Over the last couple of months I have (not surprisingly) accumulated a small collection of beauty bits and I thought I’d share a couple of them. Personally, I love reading these posts and seeing the things people have been buying recently. Some of these products I have been using for a while and others not so long,  so consider this a ‘first impressions’ style post.

First is the infamous Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea water foundation. This foundation was launched not long ago and just weeks after its initial release, was already cropping up everywhere in the blogosphere and instagram. At this time, I was on the lookout for a new foundation anyway (my Chanel perfection lumiere looked awful and I didn’t like it AT ALL), and had never tried a water based foundation. I went ahead and purchased it and it also came with a free brush. I’m not lying when I say this is the nicest foundation I have ever used. I find it to be so natural looking and light yet it still offers a great coverage, I’m not sure if this is due to its water based formula or not so I’d be interested to use some more water based foundations and see how they compare.

It’s also worth mentioning how beautiful the packaging is too – it looks beautiful on a dressing table. The foundation actually has a pipette (as seen above) rather than the traditional pump and while other people may not like this, I personally find it easier to control the amount that is coming out. Overall, I am extremely happy with this purchase and feel I definitely got my money’s worth. This foundation was £30 but like I said, it came with a free brush.

I’m assuming you have all heard of Becca’s shimmering skin perfector’s, no? I’m sure you have unless you’ve been living under a rock. I’ve been eyeing up the pressed opal highlighter for what feels like months but never brought it due to its high price and well known tendency to smash. I then discovered this set on Cult Beauty which retailed for £20 – a much more appropriate price in my opinion. The highlighters in this set are absolutely tiny as they’re designed to be used for travelling – this is what I particularly love about them. Later this summer I’m going to the Dominican Republic and I felt this set would be perfect to take with me. So far I am very impressed.

Again sticking with the theme of travelling, I picked up the travel size of the Clarins makeup remover. This makeup remover is oil based and literally dissolves your makeup, it leaves no residue and is quick and easy. I’ve been through a bottle of the full size of this too which just shows how much I love it. This will definitely be coming away on holiday with me.

One of the oldest products in this post is the NARS ‘scorching sun’ eyeshadow duo. I spotted this and instantly fell in love due to its summery vibe. Oranges and golds also bring out the blue in eyes which is what I particularly love about them and these shadows definitely did not disappoint.

When browsing the Cohorted website, I came across the MAC studio fix powder foundation. In summer I generally don’t like wearing lots of face makeup and so I was after a powder that I could dust over my face for a slight bit of coverage. This product did the job and is my favourite powder foundation I’ve used alone with the Bare Minerals blemish ready foundation.

Finally, is the NYX mineral stick foundation. After hearing all of the hype over the Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation stick, I wanted to try this and see if it was a dupe. Unfortunately, this product really didn’t live up to my expectations and was sticky feeling, very pink toned and tended to crease very badly throughout the day. Not only this, it really wasn’t good value for money as in less than two weeks, I was left with the tiniest nub left which you can see in the photo above.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Until next time…
Elle x



  1. Becca Fletcher
    June 21, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    These are some great picks. The tarte foundation sounds great, seen so many people raving about it recently.

    • Eleanor Howard
      August 12, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      its a fab foundation! x

  2. Lauren Barden
    June 27, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    I've wanted to try the Tarte foundation for ages it sounds ideal for me, also I love your blog header it's gorgeous!Lauren Ashleigh xx

    • Eleanor Howard
      August 12, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      it really is a great foundation – hope you like it if you do try! x

  3. Beverley S
    July 3, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Ive never tried the Tarte foundation but always saw good reviews about it! Might have to take the plunge and try it!:) Also, your photography is beaut!www.beverbeeee.comxx

    • Eleanor Howard
      August 12, 2016 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you! x

    • Eleanor Howard
      August 12, 2016 / 5:57 pm

      they're so good!

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