Sunday, 20 March 2016

Massive Space.NK Haul

If you've read my posts from the last few months, you'll know I was cutting back on my spending and actually doing quite well. Then March happened and somehow I went rather crazy, starting with my Beauty Bay haul...

Space.NK then had a goody bag offer that I can never resist so I ended up buying half of the shop. This time I haven't included what was in the goody bag since it's not actually available anymore. I'm just going to get straight into the products I bought. I hope you like NARS because there's a lot!

Technically this is a four part haul as I placed one online order and did an in-store shop too. But that is only two parts, is it not? No! Because my online order got split into three parts, one of the items hasn't even arrived yet! Stupid new website saying things were in stock and then in the (long) space of time between order and dispatch, they went out of stock. There are so many complaints I have about the new website. I even put them into an email to try and help Space.NK improve the website as I'm a software tester and thought this might help. But no, they brushed off my comments and gave me incorrect/made up information. Thanks guys! Anyway, rant over...on to the good stuff!

I don't buy haircare that often but I'd been fancying the Bumble and Bumble Don't Blow It Hair Styler (£23 at Space.NK) for ages. It's a leave-in cream that you use when you are letting your hair dry naturally and it's supposed to give a blow dried effect. I'm really looking forward to trying this as I air-dry my hair during the week and only blow-dry it at weekends.

I was in need of a new face cleanser and wanted to try something new. The rather expensive, Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm (£46 at Space.NK) caught my eye so I decided to get it. I love balm cleansers and this will be the most expensive one I've ever tried so I hope it's good!

I have a few By Terry Ombre Blackstars (£29 at Space.NK) and they are the best eyeshadow sticks I've ever tried. I love the shades I have and have been wanting to expand my collection so I bought one of the two Spring 2016 collection shades, Nude Milky Way. It's a pale gold that will hopefully be nice on it's own as well as used under a powder shadow to intensify it.

I used to own the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia (£31 at Space.NK) but couldn't quite get it to work with my dry skin so I sold it in a blog sale. I did really like it on good skin days and the shade is perfect for my skin tone so now that I've really upped my dry skin primer game, I reckon I could make it work so I'm going to give it another go!

The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (£20 at Space.NK) are extremely popular amongst bloggers however I only ever see them in darker or bolder shades, so when I saw the nude shade, Bettina, I thought it might be a good one to try.

I started seeing the NARS NARSissist L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour Eyeshadow Palette (£55 at on a few blogs and it really interested me. Then I saw it in the Newcastle Space.NK store and swatched it. I didn't buy it with it being so expensive but I kept thinking about it and I remembered how much I wish I'd bought the limited edition NARSissist palette a few years ago. Annoyingly, this isn't on the Space.NK website (one of the many things I informed Space.NK about in my email. They are clearly missing out on sales by missing things off their website that they have in-store but don't get me started again...), but I picked it up during my in-store part of the haul. I haven't touched it for over a week until I took these photos so I'm excited to get started on it now! I love all of the neutral shades which will be great for every day wear and then there are some unique shades I wouldn't normally have chosen that I'm looking forward to experimenting with.

When NARS launched their Velvet Skin Tint (£30 at Space.NK) last month, I was interested but because it shares the same shades as the tinted moisturiser line, I wasn't convinced their lightest shade Terre-Neuve would be light enough for my skin tone. Fast-forward a few weeks, when I saw they had The Modern Minimalist Collection (£60 at Space.NK) in my local Space.NK store and I was instantly sold! I decided to take the chance and try the Velvet Skin Tint after all. It looked good on Clare when I watched her first impressions video and she has a similar skin tone to me, so I thought why not?!

Also, who can resist getting a load of NARS minis?! I've always wanted to try the Orgasm blush and I've tried a sample of the Audacious mascara before and think it's fab. The mini lip pencil looks like a good shade, I love the hot pink lip gloss shade and I probably won't get too much use out of the eyeliner but it's a good one to try!

I've got a lot of playing to do with this makeup haven't I?!
Have you tried any of the products in my haul?

Carex Fun Editions

Keeping your hands clean and bacteria-free isn't the most exciting thing to do but it is essential! What if I told you I can make that process fun and enjoyable? I introduce to you all, the Carex Fun Editions range! The Bubble Gum, Strawberry Laces, Chocolate Orange and Cola Bottles hand washes have all been purchased in my household and if you didn't already know it, I don't have any kids. They are for my husband and I, two 30 year olds! We love them!

Carex saw one of my recent hauls on my instagram and offered to send me a few bits from the range so I've got them to talk about today.

I was sent the Bubblegum Hand Wash* and Hand Gel*, along with the Strawberry Laces Hand Wash* and Hand Gel*.  The hand washes are some of my favourite ever as not only do they smell amazing (Bubble Gum is my absolute favourite!), they leave your hands feeling clean but not stripped and dry.

I've also tried some of the hand gels before and I tend to use them at work if my hands start feeling a bit grubby throughout the day, in between washing my hands with water. They are such a joy to use as they leave your hands smelling delicious and people around me are always wondering what the nice smell is when I've used it. Well...they were asking that but now they know and they want in on the action too. Side note - I work with all men, so this isn't just a girly thing, men love it too!

As I mentioned earlier, I don't have kids but I can imagine these would be great for encouraging kids to wash their hands too as I know sometimes they can be hard to convince!

I always tend to pick these up when the range is on offer for about a pound each from the likes of Asda (link), Boots (link) or Superdrug (link).

Have you tried this range before? 
Which is your favourite?

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Massive Beauty Blog Sale!!!

If you're a fan of my blog sales, you need to check this new one out NOW! I actually think I've outdone myself, this one is massive!

Head to the blog sale here!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Beauty Bay Haul - Zoeva Brushes and Makeup Geek Eyeshadows (with swatches)

Let's just say, my 'shop less' approach that worked in January and February, has taken a rather large turn for the worse in March! This started with a massive splurge on (Space NK may have also stolen a large chunk of my money this month, but more about that another day...)

Despite owning more brushes that can be used on one face, I am always drooling over Zoeva brushes. I already own the Zoeva Rose Golden Vol 1 Brush Set (£56.95 at Beauty Bay) and I find the quality to be amazing. Not to mention how pretty the brushes are. Who can resist a bit of rose gold?! I've recently felt that I need more quality eye brushes so I thought it was a good time to finally buy the Zoeva Rose Golden Vol 2 Complete Eye Brush Set (£56.95 at Beauty Bay). There are so many choices in this kit for all of the eye looks you could dream of so I'm very much looking forward to trying these. Although it will be a shame to get them dirty as they are so beautiful!

Whilst looking at all of the amazing Zoeva brushes, the 129 Luxe Fan Brush (£9.50 at Beauty Bay) caught my eye. I've never tried a fan brush before but they seem really good for applying highlighter so in the basket it went!

On to the most expensive part of the haul and it's the Makeup Geek Eyeshadows! Beauty Bay have recently started stocking Makeup Geek products so us UK beauty lovers can finally get our hands on the eyeshadows without worrying about customs fees. I browse Beauty Bay every few days so it's been pretty hard not to buy them because I've wanted to try them for so long. Obviously I finally caved and decided to buy a Small Z-Palette (£8.95 at Beauty Bay) so I could start my collection with 9 shadows. 

As you can see from my organised palette, I've gone for nude/muted shades to begin with. There are so many vibrant colours in the Makeup Geek Eyeshadow range but since this palette cost me over £50, I thought it should contain colours I'm likely to wear on a daily basis! First impressions of these eyeshadows are that they are AMAZING! They are so pigmented and the shades I've chosen are beautiful. I went for 7 of the regular formula (£4.95 at Beauty Bay) and 2 of the foiled formula (£7.95 at Beauty Bay). As you can see, Mesmerized, one of the foiled shadows was already crumbled when I received it! Gutted! [Edit: Beauty Bay sent me a replacement with next day delivery so I now have a perfect palette! Thanks to Beauty Bay for the great service!] These eyeshadows are so soft and pick up so much product with a little dab of the brush, unlike MAC shadows which I find quite hard and stiff (don't laugh!). Because of how soft they are, I guess that means they are more susceptible to breakage. Which makes me think these may not be the best to travel with!

The shades I've gone for are:

Unexpected - matte, dusky rose
Twilight - shimmery, dusky rose with hints of purple
Prom Night - shimmery, cool toned taupe with a slight purple hint
Mesmerized - foiled, metallic brown with hints of purple
Barcelona Beach - matte, cool toned medium brown 
Shimma Shimma - shimmery, light gold
Starry Eyed - foiled, metallic champagne 
Homecoming - shimmery, brown with golden shimmer
Moondust - shimmery, cool toned silvery taupe 

I've done some swatches of all the shades however despite taking loads of photos and picking out the best of the bunch, I'm still not happy with the photo above. I don't feel like it really does the eyeshadows justice so please bear that in mind. All of the shadows are really pigmented and smooth. I couldn't get the lighting right for the swatches so they aren't as strong as I would have liked!

I'm so impressed with my first foray into Makeup Geek and I'm definitely tempted by more eyeshadows (hello, 28-pan palette!), their brushes, blushes and contour pans. Basically everything!

What do you think of my haul?
Got any Zoeva or Makeup Geek recommendations? 
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