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Products I broke my no buy for

Hey everyone,

Most of you will know that I put myself on a no buy until I reached my target of 100 empties; with the exception of a few purchases of new releases, limited edition items or massive sales. Even though I knew it wouldn’t be a complete no buy I still feel as though I failed massively. Now that I have reached my target, for details you will have to see my May empties and lipstick sample decluttering post coming soon, I thought I would show you all the products I bought during my ‘no buy’ and tell you a little bit about why I made those purchases and whether I regret them.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Photofocus foundation in Porcelain £15.99 ~ This was the first product that I broke my no buy for. For those wondering, I do live in the UK and therefore have to purchase Wet ‘n’ Wild products off of Amazon. I haven’t owned any products from this brand before as you can’t get it easily. However, I knew I had to get my hands on this foundation after it received a holy grail status in some many peoples’ collections. I picked the shade based on Jeffree Star’s video and its a good match for me. I haven’t used it that much but I do think it lasts on the skin well and has good coverage.

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Contouring palette in Dulce de Leche £9.48 ~ This is a real regret of mine. I thought it looked great online but it is chalky and the contour shade is difficult to blend out on my cheeks. I don’t think I will be using this much.

Colourpop order #1 – £40.29:

Pressed powder duo in Double Play ~ The ‘blush’ in this duo is a bronzer on me but that is why I bought it. I really love this duo. The pigmentation, the shades and the price point make it an incredible product. Congrats Colourpop, another amazing launch.

Ultra Blotted lip in Doozy ~ This is a new formula gives your lips a beautiful tint for summer. Out of the entire collection there were only two shades that I wanted: Doozy and Zuma. At the time I made this order Zuma was out of stock (but as you will see later I got that one too). I love this new product from Colourpop, I think they did a really great job with the colour range and formula; its very unique.

Super Shock cheek in Prenup ~ I have worn this and I like how the shade turned out on my skin. I just regret picking this up because I only did it to match the minimum for free shipping exactly, I didn’t intend to buy it.

This order in total was $30 and the rest was VAT. I made the order at that point in time because the free shipping got reduced from when you spend $50 to $30. Overall I would say that the only one I am not 100% content with having purchased during my no buy is the blush. The other two products I am obsessed with, so 2/3 were good purchases for me.

BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel original palette £18.00 ~ This finally was released on the BeautyBay website and I had been wanting it since it first released years ago. The release of the new deluxe addition palette is what spurred on this purchase. As the original palette is going to be discontinued! I prefer the size of this palette far more to the deluxe one, so I decided to pick this up before it is gone for good.

Melt Cosmetics order – £71.96:

Digital Dust Highlighter in Stargazer and Gold Ore ~ This was a very expensive order but I had never purchased anything from Melt Cosmetics before. However, this launch took over Instagram and I ended up buying it on the train the day of the launch. Stargazer is my favourite of the two as it gives such a beautiful peachy icy glow, where as gold ore is a true gold better suited to medium + skin tones. It just means I have to apply it very sheer it order to make that particular shade work for my skin tone.

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero highlighter palette £39.00 ~ The photo below explains the reasoning behind this purchase. It is so stunning. As soon as I saw it was in stock on the ABH UK website and that there was free shipping, I knew it was meant to be. Every shade is pigmented, the pans are a good size and the packaging is beautiful. Nicole did an amazing job and I highly recommend this palette.

Tarte cosmetics order #1 – £63.60:

Lip facial lip scrub ~ I was so excited for this because it is a lip scrub in a lip crayon form. I have been using this…and I am obsessed. When I run out I will immediately repurchase. If like me you don’t like sticking your fingers in a pot of lip scrub, this is perfect and easy to use. Check it out and I promise you won’t regret it.

Travel size brighter days highlighting moisturiser ~ I wanted the full size of this for so long but it is constantly out of stock, so I picked up the smaller size.


Tarte mother nature’s miracles discovery set ~ This included a mini colour splash lipstick in ‘Island Life’, a 15ml Maracuja oil, a mini lights, camera, lashes mascara, a 30ml Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting mist, a 50ml Rainforest of the Sea deep dive cleansing gel, 1 pack of under eye patches and a mini amazonian clay blush in ‘feisty’. These kits are a great way to try out lots of products for a great price.


Tarte cosmetics order #2 – £60.00:

Custom kit – Purple makeup bag, amazonian clay blush in celebrated, gifted mascara, tarteist quick dry matte lip paint in festival, bamboo contour brush, empowered hybrid gel foundation in fair-light neutral and lights, camera, lashes precision longwear liner in black (£50.00 + £10.00 tax) ~ This was far too good a promotion to miss. You got 7 full size products in the kit for £50.00. I love Tarte products and at the time wanted to add more to my collection. This is definitely becoming one of my favourite brands.

Colourpop order #2 – £61.05:

Gemini by Night palette ~ This was the only product that I picked up from the Sonya Esman x Colourpop collection. It has stunning shades and Colourpop’s single shadow formula is incredible with an enormous shade range. The launch of this collection was what prompted this order and I don’t regret purchasing this palette.

Ultra Blotted lip in Zuma ~ This was the shade of the Ultra blotted lip that I was going to purchase in my first Colourpop order but it was sold out then. I am super happy that this restocked because it is such a beautiful shade. Get your hands on it as soon as you can!

Pressed Shadows in Pretty Cruel, Flower boy, Bouquet Toss, Team Captain, Say I do and Too Much ~ When you purchased 3 shadows, they became $3.33 each due to a promotion that was going on. Therefore, I decided to pick up all the shades that were originally in the Valentine’s day collection duos (I didn’t buy that collection) that I wanted and one shade that I don’t own anything like. That singular shade is ‘Team Captain’, its a beautiful khaki green shade. I don’t have any shadows that colour so I bought it to experiment with that tone of shadow.

Free Liquid lip minis in Frick n Frack, Dopey and Strip ~ Yet another great promotion that Colourpop had on at the time, every time your order reached a certain amount you were able to choose a free liquid lip mini. These are all shades that I have really wanted to try out so I am super excited to see what they look like on the lips.

Wet N Wild MegaGlow Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals £11.99 ~ I saw this for sale on Amazon and for the first time it was ridiculously priced (I have seen it for over £60 no joke). This is a super hyped up product, so since it was reduced I thought I would try it. This is such a beautiful highlighter, so I highly recommend you pick it up if it is in stock near you.

MAC Fruity Juicy collection limited edition lipstick in Calm Heat £16.50 ~ Babsbeauty showed this on her Snapchat and I fell in love. It is a truly beautiful nude lipstick and the packaging is gorgeous, this is a purchase I do not regret.

NYX Bright Idea illuminating stick in Pearl Pink Lace £7.50 ~ This was a completely random buy, which made it a regret. The product itself is really nice, I just wish I hadn’t purchased it during my no buy. It gives your cheeks a nice light pink glow and the colour range in the store was really good. This range also includes highlighters and bronzers as well as blushes.

Maybelline Dream Cushion foundation in 01 Natural Ivory £13.99 ~ This was the final product that I purchased during my first ‘no buy’ period and it was because I wanted to try and cushion foundation but didn’t want to pay the high end price tag during the no buy. It was difficult to choose between this and the L’Oreal one but this just had such good reviews and was £1 cheaper at the time. I have used this a few times and I really like it, the coverage is good and it lasts quite well on the skin considering the type of product.

All these products in aggregate come to a disgusting £429.35. With each small purchase, it didn’t feel like it had come to that amount. I am genuinely shocked at how little restraint I have shown. Well my no buy is over and won’t be reinstated (I don’t see the point as it didn’t work). I hope you guys enjoyed this all the same and I look forward to you reading my decluttering and empties posts coming very soon.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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Too Faced – two items – one opinion

Hey everyone I know it has been awhile since my last post but this summer I am really going to commit to doing more posts on this blog and my Instagram page. This post will be about the two Too Faced Cosmetics products I purchased recently. I had been dying for ages to purchase items from this brand but somehow the items I wanted would always be out of stock. Well recently Debenhams has started selling Too Faced Cosmetics in store and online, rather than in Boots. Firstly, I saw this news online so whilst I was purchasing from the M.A.C Wash and Dry Collection (that will be another post) I knew I had to make a purchase. So I purchased my first ever Too Faced product from the online Debenhams website. This first product was the Too Faced Melted liquified long wear lipstick in melted nude.

Packaging:

Too Faced Melted lipstick

Too Faced Melted lipstick

Melted lipstick in Melted Nude

Melted lipstick in Melted Nude

View of sponge applicator

View of sponge applicator

The packaging is really cute with black and gold writing on the tube. I really like the fact that it is a squeezy tube which allows you to dispense just the amount of product you want for application every time. It has an angled velvet tip which the product is dispensed onto so you can apply the product straight to your lips. Due to the shape of the applicator it does allow you to apply the product precisely where you want to.

Product:

Lip swatch of Melted Nude

Lip swatch of Melted Nude

Swatch of Melted Nude

Swatch of Melted Nude

Melted nude is a neutral nude shade. Although it is a bit warm on my super pale skin tone. The formula of these lipsticks are smooth, velvety and creamy. It applies easily due to the applicator. The product lasts for a really long time on the lips as well. So far this product hasn’t failed me.

Price:

This product in the UK is £19 on the Debenhams website or $21 on the Sephora website. I think this product is worth the price since the packaging is really pretty, the formula is really creamy and velvety and it lasts a really long time. I will definitely be picking up some more shades. However, if you are new to makeup I suggest you go in store, swatch the shades and find the one you would wear all the time. Before you spend that amount of money.

Link to Melted lipstick on Debenhams UK website: Click here

Link to Melted lipstick on Sephora website: Click here

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Too Faced Cosmetics- Boudoir Eyes eyeshadow palette:

This is the second product that I purchased from Too Faced. However, I purchased this one in store as I wanted to swatch the colours. The sales assistant at the counter was really nice, not one of those ones who tries to squeeze every penny they can out of you. She suggested this palette to me because it was a little outside my comfort zone with the grey and purple shade. I am so glad I listened to her though because the purple is actually one of my favourite eyeshadow shades now.

Packaging:

The packaging again looks very sophisticated, with black and gold writing. The palette itself looks like a mattress to support the name Boudoir Eyes. The eyeshadow palette has a mirror inside with a how-to-guide of the three different combos you can do for a day, classic or fashion look. Obviously you can use the eyeshadows in different combinations but I think it is a great aid for those who aren’t that good at creating eyeshadow looks for themselves. I have to say that although I shouldn’t of, a majority of the reason I purchased this eyeshadow palette rather than the other ones other than the sales assistant and packaging are the shade names. This palette makes me smile every time I open it. There are nine shades in the palette: In the Buff, Fuzzy Handcuffs, Voulez-Vous, Satin Sheets, Sugar Walls, Garter Belt, Birthday Suit, Lap Dance and French Tickler. Safe to say that this palette isn’t the sort that you would buy your fourteen year old for her birthday. Shame for them though considering how lovely the colours are.

Inside the palette

Inside the palette

Close up of the eyeshadows

Close up of the eyeshadows

Product:

These eyeshadows all blend incredibly well, which makes it really easy to create flawless eyeshadow looks. All the shadows apply really smoothly and are really pigmented. Swatches of each row are included below.

In the Buff, Fuzzy Handcuffs and Voulez-Vous

In the Buff, Fuzzy Handcuffs and Voulez-Vous

Satin Sheets, Sugar Walls and Garter Belt

Satin Sheets, Sugar Walls and Garter Belt

Birthday Suit, Lap Dance and French Tickler

Birthday Suit, Lap Dance and French Tickler

Price:

This palette is £29 at Debenhams or $36 on the Sephora website. Totally worth the price, if I finish this palette I will repurchase for sure.

Link to Boudoir Eyes on Debenhams UK website: Click here

Link to Boudoir Eyes on Sephora website: Click here

Extra black or so couture? Comparison review

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Extra black version

Extra black version

So couture version

So couture version

The L’oreal volume million lashes collection has many different versions. The two I own are the extra black version and the new so couture version.

I recently purchased the so couture version after seeing it advertised on TV profusely and there is only about a month of life left in my all time favourite mascara (the extra black).

Starting with the extra black it has a larger brush (as seen above) and applies on the lashes for a thicker look. However, as most of you ladies know, this means it is easier for the lashes to clump after the first layer of mascara.

The so couture has beautiful purple packaging that reflects the light. It separates the lashes and is more precise than the extra black. It adds more volume and is far better for your lower lashes due to the added precision. 

With both mascaras being jet black and extending your lashes. It really depends on which eyelash look you prefer as to which mascara is better for you. If you put mascara on your bottom lashes then the so couture is for you. However, if you prefer a thicker brush and really black mascara you will love the extra black version.

If you wish to buy these you can get the extra black here.

And the so couture here.

Also, I would like to thank everyone who is following my new Instagram. if you haven’t checked it out I am currently doing the 10 days of beauty hash tag. My username unimaginatively is teenbeautylife.

Until the next time beauts x