Beauty Haul

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Hey peeps!

I've been trying not to buy too many beauty things as I'm 1) saving up for my trip to Manchester so I can pick up som things over there and 2) I'm saving up for a freaking place to live.

It's clearly not been working, so far.

Anyways :-)
These are the beauty bits I've recently picked up, some of which I've tested out quite a bit already so I can give you my first thoughts on them.





Kiko Green Me blush - Coral View - 02

I was in awe about this whole collection when I first spotted it. Honestly, I hope they're thinking of keeping this as a permanent addition to the standard range, as the concept behind it is so beautiful. I picked up two items, one of them being this gorgeous blush. It is quite pigmented, and coral which I adore, plus it has a gold shimmer running through it. It's perfect leading up to summer and I can't wait to start using it more.


Kiko Green Me brow pencil - 01 Blonde

I've never actually used a regular pencil that you have to sharpen on my brows. This is the first time trying it, and I must say the formula is very creamy so a lot of pigment comes off straight away. Although it's the lightest shade, I think it still looks quite dark on my brows, so I'm not sure if people with really light hair can get away with this pencil... but I personally love the shade for my brows. The spooley is a bit weird, though, I wish it was a bit rounded in shape, but I love that it's there nonetheless. It's not a bad pencil, but I just prefer the more skinny, twist-up brow pencils, as I can be much more precise with them and don't have to sharpen everytime I use it... But if you prefer brow pencils like these, I highly recommend you go and check these out.


l'Oréal True Match concealer - 2.R/C

Funnily enough, I can't find my shade in this concealer. I'm not sure if it doesn't exist, or they just don't stock it in Belgium (which wouldn't really surprise me tbh). I'm the shade 1.5N in the foundation, so I'm pretty sure this one won't really match me. It was the next one up to the lightest one (which looked so light I thought I wouldn't be able to get away with it) but I'm quite sure it will be too much of a red undertone to use on my spots. Maybe it will be good for underneath the eyes, though. I can't really give you an opinion on it yet, as I haven't started properly using it, but when I swatched it earlier on my hand, it seemed to dry down a bit darker than when first applied. Not a massive fan of concealers that oxidise... We'll see how it performs when I'm actually wearing it on my face soon.


l'Oréal Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick foundation - 120 Vanilla

I haven't tried a stick foundation before in my life, but they have been around for quite a while now. I thought I would start off with this new release to see if I get on with them, and then maybe I will go and pick up the Hourglass one after all. Again, I haven't really worn it all over the face yet, but I've used it to touch up my makeup a bit and the shade match is quite good for me. I'm excited to give this a proper go.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam eyeshadow palette

Little back story with this one: the first palette broke in the mail, and FeelUnique was kind enough to send a new one to me. I really didn't need this palette and the universe made it clear to me, but I've got it now anyways and I need to stop buying warm toned palettes RIGHT NOW. I do love this particular palette though, it has a few shades in there you wouldn't really expect in the whole colour palette (like the mauvey ones), and although it's overall a warm toned palette, some cooler toned shades can be found in here as well. I also love that there's a black in there! I don't use them too often anymore, but I used to in the past to mimick a black liner with it. I might start doing that again, now that I have this palette... Overall the quality is amazing, I do think that they are less chalky than the Subculture palette but they still have some kick up, especially the darker shades. The only thing though with this palette, is that there are 3 gold-ish shimmers in here. Alll three are different in undertone, but not different enough in my opinion. I would have loved if the shade "bronze" would be an actual bronze shimmery shade, or even a copper. It would have changed up the colour palette just a little bit more, and complemented the orange shades very well. Where the Urban Decay Naked Heat palete misses a gold shimmer shade like this, I think the ABH Soft Glam palette has one too many, where there could have been a more unique shade to the colour palette.

Also, if you read this and you think "there haven't been enough reviews on this palette" and you'd love to see an in-depth swatch party on my blog as well, let me know in the comments. I'm always late on the bandwagon with new releases and sometimes feel like there's no point in doing one myself, as so many people have done one already. But do let me know if you still think it would be fun to read on my blog as well!


Zoeva Strobe Gel - Eos

Onto the Zoeva haul then! This is one of my favourite products from that order, and the gel-like consistency is just so strange at first. It's like a jello pudding, that goes back to its shape after you've disrupted it by dipping your spunge/finger/brush in it. It works best for me with the Real Techniques setting brush, which I didn't really expect at first, but I've found a way to make it work. Depending on how you apply it, it's either blinding or very natural looking. I would'nt say it's buildable, but it definitely packs more punch when applied with a spunge or with your fingers. Strangely enough though, it doesn't seem to blend as well as it does with the setting brush, so I just really only use it with the setting brush and use it as a really natural highlighter on the daily. I love the peachy undertone of this shade, and the gold shimmer running through it. I love and hate that the pot is so big, I expected it to be as big as a cream eyeshadow pot, but it's a lot bigger actually. You get more product this way, but it's also quite bulky.... Still, the product inside is really good and I would love to get my hands on one of the other shades.


Zoeva Graphic Brow Set - Ammos

The brow pencil and the tinted brow gel are both sold separately, but also as a set. I thought I would try out both, and I must say the pencil is pretty good. The shade is just a tad too light but I can make it work for natural makeup looks. I'm not a massive fan of the brow gel, but that's just because I prefer a clear brow gel that actually sets my brows in place, not so much a tinted brow gel that's designed to give colour and not to set the brows down. Or maybe it is, but I found it didn't really do that... So, bit of a fail on the brow gel, but I love the pencil a lot. and the spooley of this is a bit longer than the Kiko one, which is a bit easier to use.


Zoeva Nude Spectrum blush palette

I had never tried face powders from Zoeva but I had heard so much about them from certain bloggers.  I went for the nude spectrum palette, as I own quite a lot of brighter coloured blushes, and these are more toned down. I haven't worn them loads, but from first impressions they are very pigmented and I love the shades in there. Two of them are very similar, but one is ever so slightly shimmery, while the other is completely matte. I'm not sure if I'm going to use the bronzer shade at all, but the blush shades are so pretty, I don't really mind ;-)


Zoella Bath Latte

I've stocked up on these, because I was convinced they didn't do these anymore, and then I spotted them again on FeelUnique and I was happy like a little kid. The almond cocoa scent is just HEAVEN and I'm so happy it is back in my life. I bought two of them right away, that's how much I like this sbath/shower gel. Go get this when you can, it's so worth it for the beautiful scent.


Ouai Dry Shampoo (mini)

I've been wanting to try some Ouai products for ages now and I can't believe I didn't spot the mini products on FeelUnique until recently. I'm definitely going to take this with me on my Manchester trip next month, and really give this a go. I know it's a bit more expensive but I'm so excited to try it out and see if it's worth the money. Will report back on this!


Ouai Volume Spray

I've been hooked on the Aveda Thickening Spray for a bit now, but I felt like trying out a different one. Unlike the Aveda spray, this Ouai Volume Spray doesn't make my hair wet when I spray it, which means I can use it dry when I want. I usually apply it on wet hair though, but because my hair is quite thin, it dries really fast and by the time I go in with my hair products, it's kind of half-dry already. The Aveda spray would then make my hair wet again, but the spray on the Ouai one really dispenses the product in a really fine mist, it doesn't make it too wet again, which I absolutely love. I do think it gives my hair some volume, which is the ultimate purpose of this, right? I'm sure I will love this more the more often I use it.



Lots of love,

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