Hi, everyone! Long time no see!
For those of you who don’t know, I just spent the past month travelling Australia, hence there haven’t been any posts from me. It was the most amazing month ever, full of sun and exploring and more cheese toasties than one person needs, but I had the best time and I really want to go back because I’m having some major post-travel blues 😦
And obviously I went make-up shopping.
Yeah, I did some damage. I know, I know that I didn’t travel halfway across the world to do buy make-up, but that’s just the kinda gal I am. And you know what? I’m super pleased with almost all of my purchases, and that’s what matters.
Here’s what I got:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette Vol. 1 (£38, buy here)
I have wanted this for so long, and I finally got the chance to play with it and swatch it in store. It was totally an unnecessary purchase because I don’t need anymore lip products anyway, and this isn’t exactly the most practical way of choosing and creating your perfect lip shade. But I couldn’t walk away without it, and I’m so glad that I did. I’m so excited to play with this now I’m home!
(And then I get home and find out it’s available in the UK now, for cheaper than I paid for it. Which is fine. Totally fine. FINE.)
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF 50 travel size (£30 for the full size, buy here)
I’ve wanted to try this for a long, long time, and seeing the travel size for not very expensive in Sephora swayed me very easily. I’d heard that this was full coverage and I didn’t actually take a full coverage foundation with me to Aus, but when I tried this on my skin I wouldn’t call it full coverage at all. It’s definitely more medium buildable, but despite it not being the coverage I’d originally want it’s an absolutely beautiful base product – it’s long-lasting, it’s dewy and it looks natural, and it was an absolute lifesaver in Australia because it’s SPF 50. I wore this out on the Great Barrier Reef in 35 degree heat, and it lasted all day. I’m running through the little tube fast, and I’m definitely going to be picking up the full size when I run out.
Tarte Wild Animal Limited Edition Custom Palette (£15, buy here)
This isn’t anything too exciting – it’s an empty pro palette that I picked up to store my single shadows and contour pans. I have another one from Tarte that I really don’t like the pattern of (it’s for sale on my depop!) and I’d wanted this one in this pattern for ages so I picked it up. Happy days.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in the shade Cayenne (£24, buy here)
This is my all-time favourite lipstick formula ever ever ever, and there was no way I could leave Sephora without buying at least one of these. Sadly, my favourite red colour (the Marc Jacobs Surrender, Dorothy lipstick) of all time is down to the nub and has also been discontinued, so me and a lovely girl called Tara spent a good half an hour going from counter to counter trying to dupe it, and I was delighted that the closest colour and finish that I could find was in this brand. This shade is the most beautiful neutral red, not too orange and not too blue, and I’m forcing myself not to use it until I’ve finished my Marc Jacobs one.
We’ll see how long that lasts.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sundipped (£39, buy here)
Some make-up in Australia is crazy expensive compared to the prices over here and some is ridiculously cheap, and this is a clear example of that. In the UK this retails for £39, and I ended up paying around £30 for this with the exchange rate, and I couldn’t say no. I love the Glow Kits (I now have 4) and I’ve been reaching for this one non-stop since buying it – I’m obsessed with mixing the shades Summer and Moonstone. Super chuffed with this.
Sephora Collection Pro Foundation #47 brush (£18, buy here)
I left my foundation brush under my bed in a hostel room in Melbourne, so I needed another one fast. A quick browse on the Sephora website showed this one had crazy good reviews and I went in and was actually able to try it with some concealer (in my bid to find my perfect red, my chin and lip area started looking a little worse for wear after a while) and I was instantly sold. It leaves my base looking flawless, streak free, and it gets the job done so well. I’m super chuffed with this purchase – one of my faves from the trip for sure.
NARS Blush Duo in Hot Sand & Orgasm (£30, buy here)
I’ve been keen to try both of these products for a while but (as listed) the duo in the UK is £30 but in Aus it worked out to be about £21.50, so this felt like an absolute steal. Loving both of these so far, and I only took one blush with me (Benefit’s Galifornia) so this was a nice little change! Excited to get more use out of this!
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (£25 for the full size, buy here)
I love a mask, and this one is super nice so far. I feel like my pores have been extra congested recently, what with all the travelling and the fact that I really wasn’t that strict with my skincare routine over there (tut, tut), but I really think this is doing wonders for the pores on my nose. I’ve only used it twice so I’m hoping with prolonged use it’ll really make a difference, and I’m very excited and hopeful!
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil & Protective Primer 60ml (£8, buy here)
I picked this up because it was in one of those tempting aisles right before checkout, and I really like it. It makes my hair so soft and loosens some of the curls that I like to try and relax as my hair dries. I can’t ever get excited about hair stuff in the same way as I can about make-up, but it’s alright!
Chemist Warehouse became my absolute favourite store while we were out there because all the make-up is craaaazy cheap – I picked up both these lipsticks for about $5 each, which is like £3! There isn’t a super exciting back story to this apart from that they’re shades I’ve been looking for for a while and I couldn’t argue with this price. And I wore Gone Greige so much while I was out there, it was definitely worth my five bucks.
Revlon x Chloe Morello Sculpt + Highlight Kit in Light/Medium (£15, buy here)
I’m a long time follower of Chloe Morello, and as this is something she mentions in almost every video because she uses it non-stop. My interest was definitely piqued from the start but I must admit that I was a tad skeptical because Revlon is such a hit or miss brand for me, but when I saw it on sale for $12 (£7 or so), I couldn’t say no.
And I am crazy impressed! I mix together the bronzer and contour on my Benefit Hoola brush and it’s absolutely to die for (though I must admit, I’m not crazy about the highlight, and there are other banana powders I prefer). The quality of the powders and the shades she chose are phenomenal, and I’ve been reaching for this non-stop. I’m so excited that this is available in the UK now because I can see myself running through it quickly, and I definitely want to be able to pick up another. Everyone should buy it now it’s available in the UK!
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder Foundation in 010 Ivory (£6.99, buy here)
I originally bought two quite sheer foundations with me (before I bought three more) and on nights out I found myself wanting a little more coverage, so I went down to the cheap chemist to see what wonders they could provide me with. This foundation powder is actually so great – considering how cheap it is it doesn’t feel heavy, it looks great on my dry skin, and you really don’t need a lot of it. If I have one criticism it’s that I think it’s a tad too yellow-toned for me, but apart from that I can see myself using this quite a lot, particularly on top of foundations that pull a little too pink on me.
Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint in Medium Brown (Australian exclusive)
Now, this might seem terrifying, and the first time I tried it I was terrified, but I really bloody love this product. It’s a three day brow tint, and what you do is you paint on a thick coat of this gel stuff, wait 20 mins until it’s dry, and then peel it off. I was really quite sceptical at first, half convinced I was going to end up with slug brows, but it gives me a nice subtle tint that just makes my brows look a little more put together. I really hope this becomes available over here soon, because this is truly a game changer if you’re lazy or you’re naturally blonde and dye your hair darker (or if you’re both, like me, then it’s amazing!)
BYS Berries palette ($19.95, buy here)
This palette… oh, boy. This palette.
I saw this in Target and even though I had my Modern Renaissance palette with me, I had to buy this one immediately. And then go back and buy another one for my friend because this palette is absolutely incredible. It is crazy cheap for the quality of the shadows in my opinion, and the packaging is super sturdy (I mean, style-wise and packaging-wise it’s clearly a rip off of the Naked palettes, but I actually like the quality of these shadows more!). I could easily have left my Modern Renaissance at home and just travelled with this, that’s how good it is. There aren’t as many shimmers as the Modern Renaissance, and in all honesty they do need a little more work than some others I own, but the mattes are insanely good quality, high in pigment, buttery and easy to blend. I DIE.
Australis Banana Powder ($14.95, buy here)
The next few products I picked up based on recommendations from some of my favourite YouTubers – this is raved about by Bella Fiori and it was on sale in Target so I thought WHY NOT. She’s obsessed with this stuff, and I quite like it? But I don’t love it? It’s a little bit more powdery than I’d hoped but you get loads of product for your money, and even though I don’t love it under my eyes I’ve been using it to tidy up my contour; I think it works great for that.
Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous in 105 Classic Ivory ($11.25, buy here)
I picked this up because of Shaaanxo and she wasn’t wrong, this is fab. A great easy everyday foundation, and the shade matches me really well (though the shade range in general is shocking, I never saw it go darker than maybe an NC30). I need to play around with it more because I’ve only worn it the once, but so far, so good.
Covergirl Outlast All Day Stay Fabulous Foundation in 810 Classic Ivory ($20.95, buy here)
Another YouTuber recommendation – this time from Sophdoesnails. This foundation is also bloody great – it’s lightweight, it’s good coverage, and the shade is also an ideal match. Kind of a boring one, but it’s a great day wear affordable option if you can get your hands on it.
Essence Make Me Brow (£2.50, buy here)
This was just a repurchase of my old Wilkos faithful, a great dupe for the Gimme Brow by Benefit and a handy throw on product for days when you just want a little extra somethin’ somethin’. I’d only bought clear brow gel with me and I just wanted something easy with a little bit of colour for days when I was feeling lazy (most days, let’s be real, I was on holiday).
NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (£22, buy here)
Look, I had an 11 hour wait in Dubai Airport. I’m actually very impressed with myself that I only bought one lipstick in that time.
I swear I did actually spend money on doing things.
I know, I know. It’s a lot of make-up, a crazy amount of make-up, but I was on holiday and now I’m on a spending ban for the foreseeable future, so at least in that time I’ll have a lot to play with! Thanks for reading, peace out xoxox