Friday, June 20, 2014

Cheeky Beauty Haul Part 3: Haul

We've made it to the 3rd and final installment of my beauty haul, woohoo! I made my first ever purchase on Beauty Bay the other day and 2 days later, it arrived and I am so excited to try everything! You'll be able to see that subconsciously I was feeling all things eyes/brows. So without further ado, here's what I bought:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown - every beauty blogger and her dog has tried and raved about this so finally I have jumped on the bandwagon. I am all about the brows and currently use MAC Eyeshadow in Concrete with an angled brush, however I do find it difficult to get the ends of the brow just right so I am hoping this nifty pen and spoolie will do the trick.

Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Palette - another beauty blogger favourite, and who doesn't love a good neutral eye palette? I have been travelling a fair amount recently and will be going away some more in the next few months and really wanted a good travel sized palette. I have the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette but find this a little bit too bulky to carry around so thats why I picked up one of these. Will do a more indepth review once I have tried it out but I can tell I am going to love it! Its currently on sale on BeautyBay so go, go, go!

Japonesque Touch Up Razor Set - I have Anna from Vivianna Does Make Up to thank for this! I too suffer from bushy eyebrows (with some sparse spots) and eyebrow hairs that can grow quite long! When I dont have time to go to my eyebrow lady to tame them, I sometimes use nail scissors to trim them, with admittedly mixed results, one slip of the hand and for the next month I have to pack on the brow powder to cover the bald patches! I've yet to try this but it looks like itll be much easier to trim those unruly brows. Its currently sold out on BeautyBay but I found it here.

Beautybay Freebie: Travel size Murad Essential C Cleanser 45ml - The great thing about BeautyBay is you can choose a free sample and I am in need of a good travel sized cleanser so opted for this Murad cleanser. I have heard a lot about Murad but have never tried any of their products so I will let you know my thoughts!

If you missed part 1 of my beauty haul on Sigma brushes you can see it here:

And here's part 2 on Skincare and Fragrance.


Lisa x

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cheeky Beauty Haul Part 2: Skincare & Fragrance

Welcome to part 2 of my beauty haul! In this post I'm going to share my latest skincare & fragrance purchases:

Bioderma Micellar Water 500ml x2 - a lovely friend of mine was going to Paris for the weekend so I asked her to buy me a twin pack of this makeup removing staple and she kindly came back with the goods! It used to be that it was  alot more expensive to buy this in the UK but I paid roughly £15 for two bottles (I think it was around 17 Euros from memory?), and you can now find Bioderma for about the same price here. You've seen loads of reviews on this wonder product so I wont go on about it, I just love using it to remove the bulk of my make up before I go in with a cleanser.

Clarins Pore Minimising Serum 30ml - I picked this up on a weekend mini break to Norfolk where I had a lovely facial at the Hoste Beauty Spa in Burnham Market, I enjoyed it so much I fell asleep and was snoring merrily away according to my therapist! When I finally awoke, mortified, she recommended that I use this pore minimising serum to improve the texture of my skin, which is quite oily and therefore prone to enlarged pores and breakouts. I'm going to keep trialling this and let you guys know my thoughts in a few weeks.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Anti Blemish Cream - since coming off the pill 3 months ago (for health reasons, not baby-making reasons just yet!), my skin has gone all out of whack as my hormones are trying to rebalance - oilier with a few more spots and lumps and bumps. I'd used Effaclar Duo in the past and had great results so I decided to pick some more up to see if it would help with my skin. Its too soon to tell but my skin has calmed down a fair bit with fewer bumps under the skin. Again I will do a full review of my skincare routine in the next month or so.

Emporio Armani White Diamonds EDP - I have had my eye on this fragrance for a while but for some reason never got around to buying it. I was in Debenhams and saw this was on sale so I finally forked over the cash for this beauty. Firstly the bottle is so chic and understated, with facets like a diamond. And as for the scent, its is very fresh and floral with a hint of fruitiness without being too sweet, perfect for everyday and perfect for summer!

If you missed Part 1 of my beauty haul, check it out here.

Lisa x

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cheeky Beauty Haul Part 1: Sigma Makeup Brushes

Hey guys, remember me? I am so sorry I have been MIA the last month and a half, I won't bore you with the details but I have been a busy bee, my husband and I are currently on the search for our first home so that has been an all-consuming endeavour.

So anyway, even though I have been busy house-hunting I have actually managed to fit in a fair amount of shopping, in particular beauty and fashion! Because I have bought a fair bit I have decided to split my posts into a few parts: so today I am going to share with you my recent foray into Sigma Beauty Brushes!

Excuse the dirty brushes (oops!)

I am so excited that I am now in the possession of these babies! I ordered them through Amazon UK; they arrived a couple of days ago and I have been busy testing them out. Here are my thoughts so far:

Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush - this is hands down my favourite of the three. It is just so soft and buffs the foundation into my skin so beautifully it looks airbrushed. Not only that, but I really feel that using this brush helps to prolong the wear of my foundation; when I don't use the F80 I feel like by the end of the day, my foundation has lifted out of my skin and just sits on top in a greasy mess, ew. Yes, it is safe to say, I am in L-O-V-E.

Sigma E35 Tapered Blending Brush - I used to own a MAC 217 a few months ago but I lost it when I went home to Australia to get married, however I suspect that actually one of my sisters stole it! Now that I am in possesion of this blending wonder, I can get back to doing those lovely blended smokey eye looks again. It is very soft and very similar to the MAC 217, perhaps slightly longer. I am enjoying using this.

Sigma E75 Angled Brow Brush - this is the least favourite of my Sigma purchases. I tried using it on my brows but the bristles are too bendy and thin, I feel like it doesnt put enough powder into my brows nor can I get much control with it. I then tried to use it to apply gel eyeliner to create a cat eye, but again the bristles were too flexible and I ended up poking myself in the eye. But I will persevere and try and find a use for it.

Have you tried Sigma make up brushes? What are your faves? What are ones to avoid?

Lisa x

This was taken at the end of my work day and apart from touching up with translucent powder my base is still flawless thanks to my new love!