24 March 2018

Beauty Haul and First Impressions

Sometimes I get such a good kick out of spontaneously picking up a handful products to try that I've heard absolutely nothing about. For whatever reason, I had a few weak moments this month and indulged in some serious retail therapy. However, most of these products are really affordable meaning my bank account didn't necessarily take too much of a hit. Today I thought I'd throw together a good old fashioned haul post and wax lyrical on each product, whether we've been in good company for a few weeks or mere days.

Starting off with something I didn't actually buy: Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara. When I won this in a giveaway, I was pretty pleased because I always love trying out new mascaras, and I am such a fan of the original Lash Sensational Mascara - I still think it's the best mascara I've tried and should probably get my hands on it again. This version is a little different. I would say it has more of a wet formula, meaning it weighs down the lashes slightly more and doesn't do as good of a job at curling them upwards. It still gives volume and drama, and those who love the clumpy lash effect will probably get along with this. Personally, I like using this when I want more intensity and volume instead of separation and length. I would still recommend the original formula more!

My skin has been in an absolute state recently, and who knows why. One product I really did need to add to my routine though was a face scrub, and I picked up the Goodness Every Week Face Scrub on a whim. I've only used it once so far but I really liked the result. It's a simple, cream formula with fine granules which gently buff the skin. I can see why this would be a good weekly scrub when skin is in need of a little exfoliation and brightening. My skin definitely feels like it could do with a scrub this weekend. So far it hasn't irritated my complexion, and it might be thanks to the 'natural' ingredients included. I haven't tried anything else from Goodness but would recommend checking this out if you're in need of a gentle exfoliator.

After using my NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer for a while, I decided that I had the wrong shade and should have gone for the lightest one. It was fine if I blended it in fairly well, but I really wanted to buy another NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer because I was after a formula that was more hydrating. I have had several tubes of this over the years and have always really liked it, the only downside being that it runs out pretty fast (and it's not the cheapest!). I love how pale the Chantilly shade is and it works well with my foundation. I'm happy I made the switch, and I'll still continue to use the other concealer, but probably as eyeshadow primer and under the eye. This wasn't a new try for me, but thought I'd include it in here anyway!

Along with an exfoliator, the other product I needed was a new hair mask. Previously I've used and loved the Lush Marilyn Hair Treatment but it's since been discontinued, and now there's only a hot oil version. Anyway, I recently dyed my hair so it's been a little drier than usual. I picked up the OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Intense Moisturizing Treatment because I enjoy the shampoo and conditioner versions. I've only used this once so far but it did a pretty good job at making my hair feel more moisturised and also giving it some strength back. I'll continue to use this weekly and maybe experiment with leaving it on for longer to get the most out of it.

I've never used anything to set down my brows, but have always liked the look of products such as Glossier Boy Brow and Benefit Gimme Brow. With this in mind, I went for the cheaper Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel. I have to say, I went slightly overboard when I first used this - there is a lot of product on the brush initially, so you really need to wipe off the excess. But when used with caution, it sets down my brows pretty decently and makes them a little darker. I have a feeling this product will get better as it dries out, but right now I don't absolutely hate it and will continue using this in my routine.

The Soap and Glory Rushower Dry Shampoo was insanely cheap so I added it to my Mecca basket when I was buying a new foundation. I really wanted to give this a go because I had heard some good things, plus I always love trying out new dry shampoos as they are hard to get right. I have used Batiste dry shampoos for the last few years as they are cheap and readily available, but the formula is pretty full on. This, on the other hand, is lighter and a better every day option for me. It can leave a slight grey cast if sprayed too much, but on the whole it works well and doesn't leave too much build up.

Although I've tried the Stila Glitter and Go Liquid Eyeshadow, I was intrigued when I saw they have recently released less glittery, and in my opinion slightly more wearable versions. I picked up the Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten, which is such a predictable shade for me but a classic. When swatched, Kitten looks like a nude pink, almost rose gold. On the eye, you can apply a small amount and it's very wearable, or apply another layer and it's such a gorgeous shimmery, but not sparkly, cream eyeshadow. I would love to see what one of the darker shades in the range looks like. So far, I'm in love with this!

Have you tried any of these products?




  1. Adore your photos 💕 I would love to try the Stila Glitter and Go! & this version!

    1. Thank you! You should try them, they're so nice! xx

  2. The Stila liquid eyeshadows look/sound so good, I'm desperate to try some out!

    Lucy | Forever September

    1. I really want to get another one! x


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