Space NK Haul!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Hi everyone, hope you're all well! Today I thought I'd share a little Space NK haul with you all, including my first impressions of the products. As some of you may know if you follow me on Twitter, I was offered a job at Space NK a few weeks ago which was amazing as it's one of my favourite shops. However, since working there and being able to try a lot of the products I now have a list as long as my arm of things I'd love! Other than doing something I really love talking about beauty and doing people's make up, I'm also lucky enough to get a great discount of 30% on most brands and 50% on Space NK's own brands. With that in mind, I did get a few bits I didn't really need but that have been on my wishlist for quite a while!

So the first thing that had been on my wishlist for the longest time was the By Terry Touche Veloutee Concealer. I remember seeing this on blogs so long ago and I've always been so intrigued by it! Known for amazing coverage over dark circles I can definitely agree it does just that. I'm not totally convinced it's worth the £35 price tag as I have cheaper concealers that do an equally good job but it's definitely a great concealer if you struggle to find something that brightens and covers undereyes without too much creasing.

Next I picked up the NARS Single Eyeshadow in Himalayas (£18). This colour is so so pretty, the camera does not pick it up well enough at all! Although it looks a straight up white, it's actually a white/pink duochrome with a shimmer finish. You do have to layer it on a bit to get the full effect but it's a gorgeous colour nonetheless and one I've reached for a lot.

Another NARS eyeshadow I picked up was the cream eyeshadow in Savage (£18). This is only product I'm a little disappointed with. Although it's a nice colour, it appeared so much more bronze to me than it actually is. It's actually more of a flat brown with a slight bronze undertone on me so wasn't exactly what I was looking for! The quality is extremely good though, just not what I expected!

Finally are my two favourite things from this haul, two lipstick from Lipstick Queen's Endless Summer collection (£18 each). I didn't actually hear about these until I started work but one day I showed up without lipstick on and tried Perfect Wave (left) and instantly fell in love with the colour and the finish. These are both from Lipstick Queen, a brand I had never tried but I am so impressed with both. They are a sheer, moisturizing finish but still pretty pigmented and buildable. Perfect Wave (left) is a beautiful coral toned pink and Stoked (right) is more of a reddish coral shade. Both are comfortable to wear and not at all drying. They do not reapplying throughout the day but I never see this as a problem as the colours are so worth it! 

L - R Nars Savage Eyeshadow (top), Perfect Wave, Stoked, Nars Himalayas, By Terry Concealer in 1

So that's everything I've bought for now, not too bad for a list that's got around 20 products on it! All the prices listed are the original prices as I thought that would be more helpful to you guys, please let me know if you've tried any of these products for yourself or what's on your Space NK wishlist! :)

June Favourites

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Hi everyone! I thought this month I would do something a little different for my blog and post a monthly favourites. I don't tend to do these as regularly as I don't seem to have stand out products every single month but this month in particular I have noticed a few products that I've used over and over that I wanted to share with you all.

L-R MAC Syrup, BECCA Luminous Skin Tint, Topshop Orion Trio, & Other Stories Foundation in 2, MAC Royal Sunset.

Starting with make up the first thing I have been loving this month is this Topshop Eyeshadow Trio in Orion. I hadn't actually heard anyone mention this before I bought it but whilst doing some online shopping a while ago I spotted it and knew it had to be mine. It has three very pigmented, metallic shades including a champagne, a golden taupe and a deep cranberry toned purple which are my favourite kinds of shades to wear and I've worn it pretty consistently all month. 
Next is my favourite blush of the month, MAC Royal Sunset from the All About Orange collection. I may have to do a full review of this as I think it may have beaten the now discontinued MAC Coygirl to the favourite blush spot. I've literally worn it every day since I got it and I'm in love with it! 
Lipstick wise I've loved MAC Syrup, a nice mauvy toned neutral. This is definitely my favourite everyday lipstick and better still I didn't pay for it as I got it through back to MAC. It's a lustre finish so it's very light and sheer on the lips, perfect for summer.
For my base, I've really enjoyed using the BECCA Luminous Skin Tint in Porcelain (SPF 25+) on my days off as an extremely light, sheer foundation just to even out my skin tone. It's such a beautiful luminous finish without making me oily and is pretty much undetectable on the skin due to how sheer it is but I love it. On longer days such as ones where I'm working, I've enjoyed using the & Other Stories All Day Perfecting Foundation (SPF 15). I've not heard anything about this either and picked it up on a complete whim but it's amazing! It lasts far longer than any other foundation has on my skin whilst looking pretty natural and not overly matte. I've also loved my Benefit Porefessional as always for keeping my make up looking fresh for longer, a full review can be found here.
Finally for makeup, Lo'real Voluminous Mascara has been great for holding a curl in my lashes. I have naturally very long but completely straight lashes so anything that slightly curls them goes down very well with me!

L - R TRESemme Divine Definition Spray, The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, Bumble and Bumble Bb Texture Creme, Topshop AWOL, Stella Summer Rose.

Non make up wise I have been loving wavy, beachy hair and for this the combination of the TRESemme Divine Definition Spray and the Bumble & Bumble Bb Texture Creme have been amazing. I firstly use the Bumble and Bumble when my hair is wet by scrunching it into the ends of my hair then use the spray after my hair is styled to make my hair more voluminous and a bit messier and find it works really well to make my hair a little more wavy than it naturally would be. 
In terms of my nails I haven't been able to take Topshop AWOL off them! This colour is so amazing and alongside my all time favourite Celestial I've never had so many compliments on my nail colour. It's an amazing bright cobalt blue and the finish of Topshop polishes are always super shiny and long lasting.
For perfume I've been using my Stella Summer Rose perfume all month. As the name suggests it's a beautiful floral scent that I find so pretty on any summer occasion, plus I adore the bottle.
Finally to help keep my skin matte all day I've used The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. This stuff is amazing, I've never found a moisturizer that leaves my skin less oily. Unfortunately, the ingredients aren't the most amazing with a few parabens lurking around and the lack of SPF means you do need to add one before or after but for the purpose of mattifying, I cannot fault it.

In terms of a couple of random favourites, I've rekindled my love for The OC. I was once obsessed with this show (and Seth Cohen) and rewatching the series has definitely reignited my love for the programme (and Seth Cohen again). Music wise I'd definitely recommend checking out OneRepublic and Kodaline's new albums as they are both incredible bands and I cannot stop obsessing over either!

Sorry for the incredibly long post everyone, please let me know what your favourites were this month too! Hope you all had a good June! :)