My Holy Grail Beauty List ~ Designing Gal
my favourite beauty products that have reached holy grail status from brands like NARS, MAC, Laura Mercier and Estée Lauder.
My favourite beauty products that have reached holy grail status from brands like NARS, MAC, Laura Mercier and Estée Lauder.

I've been wanting to put together a blog post on my holy grail beauty products for a while and it's finally time. I've tried a lot of different make up products and brands over the years but these beauty essentials are my tried & true must haves. They are high quality, never fail items that I wear nearly every day. 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ~ This mascara is a newer edition to my holy grail list and I can't say enough amazing things about it. It's actually eliminated my need for an eyelash curler because the brush is designed to curl my lashes for me! It makes my lashes extra long, dark and thick; it never flakes off and it stays fresh all day. It's a must have!

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner ~ I've had this product in my makeup bag for well over a decade now. It has reached cult status because it glides on easily for the perfect cat eye, doesn't smudge and stays on all day. I have it in the Black Ink shade and I also use it with the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush

Nars "Chelsea Girls" Lip Gloss ~ This is the ultimate lip gloss because it is highly pigmented and it is never ever sticky on my lips. It's a fabulous long lasting product (another reason it's on my holy grail list). I also use it in the Istria shade (a pretty light pink).

MAC "Naked Lunch" Eyeshadow ~ I love MAC eyeshadows for many reasons and have worn them for years. They are highly pigmented, blend very well and in my opinion they have the best selection of colours than any other cosmetics brand. This particular shade is well loved in the beauty community for being the perfect shimmery nude. I pack it just on my eyelid and it instantly brightens my eyes. Naked Lunch is especially perfect for a glowy summery makeup look.

Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer ~ I picked up this bronzer after seeing a popular beauty blogger/You Tube star apply it on a woman with a similar skin tone to mine. It's a rich warm shade without being orangey and it has no shimmer for a that perfect matte tan. I use the lightest shade, Milk Chocolate, on my light skin and I love to use it as an eyeshadow too. Plus it actually smells like chocolate! That's a major bonus in my books!

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer ~ Where has this concealer been all my life?!? That's what I said when I finally discovered this concealer after trying what seemed like every concealer out there and never finding the right one. It came to my attention when I read that Ivanka Trump has been using Estée Lauder concealer since she was a teenager so I thought it must be good! I have chronic dark circles under my eyes that I find really hard to hide. This liquid concealer has a bit of a tacky feeling that really helps it adhere to my skin and it provides excellent coverage. It never settles into my fine lines and blends well (it does dry quickly so dab it on one section at a time). I set my under eye concealer with the iconic Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder and it stays perfectly all day.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ~ I am not a big fan of foundation and I've tried a few over the years but I always feel like I am wearing a heavy mask. I prefer to let my skin breathe and look natural. But as I get a little older it's essential for me to even out my skin tone and that's where this tinted moisturizer comes in. It provides just enough coverage for me while still feeling natural and moisturizing my skin. It's a great lightweight product for the summer time and it also comes in an SPF version. It's offered in a wide range of shades and I am currently using the Blush shade.

Maybe some (or all) of these products will be on your holy grail beauty list now too!

Deanna xo 

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