01 May 2013

Best In Beauty: April Favourites from Urban Decay, Nails Inc, Dior, Estee Lauder, Chanel and Clarisonic!

April was a strange aul’ month in beauty. While the spring releases were flying and some of the summer launches started to land on my desk, outside it was feckin’ freezing. Some days it even snowed.

I coped with the unseasonal weather by paring back my beauty routine and ramping up my skincare efforts and, in the process, discovered my latest beauty loves.
April Beauty Favourites

ONE The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette  
I thought my life was complete with Urban Decay’s Naked palette but, fickle consumer that I am, its successor has quickly supplanted it in my affections. The Naked 2 offers more cool toned options and contains 12 chic neutral shades that blend like buttah, baby.
TWO Clarisonic Mia

I’m planning a post on my current skincare routine (because I just know it’s been keeping you up at night with the wondering!) but basically, it all revolves around this. I was given the Clarisonic Mia to coincide with its official launch in Ireland last month and am enraptured with its pore tightening, blemish busting, skin softening ways.

Dior Diorshow Art Pen Eyeliner

THREE Dior Diorshow Art Pen
For a crisp, precise and effortless line that is blacker than black, it’s hard to beat this new felt tip lovely by Dior. Sadly, it’s also €34 and so whether I will purchase when this PR sample runs dry is a matter of how long, exactly, it takes for that to happen…
FOUR Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee in 'Heat Wave’

This absolute stunner of a highlighter, Heat Wave, is the standout item from Estée Lauder’s summer collection this year.  I’ve kept it close at hand from the moment it arrived – not just to wear, though it gives a delightfully flattering finish, but just to gaze at adoringly throughout the day. It is just that pretty. 

FIVE Nails Inc Feather Effect Nail Polish in Edinburgh
A few commenters were too distracted by my nails to pay enough attention to the lovely Armani Fluid Sheer I was talking about and you know what? I can’t blame you. For all of its soft and delicate ways, the Nails Inc Feather Effect polish is still a showstopper. The effect is really more Hundreds 'n' Thousands than feathery, if I’m honest, but I love it anyway.
SIX Chanel 1932

Elegant and sparkling, with tender notes of jasmine, iris, sandalwood and bergamot, 1932 continues to make me swoon. Read my full review and find out why you need this in your life.

Tried any of this little lot? I’d love to know your thoughts, or to hear what you’ve been loving of late!


Anonymous said...

Great picks! That Estée Lauder highlighter looks stunning!

Karen Constantine said...

Great choices... That liner looks may-ja on you and is my favourite look on you :) Gonna have to give the Clarisonic a whirl soon

Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

Emma, I´m really looking forward to your skincare update. I am thinking about getting a Clarisonic Mia myself - it would be very helpful! :)

Also which face cleanser do you use? I feel like I´ve tried them ALL but still feel no love haha


Anibani said...

lovely faves :)

little t said...

I used Naked 2 on my sister for her wedding day. In love with it.

I still haven't invested in a clarisonic...

Adele said...

I'm interested in trying the Diorshow Art pen as your eyeliner is just SO perfect!!
Happy Wednesday Hun xoxo

Gem | Miss Makeup Magpie ♥ said...

Oh my god that Dior eyeliner pen looks like heaven! I adore liquid or felt liners so I just know I'd love this. I think this might be one to save my Boots or Debenhams points for!!! xx

Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

Real College Student of Atlanta said...

love this makeup, so much fun!

Makeup Monster said...

That Estee Lauder looks amazing!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

That highlighter is simply gorgeous!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Sam said...

Loveleeee picks! I would want every one of them in my beauty box, love the liner, it looks far simpler to use than the ones I have. The Urban palette is a makeup must have and the nail polish is so pretty!

Kim Alston said...

Good for you! I love my Clarisonic Mia. Gotta try that DIOR! Nice!

Emma said...

Ooh Emma I'm so excited about all these bits! The Dior liner looks so perfect on you, a far cry from the
€3 Essence one I'm using at the moment! I'm so impressed with the Estée Lauder highlighter, it's almost too pretty to use. I'm a huge fan of the Naked 2 palette, I could use it everyday!

Hope you're having a great week Emma!

Emma x

Chantel said...

I love that eyeshadow palette.

Caramella said...

Gorgeous products, I love them!

Laura said...

I definitely love the Naked 2 more! Dior liner looks fab, I've been using the Maybelline Master Precise one, which is great for a cheaper option! Looking forward to the skincare post :)

Laura xo

Anonymous said...

Fun eyeshadow colors!

Oliva Ins said...

Great products !! The estee lauder is Amazing !!! nd the chanel pen is great too :)
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Yum Diaries said...

OMG!!!! I am completely obsessed with this! everything is just so perfect.

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The Dainty Dolls House said...

All of it looks wonderful...love the eye liner pen, stunning x

Me Likey a Lot said...

Everything here looks good Emma!
I particularly like the Urban Decay colours and the Dior eyeliner. I have just bought some MAC blacktrack, so I will have to wait a while before that runs out :)
K xx

Coco said...

Oh I've already spotted a sparkly shadow which is not featured in my Naked Palette! In your last post I noticed you have an even and soft skin: is that Clarisonic??

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Rachelle Dollyrouge said...

that Nails Inc polish is still on my ever burgeoning list!