Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Spring Beauty Haul

First off I have to apologise for my lack of posts over these past four months. I feel like everything has just piled up and I've not had any time to update my blog in between revision for SO many tests. Enough excuses, I'll just get straight into today's post.

The other day, I ordered a cheeky purchase from Debenhams because I was a) almost out of my go-to foundation and b) in the mood for spending money on cosmetics! I didn't go mad because I have to start saving for November when I'll be going to Florida. I also placed a small order from Elf Cosmetics during their 50% off sale last week and I thought I'd share what I bought with you all!

I took advantage of the sun and snapped a few pictures of the products outside!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation SPF 15
From Debenhams, I purchased two MAC products. One was my usual Studio Fix Fluid Foundation with SPF 15 in the shade NC15 (my fourth bottle! I go through this stuff way too quickly!) because I was running low on it. I absolutely love this foundation because it's generally known for being a bit matte when on the skin- but not so much that it looks cakey. It's the perfect in between foundation for me and is generally a medium/high coverage. 

MAC Peaches
The second MAC product I purchased was the Sheertone Blush 'Peaches' (on the left), which (as the name implies) is a peachy-pink colour for the cheeks which just brightens up your complexion. I only own two MAC blushes- the second (to the right) being 'Fleur Power' which is a Powder blush that I use almost every day on my cheeks because I think that it's a simple blush that doesn't look too bright but still looks like you've got some colour to the cheeks.

From Elf, I bought the Kabuki Face Brush, an Eyeshadow "C" Brush and the Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara just to give it a try. Since I received these about four days ago, I've used all of these products in my daily make-up routine and I think I'd feel a bit lost without them now!

Elf Kabuki Face Brush
The Kabuki Brush is normally £6 from Elf, which although is considered quite cheap in comparison to the ridiculously expensive £36 MAC Kabuki, I never really wanted to spend that much on a single product from Elf. I've always found Elf a cheap make-up cosmetics company and anything over £4 just seems expensive from there! So when I got an e-mail saying that they were having a 50% off sale, I jumped on the bandwagon and bought myself the Kabuki brush. Elf brushes from the studio line are surprisingly soft considering they range from £3.75 to £6 and since using the Kabuki, it has yet to malt on me! It's very soft and comfortable on the skin and I use it daily to apply my Stay Matte powder from Rimmel.

Elf Eyeshadow "C" Brush
The Eyeshadow "C" Brush was a bit of an odd purchase. I just wanted a good brush that would pack eyeshadow onto my lid before applying eyeshadow in the crease and I thought that the shape of this brush would allow that nicely and easily. Again, it's a nice soft brush but it's much more dense (obviously!) than the Kabuki so it allows a lot of eyeshadow to be picked up by the hairs. I'm pleasantly surprised with how good this brush is and I highly recommend it for anyone that wants a decent eyeshadow brush without wanting to fork out a lot of money for one!

Elf Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara
Finally, the Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara. Now, I have to admit, this was only a last minute decision to add to my basket. I'd seen a few beauty bloggers speak about this before but nothing 'ground-breaking' was mentioned about it. So far, I've only used this product on my eyelashes before applying mascara and it actually seems to lengthen them greatly. After applying this to the eyelashes, I put on my Clinique High Impact Mascara and it seems to make a great deal of difference when it comes to length. It doesn't curly the eyelashes much and it definitely doesn't volumize them- but if you're looking for a lengthening product for the lashes, then this is your ticket!

I hope that you have all been well these past four months! 
Did any of you take advantage of the 50% off offers from Elf? If you did, what did you buy that you'd recommend?