It feels like it’s been a little while since I did a beauty haul and that’s probably a good thing for my bank balance! I popped to White Rose over the weekend and picked up a couple of beauty bits, nothing too crazy! In all honesty I didn’t really need anything but considering how much I loved the two Urban Decay Vice lipsticks I picked up last time, I couldn’t help but pick up some more. Plus I snuck into Boots and raided the Seventeen counter again as I am absolutely loving their products at the moment.
URBAN DECAY VICE LIPSTICKS (UPTIGHT/WIRED)
I spoke previously about my love for the new launch of the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks and this love has still not faded away. The formula and consistency of these lipsticks are incredible. I previously picked up Backtalk and Interrogate, the former being a comfort matte finish and the latter, a cream finish. They are both super long-lasting and have such a great colour payoff. Needless to say I couldn’t leave the Urban Decay counter empty handed this time round either. I decided to stick with the formulas I had loved before. Sadly the shade 1993 was sold out as this is a bestseller. However, I managed to find Uptight which is a comfort matte finish in a lovely mauve/nude shade. I also picked up Wired which is a cream finish and in a lovely bright coral/red colour. This is very different to many of the lipsticks I own so I decided to give it a try.
NYX VIVID BRIGHTS EYELINER (SAPPHIRE)
Now I’ve been eyeing up these eyeliners for ages! Every time I go into Boots I have a look at this range but always thought I wouldn’t be able to pull off an eyeliner that isn’t black. However, this time I decided to take the plunge and picked the eyeliner up in the bright blue Sapphire shade. The colour and intensity of these eyeliners are incredible. They really are vivid and stand out on the skin amazingly. I can’t wait to wear this on a night out. I’ve tried it on throughout the day and it stayed put all day long which is really good for £5.50! I’m definitely tempted to pick up some more of the shades – possible a yellow and also the red shade.
Seventeen is a brand that I have recently started using and am absolutely loving! They are really affordable but don’t skimp on quality. Their Phwoarr paint is one of my absolute favourite under eye concealers of all time. It’s such a lovely quick consistency and hides any dark circles you are suffering with. I am also running low on setting powder so I decided to give their Miracle Matte pressed powder a go. At £3.99, you can’t really go wrong! I also couldn’t help but pick up one of their Let’s Face It palettes as it was on offer. This looks perfect for travelling as it includes a yellow and pink concealer, a powder and also a cream blush. Complexion perfection! I also caught sight of the Barely makeup sponge in the corner of my eye on offer for £2.50 so I had to also this to my purchases as it normally retails for £9.99! Bargain! I do love a good beauty sponge so I couldn’t resist.
Let me know if you’ve tried the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks yet! What beauty buys have you been making this September?
Alongside my normal skincare routine, I like to incorporate a face mask every once in a while to really tackle any skin problems I might be having. When my skin is particularly bad I normally try to do this once or twice a week to target the problem and try to get rid of it as quickly and effectively as possible. There are plenty of face masks on the market, some of which are incredibly expensive. Whilst they may work, I am always reluctant to fork out a lot of money on a product that may or may not be effective for my skin type. However, I have found a few face masks that really work for me and are relatively inexpensive.
Now Iroha Nature isn’t a brand that was particularly on my radar, however, after having some skin complaints they very kindly sent across some of their most popular face masks and eye pads to try. I haven’t tried them all yet but in the last week or so I have tried both the Antioxidant Vitamin C face mask and the Green Tea purifying facial mask. I have to say I was really impressed with both of them! The antioxidant face mask isn’t like anything I’ve tried before. It’s an intensive mask for your whole face and when you remove it from the packaging, it’s packed with an antioxidant serum that is perfect to brighten and balance dull skin. The purifying facial mask is a peel off mask that smells of Green Tea. This one was incredibly relaxing and gave my skin a really good deep clean. This packet is also full to the brim and has 3 uses inside which is even better value for money!
L’OREAL PURE CLAY DETOX MASK
As soon as I saw the L’oreal trio of face masks advert I knew I had to try them! There are 3 different masks for 3 different skin concerns. Glow, Detox and Purity. For my skin type I decided to go for detox as this mask is said to be enriched with charcoal to draw out any impurities and to work deep into the pores. It certainly does that. This mask is incredibly satisfying to watch. As soon as it starts drying you can see it really focus in on any pores or blemishes you have. It’s quite terrifying and gross really but on the other hand you can really see it working. This pot is also said to last for 10 applications which is perfect for £7.99.
I have been a massive fan of the Oatifix mask for a long time now. The consistency and texture is very different to the other face masks mentioned. It’s quite a thick texture so isn’t the easiest to apply to your skin, however, it smells absolutely divine! It’s packed full of Oatmeal, Banana and Illipe Butter – it literally smells good enough to eat. This mask is incredibly nourishing for dry or damaged skin. The ingredients leave your skin feeling very soft and smooth and the formula is really calming and gentle so this would suit sensitive skin as well. The pots look really small for £6.95 but I can easily get 5 applications out of one tub. Plus, if you save up 5 tubs you can return them to store and get a free face mask!
Have you tried any of these out? What are your favourite face masks of all time?
Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes are nothing new, however, I seem to have somehow managed to go through life without trying any of their products before which is crazy! For anyone who hasn’t seen this brand in Superdrug before, they offer a whole host of different palettes for really affordable prices. These particular Iconic Pro Palettes 1 and 2 are both currently only £6 online which is incredibly good value for the amount of different shades you get. Some of the palettes they do are just matte shades, however, I went for these two palettes which had a combination of matte and shimmer shades.
ICONIC PRO 1
The stand out shades in this palette for me are ‘Must’ through the crease (third from the top left) and also ‘Getter’ (third from bottom left) and ‘Stage’ (sixth from bottom left). Stage is a really lovely brick red shade with a lovely shimmer to it. I find that the shades are pretty pigmented but they can have a little bit of fallout. I tend to apply the shimmery shades in particular with a tissue under my eye to catch any potential glitter fallout. This is a really lovely palette and has a good mix of nude shades. The lighter shimmer shades are also the perfect inner corner highlight. The price point is fantastic and from the use I’ve had of it so far, the product does last all day on the eyelid.
ICONIC PRO 2
The stand out shades in the Iconic Pro 2 are ‘One Way’ (fifth from the top left) which is a lovely Purple/Burgundy tone which is very different from the rest of the palette. I also adore literally every shade on the bottom of this palette. The tones of the copper/bronze shades are beautiful and I cannot wait to create a lovely neutral look with these. The pigmentation and quality of these are incredible. This whole palette is an amazing dupe for the Lorac Pro 2 and again this is only £6! It’s honestly such good value and I cannot wait to get my hands on more Makeup Revolution palettes! I’ve definitely got my eyes on their highlight and bronzer palettes which look to be amazing dupes of the ABH/NYX contour palettes. They also sell heart shaped highlighters which look identical to the Too Faced ones. It’s definitely a brand I will be buying from again!
Have you tried Makeup Revolution? What’s your first impressions of them?