(Big) Birthday Beauty Haul

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Birthday Beauty Haul

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… 

The Repurchases  

birthday beauty haul

Beauty Blender  

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. 

Pai Rosehip Oil  

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.

birthday beauty haul  

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick 

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.  

birthday beauty haul

Too Faced Born This Way Concealer 

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. 

New Products  

Now for the exciting part… 

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation 

birthday beauty haul

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. 

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation 

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. 

Morphe Brushes  

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. 

birthday beauty haul

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.  

Chanel Le Volume Revolution  

birthday beauty haul

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… 

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey 

birthday beauty haul

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,  

Sophie  

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29 thoughts on “(Big) Birthday Beauty Haul

  1. It’s a shame the Morphe brushes didn’t work for you but at least you know for next time, personally I swear by Spectrum! I’ve never tried Too Faced foundation or concealer but this has made me so intrigued, great reviews!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  2. first let me say, happy birthday!! i love so many of the products you listed! both of those too faced foundations are two of my favorite foundations of all time!! i’ll have to try that bobbi brown foundation stick, i haven’t tried that many foundation sticks but i love how easy they are to use! great post xx
    -Mich | simplymich.com

  3. Wow! That’s an awesome haul of goodies! I hope you had a lovely birthday! I’m loving The Body Shop set and can’t believe it was only £4. I have a Body Shop card and definitely need to visit on my birthday to get the discount too! Great post Sophie, thanks for sharing! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  4. I hope you had an amazing birthday! It does look like you had such an amazing birthday beauty haul! It’s such a shame the brushes really didn’t live up to what you thought they would be though. The Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick seems so good, I haven’t tried a foundation stick before but would definitely like to try that one out. Also, that mascara sounds so interesting. First ever 3D printed mascara wand?! You’ll have to let us know what you think about it!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

  5. You got some really lovely stuff! I haven’t tried the Too Faced range, but you’ve made me want to. Also, I was tempted to try morphe brushes but i’ll Definitely go with the Zoeva ones now!

    Jas xx

  6. I loved the last line “everything you see in this photo cost a grand total of £4”. Belated Happy Birthday Sophie ! That’s really nice list of good stuffs and a perfect implementation of birthday discount codes 🙂

  7. I loved reading this post! Happy belated birthday Sophie! I love beauty blenders, my make up would definitely not be the same without them. I have always wanted to try the Peach Perfect Foundation but was also worried it might irritate my skin.

    Rachael – geminiexplicit.blogspot.co.uk

  8. I hope you had a good birthday! All of these products sound amazing, I really love the look of the foundation stick. Your photos are amazing!!

  9. Really enjoyed reading this! I don’t use makeup too much but I love reading about makeup and watching makeup tutorials haha. I think I would definitely use more makeup products if they were a bit cheaper. The cheaper ones aren’t always good and then the name brands are too pricy 🙁

  10. Firstly, belated happy birthday wishes, I hope you had a wonderful time! And secondly, thank you for sharing a fabulous haul, you’ve got some amazing products here. I have the opposite skin to you (oily) but it does sound like I need to investigate Two Faced as I’m sure they’d have something for me too. I’ve always wanted to try a Chanel mascara so I’ll be keen to see what you think of the 3D brush in due course. Fab post and gorgeous photos as always, Sophie! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  11. This is quite a haul! Some gorgeous looking products you picked up. The Almond Milk and Honey Body Shop products are my favourite scent – I think I bought that set for my Mum for Mother’s Day actually! xxx

  12. What a great haul! Glad you got a lot of different makeup bits for your birthday. The palette looks really pretty, and the almond and honey collection looks really cool as well

  13. I’ve never tried any of these products before, but there’s quite a few that I would like to try out! The Too Faced concealer sounds great, I can never find a good concealer for my skin and one that’s pale enough! I love finding bargains from the body shop! Xx

    Ashleigh | ashleighwrites.co.uk

  14. Happy belated Birthday
    The body shop almond milk and honey smell divine and my favorites scent in body shop so far. I love Bobbi Brown and have tried this foundation stick before,it so great and I usually wore it alone

  15. I love love love beautyblenders and Morphe brushes! I’m also obsessed with trying new foundations and haven’t tried either of these so they’re both going on my to buy list! I can’t wait for a full review of the Born This Way!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  16. I love Too Faced but have never tried their foundation. These beauty products looks really good! I’ll definitely try some out.

    Tish | thesundaydiary.co.uk

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