The Birthday Beauty Haul!…

Hi Guys!

So as my birthday was last week and I treated myself to a lot of presents (who doesn’t!) as well as being very lucky to have received a couple of beauty products from friends and family, so I have decided to do a haul post!

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From the photo above, you can see I did go a little bit crazy… but we are all allowed to occasionally, right? This haul would technically include all of my recent Bare Minerals purchases too, however, as I have already done a post on those I decided not to include them, but you can check out my post on them here.

Anyway, the first place I went was The Body Shop. Here I decided to get a couple of make-up items, and picked up my £5 birthday gift (thanks to The Body Shop Rewards Card).

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I have been really wanting to try out a bronzer as I haven’t used one before. I did get one with the Bare Minerals set, but it seems very dark, so I want to start off with something more subtle. Cue the Body Shop Honey Bronzer. I got this is the shade 02: fair matte. It is a subtle, light shade that isn’t too orange, it is also completely matte which makes it much more wearable in my opinion.

I also saw the Brush on Radiance beads and couldn’t resist how pretty they looked so I decided to get those too. There are 3 shades of shimmery beads; pink, peach and yellow-gold which create a really pretty golden shimmer. There were a couple of offers on at The Body Shop at the time, “buy one get one half price” and “£20 off when you spend £40”. It worked out cheaper for me to get more products and use the latter than to use the former with the two above products. So I decided to get the Smoky Poppy Blush Brush. I do think that this is overpriced at £16, but with the deal I couldn’t resist how pretty it was. Finally, I was able to collect my £5 birthday gift. For this I chose the Eyelash curlers. If you read my previous post here, you will know that I have been unsure about trying some, however, as these were free, I decided to get them. I have only noticed a slight difference really, but it is enough for them to become a regular product in my everyday makeup bag.

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Over a few days I picked up several nail products. First I got Barry M Matte Nail Paint in both “Rossili” a bright pink, and “Cancun” a bright turquoise shade. I also got the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in “Chai”. I haven’t tried any of these yet as I had a gel maincure, but I love the colours and I will do a post on these once I have had a chance to try them out. I also got the Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Hardener and Diamond Strength Diamond Shine Base and Top Coat. I love the hardener, I have used it a few times and my nails are both looking and feeling better. I have also tried the base & top coat, but I haven’t formed an opinion on it yet, although it does take longer to dry than I would like. The final nail product I got was the Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer in 104: Noite De Gal. I got this because it matched the colour of my gel nails and these started to chip and peel so I used this to touch the gel nails up, it wasn’t amazing, but it was good enough.

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On to lipsticks! I feel as though I am a bit late to the party here, but I am finally trying the Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipsticks! I decided to get 2 matte in shades 107 and 111 as well as 1 of the Lasting Finish Lipsticks in shade 37. I am really annoyed though, because I dropped the latter and it has broken, I will still try to use it with a brush though I haven’t done so yet, as I am still to try all three of these.

I was also lucky, like many bloggers were recently, to have been able to claim a free sample of the Burberry Kisses Hydrating Lip Colour in Shade No.85 Sepia. I am not going to say much about this as I intend to do a full post but I have to say I am already loving it. The photo below is one I posted on Instagram of me wearing it.


The last lipstick, I received as a birthday present from a very good friend of mine. It is the MAC Satin Lipstick in Brave. You may remember my spring wishlist post in which I declared how much I was lusting after this lipstick and I have to say it does not disappoint! I have worn it every day since my birthday and it is the perfect pink nude for me. I love it so much and it has definitely set me off on a path towards MAC as this is my first product from them, but certainly not the last!

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I said it wasn’t the last… as you can see from the photo, I could not stay away from MAC after how amazing Brave was, so I decided to start my own MAC quad palette. Initially, I got the palette alongside the shade on the right; Sable. This is a really pretty warm brown shimmer shade which I have been enjoying using through the crease.

I then learnt about the House of Fraser Beauty Confidential event… when you buy one of their selected products and another beauty product, you get £10 off. The naked 3 palette is another product I have been lusting after for a long time and as it was one of the selected products, how could I say no? I haven’t used this yet as it only arrived today, plus it just looks so beautiful!

The other beauty product I got for the offer was my second MAC eyeshadow; Expensive Pink. This is a really pretty, peach-pink shade with gold shimmer that I swatched and just could not resist!

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The next two products I received from another very close friend for my birthday. I was given this lovely two sided travel mirror with a stand, one side is a regular mirror and the other, 5x magnification. I have been wanting a mirror like this for a while, the magnified side will be perfect for eyebrow grooming and it will be very useful when I am camping for the Shell Eco-Marathon in May. It is a really good size for use when applying makeup and the stand means that there is no awkward trying to hold it during application. The other product was a Tangle Teezer. All I have to say about this is… Why haven’t I used one of these before!?! It is incredible, there is still a little bit of tugging but nowhere near as bad as with my other hair brushes. I also feel as though, instead of ripping through the knots and tangles, this does help to untangle. This is a new staple to my collection and I am trying to justify the cost of the travel version with the cover for in my bag.

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Continuing with new staple products… the last item in this haul is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I got this recently in the hope that it would remove my gel eyeliner as my previous eye make-up remover just didn’t cut it. This definitely does a much better job, however it doesn’t quite remove the liner completely, I will therefore also try the Garnier 2-in-1 Eye Make-up remover soon. This has still reached my staple collection though because I like having a full face make-up remover to use before I use my main cleanser, I just feel as though my face is full cleansed and all of my make-up is properly removed.

So there we have it! A very large haul, I think I need to cut back on the beauty purchases for a while…

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post, please let me know your opinions of these products below.

Thanks for Reading! 🙂

~ The Mechanic  x

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12 thoughts on “The Birthday Beauty Haul!…

  1. So many goodies! I haven’t tried the Body Shop bronzer yet, but everyone seems to rave about it. I will have to pick one up at some point. Brave is another I haven’t tried yet but is on my radar. Hope you had a wonderful birthday x

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