Sunday, May 29, 2016

FOR SALE // LUXURY ITEMS



Hello!  I thought I would try selling some items I own on my blog initially before I use other channels to see how it goes.  These are all items I have purchased with my own money but are not loved enough to justify keeping them!  I have put as many details in as possible but please feel free to email me on expatmuaddict@gmail.com if you would like more detailed info or photographs.

Payment should be made by Paypal using the friends and family option and sent in GBP or, if you are purchasing in Dubai, by cash in UAE dirham.  I will courier items to you but cannot be held responsible for any charges payable on delivery-my experience in the past has been that there is not usually any but this may vary country to country.  No refunds or exchanges.


FOR SALE: Brand new and unused Givenchy Medium Antigona in Red
  • Bought from Selfridges
  • Original receipt included
  • Immaculate
  • Never used-has been in the protective dustbag since
  • As new
  • Bright orangey red colour
  • Asking £1200 or currency equivalent (currently Medium Antigona retails for £1465)

FOR SALE: MANOLO BLAHNIK HANGISI PUMPS IN BURGANDY SIZE 38.5 (UK 5.5/US8)
  • Brand new-never worn
  • Immaculate
  • Original box and dustbag included
  • Copy of original receipt included
  • 80mm heel
  • I went down a half size as I am usually a UK6/39/US8.5
  • Retail for £680
  • Asking £500 or currency equivalent

FOR SALE: MANOLO BLAHNIK HANGISI PUMPS IN BLUE SIZE 38.5 (UK 5.5/US8)
  • Worn once, indoor only for a very short time
  • Immaculate
  • Original box and dustbag included
  • Copy of original receipt included
  • 70mm heel
  • I went down a half size as I am usually a UK6/39/US8.5
  • The 'Carrie' blue from Sex And The City-the blue looks slightly washed out here but it's the infamous Carrie blue-I can send more photos
  • Retail for £680
  • Asking £480 or currency equivalent

FOR SALE: BALENCIAGA ALL TIME LEATHER OPEN TOE PUMPS-SIZE 39.5 (UK 6.5)
  • Brand new-never worn
  • Original box and dustbag included
  • Copy of original receipt included
  • Bought from My Theresa 
  • Immaculate
  • 80mm heel
  • I went up half a size
  • Bought for EUR510
  • Asking £300 or currency equivalent

FOR SALE: MEDIUM PASHLI IN BLACK GRAINY LEATHER WITH GOLD HARDWARE
  • Bought from Bloomingdales Dubai
  • Original receipt included
  • Never used-has been in the protective dustbag since
  • As new, immaculate
  • Black hardwearing grainy leather
  • Gold hardware
  • Expandable due to opening zips
  • Identical to this http://www.harrods.com/product/medium-pashli-satchel/3-1-phillip-lim/b12-0401-076-PHLM-363?cat1=bc-31-phillip-lim&cat2=bc-phillip-lim-accessories
  • NO LONG STRAP (I don't know if it didn't come with it or I threw it out)
  • Asking £500 or currency equivalent

FOR SALE: LOUIS VUITTON MENS EPI LEATHER WALLET
  • Brand new in original gift box
  • No receipt but can evidence purchase through my LV online account and include printed receipt
  • Noir (black)
  • Epi leather
  • Style is identical to this http://uk.louisvuitton.com/eng-gb/products/multiple-wallet-epi-008217#M60662
  • Retails for £340
  • Dust bag included
  • Asking £240 or currency equivalent
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

US Sephora haul


US Sephora make up haul

Today's post is a quick look at a US Sephora haul that arrived last week.  For Dubai peeps, US Sephora does not ship here, nor will it ship to a US Aramex Shop and Ship account as it detects that the address is a freight forwarding address-however, I have found a loophole.  I ship my order to my UK Shop and Ship address and it goes through fine.  However, as UK peeps may know, Sephora will not ship all brands to the UK-particularly those that can be bought in the UK.

Today's post is a 'show and tell', please leave me a comment and let me know what you would like to see swatched and reviewed first and I will get right on it.

Just looking at some of these things I am in love-I really hope when I use them I love them even more!

US Sephora make up haul

US Sephora make up haul

US Sephora make up haul





First out the box, I bought the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea concealer after seeing numerous raves about it.  I also blind bought the Sephora 10hr wear perfection foundation-I haven't read anything about this and I guessed my shade so fingers crossed!!


I bought four more of the Huda Beauty lip contour pencils-these are completely sold out in Dubai, but having tried Icon and liked it, when they went live on Sephora I grabbed four more. 


I bought two liquid lip products-the Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in Goals, a peachy nude and the Kat Von D Transformer Liquid Lipstick.  This is an iridescent pink pearl that can be used alone or as a top coat to add extra dimension to your lipstick.

I was dying to try some of the newly launched Estee Edit products and chose three-the first of which is the Edgiest Kohl Shadowstick in Frost Bite-I am hoping this pulls more green than silver as greys on my eyes don't look good.


The Bronzer from the Estee Edit though is utterly beautiful and I can't wait to use it.  It's a huge slim disk and the packaging is just sublime.  I really hope it's amazing!!


Finally, from the Estee Edit range I picked up the Flash Photo Powder.  This is a pressed powder with a distinct blue tint and I have not seen anything like this before.  This powder claims to absorb oil and to brighten the skin-making you always camera ready.  Again the packaging is stunning.


I'm literally so excited about these two mini Viseart palettes-they both look stunning.  Minx is on the left and Cashmere is on the right and they just look so beautiful.  2016 is the year I have actually started liking matte eyeshadows and have really gotten into warmer toned eyeshadows so I have such high hopes for these-but they have a price tag that means they need to be pretty good.


I picked up the Sephora Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53 because I saw it on Laura's blog and it looked like a very good idea! It's a short handled, fan shaped dense brush and I hope it offers the full coverage it promises.


I picked up some pigments from Ardency Inn because I remember Sarah telling me they were really good-left to right is Sunday, Vintage Gold (which sadly didn't survive the journey), Copper and Heaven.  This is a totally new brand to me but Sarah's recommendations are usually pretty good.  I also bought the Kat Von D Metal Crush eyeshadow in Synergy-although these are in Dubai, this shade isn't and it looks perfect!


Finally I picked up one of the new Amuse Bouche lipsticks from Bite.  I'm a huge fan of Bite and own a ton of their lipsticks but recently they launched a new range, discontinuing the majority of the formulas I own.  I wanted to try one so went for a bold red-Gazpacho.

So that's the whole haul-are any of these products on your wishlist?  What would you like to see reviewed first?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Recent empties



It doesn't feel like two minutes since I wrote up my last empties post but here are some of the things I have recently used up and some brief thoughts on them-I have also linked in some previous reviews of any products I have written.

Show Beauty Sheer Thermal Protect:

I reviewed some of the Show Beauty hair care products here and I called this heat protection spray the 'must have' from the range.  I felt that my hair was really protected from heat styling damage and my straighteners really did glide through my hair after I had blow dried it using this.  It is super expensive though and an absolute treat.  The packaging is beautiful but, it does get a little sticky on the outside as time goes on-I guess from the residue when the product is sprayed.

Boscia Make Up Break Up Cool Cleansing Oil:

This is one of my favourite cleansing oils without breaking the bank.  I am fussy about cleansing oils and won't touch any mineral based oil cleansers.  I apply two pumps of this cleansing oil to dry skin and use it to remove my make up-it does feeling cooling and refreshing without feeling heavy and overly oily.  It's super effective at removing all my makeup and is safe to use around the eyes without irritation.  It washes off easily with no residue but I do, as usual use a damp flannel to assist.  It doesn't leave my skin oily or stripped of oil, it's just a great make up remover.

Glamglow SuperCleanse Daily Treatment Cleanser:

I really wanted to write a full review of this cleanser but time got away from me and I didn't get chance.  I really like the Glamglow face masks-I reviewed the original mask ages ago and it was actually Jo from A Little Pop Of Coral who made me want this-check out her review here because it's so in depth.  To me this isn't a make up removing cleanser, it's more of a treatment cleanser.  I have quite oily skin and I do find this did dry out my skin quite a lot so I used it every alternate morning.  Even though it's a mud cleanser it's quite easy to remove, even without a flannel and I really do think this is something I would repurchase.

Antipodes Divine Facial Oil:

It took me a while to get through this and it wasn't something I used religiously but every time I used it my skin did look better the next day.  I have learned that oil + oily skin is not a no no, in fact the right oils can help to control the skins oil production.

This oil contains organic Avocado Oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil and macadamia oil plus ylang ylang and Omega 9 to strengthen and balance skin.  I find that this is quite a heavy oil compared to some I have used but it's non greasy and absorbs well without leaving a sticky residue.  It doesn't cause me to break out and has been most effective for me in reducing old blemish scars. 


Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum:

I recently reviewed this brilliant serum from Niod and this is something I would definitely repurchase.  I found my skin was less inflamed, more hydrated and less oily from day one.  I found the pores around my nose to be less obvious and my skin to be more even toned.  The pigmentation I get at the top of my cheeks has also reduced a lot.  It's definitely a thumbs up from me.

Lancome Genifique Yeux:

A bit of a weird one, I just didn't find I loved it.  The dispenser has a peardrop shaped metal applicator that you use to massage the product into your eye contour.  The formula is a liquidy serum that absorbs and dries quickly but I don't feel like I saw any huge tangible benefits other than my undereyes being well hydrated.

Garnier Express 2 in 1 eye make up remover:

I really love this drugstore eye make up remover and will definitely be bulk buying when I go back to the UK-I wrote a full review here.

Eucerin Aquaphor soothing skin balm:

An absolute holy grail product for me and I have 3 back ups at home and one in practically every corner of my apartment.  I have tried a million lip balms from pence to £££ and I always come back to this.  It's the only thing that keeps my lips in good condition


Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Corrector:

Correctors always seemed like a right faff to me but this one is so easy to use that I am hooked.  I am the shade 'Light Bisque' which has slightly salmon undertones and the MUA told me to apply this first, patting on 5 dots around the under eye area with the applicator and then blending before adding 3 dots of concealer on top.  The corrector balances discoloration under the eye and there are shades to correct blue undertones, dark circles and sallowness.  It's so lightweight and creamy, doesn't crease and feels hydrating. I pair it with the Collection concealer over the top and I prefer to blend it using a small brush or beauty blender rather than my fingers.  I'll 100% be repurchasing.

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer:

I know this is a blogging fave but I just never bought into it until I was in the UK last Xmas and I picked a couple up.  And this really is a great concealer.  I use it everywhere-under eyes and to conceal blemishes and scars.  Definitely something I will pick up in the UK in June.


MAC Studio Fix:

A brilliant product for setting foundation-I had seen Nic from Pixiwoo using this quite a lot in tutorials as a powder foundation but, in the spirit of more is always more I applied my foundation and then this on top as my setting powder.  And to apply it, my favourite brush is a flat topped buffing brush.

Studio Fix is really really finely milled which makes it perfect for buffing over the skin.  I like it because it's not chalky or powdery and it evens out my skintone.  It can also be used as a powder foundation which gives lighter coverage but that's not for me. It also lasted absolutely ages.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow pencil in 20E:

I'm a big fan of a chunky eyeshadow stick and these are actually discontinued and replaced by the Aqua Matic waterproof glide on eyeshadow sticks.  But the formula of these is great-they are budge proof, crease proof and fade proof and also work brilliantly as an eyeshadow base.  The Sephora ones I love are a very close dupe and the shade Taupe is an almost exact match for this one.

So that's everything I have used up recently and I noticed two things-a lot of these things I have already spoken about on my blog which shows I am not a total floozy with make up products and do genuinely use things up rather than jumping from one thing to another and also that a lot of these products are really really good!

Have you tried any of them?

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Lip Six


lipstick swatches

Happy Monday!  Well last week was a rough week for me-I had chronic abdominal pain and so am under investigation and when this post goes live I will be having another scan which will hopefully help my doctor to make a decision on treatment.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Here are my last six lip picks:

Top row-(L) Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 5 (love love love this) (R) NARS lipgloss in Striptease (review!)

Middle row-(L) Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy lipstick in Intense Nude (R) MAC Satin lipstick in Twig

Bottom row-(L) MAC Mineralize lipstick in Lady at Play (R) MAC Amplified lipstick in Chatterbox

Which is your favourite?

Have an amazing week!


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

The review: Hylamide HA Blur Primer


Hylamide HA Blur Primer

I admit to being a bit of a primer freak-make up primer, primer mist, eyeshadow primer, eyelash primer-I own and use them all daily.  More is more.

So when Deciem sent my Hylamide's latest release, their HA Blur, I had an inkling this would be something I might love.

So let's get techy for a moment and talk about how this primer works.  The primer feels like a silicone laden formula and it's thick and balmy but it actually contains no silicone at all.  As much as silicone primers are brilliant for blurring the skin, they can actually break down makeup throughout the day and silicone isn't great for dry skin because it basically sucks out all the moisture.

So why do we use blurring products?  Basically because they work by scattering the light as it hits our faces which gives the illusion of better skin-smaller pores, less lines, more even tone etc etc.

What HA Blur does is use Hyaluronic Acid powder to create prism shaped particles that reflect light from the skin.  Not only does it blur the skin but it because it uses hyaluronic acid it smoothes, hydrates and plumps up the skin giving the perfect base for foundation.  Pores are definitely blurred and you do get that velvet-y smooth finish to the skin that you get with silicone based products but without the heavy feeling of silicone on the skin. 

I love applying this after moisturiser and before foundation although you can use this throughout the day to touch up-the best way is to dispense a small amount onto your fingers, very gently rub your hands together to disperse the product evenly and then press your hands onto your skin.  If I am using it in the morning I then apply my foundation with a damp beauty blender and find that gets the best results because it doesn't disturb the primer on the skin.  It doesn't cause make up to separate throughout the day and the hyaluronic acid clings to your base (in a good way), making your foundation look fresher for longer.

Don't just take my word for it, The Sunday Girl and London Beauty Queen, two of the most no nonsense bloggers I know both rate this highly too.

This product is a little bit 'instagram filter-y' because it does seem to create a skin surface that is significantly smoother-fine lines and pores seem to disappear and you immediately have a good skin day.  And who doesn't want that?

HA Blur can be bought from Escentual, Look Fantastic and Boots in the UK and retails for about the £18 mark-link!

*contains a product sent to me for review.  Thoughts and opinions are, as always, my very own.

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