Sunday, 24 January 2016

December/January Beauty Haul

Hello everyone! So today's post is a look at a few beauty items I have recently purchased over the holidays. Some of these products I bought when it was CyberMonday, but decided to keep when I had all my other products as I figured it would be cool to do a collective haul! I have a few products, so let's just get into it!

1. The Maybelline 'Nudes' Palette. 
I decided to purchase this palette because it was literally everywhere when it first came out.  Youtubers were raving about it, people were comparing it to Urban Decay's Naked 3 - the hype was insane! I will be doing a review and swatches on this and you can be the judge. All I can say for now is that it is super good quality and highly pigmented - perfect for day or night makeup looks.

2. The Maybelline 'Blushed Nudes' Palette.
As many of you may already know, I love my neutral colours. When The Nudes by Maybelline came out, I immediately fell in love. There are 12 gorgeous colours, a variety of matte and shimmer, as well as cool and warm tones. I don't buy Maybelling products often, but I've been loving their eyeshadows and Colour Tattoos.

3. The Real Techniques 'Core Collection' Brush Set.

This brush collection is actually two sets. The first is the Travel Kit, which consists of a powder brush, detail brush (for applying highlighter under your brow bone and inner corners as well as for smoking out eyeshadow), setting brush (powder over concealer or baking) and blush brush (which you can also contour with). The fifth brush I bought separately and it is the Expert Face Brush that is perfect for liquid foundation. 

4. Catrice Illuminating Highlighter Pen
Unfortunately this photo does not do it any justice, but this product is amazing! I love using this to highlight as it's a wind-up pen, so the product comes out of a little brush which you just 'paint' on your face. It gives me the cutest lil glow without the glitter that most highlighters come with. An added bonus is that it is a liquid formula and stays on all day!

7. The Revlon ColourStay Foundation in 'Toast'
This is my winter foundation and it matches my skin perfectly. It offers medium to full coverage, but it is very buildable. Because it is mattifying, I don't need a setting powder. I like it because it gives a very soft, natural finish.

8. The LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in 'Pin Up'
I am most definitely not a lip gloss person - I prefer matte makeup products. I swatched this in the store when I purchased the LA Girl Liquid lipsticks, and I quite liked it. When applied, the lip gloss is very shiny. It also feels tingly and tastes sort of minty (???) 
Once again, a huge step outside of my comfort zone, but it looks really good with neutral eye makeup. 

9. Wet  n Wild Lipstick in 'Sandstorm'
I've been looking for a good quality drugstore lipstick and I was super happy when I found this gem. It is in the shade 'Sand Storm' and it's a gorgeous red-brick colour that is a very creamy formula. As far as dupes are concerned, this is close enough to MAC's Del Rio.

10. MUA Brow Define Eyebrow Gel in 'Dark'
You may recognize this product from one of my monthly favourites. It is a repurchase as I love how easy it is to work with an eyebrow gel instead of an eyebrow powder. I'd say less is more when it comes to working with liquids and gels as sometimes they stain easily. This product is great as its not too pigmented, so it leaves a very natural finish. The applicator (a spoolie) also allows for precise application.

11. Hema Wet & Dry Eyeshadow
My mom actually got this eyeshadow for me, as once again, I love neutrals. This trio consists of a champagne colour, light brown and a dark brown. Perfect for highlighting, an all over lid colour and a crease colour !This is very shimmery, so I prefer to use it for night looks. 

12. Essence Lipliner in 'Soft Berries'
Out of all the drugstore lipliners that I have tried, the ones from Essence are definitely my favorite because of the pigmentation. This one is in the shade 'Soft Berries' and works well with Wet n Wild's Sand Storm. It has a very creamy formula and is quite pigmented. The only con is that it isn't very long lasting and you have to do multiple touchups throughout the day. 

13. Stila Baked Trio Eyeshadow
Probably my favourite product out of my haul as I've been wanting this eyeshadow for ages now! The packaging reads 'Eye Shadow Trio: Bronze Glow' This trio is so amazing. It has a subtle shimmer to it, but the colours are neutral and so long lasting! I love Stila products and this one will definitely be a repurchase!

14. NYC Smooch Proof Liquid LipStain in 'On Everybody's Lips'
You may remember this product from a few months back. It is another repurchase. It dries matte very quickly and the colour is to die for. The only con is that it isn't as long lasting as I'd like it to be. 

15. LA Girl Flat Finish Pigment Glosses
You can probably tell I love liquid lipsticks. I recently wrote a review about these products from LA Girl which you can read here 

That's it for my most recent haul. I apologize for the quality of some of the photos! Unfortunately the camera I usually use was nowhere to be found. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Let me know if you've ever tried any of these out before, or if you'd purchase them!


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