7 July 2018

July Makeup Haul


While I haven't been trying too many beauty products lately, there is still the occasional time where I'm willing to hand over my wallet so to speak and try out a handful of new things. Last month I picked up a couple of products from Mecca Maxima that are more on the luxe side of things (but nothing too crazy), and a few bits and pieces from makeup.co.nz, which is one of my favourite sites to buy makeup from mainly because it has fast shipping. Although I have a new foundation on the way and I soon want to talk about how my skin has been while on acne medication, for this beauty instalment I'll be talking through these new products and telling you my first thoughts on them.


In the last couple of months I've really noticed how oily my skin has become. I would say it's definitely more combination, but the foundation I've been using makes my skin incredibly shiny by the end of the day, and as much as I like a dewy glow, I have to say it's just not that cute. I've never really been a fan of powder because the ones I've tried make my skin look dry and cakey at times and I've steered clear until now. I had heard how finely milled the Hourglass powders were, so when I saw the brand had a new loose setting powder out I thought I would give it a go even with it's sizeable price tag. Clearly I was having a 'fuck it' moment...

The Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder is described as an ultra-refined, weightless finishing powder that instantly blurs imperfections and sets makeup in place, resulting in a flawless, airbrushed finish. As this isn't a heavy, matte powder I thought it would be ideal for my temperamental skin when I need to set my makeup and touch up my T-zone mid-afternoon. It's also free from talc which I've heard is bad for acne-prone skin. I'm pretty happy with this purchase so far because it doesn't look like too much on the skin and still leaves my skin with some glow. It by no means stops the oil from creeping in by the end of the day, but with a quick touch-up it works for me. I'm sure there are a few other setting powders out there that will do a similar job but I'm glad I've finally jumped on the bandwagon.


Annoyingly I had to spend a couple more dollars to get free shipping so I decided to throw in another one of the Stila Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eye Shadows (great logic when I could just go into the physical store, but whatever). These really appealed to me when they were released, more so than the glittery versions. I had seen how pretty the shade Cloud was so I went for that one, although in hindsight it probably wasn't the best match for my skin tone. This lavender colour would look gorgeous on medium to dark skin tones, however I still like how it looks on myself. My favourite way to wear these is to blend a matte eyeshadow in the crease and put the liquid eye shadow all over the lid. In the time I've used these, it's amazing to see that they don't crease or fade throughout the day and are so easy to blend. The darker colours really appeal to me, but I won't lie, are a little intimidating.


While I didn't pick up anything too exciting from makeup.co.nz, I did have to stock up on the essentials. I have recently used up two mascaras that I loved but were either too hard to get hold of or too expensive, so naturally I went back to an old favourite, Maybelline Lash Sensational. This mascara thickens and darkens lashes, giving them a fanned out, doe-eyed appearance. It has quite a wet formula to begin with, which I find is ideal to give lashes length and a decent curl. My only gripe with it is it's quite hard to remove - especially if you're in a rush, or are just lazy like me. But I can't get enough of the Twiggy-esque eyelashes it produces.


I also picked up the Real Techniques Setting Brush as I was after a small powder brush that I could use to set my foundation. While this is nothing special, I have used these brushes for years and they are good quality without being hugely expensive. Lastly, I bought the LA Girl HD Pro Concealer on a whim because I needed a new one to use under my eyes. On reflection, this probably wasn't the best purchase ever because it's a pretty high coverage, matte concealer and I prefer a lighter, more radiant concealer. Not all is lost though because it does the job and I'll still use it. On a different note, it does make me laugh how the lightest shade, Porcelain, still looks orange despite the packaging online looking light. Oh how I wish some brands would make better shades!


In the last year and a half I've tried to really consider my makeup purchases even though some products can still disappoint me. It's quite frightening how much a person can spend on makeup, and clothes for that matter, in such a short space of time but I try and buy products that I need rather than want, and have come recommended from someone I trust. I hope you enjoyed this little haul - let me know if you will try any of these!

-Emma

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