Nars Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil 

We’ve looked at this here and it’s such a gem – a show-stoppingly perfect shade of red that is long-wearing, semi-matte and won’t dry out your lips. I picked it up in Brown Thomas Dublin for €25 and it’s been practically a permanent feature of my face ever since. 

Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Brow Pencil

I thought Clinique’s Superfine Liner for Brows was about as skinny as a pencil could get – till a recent snoop round Space NK in Glasgow revealed this nifty little tool. 

Incredibly fine, the pencil is brilliant for creating thin, natural looking strokes and it comes with a handy spoolie at one end. It’s available in four shades; I bought dark brunette for £21 sterling, which is very cool-toned, greyish shade when swatched but matches perfectly with my almost-black brows. This brand’s not the easiest to come by but you’ll find it in Mise Beauty (instore or online) or Queen Salon on Dublin’s Aungier Street. 

Mac Harmony Blush 

I’ve bemoaned the dangers of contouring before but even these tales of woe haven’t stopped me from chasing the dream. With its natural tones and matte finish, Mac’s Harmony is my latest weapon of choice. 

I use it as a blush/contour hybrid and find it teams well with a red lip and a black flicky liner – it goes on smoothly, blends nicely and doesn’t go patchy but it’s probably a tad warm for my tastes. It’s usually €23 but I got it for a few bucks less in duty free. 

Wayne Goss Brush #2 

Yes, ok, so I’m obsessed with faking cheekbones but everyone needs a hobby. I picked this up for £25 on Love Makeup (lord knows I do) and can’t fault it: high quality and super soft, the only thing that’s up for debate is whether it actually gives me believable-looking cheekbones. 

I’m already scouting for the next Perfect Contour Brush (which, with my Moon Face [she doesn’t have a moon face – Ed], I’m aware probably doesn’t exist. But just in case, NARS and Charlotte Tilbury, I’m looking at you…)

NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Balm

This is one of those products I always wanted to try, but never came across it or remembered to buy it online. So encountering it in a random chemist felt like the act of a benign universe, which it would just have been churlish to ignore. While there are better balms to actually heal and repair flaky lips (think La Roche Posay or Avene), I am glad that I own this, and find it great for prepping my lips before lipstick. 

What beauty bits made you recently splash out the cash?