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Beauty: NEW Lime Crime Diamond Crushers & Hi-Lite Opals Palette

Posted on June 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

You may have caught my post the other week letting you know that Lime Crime products are now available at ASOS – well I have a couple more exciting new launches to share with you today!

The new Hi-Lite Opals Palette (£33.00 at ASOS) is Lime Crime’s first ever highlighter palette – it’s literally just landed in at ASOS, and it looks SO good! Inspired by the magic of opalescent stones, this palette contains three beautiful iridescent highlighter shades in Pink, Gold, and Peach shift.

The three shades come in a finely milled, silky formula, which promises to melt seamlessly into skin and adapt to your complexion, lasting all day without the need for re-application. The powders are all really buttery smooth, with each giving a true glow highlight that doesn’t contain any glitter particles.

I think my favourite in terms of colour is the Pink, it’s such a striking true pink that looks amazing when it catches the light. But I do feel the Gold shade has a slightly better consistency, allowing it to give a slightly more intense shine compared to the other two shades. All three are fantastic though, and this palette is definitely worth the splurge!

And I also have three of Lime Crime’s new Diamond Crushers (£15.00 at ASOS) – these iridescent lip toppers can be used just as they are to add a reflective, shimmery look to lips – but for more of a dramatic look they work amazingly well on top of other liquid lipsticks, especially darker shades.

The Diamond Crushers Lip Toppers are available in five iridescent shades –

  • Choke – a pale pink/blue shift hue
  • Dope – a cotton candy champagne
  • Lit – a rose gold ‘on acid’
  • Fluke – a chill mauve
  • Trip – a delirium purple

The formula is surprisingly lightweight (also water-based) and is filled with light-reflective iridescent shimmer particles which shift and change and just look amazing when they catch the light. I thought the Diamond Crushers might feel a bit chunky and gritty, due to the nature of them, but surprisingly they don’t, they apply very smoothly and feel like there’s almost nothing on your lips.

The shades I have swatched above are (from the top) Dope, Trip, and Fluke. What you can’t see from the swatches is the beautiful iridescent glitter in each of the shades – I love them all!

So as I’ve said, you can wear these on their own, or on top of a matte finish liquid lipstick to add a whole new dimension. I’m pleased to say it doesn’t take off your liquid lipstick when you apply, and stays on for hours on end. Of course technically these are lip toppers, but you really can wear them anywhere you’d like to, such as on the eyes or on top of your cheekbone highlight for added intensity. I should mention that I can’t confirm if they’re safe for eyes though, the site doesn’t say either way.

Overall I think these are fab products, I haven’t seen anything else like them available on the market as yet – so if you’re a fan of iridescent and holo finishes in your makeup, these are definitely a must have.

Lime Crime products are available now at ASOS.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Nip & Fab Launches New Makeup Line!

Posted on June 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago now I received a surprise package from the team behind Nip & Fab – and I was so excited to find it contained a selection of products from their brand new makeup line.

Nip & Fab have been making high quality, reasonably priced skincare products for many years now, so I think makeup is a great addition to their range, as well as being a natural progression for the brand. Let’s take a look at the products…

Ok so Nip & Fab have launched quite a large range of makeup products initially, which is great news. Starting with the Foundation (£12.95) – there are 10 shades available, which look to span a decent range of colours, and they’ve also included a pure white Foundation Light Mixer to lighten any foundation you may already have, and a dark brown Foundation Dark Mixer, to deepen your foundation should you want to.

I have the foundation in shade 25, which as you can see definitely isn’t the right shade for me, but it appears to give a nice natural / dewy finish with medium coverage.

I tried mixing it with some of the foundation lightener to get a better shade, and though the lightener worked well to change the colour, it still didn’t really work as the right colour for me. I already have a foundation that is slightly too dark for me (but otherwise the right tone) so I’m going to try the Light Mixer with that and see if I can get a spot on match.

Next on to the Colour Correctors (£8.95). These come in a selection of four shades, to help correct any colour issues you may have –

  • Banana – This yellow toned corrector is great for concealing dark under eye circles and can be used to subtly highlight and brighten the high points of the face.
  • Lavender – This purple toned corrector eliminates any unwanted yellow undertones to the skin and works well under foundation to create a perfectly even-toned complexion.
  • Terracotta – The warm orange tone neutralises blue undertones and is ideal for concealing under eye circles and dark spots.
  • Peppermint – This green toned corrector neutralises redness on the skin and is ideal for covering blemishes and reducing irregular skin pigmentation.

For the lips, Nip & Fab have included Liquid Lipsticks (£7.95) and a small selection of Lip Liners (£5.95) in their launch. I have the full collection of Liquid Lipsticks which I thought would be worth swatching and sharing, as the colours look quite similar when placed together. The shades are all light to medium nudes including beige, pink and brown tones –

From left to right –

  • Cinnamon – a mid toffee brown nude.
  • Toffee – a mid caramel nude.
  • Biscuit – a warm brown caramel nude.
  • Marshmallow – a mid peach toned nude.
  • Pink Lemonade – a light pink toned nude.
  • Candy – a light beige pink nude.
  • Tart – a light cool toned nude.
  • Cool Nude – a light cool toned beige.

(Since trying these, Nip & Fab have also added three new slightly darker nude shades of Liquid Lipsticks to their site – Brownie, Spice and Brandy)

And here are the swatches – somehow I managed to misplace Cinnamon between photographing it and swatching, and I still haven’t found it. It’s literally just disappeared! So the above swatches start on the left with Toffee.

I have to say my favourite shades are Biscuit, Marshmallow and Pink Lemonade – these are all slightly pink or peach toned, and aren’t too light, which I think make them easier to wear. I’ve worn a couple of these and they dry down in decent time and last for hours before you need to re-apply.

Nip & Fab have also included a nice selection of palettes in their initial launch. There are eyeshadow palettes and contour palettes, and a single highlighter palette and blush palette. I have the Contour Palette in Dark and the Highlighter Palette.

The Highlighter Palette (£15.00) contains six large sized pans –

  • Selfie – a light cream coloured shimmer.
  • Champagne – a warm champagne shimmer.
  • Golden – a slightly yellow toned shimmer.
  • Sunbeam – a light golden bronze.
  • Rose Gold – a warm rose gold.
  • Sunkissed – a deep warm bronze.

The three lighter shades work best for me just because I’m super pale. I also love the darker shades used as eyeshadows.

And lastly I have the Contour Palette in Dark (£15.00). Again this contains six decent sized pans, this time they are all matte shades –

  • Tan – a light caramel brown.
  • Chestnut – a mid reddish brown.
  • Cocoa – a deep warm brown.
  • Sugar – a light peach.
  • Soft Honey – a light warm brown, slightly lighter than Tan.
  • Sunset – a bright terracotta orange.

These shades are all quite warm toned, and far too dark for my fair skin tone personally – but again I’ve used these a few times as eyeshadows and they work really well!

Nip & Fab’s range of makeup is available now at Nip+Fab.com

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: NEW Kat Von D Brightening Powders, Alchemy Palette & Nude Everlasting Lipsticks

Posted on May 18, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a few brand new products from Kat Von D to share with you today – there’s the stunning new Alchemy Holographic Palette, a trio of new Brightening Powders, Kat’s latest Setting Spray, and some brand new shades of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick that have just landed…

Starting with the new Lock-It Brightening Powders (£19.00 each at Debenhams) – these super fine powders are specifically designed with brightening particles to illuminate and smooth the under eye area, whilst setting makeup and without caking up your foundation and concealer. Personally I’m starting to get a few fine lines and creases under my eyes, and really struggle with hiding them. I found the Lock-It Brightening Powders to be extremely lightweight, and shade Petal worked really well for me to set my under eye area (as well as the rest of my face) – you could still see ever so slight lines, but this is easily one of the most effective powders I’ve used so far. The Lock-It Brightening Powder comes in three lightly tinted shades to suit different skin tones –

  • Petal – for light skin tones
  • Peach – for medium skin tones
  • Golden – a universal shade also for brightening deep complexions

Next the Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist (£20.00 at Debenhams) – this lightly scented super fine mist is perfect for ‘locking in’ makeup for long periods of time. I love that the bottle sprays such a fine mist, that smells and feels instantly refreshing. It also doesn’t feel heavy or or too wet like some setting sprays do, and it doesn’t leave any residue on the skin either. Kat promises 24 hours of flawless makeup with the Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist – and I can’t vouch for the full 24 hours, but it did make a full face of makeup last a whole day and evening for me, so I’m very happy with it.

And also the Alchemist Face & Eye Highlighter Palette (£25.00 at Debenhams) has just launched in the UK – at last! You can probably guess this palette was inspired by the ancient science of alchemy (this is the medieval art of turning base materials into precious metals such as gold) and I think this palette follows the theme rather nicely.

The palette contains four multi-use shades which have been formulated with Double Dimension technology, meaning each prismatic powder has been submerged in a refractive coating to catch the light from every angle – giving a spectrum of luminizing special effects. Very fancy! 😀

The shadows work well on their own, but particularly come to life when used as ‘toppers’, transforming other eyeshadows (or liquid lipsticks) with beautiful iridescent finishes.

The pans themselves aren’t particularly exciting to look at (you’ll see in my image above they look quite pale and plain) but the shadows really come to life on application. The four shades are all simply stunning and catch the light beautifully –

  • Emerald – light green
  • Amethyst – ultra violet
  • Saphyre – light blue
  • Opal – pink

And lastly, the Everlasting Lipstick Nudes (£17.00 at Debenhams) – the Everlasting Lipsticks have been around for quite a while now, and Kat has recently added six new nude shades to the range. If you’re a fan of liquid lipsticks, the Everlasting Lipsticks are a must have for your collection – they’re one of my favourite formulas feeling creamy and comfortable on application, and once dry they will literally last all day without wearing off. They also contain natural moisturizers, such as Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax. These are the new shades (the asterisked shades are swatched above) –

  • Crucifix* – a deep chocolate brown.
  • Hawkwind* – a warm terracotta toned brown.
  • Sanctuary – a light nude brown.
  • Ludwig – a nude light brown, slightly lighter than Bow N Arrow.
  • Ophelia – a peachy light nude, slightly lighter than Ludwig.
  • Muneca* – a light bright peach.

I’m really impressed with everything I’ve been trying out, but I have to say I’ve been absolutely loving the Alchemist Palette, it’s so versatile and the colours are just stunning.

Kat Von D Makeup is available now exclusively at Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Illamasqua May Queen Collection

Posted on May 17, 2017

Hi Guys!

Illamasqua’s brand new collection May Queen has just launched, and it includes an edited selection of colour products for eyes, lips and face, in pretty muted hues, as well as a couple of popping bright shades which are perfect for Spring. I have the lowdown on some of the products for you today…

Hark back to beauty’s folklore, with Illamasqua’s new Spring collection. Beckoning the start of a new season, the May Queen captures the spirit of transformation. Leading the May Day procession away from Winter’s grasp into the rebirth of Spring, her floral crown is the embodiment of hope and prosperity. Use this annual renaissance to excite the imagination. Reincarnate your look. Become your own May Queen.

For the eyes, Illamasqua have included a new Pure Pigment to this collection in shade Muse (£17.50) – this is a beautiful light peach shade with an intense metallic shimmer finish. Due to both the shade and the high shine finish, this product can easily be used as a highlighter on fair to medium skin tones too. I’m looking forward to trying this on my cheekbones!

There are also three new Powder Eyeshadows (£17.00) in this collection. They all have a shimmer finish which looks pretty similar to the finish of the Pure Pigment; it’s a high-shine metallic that catches the sun beautifully. I have shade Invoke, which is described as a ‘zinc bronze shimmer’ and I’m completely in love with it. It’s a taupe bronze that’s easy to wear and will look gorgeous on tanned skin in the summer. The shades available are –

  • Ritual – a pink shimmer.
  • Invoke – a taupe bronze shimmer.
  • Maiden – a soft gold shimmer.

And lastly, I have two new Antimatter Lipsticks (£20.00) – this is my first experience with Illamasqua’s Antimatter lipsticks, and I’m definitely not disappointed. They offer long lasting intense colour, with a comfortable finish that’s a cross between a satin and a matte. The two new shades are Binary, a warm coral, and Charge, a hot pink. Charge feels slightly more satin to me, with Binary having more of a matte finish. Both are creamy and comfortable on the lips, and last for a good few hours before you need to re-apply.

There’s also a new Beyond Powder highlighter in this collection too, in shade Deity (£34.00). Unfortunately I don’t have this but you can Google it if you want to check out swatches. Deity looks like a stunning golden green, and if you like more unusual highlighters I definitely recommend you check it out.

The May Queen collection is available now at Illamasqua.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Makeup Worth Checking Out – Feat. New CID Cosmetics, Chantecaille, Lancome & More

Posted on February 6, 2017

Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! I’ve gathered a few products together today that I really think are worth checking out. There are a couple of brands such as New CID Cosmetics and Suqqu that I’ve included specifically today as you don’t really hear much about them, but the do make some fantastic products – enjoy!

Ok so starting with New CID Cosmetics, the New CID Cosmetics i-Gloss Light Up Lip Gloss (£19.50 at Feelunique) is such a fun product – I mean who could resist a lip gloss with an automatic light in the lid, and a mirror on the side? And this shade, Moonstone is such a beautiful pearlescent pink – it’s great as a gloss on its own, or also as a lip topper worn over a liquid lipstick.

The Limited Edition i-groom Eyebrow Grooming Pencil and Brush (£19.50 at Feelunique) is another great product, this is a sleek looking, simple yet effective wind up brow pencil, with a spoolie brush at the opposite end. It creates a fine, sharp line that’s perfect for drawing on natural looking brows, without looking too heavy.

And the i-Prime Mini (£16.00 at Feelunique) – this is a mini 10ml primer, perfect for keeping in your on-the-go makeup bag. The formula is a lightweight serum including Shea Butter and Vitamin E to help blur imperfections, leaving skin looking radiant and beautiful.

Next I have a few products from Rodial – firstly their new Baking Powder (£29.00 at Rodial) – this is is perfect for those that like to do a full on makeup routine and ‘bake’ their face to set their base. This is a silky smooth loose powder that mattifies skin to give it a creamy, suede soft-focus finish whilst blurring imperfections. Simply apply this loose setting powder over your concealer or foundation, leave to warm on skin for 10-15 minutes and dust off the excess – easy.

And Rodial have also introduced their new Baking Brush (£40.00 at Rodial) to go with the above powder. This brush has been specifically designed with soft, dense hairs to allow for easy application of loose powder. It’s also the ideal tool for buffing and dusting off excess powder so you can achieve a flawless matte finish to your complexion.

Rodial also have a new Instaglam Compact Deluxe Highlighting Powder in 02 (£52.00 at Rodial) – this is a beautiful creamy textured highlighting powder, in a light champagne shade. It contains soft powders and refined pearls which are blended together to create a beautiful creamy powder with an iridescent finish.

Continuing with highlighters, I also wanted to include the Estee Edit Flash Illuminator Fluid Powder (£22.00 at Selfridges) – this is very similar to the Rodial highlighter above but this one is slightly more gold / peach toned. It would be great for light to medium skin tones and has a lovely smooth almost creamy texture that’s really flattering when applied to the top of the cheekbones especially.

And for a more budget friendly highlighter option, the Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in Starlight (£9.99 at Boots) is definitely worth checking out. If you’re looking for a slightly deeper, more golden highlight, this stick formula has a wonderfully smooth consistency, and leaves the skin glowing with a golden sheen.

I also have a couple of the (fairly) new Lancome Cushion Blushers (£29.00 at Lancome) – these cushion blushers are perfect for giving the complexion a fresh, dewy glow. You only need a tiny amount to give a pretty flush to the skin, and the formula also offers intense hydration, and the cushion sponge allows you to easily build the intensity of the colour to suit your preference.

If you’re looking for a new eyeshadow palette, the Smith & Cult Book of Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (£34.00 at Beauty Bay) is one to add to your to-try list. There are four different quads available and I have Interlewd which contains some really pretty soft pinks and rich purple shades.

Or for single eyeshadows, the Chantecaille Mermaid Eyeshadow in Hematite (£29.00 at Space NK) is simply stunning. This is a crease-proof and water resistant product that can be worn either wet or dry and used an eye shadow or as an eyeliner. The formula is also infused with an anti-aging silk tree extract that helps lift the upper eyelid for a more youthful looking eye area.

And the Suqqu Extra Glow Lipstick (£23.00 at Selfridges) – Japanese cult brand Suqqu is another that you don’t see much of, but definitely worth a mention. Their Extra Glow Lipstick contains a blend of seven nourishing oils for long-lasting moisture, and creates the appearance of plumper lips with a natural sheen.

And going back to eyes, the Smith & Cult B-Line Eye Pen (£21.00 at Beauty Bay) is a richly pigmented, felt pen liner that’s both smudge-proof and waterproof. This innovative precision, felt tipped liner applies seamlessly along the lash-line giving highly pigmented colour with a quick drying finish. If you’re looking for a new pen style eyeliner I’d definitely recommend you check this one out.

For those looking to cover their dark circles, the Know Cosmetics No Dark Shadows Concealer in Wow (£15.00 at Superdrug) is just the product for the job. This is a multipurpose under eye concealer designed to conceal imperfections and dark circles, as well as highlight the complexion. This is available in two shades – Wow (rosy tone) and Pizazz (yellow tone) and offers medium coverage which is both long lasting and moisturising.

And back to Suqqu, their Gel Eyeliner (£20.00 at Selfridges) is a super thin 2mm precision tipped pencil eyeliner with a texture that seems to melt onto the skin, creating a wonderfully smooth and delicate line. This is perfect for those looking for a subtle and fine lined eyeliner.

You’ll probably notice I haven’t included many lip products today – when I was getting everything together I realised there are LOADS of amazing lip products that have recently launched, so I’ll be publishing a separate post just on them very soon.

I’d love to hear what you think? Have you tried any of these products yourself? I decided not to include swatches as I took some and they just weren’t doing the products justice. If you’d like to see swatches of anything though please do let me know and I’ll be happy to share on Insta Stories 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: An Introduction to IT Cosmetics at QVC

Posted on September 28, 2016

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Hi Guys!

IT Cosmetics are one of those US brands that have been on my wish list for a while, so when the guys at QVC gave me the opportunity to try a few of their products, I jumped at the chance!

For those not familiar with IT Cosmetics, they’re a US based brand that has gained quite the cult following over over some of their base products – such as their famous CC Cream and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer. Luckily I’ve been able to try one of these out, as well as a couple of their other popular products…

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So one of IT Cosmetics most famous products is of course the Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, which is available as a bundle including a Dual-Ended Concealer Brush (for £23.64) This is an award-winning full coverage concealer that offers highly pigmented, natural-looking coverage, while the formula treats the appearance of lines, wrinkles and discolouration.

Well this all sounded pretty fantastic to me. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes, so I had very high expectations for this product to work – as that’s exactly what it’s aimed at. I tried out two shades, Light and Medium, and found that I preferred light for my pale skin tone. The formula is very creamy with intense pigmentation, and it gives high coverage that most definitely erased my dark circles. I found the finish to be a bit on the shiny side though on its own, so setting it with a powder really worked for me. I was so impressed with how it literally made my dark circles vanish! I should point out it can also be used for general blemish concealing but it’s particularly aimed at the under eye area as it doesn’t settle into fine lines, and also helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles.

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Next we have the Sunshine in a Compact Vitality Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer & Mega Fat Fan Brush (£34.50) – This Sunshine in a Compact Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer is a nice warm matte bronzer in a large compact (there’s nothing worse than a tiny bronzer, don’t you think?) The formula is talc-free, and contains IT Cosmetics Drops of Light Technology to add instant radiance to your complexion without any glitter or shimmer.

The formula also includes anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, silk and antioxidants to treat the skin whilst preventing the product from settling into any fine lines, and blurring the look of pores and imperfections. I actually initially thought the shade might be a tad too warm for me, but it applied with just the right amount of colour payoff and gave a lovely glow to my skin.

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And lastly the Hello Light Creme Illuminator (£29.00 including a brush not shown) – Now I am all about the highlighters right now, and I couldn’t wait to try this one out. This product promises to give a lit from within glow to the complexion, offering a light, natural radiance and illumination. It’s also infused with skin-loving, anti-aging and hydrating ingredients; including Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Silk and Vitamins A, C, & E, which work together to hydrate, condition, and nourish the skin.

Now I’ve used a fair few highlighters in my time, and I know what I like and what I don’t like. From the description, this sounded like everything I look for in a highlighter – and oh my gosh it was literally highlighter perfection!

Firstly the shade is on the paler side, which is perfect for my fair complexion – and it’s not chunky, glittery or shimmery in any way – it’s just pure glow! The creme formula is a dream to apply, and really easy to build up if you want a more intense look. It glides on the skin with ease and also doesn’t emphasise the look of pores which some highlighters can tend to do.

I’ve included a bronzer and highlighter swatch below –

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I’ve swatched the bronzer with quite a heavy hand here just so you can see the colour. It’s a really nice warm terracotta, again light enough to suit those with fairer skin tones. And you can see the highlighter is a really light colour, almost white – I love it!

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I really am so impressed with these products – the quality across all of them is just fantastic, and though they seem on the expensive side, in my opinion they are well worth the money – especially the highlighter!

I’ve also had a quick look on the IT Cosmetics US site – and there are so many amazing looking products on there – I hope QVC UK can offer a bigger range soon!

Al the above products are available now at QVC.

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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My NYC Sephora Haul! Feat. Kat Von D, Milk Makeup, Tatcha, Becca & More!

Posted on September 19, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Any beauty lover will know that one of your priorities when visiting the US is of course, Sephora. Visiting New York was my first ever visit to the US, so I had my first ever Sephora store experience too!

For those yet to experience this pleasure, I have to tell you it’s actually quite overwhelming – especially for a small town gal like me who gets excited visiting Selfridges! Sephora is literally floor to ceiling beauty – so I decided to tackle it with a strategy – basically if the brand was available in the UK, I didn’t bother looking. So I headed for all the exciting US brands that I’ve been dying to get my hands on – Kat Von D, MILK Makeup, Anastasia and Sephora’s own brand to name but a few. Let’s take a look at what I picked up…

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So first of all I headed for Kat Von D (and yes I know we have it in the UK now, but it wasn’t available here when I was in NYC!) I really liked the look of the new Lock-it Concealer Creme – a super-versatile, rich and creamy concealer with 24-hour wear and instant full coverage. It promised to brighten the undereye area, cover blemishes and correct discolouration which was exactly what I was looking for. I got Hayley to help shade match me and ended up with shade Light 3 Warm. I started using this while in NYC and I have to say I was very impressed, it did a great job of covering my under eye circles as well as staying put throughout the day. I picked up the Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush too – described as ‘a high-performance concealer brush with an exclusive sculpted shape to seamlessly blend under eye concealer and instantly cover blemishes‘ I thought this would be the perfect match for the Lock-It Concealer. It’s just the right size and shape for concealer coverage on the under eye area, and applies product like a dream.

While I was at it I thought I’d also grab the Kat Von D Lockit Setting Powder too – you know, when in Rome! This is a weightless translucent loose powder, formulated with Micro-Blurring Technology to blur pores and set and perfect makeup for a flawless, locked-in finish. This is probably the most lightweight and silky finishing powder I’ve ever tried – it leaves your complexion velvety matte and smooth – and you can also use it for baking if that’s part of your routine too.

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I’d also been dying to try some bits from MILK Makeup – they had quite a big range on offer, and I decided to pick up a couple of quirky sounding products…

Firstly I grabbed the Milk Makeup Cooling Water – this is basically a twist up stick that you apply to the face to cool, soothe and hydrate the skin. I tried it on the back of my hand and the cooling effect really worked! The product contains rich marine minerals and caffeine to hydrate, whilst give skin an energized, glowing look.

And the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick – well, I’d heard of this and thought it sounded fantastic, so I popped it in my basket too. Technically this doesn’t give a holographic highlight, but it does give skin an iridescent lavender sheen, which is really fun and pretty. Also, you can use it wherever you like – lips, eyes, cheeks – I’m looking forward to creating some fun looks with this!

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I then checked out Sephora’s massive own brand range, and they literally stock everything! I loved the look of their retractable Hide & Sleek brushes, which come in high shine metallic casings with lids so they don’t get ruined in your makeup bag. I grabbed the Skinny Cheek Contour Brush – a retractable cheek contour brush in a slim and elegant rose gold case, and the Skinny Foundation Retractable Brush – a chic retractable foundation brush this time in gold casing.

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I’m also really glad I came across the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder – I’d been wanting to snap this up for a while, but the full size tub is $60.00 – eek! I found this mini 10g tub which was only $15.00 and very much in my price range. If you haven’t heard of Tatcha, they offer luxury skincare inspired by Japanese Geishas – you should definitely check them out if skincare’s your thing. Their Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is a creamy, water-activated enzyme powder that effortlessly releases debris from skin, leaving it feeling polished and baby soft in an instant. It’s formulated with nourishing Japanese rice bran blended with papaya extracts, to help reduce the look of fine lines and addresses uneven skintone, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. I’m looking forward to giving this a go!

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And while I was checking out all the amazing mini products and sets that Sephora has to offer, I came across the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal Glow On The Go Set – this is a mini duo of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector luminizers. I love Becca’s highlighters and these mini pressed and liquid Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Opal just looked so cute – as well as being the perfect size to throw in my bag.

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And lastly, I couldn’t resist the Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Lip Set – this is a six-piece, multibranded lip sampler set, including two full size products, and it was only $28.00 with a  total product value of $97.00! –

  • Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment (sheer rosy tint)
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft (mauve pink nude)
  • Lancôme Juicy Shaker in 313 Boom-Meringue (lemon meringue flavor – full size)
  • NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien (rose pink)
  • Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out (deep nude – full size)
  • Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua (dusty mauve)

By this point I’d tried mentally adding up how much I was spending and decided I’d better calm down a bit. I quickly glanced at Anastasia, Surratt and in the general direction of skincare and fragrance and decided I’d better head to the checkout before I got too carried away.

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So yes I ended up spending quite a lot of money… but I don’t regret it. It’s not every day I get to pop into an actual Sephora store, so I’m glad I made the most of it while I had the chance!

Do let me know if you’d like to see any swatches, or full reviews of anything – this post ended up being quite long so I decided not to include swatches this time 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx