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Tuesday 18 March 2014

Beauty Haul: March 2014

Hey lovelies, I've got a beauty haul for you! It's been a while!!

Dry Shampoo- Boots
Natural Collection Concealer- Shade Medium
Natural Collection Nail Polishes- Tip whitener, Peach manicure & Mulberry
L'Oreal ELVIVE Extraordinary oil
Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter- Peach Parfait

Whilst back in the UK I had to get a few bits I can't live without in Cyprus, the main ones being dry hair shampoo and natural collection products (they're just so cheap)! I opted for Boots own brand dry shampoo in "Paradise Island" as opposed to the Batiste range as it was cheaper and 2 for 1! Bargain! I can happily say it was a good saving and I prefer it to Batiste Its less chalky in the sense it gets rid of the greasy look without leaving a mega obvious chalky residue behind. It's less noticeable and easier to brush out than the batiste range.

I usually would go for the collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer but I was feeling a bit craaazy and went for this natural collections concealer in shade medium. Now I'm no medium shaded lady at present, however once the summer sun hits Cyprus which should be any minute now, I will require a darker shade of concealer and this one matches perfectly to my mac studio fix in shade NW25- result!

As for the Revlon Clourburst lip butter... well... I can tell you that this baby is the tits. It's damn sexy as far as sexual lipsticks go, giving a lovely juicy look to the lips in a sheer glossy way. It glides effortlessly onto the lips and leaves them feeling nourished and smooth! I love the sheerness of the shades as it isn't too over powering and for gals like me who like a bit of colour but nothing too BAM in your face, its perfect! I definitely want to invest in other shades but for now peach parfait is a dream, the subtle shimmer is also perfect for a summer wedding so don't be surprised if it's my lippy of choice for my big day!

The nail colours are pretty self explanatory but I must admit I'd never purchased natural collection nail polishes before. They're surprisingly long lasting, cheap to purchase and have a good colour pay off!

The L'Oreal ELVIVE Extraordinary oil was a re-purchase, being a firm favourite in my hair care routine. It nourishes the hair beautifuly, leaving my naturally dry locks feeling soft and silky. I can get away with quite a lot of this product in my hair without it looking heavy or greasy. And gosh it just smells so lusssssh. Yum.

 Now onto the big guns...

 Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Ohhhh lordy lordy lordy... my life is complete. I am a proud owner of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Not only has it taken my UD virginity but it has changed my outlook on the brand. Aaages ago I did a blog post on the MUA undress me too  palette vs the Naked Palette and as good as the MUA dupe was, it just wasn't the real mccoy and I knew it. Now I can see how blind I was.. I was in denial! This is a thing of beauty with its amazing colour pay off, it's beautiful shades which all work seamlessly together and beautiful shimmers. I know there's not a lot of matte shades but quite frankly I don't care. I love shimmer! The hard metal casing also means I can quite confidently pop this in a bag and not worry about it breaking. Roll on trips around the world with me you naked mistress! I could go on but there's hundreds and hundreds of reviews on this palette which I'm sure many of you have read, me included and yeah.. It's beautiful, that is all. The only down fall is it's brush! It's not my favourite as the bristles don't really move the way I like and blend the way I like but hey, I bought the palette for the shadows not the brush!

 Real Techniques Core Collection

Another thing I've been lusting after...brushes! I've not treated myself to new brushes for years and years, sticking with my trusty SBA rushes from college (my makeup career clearly kicked off eh). I've gone from rags to riches with these brushes and being reintroduced into a buffing brush once more. My original college one generally angers me everytime I use it as the bristles fall out of it like some kind of alopecia brush. It's terrible and leaves me with a whisker face- nooiiice! Anyhu, I've been watching the Pixiwoo ladies for a few years now and everytime they get out their real techniques brushes I'm truly fascinated by the way they appear to blend and apply make-up so effortlessly and now I can see why! They're fantastic although I've still not found a major use for the little detailer brush but I'm sure it'll have it's day. The white ends of the bristles hold the product whilst the black half work and blend the product in with ease. The shape of the brushes for me is what really make them great as they fit the contours of my face so well. This kit comes with a: detailer brush, foundation brush, buffing brush and contour brush. The bushes also come with a handy little stand which doubles up as a carry case- perfect for on the go. I trusted that these brushes would be good, being made by make-up artists themselves and I wasn't wrong- they're fantastic and I can't wait to get my hands on the other ones!

Enrapture Totem Styler 

Aaaand last but not least the enrapture totem styler which I have been wanting for a good year now and finally treated myself with some left over Christmas money. If you're looking for a curler which can do many styles then this is the one for you. Thanks to its three heat sections of the barrel, you can create various defined styles dependant on the heat setting. The heat settings range from 1 to 3, 3 being the highest and so far I have created very loose waves on setting 1,1,2 and a more defined look on setting 2,2,3. The size of the barrel is just what I was after as it produces a beautiful wave shape without being ringlety. I know that's not a real word but ye know! Ad another thing to note is the cord twirls which makes it a lot easier when using the curler so the cord doesn't get tangled. Simple things! I may well do a separate post on styles I create with this wand.

So there we have it, my beauty haul done! A lot of waffling by me but I was super excited to share with you guys! Hope you enjoyed, see you sooooooooon!


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