Alright, prepare yourselves for some serious ‘fresh out the package and completely untouched’ make up porn, my fellow beauty fiends! I’ll go ahead and start this post off with a full disclaimer: What you’re about to see here may or may not cause extreme salivation – and I cannot be responsible for any screens that suffer drool damage.
And now for why you’re here: The make up talk.
I always think that you know a product is good when you wake up and actually feel excited to put it on your face.
No, for me it’s not just about the way it makes you look at the end – but also about enjoying the whole process of applying it, simply because you just love the stuff so much. From that first brush of foundation to the finishing sweep of highlight, I like to think of make up as a form of art therapy: Your skin is the canvas and you can do whatever the hell you want to get you ready for the daily grind.
I like to go all out with the situation and have a hot cup of coffee at hand, along with a killer playlist (00’s pop number 1’s? YAS!) and a soy candle lit to make that small but oh-so blissful daily ritual that little bit more spesh.
Now allow me to introduce you to my new friend Delilah – a friendship which begun exactly 6 days ago, yet somehow I feel like I have known her forever. She just gets me, you know?
Here’s how it all started…
During a trip to London last week I made the classic girl error of packing everything I didn’t need (5 potential belts to go with that one dress, because ‘They’re just all so different!’) and forgetting the key things I did (like, I don’t know… half my make up bag).
And so I took my barefaced self off for a trip to Selfridges in the hope of finding a new product that was going to tend to all my desires: Something light and preferably non-toxic that isn’t going to leave me living off lentil soup for the rest of the month. Within 4.5 minutes of wondering around the vast choice of nice (but actually pretty uninspiring) brands, I was inevitably lurred in by a *very* friendly Tom Ford make up artist who was keen to show me the new foundation he had just stocked in. Let’s just say that I knew I regretted my choice when I sat in the Hemsley + Hemsley cafe and the waitress recommended the turmeric tonic for nursing a hangover. It took once glance in my iPhone front camera to realise I legit looked like I had just finished an all night bender in Soho. Needless to say, the smudgey eye look never did much for me.
After a much needed coffee stop down Marylebone, I came across John Bell Croydon – AKA wellbeing and natural beauty product CENTRAL! This place is basically your one stop destination for all things natural beauty, and as soon as I stepped in I knew I was going to come out one happy girl.
And that’s when my new BFF Delilah caught my eye. She knew what I wanted – and she even had make up remover ready for me to wipe off the absurdity on my face from that morning.
Meet Delilah Cosmetics; the brand behind beauty products that are not insanely beautiful (I’m talking quality and design wise) – but they are also made in England, paraben free, not tested on animals and are responsibly sourced; pretty much summing up why these new goods I picked up from the Delilah range have very quickly become my new can’t-live-withouts.
First up we have the Delilah Time Frame Future Resist Foundation – a dermotogically tested formula that blends like a total dream on the skin. The coverage is light and airy enough to wear in the day, but you could easily also build it up with a little extra buffing come drinky-poo ‘o’ clock.
Not one for the matte look, this velvet finish foundation is pretty much the dream contender for achieving that summer time dewy skin feel that looks healthy, fresh and real – as opposed to acting like a thick and cakey mask on the face. The vitamin E included in the mix adds in a power hit of skincare to kick some serious air pollution ass – whilst the SPF 20 (mega bonus!) protects the skin from sun damage whilst you’re out and about. If you like to let your skin breathe but want more than just a tinted moisturiser to give you that little extra something, then this might just be your boy!
Obviously I couldn’t resist the Foundation Kabuka Brush to go with it which really works the foundation in to the skin, guaranteeing a streak free flawless finish that laughs at airbrushing apps right in the face.
Up next we have the blusher; a compact powder that kisses the cheeks with a super uplifting pop of natural looking vibrancy. I’m a rosy cheek kinda gal, so I opted for the shade ‘Opera’ – a truly gorgeous blue toned pink. Because it is so bright you literally need the smallest amount on your brush to sweep on the apples of your cheeks to give an instant flush of colour and make you look refreshed and ready for the day (even when your conscious mind is still lingering somewhere under the covers).
And finally – zee highlight! You know, I have decided that ones face is simply not complete until it has been graced with a shimmery sweep to give that natural glow, with out looking like a human disco ball. Up until now I have always been a total MAC Soft + Gentle advocate and struggled to find anything that beats it, but the highlight kit Delilah had on offer was more than good enough to have me joining a whole new highlight sorority.
Available in three different shades, these compact highlights are perfect for easily swishing on top of your cheekbones, under the eyebrows and down the nose – as well as doubling up as a shimmery eyeshadow for when you’re really short on time and want a multi-purpose product. My favourite shade has got to be ‘Aura’ – which is a rose gold colour that naturally illuminates the skin and compliments that pop of pink on the cheeks just right. Oh, and the kit also includes a brush… So basically you’re killing 2 birds with 1 stone, right?
As you can probably tell, Delilah and I have hit it off pretty big since our first meeting. Whether you like to delve in to the more natural, non toxic side of beauty or if you’re simply on the look out for a new brand to try – then I can 100% recommend giving Delilah a whirl. Given the fact I have woken up every day for the past week looking forward to putting make up on (which believe me when I say hasn’t happened in a long time!), I think it’s fair to say that these products are pretty magic, actually.
Let me know if you end up giving them a go – or if you’re already on the case and have some recommendations for me to try next!
And with that – I’ll leave you with a photo of me hanging with some apple blossom, because that’s just how pretty Delilah makes me feel. What did I tell you? MAGIC.