• Too Many New Goodies

    New Makeup Goodies To Play With

    So on Friday, June 3rd I moved home for the summer (Goodbye London we shall be reunited in September) which meant I have lost access to having a Mac store nearby…meant losing access to my favourite goodies, however on a trip down to Gunwharf Quays I took a trip to The Cosmetic Company. I discovered that they had refurbished since last time I popped in and now had a large collection of discounted Mac products, much to my happiness…not so much for my bank balance!

     

    Anyway, I instantly spotted the Select Cover-Up concealer(RRP £15.50 I purchased for £11.25), and for once I managed to find my shade (NW15) I have previously used the Pro Longwear concealer however I was excited to try this one. Trust me when I say a little goes a long way, I apply it with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge (using the pointed end) and it blends beautifully under my eyes, around my nose and on any spots I have, it’s a medium coverage but is buildable and has a nice dewy finish. The next product I picked up was a Pro Longwear Paint Pot (RRP £16 I purchased for £-)in the shade Layin Low, and I have never tried the Paint Pots before despite always picking them up when I go into Mac, and I am a huge fan of the Maybelline Eye Tattoos, and decided it was finally time to try the Mac alternative. I have to say I am in love with the shade which is a peachy toned shade which adds a very nice colour to the lid, it’s very similar to Painterly except it’s a creamy beige as opposed to a nude beige.

    These were the only items I picked up, however, my mum saw me eyeing up a gift set (Enchanted eye bag -neutral purchased for £27) they had on offer and decided to purchase it for me, as a coming home gift. It contained another Pro Longwear Paint Pot (RRP £16) in the shade Painterly, this is a shade that I have been after for ages as I love to wear a brown and nude smokey eye and I thought this would make the perfect base, it’s highly pigmented and blends really well for a cream product. Also in the bag was a Fluidline (RRP £16) in Dip Down, I love gel liners, however, I have slowly started to move away from the black liner and using a brown pencil liner on my lash liner, however, I now use the Fluidline. It’s creamy, and glides on really well and even came with a double-ended liner brush (one side with a precision brush and a blender on the other) and the brush allows me to get close to the lash line and if I wish to smoke the liner out then I can. Finally, there was the False Lashes mascara(RRP £19), and after hearing people saying negative things about Mac mascaras I didn’t go in with high hopes however I absolutely love this product, it’s my new favourite mascara. I find I don’t have to curl my lashes before I apply the mascara, it also lengthens and thickens my lashes dramatically after just one coat, I’ve even been asked it I’m wearing false lashes while wearing this! The set also came with a cute little makeup bag which I can use for when I’m travelling.

    I then popped into Boots because I need to pick up a new foundation, and I was finally able to get my hands on the Revlon ColorStay for normal/dry skin (£9.99) in 110 Ivory, as whenever I go into a Boots in London they never have my shade in stock. I’ve been wanting to try this foundation for a while now as I have dry skin on my face and tend to find other foundations cling to the dry patches, I also struggle to find foundations that actually go pale enough with pink undertones, my go to is normally the Rimmel Match Perfection in Light Porcelain. However I have fallen in love with the Colourstay, it’s the perfect shade for my skin, blends flawlessly and doesn’t look cakey at all and doesn’t cling to my dry patches. I would say the foundation is medium coverage but you could quite easily build upon it if you wish it to be full coverage. I did find that it covered my spots very well which meant I had to use minimal concealer (I used the Mac Select Cover-Up) and my skin looked flawless and glowing without looking too shiny. For my mum, I picked up a Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm (£7.99) in the shade Fierce, as my mum loves the formula of these crayons and it’s one of the few makeup products she wears on a daily basis. I also picked up the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner (£7.99) in black as it was 3 for 2 and I needed a final item, however, I thought it was an actual brush but it’s a nib and I’m not a fan of eyeliners like this, however I can just dip a normal liner brush into the pot and use it that way. I am yet to try this product out.

    When I returned home I popped onto FeelUnique with the intention of purchasing some of the Zoella Beauty Sweet Inspirations items but I got distracted when I saw they now stocked NYX products. Being someone that has wanted to try NYX for a long time I easily could have spent an awful lot of money, however I limited myself to one item, the NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade (£5.50) in Chocolate (despite the fact I have light hair, I like my brows to be slightly darker and strong) and I absolutely love it, no longer will I be reaching for my Clarins brow pencil. I love this pomade, it isn’t too thick and it stays in place beautifully…even after a sweaty ballet class! The only downside I have for this product is that it doesn’t come with a brush and therefore I had to dig through my brushes to find a brush that was precise enough to apply a gel.

    I highly recommend this product. I also noticed that Rimmel was on 3 for 2 and as I need to pick up a new Stay Matte Pressed Powder (£3.99) in Translucent, I decided to take advantage of this deal. As well as my powder I picked up two new products, a Lasting Finish lipstick (£7.99)in Coral in Gold, although this isn’t as orange as it appears in the pictures, it’s a very pretty summer colour and is different to any other lipstick I own. It isn’t very long lasting though and I find it dry my lips out considerable (despite it not being a matte shade), so I’m not the biggest fan of this at the moment but it may grow on me the more I wear it. To complete the deal I picked up the Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Liner (£7.99) in Emerald, and I’m absolutely in love with the colour and find it compliments my brown eyes really well. I really like the formula of this liner as it’s very smooth and easy to apply and it doesn’t fade quickly, however, I do find it shifts slightly during the day as my skin gets oily, but it’s nothing a cotton bud can’t tidy up. The final product I have to add to this haul is one I got free with this months issue of Elle, and that is the mini version of the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil (£18.50 for full size)in 02 Light. I have been extremely excited about the launch of the Benefit brow line, as I’ve been a fan of their browsing for a while now, however, I love this brow pencil and I use it to fill in bald patches before using the NYX Brow Pomade. I find this pencil is really creamy and doesn’t make my brows look like they’ve been drawn on with the marker pen, and I will certainly be purchasing the full-size product when it goes on sale.

    I think I will stay away from makeup counters for a while, as I need to give my bank balance a break from all this shopping. Please do leave suggestions for products you think I should try out, though, as I’m sure I won’t be able to stay away for very long and I’m always looking for new things to try.

    Love you lots like jelly tots x

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