Holy Grail Status: The old and the new


How long do you usually have to use a product before giving it a “Holy Grail” status?

For me, sometimes it can take months of use, but I’ve also given away the title to some products right after my first use (like the Better Than Sex Mascara, which I cannot shut up about! ;) ).

Tartelette palette – I always come back to this palette and I still think that it’s one of the best and most versatile palettes in my collection. I can’t wait to get my hands on Tartelette 2!

Another all-matte palette that will forever be my favorite and an everyday go-to is Lorac’s Pro Matte palette.

I searched and searched and nothing compares to my number 1 foundation: Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet+. I’m pretty sure everyone is already sick of me talking about it, but it’s just that good. It keeps the oiliness  at bay, while also letting your skin breathe and looking very natural. I really want to try something else that has similar formula- mattifying but natural and light- if you guys know of any foundation similar to this one, please let me know!instabeauty

Coco Mademoiselle. I’ll be honest, when I was first gifted a bottle of Coco Mademoiselle many years a go, it wasn’t love at first sight (first sniff?). I thought it was a bit overpowering and wasn’t “young” enough for me, I’ve always thought of it as a mature scent. I think it’s one of those scents that has to grow on you, and over the last couple of years, it certainly did grow on me and at the moment it’s one of my favorite fragrances. Top notes include Sicilian orange, Calabrian bergamot and Sicilian grapefruit. The heart is very floral with pure rose and jasmine extract with base notes of Indonesian patchouli, Bourbon vanilla, white musk and Haitian vetiver. it also has a strong sillage and it’s also very long-lasting


Not too long a go, I finally got my hands on Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and I have to say that it got that “Holy Grail” status after only first couple of uses. I wish that there was a water-proof version of this, but other than this, I’ve got nothing but love for this mascara. I also talked about it in this post.

Yet another Too Faced product that quickly became a favorite is their Hangover Primer. Unlike most makeup primers, this doesn’t have that silicon-like texture and it doesn’t leave that film-like texture on my skin. It’s moisturizing and very hydrating and it does a great job at prepping the skin for base application- I think that anyone with dry skin will really love this. soft-and-gentle-dupe

Left: MAC Soft and Gentle, right: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige has been a favorite of mine for a very long time- I use it on my cheeks, sometimes as an eyeshadow- it’s really a great multitasking product. However, I do find that the more I use the compact, the less product my brush seems to be picking up.

A while a go, I’ve also picked up MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle and all I’ve got to say is WOW. For years now Porcelain Pink was one of my favorite highlighters from MAC, but after using Soft and Gentle, I don’t know if I’ll ever go back. I definitely see why this has become such a cult classic, it creates the most beautiful glow- especially when the light hits your skin!

What are some of your Holy Grail products? How long do you usually have to use a product before giving it that glorious title?


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    Liz | Lipstick & Confetti
    November 17, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I really want the Tartelette palette! They’re coming out with a new one as well that looks just as pretty!

    xo, Liz

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    November 17, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I love all tarte products. I love the look of the new palette that includes eyeshadows and blush!

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    Biana Perez
    November 17, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I picked up the mascara during the VIB sale and I’m excited to start using it!! So many great products you mentioned!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

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    Marina Laduda
    November 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I mostly just love that it’s called Hangover Primer :)

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    Jodie Vernon
    November 17, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I haven’t tried anything on here but one thing I’m dying to get my hands on is the Tartelette palette, it looks so versatile!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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    Kim Petersen
    November 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I don’t know why I keep holding out from getting the Tartelette palette, it is so gorgeous, I just need to get it! Great holy grail products, thanks for sharing! XO -Kim

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    November 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I love Tarte’s tartelette! It’s one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes! The new one looks exciting, wish to get my hands on them too!

    Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

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    Sara Fleming
    November 17, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Everything sounds incredible! Especially the palette and foundation!

    Sara – She Who Is Short

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    November 17, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I’m really loving how the Chanel perfume smells, I’ve been meaning to purchase it but I forgot to during the Sephora sale unfortunately. The tartelette 2 palette looks so pretty I can’t wait to buy it too. My holy grail product is my lorac face primer.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

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    Amanda Elizabeth
    November 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I love the new stick foundation from MUFE. I have a feeling it will become my holy grail status soon!

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    November 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I swear by Too faced Better than sex! It is worth every penny and if I had to use just one product for the rest of my life this would be my choice. Also I would like to try out Shimmer bricks, everyone raves about them

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    Krystal // The Krystal Diaries
    November 17, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I’m always trying new foundations and haven’t found one I really love yet but currently I’m using Kat VonD Lock it Foundation and so far it’s the best I’ve tried. It looks natural and keeps my oiliness controlled longer than other foundations.

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    Linda Libra Loca
    November 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Just like you said, it depends. Some products get to “holy grail” after a few uses, some need to grow on me, but once I have found them I rarely stray. The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer oil-free is one of those products.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Paula @
      November 19, 2015 at 8:43 am

      I’ve heard so many great things about that moisturizer, but I did have an allergic reaction to one of their primers and a concealer so that’s why I haven’t tried it yet.

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    November 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I love so many of these products too, especially the mascara! I have that Tarte palette on my wishlist – it looks beautiful! xx


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    November 17, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    So many products that I adore as well! I love these kinds of posts.

    Mat Velvet+ is definitely on my wishlist now – I am always looking for new foundations that look natural but last well on the skin. I’m also picking up Mac Soft and Gentle soon, as I’ve heard SO many good things about it!

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    November 17, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I love the Nars lip crayon in the shade Cruella- I can definitely say that that’s become a favorite lip color of mine. Although I’ve only used the sample from Sephora that I got as a Beauty Insider, it was love at first wear?? Sight?? I don’t know…

    The Better Than Sex mascara looks really good. I’ve heard a bunch of super positive reviews about it!


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    November 17, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    If I have repurchased it at least 3x, its HG status for me. So far on my list would be L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, and Kerastase Nectar Thermique.

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    Kiki Rampone
    November 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Those palettes look amazing! I love the look of all your favorites. My Holy Grail would have to be Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder, even though it’s a drugstore product it’s pretty amazing. Great post!

    xo Kiki

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    November 18, 2015 at 1:34 am

    My eyes were drawn to the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick, it’s on my wishlist! Too Faced is a brand I want to try more, need to check out that primer!

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    Angela Angeline
    November 18, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I completely agree with Tartelette Matte one! It is so gorgeous!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    Katya Van Bick
    November 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I love Coco Mademoiselle, such a gorgeous fragrance and lasts on the skin for hours too! Really want to treat myself to a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

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    Danielle Beautyblog
    November 18, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    The Tartelette palette looks gorgeous! So does the new one! I usually know quite quickly whether something is HG for me, the worst is when you buy something thinking it will be then are left disappointed!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

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    The Sunday Mode
    November 18, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Yep, Soft and Gentle is my go to highlighter! It was the first one I ever tried and I’m still loving it. Definitely getting enabled to try that Too Faced mascara as well, I keep walking past it in store and thinking “….should I?” and then chickening out.

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      Paula @
      November 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Haha :) I wonder if you could maybe get a sample of the mascara somehow? I’m sure you’d love it though!

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    Caked To The Nines
    November 19, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Love Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara! I also really want to try the BB shimmer brick in Beige. So pretty!

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    Paula @
    November 19, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Me too!:)

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    Jasmine Talks Beauty
    November 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I so want to try the Hangover Primer! I’ve only heard good things about the MUFE foundation too and the finish sounds right up my street xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    November 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Coco Mademoiselle is such a modern classic! Gorgeous pictures! x

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    November 19, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Mademoiselle is my all time favorite perfume. And now i want to try that hangover primer, also I want to get my hands on those bobbi brown shimmer brick and mac soft and gentle so pretty.

    Sam || beauty detour

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    November 19, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Yay I just got the Tartelette palette during VIB and I’m happy to hear you love it!

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    Taylor Lynette
    November 20, 2015 at 4:22 am

    I don’t own another Mascara anymore, I found myself only picking up the Better Than Sex Mascara so I threw the rest out, that’s how much faith it holds in me. I really need to pick up the Hangover Primer by Too Faced too, plus a few other items mentioned in your post. Amazing.


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    Beauty Vixen
    December 1, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Oh how I wish the Too Faced Better Than Sex came in waterproof too…why oh why. I love its brush

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