The Beauty Spotlight Team has Stranded Perilously Pale on a Desert Island!

The Beauty Spotlight Team’s latest assignment is to be stranded on a desert island with only TWELVE beauty products to get us by until help arrives. How cruel is that?! Well I guess it’s pretty awesome because who the heck gets to hand pick what items to take with them prior to getting abandoned on a desert island. That’s actually sounding like a pretty fabulous vacation to me at the moment. The rules are that we are not including sunscreen and lip balm in our lists as those are simply obvious must haves for absolutely everyone so we are assuming our desert island came with a secret stash of those essentials. Hmm now did this desert island come equipped with frosty tropical beverages and snacks as well or should I have been selecting edible beauty products?

At first I thought that twelve items sounded generous and that this assignment would be easy. But when you consider looking after your skin, as well as looking your best, and throw in the necessity of tools on top of that, and selecting a mere twelve products quickly becomes an impossible task. After a great deal of thought this is what I have determined are my Desert Island Must Haves. Now this is presuming I have people to impress on said desert island. I am of course assuming that this desert island is home to beauty conscious civilized people or maybe just really stuck up monkeys. If I were to be there alone, truly shipwrecked, than my must haves would consist of only skincare. Anyways enough of the logistics and on to the fun stuff!

My products of choice in no particular order:

shu uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil - When I reviewed this cleansing oil back in August I was totally smitten. My feelings have not changed. I could not imagine being without this decadent skincare product. Check out my original review here.

Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil for Dehydrated Skin  - I haven’t reviewed this yet, as I only began testing a couple weeks ago, but so far I am calling this my miracle skincare product and have Instagramed my excitement over this extraordinary treatment. I think I have FINALLY found the product I’ve been looking for to rescue my dehydrated skin.

shu uemura Eyelash Curler  - I have several of the shu uemura eyelash curlers in my stash as well as in my professional kit. I have straight lashes that stick straight down so this eyelash curler is a must for me to make me look awake and fresh. Check out my original review of the gold version here.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara I posted about this favourite mascara of mine in the Makeup Wars Favourite Mascara feature. This baby would definitely be my mascara of choice for my desert island adventure.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup ($62) LOVE LOVE LOVE this foundation. I have yet to review it as I only received it a little over a week ago but this is serious holy grail status for me. What makes it even more perfect for a desert island makeup bag is that I don’t need primer or setting powder with it. How amazing is that?

Urban Decay Naked Palette When it comes time to picking eyeshadows for my desert island must haves of course I had to select a palette with as many great and versatile shades as possible. I have never reviewed my Naked palette, simply because there are so many reviews out there already, but when given the task of narrowing my choices down to 12 selections this was the first palette than came to mind. You can never go wrong with the UD Naked Palette!

Le Metier de Beaute Blush Kit Kaleidoscope - Four beautiful blush and highlight shades in one palette? Of course the Le Metier de Beaute Blush Kaleidoscope made my list. It has been a go to and a favourite since I reviewed it in May. Check out the review and swatches here. It is such an exceptional piece from Le Metier de Beaute.

Hakuhodo J110 Blush Brush I picked this exquisitely soft blush brush as part of my Hakuhodo haul at IMATS this year. Heaven!

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain -  I have mentioned many times my adoration for this innovative formula. It is really a crying shame I only own two shades #7 Corail Aquatique and #15 Rose Vinyl.

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer - I like the Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer because it does a good job concealing imperfections and it also will function as an under eye concealer without looking to heavy or cakey.

MAC 217 Blending Brush - Good ‘ol faithful MAC 217. I would really love to have the MAC 239 brush on here as well but on a desert island I can manage with this one eyeshadow brush. I think my Hakuhodo J5523 is taking over as my favourite blending brush though. It is very similar to the MAC 217 but WAY softer. At only $18 US the Hakuhodo is even far cheaper!

Somme Institute Transport Pads - I reviewed the Somme Institute skincare system back in August. It was one of the most impressive skincare regimes I have tried. The real standout of the line is the Transport Pads. These keep my skin clear of blemishes, clogged pores, dry flakies and irritation, and help fade pigmentation and even out my skintone. I was without these for several months this fall and witnessed old issues rear their ugly heads again. I don’t think I will make the mistake of running out of these again!


My IMATS Toronto Haul

Thought you might like a peek at what I picked up at IMATS this past Saturday. I am still trying to shut out the trauma of the amount of money I spent but knowing it only happens once a year and there were deals just too good to pass up I can’t allow myself any regrets!

Eve Pearl High Definition Pro Palette – This palette contains 12 HD Cream foundation shades and 6 Salmon Concealer shades, 3 HD Cream Blush shades, 1 Mattifier, 1 Illuminator, and 1 Lip Treatment. This palette retails for $450 on the Eve Pearl site right now. When it launched recently they were offering it at an introductory promo price of $185 which had me tempted. Well at IMATS they were selling it for $120 all in! Holy CRAP! I could NOT pass that up! I have been wanting to try the Eve Pearl Salmon concealers for my kit and I got this whole palette for what it would cost just to buy those alone!

Eve Pearl The Lip Palette Ultimate – Another product I have been eyeing for my kit for ages. 18 Dual Performance Lip Colours in an adorable, space saving palette. This was $28.

Eve Pearl Lashes – I wanted to pick up a bunch of lashes at Nigels as well but they were all sold out by the time I tried to fight the crowds there.

Velour Mink Lashes in You Complete Me $20 – These lashes are supposed to be amazing. I can’t wait to try them. A little splurge for myself. ;-)

bdellium Brushes – I only picked up four of these because the booth only took cash and I had already spent all but $20 at Hokuhodo. I picked up another 777, and decided to try a 781, and a couple 776 (MAC 217 dupes). I am disappointed because I wanted to pick up a lot more of these because I love the ones I have in my kit and they were a great price but I couldn’t bare the thought of lining up at the ATM again.

Hokuhodo Brushes – I picked up 10 brushes in all. YIKES! Including one very big splurge on a powder brush. I have wanted to try these brushes forever and although they weren’t a “special” price at least I didn’t have to worry about duties, taxes, shipping, etc. and I could check them out in person. Of course it was practically impossible just to narrow it down to 10 brushes. I wanted SO MANY. It is overwhelming how many absolutely beautiful brushes they have and such unique shapes. I concentrated mainly on finding some small crease brushes because my eyes are small and many standardly available brushes overwhelm my eyes. Hopefully I made good choices because the selection was truly daunting.

It was a very busy, hectic experience but overall I enjoyed it. I wish there had have been more booths there like Kett and NYX but being my first time I had enough to entertain me. ;-)

Stay tuned for full reviews of the products I purchased.