Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Beauty Bits & Bobs!

As some of you may know I have been splurging lately in terms of beauty buys. I think where I haven't bought anything in a while, I have gone a little crazy! It's allowed, right? There are a few firsts in this post, so lets just get to it…

I'm going to start with my more 'expensive' purchases, as you may have read in my previous post I went into Selfridges on Saturday and these are the goodies I bought, along with some delicious Topshop beauty products.

I bought another NARS blush, in 'Taos'; I was attracted to its dark terracotta colour, I have never seen a colour like it. It's such a natural colour on my skin tone and it's warming to the face. As always the pigmentation is amazing, there is a slight sheen to the blush, but I can't see any glitter particles.

My next NARS purchase (which was a first) was the eye shadow duo in 'Surabaya'; I love these browns! I haven't worn anything else since purchasing this! They are so warming and you can definitely create a sultry smokey eye with this, there are gold shimmers in it, but they don't really transfer onto the lid, which is a bit of a shame but nevertheless, the colour pay off is really good. If you have blue eyes I would definitley tell you to go and have a look see.

Another first for me was buying something Laura Mercier. I got the blush quad in 'Pink Rose', again this was the warm toned blush out of the two pinks that were on display (can you see the trend?). This blush is completely matte, so perfect for the day time. Again the pigmentation is really good, I haven't worn this one but I know I will like it.

On to the Topshop stuff, now this was bought with student discount (my friends; so thank you to her for that!). I've been wanting to try one of their lipsticks for a while after hearing so many good things about them, so I picked up this lippy in 'Hazard'. I am clearly going through a phase of statement lips. The formula of this lipstick is matte, but it's moisturising and doesn't lose its pigmentation.

The last two Topshop items are nail polishes in 'Lead' and 'Panther' ,which is apart of their collection 'Dark side of Nude'. I love 'Lead' because in some light it looks like it has a green shimmer running through it and in others it looks like it has a purple shimmer running through it.

Now the next lot wasn't intended to go in this post but I figured it may as well. The first lot I got from Boot's on their 3 for 2 offer. I've been lusting after the Sally Hansen Insta-Dry top coat for a mighty long time and decided it was finally time I buy it.
Along with that I got the 'Expert Face Brush' and 'Setting Brush' from Real Techniques. I love this brand and all it's brushes (of which I have a majority). The quality, ethos and price tag always draws me back to this brand; whenever my friends ask me what brushes to get (especially to put foundation on with) I tell them to get Real Technique brushes, no question!

I have been needing a new mascara for a while as all the ones I have are all drying up and not performing to the best of their ability! So after hearing so much about the L'oreal 'Telescopic' (waterproof) mascara from the lovely and gorgeous Vivianna from Vivianna does makeup, I have been wanting to try it. So instead of buying my usual Maxfactor False Lash Effect I got this. I have only worn it once (right now) and it is holding it's curl, but I'm going to reserve judgement for now.
Next is another lipstick (naughty) from the Kate Moss collection for Rimmel, number '107'. The colour is a darker tone of Nails Inc 'Piccadilly Circus' (which I have been wanting to match forever). The formula is creamy and the finish is matte, there is a smell of rose which I'm not too fond of but I can get over it considering the colour and pigmentation.
Finally is this Blistex 'MedPlus' balm, I have been using this since I bought it which has only been a few days but my lips are noticeably softer and there is no cracking! I have been applying it before I go to sleep and in the mornings. I can tell this is going to get repurchased already!

L-R: Peach Puff | True Blue | Gold Digger
L-R:Motcomb Street | Northcumberland | Oakley Street | Pimlico | York Street
L-R: A List | Allure | Bordeaux

Finally I bought a whole load of polishes from TKMaxx, this is my final first, buying something from TKMaxx. I wanted to see if my store had any beauty bits in it, and to be honest these were the only gems I could find. I'm very happy with my purchases and can't wait to wear most of the shades I bought. I got all of them for a fraction of the RRP so I am not going to complain (unless they end up being rubbish).

That was a lot of stuff! And I know I am not going to spend money on beauty bits for a really long time! Here's hoping!



  1. Might have to look into the NARS eyeshadow! :)
    The lipstick is a gorgeous colour, and SO MANY NAIL POLISHES! You must be so happy right now, ha :) xxx

    1. It would suit your eyes soo much! When I'm wearing it I'm wishing I had blue eyes lol! I know.. I went crazy, I want to wear them all but obviously that won't look right! lol! =D xo

  2. My heart MELTED when I saw your Nars shadows- those colours are soooo me!!! I'm also a real techniques fanatic too and recommend them to everyone i know! x

    1. Yesss...If you can have a look at them, DO! Ayesha...we are beauty twins I tell ya! xo

  3. I've been wanting the Kate Moss lipstick but they all sold out :(I just got insta dry lately, it's fab :) x x

    1. Aww keep's so lush, especially for this time of year! Oh great, can't wait to use it to see if it works! =D xo

  4. Wow awesome haul, I'm jealous! The NARS eyeshadow duo looks amazing x

    1. Aw thank you, I'm in heaven at the moment! It's lovely! xo

  5. Great haul! I have a few NARS products on my Christmas wishlist--I've never tried their products before!
    Thanks for sending me your link in today's #bbloggers chat!
    Hope you can have a peek at my blog! ♥

    Brittany's Secret

    1. Aw you'll love them! Such good quality! I'm glad that you had a look! Thanks! =D I'll defo have a look at yours =) xo


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