Makeup Haul and Review

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, the past month or so has been a bit hectic (I’ve changed jobs twice!), but things are starting to calm down a bit so I can back on top of blogging. Despite the craziness I still managed to find time to do a spot of makeup shopping so I thought I’d share my thoughts on the products I purchased.

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I needed a new mascara, which was what started my little spending spree. Instead of going for my usual maybelline falsies I decided to give something else a try. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the Marc Jacobs makeup range recently, specifically the mascaras, so I that’s what I went for. There are several mascaras in his line and I couldn’t for the life of me remember which was the one everyone was raving about, so I just chose the one with the nicest looking brush. I can’t abide those scratchy little plastic wands so I went for o!mega because it has a nice bristle brush. Turns out it wasn’t the one I’d had in mind but I do really like it.

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Points to note about this mascara:

  • It’s not as black as I would like it to be
  • If you’re wearing it for an extended period of time it seems to gradually disappear over the day, where it goes I have no idea
  • It dries out quite quickly – but I like that, I don’t love a wet mascara and the drier it becomes the easier it is to build volume.

I do really enjoy how volumising this mascara is though, the brush is easy to work with as it’s not too big and not too small and it’s not clumpy. It’s a good everyday mascara, but would I repurchase it? Probably not.

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I’ve been wanting to try some sort of glitter glue for a while now. Usually I just use Mac fix+ to adhere glitter to the skin but it’s not a particularly long lasting solution for when you want to really concentrate the glitter in one area. So I bought the too faced glitter glue. So far, so good. I’ve experimented with eyelash glue in the past, hoping that it would work in the same way with glitter as it does with lashes. It does not. So I did worry that glitter glue would result in a similar sticky mess all over my eyelid. This wasn’t the case at all. It applies smoothly and is surprisingly unsticky, yet still manages to keep the glitter in place. I’m a fan, and I’ll be buying another tube for my kit.

The glitter glue in action..

The glitter glue in action..

I fell victim of the little sample sizes at the Sephora checkout and bought a mini Anastasia travel kit. In my defense I needed some travel tweezers and I wanted to try the brow set. I convinced myself I would use the brow wiz in medium brown on the ends of my brows to create an ombré brow too. Well it didn’t exactly work out that way, the brow wiz immediately broke. Literally the second I opened the box the pencil from the inside fell out and shattered. The tweezers are a bit too small to be useful, sometimes I use the for lash application. The only winner in this pack was the brow set, it’s like eyebrow hairspray and keeps my brows in place all day.

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Another fail from Anastasia (words I never thought I would say!) is her new brow define. Jaclyn Hill has been raving about this thing for months, and if queen Jaclyn likes it then I’m sold. But I really don’t get this product, I find it really difficult to use because of its chunky shape. Every time I’ve tried to get this thing to work for me my boyfriend has commented on my eyebrows looking “drawn on”. So I’ve given up. This is not for me, I’m a brow wiz girl.

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I also got both of the Kat Von D eyeliners, the tattoo liner and the ink liner. Mainly because I couldn’t tell what the difference was and I was curious. Turns out the ink liner is more of a felt tip liner and the tattoo liner is a brush, though it is very difficult to tell. The ink liner is marginally stiffer so a little more difficult to apply. The brush tip of the tattoo liner means that you get a bit more flexibility and movement meaning that you have more control over the width of the line you create, therefore I prefer the tattoo liner. I like them both though so I’ll definitely use them up.

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Sephora finally, FINALLY, had the urban decay naked skin concealer in stock in a colour similar to my skin tone. So obviously I snapped it up, and in my excited frenzy I also grabbed it in he darkest shade because I wanted to try it for contouring. As far as concealers go it is lovely, maybe a little over hyped but lovely none the less. I absolutely LOVE it to contour with though! I much prefer a cream contour to a powder and this is just perfection. So easy to blend out and has a sheerness to it that makes it look like actual skin.

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My final purchase was two of the glitters from the H & M makeup range. Nothing else particularly grabbed my attention in the range but they had glitters in some lovely shades that are difficult to find. Brown glitter for example, is surprisingly hard to find!

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It’s safe to say I’m banned from entering Sephora for a little while now. Thanks for reading everyone!

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