So I think I may have bought a lot of makeup towards the end of November… I’m feeling another $100 beauty challenge coming up lol perhaps post Christmas/New Years, more beauties will want to join me for a slight spending detox! And yes, all the goodies below are just for me lol! First up is a ‘small’ haul from Sephora. Wanna see what I bought? 🙂
First up, let’s inspect the blushes as blushes make me happy 🙂
On the far left we have Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in the colour Calypso Coral (2). I wanted to try this product and colour because a) coral cheeks and lips are always perfect for the summer season and b) this product and colour in particular has been ‘famous’ for so long, I wanted to see what the fuss was about! I love that this cream blush contains no shimmer, it instead has a waxy transparent finish, which imparts some ‘natural’ looking shine to the skin so that your face doesn’t look flat. The only other Bobbi Brown products that I own and have tried are the gel eye liners, so it’s nice to try another product from her line (Bobbi’s teen makeup book was a staple for me growing up – her older books seem to be more in depth and are more conversational in text).
The middle blush is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the colour Exposed, while on the far right we have another Tarte blush in the colour Tipsy. Exposed as you can see is a browny pink ‘nude’ shade (in the picture above you can’t see the ‘pink’ to much in the pan, but in person it’s there!) while Tipsy is another coral. I love Tarte’s packaging in that the colour of the packaging matches that of the blush. So simple, yet so effective! Exposed doesn’t contain any shimmer, while Tipsy seems to contain micro shimmer (but it’s virtually undetectable!).
The one skin care product that I bought was a little 7ml Pure Marula Facial Oil. Marula oil is said to be more rich in moisturising properties than say Argan oil, so I thought I’d give it a go (perhaps my mum will also be interested in this product). The oil comes with a roller ball for dispensing product and I’m not sure how I feel about that…
Up next we have NARS’ Radiant Cream Compact Foundation in the shade Deauville (Light 4). I’m not sure if you know, but I usually only own one foundation at any given time. Once I find a foundation which matches my skin tone and has a finish that I like, I stick to it. I also look for a medium coverage foundation so that I can customize the finish/coverage I want myself (by mixing it with liquid highlighter or a hydrating serum). Currently my foundation of choice is YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat. I decided to also try this Nars compact foundation because I figured it would be nice to have a ‘going out slash special occasion’ foundation. I also wanted to see if a compact foundation could feel lightweight and look radiant (the 90s were not kind when it came to compact foundations!).
I’ve played around with it once so far and I am so impressed! I’m slightly peeved that you have to buy the compact/case for the foundation separately, but it is good that the compact is refillable. I didn’t buy the compact for the foundational refill just yet and unfortunately the cap on the ‘refill’ itself doesn’t close very well, so I’ve had to use a clip to keep it shut tight (I don’t want it to dry out!). Doesn’t look the fanciest but oh well lol The foundation itself doesn’t look the nicest now that I’ve had a play with it, but I’ll show you the colour I bought anyway!
I also splurged out on the Smashbox Full Exposure palette 🙂 A whole row of matte shadows and a row of shimmery/glittery shadows? The perfect combo in my eyes – your options becomes endless!
There’s one one more goodie from Sephora which I bought and almost forgot about (I forgot to add it into the top group photo). It’s another goodies from NARS, their Eye Paint in the colour Solomon Islands. This is both a cream eyeshadow and a cream eye liner. This colour is just… beautiful! 🙂
Isn’t that cream shadow the most summery colour you have ever seen?!? I can’t wait to play with it! 😀
I love Lime Crime’s Lip Velvetines, and although I’m not sure if I can pull off this purple lip shade (Utopia) I figured it was worth giving a go 😉 😛
I also reallllly wanted to try some Nudestix and thought that starting out with the concealers would be perfect! I bought the Concealer Pencil in shade Light 1 and Light 3. I wanted the lightest shade for highlighting and a darker shade for traditional concealing. I think I should have bought concealer 2 instead of 3, but oh wells (it looks a touch to dark for me). I am surprised at how creamy and soft these guys are!
And finally, last but not least, I bought a Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in Candlelight – a light rosey gold shimmer, which is oh so gorgeous! It’s very finely milled, and the shimmer within the powder is not chunky at all.
I did a quick swatch of the illuminating powder for you, since you can’t see the colour of the powder even when you take the lid off the packaging.
That wraps up my haul beauties 🙂 Have you been going a little crazy with your spending lately? I so hope it’s not just me lol There’s just way to many good deals on atm… It’s just not the time of year for saving is it? Do any of the goodies above catch your eye? What has been on your shopping/wish list lately?
OH – and since it is the holiday season and I’m sure everyone is shopping up a storm, don’t forget to check out a discount code site before purchasing any xmas goodies online! I’m loving Flipit at the moment – they have so many discount codes available for some of the biggest E-retailers in Australia (the Iconic, Surfstitch, Asos etc). And every penny saved is another penny you can put towards beauty goodies 😀 😉
I need to go cool off – Sydney is soooo hot at the moment, I think even my laptop is struggling….
Catch ya next time beauties!