Cult Beauty Haul

A fellow beauty and skincare obsessed friend of mine introduced me to Cult Beauty a while ago, and had let me know that they were doing a Spring Goodie Bag promotion. If you spent 100GBP then you’d get a goodie bag with 10 products worth around 150GBP. We decided to split the order and the goodies and I chose the Becca Champagne Pop highlighter and a set of 6 deluxe contour brushes by Morphe.

[I’m adding links so that you can check out the products if you would like to. I’m trying to be less lazy and add a couple of links here and there to make it easier for those that are interested in the product. They aren’t affiliate links or anything, just something to make it easier for you guys]

Here’s the haul (the paid for part):

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Morphe 6 Piece Deluxe Contour Set:

I chose this brush set to make up my 50GBP order, and I’ve heard so many good things (and seen on YouTube too) so I decided to go for this set. It’s cheaper than buying the individual brushes too.

The brushes are: Angled Buffer, Rounded Buffer, Pointed Contour Buffer, Mini Angled Buffer, Mini Round Buffer and Mini Pointed Contour

I think I’ll use the smaller brushes for eye work, and the larger brushes for my face. Currently I’m thinking the Pointed Contour Buffer for highlighter/ Contour, the Angled Buffer for Contour/ Blush and the Rounded Buffer for all over finishing powder.

This is the brush set, and you can buy it here:

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Becca Highlighter: Champagne Pop

I have tried to get this highlighter so many times. I tried to get it last summer when I was in the US in Florida but it was sold out everywhere. At that time it was meant to be a limited edition, but seeing as it is so popular I believe it is not a permanent colour. This colour is meant to go well with all skin tones, and the internet pretty much blew up over how amazing this is. I’m not really into highlighter’s that much, but I knew I had to try this one for sure.

You can buy this here:

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Here is my part of the Spring Goodie Bag Haul:

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser

MV Jojoba Oil

Skin Owl Neck+

Goldfaden Doctor’s Scrub

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist 

I chose these products as I am always interested in discovering new products to help calm down my skin, and anything that is a good cleanser, scrub or moisturiser you can sign me up for!

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Birchbox: March 2016

My last Birchbox was in December, because I simply felt like a) I had too many products coming in and b) the products weren’t as good (in my eyes) to merit the subscription. However, as you can see, I got the March box and swiftly cancelled again the monthly subscription. I got the March box as I had some points that were going to expire and I wanted to use the reduction on the Egyptian Magic cream. Birchbox also happened to add two products to the box -their “Best Sellers”, and added to the two samples for purchasing the Egyptian Magic cream, I felt that this month was a good month.

All my products from Birchbox:

 

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Purchased Product:

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream – I was super curious to try this out, it contains Olive Oil, Bees Wax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly Extract and Bee Propolis. It doesn’t exactly look like a cream but I think you have to rub a bit to make it a liquidy oil and then apply. I can’t wait to try this out and I’m glad for my 6Eur reduction.

Free Samples:

Lait Creme Concentre – I love this, as already featured in one of my empties posts and I purposely chose a small sample size of this for travel, rather than trying something new. Just shows how much I love this product.

Arnaud Nutri Regenerante (Wrinkle filling serum) – I went for this one, not because I have wrinkles (yet) but more because it’s a serum that I can try out, and the other options didn’t really call out to me.

As for my two products that were added on to this box in a promotion (I didn’t know what they were in advance):

  • Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in the colour New York. I guess this is a liquid lipstick and I’m loving the colour. It’s like a vibrant bright red that seems perfect for spring. I just quickly swatched this on my hand and it is bright for sure. Seems to be a thick creamy texture too.
  • Dermanace Moisturising Foundation Mineral Care Powder in Golden Beige. My first mineral powders were from, of course, Bare Minerals which I loved for a long while. This colour seems to be matching my skin I think, and I’m definitely going to try this out.

The contents of my box:

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  1. Ciate Nail Varnish. 13.5ml – 9.95Eur
    • 5ml – 3.69Eur
    • Comments: I tried this and it really is fast drying. I love it. I always hate putting on nail varnish as I always seem to mess it up, no matter how long I dry my nails for. I’ll walk around like a zombie and really watch what I’m doing only to mess it up accidentally at some point. With this though, no problems at all. I like it!
  2. Sampar Equalising Foam Peel. 30ml – 39Eur
    • 15ml – 19.50Eur
    • Comments: I think this brand is actually quite pricy and I highly doubt that I will actually buy anything from Sampar but I am always open to try new products, especially expensive ones that I wouldn’t go for normally.
  3. Whish – Pomegranate body wash. 390ml – 16.25Eur
    • 30ml –  1.25Eur
    • Comments: I know that this brand is always heavily used by Birchbox (or at least that’s my impression) as I have a body lotion from Whish. As mentioned, I don’t particularly get too fussy over body washes, but I like the travel sizes to put in my gym bag for sure.
  4. Aussie 3 minute miracle. 250ml – 9.25Eur
    • 75ml – 2.78Eur
    • Comments: I have never tried this brand, but I certainly have always wanted to in the back of my mind. Unrelated note, at this rate, I have so many conditioners from boxes that I don’t need to buy any myself! I can’t wait to try this one out and perhaps find myself a convert….Having said that, I just checked out the ingredients and I see Parabens, I don’t think that’s a good thing right?
  5. Les Anges ont la peau douce (Angels have soft skin) – L’eau bleue des Anges (Blue water of angels). 200ml – 19Eur
    • 30ml – 2.85Eur
    • Comments: This is a toner, and I’m actually curious to see how this works out. There are no parabens, alcohol or phtalates in this. (I need to find out what phtalates are..)

This is worth: 36.33Eur, for a box that cost 13Eur. Not bad indeed, and I’m quite liking the products. Not enough to re subscribe though, probably more because I am rapidly running out of bathroom space..

Project Pan 2016 #1

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Hello you!
So I’ve decided to do my first project pan post, to focus on using up products that I don’t particularly love or want to finish up. I’ve also never really done a project pan or finished a product fully so I thought it would also be good to try.

I’ll try to update pictures on how I’m getting along with planning these products. I’ll also add a few comments when I can, especially since I feel like it takes me a while to notice what the product does/doesn’t do and really form an opinion …unless I really like/don’t like something is holy grail or an instant hate (which is rare).

Onto the products on my current pan list:

Sephora’s Smoothing and Brightening Powder: something I picked up around a year ago as an alternative to the Make Up Forever HD finishing powder which was more expensive. I currently use this to set my foundation now since I actually picked up the MUFE HD powder on sale recently, so before starting that wanted to finish what I have. I hit pan on this today and was so excited! Is that a bit weird?!

Benefit’s Boi-ing concealer in #3: is something I picked up at a Benefit store. I’ve liked this since the beginning, it’s easy to cover up acne scars or blemishes and easy to pop in my bag or pocket. I thought I lost this so I bought a replacement until I found it again, so I’m keen to finish this up so I don’t have two on the go simultaneously.

Glossybox March 2016: Too Faced Shadow Insurance first impressions

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I was definitely excited to receive something from Too Faced again in my Glossybox and eagerly tested this out. The primer itself is a beige matte colour and is an easy consistency to spread on your lids with your finger.  In comparison to the Urban Decay Primer Potion and the MAC Paint Pot, I found this more easy to spread on my lid, as the latter two are more thick and creamy whereas the Shadow Insurance seems more waterly/ slippery.

In terms of wear, my first impression is that it’s a reasonable primer for sure. I had some creasing towards the end of the day (that I noticed) at over the 12h+ mark. The next day I compared on lid with the MAC Paint Pot which is what I use on a daily basis anyway (the Urban Decay Primer Potion is a sample) and found that the staying power was fairly similar for me.

Space NK haul

A couple of weeks ago when I picked up my Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes in London, I also made my way to a Space NK store for the first time. This is what I hauled:

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YU-BE:

I picked up a full sized version after receiving the sample size from a Glossybox. Having tested it out on the most driest area I could think of, my heel and having it smooth the next day I got a full sized version..naturally. Although it does smell of camphor which does go away once the cream is rubbed in, it is something to be aware of.

Hourglass:  Euphoric Strobe Light

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I have the Ambient Lighting Palette and three blushes and knew I couldn’t do any wrong with picking a strobing colour. Admittedly I’m not the best when it comes to highlighting (I’m a WIP!) I asked the sales assistant to help me choose a colour. In the end I went with this one for a more natural highlight that blends in with my skin tone. This is the Euphoric Strobe Light.

Artis Brushes: Oval 8 and Oval 3

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I finally got my hands on the Artis brushes (Oval 8 and Oval 3). I asked for a quick demonstration just to be sure before parting with a small fortune.

I chose the Oval 8 because it’s a good sized foundation brush and I feel it’s the most important point for me, to have a good base. It’s slightly too big for any bronzer/ contour/ blush but you could probably get away with it by using the sides/tip of the brush and blending it out.

Looking for an eye brush it was a toss up between the Oval 4 and 3. The Oval 4 seems like a good brush for base eye shadow colour or blending but too big for details. It would make a good under eye brush and detailed contouring though. I chose the Oval 3 since it could do the job of an Oval 4 (in terms of contour and blush) but being smaller means I can work with my hooded eyes a bit more detailed than with the Oval 4.

I decided against the microfibre clothes as the sales assistant said I could use a terry cloth or a towel and brush against that with the foaming cleanser instead. Any £££ saved is a great thing, and I’d rather spend on the actual cleanser than the microfibre cloth given the choice anyway.

 

Website link to:

Space NK

Artis

Real Techniques: Bold Metal Collection First Impressions Review

I said I’d write more on these so after a week or of trying out these good looking brushes here’s my first impressions.

So here’s the collection (well at least the brushes that I have), and I apologise that they are a bit dirty…but it’s proof that I used them eh? The thing I want to say about all these brushes is that they look pretty and luxurious and they do photograph well. However, what sort of surprised me was that they feel a lot less ‘expensive’ than I had imagined (and after looking at so many photos). It makes me feel better that I snagged them on sale and didn’t buy them full priced like I was originally thinking to do.

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100: Arched Power Brush

 

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“The domed cut sweeps perfectly across the face for flawless application of pressed or loose powders”

I used this brush with a finishing powder and also blush. I like the shape but I don’t think that it’s anything special. It distributes the powder for a light finish and was exactly what I was missing in my brush collection. It’s great for the 6pounds or so I paid for it but for 25? No way. At least not in my eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I still like it and all but I’m trying to be objective for the amount that I paid for it.

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301: Flat Contour

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“A dense head creates shadows and highlights on targeted areas of face to play up favourite features”

This was the brush that I wanted right from the beginning for contour/bronzer. The shape reminded me of the Nars “Ita” brush and I thought it would be a fool proof way to make sure I place contour in the right place. I’ve been using this brush with my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer and I’ve been loving it. It’s a fairly dense brush head that placed the product where I want it and also allows for blending. For the 5pounds or so, down from 22 I feel like it’s definitely a winner!

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200: Oval Shadow

“Densely packed, tapered bristles apply eye shadow for a smokey effect”

This brush is a bit too big to apply a base eye shadow given that it’s larger than my eye. For that reason, it wouldn’t be my go to brush for base eye shadow as I prefer a flatter brush head. This is good for blending out the crease and would also be small enough to powder and set under eye concealer. At 15pounds, I snagged this for about 3.

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201: Pointed Crease

“The full, round shape allows for all-over lid application and seamless blending”

I’ve been using this for a crease brush and packing on product to the outer corner. I do like the brush since I have to put on eye shadow fairly precisely due to my hooded eyes. It’s a dense brush so it does pack on the product but isn’t what I’d use to blend out. I love this to define my crease and do pack on darker eye shadow on the outer corner. It’s precise enough and I feel will be my go brush. It was between 2 or 3 pounds down from 12 pounds and for that, simply amazing.

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202: Angled Liner

“The firm, slanted head fits close to lash line for smooth, even application of eye liner”

This has got to be my favourite brush which is actually quite surprising, given that I was nearly going to pass on this one. I only picked it up because I thought at 2pounds, what was the worst that could happen right? The reason why I love this brush is because it’s absolutely perfect for the liner. I’ve used it with eye shadow to line my eyes and it’s so precise and hugs my lash line so closely which is perfect for my hooded eyes. This is 10pounds at full price and honestly, I would probably buy this at full price for the amount because I love it.

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Glossybox March 2016: Hayasei – Anti fatigue tissue mask

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So this was the first thing that I tried given that this week has been super tiring and I’ve been feeling it too.

I don’t really use these types of masks, not because I have a particular reason not to, but at 3.90Eur I would think it’s quite expensive. I tore the packet and saw the folded paper mask soaked in product.

I’m always carefully trying to unfold these types of masks and put it on carefully to match the mask holes with my eyes, nose and mouth.

I kept this on for more than the 15mins until I felt that the mask was a bit drier. I kept the excess on over night.

For the results, I didn’t notice anything extra ordinary. I think perhaps it did well to rest my skin but real noticeable differences didn’t really show itself. So for 3.90Eur I don’t think I’ll be re purchasing, I know it’s wrong to expect instant results but I feel like after continuous use it could be a potentially too expensive beauty item for me.

Glossybox: March 2016

Hello you!

Here’s my Glossybox for March, with the theme this month being “Heroine du quotidien” ie daily heroine.

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  1. Batiste: Dry Shampoo. 200ml – 4.90Eur
    • 50ml – 1.25Eur
    • Comments: I’ve tried this before, and this used to be the dry shampoo I would use all the time until I found Klorane which I prefer as it feels a bit lighter. Happy to have dry shampoo of course, especially a travel sized one which is perfect for work trips/ weekend trips/ handbag
  2. La Roche Posay: Eau Micellaire physiologique. 400ml – 11Eur
    • 50ml – 1.37Eur
    • Comments: I’ve received this before in one of my last Birchboxs’ so I don’t really mind having this again in a nice travel sized bottle.
  3. Too Faced: Shadow Insurance Eye Primer. 11g – 17.95Eur
    • 5g – 8.16Eur
    • Comments: I  discovered this brand from a Glossybox, the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil and so I’m excited to have this to try out. I have oily lids which I’ve been using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion or Mac’s Painterly Paint Pot to keep my eye shadow in place so I have something to compare this to.
  4. Hayasei: Tissue mask, anti fatigue. 3.90Eur
    • 3.90Eur
    • Comments: Well I’m feeling pretty tired these days so I don’t mind popping this on and seeing what I get with this.
  5. La Roche Posay: Hydreane LEger. 40ml – 15Eur
    • 2ml – 0.75Eur
    • Comments: I received this too in my Birchbox.. makes me kind of glad that I’m only sticking to one these days…quite a few repeats!
  6. Marionnaud Make Up: Nail Varnis. 6ml – 3.90Eur
    • 6ml – 3.90Eur. Full size
    • Comments: I chose this colour “Beige Emoi” as I feel that I have quite a few coloured varnishes so a few neutrals could be good for me.

So adding everything up 19.33 Eur. I feel that this month was a bit ‘meh’ for me. I didn’t really feel excited about much apart from the Too Faced eye primer since I’ve tried a few of these items out anyway. I also feel that when the boxes are generic (ie everyone gets the same) are the months that don’t really give you alot for your money either. I mean it’s still not bad considering I paid around 13Eur a month for it (as I have the yearly subscription) but sometimes I feel some months are a lot more interesting.

Sephora haul..#3

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My long awaited third and final Sephora Christmas sales post..

Picked this Urban Decay Vice 4 palette because it was 30% off and I know I love Urban Decay eye-shadows anyway. The packaging is great and caught my eye, but the colours were also good for a pop of colour. The funny thing was that two weeks later this palette was back on full price. Crazy lucky huh?

I also picked up this Estee Lauder lipstick since it was 50% off and I thought I like lipstick anyway so why not try it out.