..Or 'Beauty shit I bought and like looking at and swatching' as my fellow blogger Albertine told me I should name this post. Granted, I didn't buy very much makeup when I was away in the UK/Europe, but I did really like all the things I picked up, so I thought I'd put together a little post with all the details. I feel like I'm less inclined to buy loads of new makeup these days, because I mainly use the same stuff every day and I don't need all those new releases. I feel like that calls for some particularly ~thoughtful~ purchases.
When I realised Paris had Sephora, I knew I had to go and spend my remaining Euros. So, I bought the gorgeous Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. From it's lilac velvet casing to the warm toned berry hues inside, this palette is seriously what dreams are made of. I've recently got into eyeshadow, before never really giving it a go because I tend to make myself look like I have a bruised eye, but with the right stuff I can achieve something sort of okay.. These eyeshadows have incredible pay off, and you'd hope so for the price. From what I've tried so far, I find the texture of these shadows are blendable, creamy and go on very opaque. Already, I'd highly recommend this palette, especially if you're a fan of autumnal colours like I am. I'll be testing this out lots more over the coming months though.
After having a root around Boots, I knew the only items I wanted to pick up were from Soap and Glory because it's a brand not that readily available in New Zealand (although Mecca now stocks the body care range). I've heard some bloggers talk about a few of the makeup items, and it's not often I'm in the UK (read: never apart from this one time) so I picked up the Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer, Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder and Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner. I can't vouch for the powder just yet as I haven't tried it out properly, but I am in love with the bronzer as it doesn't look horrific on my pale skin, and the eyeliner is so easy to use and the pay off is really decent. The latter is definitely my new go-to addition to my makeup routine, and I'm pretty fussy with my eyeliner.
The last little item (or rather quite sizeable) is the Wet n Wild To Reflect Shimmer Palette which my sister actually bought for me when I was stuck sick in a Chicago hotel room. I use this as a blush and highlighter combination, and while it's not very pigmented, it adds a nice little something to the skin. You can't really go heavy handed with this one.
Have you tried any of these products? x