A Huge American Beauty Haul

Hey Sweeties,

So, I have no doubt that for those that were aware of my recent trip to the States, you want to know what beauty bits I have brought back? Well, wait no more, here is my American beauty haul!

A couple of weeks ago you’ll remember I posted a beauty wish list (here) and I have to be honest, I got only one of the items on that list. For the most part, it’s because the one opportunity I got to go beauty shopping (despite the hundreds of Ulta’s and Target’s we drove past), and I visited just one Sephora store and two Walgreens, (the second of which came up trumps for finds). All three stores were in Las Vegas.

Sephora haul

Walgreens Haul

I have never been in a Sephora before and I was honestly like a kid in a candy shop. However, while my mind went crazy, I did have my list with me so that I wasn’t running around on a beauty shop high completely untethered but of course additional items did go into my basket.

Kat Von D setting spray

I have been after a setting spray, particularly for my wedding next year, and Urban Decay were probably top of the list based on reviews I have previously read. However, I had a chance to try out a few in store and the Lock’n Load Makeup Setting Mist by Kat Von D, for me, was the best. It was incredibly light, very refreshing and set quickly. Sold!

Keeping with Kat Von D, I deliberately hunted out her Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks and I have come back with two -Bachelorette and Vampira.

Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipsticks

Kat Von D everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

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Rimmel, Collection, Maybelline, Batiste & L’Oreal Beauty Haul

Hey Sweeties,

So someone has been a bit spendy lately and I wish I could say it was just on beauty bits.. (cough, fashion haul coming soon, cough!), so I thought I would show you my latest purchases; some of which are repurchases as well as some completely new ones.

Boots beauty haul

L-R: L’Oreal True Match foundation in C2, Rose Vanilla; Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in shade 2, cool medium; Rimmel Lasting Finish primer; Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick, shade 45; Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara; Baptiste dry shampoo in Oriental; and finally (right at the top) Revlon highlighting palette in 020, Rose Glow.  View Full Post


Recent Beauty Purchases – Makeup Revolution, Real Techniques & More

Hey Sweeties,

Forever the beauty junky, I have, over the last month or so, picked up a few more beauty things… as you do!

Beauty haul

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Huge Boots and TK MAXX Beauty Haul!

Hey Sweeties,

Following giving up beauty purchases for Lent (here), it is only natural and expected that a haul was soon to happen… and it’s happened! The majority of the purchases were from Boots with a couple from TK Maxx.

Boots Haul

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Drugstore Beauty Haul

Beauty haul

Hey Sweeties,

So I have made a few little cheeky purchases lately, mostly beauty but a bit of fashion too and I know how much we all love these kind of posts and videos (not on here necessarily, I mean in the blogosphere more broadly!). My last haul was in January which I filmed -possibly not very successfully- so I thought I would keep this one strictly to text and photographs. Also, rather than have a super long post involving everything, I figured it would make more sense to split this haul into two posts.

So let’s begin: Beauty

Beauty haul

From left – right:

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean 3-in-one Deep Purifying Cleanser

I have a review of this cleanser going up on the blog next week which explains in more depth why this landed in my basket as I have yet to try anything from Soap & Glory. Without giving anymore away, you’ll have to wait until next week! 

Rimmel Brow This Way in dark brown

My brows are a bit unruly at the moment which I am sure I have made no secret of, but while they could do with some professional maintenance, they aren’t so bad they need it yet I don’t think and with a good application of pencil, I am doing alright at disguising this. I have been meaning to get a brow gel for a while and I have been seeking out a cheaper alternative to Benefit’s Gimme Brow. In a recent haul post from another Blogger, Rimmel’s Brow This Way was mentioned and the review wasn’t bad so I thought I would give this one a shot. I’ll let you know how I get on! Anyone else tried this?

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 03 warm medium

This is a repurchase and I don’t think I need to explain why! It’s quite simply one of -if not the best- high street/drugstore concealer on the market.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 05 Ole Flamingo

I love these lipsticks from Bourjois, so much so that I just had to add this one to my collection which now stands at four, the other three being; Happy Nude Year, Nude-ist and Frambourjois. I have spoken about them on here before but not all together as they have each been purchased at different times, so I may do a post involving them all, if for no other reason than for a single referal point going forward.

Autograph Pure Luxe Multi-Blusher

Autograph blusher

I have had a voucher for M&S for a while but it has taken me ages to find anything I like in store and it was only the other day while mooching in Windsor that I stumbled upon their beauty section. This blusher caught my eye for it’s pretty flower embossing and a quick swatch suggested it was definitely worth a punt. However, had I not had a voucher, I might not have been so keen to spend £12.50 of my own cash on it without being sure it was worth it. So we’ll see, I’ll let you know in due course!

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation in 100 Ivory

Again, a re-purchase. My existing review of this product can be found here.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Something else I have been waiting to try for a while as although I have no doubt it’s not the best out there, I’ve not actually heard a bad review. I think this usually retails for around £7-8.00 but while in Asda last week they were doing a deal on their Maybelline products which meant I snapped this up for a cool £5! Currently I switch between sample sized tubes of Benefit’s Porefessional Primer and Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer.

Primer is one of those products that are hit and miss across the beauty world with as many people insisting a primer forms part of their base, whereas others never touch the stuff. For me, I have just got into the habit of wearing primer and I do think it makes a difference. However, I struggle to justify spending a lot of money on primer so I have high hopes for Maybelline’s doing the job for the long term.

Sleek blush By 3 palette in Pink Lemonade

Sleek Pink Lemonade

One drugstore brand to never underestimate or easily dismiss is Sleek, their products are not only very affordable, they are also good quality and well pigmented. Not that I really need any more blushers (said no woman ever) but this palette caught my eye and it involves two powder and one cream blush. Very pretty! I can’t wait to share a more in depth review of this palette in a future post with you guys!
The second part of my haul (fashion purchases) will be posted in a week or two, so stay tuned Sweeties!

Until next time x