Saturday, June 22, 2013

Liberty haul

Liberty haul-Nars and Hourglass

This haul is from my very first trip to Liberty-ever!  I'd never shopped there before but I saw Rebecca at Be Beautiful talking about the beauty hall there and saying how lovely it was, so when I went to London recently I went in to kill some time before waiting for my Lash extensions appointment which was just round the corner.  If you are a regular reader of my blog you'll know I often mention Rebecca-I just love her blog.  She's so knowledgeable about skincare, I have followed many of her recommendations and benefited from them.  She has a lovely blog and youtube channel and is very bad for my bank balance!

I have posted about Liberty before as they did a great gift with purchase in May but this haul was from my first trip to London at the beginning of May.

I don't know what I was expecting but I found Liberty to be a bit of a cavern, you seem to really have to explore to find the beauty hall and even then it's split into two parallel corridors.  It almost feels like you're walking through someones home, with interesting nooks and crannies everywhere.  It has a little bit of a reputation as having snooty sales staff but to be honest the girl on the Nars counter was absolutely lovely.

Nars eyeshadow primer, Nars sheer glow foundation and Nars pro prime

I wanted to buy the Sheer Glow foundation after hearing such good things about it.  I have a preference for buying the primer that 'goes' with the foundation-I don't know if this is right or just an expensive habit but I went for the pore refining primer and also the eyeshadow primer which I have wanted to try for ages!  I am super loyal to my Clarins eyeshadow primer but I am always open to trying others and this one is widely highly rated.

I then bought three more eyeshadow duos.  I really love the Nars eyeshadows-but I have a preference for the more shimmery colours over the matte ones in the range.  I have found the shimmery colours to be much more pigmented and easier to apply than the matte which don't seem to have as good colour payoff.

Nars eyeshadow duo-Nouveau Monde

Nars eyeshadow duo-Earth Angel

Nars eyeshadow duo-Hula Hula

Nouveau Monde is a 'metallic lilac silver and rich olive gold'
Earth Angel is 'bronze taupe and muted olive' and is very wearable for daytime.
Hula Hula is 'Strawberry with gold particles and hazelnut with gold particles'.  Strawberry sounds scary as an eyeshadow shade but it's actually quite a subtle nude colour when swatched and not as pink as it looks in the pan.

Nars blush-Gilda

I'm also a total sucker for Nars blushes-this latest addition to my collection is Gilda.  Described as 'the perfect coral with a hint of red', it's highly pigmented and similar to Orgasm but with no shimmer at all.

Hourglass haul-retractable kabuki brush, Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder and eyeshadow duo in Suede

The Hourglass brushes feel amazing!  I've never felt a brush so soft-they are made of PETA-friendly takelon bristles.  I chose the retractable kabuki brush as I have been looking for one for a while and it's really densely packed.  Expensive but will last a very long time if looked after properly.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Ethereal Light

I'm SO bad.  I now own 5 of the 6 Ambient Lighting powders and this purchase was the 5th.  These powders are super super finely milled-invisible on the skin but I have been using the 'Diffused' light and it adds such a lovely radiance to the skin. 

Ethereal Light is an opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow even in broad daylight.

Hourglass Visionaire eyeshadow duo

This is my third eyeshadow duo from Hourglass.  Their eyeshadows are quite frankly amazing.  Pigmented, butter soft, easy to apply and blend, no fallout.  This is the very neutral palette of Suede, taupes with an almost grey tinge-just beautiful.  I highly recommend these.  Admittedly the girl on the Hourglass counter was a little arrogant and offhand and I would prefer to buy Hourglass from Space NK in the future.

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