a loose curl), so expect a full review on this in the future.

Have you tried any of these cosmetics?