Huge Beauty Haul + Speedy First Impressions


Hey peeps!

You know me by know, as soon as I arrived in Manchester I was lusting over all these beauty products that I don't have in Belgium and I just had to have everything!

I did make a list in advance and I still have lots on that list that I haven't bought yet, but I started out with the drugstore stuff so I can spend the big money a bit later on in my Manchester journey.

So most of this stuff is high street, with the exception of one product. Let's dive in, shall we?

Oh, PS: I'm not going to swatch anything in this post as it would be way too long. I'm sure these products will pop up on my blog in the next few months and I might do a few reviews in the future.

Did I need more eyeshadows? Definitely not. Nonetheless I picked up two new eyeshadow palettes from the drugstore. Luckily they were not too expensive. I've heard a lot of good things about the Make Up Revolution Ultra Eyeshadows palette so I decided to pick up the most neutral one that had a good mix of mattes and shimmers in there, called Affirmation. I was debating on getting the all-mattes one, but I wanted to see how the quality of them is in this palette first. So far I've only dabbed my fingers in a few shades, but I'm very impressed. They are not as pigmented as most of my high end eyeshadows, but they are very soft to the touch and definitely buildable. Can't wait to start using this one properly!

Another eyeshadow palette I picked up is the Collection #YourStyleYourMood palette. This again has a good mix of colours which I'm very excited to try out. On first impressions they feel quite chalky and not that pigmented, but I guess for the price I could have expected that. We'll see how much I can build these up on my actual lid, but I really love the colour selection and I reckon this is a great everyday palette.

Then we have some cheeky bits (get it? CHEEKy? ...), also from Collection and MUR. The Collection #BlushAndGlow palette seemed like such a great budget cheek palette and I couldn't leave Boots without one. I've heard good things about it and the bronzer doesn't seem too orange on first glance. I love how it's not too pigmented so I can easily build it up to my likings, the highlighter seems like a perfect everyday soft glow and the blushes are actually quite pigmented, so I guess this will be a win!

Last one on this picture is the Make Up Revolution Highlight palette. I think I meant to pick up the Beyond Radiance palette (which I think is supposed to be a dupe for the Hourglass powder palette), that was out as an actual tester in Superdrug, but it was laying with the highlight palette and they looked so similar and I didn't realise until I had ripped open the cardboard box and swatched the powders. Oh well, I guess this one will do as well. The highlighter shades look stunning. The last one in the palette looks way too pale and cool toned for me but we'll see how I can make that work. It might turn out as a great inner corner highlight, who knows.

Of course I had to check out the Soap&Glory displays, as this was the first time I had actually SEEN these products in real life. As I'm so in love with the Solar Powder, I decided to pick up the Glow All Out highlighter and the One Heck Of a Blot setting powder as well (they were on offer in Boots, buy one get one half price, so I couldn't leave them behind, you know.) Both seem like very decent products; the highlighter is, again, a very subtle one with a pink undertone, which is something I didn't already have in my collection. It reminds me of the Cindy-Lou Manizer from The Balm, but that one is actually way more pigmented and looks more like a blush than this one does. The powder seems pretty great as well and I can't wait to start using it after I finish my Rimmel Stay Matte. I think this one if a bit more lightweight than the Rimmel one, which is a good thing, of course.

The only high-end thing I've picked up so far is the Too Faced Born This Way foundation. I actually didn't plan on buying this, but I went to Debenhams and got the news that they don't stock Make Up Forever in the Manchester store, which made me so sad! I wanted to try out the HD foundation and concealer, but to hold back my tears I picked up this one instead. The one I went for is the shade Nude. They didn't have the lighter one so I couldn't try that one out and the lightest one they had was way too yellow. Of course I tried to colour match myself in store and of course the lighting sucks and of course the shade I picked up is way too dark, but the undertone is spot on, which is great. This means I can easily mix in my Lightening Drops from The Body Shop and they actually work really well together. The foundation needs a minute to settle in, I've noticed. I hated it at first application but throughout the day it looked amazing! So far so good, I think this one will look great when I'm a bit more tanned, until then I'll just mix in my lightening drops & we're good to go.

l'Oréal was on a 3 for 2 and I couldn't resist picking up loads of stuff that I kind of regret right now. I picked up the Infallible Mattifying  Base, which feels very similar to my Smashbox Photo Finish primer. I'm sure I will get on with this one very well. The Infallible Fixing Mist on the other hand, is something else. The first time I used it I might not have shaken it up too well, but when I sprayed it, it left actual white spots on my face. Not a good look! I tried it a couple more times but I just don't like the finish of this one. On me, it leaves a chalky, powdery layer and doesn't feel all that comfortable either. I'm going to try it a few more times but if I don't like it, I might pass it on to someone that does. 

The third item I picked up in the 3 for 2 was the Infallible Sculpt cream contour palette. I'm not sure if it's the actual product that I don't get on with, or if it's the concept of cream contour in general that I don't yet fully understand. I think I prefer powders a bit more anyways, but the colour of the contour shade seems great and I will definitely try to make that work. I don't understand the matte highlight shade, that doesn't have any coverage at all. You would at least think if it's matte, I could use it like a sort of concealer under my eyes. I wish this would have been a bit of a shimmery one so I could use it as an actual highlighter, but oh well.

I went back to the l'Oréal counter after a week because I couldn't stop thinking about the Grey Super Liner Pefect Slim felt tip liner. You all know how much I love my original black one and I love the coloured ones a lot as well. I never came across this grey one though and I'm absolutely obsessed with it - although I haven't actually worn it yet. I wish the brown one wasn't such a poopy-brown colour, otherwise I would have definitely picked that one up as well. I guess you can't have everything, right?

From Maybelline I picked up one of the famous ColorDrama Lip Pencils (which for some reason had a different packaging to the standard black-with-white-letters one) in the shade 630 Nude Perfection. Of course it's a browny nude shade and of course it's matte. What did you expect? It's me we're talking about! I've been wearing this a few times since I picked it up and I'm totally obsessed with it! It's actually quite similar to Mac Velvet Teddy to be fair, so if you're looking for a dupe to that one, do check out this lip pencil!

Last but not least I finally got my hands on the Rimmel Kate lipstick in the shade 38. The most raved about peachy pinky drugstore lipstick in the entire beauty blogging worlds is finally mine! I have nothing like this in my collection and I can't wait to wear it everyday in Spring.

Then all that's left (haha) are some bits from Nyx and a pair of falsies. I managed to get my hands in the Nyx HD Studio Finishing Powder, which is my first translucent loose powder I've ever tried. I'm kind of on the fence about this, I'm not sure if it's worth the mess I make everytime I use it. It's just as good as any powder I own in my opinion, but it does feel very lightweight and it seems to set my under eye concealer just as good as all my powders. I really hate loose powders though, but maybe I'll try the baking thing one day, and that's where this one might come in handy.

My Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is on it's last legs and I desperately needed a new brow pencil. On a whim I picked up the Nyx Micro Brow Pencil in the shade Chocolate. This one would have looked great on me if my hair would still be darker. I found a great shade in the Auto Eyebrow pencil, but that one has a thicker end. For some reason they don't do a taupey shade like that in this collection (why???) so I picked up one that looked okay when I applied it in store. I can make it work if I use a light hand, luckily, but I might pick up that other one in the future (or just go back to the Anastasia one whenever I can get my hands on it).

The Nyx Matte Finish Setting Spray is a repurchase. My other one is running out and I wanted to get a back up. I really love this one a lot and it works so well with my skin. Big thumbs up, way to do setting sprays, Nyx! l'Oréal could learn a thing or two.

To end on a high note, I picked up my first pair of false lashes! Hooray! I had heard so many good things about the Eyelure x FleurDeForce Fleur Loves lashes that I couldn't resist. I haven't worn them yet but I'm excited to play around with them. They are 3/4 length and they seem to fit my eyes perfectly.

I did pick up some H&M Beauty products after taking these photos as well, so if you want to check them out, head over to my instagram.

If you made it to this point, congratulations! I will definitely do another haul next month 'cause I'm sure I'll have loads of new high end stuff by that time. Who's excited? *me*.

Let me know what your favourite product is in this huge haul! Anything else I should definitely pick up while I'm in the UK?

Lots of love,


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