Nothing beats a bit of retail therapy, especially when its the beauty buying kind. If you've been up to date with my most recent blog posts you may have seen rather large beauty wish list go up the other week (here) well a few days after that I headed to Milton Keynes with the bestie and decided to have a much needed splurge. As much as I love the comfort of online shopping, sometimes nothing beats a girly day out at the shops, especially when you can have lunch and a lengthly girly chat over a glass of wine when the shopping gets too much.
There were a few bits that I needed to get clothes wise, but when it comes down to beauty there were no rules and I decided to pick up whatever it was that I fancied. I still had a lot of gift vouchers that I hadn't used up from Christmas, so thought I would pick up some of the bits that I had been after for quite some time.
Smashbox Double Exposure Palette
I cannot express just how excited this palette makes me, as soon as I saw the Double Exposure Palette from Smashbox was released in the UK I just knew I had to have it and I wasn't prepared to wait around for it either. Most of you are probably aware by now that Smashbox has fast become one of my favourite high end brands, I'm yet to try a product that I dislike and am becoming somewhat Smashbox obsessed. I've not gotten around to trying this palette just yet - I've been waiting for a day off just so I can take pictures of it looking pristine for a review (yes the beauty blogger struggle is so real!).
I love the mixture of shades this palette has to offer, it has some lovely cool toned colours, some deep purples and some pretty natural shades too which makes it such a great all rounder. What really makes this palette exciting is that as soon as the shadows come into contact with water, it changes the eyeshadows, either making them metallic or deepening them in colour. So effectively you're getting 28 different shades to play around with, which is amazing! I just know I'm going to get a lot of use out of this palette and I can't wait to share my thoughts and feature this in a review.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
This heavenly scented Chocolate Bar Palette has been on my beauty wish list for the longest of time and I'm so pleased to add it to my collection. I know it may look as though I've gone a bit palette crazy, but you can never have too many shadows right? When it comes to eyeshadow, I reach for warm toned browns and neutral shades all the time, so this palette is perfect for me. I just think its such a beautiful looking palette.
I've been using this non stop since I picked it up and it's just so lovely to use. The shadows are really buttery, super pigmented and blend beautifully. I promise you that no one is exaggerating when they tell you how delicious this palette smells, its gorgeous and you do get those lovely warm chocolate/vanilla smells coming though as soon as you open the palette up. Again I can't wait to feature this in a full review for you all.
MAC Brave Lipstick
My love for nude lipsticks has become somewhat obsessive over the last few months, I've been wearing MAC Velvet Teddy non stop since I purchased it the other week - Another one of those Kylie Jenner nudes that had been on my wish list for sometime, but again another one of those lipsticks which had been permanently out of stock was Brave. When I was at the MAC counter in Debenhams I asked right away if they had it and to my luck there was only one left! I took this as one of those signs that meant I had to have this lipstick, and I'm so pleased I picked it up - I love it.
Brave is such a pretty pink/brown toned nude and just gives my lips a little more flush of colour than Velvet Teddy. I just love the finish to this lipstick, it's one of MAC's satin formulas so it's lovely and creamy on your lips without it being glossy. I honestly can't get enough of this lipstick, its gorgeous!
Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner
I am one of these girls who love winged liner, although be it I'm not brilliant at doing it. As soon as Benefit released 'They're Real Push Up Liner' I have to admit I wanted to give it ago, but refused to give into the hype right away. I don't know, something just doesn't sit to well with me paying a lot for an eyeliner, so I didn't give into temptation. It was actually my friend who had this in her makeup bag and after borrowing it on a few occasions, I saw sense and realised what all the fuss was about surrounding this eyeliner. Again it become one of those 'have to have' products.
I actually used my Boots points to purchase this which is always such a great feeling, don't you think? Or it says I spend way too much money in Boots! Anyhow I LOVE this eyeliner, it really is amazing. It just makes doing tricky cat flicks on the outer corners of my eyes each morning a breeze, and I love how smudge and fade proof this liner is, it really does stay black though out the whole day. I can't wait to feature this in a review for you all.
MUA Lush Lilac Nail Polish
Another obsession of mine recently has been lilac, I think I wore this shade a lot last summer and I guess I just can't wait for summer to come around again this year. I love wearing pastel colours on my nails and with it being February I'm so ready to ditch dark nails. I have a few lilac nail polishes in my collection, but have been wanting something a little bit lighter, a shade that almost looks a little white and this was the closest that I found.
I've never tried polishes from MUA before, but this one kind of reminds me of an Essie bottle, its really cute and I love the packaging. I've not tried this yet, so can't say on how well it applies or lasts on my nails, but for £1.00 I won't be complaining.
So that's everything in my beauty haul. I would love to know if you've got any of the products I've picked up and what you're thoughts are on them.
Lots of Love