Makeup Haul

Last week I paid a visit to Superdrug (a drugstore in the UK for anyone not in the know) because I needed to repurchase my favourite liquid liner from Collection. In the end, I left with an additional few items I hadn’t intended on buying. It was all very impromptu. But isn’t that always the way? It certainly is for me. I can never not just buy one thing when it comes to makeup. The temptation is too great. Such a hardship, I tell you.

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(Left to right: NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Colour in 031 ‘Gramercy Park Plum’, MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in ‘Dare’ and ‘Kooky’, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 001 ‘Transparent’, and Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in ‘Black’.)

I had been wanting to try out the MUA lip lacquers for a while, and every time I’d find myself in a Superdrug I would gravitate towards the MUA display, so I just decided that day to get two out of the ten shades from their line that I imagined I would wear the most. A first impression and full review of these will be coming very soon.

The NYC lip crayon was just something I happened to swatch on the back of my hand and I ended up adoring the colour and knew I needed to have it. Since buying it, it’s been the only colour I’ve been wearing on my lips. It’s a beautiful raspberry shade, despite being described as plum. Don’t be surprised if its in my November favourites.

The powder and liquid liner are both items I’ve purchased time and again and are definitely holy grail products for me. You’ll never not find them in my makeup bag! If a blog post on the rest of my holy grail products, or even a what’s in my makeup bag, might interest you let me know in the comment section below.

Right, I’m off to put up my Christmas tree. Excited!

Emily x

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London Calling

This time last Friday I was in London for the bank holiday weekend. I had been to London once before but a very long time ago and my memory of it was poor so I considered this my first, real visit. I thoroughly explored the city, shopped till I dropped, feasted on delicious food, and had my fair share of bizarre tube experiences. My legs have never had such a work out before, all the walking around and legging it for trains. It was amazing.  

My first stop was Harrods. The store was beyond overwhelming, intimidating and plush. I compared it to the Tardis. On the outside it looks big, but the inside is literally like a labyrinth, it just went on and on and on. I was particularly in awe of their Egyptian themed escalators (it doesn’t take much to impress me). I was too busy enjoying myself and catching flies that I didn’t take photos. I wish I had. The same could be said for most of my trip. In total I think I took around ten photos and if you know me at all, then you will know that this is very unlike me. 

Admittedly I was most excited about seeing the beauty hall at Selfridges and on the Saturday afternoon I did this. Not before being soaked through by the rain, I should add. But did I let that dampen my mood? Did I hell! Initially I had a stroll around, perusing the aisles and taking note of all the beauty brands they had, brands that I hadn’t encountered in person before but had heard of. Take for example Suqqu, who are known for their exceptional makeup brushes. And Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup collection, created by a talented, famous makeup artist (whom I admire). Such gorgeous makeup packaging. Rose Gold. Oh *sighs*. I even saw the display for Christian Louboutin’ foray into nail polish – wow! Extravagant, frivolous and quite frankly, silly. 

And that’s when I saw it. The NARS counter. I think I might have even gasped. 

It’s no surprise I made a beeline for the lipsticks and not before long I was covered in swatches from testing products on the back of my hand. In the end I left the counter with a Selfridges bag filled with three NARS products, two of their lip pencils, a bottle of their sheer glow foundation and a massive grin on my face. 

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I was colour matched for the sheer glow foundation by an artist at the counter and as I suspected, my colour is in ‘Mont Blanc’. It’s the perfect match for my skin tone and blends in like a dream. I’ve only worn the foundation once since buying it so I can’t give you my overall thoughts on it just yet but as first impressions go, so far, so good. I’ll be sure to provide a detailed review of it at a later date.

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As for the two lip products, I chose one from their velvet matte lip pencil range in the colour ‘Never Say Never’ and the other from their satin lip pencil range in ‘Palais Royal’. I’ve worn both since purchasing them and already know I love them. The colours are exquisite, intensely pigmented and flattering on the lips. A full review on these shall be coming soon, too. 

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I loved my weekend away in London and miss the city already. If you ever get the chance to see London, do it! 

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See you soon, London! 

Emily x

Mini Haul

I went out for lunch today and a look around the shops at the Metrocentre in Gateshead. It’s the largest shopping centre in Europe and if you haven’t been before and are planning a trip to the North East, I would highly recommend you make it a point of paying a visit to the Metro. For more information on the Metrocentre click here

I didn’t plan to buy anything (isn’t that always the way?) but I ended up coming home with three purchases. Two being beauty related, duh!, and the third is a piece of jewellery. 

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(L’Oréal Paris Lumi Magique foundation in ‘C1 Rose Pearl’ and Ciaté nail polish in ‘Tweed and Tails’)

I was in the market for a new foundation as my current one is about to run out. I rarely repurchase  foundation. I have done on a couple of occasions but generally I’ll just try something new because I’m such a fiend when it comes to foundation. I am always on the quest for the best. Confession time: I usually choose my foundation by judging the bottle and whether I like the look of it or not (sort of like how I choose wine – if the bottle looks nice, I’ll get it!). Please tell me I’m not alone on this? I’ve used L’Oréal foundations previously and liked them so I’m hopeful this won’t be any different. I bought mine at Superdrug for £10.99. 

This is my first ever Ciaté purchase! I’ve wanted to try this brand for a while but their prices are more than I like to spend on nail varnish. Much more. But I wanted to treat myself (and my talons), so I said “what the hell,” and splurged. I chose this colour because its different and despite hating the food, I love olive, and since the colder months are soon to be upon us Brits I figured I’d get plenty of wear out of it. I paid £9.00 but looking on the Ciaté website it seems they’re having a 24 hour 50% off flash sale and most, if not all, of their polishes are half price. Including mine, which is now £4.50. Oh. That stings. If you’d like to take advantage of the sale click here. But hurry. The sale ends midnight tonight! 

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And finally, this necklace. I find Primark jewellery to be very hit and miss, and nine times out of ten it’s a definite miss. But this caught my eye. I love a good statement necklace to glam up any outfit. I especially love blue accessories, and though the photo isn’t doing this necklace justice at all, when the sun shines on the faux stones they appear bright teal which I adore. I paid £5.00 for this as you can see but I do think it looks far more expensive. I can’t wait to wear this. 

I hope you’re all having a terrific weekend.

Emily x