#HAUL – FRENCH PHARMACY LUVIN

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

So for New Year myself and my boyfriend went on a dreamy 5 day trip to Paris. The best part may of possibly been 2 days in Disneyland. It was amazing I had the best time! Whilst I was there obviously I had to check out every Sephora in sight and I’ve found a new appreciation for French pharmacies.

Sephora EU isn’t as amazing as what I imagine the US ones to be, I just topped up on their own brand face masks as I absolutely love them. They had an Anastasia Beverley Hills counter however only the brow and contour products were in stock, all the glow kits and eye shadow palettes were sold out. They also had a Huda Beauty counter but you had to queue up, it was 2 people at a time only so the queue was so slow! I’m not that fussed about the lip collection, none of the shades are really suited to me. I would of had a swatch but you even had to queue to just swatch!

I’d read good things about French pharmacies as apparently they’re loved by make up artists and models during Paris Fashion Week… here’s what I picked up…

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Bioderma Micellar Water

Similar to the Garnier one, except this is the original. I double checked the ingredients and they’re not similar so I decided to give this one a try. It’s deffo a bit tougher at removing make up than the Garnier, I think I actually prefer it. I bought the bottle which has the pump on which pumps the product straight onto your cotton pad. After I take my make up off, I then was my face and then swipe this across my face to make sure extra dirt is picked up. You can buy it in the UK here. Just as it’s a french product, it’s cheaper in France!

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

This baffles me because it was 10€ in France and here in the UK its £20-£22! When I first saw it I was a bit taken a back as it had like 3 functions, a make up primer/moisturiser/face mask/make up remover ?? Like how can a primer and a remover be the same thing? Anyway, I bought it and because of the cold in Paris my face was so dry I decided to use it as a night time moisturiser first. In the morning my skin was 100% moisturised and just felt like it had a bit more life to it and elasticity.  I don’t think i’ll be using it as a make up remover, but it does actually do well at being a primer. However, I just use it when my skin needs a hydrating pick me up.  I’ll definitely be stocking up on this when I go back to Paris in April. However, you can purchase it on Feel Unique here.

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Homeoplasmine

This is quite hard to get ahold of in the UK. I bought it for 6€ but BeautyMart sell it for £14 however it sells out asap. It works as a lip balm for chapped lips, and apparently as an alternative to Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream? I haven’t tried it on my entire face yet, but it does deffo work wonders on your lips, it has a matte finish so you can easily apply lipstick on top.

Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Avène Thermal Water Spray

This one isn’t the most exclusive buy as you can get ahold of the full French brand in Boots. I remember my mum using their products and I’d heard great things about this spray so thought I should try it. It’s really good at calming irritations and redness, I’m not sure if I’d repurchase as its not like essential if you like? You can try it for yourself here.

My skincare routine has updated slightly, let me know if you want to see an updated post!

#HAUL – BLACK FRIDAY TREATS

Okay this is like a mix of Black Friday treats and just repurchasing things I needed! FeelUnique.com had some amazing offers over the 3 days, Selfridges had 10% off beauty and MAC had freebies when you spend over £40 online. Here’s what I picked up.

SELFRIDGES 

10% off beauty isn’t a lot but it doesn’t happen often so best to make the most of it when it happens! It still amazes me that they only offer up to 10% when cosmetics are the money maker for luxury brands because they’re so cheap to produce therefore so profitable. They can deffo afford to give us 20% off!

Anyway I picked up a new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation as I hadn’t repurchased mine since it ran out and I couldn’t find anything else that I LOVED as much because I remember fully raving about it. I also copped the concealer to match as I’d seen it on my social media. I have such good memories of this foundation and I remember loving it but this time around I just don’t like it as much? I don’t know why, it just isn’t sitting on my face right. If I do a full heavy face of make up it works well but when I try to do a natural day at uni look it just doesn’t blend and sits on my face weirdly? I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been using the Boujous foundation mixed with the YSL one I’ve just got used to the texture of it. The concealer, I haven’t used it enough times yet as the lady gave me the total wrong shade (I asked for a shade lighter and got a strong 2 shades darker) so I had to go back and exchange it. I’ve recently been blending my concealer with a brush and not a beauty blender but this concealer I can tell will look better with a beauty blender not a brush.

FEEL UNIQUE

I ran out of my gorgeous Kerestase shampoo and then moved flat so just didn’t have time to pick up a new one so I’ve been using L’Oréal for the past 2 months and my hair hates me for it. I didn’t realise how nice Kerestase was until I stopped using it. L’Oréal is absolutely rammed full of sulphites and nastys and I could just feel them clogging up in my hair. After once wash of Kerestase my hair feels BEAUT.

I also got a new Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and Cocoa Brown Tough Scrub. I’d just ran out and needed these both!

MAC

So Mac brought back their discontinued whisper of guilt highlighter for their holiday collection! I saw this in Mac Carnaby street and it was in stock but I just didn’t think at all to buy it! Then next thing I knew it was sold out everywhere. Even when I went to Rome I tried Stanstead airport and the 2 MACs in Rome but still had NO luck. I just kept refreshing the website twice a day everyday to see when it would come back in stock. I managed to grab it straight away! I haven’t even tried it yet as I’ve been waiting for a day to do a full face of glam. But for £29 you get a highlight and blush compact and I think that’s pretty well priced.


I saw they had a new lipstick called ‘Strip Me Down’ and both my friend and me thought it was to match stripdown the lip liner so I bought it to make my shopping basket £40 so I could get a free liquid liner. It’s deffo a lot warmer than stripdown it’s kind of simailr to Twig too. I’m not sure how to describe it really.


So free with my order I got 2 free mascara samples and a full size black liquid liner. I remember this eyeliner being amazing so I can’t wait to use it!

So that’s pretty much my payday beauty treats 💋

#HAUL – PAYDAY PURCHASES

I did a big Beauty Bay order when I got paid and it was the best order I’ve ever place. I also bought some bits from Beauty Mart and believe it or not, Amazon too.

Let’s start with the Makeup Geek shadows as I just don’t understand why it took me so long to try Makeup Geek?! These shadows are just tooooo good I can’t get over how good they are. I bought Beaches & Cream, Peach Smoothie, Coco Bear, Frappe, Peach Melba, Cherry Cola and 2 foiled ones which I can’t remember but you can see on the photo. I bought a Morphe palette to pop them in just cause I preferred this to the Z Palettes. The shadows are just so pigmented its crazy, if these were £15 a piece I would still fully justify buying them. The foiled ones are incredible. I usually spray Mac Fix+ onto my brush first but for these you don’t even need to do that. I’m 100% buying more next payday.

Bought from Beauty Bay here

Okay so I bought another morphe palette, I probably didn’t need it but I did. I really think everyone should own at least one morphe palette as there such amazing value. I went for the 35K as I needed a really smokey palette and this was a perf alternative to the Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette. Once again the pigment just exceeds itself and the foiled shadows are in a league of their own. The empty palette is also perfect for pan eyeshadows, my Makeup Geek shadows fit in perfectly.

Bought from Beauty Bay here and the empty palette here.

Milani blush was next on my list as I saw these in a Jaclyn Hill video waaaay back. I couldn’t decide what shade to do so I went for romantic rose as it was vegan even though I’m not vegan lol. I was just curious to see how vegan make up was as I’ve never used it knowingly! Such a gorgeous everyday blush which goes on well, I think I’m going to buy more of these as you get so much product for your money.

Bought from Beauty Bay here. 

I added a Gerad Cosmetics lippy to my basket and I’m unsure why, I think I was just going CRAY cause it’s cheap and I thought I was Jaclyn Hill. It’s nice but nothing major.

Bought from Beauty Bay here.

I HAD to try the EX1 foundation as people are going so mad for it I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I bought it in shades 100 and 300 as I tan a lot so needed to vary and mix up my shade when needed. However I wish I got 200 and 100 as 300 is actually really dark, well darker than I expected. EX1 is based around olive skin tones and the Arab women love it. But it just really reminds me of MAC Studio Fix Fluid, but for half the price. It has good days and bad days, if you know then you know. The texture is pretty similar too. I’ll still reach for it on my days off work but I do think the Too Faced Born This Way has my heart.

Bought from BeautyMart here.


I’m starting to get into the Korean skincare hype. BeautyMart were selling the TONY MOLY face masks and I was just intrigued by the randomness of the ingredients, like red wine face mask???? But for £6 a shot I was like nah. I found them on amazon, yes Amazon, for £11 for 11 masks (basically the whole set). So I popped them in my basket. I haven’t tried all of them yet but I don’t think I like them more than the Sephora ones. The pore control broke me out into really bad acne again, which some things do then it clears up but a week later and the spots aren’t shifting. However he radiance ones are nice. Cute for a pamper night.

Bought from Amazon here.

#HAUL – PAYDAY PURCHASES


PAYDAY PAYDAY PAYDAY! It was a 5 week month and it was a struggle, but I did have a lil help from my student loan obvs. Usually on payday I go hard and then by Monday I’m completely broke again, but I was good this time round. I just bought some treats from Topshop.


Topshop Highlight in Crescent Moon

You know the amazing holy saviour glow pot from Topshop? Well this is it but now in powder form! YES BISHES. Super excited to try this. Also, glow pot is sold out (not discontinued according to some bloggers), it’s back in stock later this month. I work better with powders than I do creams so I was super excited when I saw this. If you LOVE highlight then this will look gorgeous when used with the glow pot.

 

 

 

 

DHC Moisture Strips

These are one of my favourite skincare products of all time. They went out of stock for about 3 months and when they came back in stock the other day I stocked up and bought 3 boxes so I never have to go without them again. When I was suffering withdraw symptoms from these, I used Sephroa eye masks which are also amazing. I prefer the DHC ones because they contain aloe vera and soy.

I suffer from eczema under my eyes when I’m stressed, but whenever I feel like my eyes are going a bit dry I pop one of these on overnight and in the morning my eyes are moisturised and the signs of eczema are gone.

Topshop Brow Gel

FINALLY! This product is just slightly over due. I’ve used Maybelline Brow Drama for about 2 years now and swear by it. When this came out I was so eager to try it, it comes in 2 shades and I went for the darker shade as I have dark statement brows and the lighter shade wouldn’t do much for them. Only thing I’m a bit unsure about is the brush size, it’s so small for my big brows!

 

 

 

Topshop Lip Contour Lip Liners

I don’t really know where to start with these really. They’re just the absolute shit. One thing that annoys me is that they’re called lip contour, like no let’s not complicate our contouring routine Im still trying to get my head around my cheekbones let alone lips. These are lip LINERS. Comparing them to MAC as per, they’re basically the cream stick liner, same texture, same mechanical pencil and same (if not better) pigment. But only priced at £6.50, amazing.

 

 

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetThey come in 2 shades, Frame and Outline. Frame is the darker one out of the two, similar to Whirl/Spice/Deverish lip liners by MAC and Outline is on the same level as Honey Love… if it was to be a lip liner. Frame is also very very similar to Candy K from Kylie Jenner. Such a good dupe. Click here to read my review on the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit.

From top to bottom: 

Koko K – Kylie Jenner, Frame – Topshop, Outline – Topshop and Candy K- Kylie Jenner.

 

 

#HAUL – SEPHORA

IMG_0342.JPG

I recently went to Gran Canaria (blog post to follow) and OBVI finding Sephora was at the top of my list. Here’s the d-low on my purchases:

Sephora Blurring Effect Primer: This primer is SO good, I was never a believer in primers until I started using this. It smooths out the skin and creates an even surface. It’s perfect for those with spots or acne.

Sephora 12 Hour Eye Primer:  I bought this because I was desperate for a new eye primer and didn’t want to splurge on Urban Decay. It does the job, it’s no Urban Decay though.

Sephora Creamy Concealer: Intrigued by the wand as it’s the same style as the Urban Decay Naked concealer. A good dupe.

Sephora Lip Liners: I double up on these whenever I purchase because they’re so small. They’re so creamy and easy to blend with so many lipsticks. If you like MAC lip liners which are a bit more hard and pencil like, then avoid these.

Sephora Pomegranate Face Mask: These masks are like sheets which you place over your face for approx 15 minutes. They’re so great if your skin needs a quick refresh before applying make up or going to bed.

Sephora Pomegranate Eye Mask: I get really dry skin around my eyes which if left untreated leads to horrific eczema. When I see the symptoms coming, I use one of these for approx 20 minutes to refresh and moisturise my eyes. Works a treat.

Sleek Contour Duo (Light & Dark): Tbh I probably could of just bought these in the UK. Gorgeous colours for a mix of skin tones. You can use these as blushers, bronzers, contour powders, eyeshadows and highlighters. I need to purchase the Medium palette.

Marc Jacobs The Face 3: Right, I am 100% not the type of person to spend £37 on a foundation brush. Full review on this to follow…

Two Faced Melted Chocolate Liquid Lipstick: I bought one of these a few months back and love it. They’re really good at moisturising my lips too! They smell amazing, the chocolate ones legit smell of chocolate too. The applicator gets a bit rank after a while though. I think when these first came out they were great, but the formula could do with improving to help keep up with competitors.

Sephora Illuminating Foundation: I think I just need to dedicate a whole blog post to this foundation. It’s amazing. Fully rate it.

Sephora Colour Correct Highlighting Pen: Bit average, didn’t really need this tbh. I was just intrigued.

Sephora Lipstick: This is the third time I’ve gone into Sephora and bought the same shade of lipstick by accident. This shade (I think is called ingenious) is a great dupe of my fave MAC Viva Glam 2.