I was feeling massively spendy last week, and decided to treat myself to a few new beauty bits! Here’s what I picked up…
The first thing I did was head onto iherb.com and place an order. I discovered iherb a few years ago when searching for offers on Real Techniques brushes. It’s an American website that specialises in health items such as supplements but they also stock a huge range of cruelty free makeup brands such as Real Techniques, ELF, Physician’s Formula and loads more.
This time around I went hunting for the Real Techniques Sculpting set, which I managed to snag for $19.99 (about €17.50) which is much cheaper than the €28.99 price I’ve spotted them going for in stores here. The set contains a setting brush, which I already have one of and LOVE for applying concealer or for setting powder under my eyes. Then there’s also a sculpting brush and fan brush which is exclusive to the set. I cannot wait to start using these, I’m having visions of myself looking like a contour queen with a flawless visage…. lets see how that pans out….
Next I picked up the new Concealer Brush, which I’d read good things about online. This cost me $6.39 (€5.74) which was such great value! It’s like a smaller slightly angled foundation brush, unlike other flat concealer brushes I’ve used in the past. I have high hopes for this one, I’ll keep you updated once I try it!
Then I picked up the Fine Liner Brush. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t need this brush, but apart from the Bold Metals and the little set of 3 mini brushes, I own every single other Real Techniques brush ever released, so the collector in me needed to complete the full set! This cost $4.98 (€4.40) compared to €9.29 in Boots… sure I couldn’t not buy it!
Next I picked up 2 ELF palettes. Now, I hardly need any more eyeshadow, but these looked too pretty to pass up! I got the Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California, and the Studio Prism Eyeshadow Palette in Naked. I’ve had good experiences with ELF products in the past, so I’m hoping these are just as good. Each of these cost just $8 (€7.20) which is insane value. I really wish ELF was readily available here!
iHerb is great at giving discount codes, I can’t remember how much they gave me off, but including shipping my whole order came to €37, which was fantastic. It arrived to Ireland about a week later (I only paid for standard shipping, although there were express options) and I’ve never been charged customs fees, despite ordering from them 5 or 6 times. If you’re into cruelty free brands, or just wanna try out items that are hard to get on this side of the Atlantic, I’d recommend you check it out!
Next on my shopping spree, I found myself heading to the Make Up For Ever store in Clarendon St. I realise how lucky we are to have a Make Up For Ever store here as its not readily available in the UK- although I’ve heard it’s coming into Debenhams stores soon. Everything I’ve tried from them has been really great. I had a voucher so I thought I’d repurchase the HD Foundation in a darker shade for when I fake tan as the one I had already is a tad light. The sales assistant told me that the shade I had been wearing (118 Flesh) was far too pale for me (although I wasn’t wearing it there and then- I’d always thought it looked good!) The best ‘tan’ shade she could give me was 128 Almond, although it’s a weeny bit muddy on me, it works well when I mix it with the paler shade, so I’m happy out. Its €40.50 for a 30ml bottle. Then I chose the Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in the shade N24. It’s a somewhat frosty almost Barbie pink shade, but I really like it! I’ve worn it once so far and it felt lovely and soft on the lips, and lasted well, so I’m happy out! It was €20.50.
Then on my way home I popped into Penneys on O’Connell street. I walked in through the side door (the Abbey St. entrance) straight into the beauty department, which is an area I rarely look at in Penneys. Straight away I spotted the Zoella Beauty line, which I’d seen so much about online! Now, at 27 years old I am clearly way above the target market for Zoella’s audience, but I have to admit, I enjoy watching her videos so I was keen to test out some of her bits. I immediately loved the fragrance as soon as I sniffed it in store, so I picked up the Blissful Mistful Body Mist which was €9 for 45ml, the Soak Opera Bath & Shower Gel for €6, and the Fizz Bar Fragranced Bath Fizzer, also €6. I plan on trying these out tonight, I’m particularly intrigued by the Fizz Bar!
So there you have it, a pretty large haul! I’m now bankrupt and living off beans on toast until payday! I’m currently testing out all these bits and bobs, so expect some full reviews popping up on the blog soon!
Have you guys tried any of the products I’ve bought? Let me know in the comments below!