First up is a trio of products from luxury skincare brand TATCHA. Inspired by Geisha skincare rituals, TATCHA takes classic ingredients and adapts them for modern life. The Soothing Silk body butter and hand cream are infused with indigo extract - which helps promote the skin's natural healing ability. I've been using the body butter every night (on dry skin, as per the instructions). It spreads easily and absorbs immediately, leaving skin supple and glowing with a slight sheen. The product has a light citrusy-sweet scent that is so fresh and invigorating!
I was very excited to try the Aburatorigami blotting papers, as they are the ULTIMATE in blotting papers...they've been raved about in Vogue and the Zoe Report! Created from Abaca-leaf paper hammered with gold-leaf, these generously sized sheets absorbed every last bit of oil from my face, leaving my skin glowing and my makeup undisturbed - will definitely be stocking up on these.
Next up in luxury beauty is Lancome's Grandiose. This is the prettiest packaging I've ever seen on a mascara - there's a beautiful 3-D black rose encased in the lid, while the wand swoops in a "swan-neck" design that's both elegant and functional.
Pictured with 3 coats of Grandiose versus my bare lashes
The unique swan-neck design made it super easy to get the wand close to the base of my lashes. The comb-like bristles (of varying lengths) ensured even application and prevented any clumping from occuring. The formula is very lengthening, as you can see in the photos above - it even coated my sparse inner lashes and made them more noticeable.
And while we're on the topic of lashes, my eyes were treated to the whole Benefit They're Real experience - from mascara to liner and makeup remover.
Let's focus on the Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner since it has redefined the whole gel liner experience. Rather than using a gel pot and a liner brush, this product uses a pen with a slant-tip rubber applicator to dispense the product. It took me a couple of tries to get used to this - it's a different process using a rubber tip applicator versus a soft brush! But once I got the hang of it, I was able to stamp on a perfectly-angled cat's eye - no guesswork involved, the slant tip creates the perfect wing.
On days when I don't want a dramatic liner look, I gently press the product along my lash line for thicker-looking lashes. The liner formula is matte, smoky and very long-wearing. This is definitely a great product to keep in my travel makeup bag - as I can get the gel look without fussing with an extra brush.
Have you tried any of these products? What are your favorite mascara and liner products?
DISCLAIMER: These products were sent to me for review but all opinions are 100% my own.