Alright, alright, you got me. I was meant to post this as soon as I touched back down on Ol’ Blighty. However, I’ve just had so much uni work to catch up on due to the trip. Sadly, University work is currently higher up on my list of priorities. So I finally got round to writing up this haul post, when I realised that I’ve been using the products almost everyday – so here’s a little haul and review hybrid post for you all!
(I’ve included all the prices in the GBP equivalent)
MAKE UP FOREVER SMOOTHING PRIMER (£13.00/15ml)
Okayyy so they may stock this in Debenhams at home… But being abroad gave me an excellent excuse to finally pick this baby up. After hearing so many people raving about this primer, I seriously needed it in my life. So as soon as I saw the stunning matte grey and silver packaging it was straight in my basket, and ready to head to the checkout.
I do have very obvious pores on and around my nose area, and on my forehead. So sometimes this causes my foundations to have a really flakey texture in those areas. I’ve been specifically applying this product to those areas, and my god – it bloody works. My makeup definitely stays on longer, and didn’t flake off in those troublesome areas. I also found that it had an unexpected mattifying effect, which is great for us oily gals, but maybe not so great for anyone with dry skin.
PHYSICIANS FORMULA BUTTER BRONZER IN LIGHT BRONZER (£10.50/each)
This is only the second bronzer that I have in my entire make up collection, and I am not quite sure if I should be proud or embarrassed. But I somewhat feel like I was unconsciously waiting for this product to come into my life. About a month ago, I wouldn’t go anywhere near a bronzer after a terrible experience with the stuff in high school. However, I have now become a serious bronzer addict – & it’s all thanks to this product.
I picked this up at Ulta after hearing Kathleen Lights from YouTube talk about it in many of her drugstore products videos. I’m not quite sure how much a regular drugstore bronzer costs, but I did think this was still quite pricey for a bronzer in that category. Apprehensions aside, I just needed to have this in my collection – and hey, it worked out pretty well.
The colour is slightly on the cooler side compared to most bronzers, and does leave a subtle sheen of shimmer on the skin. The smell of this powder is insane, coconuts and pineapple aplenty. It’s almost like a tropical cocktail in powder form. Not only this, but it applies evenly and smoothly, and gives my olive skin the natural boost of warmth that it needs.
KAT VON D SHADE + LIGHT CONTOUR PALETTE (£32.57/each)
So I had to get my hands on one pretty expensive high end product whilst I was away, right? Yep, that’s totally an excuse. If you read my blog often, you will know that I am totally into contouring. Not a day goes by that I don’t contour when I do my makeup. I love the way it makes my face look, and with these chubby cheeks, can you blame me?
This is definitely one of the most famous contouring palettes on the market, and for good reason. Letting go of the fact that this palette has cardboard packaging (sort it out, Kat, this is not okay) it is such a beautiful edition to my vanity.
I don’t have a very common skin tone as I’m of mixed ethnicity – but surprisingly, I have managed to successfully use every colour in this palette. I’m going to leave it there for this one, as I want to dedicate an entire post to this beauty of a palette!
KAT VON D EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK IN LOLITA (£14.16/6.6ml)
Of course, I had to pick up one of Kat’s infamous liquid lipsticks from Sephora before I came home. It’s been on my Makeup Bucket List since it first arrived on the scene, and now I can safely say that the shade Lolita is mine to keep. These lipsticks are super affordable for a high end lip product, however they aren’t very accessible from the UK.
I have to say, this is the most beautifully packaged lip product that I own. Everything about it caters to my personal tastes, from the long sleek tube, to the silver vintage tattoo style roses on the lid. The doe foot applicator is really precise and doesn’t clog up with product. Yes Kat, this is how you do packaging girl.
The colour on the lips is pretty true to the tube, and the texture isn’t sticky or tacky at all. In fact, it glides on like a dream. This is very close to my perfect nude, Lolita – you are gold.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t very impressed with the longevity of this product and I don’t feel like it’s lived up to all the amazing reviews. I am self confessed liquid lipstick obsessive, so I do have many products in this category – and this is the least long wearing one that I own. If you wear this colour and don’t eat or drink anything, it stays perfectly in place. But as soon as you sip on that perfectly intense latte macchiato, say goodbye to your lipcolour. Top ups at the ready, gals!