Friday, 13 September 2013

recent additions

I have done far too much shopping lately. A shameful amount. 
It's not as if it's guilt-free either, I have a mountain of new stuff that screams overkill every single time I glance in its direction. 
First world problems, eh?

I was toying with the idea of buying a new eyeshadow palette, and after committing to it and some rigorous research (read: I googled it), I found a few palettes that were right up my street. I was torn between the Urban Decay Naked Basics and the Stila In The Light palette, but in the end I went for the Stila purely because it's better value - there's more eyeshadows and it comes with the eyeliner of the gods. Seriously, I've used the liner once and I'm blown away. It's perfect. It seems like Stila have updated the packaging too slightly as my palette comes with a mirror, which I'm fairly certain the original packaging didn't contain.
The Estee Lauder Pure Colour Cheek Rush blushes caught my eye while I was browsing through Estee Lauder's website, and I was rather intrigued by the concept. At first I thought they looked like high-end versions of the e.l.f HD Blushes, which I'd always put off buying as they looked far too pigmented for my taste (I'm a little heavy-handed and clown cheeks aren't my thang). However the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Cheek Rush blushes are more toned down and blend out to give a sheer glow - I went for the darkest shade, Techno Jam.
Also, check out my first YSL lipstick. Look at it. More specifically, the packaging. It's the stuff that dreams are made of. After deliberating between the thousands of different shades and formulas YSL make, I went for a Rouge Volupte Shine in the shade 12 Corail Incandescent. Another shade, 19 Fuchsia In Rage was calling my name too, but let's hope that what little self-restraint I have will kick in next time I pass a YSL counter otherwise my purse will be completely empty.
A trip to Superdrug resulted in me buying one of the new Collection Eyeshadow Pencils in Vanilla Sky just to see what all the fuss is about, and in the same couple of days I picked up a few other hyped-up products - the NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm is finally mine as is a little sample of the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation that I spotted on the Latest in Beauty website.
I may have placed a little order with Cherry Culture too, which is an American website that stocks NYX as well as a few other brands we don't have over the pond and... wait for it... it ships to the UK! Granted, the shipping did cost over $10, but in fairness it only took just over two weeks to get here and it still works out cheaper than buying from NYX's UK website. I didn't want to go overboard as I only had my eye on one thing, so I *tried* to keep my order to a minimum. The reason for my order was to get my hands on the NYX Taupe blush, which is the perfect contouring shade for me. I've always struggled with using bronzer for contouring as it looks far too orange on my skin, and cool toned contouring powders are few and far between - in fact the only other one I've heard of is the MAC Harmony blush. The Taupe blush isn't quite as pigmented as I'd hoped, but it's buildable and gives a far more natural contour than any bronzer could. I also bought two of the NYX Round Lipsticks in Doll and Spellbound (I might do a review of them if you'd like?), and a NYX Slide On Pencil in Azure. The formula of both the lipsticks and eyeliners are great, I already had one of each and they're amazing quality.

And last of all, samples. A nail file, perfume vial and a few miscellaneous minis come as standard, but do you see that full size OPI nail polish up there? That is the result of paying an extra £1.50 for the BeautyBay premier service, oh yes. I got lucky with my Estee Lauder purchase too, and managed to score a few deluxe samples - a 4ml Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum, a 4ml Pleasures perfume sample and a mini Double Wear mascara.

So yeah. That's me on a spending ban for the rest of my life.
jk lol, you seen them new rimmel apocalips shades? totes havin' them.


  1. Oooh you picked up some lovely things, I definitely use my In The Light Palette way more than my naked one, it's a lot more wearable, I find anyway :)

    1. ooh i'm glad i made the right decision then! i was seriously considering the naked basics palette as i owned barely any matte eyeshadows, but i think that the stila one is much better value. xo

  2. Really like everything you've bought, especially the Stila palette :)

  3. Amazing haul! I'm rather jealous of all your lovely purchases :) I especially want the Stila palette and YSL lippie! xx

  4. The Stila eyeshadow palette looks awesome! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  5. OHH that Stila palette.. it looks divine!

  6. A girl after my own heart haha! Love what you've bought!
    Review on that Stilla palette?

    1. thanks you! would you like to see a review? i'm all for it but i feel like it's been reviewed to death already by so many bloggers! xo

    2. I'd love a review! I think everything works differently on everyone. I heard by so many beauty guru's that the naked palettes are useless on darker skin tones, but I use my Naked 2 palette more than anything! So its always good to get different opinions <3 x.

    3. ooh thanks for the feedback, i'll put a review of the palette on my blog post list xo

  7. I neeeed to try these YSL lippies. The packaging tempts me like anything.

    Shang J.| The Feminine Crusade

  8. You have bought some really nice pieces! Very jealous!

    Rachel x

  9. Oh wow you have purchased some lovely things :) the Stila palette is stunning!
    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

  10. You bought some lovely things! The YSL shade is stunning!
    By the way, your pictures are so pretty and clear :)

    Beauty and the Chic