For a long time now, I have had a growing list of beauty products that I would purchase if money were no object. They are basically all products I have seen on Youtube or in stores that caught my eye but would have made my bank account cry for days. So instead of buying them, I have been compiling them all into a big list that I decided to share with you today!
Because I feel like I have to, here is my little disclaimer. This list includes all kind of makeup, beauty tools, and skincare, most of which is very highly priced. I wanted to do this post just because I think it’s fun to talk about the makeup we would buy if we weren’t broke, unemployed twenty-somethings. Maybe that’s just me. But no one is paying me to talk about this stuff. I’m totally not cool enough for that. If I actually had a sponsor, I’d make them gift me all this stuff and then I couldn’t even make this post because it wouldn’t be a wish list anymore! That would make no sense and I only allow sense on this blog.
So here’s my list of beauty products that I wish I could buy and also some little doodles that I did to accompany it! Look at me being all artsy!
Foreo Luna 2
This odd looking contraption is what I like to call a “cleanser enhancer.” Basically this helps you get a deeper clean than with just your hands. I got the Clarisonic a couple years ago, which I wanted and loved, but I ended up not using it after about a year. Ugh, I know. But let me explain. The brush head on the Clarisonic has to be changed every so often because it traps bacteria. I don’t know if that’s the cause, but I felt like it was making my skin worse instead of better. The nice thing about the Foreo is that it’s made of silicone, so it’s much cleaner and doesn’t require you to buy a new brush head every few months. Which is kind of like saving money, right? Am I really trying to convince myself that spending $100+ is “saving money”? Who am I?
Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
To be completely honest, I have no idea what a serum is or does. I only use them when I get free samples. But I’ve heard awesome things about this serum and for the steep price of $90, it makes you a little curious, doesn’t it? It claims to resurface the skin by fixing dullness, uneven texture, pores, and uneven skin tone to get a smooth and radiant complexion. Sure, these are some hefty claims, but I’m intrigued and I just really want to know if it works! It probably won’t but how do I know until I try?! I can convince myself of anything, I swear.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Why is it that when a product costs about a billion dollars it makes me believe that it’s actually magic? This is only further influenced by the fact that this product has magic in the name. I have so many questions. The first being, what sort of things are they putting in a moisturizer to make it $200+? Because at that price, it better be gold, fairy dust, and unicorn spit. And what if the magic moisturizer isn’t actually magic? It would be such a disappointment. I’d almost rather live my life believing in the unattainable power of unicorn spit.
Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner
I’m not sure how Sunday Riley found out the martians’ secret to matte skin, but I believe it. If they’ve kept themselves away from us for this long, they must have some pretty good secrets to keep. So it’s very nice of them to share their matte skin secrets because I need them! Also, I realize I probably sound really gullible to product claims at this point, but people rave about Sunday Riley and this toner, and I just trust those people!
YSL The Shock Mascara
I’m not one to get super hyped about mascara. I have my Benefit Roller Last for “natural” lashes and Too Faced Better Than Sex for “drama” lashes. But holy crap, when I saw Rachhloves putting this mascara on, I was in awe. This mascara seems like it might be similar to Better Than Sex, but I’m just curious which one is more false lash-like, because this one looks shockingly good. Yeah, I went there! I am the pun master!!!
Tom Ford Eyeliner
Ok, yes, a $56 eyeliner is absolutely absurd. I get it. I agree. But this is technically two eyeliners. So it makes sense. Kind of. But everyone that can afford to spend $56 on an eyeliner raves about this one. So either it’s a giant conspiracy to make us all feel like eyeliner losers (likely), or it’s actually really good (more likely). Winged eyeliner is incredibly difficult and if anything is going to make it slightly easier, I feel like it’s going to be this liner.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Out of all the products in this post, I am most excited about this one. I have only been wishing for this palette for, I don’t know, years. And for some reason, I haven’t bit the bullet and bought it. Which is ridiculous because I’ve bought multiple other eyeshadow palettes. Why do I do this to myself? I have absolutely no clue. I’m a weirdo. It’s like I’m saving it for a special occasion or something. But this palette just seems like the ultimate combination of shadows for me. I absolutely don’t need it, but I also feel like I would only use this and stop using all my other palettes. I realize I probably sound crazy, but that’s because I am.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination
This is a product that gets a lot of mixed reviews, which makes me want to try it for myself. There is nothing worse than when you finish your makeup and you take a look at your finished mask only to see the dark circles taking up rent under your eyes. First world problems? Yes, but I’ve been on the hunt to find a fix for this barely-a-problem problem. I just really want to try this and see if it works and return it if it doesn’t. That’s fair, right?
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
You’re going to find out that I have a crazy bronzer obsession and it’s starting with this bronzer/highlight face duo. I’ve never tried any Charlotte Tilbury makeup and if I had to try one thing, it would be this. Could it also be made with unicorn spit? Every time I see someone use this, it gives them such a pretty, bronze glow. It seems like a very neutral bronzer and natural, pretty highlight. And you get two in one, which is just so freaking convenient. Make anything a 2-in-1 and it immediately becomes 5x more likely that I will buy it.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation
This is another product I’ve wanted to try forever but haven’t pushed myself to just buy it yet. Why? I don’t know. I just won’t let myself be happy. Everyone I’ve seen who tries this foundation says it’s full coverage, yet has a super pretty finish. Normally, I don’t love full coverage foundations, but my skin has been problematic for over a year now and makes it difficult to rock a more natural makeup look. I know Estée Lauder, as a brand, is geared more toward “mature” skin, but I don’t even care. I want to try it because I have a weird obsession to find the perfect foundation and I will not stop until I find it! Or run out of money, which will probably come first.
It Cosmetics CC Cream
This is another product that’s geared toward “mature” skin, but I still want to try it. I was actually ready to purchase it when an Ulta worker told me it wasn’t for me and made me put it back… so I haven’t tried to purchase it since. But just like the Estée Lauder foundation, this is supposed to be a full coverage foundation but with the added benefits of being a CC cream. I was interested in trying it because it would cover problematic areas while also hopefully helping to fix it. But sadly, I was not allowed to buy it and now I am scarred for life.
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
This is the only item on this list that I’ve actually tried, so I can wholeheartedly tell you I love it and this is my favorite primer. But the reason it’s still on this list is because I’ve never actually bought it. I’ve had multiple small samples of it, which almost makes it worse because I get to use it for a little bit and then it’s gone. I just love how my makeup looks and lasts with this primer and it makes me sad that it’s so pricey. See, this is the problem with expensive makeup. Either you spend a ton of money and it’s awful, so you waste it, or you love it and then you have to keep spending money because you need it. It’s a vicious cycle that I hate, which is why I just make a list and tell you about it instead.
Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer
Alright, strap in folks because we’re about to go on a crazy bronzer ride. Foundation and bronzer are the two things that I just cannot stop shopping for and obsessing over. This Marc Jacobs bronzer is notable because it’s absolutely huge. Something about it just makes it seem so luxurious. As though a bronzer as big as your head makes you cool or something. It looks very warm-toned, which means I’d only be able to use it when I’m super tan. Which is basically never. I definitely don’t need it, but it’s the size of my head. Enough said.
Tom Ford The Ultimate Bronzer
Unless I won the lottery, which is impossible because I never enter the lottery, I would never spend $110 on a bronzer. In no world is a bronzer worth that much unless it comes with a wallet full of $60+ or is made of solid gold. Regardless, it’s still fun to find and wish for products that are so elaborate and over the top. In reading the product description, it claims to give a “sultry” and “seductive” glow. But like, who can I seduce with bronzer? Other than people like me who love bronzer, of course. But I’m still not buying it. Anyone who is seduced by a $100+ bronzer is someone I cannot afford to maintain.
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder
I’ve heard so many amazing things about this contour powder. I love contouring, but I am in no way a makeup expert. I can easily go from nothing to brown stripe on my face in under two seconds. So I like the idea of a contour powder that’s more sheer, build-able, and blend-able. It seems crazy to spend so much on a contour powder, but if the quality is going to make me much better at contouring (or at least keep me from looking like a hot mess), then it almost seems worth it.
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel
Just like contour, cream bronzers can easily go south if you’re not careful (read as I am never careful enough to pull it off). But I absolutely love the natural effect of a cream bronzer. So what’s a girl to do? Try them all, I guess. This bronzer seems so pretty and blend-able. I just love the thought of it blending into the skin and making you look naturally bronzed and glowy. Alright. This bronzer obsession seems to be getting out of hand, so we should move on.
Bite Beauty Lip Pencils
I absolutely love Bite Beauty lip products and I’ve recently started loving lip pencils. So when these came out recently, I became obsessed before I even used them. The only reason I haven’t run out and bought like 12 of them is because I feel like I have every shade of nude lipstick that I could ever need. At least for now. I’m sure I will purchase one eventually, but I’m not sure yet how I am going to choose just one. They all look so pretty and it could very easily get out of hand.
Nars Kabuki Ita Brush
This may be the perfect contour brush, but it’s so expensive. I’m just annoyed no one has made a good dupe for it yet. Seriously, who is letting Nars get away with this? And if someone actually has made a good dupe, why has no one told me? If you know of one, please let me know because I refuse to pay this much for a contour brush that may not even be that good. Ugh, now I’m just getting cynical.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume
Since I bought the rollerball version of this perfume, I’ve been dying for the full-size bottle. Since I’m terrible at describing scents, I will look up a description and reiterate it for you. This perfume is a so-called ‘fruity floral’ with notes of strawberry, violet leaves, jasmine, and white woods. I don’t know what white woods are, either. I’d say it’s a very fresh scent, but not in the sense that it’s overly perfumey. If I could personify it, I think it would be someone who is sophisticated and smart but also fun and not too serious. Yeah, I know that makes no sense. Like I said, I’m terrible at describing scents.
Nars Hot Sand Highlighting Blush
And finally, we have a highlight that I have swatched a billion times in Sephora and still haven’t purchased. It’s one of those pretty, subtle highlights that isn’t too glittery or shiny. Those kinds are my favorite. I love the Essence Pure Nude highlighter, which I think is a fairly good drugstore dupe. I think the Nars one is just slightly more dramatic and highlight-y. So this is just another example of something I want even though I totally don’t need.
And I’d say that’s a pretty good way to summarize this post as a whole. If you’ve tried any of these products and love or hate them, I would love to hear about it! Also, make sure to leave a comment and let us know what products are on your beauty wish list! Let’s all be depressed over our bank accounts together!!