I betcha wasn’t expecting to see a haul from me were you, after saying that there was attempting to be a spending ban on makeup for myself in April and this shopping occurred on the 2nd April. Well it depends how you look as to how badly I failed 😉
I still had some money left over from my Birthday and had the money earrmarked for a pair of shoes, but when I went on to try on said pair of shoes they were so uncomfortable I went back to shopping to where I can do the best damage. Also the boots segment of this haul was done on loyalty points so is completely discounted anyway.
I revisited Kiehls Nottingham on Saturday for my skincare consultation where they tested the oil and moisture levels in my skin and I was really surprised at the results. I’ve always thought my skin was a little on the oily side but I was showing as very oily on my T zone and my cheeks as normal to oily and moisture levels in the skin should be between 40 & 50%, and mine was at 32, so a little dehydrated as well. She recommended a whole host of products and we tried them on my skin and I walked away feeling fantastic, but I only opted to get this Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash to start me off and few samples of the other products, whilst I was tempted by the serum but have a couple that I’m trying to finish up, but probably will purchase when those are gone as well as her other recommendations as I finish up other products too.
Before my appointment in Kiehls I met up with a friend for lunch and did a bit of shopping. We’d had a conversation a few weeks ago with our other friends about KIKO as she had never shopped there and suggested we went in. Oh balls ha.
First up was the single eyeshadow in shade 118 or Pearly Beige Silk which is a champagney shade. In the shop this swatched beautifully but it’s barely showing up now I’m at home. I’m hoping there might just be a film across the top and it will show up as nicely as it did in the store. If it does turn out to be terrible then it was only £2.80 so not a big loss!
I next picked up a Heatwave Lip Oil from their new collection, they had 3 versions of this Vanilla, Coconut and Grapefruit. Whether it was just the terrible cold that I’m currently confined to the sofa with creeping in or not but the only one I could smell was grapefruit so that was the one I opted for. Just before going in Kiko I had been trying to spy the Clarins Lip Oils I’ve seen featured on a few peoples blogs recently and couldn’t see them on the stand. At £10.90 I bet this is cheaper than Clarins’ too!
Lastly, was this gorgeous Gossamer Emotion Lipstick (Gossamer – a fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders, seen especially in autumn.) BRB just got to do a bit more research on this spider lipstick… nope there doesn’t seem to be spiders involved. The shade I picked up was 109 Amaranth a gorgeous plummy nude. The pigmentation of this is great and feels really smooth and easy to apply, there’s 30 shades in this relatively new line and the metal packaging is lovely too with a button topped lid, in gunmetal and rose gold. Priced at £10.90 these give the quality of packaging and product of something triple the price.
This was completely my sisters fault, we were away at a family birthday party Saturday evening in Leicester and I saw NYX packaging all over the floor. I asked if she’d placed an online order and she said no, she’d been into boots in Leicester and they had added the stand. Goodbye Boots points.
First off, A re-release of a discontinued classic – Essie Starry Starry Night which I’ve been trying to get my hands on for about 6 weeks, luckily there was one left on the stand! I’ve seen this compared to the original and I know it’s not the same but I still couldn’t resist getting it and looks pretty regardless. I don’t get why you would re-release shades that people love and want to get their hands on and not make them identical!
Next up was a new version of Garnier’s Micellar Water that I love and I will likely run out of the one I’m currently using some point this month, this time it’s an oil infused version designed more for Dry and sensitive skin (not oily like mine turns out to be haha!) but I’m sure it will still do the job of quick makeup removal just as well and won’t do any harm to my skin!
Next up was a repurchase of Aussie’s Dry Shampoo and I was happy to see some scented limited edition ones released for summer. Aussie’s Dry Shampoo is my favourite and I’ve missed not having it around for a few weeks while I’ve been trying to use up L’Oreals Extraordinary Clay one which just doesn’t do a good job at all!
All the NYX last but not least! One of the reasons I’d been keen to try and see NYX in person was for the lip creams to see colours in person. The stand I gather was only a week old and had clearly been mobbed by Leicester beauty enthusiasts as there was lots picked over. I took to raiding the stock drawers to see if I could find what I wanted when it wasn’t on the shelves. I walked away with Prague a gorgeous mid plum rose, Addis Ababa a bright fuschia and Monte Carlo a classic blue toned red, and actually a liquid lipstick colour I don’t own and have been on the search for!
Next from NYX was their Matte Lipstick in the shade Tea Rose which I’ve heard lots of good things about in the past and tried to order with my original NYX order when it launched in the UK but it was already out of stock. I can see why people love this colour, it’s a perfect rose shade that will suit everybody. I can see me getting a lot of wear from this in Spring.
Lastly is the NYX HD Concealer in Porcelain, I was interested in pitting this against the Makeup Forever HD concealer and seeing if you can drawer any comparisons in the HD claims. I did pick this up in a super light shade for under the eyes and contouring the face. If you’re very fair I’d recommend checking this out.
SWATCHES (Sorry Light wasn’t the best!)
Left top to bottom: Lip Oil, Gossamer Lipstick, Kiko 118 eyeshadow
Middle top to bottom: NYX Tea Rose, NYX Porcelain Concealer
Right top to bottom: NYX Lip Creams Monte Carlo, Addis Adaba, Prague
That’s all from my haul! Hopefully this should be the only one this month! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these and if there’s anything in particular you want bumped to the front of the queue for reviews.
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