Friday, 26 February 2016

US Product Haul




Before we all get too excited, I haven’t been to the States (yet!). I used a company called GoSend to import all of these products to the UK for a cheaper price. A full post about GoSend and how to use it will be up in a few days time!

I absolutely love getting my hands on products that are hard to come by. I mainly got beauty products in this haul but I’ve included my non-beauty items at the bottom of this post.

The first place I shopped at was Ulta, and from there I bought 2 items from NYX. I know you can buy NYX in the UK now through the Boots website but it’s still cheaper in America.  And at the time, ULTA had a buy-one-get-one –half-price offer on all NYX products so it worked out even cheaper.



I got the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro palette which I’ve been lusting over for a long time for $24.99 (£16.77). I’ve seen so many YouTubers and bloggers raving about this, and it works out much cheaper than the coveted Anastasia contour palette.  You get a huge amount of product for the price you pay, so I can see this palette lasting a very long time. Even if you do run out of your favourite shade, the pans in this palette can be popped in and out, so  they're all replaceable. So far I’m loving this, the pale shade in the top left is a great highlight and the banana colour is perfect for setting my concealer under my eyes.  At the moment I’m using the bottom left for contouring my own face, but the three other ones I’m going to use for doing other people’s make-up so I’ll have a use for them all.



I also got the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade “Milk”. I’ve seen lots of people use this as a base for eyeshadow and it really does make colours "pop" and appear more pigmented. These retail at $5.99 (around £4.19) but as I said, I got it as part of a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal so I got it for $3.00.

The next place I shopped at was Beauty Joint. They sell products by lots of well-known drugstore and not-quite-high –end brands.


The first thing I got from Beauty Joint is the LA Girl Concealer in Porcelain. One of my favourite YouTubers, DramaticMAC uses this concealer and loves it so I wanted to give it a go myself.  I got it for $2.99. If anyone knows where I can get this in the UK, please let me know. I’m an official convert. As I've said before, I love really light under-eyes and this is as light as it gets!



I also got this 12-piece Morphe Brushes Travel Kit for $24.99. I am always on the go and spend most of my weekends gallivanting elsewhere so the fact that these brushes come in a case is so handy. I’m really impressed with the quality of these brushes and would definitely consider buying more from Morphe. 


The next thing I got was on the recommendation of another YouTuber I love, SophDoesNails.  She listed the NYC Loose Translucent Powder as one of her holy grail products in one of her recent videos and I'm really looking forward to trying this out.



My final beauty stop is COLORPOP! I couldn't do a US haul without checking these folk out because they're all over YouTube and Instagram. I got a "Lippie Stick" in the shade "Tootsi" with the matching lip pencil. I also got one of their Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks in the shade "LAX". Their website recommended the "Creature" lip pencil to match it, and I think it's a pretty good combination. Finally I got this beautiful eyeshadow "Porter". 



As you can see from my swatches, all of these products are hyper-pigmented and they're SO cheap. I really hope they start shipping to the UK soon because I want the whole collection!



The lovely folk at Colorpop also sent me this adorable thank-you card and a little booklet showing you how best to use all of their best-selling products, which I think is a really great idea, especially for beginners.



At Victoria’s Secret I got this beautiful stripy jumper. I ordered this in their Semi-Annual Sale and thanks to GoSend, I also had a further 20% off coupon to use, so I managed to get this reduced from RRP and even further with my coupon. It looks massive in the photo, and that's because it's the baggiest slumpiest jumper I own and I'm totally in love with it.


Finally I got a three-wick candle from Bath and Body Works. I’ve heard so much about that shop that I just HAD to get something. My favourite Yankee Candles are Pink Dragonfruit and Mango-Peach Salsa, so when I saw this Mango and Dragonfruit candle, I couldn’t not buy it. As soon as I took it out of the box, before I even lit it, my whole room smelled like this candle. It's amazing.

Let me know what your favourite international products are by tweeting @MsMegan91 or leaving a comment below!

Monday, 22 February 2016

My February Favourites

As we draw to the end of February (where the heck did that go?!)  I decided to share the things I’ve been loving this month, beauty and otherwise!

Beauty - Beauty Blender




I picked one of these up in Space NK to see what all the fuss is about. I was skeptical, how can a little sponge be so expensive and so hyped.  I had previously bought the Real Techniques sponge because it was way cheaper, but this is one product where you’re better to invest and buy the original. By applying your foundation using a “bouncing” motion on a damp Beauty Blender, it leaves your skin looking airbrushed. For me, foundation brushes are now a thing of the past. And it comes with a special soap to keep it clean.

Perfume - Michael Kors "Glam Jasmine"



My favourite one this month is Glam Jasmine by Michael Kors. I got it for Christmas from my friend and I’ve been keeping it as my “evenings and weekends” scent because I don’t think I’ll be able to afford to replace it when it’s done!


Jewellery



I got this Harry Potter necklace from the KawaiiCandyCouture stand at St Georges Market in Belfast for £7.00, but you can order from their Etsy Store here.


This is partly my favourite because it’s Harry Potter and partly because I’ve had some awesome conversations with total strangers, starting with them commenting on my necklace.

TV Show – Private Practice




As a hardcore Greys Anatomy fan, it’s not surprising that I love the spin-off. The series follows Addison after she leaves Seattle for LA and her journey in her new practice. I’m currently binge-watching Season 3 out of 6 and  I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life once it’s over. While it’s nice to see Grey’s characters and actors dropping in from time to time, it’s definitely not essential to have watch Greys Anatomy first. Some of the storylines in Private Practice are even more shocking than the ones in Greys, I would definitely recommend it.  



Song – Exes and Ohs by Elle King



I haven ‘t much to say about this song other than it’s been stuck in my head all month!


Coffee Shop – Sinnamon




I’ve been going here for a while now because it’s so near my house. The food is amazing and the staff in there are really pleasant. I would highly recommend the Pizza Panini, it’s life-changing!



Candle - Our Own Candle Company "Hot Chocolate"



I got this for Christmas from my parents. It's probably one of the nicest candles I've ever had, and the smell lasts for hours. I know you can get these in Creative Gardens in a range of scents but this is my favourite one.


Let me know what your February favourites are by sending me a tweet @MsMegan91 or leaving a comment below!