New in makeup

Me at the beginning of the year: I’m only going to do curated hauls. Also me: walks into the drugstore two times this month and buys makeup each time. Fam, I wanted to be a good soul and not buy drugstore makeup or at least as much but DAMN I can’t resist a new launch. I bought some goodies this month in the makeup department (and a skincare haul and reviews coming soon). I wanted to share it with you (to somewhat?!) justify this spending…also hauls on my blog do quite well and frankly, I also like reading them!

I am on the hunt for the best drugstore glowy base product and when I saw that the L’oreal glotion was on sale at shoppers I “had to” buy it. Curse the optimum points system. I really like this so far and if fairs well under (most) bb creams and foundations. The next glowy product I bought was the new Annabelle illuminating hydrating base, this smells like a fresh day on the beach (it is Seabreeze scented according to the package) so I couldn’t resist. Speaking of base products I also got the Maybelline BB Cream and the Nude by Nature BB cream. I am searching for the perfect sheer base for my life, and these two are so far okay…further reviews to come. I also got two concealers, I will add both to my concealer round up and I haven’t heard much about the Revlon Candid Concealer.  A dedicated review to come! I also went out of town earlier this month of, as usual, hit up the body shop. I got their cushion foundation because it is the same family as my favorite foundation the fresh nude. Again, a review to come. I also did a wishtrend order (no duties Canadian friends) and was curious about the Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream. It’s a different kind of product and I will do a review on this eventually!

I also bought the new Covergirl Active foundation. I have only tried this once but surprisingly I did really like it. I want to test it more and I’ll return with a review. I also picked up a few concealers for my roundup, the L’Oreal True Match, and the Revlon Candid Concealer. I also did a wee bit of a Colourpop order. I got one pressed eyeshadow, a lip liner and the concealer, the new mascara and the Jelly Much eyeshadow. I really like all of the items, except the concealer. I am still testing it but thus far, while an amazing price I’m not as enthralled with it as I thought I would be!

Speaking of eye products I got another item from Annabelle. I spotted their new bouncy line at the store and couldn’t resist getting on of their eyeshadows, in surprise surprise a bronzy shade.  I also got the Maybelline snapscara (which I forgot to take a photo of) purely because I heard the full coverage gals talking about it and wanted to try it, that and I will include it in my drugstore mascara roundup. I also bought the Maybelline city bronzer in 200, I wasn’t sure if I should 100 to 200 but the medium shade seemed to have the look I wanted. This purchase has no justification – I was completely influenced by Mariah Leonard. I also, despite not being a liquid lipstick lover, got one of the Maybelline super stay matte ink liquid lipsticks. Maybelline also came out with a made for all lipstick line so I got the shade spice for me.

I think what we can all learn from this is I can’t set foot in shoppers without at least gandering the makeup aisle. While last year at this time I feel like bought way more, for February I’m hopping back on the thoughtful purchase train and am going to try to buy things just from my list of brands I want to try. Wish me luck folks.

Have you been trying anything new lately?

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Beauty and Skincare Haul

Alas, recently I acquired a job and to celebrate I may have purchased a few things (and possibly participated in the Sephora VIB sale which will be come later). But I visited my brother and we did a bit of shopping so I want to run through some of that stuff and some of the new drugstore bits I’ve collected over October. I will update you in a months time on these products!

Eyes and Lips

Eye products

Revlon Lip pluming creme

I have been on the hunt for a drugstore mascara that gives me the same quality lashes as the Lancome Monsieur big. I bought the L’oreal Voluminous in Waterproof (that was an accident but I used a oil cleanser so that isn’t a problem). I also bought an old favourite the Maybelline colour tattoo bad to the bronze. I resisted buying this again and have hunted for dupes from other drugstore brands but can’t seem to find one. This is such a simple easy shade to use and have around so I’m glad to have it back in my life. I also  bought one lippie (I was attempting to exercise self restraint) but I saw Estee Lalonde use this on her channel so I bought it in 510 Nude Honey.  It is the perfect (I know I say this a lot) but it really is the perfect my lips but better colour. I really like this so far but will update in a month.

Base products

base products

Haul Face products

Rimmel Setting Spray

The body shop concealer

I bought the new Maybelline Super Stay Multi Use foundation stick and plan on reviewing it sometime this month. As another base product (on sale for $11, I got the Sephora collection skin tint. I have been curious about the sephora collection and would like to try a few more things from them. I also wanted to get a new potted concealer and have been eyeing the body shop one for awhile. I plan to use this more on days I work versus other makeup days. I also bought the Rimmel Fix and Go setting spray which I tried yesterday and it’s amazing so far! I don’t want to give my full thoughts yet but will update in a month.

Skincare and Body Care

The body shop body butters

Body Butters

When I saw the little body butter set in The Body Shop I just couldn’t resist the little tree shaped box with the fun holiday scents. I love the peppermint one and wouldn’t mind a full size of this before the holiday scents leave! I also bought two skincare bits from Joe Fresh. I am running out of my Thayers toner and while I will repurchase that I haven’t tried any Joe Fresh Skincare and this was on sale so I bought it. I also bought the eye cream because it was on sale for $9.44 which is a great deal for an eye cream!

Have you bought anything new lately?

 

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UK Makeup Haul

open-flat-layOh golly, you all know that when I went to Europe I had to hit up the quintessential UK based drug stores – Superdrug, boots, Kiko and of course oxford street Lush.  I didn’t get the chance to go into Selfridges (next time) but I wasn’t really going to buy any high end makeup anyway. Naturally I did a bit of shopping and tried a few items from each of these places. I realized I forgot to take a photo of the Natural Collection mascara but I also bought that. I also wanted to note some interesting differences in the makeup trends between London and Aberdeen. London I found it to be a lot more of a lighter base but I think this could be attributed to the fact that it was 40 degrees celsius so I too was wearing barely there makeup. In Aberdeen I noticed that makeup was a lot more full coverage. I thought it was so interesting because obviously both places had equally beautiful looks but I thought I would note that before hopping into the haul.

blushes

solar-bronze

Let’s start with the face products that I purchased. At Boots I got the Soap and Glory solar bronzer. It’s a beautiful sheeny bronzer with highlighter in it so it warms up the skin nicely while also giving that summer glow. As soon as I bought this I literally used it everyday on the trip. I really liked the idea of this bronzer because I saw ttsandra use it once and was always curious about it and finally found it in Boots. Second at Superdrug I bought the B. collection (Superdrug exclusive) lip and cheek tint. So this is something that I wanted to be a bit creamier. It’s a bit waxy in texture but I will still use it because it gives a beautiful glow to the skin you just really have to work quickly with it. Not for beginners. I also got another blush, mostly because of the packaging, from the Kiko store in Aberdeen. That store is beautiful I tell yah. This blush is from their gold rush collection and the shade is 02 coral because I love me a good coral blush. It’s a glowy blush which is my personal favourite formula of a blush.

lush-highlighter

I also bought a highlighter from the Lush oxford street store. It’s like a little brick of pretty glitter. To be quite honest, it’s not like a normal glossy highlight, this is all shimmer that packs a punch and doesn’t last all day. I also got a radiant face base from Kiko in hopes it would be similar to the Laura Mercier one I’ve previously swatched. Since I haven’t tried that one I guess I can’t compare. So far it’s nice, but nothing similar to what I was hoping.

barry-m-dazzle-dust

Kiko-radiance-face-boost

I also bought the Natural collection volume mascara in brown (which was an accident) and I haven’t opened it as I’m trying to use up my others first. I also got the classic Barry M dazzle dust which I tried once but it was a hot ass day so it kind of just creased and didn’t really play well with the primer I used. I am going to try this again for sure because it’s beautiful gold bronze shade.

concealers

The final two items were concealers. I put these two in a separate category then the face products because these are two hyped up concealers that I just had to try. The Collection lasting perfection concealer – I haven’t tried it yet so this is a literal haul and the Makeup Revolution concealer of which I got the last one in my shade and the others were sold out. I haven’t tried either yet but will report back when I do.

Have you tried anything new lately?


Blune Day 7: New bits and bobs

Recently I have received from my birthday and treated myself to a few makeup bits that I have been curious about. A few of these have already been discussed on here but I wanted to show  a few things I’ve worked into my collection!

First, my wonderful best friend got me the Hourglass bronzer in diffused bronze light. It is amazing. I love how buildable and glowy it is. It is in heavy packaging making it feel even more luxurious. Another hourglass product that has weaseled its way in is their blush in Incandescent Electra which is a beautiful peach shade. I love the sheer buildable colour of both these products. They just make you glow “naturally” and you get a lot of product for you money.

Hourglass Ambient lighting bronzer and

nyx-dose-of-dew

The NYX dose of Dew highlighter and the Elf Shimmer Highlight powder in Starlight glow. Two newer highlighters to my obscene collection. The Elf one took my storm. It performs like a high end highlighter and lasts all day. It is a beautiful gold champagne shade that isn’t too gold for my liking. The NYX dose of dew was a purchase on a whim that was inspired by Jessica Braun. She is such a fabulous YouTuber and is always raving about this. I can see why, its a dewy stick that isn’t sticky and gives a beautiful glow to the skin without being metallic or glittery.

Elf Starlight

butter-bronzer

The Physicians Formula Butter bronzer in sunkissed, again a Youtube  made me buy it. Mariah Leonard was talking about this and it was on my birthday, so I thought I may as well as well pick it up.  It of course smells like a tropical vacation and is a beautiful shade for that sun kissed look we all enjoy.

Joe Fresh lipstick cushion

Joe Fresh Eyeshadow Caramel

The cream of the crop, the Joe Fresh Matte Cushion lipstick. The most unique formula of lipstick I have seen in my makeup life. It comes in a tube, and the colour is in the cap and you push the cushion into it to saturate the sponge with the colour. It goes on kind of sticky but remains a beautiful non drying formula throughout the day. It only comes in a few shades (which I am restraining myself from buying) but I would love them to come out with a nice peachy nude shade. Another Joe Fresh find is the eyeshadow in caramel. It’s a cool toned caramel, which is refreshing because most of my eyeshadows are warm toned, and it is a beautiful sheer wash of colour on the eyes. I wouldn’t mind a few more shades in my arsenal!  

Have you tried anything new or anything new to you?


Sephora Sale: the haul

“Makeup is fun, and also sad, when your entire paycheque goes straight to Sephora”, a lovely quote from vintage ladylike circa 2016. I’m sorry bank account, but I’ve participated in the Sephora VIB sale and have made so fun purchases and thought I would share them with you! I will also update all of you folks once I’ve used these products for a few weeks!

The makeup items: the Anastasia Beverly Hill soft glam palette and the NARS Fort De France highlighter, and a beauty tool,  Fenty blending sponge since my sponges were nasty!

Okay so the NARS highlighter...honestly I got it because I was watching the Anna Edit and she loved it and I obviously want to be her so alas I bought it. It’s a very tightly packed highlighter and is a soft powder when you touch it, the packaging is heavy and luxurious! I don’t have any higher end of the high end brands of highlighters except my Anastasia glow kit I got for my birthday last year and the balm highlighter which arguably is the price of some drugstore highlighters. I feel like a real adult with my NARS highlighter.

The soft glam palette. My word this is a breathtaking palette! I don’t own any Anastasia eyeshadow palettes and lots of the shades in this palette are shades I have been eyeing in the singles. It felt meant to be if I say so myself. My favourite eye look is a wash of colour with literally any shadow and a inner corner highlight and wala a good look for the day!

Anastasia soft glam, NARS Fort De France

Fenty Blending Sponge

Skincare. I have been on such a skincare kick lately and finding my perfect routine! I think I’ve found the perfect toner, still searching for the perfect cleanser and have found my way back to my tea tree exfoliator from the Body Shop. But that’s a post for another day. People, hold your breath (this is mostly for my mother when she reads this) I got the Caudalie vinoperfect brightening essence concentrate. Mother of pearl, this is soooooooo luxurious. I have never really considered Caudalie but as I am foraying into trying to give my skin good ingredients I found myself at the stand in Sephora! This is also a French beauty brand which I find myself (and the rest of the blog world for that matter, a bit obsessed with. I saw the word brightening and I said to myself “well I’m sold”.

Drunk Elephant and Caudalie

Now for the “big guns”, by this I mean minis of the marula facial oil and TLC Framboos glycolic night serum that is so raved about on the interwebs. I really wanted to try some drunk elephant products, but I am not going to lie this jazz is expensive and I just couldn’t commit to buying a bigger size because that is a lot of moola. Will report back when I have a used this for a month or so!

Did you get anything at the sale?! If so tell me below!