Tuesday, 13 January 2015

First Impressions #1

I'm extremely guilty of buying makeup in large quantities, putting it away nicely (or leaving it lying around in carrier bags...shhh) and then forgetting about it as I've bought even more stuff. Seeing as I need to save a rather large amount of money this year, I'm going to get round to actually trying more products!

I meant to write this blog post back in November but I never got round to it so I thought rather than waste the photos, I may as well do it now. So this was the first time I used these products but I have used some of them since.

I'd been desperate to try the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation for ages so I bought it in one of my many Sephora hauls. I don't know why it took me so long to try it though! This is a very light feeling foundation so it is very comfortable to wear. After a few rubs, it's completely dry so you have to work quite fast with this one and if you have dry skin like me, you need to spend a bit of time preparing the skin with moisturisers and primers first. You can get a medium to full coverage look with this but bear in mind that when my photos were taken, I had some really bad, big blemishes on my chin so this doesn't cover them completely. It covers flat blemishes and redness well though. I bought the lightest shade Ivory but it looks quite yellow and dark in my photos. It didn't look like this in person so not sure what's going on there. I'm going to have to try this in proper daylight next time I think!

After hearing so many rave reviews of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar, I thought I may as well try it! I went for the shade Misty Rock, a gorgeous cool toned, pale, pinky-purple shade with silver shimmer running through it. I really like this as the stick format is really easy to use and the product is very smooth and applies very well to the skin. It's extremely pigmented and I find this product to be very long-lasting too. I love wearing this on a night out.

When I tried the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara for this makeup look, I fell in love straight away and it ended up in my December Favourites. The fibre brush on first inspection didn't look like it was going to do much but then I realised it is packed with bristles all the way round so it's a fantastic all-rounder at volumising, separating, lengthening and curling the lashes. This really opens up the eyes when you use it and the brush even grabs all of the tiny hairs.

I've mentioned before on my blog that I haven't quite got the hang of doing eyebrows yet. I mostly go for the clear brow gel look! When I spotted the Tarte Amazonian Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel, I really liked the look of the brush as it's super tiny. This means you are able to really build up the definition slowly and go for a softer look if you're not used to doing bold brows! The shade Taupe seems to be a good match for my hair colour too.

A bit of a random purchase from one of my Sephora hauls was the Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken. The packaging of this is very luxe and even comes in its own little pouch. I was attracted to this blush as I really like the lilac toned pink shade. Disappointingly, the blush is not very pigmented so it takes a lot of work to get the product on your face. I would say this is good if you are going for a subtle wash of colour on your face or if you have more time to build up the colour. I do still like it though but the pigmentation is something to consider when buying it. Especially if you have a darker skintone than me as it might not even show up.

I decided a darker berry lip would go nicely with the purple tones I'd used for my eye and cheek makeup so I picked the Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Menace. This is a sample size from a Sephora value set. I really like this lipstick as it's super pigmented and has a glossy look to it. It feels very hydrating on the lips too. 

I realise this was a very American product heavy post so I will definitely include more products that are easily accessible in the UK next time!

Do you like the look of the products I've used in this post?
Let me know if you own any of them and what your thoughts are :)


  1. I really what to try the tarte foundation! Do you think it would be good for my oily skin?

  2. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes is my favourite mascara. It really is amazing! This look really suits you.

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  3. I'm the exact same with makeup, I raid boots and then forget about it. That lipstick is gorgeous and you're right about it being super pigmented.xx lashingsofmascaraon.blogspot.ie

  4. Oh wow that lip colour! Looks awesome on you.
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  5. Oh I hear you on the constant buying never using, they products look great on you but what a shame about the blush, you'd expect marc jacobs to have excellent pigmentation for the price!

  6. I do love that tarte foundation I do own, but never tried this one. I know everyone raves about it!

  7. Have you tried the KIKO shadow sticks which are a dupe for the By Terry? So affordable x


  8. That buxom lipstick is stunning against your skin tone! I love how dark it is in the tube, but so much more red-er on the lips! Beautiful.
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  9. Great first impression! I'd love to try the Tarte foundation and the By Terry sticks - though apparently KIKO do a good dupe xx

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  10. I really want to try the Charlotte Tilbury Mascara, sounds amazing. x

  11. that Buxom shade looks incredible on you! All of these products look amazing, would love to try the Tarte foundation x



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