Month: January 2017

January Beauty Rota

January 2017 beauty

January has been a pretty bleak month but my January beauty rota has kept me going with some great makeup and skincare finds. Last year, I fell out of love with beauty, but in the past month I’ve bought a couple of new makeup buys and I’ve been giving them a whirl over the past few weeks.

The BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo palette isn’t a new release but I spied this on Beauty Bay when I couldn’t get hold of any Morphe palettes and thought it would be a good alternative. The pigmentation is overall pretty good – the matte shades are a little on the chalky side but the selection of shades is beautiful and they work really well together.

BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette

As well as nine eyeshadows, there’s also nine lip shades in this palette – it really deserves a blog post of its own as its super pretty. This palette is so cheap – its currently £18 at Beauty Bay and $14.50 at BH Cosmetics / around £11.50 but shipping is around £8ish to the UK.

This month, I’ve also been using the Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara – This HD mascara does a good job of lengthening my lashes and enhancing volume. The formula is a little on the wet side for my liking but its one of the better high street mascaras I’ve used.

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer is seriously one of the best concealers on the market – its covers redness, imperfections and undereye circles. I love how well it blends, you can easily blend it with your fingers, sponge or brush. I prefer liquid concealers and I’m tempted to pick up a darker shade for contouring.

The Nails Inc Kensington High Street nail polish is a stunning deep berry shade and the perfect colour to vamp up a dreary January day. Darker shades really work well in cooler months and this colour makes a good transition shade into spring.

Zelens 3T Complex is a night cream I’ve been using for a while. I only have a small tube as the full size costs £95. I’ll be honest when I say that almost £100 for a skincare product is completely out of my budget. Still, this is a lovely cream and if I had the cash, I’d be seriously tempted in making a purchase. Formulated with plant extracts, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and rice proteins, this rich and nourishing cream has a luxe feel to it. Most importantly, it makes my skin feel great instantly – my complexion looks radiant, plumped and feels softer.

What have you been using this month?

A Colourpop Haul

Colourpop

Colourpop is an indie brand that has blown up over the last year. You probably don’t need any introduction, but in case you do, their products are only available to purchase online via the US website.

I’ve been eyeing up a few of their products for a while but since the introduction of UK shipping (you can also use a shipping website like Shipito – see Jasmine’s post here), I’ve made two small orders.

Colourpop prices are super cheap – they range from $5 for an eyeshadow to $8 for a highlighter. International shipping depends on weight. For the first order of highlighter and lipgloss, I paid around £10, whereas shipping on the second order was free for over a $30 spend. However, I did have to pay a £13 customs charge when it arrived in the UK.

Here’s a look at the things I picked up;

Koosh Eyeshadow – Part of the 2016 holiday collection, this silver taupe has a metallic finish with the cream to powder formulation that Colorpop is well known for. This shadow literary glides on the skin with a soft, smooth texture. I adore this shade and its one that would work well on a range of skin tones. *There’s currently 20% off the holiday line*

Tinsel Eyeshadow – Another shadow that was part of holiday collection, this shade is a grey toned lavender with a metallic finish. Again, the texture is extremely soft and smooth. This isn’t normally a shade I would go for but I’m glad I bought it as it’s a great shade for a smokey eye.

Tassel Eyeshadow – I’ve been searching for a metallic white shadow for ages. Tassel is the perfect shadow for highlighting the inner corner of your eyes. My shadow came broken which seems to be a problem when ordering overseas as Smoke N Whistles highlighter arrived broken too. However, due to the creamy, slightly spongy formula, you can simply press it back in to shape so it’s not too big of a deal. If you’re searching for a highlight shade for your eyes, I’d highly suggest this one.

Smoke N Whistles Highlighter – My favourite makeup product has to be highlighter and this has become one of my favourites. I’ve pretty much worn this every day since I purchased it as it’s absolutely beautiful. This shade is a very light pink with silver highlights. Despite its luminosity, it doesn’t enhance pores which is always a plus. It has a super soft texture and is one of the best products I’ve used.

Flexitarian Highlighter – Another stunning highlighter is Flexitarian. This light champagne shade has a shimmery finish and is super blendable. This is a really good quality highlighter and I’d highly recommend it for those who don’t want a pink toned shade a la Smoke N Whistles.

Birthday Suit Blush – I’ve been lusting after this blusher for a long time and it was worth the wait. A medium pink with satin finish, this pretty blush is ideal for pale girls. The colour is slightly sheer, however, it is buildable for more intense pigmentation. Formula wise, it’s easy to blend and soft to touch.

Bestie Ultra Glossy Lip – Matte lips might be the in thing but I’m still partial to a lip gloss. Bestie is a mid-tone pink in a creme finish. Unlike many lip products, I don’t detect a discernable scent with this one. Bestie has no stickiness and feels really comfortable to wear. It makes a great day-to-day lip as it really feels smooth and soft. Like most glosses, I don’t find it wears for a particularly long time but it’s a pretty shade for anyone looking for a wearable, glossy lip product.

I’m really impressed with Colourpop so far. For the price, they are great quality. I do wish shipping was slightly cheaper, however, I’m sure I’ll take advantage of a future promotion. There’s also $5 off your order when you sign up to the newsletter, so be sure to do that if you want to save a lil’ money.

Have you tried any Colourpop products?