You know the drill, I’m quite partial to a spending spree. It had been a little while since I’d bought some new makeup, and I had my eye on quite a few bits lately, so I went a little wild and bought a ton of new bits and pieces. I actually feel a tad embarrassed to share this ridiculously epic haul… but let’s go ahead anyway….
First up, is the Floramar Double Radiance Primer Highlighter. I’d seen tons of bloggers rave about this online, so when I spotted it in my local pharmacy I had to grab it. It’s a gorgeous radiance boosting liquid highlight that can be used either as a primer before applying makeup, or mixed in with foundation to give a gorgeous golden glow. I’ve used this a couple of times so far, and I’m really impressed! If you’d like to see a full review, let me know in the comments below. I *think* this was around the €12 mark.
Sticking with the golden glow theme, I picked up the Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil, after yet again being swayed by tons of other bloggers’ hype. I’ve used this a couple of times already, applying it to my legs and collarbone for a gorgeous subtle shimmer over the skin. It looks amazing! It’s the perfect partner for some fake tan, and can also be used on the cheekbones as a nice highlight too! I found this in Penneys for €9, which is a few quid cheaper than in some pharmacies, FYI.
I mentioned in my last Birchbox post, that I’d spent my points on a few bits in the Birchbox online store, and after what seemed like an age, they finally arrived! First up was the Hot Mama Blush Powder from The Balm. This is such a pretty peachy pink blush, that has a slight shimmer effect within. It suits my skin tone really well and warms the cheeks perfectly with the perfect amount of a glow! And seriously, how fabulous is the packaging? It’s a really nice slim compact with a decent mirror, which is great for travel, although the cardboard packaging may not stand the test of time if left in a handbag! This was £12.50.
In previous Birchboxes I received a Spectrum brush and also a Spectrum sponge, and I was seriously impressed, so I couldn’t think of anything better to spend my points on than more Spectrum tools! I love the pink handle and the gorgeous blue bristles, it’s such a funky design. I chose the Angled Brow Brush and Tulip Eye Contour Brush. I’ve used the brow brush with my Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade and it worked really well, which I’m pleased with. The Tulip Eye Contour Brush is rather massive, so I haven’t gotten around to trying it in the crease when applying eyeshadow just yet, but I think it may also work well with concealer. I’ll try it out and report back! The brow brush was £4, and the eye contour brush was £4.99.
Finally from my Birchbox order, is this LOC One & Done Shadow Stick in the shade Perfect Cents. I’ve previously raved about another shade I’ve had from the brand, so I had to pick up another one. I love the copper style shade of this, and how easy to apply and blend on the lid it is. I’m sure to get a lot of use from this. This was £8.
Next up, I didn’t actually buy these bits, I actually won a little bunch of goodies from Wet n Wild from their Instagram page! They were all part of a Limited Edition Geometric Collection.
I got these 3 pastel shades of nail polish, and I think they’re really cute for summer time. The shades are (from left to right) Lay Out In Lavender, Love Fest and Kiss My Mints. I’ve never tried any nail polishes from Wet n Wild before, so I’m looking forward to giving them a whirl.
Next up came a couple of eyeshadow trios. Now, I will admit that these are not the kind of shades I’d usually wear, I’m more of a neutral kinda gal, but there are some cute colours in here that I could depot into my Z Palette and work into some other eyeshadow looks. One thing I do know is, that despite the really affordable price, Wet n Wild eyeshadows are usually fantastic quality!
The final items were these Geometric Highlighting Powders, in both a pink shade and a bronze shade. Again, I have yet to try these out, but I’m looking forward to giving them a whirl! Has anyone else tried these or anything similar from Wet n Wild? Let me know in the comments below!
Sticking with competition wins, my sister won a gigantic bundle of Bourjois goodies, and kindly gave me some of the Rouge Edition lip products! I’m not always confident in wearing bright and bold lip looks, but I’m determined to incorporate them into my makeup routine more often! I can’t comment yet on the formula or longevity of the product, but I’ll be sure to report back when I put them to the test. The shades I have as swatched above (left to right) are Rouge Edition Soufflé 06 Cherry Leaders, Rouge Edition Velvet 05 Olé Flamingo and Rouge Edition Velvet 03 Hot Pepper.
Next up was an unintentional purchase. I was in Boots waiting to collect a prescription, and I spotted a ton of boxes on the clearance stand. There were lots of L’Oreal sets on offer, and I couldn’t resist picking this one up (despite knowing I didn’t need it!) It was such great value, with 4 full-sized items, including a gorgeous eyeshadow quad, a blusher, a mascara and a pinky nude lipstick all for the great price of €20. I’m currently trialling out all these bits and bobs, and will have a review of all the items on the blog soon!
These goodies from MAC are my favourite part of the haul. Again, I didn’t buy these, my boyfriend kindly picked this Look In A Box set while travelling, and I was so pleased with it. I won’t go into too much detail here, as again, I have a blog post in the works, with in-depth reviews and swatches on all the contents. I will say, most of the items are full-sized, and are amazing quality. If you’re travelling through Duty Free any time soon, I’d highly recommend you check out these kits, because they are simply fantastic.
My final purchase is the much hyped Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Palette. How gorgeous is the packaging? There are 3 blushers, and 2 highlighters; one being the super famous Champagne Pop and the other is the exclusive Prosecco Pop. Now, I’m ashamed to say this cost me an absolute fortune and I’ve barely used it since I got it about 6 weeks ago… I just keep forgetting to use it. Shameful. But I plan on getting to grips with it a bit better, and you know the score at this stage…I’ll report back with my findings. I ordered it from Space NK and they also popped in some little samples. I’m particularly excited to try the Becca Backlight Priming Filter.
Ok, that’s the lot! Congratulations if you made it to the end of this very long-winded post! I feel a bit mortified realising I’ve bought so much new stuff lately!
Have you been shopping lately? Let me know what you’ve been buying in the comments below! And don’t forget to say if you’d like an in-depth look into any of the items above 🙂