I’ve gone on a bit of a spending spree these last few weeks. It always happens this time of year doesn’t it? You restrict your spending throughout January and some of February, in the name of Christmas aftermath.. Then you forget all about it by March. Well, at least that’s what I do!
I haven’t gone too crazy, just treated myself to a few bits. So I thought it would be a good idea to share my recent purchases and give you my initial opinions on them.
I put in my first ever order on the Colourpop site recently – when the Zoella collab collection launched. Colourpop were offering free international delivery and I’d discovered that in the UK you don’t have to pay for customs with Colourpop anymore as they cover that cost. So really I couldn’t say no..
Zoella x Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in the shade @me ($6.50)
This mauve toned pinky nude is right up my street and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to send it to my basket. Plus… the cute box would’ve been too hard to resist. I hadn’t tried the Ultra Matte Lip before, but I had heard a lot of good things about the formula and I do love a matte lip. I’ve only worn it twice since purchasing, but I’ve enjoyed it both times! The shade really compliments my pale skin and dark eyes (purpley tones are my favourite to wear). The staying power proved great too. I do think the formula is ever so slightly drying, but it’s no problem for me personally so long as I prep my lips well.
Zoella x Colourpop Brunch Date Palette ($18)
For me, this palette was the star of the Zoella collab collection. I did see a lot of people calling it ‘basic’ and were kind of unimpressed. But for me, these shades are perfect. It’s nice to have a few natural colours in your collection and I thought a lot of these shades would be ideal for day to day looks, with a couple options to jazz it up a bit. Unfortunately, the shade Sundae Funday came smashed. I was disappointed as after watching Zoe’s video showing the collection, this was one of the shadows I was most looking forward too. Colourpop were great though and they offered me a refund for the palette. I’ve managed to reform the shadow, but it’s not perfect. Other than that, I’ve enjoyed playing with it so far. The colours all seem really pigmented and easily blendable. And I am in love with the shimmers!
Kathleen Lights x Colourpop Lux Lipstick in the shade Scorpio Moon ($7)
I’ve wanted this lipstick for SO LONG. Again, the purple/mauve shades just call my name. This one is a little more purple than @me, but they are quite similar. I think I prefer this Lux Lipstick formula. It’s really comfortable to wear and feels creamy on the lips, but the finish is more satin/matte. I’ve been reaching for this quite a bit since I bought it. The staying power is really good and on top of that it fades really nicely on the lips. It does cause a bit of pinky staining (which is probably why it still looks great once it begins to fade) but for me it’s not as issue – it comes off with a bit of face wash.
Kathleen Lights x Colourpop Zodiac Loose Pigment in the shades The Scales & The Maiden ($6 each)
(can you tell I love my YouTube collab’s?) When Kathleen spoke about these pigments I wasn’t SUPER interested although they looked pretty. I’ve only got a couple of other loose pigments in my makeup stash, and I’ll be honest they’re not brilliant and I don’t use them all that often. But the more I saw people use these and saw looks Kathleen was creating, I started to want to try them as they looked impressive! I decided to just pick a couple to try out & I went with the pale pink and the white shades as I think they’re the ones I’d use most! I’ve used them with setting spray so far and they are so pretty on the eyes – just all over the lid with a deeper colour in the crease. I’m yet to try them with glitter glue, but I think I’ll love them even more as it should take them to the next level.
I had my eye on a couple bits from Morphe and I was trying so hard to tell myself I didn’t NEED them, but it turns out I have no willpower, so I put in the order & I don’t regret it.
Morphe Continuous Setting Mist (£15)
At the moment I’ve been using a Superdrug Vitamin E spray to set my makeup. I do love that stuff, it leaves my makeup looking more like skin and leaves a nice dewy finish. However, it doesn’t increase the longevity of my makeup (it doesn’t claim too). So I wanted to pick something different up to try. I’ve heard good things about this one so I decided to just go for it. I was in love from the first time I used it, just because it felt so nice on the skin?! The mist is so fine. It allows my makeup to melt more into my skin and I do think it kept my makeup looking nicer for longer, but I’ll have to test that out a little more.
Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer Brush (£16)
I’ve been hunting for a new foundation brush because my Real Techniques one is getting kind of old. Which is sad because I do love it. However, the M439 was recommended to me by a friend, and I liked the look of it, so I decided to give it a go! I’ve only used it a few times so far but it blends my makeup out so easily and quickly, and it doesn’t leave streaks. I’ve been fairly fussy with foundation brushes in the past, but this one has passed the initial test for sure.
A little haul isn’t complete without a trip to Superdrug is it? I repurchased a few bits that I already love, but I decided not to include those in this post and instead just mention the things new to me.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (£5.99)
I read a blog post describing this concealer as ‘creamy’ and I wanted it straight away. I’d never thought about getting this concealer before despite it being popular, as I’m not a fan of the Fit Me foundation. But my skin is super dry and sometimes my under eyes can look even dryer with certain concealers. Considering that this is an affordable concealer, I thought it was worth trying out. I’m really glad I did because I’ve been loving it! I definitely agree that it is a creamy concealer. It is about medium to full(ish) coverage and I usually go for a higher coverage concealer. But I think that’s only because it is what I’m used too, and the pro’s of it not looking super dry or creasing too badly under my eyes out weight the con’s of the slightly lower coverage. It still covers everything I need covered. I’ll definitely be re-purchasing this one, I wish I’d tried it sooner.
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Dark (£14.99)
I don’t self tan all the time. Mostly just when I have the time and feel like it, or if I’m going somewhere. I have been using St. Moriz Tanning Mousse in Medium, but I’ve decided it’s time to go a little darker. Bondi Sands has been recommended to me by just about everyone. It seems to be a lot of people’s favourite so I wanted to go with something I could most likely trust. Luckily for me it was also on offer when I purchased! I haven’t yet tried it, so I can’t give my opinion as of yet, but I’ll post an update at some point. One things for sure – I need to get a darker shade of foundation before I use this..
That’s everything. I feel like I’ve rambled on way too long today so I’m going to end the post here. Please feel free to leave a comment below letting me know your opinions on any of these products.
Thanks for reading!