Friday, August 14, 2015


I know I know-this might not be the US mega haul you were expecting, but in all honesty it was so outfacing when I unpacked it all that writing the post would have taken days!  So I thought I would share a UK Space NK and a John Lewis haul that arrived this week.

First up, I had £50 of N'Dulge points to spend that were expiring so that is how this haul started.  Kevyn Aucoin was mainly the target of my affections!

What caught my eye first was The Celestial Bronzing Veil powders in Tropical Days and Tropical Nights.  I. do. not. need. any. more. bronzers.  But they're my latest obsession so humour me.  These little pans are so beautiful, they're little pans of gorgeousness and I can't wait to try them.  Swatched, Tropical Days looks a perfect match for my pale skintone (NW15 in MAC, Mont Blanc in NARS, BR20 in YSL).  Tropical Nights looks scarily dark so I will see how I get on with it.  The bronzer is a powder but it felt almost creamy when I swatched it and I think I am going to love it.  These bronzers contain 'crystal pigments' in bronze, gold and silver to give you the most natural glow and they don't seem to run either too cool or too warm.  I'll review fully when I've tested them thoroughly.

I also picked up two of the Eye Pigment Primatifs in (top) Titian and (bottom) Horizon.  I had seen Sam from Pixiwoo use these recently in a tutorial.  When I opened them they are almost exactly the same as the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre texture-spongy and mousse like.  You can see how they have shrunk away from the sides and this is so common with this type of formula as every time you open them they dry out a little more.  You can prolong the life of these by storing them upside down to keep moisture at the top of the pan.  Titian is ridiculously pigmented and a rich reddy brown but Horizon seemed to lack pigment on my arm.  It's a pretty champagne colour and I'm going to test these out this week.  I haven't been much of a fan of this type of eyeshadow in the past because I do think they dry out quickly.  They're great for a couple of months but then start to crack and crumble until they're unusable and at this price point it's difficult to swallow.

I also indulged in a little more Sarah Chapman.  I am currently using the Overnight Facial and I like the fact that when I wake up my skin always looks calm and a little clearer than when I went to bed.  This product is a non glycolic based exfoliant that claims to unclog pores, soften wrinkles and even out blemish marks gently.  It can be used in conjunction with the overnight facial so I am hoping this will be a blemish fighting cocktail for my fickle skin.

My last Space NK purchase was the Laura Mercier Faux Lash mascara.  I remember seeing Michelle use this in a tutorial and it gave so much volume to her lashes.  I have my fingers crossed!!

I also did a little John Lewis online order and purchased the YSL Le Teint Saharienne Blur Perfector in the shade Sable.  Remember a couple of years ago when every beauty blogger was raving about the Chanel 'Soleil Tan De Chanel' that came in the big round pot? Well I feel like this is YSL's version of it and it comes in 5 different shades rather than just one universal Chanel version. 

It does however look a little orange when I have swatched it so I do need to see if I can make it work.  I should have gone for the lightest shade!  I got all cocky going for the non palest version there.

Finally I got something I have been lusting after for a while-Urban Decay eyeshadow in Space Cowboy.  This is purely to flatter my magpie/glitter loving/all the shiny things side.  I love Urban Decay eyeshadows and I am hoping this sparkly champagne colour will add a little something extra to night time looks.  I am already dying to layer it over the Kevyn Aucoin shades!

Have you tried any of these?  I'm dying to know your thoughts!

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