Hi guys, as some of you may know, it was my birthday recently and today I’m sharing with you all of the beauty bits I picked up for my birthday. Now, a little disclaimer, I go a bit crazy every year with my birthday beauty haul. I usually try not to pick up much in May or June so I have a fairly long list I can treat myself to when my birthday arrives. This year, my list was pretty small. July came around and there were only a few things I wanted. That never happens. I had a few repurchases I wanted which bulked this haul up a little. I’ll start with those because I always think the repurchases are the boring part…
This doesn’t really require an explanation, I needed a new one. For some reason, I only ever buy the black ones. I have no idea why.
I’ve spoken about this product quite a lot here on my blog. I love this oil, it’s been a staple in my collection for a few years now. I’m not completely out of my existing one, but it’s running low and I thought I’d take advantage of those birthday discount codes.
I love this foundation so much. I bought this for the first time for my birthday last year and it quickly became one of my go-to products. It works well on most skin types, making it one of the only foundations that I own that I can use all year round. For me, this is typically the foundation I wear when I don’t know what I want to wear, which is probably why I managed to go through it so quickly. A few swipes across the face gives a medium coverage and easily blends out with a beauty blender.
I find concealer really hard. As I have dry under eyes, a lot of concealers look awful on me. Concealers like shape tape make my eyes incredibly dry and feel really uncomfortable. The fact that I need a hydrating concealer and have really pale skin, it’s difficult to find a formula that works. I tried this for the first time just after Christmas and fell in love with how comfortable the formula is. I wear the shade fairest (which seems to only be available at Debenhams) and it’s a perfect match for my skin tone.
Now for the exciting part…
As you’ve just read, I’m a big fan of the Born This Way concealer and as I love that so much, I wanted to try the foundation too. This was the product at the top of my birthday wish list, but I was slightly apprehensive to try it. Those of you who read regularly will know that I have very sensitive skin and nowhere near me sells Too Faced, so I had to order this online, without a patch test or colour match. I’d hoped as the concealer doesn’t irritate my skin, the foundation would be safe too. I also hoped that as the lightest shade of concealer matches, the foundation would be pale enough too. This is risky as the concealers can sometimes run lighter than the foundations (looking at you, Urban Decay), so even with a good concealer match, I’m not guaranteed a shade pale enough in the foundations.
I ordered the shade Swan, which is described as being for the fairest of skin tones with neutral undertones. In this case, neutral means yellow, but I have a slightly olivey undertone so running yellow is fine for my skin. This goes on the perfect shade match for me but does get ever so slightly darker. It goes up about half a shade, so it’s still a good match for me, albeit not completely perfect. This foundation looks flawless on my skin, it sits so well on my dry patches and looks great after a full day. I’m not going to go into too much detail as I think I’m going to be doing a full review, but I’m very happy I picked this up.
In fact, I was so happy with Born This Way, I wanted to try everything Too Faced had to offer. I was a bit more reluctant purchasing this one. As the line is peach scented, I was worried about the fragrance irritating my skin. And I was nervous it would be too matte for my dry skin. I did a lot more research before purchasing this one. After watching a few YouTube videos and seeing a few other dry skinned girls say it was more satin than full matte, I picked it up. At least this time I knew my shade would be right, and this one doesn’t oxidize on me.
This was the last thing I bought for this haul, so I’ve only worn it twice and haven’t really had long enough to form an opinion, but the peach scent doesn’t irritate my skin and it definitely isn’t a full matte. I moisturise very well before applying this, as I would with any matte product. It looks a little dry along the side of my nose, which is easily fixed with concealer, and pretty much flawless everywhere else, so I think this purchase will turn out to be successful too.
This is my first ever Morphe order. I finally decided to give in and see what the hype was about and honestly, I’m a little underwhelmed. One of my brushes came with dents already in it, they don’t feel that well made overall. The packaging wasn’t great. Most of my cheaper brushes are by Zoeva, which are at a very similar price point and I can’t say this order has converted me.
Y6 – Flat Kabuki
I bought the Y6 after seeing a lot of love for it online. This one is just okay in my opinion. It’s not bad, but it’s not my favourite brush in the world either. I see this more as a brush I’ll reach for when the one I really want to use needs washing/ is still wet rather than a first choice brush.
R45 – Angled Liner Brush
I wear gel liner almost every day so having a few great liner brushes is essential for me. This one does the job, and I’ll add it to my rotation but I’m not wowed by it either
Y18 – Tapered Blending Fluff
This is my favourite of the three brushes I ordered. When I first got this out of the box I was slightly concerned that it felt a bit too stiff. But I actually really like this for lightly fluffing something in my crease. It wouldn’t be great for anything really precise, but it works well for a simple eye look.
A bit of backstory here. I’m extremely fussy when it comes to mascara. Le Volume De Chanel is my all time favourite mascara. It’s the only mascara I’ve ever bought more than once, and I’ve probably been through 7 or 8 of them now. I usually go through 2 or 3, then think I should try something else to mix things up a little. I buy something else, instantly regret my decision then wait patiently with lashes I hate for 3 months before going back to my old faithful.
I’m currently in one of those regret phases. I went to buy another Le Volume ready for when my current disaster has dried up and noticed Le Volume Revolution. This is the Le Volume mascara but it’s made with the world’s first ever 3D printed mascara wand. Which sounded pretty cool, so I bought one of those instead.
I’m waiting for my current one to be finished before I try it, but I’m really excited to see how it compares to the original. I like to wait until I’ve finished my mascara as they’re quite expensive for something that only lasts a few months…
I wasn’t planning on getting anything from The Body Shop, but I went in for a little browse. When I went in they had a huge sale on. All sets from this range were 50% off and I had £5 off because it was my birthday. Bargain time, everything you see in this photo cost a grand total of £4. Yes, £4.
That’s it! I know this was a long one. Have you guys tried any of these products or are any of them your favourites?
Until next time,
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