Despite saying that I need to start saving money, I have brought myself a few more things recently. Can I still justify them as birthday presents to myself? I think spring is one of the worst times for me saving money because I try and do that…
Anyway, I thought I would compile my purchases of the past couple of weeks into a haul/first impressions post! As I have had some of these for a couple of weeks now I don’t have all of the packaging anymore, it seems to have gone walk abouts.
I wrote a blog post about this a couple of years ago and my opinion still stands, I love it as much now as I did then! I strayed away from it for a while as this is definitely for light coverage and for a long time my skin wasn’t at it’s best so I started choosing heavier coverage foundations. Now my skin is looking the best it has in years, I decided to try it out again. I used up the last of an older tube and straight away went to repurchase. This is perfect or a dewy summer glow and recently I have most liked applying this with my Real Techniques Miracle Blending sponge as it gives a flawless, non-streaky finish.
I was browsing BareMinerals anyway,so I decided to have a look at the skincare range as I haven’t tried anything from it before. I love the look of a lot of products but the main thing I am not happy about with my skincare routine is that my skin can feel a bit dry even after I have moisturised in the evenings so I want to try adding a serum or oil. Talking to the lovely lady in Leeds, she recommended I try these two. I have had a sample of Skinlongevity before and I felt like that aggravated the dryness instead of helping. I will try this again but I haven’t got high hopes for it working for me.
The Eternalixir on the other hand is something I’m excited about. The lady in BareMinerals tried it on my hand in store and it felt so soft and exactly what I was looking for. I have tried it twice now as part of my evening routine and I so far it feels good, hasn’t caused any problems with my eczema and has left my face feeling good all night. Fingers crossed it continues for the rest of the sample and I may have to get myself the bottle!
At the start of March I had a bad eczema flare up that left the skin under my left eye very puffy and it hasn’t gone away a month and a half later, even after the eczema cleared up. Last time this happened I got myself a rich eye cream to try and help it which it definitely did so, I am trying that again. With the dark circles under my eyes also being quite prominent at the moment I decided to get this Mega-Bright Eye cream from Origins. I tried a sample of this in the past and it was very moisturising and did seem to help the dark circles over time so it seemed like a good fit. I do think the puffiness is gradually going down and my makeup is sitting better – probably from the area being better moisturised – however I think, if I had chosen a richer cream like Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Cream (blog post here) the puffiness may have gone down quicker. In an ideal world I would use both, Origins in the Morning and Kiehl’s in the evening but sadly I can’t afford that right now, Maybe one day!
This is another new addition to my skincare routine. I started off with a sample and loved the result so I went and got myself the full size. A small dab of this on spots, especially those with broken skin, does a lot to speed up the healing process and reduce the inflammation, making them a lot less detectable and they disappear a lot quicker. On top of this there are fewer marks left when the spot clears up. Win win!
I don’t like using this in the morning as it doesn’t sit very well under makeup but before bed it works wonders and my skin looks brilliant the next day.
The Body Shop
As you can probably tell I have had a bit of a skincare overhaul recently and this was an addition at the end of February. I am including it now though because I have only just started using it properly. I tried this when I got it and my skin went crazy with eczema so I put it to the side until my skin calmed down, I tried a couple of other products around the same time and evidently something didn’t agree, I have worked out that it seemed to be something else which caused the problem so it’s time to try this out again. The consistency of this is very watery and I think it would feel drying on my skin if I didn’t moisturise heavily before applying it but with doing this it is working well and doesn’t appear to be affecting my eczema like most sun protection I have tried. I feel a lot happier knowing I now have a reliable covering of SPF 50 on my face each morning so I am very glad I got this.
I now have a blended ombre effect going on with my hair where the ends are blonde. I considered lightening all my hair but I can’t afford the upkeep when I go back to university in September so this was the best option for me. As my hair was a brown shade, I decided to get some purple shampoo and conditioner to stop the dyed blonde areas turning brassy and looking ginger. I don’t have anything else to compare this to but it seems to be ok and my hair still looks good. It’s not something I would rave about but I also know that my hair isn’t the ideal target for it so it may just be because of that.
Boots had an offer of 3 for £15 on Lee Stafford products so I got this as well. I am a big fan of texturizing sprays but the feeling left in my hair isn’t great and I don’t like it all the time. I’m hoping this may be a bit lighter and still give me an effect that I’m happy with. After one use, it does seem to be having the desired effect so I am happy with it at the moment. I’m a bit fickle with my hair products though!
I was previously using the L’Oreal Studio Pro Boost It hairspray but it left my hair feeling too crispy to just hold in some curls so I wanted to try something else (see fickle!). I have heard a lot of good reviews about this Urban Fudge Hairspray so I wanted to try it out and I must say, the raspberry and vanilla scent was the tipping point that made me buy this, fingers crossed my hair holds well with it too!
Bloggers made me do it! This is one of those products that I have seen over and over again on blogs and I have swatched many times in Debenhams but I just haven’t felt like I could justify spending £20 on it, turns out I could justify £13.50 as it was on sale for this on FeelUnique. I don’t have any high end highlighters and all of my high street ones feel too much like they have chunky glitter. The Balm Mary-Lou is the perfect option for me right now, it gives a beautiful glow without looking glittery because it is so finely milled. So far I am absolutely loving this for my special occasion makeup and I don’t think that will change any time soon!
I mentioned in a past post that I am considering doing a “first attempt” series where I try beauty trends and products that I haven’t ever used before, to kick start that I want to try contouring which is a whole new concept for me. I decided to get the Topshop contour wand in the lightest shade, shapes, because it seemed to be very blendable and easy to work with. So far from hand swatches it definitely seems to be this way and it can be worked to the most desirable strength so I won’t be throwing myself in the deep end with this one!
So those are all of the products I have treated myself to recently, I will be using these over the next few months and if my opinion of any changes at all, look out for full reviews! If there are any products that I have mentioned briefly in any of my hauls that you want to hear more about, just let me know and I will get it written for you!
Thanks for reading,