Sunday 14 January 2024

Best Beauty Discoveries 2023 | Makeup

Back again with another round up of new favourites from last year, this time in makeup! I covered my best beauty discoveries in skincare last week so don’t forget to give that a read  too if you haven’t already! I am a lip product, blush and bronzer addict so this is heavy on all of those type of products!


best beauty discoveries makeup 2023

First up, the Haus Labs by Lady Gaga Powder Sculpt Velvet Bronzer in Light Level 2 RRP $55 CAD / £35. This is actually the newest bronzer in my makeup collection and I got it in November with 20% off. It gets great reviews on Sephora and I had previously swatched in store so was confident on the shade. The formula is super smooth and easy to blend. There isn’t a lot of fallout and Light Level 2 is a great neutral shade for me that adds just the right amount of colour. It seems impossible to go overboard with this formula and I have been reaching for it almost daily since I got it!


Before Haus Labs came along, the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Divine Bronzer in Nude Honey RRP $53 CAD / £40 was my go to and absolutely deserves a mention in this post as I still love it! As soon I saw this released earlier last year I waited patiently for one of the websites many sales as I am obsessed with the blush from this line and knew I would love this. The bronzer is a beautiful neutral shade like the Haus Labs so no looking muddy here! It’s another smooth formula that blends easily and I can go back in with my brush if I want to build more colour.


Onto blush and I couldn’t resist the NARS The Multiple Cream Blush, Lip and Eye Stick in Dolce Vita RRP $53 CAD / £33 mini which came in a set at Christmas. I believe this shade is limited edition which is strange as the powder version is part of the permanent line. It’s a dusty rose shade and blends easily whether I apply directly to my check or with a brush! The lasting power is great and it makes me look like I have a healthy glow!


To apply these, I have been reaching for my Rephr Brush 05 RRP $57 USD non-stop! These brushes are handmade in Japan using uncut natural hair so feel super soft and number 05 is a do it all cheek brush that like I said, have been using for bronzer. It fits perfectly into the hollow of my cheek, never picks up too much pigment and helps the bronzer blend seamlessly into my foundation.


Moving onto lip products now and the Fenty Skin Hydrating and Strengthening Lip Oil in Cherry RRP $33 CAD / £20 is so good I’m already on my second one this year! See my review of the first one I finished here! Definitely the best lip oil I have tried and miles ahead of the Dior and Clarins in terms of hydrating and conditioning my lips! This is long lasting, smells great and so easy to throw in my handbag!


I’ve also enjoyed the Lawless Forget the Filler Lip-Plumping Line-Smoothing Tinted Lip Balm in Georgie RRP $35.50 CAD. This is a warm nude shade so a little different to my usual pinky shades which I like! I didn’t realise this was so pricey but again I picked it up with 20% off and it gives me long lasting hydrating and leaves a lovely colour on my lips! I do not like the packaging though, this one is faulty and I will need to see if I can exchange it as the mechanism to wind the bullet back down stopped working!


Finally, the Glossier Ultralip High Shine Lipstick with Hyaluronic Acid in Villa RRP $24 CAD / £18 has been another constant in my handbag when I am going out for the day as the formula is so good and Villa is a perfect my lips but better shade for me! It’s a dusty rose colour and definitely more of a tinted lip balm than a true lipstick in my opinion. It does a great job of keeping my lips moisturised and I am definitely going to look at getting more shades! 


best makeup discoveries swatches
l-r: Glossier Villa, Lawless Georgie, NARS Dolce Vita, Pat McGrath Nude Honey, Haus Labs Light Level 2

Let me know if you have tried any of the products I’ve mentioned today and what you thought! If you want to check out my best beauty discoveries in makeup from previous years you can see 2022, 2021, and 2020 here!


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

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Danielle xx


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  1. I love the sound of the Lawless lip balm! I really need to try Haus Labs soon! x


  2. That Glossier lipstick is one of my absolute favorites too! Thanks for sharing some of your new makeup discoveries! :)

  3. Oh wow the Haus Labs bronzer sounds absolutely fabulous! That swatch is lovely!

    1. I am obsessed! Such a good shade for me and the formula is perfection! xx

  4. So many fantastic items!

    The Reluctant Blogger |

  5. Oh wow you got SO many great items! I would love to have all of these. I am a big fan of Fenty Beauty and I am currently using their mascara and their super glosses. I so want to something from Lady Gaga.

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  6. I'm always on the lookout for new makeup products to try, and your recommendations have given me some great ideas.😍 I'm especially interested in trying out the Haus Labs by Lady Gaga Powder Sculpt Velvet Bronzer. I'd love to add my favorite discovery to the list. Eyeshadows from, I've been using them for a while, and they are truly amazing. Not only are they highly pigmented and long-lasting, but they are also hypoallergenic and non-toxic. I have very sensitive eyes, and these are the only eyeshadows that don't cause any irritation. If you're looking for eyeshadows that are gentle on sensitive eyes, I highly recommend them!

    1. Ooh those sound amazing, I will check them out! xx

  7. Just catching up with all my fave bloggers posts since I've been MIA for a little while, so expect lots of comments from me haha! I think I must have been living under a rock because I have never tried any of these! They all sound great. xx

    1. So glad to see you back Zoey! Hope you get the chnace to try anything that catches your eye soon! xx


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