Hello ladies, I hope you’re all well and enjoying the last few days of summer.
This is a collective haul of the past two months, and the last bit of makeup shopping I’ll be doing till I get the chance to get my hands on the Lorac Pro palettes!
Starting with my superdrug bits, after loving the Bourjois CC cream so much I have really been experimental with drugstore bases from ethical brands. The happy light foundation is the 4th base I now own from Bourjois (YES FOURTH D:)...and I bought it in the shade 53 which is a TAD darker than I would normally go for. First impressions are mixed, so I’ll have to dedicate a month to properly road test this before I report back, have you tried this? What are your thoughts?
I also picked up the Bourjois healthy balance powder in 53 for two reasons. 1. It’s been recommended by Amelia Liana and I adore her blog/channel and take her drugstore recommendations very seriously! I hear its one of the best drugstore powders around 2. I think its really important to have a decent powder for occasions when you need your makeup to last that extra bit longer, or for those super hot days because melting makeup is not a nice look. The ‘natural healthy glow’ sounds promising considering this is a powder and although I won’t be reaching for this on a daily basis I’m glad to have it in my collection! I also like the fact that it has a large mirror on the inside, great for the handbag!
The most exciting Bourjois purchase by far has been this brand new Delice De Poudre Duo! It is another bronzer and highlight duo from the drugstore and first impressions are very good :) PLUS IT SMELLS LIKE CHOCOLATE!
Moving onto Rimmel, after seeing this on Lily Pebble’s blog and Kal’s blog (Cluttered Closet) I picked it up in the sale. Its the Rimmel Glam’Eyes HD Palette in Brixton Brown cute mini palette, perfect for travelling and it has beautiful neutral colours. So far I have been quite impressed with the pigmentation and the middle colour makes a stunning crease/transitional shade whilst that pale colour makes a fantastic inner-corner highlight!
Superdrug had an offer where if you buy Rimmel’s Wonder’full mascara (which was only £5 as an introductionary offer) you could get the Scandaleyes thick and thin eyeliner for free, so of course I had to take advantage! I’ve heard lots of mixed reviews about this mascara, but unfortunately I will not be trying it for quite some time as my mascara wardrobe has grown at an alarmingly fast rate for a girl who wears mascara once a month at the most D:
The argan oil formula sounds promising and I do like the swish packaging (although it is a little bulky).
From the E.L.F 50% off sale this time I picked up three things from the studio line. The HD Powder in Corrective Yellow in the hope that it would be comparable to my Ben Nye Banana powder...so far I wouldn’t recommend it for a replacement of that. However the original HD powder which is white, did give me a white/ghosty appearance so hopefully this will still come into use when needed for those special HD occasions.
I then browsed their fantastic Studio brush line, and picked up the Small Stipple Brush which is such a perfect size for applying blush, highlight or contour! Its especially great with cream products so I’m looking forwards to using this soon! I also bought a new brush the Small precision brush which looks perfect for packing on colour or pigment. I find that I have so many large shaders and big fluffy brushes I find it hard to add a small amount of colour! So this looks perfect and for less than £2 in the sale I couldn’t be happier with it!
I have only dabbled into the mineral line’s lipstick and I have to say I love them! E.L.F’s mineral line is ALL paraben free, so I decided to give their single Pressed Mineral eyeshadows a whirl. I picked up the shades Beauty Queen and Lunch Break. I’m very happy with the quality, they’re soft and not chalky and the pigmentation is great too, especially with a base.
I also bought one mineral lip liner in the shade peachy I love the colour and all over the lips, its a beautiful peachy pink. The only thing is because it is so small and thin, if you continuously use it as an all over the lip shade you will run out quickly.
I adore this website, and buy most of my perfumes from there. They have almost every brand of perfume you could think of and usually you get at least 10-20% off the RRP which is such a bargain! They also stock a lot of makeup and nail polish, and being the bargain queen then I am I do sometimes have a good shop on there and end up saving so much money!
I especially like looking through the makeup gifts tab because I bought ALL my mini Ciate paintpots from there for such a reasonable price! They also have all the fun effects too like feathers, beads etc;
I bought 3 makeup items this time around. Firstly the MEMEME Bronze Goddess gift set. I’ve just looked on the website and I cannot seem to find it anymore :( which is such a shame, but if I do come across it I will post it on my facebook and twitter to alert you all. They do also have 3 other similar sets, and they are at the amazing price of £5! I was incredibly excited to see the liquid highlighter in the gold shade, as I have the pink one from a glossy box but y’all know golden highlighters are my favourite! There is also a small eyeshadow quad, an iridescent olive nail polish, a light up gloss with a cute little mirror and light and a beautiful bronze block, very similar to Bobbi Brown’s bronze bricks! It was such an amazing bargain I’m guessing it got snapped up very quickly! But I really hope they have it back in stock soon!!
I also purchased the Rimmel Match Perfection concealer in the shade 6, this was to use as an actual concealer and not a highlight and it matches really well! This was only £3! Half the price it would be at boots/superdrug. Finally I purchased the Rimmel Scandaleyes Gel Liner in Blue. I have reviewed the black one of this, and this stuff is SUPER creamy, but since my obsession with brown liners, I thought I’d try a navy/blue one too and mix things up a little! (plus for only £2 could you blame me??)
I never usually buy stuff for my hair, and being a hijabi I have to admit my hair is the least of my priorities when it comes to beauty. Deciding enough is enough, I saw this Natural World Hair Treatment Oil - Argan Oil certified from Morocco and just had to purchase it. It was £3.50 and on the FD website they have a whole range of the Natural World products, which specialise in coconut oil and Argan oil. If all goes well with this, then I will have to have a try of the others!
The final two were treats again from Fragrance Direct. I picked up the Vera Wang Princess 100ml for only £25 which is fantastic considering the same sized bottle would cost £60 at Debenhams or Boots! I’ve heard so much about this scent and the fact that its supposedly long lasting is all the better ^_^ I also purchased my first full size Ciate paint pot in the shade Golden Sands. Fragrance Direct have the BEST offers on nail polishes, they sell O.P.I, Essie and Ciate which are three main high-end polishes and I purchased this for only £2 which is amaaazing seeing as the RRP is £9 *happy dances* The shade itself is a gorgeous classy neutral brown/pink with the most subtle golden undertone - oh-la-la I love it!
And that is the end of my haul! Have you got any of these? What do you think of them? ^_^
Thanks for reading!