7 December 2017

Beauty Haul and First Impressions

Long term readers of my blog will know beauty hauls are few and far between these days. While I love trying out new makeup, my bank account does not thank me for it. In saying that, November was a fairly spendy month for me and I decided to treat myself, after all, it was my birthday and I finished university so that calls for some celebration right? It can be so easy to buy so much these days with the onslaught of blogger recommendations, but I usually do a fair bit of research before purchasing. With that said, here's everything I bought from Mecca Maxima and Feel Unique...

Although my Mecca purchases don't look like a lot, I did indulge in a couple of more expensive items that have been well worth the money so far. First of all, I bought the NARS Soft Matte Concealer as everyone and their dog has been raving about it. With my old concealers running empty, I knew it was time to pick up a new one. On makeup days I don't usually wear under eye concealer as I find my foundation to be good enough coverage, but I typically need (or want, let's face it) more coverage on the rest of my face where I have scars and breakouts. I'm not too bothered by my acne anymore, but it does help when you find a product that actually covers them up if need be. When you dab this on with fingers, it melts and blends perfectly into the skin. It isn't drying at all like the name may suggest, and equally, it doesn't leave behind any shine.

On the topic of breakouts, I've been using the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion solidly for one or two weeks and it has been working great for me. On days when I'm just at home, I apply this on spots I have and leave it on for the entire day. You can put it on at night time before bed, but in my experience it tends to rub off easily especially if you're someone who tosses and turns. My sister and I both use this for our spots and it really makes a difference with continued use, daily, or once every couple of days. If your breakouts are really big and sore, it helps to dry them out faster and shrink them in size gradually over a few days.

Last month I felt like I had a gap in my makeup collection - I didn't have enough, or pretty much any, lip products that I loved and would use daily. Over this year I have really shied away from wearing any kind of lipstick apart from the occasional sheer nude. I find lipstick incredibly annoying, especially vibrant, matte formulas, which I thought I loved but I think I was just following along with trends. In comes the Surratt Beauty Lipslique in Bandy. I knew it was exactly the product I was after when I watched one of Estee Lalonde's videos where she talked through her monthly beauty favourites. One of the things I love about this product is the design of the packaging; not only does it have a gorgeous iridescent-like tube, but it's a lot smaller and slimmer than typical lipsticks, meaning it's easier to apply. It has a very sheer yet buildable formula that I would say is somewhat of a 'your lips but better' shade. A lot of nudes can be too pink and not look right on me, however I love this colour as it verges on being more brown toned. It isn't incredibly long lasting but I don't mind reapplying, and although expensive, I'd rather invest in a product I like rather than keep using ones I don't.

Lastly I bought a fairly cheap tinted lip balm, because as I said, I was lacking in lip options. The Frank Body Lip & Cheek Tint is a coffee scented tint you can apply to your eyelids, lips and cheeks although I've just tried lips so far. While I haven't used this a whole lot, one thing I really like so far is the scent - thanks to this little product, my whole draw smells like delicious coffee. I should get around to trying more of their products, namely the coffee body scrubs they are famous for.

It has been a while since I'd had a good browse on Feel Unique, but I have to say, I do quite like the selection of brands they stock. Two of those brands are Zoella Beauty and Tanya Burr Cosmetics, and while I don't usually give in to the hype of products bought out by YouTubers, I do love that their ranges are really affordable. I have actually never tried anything from Tanya's range, but I decided to pick up the new Tanya Burr Selfie Lash because I Covet Thee was raving about it. I haven't been too happy with the mascaras I've been using lately, so it was definitely time to try something different, and I'm actually really impressed with this one. It has a large brush, but not completely massive that it's hard to apply and control, plus it really lengthens lashes and provides decent volume. This mascara doesn't clump or make it look like you have five eye lashes on one eye, which is a thing I really struggle with.

I decided to pick up the Tanya Burr Peachy Glow Cheek Palette too. I haven't been reaching this for a whole lot so far, because the first time I used it I probably went a little overboard with the bronzer. These powders are pretty pigmented, I guess depending on what brush you use. I would say the bronzer is probably a bit warmer toned than most people would like, so in future I will be using a light hand with this. The blush, however, is a really pretty colour and the highlight is nice and subtle but still has decent pigment. I'm not completely wowed by this palette yet - I still need to keep using it - but I like how it has everything in one place and is a good size.

Lately I've really been missing having Lush baths, but because that can be a pretty expensive habit, I thought I would get one of Zoella's bath products in the hope it would last longer than Lush bath bombs. You scoop a small handful of the Zoella Beauty Scooper Dooper Bubble Bath under running water and it makes a decent amount of bubbles - just don't do it when the bath is already full! While I'm not in love with the scent, it's still pleasant and more of a summery fragrance anyway. I have used another one of her bubble bath products and while I preferred the other, I think these make a good substitute for Lush items.

As basic as it sounds, another beauty product I've been lacking in is an eyeliner pencil. I have never been one to use one, but I have been liking smudging brown eyeliner on my upper and lower lash line for more of a smudgier/softer eye look. When done right, I feel like this really adds definition and dimension to my eye makeup - if I can be bothered that is! The one I bought is the Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer; it has the soft, creamy pencil on one side and a smudger on the other. Secondly I picked up the BY TERRY Ombre Blackstar Melting Eyeshadow in Bronze Moon - quite the blogger favourite. I finally bit the bullet and bought this, as although expensive, I think they are worth it. I can be really lazy when it comes to makeup, so just being able to smother this all over the lids and blend has been a dream. The shade I went for is more cooler toned than my usual eyeshadow, but I feel like this sort of shade goes with any type of makeup and suits everyone.

Finally, I picked up the L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask. I think this is a smaller size as apparently this only has ten applications, but nevertheless I don't plan on using it too often. I have only used this once so I can't really comment on this product yet, however I think this one will be really good at drawing out impurities and leaving skin smoother. Hopefully this won't irritate my skin, but as it was pretty cheap it won't be much of a waste if I don't end up loving it.

Have you tried any of these products?




  1. The mario badescu drying lotion works wonders doesn't it?!

    Lucy | Forever September

  2. Great haul! I still haven't tried the NARS concealer, though I really want to. I've heard amazing things about it!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    1. Thanks! It's actually really good! x

  3. I remember I used to go nuts and want everything as soon as all my favourite bloggers started raving about a new product, but it quickly became an impossible lifestyle to keep up with and now I'm very selective with what I buy. I'm not as phased by new releases anymore (most of them are just rubbish nowadays too lol), but one product I'm still itching to try is the NARS Soft Matte Concealer. I feel like everybody owns this now except me! Haha. Given how much I love their Radiant Creamy Concealer, I have no doubt I'll love this and I'm glad to hear it's not drying too.

    The By Terry Ombre Blackstars are AMAZING. It's honestly the best cream eyeshadow formula I've tried (easy to blend and doesn't budge all day) and Bronze Moon is otherworldly dreaminess to me! I know cool tones aren't really "in" at the moment, but I think it veers slightly on the neutral side and I can't imagine a skin tone this wouldn't look good on. It's one of my favourite makeup products and I'd be more than happy to spend the money on it again. I totally agree that it's worth it!

    Tenneil | Like Neon Love

    1. I felt the same way re the concealer, but I'm so happy I have it in my life now. I absolutely love the By Terry eyeshadow, SO worth it. xx


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