While I generally try to be a budget blogger, it gets difficult to maintain self-control when seeing release after release of gorgeous palettes, lipsticks in every shade under the sun, and shiny, new packaging. But because I am on a strict (ish) budget, I try to refrain from buying every single product I see (even though I want to). And while I often will discuss ways to keep a successful budget, I also enjoy scrolling mindlessly through page upon page of products on Sephora's website, creating a mental wish list of what I could buy if I had all the money in the world.
So, join me in this fantasy world.
Or, the Heftiest Section of the Bunch
Out of all the palettes I've seen in the past couple years, this one took my breath away the most. After using Tarte's ‘In Bloom’ Palette and falling in love with the quality and shades, I'm dying to get my hands on this one. The matte shades look perfect and easily wearable, but with enough room to create dramatic looks as well. The huge mirror is also a plus. Overall, Tarte has really caught my attention lately and I would like to give them all my money.
Lorac Pro 3 Palette
The Lorac Pro 2 Palette used to be one of my top shelf favorites (until Tarte's palette came along). I still love the consistency and variation of the shades, so when I saw the third installment of Lorac's Pro Palettes I strongly considered starving myself in order to pay for this (don't worry Mom, I'm exaggerating). Nevertheless, the palette is a stunning mix of matte and shimmer shades, is sleek and thin enough to throw in your purse (if you ever really needed to carry an eyeshadow palette around with you, I'm not judging), and is just seriously beautiful.
Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette
I was not previously in-tune to Anastasia, because I saw it as a primarily brow product brand. That is, however, until I saw this palette. If you keep up with any beauty-related news, you'll know that red, cranberry, and burgundy shades have been having a huge moment - on the eyes. That is why this palette is so perfect: it houses shades that are brilliant for cranberry eyes, but also basic, everyday eyes. I want it.
Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con Palette
This line of palettes has been in the back of my mind ever since the release of Marc Jacob's beauty line. I actually almost purchased one a few years back, but opted instead to not spend $60 on one single product. Each palette is a truly stunning work of art (even if they do cost more than a meal for two), and I hope some day I'll be able to walk past a Marc Jacobs counter without sighing.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Dolce Vita’ Palette
When I learned that Charlotte Tilbury was making its way to the states, I was beyond excited. I had seen it in so many beauty guru videos, but was always bummed I couldn't see the products in real life. Charlotte Tilbury products are gorgeous inside and out - okay, that's just a weird way of saying the packaging is amazing and I have never heard a complaint about any of the formulas. This palette is especially gorgeous, but I'd like to own all of them. Please.
Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
I've always been a bit of a stickler with contouring. I'm not really a fan of completely changing your face, because I believe that makeup is an enhancer of natural beauty, not an agent of change. However, I've recently loosened up, and now I don't mind a light layer of contour and highlight powder to accentuate the natural shadows and high points of my face. For that purpose, this palette is a dream. You could even use the shades as eyeshadow to get more bang for your buck.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette
Again with the subtle contouring and highlighting - this palette really does seem fit for a movie star, and somewhat reminds me of old Hollywood glamor. Although I've heard problems of the palette breaking, I still think it's a stunning piece. The packaging is unlike any other I've seen, and the highlight shade is unique in that it's for the tops of the cheekbones, not contouring (like the shades in the Kat Von D palette). Basically, that's me trying to convince myself I need both palettes.
Or, the Weakest Section of the Bunch
I've mentioned before how I'm not a foundation-wearer (read: going foundation-free), and this concealer-highlighter hybrid is supposed to be a game changer for dark circles and brightening the under-eye area. In addition, YSL is an incredibly luxe brand - the only product I've ever picked up is one of their stunningly packaged lipsticks - and I would actually be honored to own more of their beautiful collection. Seriously, how fabulous does someone look when they pull out their Saint Laurent wallet or apply a coat of YSL mascara?
Or, the “I Want One in Every Shade”
Another ridiculously expensive brand that I am dying to try is Tom Ford. The lipsticks are incredibly pricey, but look so beautiful and elegant. Aside from materialistic, aesthetic reasons, I've actually heard wonderful things about the formula of the lipstick. In addition, there are plenty of shades to choose from. Someday I'll justify the hefty price tag.
Nars Audacious Lipstick
These aren't quite as expensive on their own as some of the other items, but after trying the shade ‘Audrey’, I was completely hooked. The formula is perfect - the lipstick stays on, stays matte, and doesn't dry out your lips. I want to buy one in every shade. The sleek black packaging is gorgeous to carry around with you
Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick
Lastly, another beauty from Charlotte Tilbury. All three of her lipstick lines look lovely, so if possible I would definitely purchase each set. But alas, I cannot do that. I love the clever names and shades in all the collections, and once again the packaging is stunning. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket soon.
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What would you buy if you won the lottery?