5/18/2016

Beauty Products I Used and Liked | May



It feels like an eternity since I last blogged about beauty. In reality, it was only about two weeks ago. Regardless, I miss beauty and genuinely miss talking about it so that's going to be amended. Today I thought I'd walk you through some new beauty bits I've been sent as well as some I've bought myself. There's some absolute gems in here and some limited edition products you may want to check out...


Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm-As I study from home I don't really wear makeup but I do like to always throw on a lip balm. This one from Lush was recommended to me by Emma. Its scent is divine, a blend of vanilla and honey. It also helps that it feels extremely nourishing on the lips and I love it for that.

MAC Vamplify in Pamela*, limited edition-Firstly, who else gets Kylie Lip Kit vibes from this packaging? Shaaanxo made a point in her vlogs that it gives off Kat Von D vibes too. Either way, I like it. It's sleek and so aesthetically pleasing. Anyway, MAC have bought out some more of their Vamplify glosses in the Brooke Candy collection. These are like a liquid lipstick and gloss but without the dryness and stickiness of either product. They're incredibly creamy and pigmented. Pamela is essentially Whirl in lipgloss form. I highly recommend this if you're not quite ready to branch out with a liquid lipstick just yet.

Lancome Juicy Shaker in Freedom of Peach*, available May 23rd-Side note: It took me way too long to open the cocktail shaker that housed this lip product. As a friend of mine pointed out, I certainly do not deserve a drink. Anyway, Lisa Eldridge's creative role at Lancome has meant a bunch of exciting new releases and campaigns. These are bi-phase lip oils that combine nourishing oils with pigments, when you shake them. Like a Polaroid picture, or a cocktail. They're super hydrating and give your lips a glossy look without feeling tacky or sticky on the lips. Amen. They have an extremly subtle tint to them, so they're great for lazy makeup days. I have to give props to the applicator too. It feels really spongy and bouncy, like a Beauty Blender for your lips. Its slanted tip gets right into the contours as well. I highly recommend you check these out when they're on counter. I predict it'll be like the Juicy Tubes craze all over again.

Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara-EmilyKirsty and I made an order from Tarte's site when they had 30% off everything and free shipping. It was too good an offer to pass up. I'm quite the Tarte fan at the moment so I decided to grab a couple of their newer products to try. I'd seen mixed reviews for this mascara online but I really like it. Their website claims it increases volume by 2700%. I always find statistics like that a bit...ridiculous. Maybe it is true but anyway, this mascara certainly does make your lashes look next level amazing. Tarte's mascaras do not disappoint so if you want a cruelty-free, mostly vegan alternative to your standard mascara, they have you set.



La Roche Posay Serozinc, not pictured-The lovely Lena brought this back for me from Melbourne as it's finally available at Priceline over there. Side note: Can someone bring La Roche Posay to NZ? Get on it please. Serozinc caused a major stir in the beauty blogging world thanks to the likes of Caroline Hirons and I know Anna used to rave about this too so it has been on my radar for a while. Serozinc is essentially a spray toner that's designed for sensitive skin. It contains zinc sulfate, sodium chloride and water so it's very fuss-free. No fragrances, no concentrated alcohol. It might be a placebo effect like Morgan acknowledges but whatever it is, it seems to calm down angry skin. Seriously, I notice a difference when I forget to use this. I'm not sure what's going to happen when it runs out...my skin+I will cry. 

Simply Essential Brushes*-A couple of weeks back I was kindly sent these brushes by The Beauty Collective along with some bubbles and chocolate. They sent me the Angled Blender BrushFlat Top Kabuki Brush and the Tapered Kabuki Brush. The angled blender brush is best for crease work, although it can be used for highlight on the brow bone as well. The flat top kabuki brush is my favourite of the three, although they're all amazing. It blends in foundation seamlessly. The tapered kabuki brush would work well for cream contouring but I use it to powder under my eyes. They're all incredibly high quality synthetic brushes that aren't going to break the bank. Plus they have rose gold hardware. Sold!

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Stick in Sand Bar*, not pictured-Somehow I managed to forget to photograph this as well. Whoops. MAC have bought out new eyeshadow crayons recently, they're all matte as far as I know and come in a range of shades. There's more neutral colours and then some more daring colours like blues and brights. These remind me of MAC's paint pots in pen form. They make fantastic bases that are going to adhere whatever's applied over the top of them to the lids. You can also use them nicely as eyeliners too. Sand Bar is a soft camel nude that reminds me of a muted down version of MAC Soba eyeshadow. I like to use this underneath eyeshadows when I don't have time to fuss around with a paint pot or on its own. These are worth checking out if you're near a MAC counter and after a new eye makeup love.

-Have you tried any of these products before? What's been on your beauty radar recently?
*PR Sample

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