Five Products Every Makeup Lover Needs

Most beauty bits shoved into the spotlight here on VDM fall into the ‘want, but not necessarily need‘ category. Very pretty, sure to have pride of place in your stash, but ones to add to the wishlist – you know? Well today I’m upping the game, giving you the deets on five products that I reckon every makeup maven must have tucked away somewhere; tools, formulas and secrets that impact my time spent at my dressing table in a very special way. I’m wary to throw the phrase ‘life-changing’ in, because it’s only makeup at the end of the day, but dayum – the following five are well worth the splurge…

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium. I must test and dismiss a different contour product on a weekly basis because nothing I’ve tried – old or new – comes close to this stuff. With a grey, taupe undertone that mimics that exactly of a natural shadow and in a formula that’s easy to dust on with any tapered brush it naturally gives structure to my football shaped face without any skill set. Hitting pan is imminent and there’s not many other products I could say that with.

MAC Eye Brushes. My technique when it comes to eyeshadow is practically non-existent and I put the fact that I can even do one, very simple, version of a smokey eye down to these brushes. The 217 and 224 are particularly kick-ass – and though it’s been said a million times before – they do all the work for you. In fact, a second 217 is on my shopping list…

Optrex Dazzling Eye Dew. I’ve been struggling with irritated eyes that made it look like I was suffering with pink eye for the past few months down to restless nights and a never-ending to-do list, so this stuff has saved me from looking like a movie villain. It instantly soothes, giving moisture to my irises and zaps redness in a few blinks. A complete game changer if your eyes are well past their bedtime like mine.

Japonesque Power Curl Lash Curlers. Unless you are graced with lashes that naturally defy gravity then an eyelash curler is indispensable. A quick crimp helps to lengthen, lift and increase flutter and there’s not a morning that goes by where I don’t use one. Previously I’d waxed lyrical about the Shu Uemura offering, but the Japonesque ones just inch past for being able to eek out that curl a tad bit easier and with much less tugging. Harder to find, but well worth the scavenger hunt.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors. I’d go as far to say that these are my favourite lip products ever. So much so that it’s the only line where I have in my possession every, single colour. Oops. They may seem to make a pretty big dent for a lipgloss, but think a gloss, with colour, shine and nourishment that means that there’s never an opportunity where these guys don’t work. The two pinky hues are my favourite and at least one of them resides in my handbag at all times. Oh and they smell of vanilla. If you don’t like them then I’ll eat a banana. And I hate bananas.


  • Anna Blush

    Now I feel 100% obliged to purchase of all these things. You never fail to make me feel spendy Anna! x

  • Eye drops are a must for me as well! Being on a computer too long just wrecks your eyes!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • I love the Mac brushes too! Have to check out everything else 🙂

    xx glamdevils

  • Amen about the Clarins Lip Perfectors, they are just beautiful!


  • I agree with the Sculpting powder and the brush, which Anna, you need to clean! 😛

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  • The Kevin Aucoin sculpting powder is definitely on my most wanted list at the moment. I find that some bronzers can be a bit too warm for contouring therefore this is perfect as it has a grey undertone. I have yet to try out the Clarins lip perfector but i have been using the No.7 one which is quite similar and looks so pretty on the lips!

    Thanks for sharing~ I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Ying ♥ || *- YingcBeauty-*
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  • shelynx

    Couldn’t agree more… The Sculpting Powder & Clarins Lip Perfectors are gorgeous…

  • Man, I am so trying not to go and buy more Natural Lip Perfectors… They are so lovely! Way better than chubby lip pencils to chuck in your handbag as their twist on lids don’t come off and cover your chequebook in pink goo. Learnt that one the hard way. And definitely want to try the Japonesque curlers when mine give up the ghost!

  • Three 217’s here… and it’s still not enough!

  • Harrie

    Ohh those lip perfectors are so beautiful and are so calling my name 😉 x

  • tamar

    Got the clarins lip glosses a few months ago and I think they smell like freshly made crepes! So good

  • I completely agree with the Clarins lip perfectors they are amazing, I have never tried the Japonesque Power Curl Lash Curlers so will definitely be giving them a go! xx

  • Nikky

    I’m also a huge fan of the Clarins Lip Perfectors and have it in all the colours too 🙂 The Kevin Aucoin Powder sounds really great 🙂 Might have to give it a go 🙂

  • Zazie Bibi

    Really need to try the 217 xxx

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  • Kate Wilson

    such great products! I’m determined to get my hands on some MAC brushes! x


  • karen_

    I reallyy need to get a 217 – been meaning to for so long! & the Clarins Lip Perfectors really do look lovely 🙂


  • ooh those eye drops sound good, i’ll definitely be picking some up!

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  • MyOwnLoves

    Love Mac brushes! The Japonesque curler sounds like a must try if its better than Shu Uemura!

  • Dagny Stefansdottir

    Very nice post. I am really lusting for that sculpting powder but it’s not available in Iceland…

  • I have wanted the MAC 217 for the longest time! I need to just cave in and buy it. I’ve also never really had a good pair of eyelash curlers so may have to invest in the Japonesque ones!

  • Parisian To Be

    I have boughten both the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder and Clarins Lip Perfectors from your recommendation. In other words, I’m happy to say that I have fulfilled this list.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • Gillian

    I really need to get me one of those Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors.

  • Lys

    Absolutely love the Clarins Lip Perfectors!

  • Totally love this post. Although I do definitely need to own a Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder to contour with.

  • Amber Hunter

    MAC eye brushes are so, so great. I have 3 and already quite a few others I’d like to try. Of course, the 239 and 217 were my first buys. I also really want to try the Kevyn Aucoin powder as sometimes using bronzer can pull too orange. A great five products 🙂
    Lovely Notions

  • Bexx

    Redness reducing eye drops apparently can help calm down a fresh new blemish! Reducing redness and moisturising!

  • Need some MAC eye brushes & the KA sculpting powder! x

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  • Sarah S.

    Eat a banana! I don’t like those Clarins glosses XD The applicator grosses me out for some reason.

  • I am desperate to get the Sculpting powder, and finally invest in some MAC brushes. great post 🙂

    Tiny Alis

  • Patricia Batatas

    I’ve never bought anything from MAC, feel like I need to finally give in and purchase something – maybe one of the brushes…

    • Sarah Hale

      If I were you if definitely skip the foundations and mascaras and go for the brushes or colour products like the eyeshadow, blusher, lipsticks. Also ‘Eyebrows’ is amazing.

    • JeliB

      They #217 is a must-have. I highly recommend it (two or more!) 🙂

  • Guest

    Great post, love the clinique lip perfectors! Just splurged big time on the MAC Alluring Aqua collection! You can see the result of my debit card damage on our blog

  • Great post, love the clinique lip perfectors! Just splurged big time on the MAC Alluring Aqua collection! You can see the result of the debit card damage on our blog

  • great post! have been wanting the sculpting powder for aaggeess xx

  • Leonie

    And here I was thinking I was the only one who adored the Clarins lip perfectors. They’re dreamy and I’m glad they’re on someone else’s unmissable list!

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  • Willow Jolie

    I absolutely love Kevyn Aucoin products ! Have you had a look at his books yet? They are the reason I fell in love with makeup years ago when they were gifted to me! Ps. I love your blog !

  • Lauren S

    although I don’t use it often, the Clarins Lip Perfector is fab ! and the sculpting powder sounds pretty key, may be sold there…

    Lauren x

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  • Meghan

    And off I go to buy a Clarins Lip Perfector! 🙂
    Great post.


  • I need the sculpting powder in my life, it looks incredible! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Sarah Hale

    I LOVED the Clarins Lip Perfectors until I developed a wheat allergy…and then they no longer liked me 🙁 not found anything to replace them yet. But I did buy the sculpting powder today and have high hopes for it 🙂

  • Laura G.

    Crap! With the exception of the MAC 217, I don’t own any of these products!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • I recently bought the KA Sculpting Powder and it really is so worth the hype! And I definitely need more MAC eye brushes in my life 🙂

  • JeliB

    Love the post! What shades are you showing in the Clarins Lip Perfectors? Very pretty!

  • JoJo Di Benedetto

    I now must go buy a Clarins Lip Perfector and a MAC 217 brush.

  • Those eyedrops are brilliant! Loving your posts and vlogs x

  • Gina Alison

    Oh, the Clarins Lip Perfectors. My one true love. x

  • I’ve got to get a lip perfector now they look and sound perfect for my constantly dry lips 🙂


  • Cassie

    I’ve been wanting to get a Mac 217 brush forever, but I still haven’t! I think after reading this I will.

  • I may have to make a sneaky purchase of those Japonesque curlers when I’m next in John Lewis! 😉

  • Georgie

    I think I’ll be being Kevin aucoins offering! Bean’s Beauty Blog

  • Belle

    I keep hearing amazing things about the eyelash curlers, even more tempted now!

    Belle ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Amy Hughes

    Hmm that sculpting powder is calling my name!

  • Sylvia

    I need the MAC 217! I’ve been hearing so many good things about it but whenever I’m in a MAC store, I always get distracted by all the other colourful pretties (esp. the lipsticks).


  • I have no idea how to judge eyelash curlers. I’m using some cheapie ones from e.l.f., but they’re not grabbing all of my lashes at once.
    Blushing Biddies

  • Camis

    I guess I will be going to mac and getting those brushes next. I keep hearing great things about them

  • Seima Azizan

    Sigma E25 is a good Mac 217 dupe and cheaper too. Aah Kevyn Aucoin would love to try it!! :)))

  • kendragenevieverose3

    i’m gonna need to try this! so glad i found your blog!


  • Wish I hadn’t seen this.. now I want it all. x

  • Daniella




  • Prettysnoopy

    Totally agree with the Clarins Lip perfectors, my tip tho?? They’re a lot cheaper on Escentual!! MAC eye brushes are amazing, and now i need that sculpting powder! xx

  • lisa robb

    Totally agree with the eye drops.
    L x

  • Emily Knott

    I always have a clarins lip perfector in my bag! Its the one lip product that I don’t remove when it comes to cleaning out my handbag! Love it!

  • Rachel

    Thank you so much for introducing me to the Clarins lip perfecters!

  • Annie Lindsay

    I’ve been resisting the MAC 217 for so long since I have plenty of decent brushes but I think I may finally cave and get one.

  • The MAC217 and Clarins lip perfectors are both recent additions to my collection but already are amongst my favourites.

  • The MAC217 is THE best. Cannot do an eye makeup look with out using it. I am curious about the drops, will search a bit to find out if they are compatible with lents. Xo, Alexandra
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  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    I heard so many good things about the Clarins Lip Perfectors and I need to try them 🙂

  • Lorraine T.

    I love 217 and a 2nd one is on my shopping list too!

  • Those Clarins Natural Lip Perfectors look really good! It’s been a while since I used Clarins products I must rediscover them again!

    xo Holly xo

  • Every time I read your posts I am left lusting after the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder! I’ll just have to try it one day! Great post 🙂 Lily Bettie and Elsie