Friday, 21 August 2015

New in beauty- Sephora and drugstore

When I was away, I visited a Sephora in a shopping centre, which was smaller than the actual Sephora stores but I still picked up a few bits. I also bought a few items before I went away (some of which I forgot to include, oops) so I will be talking about them as well.

Sephora purchases




I bought three products from Sephora, as well as some make-up sponges, which aren't pictured. The first thing I bought was one of their 'Kiss Me' lip balms in the shade 05-Candy Apple. I mainly bought it for the packaging, I was so intrigued by the unique shape of the product, that I had to try it out! I um-med and ah-ed about whether to get the clear shade or not, so that I could just use it on it's own, as a balm, but I opted for the red shade as I often wear red lipstick so thought it would be useful to have. I haven't tried it out over a red lip yet, but on it's own it has a more subtle red tone, and smells so so good! I think it'll be really good for when I wear red lipstick, and need to moisturize my lips, as the lipstick colour won't mess it up, as it does when I use other balms.

The next product I bought was Sephora's own waterproof 'Colorful Eyeliner 24H', in the shade 07- Sailor Kiss. I've been after a blue liner after seeing one in one of Alix (I Covet Thee)'s videos, but I don't like the Benefit ones as I find them too hard to work with and quite flaky. At first, I was unsure about whether or not to buy this eyeliner, as I don't really like working with any type of liner other than the felt tip ones, but loved the colour so decided to give it a go. I have used it multiple times and really like it! I'm still struggling slightly with doing my flicks using the wand, but it has great lasting power and the shade is quite subtle, yet obviously blue. I wore it one day to the pool, and it stayed perfectly in place, despite my sister splashing me multiple times and dunking my head underwater. I would definitely recommend this liner. The only issue I have is that it takes a few minutes to dry, if I don't leave it then it smudges onto my eyelash curlers and my liner is ruined. 

The last product I bought is probably my favourite! It's a Ciate nail varnish in the shade 'headliner' and I haven't stopped wearing it on my nails since I bought it. I know you can buy Ciate in the UK, but I have bought their varnishes before in Boots for around £10 and, in Sephora, they were only 8.50 Euros, so much cheaper and I couldn't risk not being able to find this shade again. It is a gorgeous blue shade, with a slight green tint to it, and it is very durable. I have been doing two coats of it followed by a topcoat (I forgot to pack my basecoat when I went away) and it lasts for around a week before it starts to chip. In fact, I think this may be my favourite ever nail varnish, so I would highly recommend it to anybody! 

Drugstore purchases





First off- I am a huge fan of the Kate Moss/Rimmel lipsticks. My favourite is the red in the shade 107, which I wear all the time, so when I heard she was releasing a new collection with them, I had to have something from it! The shade I got is 40, which was actually the only shade left in stock in my local Superdrug, and is quite a pale nude. At first, I was really unsure about the shade and thought it didn't suit me, but I have grown to really love it. I only wear it when I do a smoky eye, and I think it works really well. This is another lip product which smells really nice, kind of like a sweet shop, and I find it lasts quite well when paired with well moisturized lips.

I am also a huge fan of the Ted Baker body products and body sprays. I spotted this new one in Boots, and loved the scent, but there were none left, so I bought the giftset, which was only 50p (£7.50) more than the spray on it's own, but contains a body lotion, body spray and body wash- so a great deal! It was also stunningly packaged in a mint blue box with rose gold details and a floral print on the sides. The scent description says it contains violet, vanilla, patchouli, amber and fruity notes. My only problem with it is that the scent fades quite quickly, and it's only available in a small bottle, so won't last for ages but it smells so amazing and is such a good price.

Bourjois blushes are my favourites, they are beautifully packaged, come in lovely shades, and they last for years. (No joke, I've had one blush for nearly three and it's only just starting to run out) So as soon as I heard about their new Aqua Blushes, I ran straight to Superdrug. I got the shade 02 CocoriCoral, which is a really natural peachy-coral colour. I had an issue with this product from the start, however, the pump is useless. I don't know if I just have a faulty one, or if other people have this issue, but instead I have been unscrewing the top and applying it straight out of the bottle. Apart from that, I love it! It looks really bright coral when you apply it, but it blends really beautifully, lasts amazingly well and looks really natural. I will definitely be buying more. If cream blushers are good enough for Alexa Chung, then they're good enough for me!

I heard FleurDeForce talk about the Maybelline Master Sculpt contour and highlight, and decided to try it out as the highlight sounded good and I was over-excited by the big stands and adverts in Elle magazine, ha. I tried the contour, but I don't really like it. I am not a fan of contouring on my face anyway (or in general, particularly), but it doesn't blend very well and just looks streaky. I do, however, like the highlighter. It doesn't last incredibly long, but it has just the right amount of shimmer to it and is easy to apply. I wouldn't re-purchase or say I am wild about it though.

Lastly (phew!), I bought the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in the shade No52- Vanille. I have heard so many bloggers and vloggers talk about this, so when I needed a new foundation, it had to be this one. I got the medium coverage one, as my skin hasn't been great recently, so I had to stop using BB creams and the like, as they just didn't offer as much coverage as I needed. Now, I can see why everyone loves this foundation, it blends really well, lasts all day and matches my skintone so well. It also gives my skin a lovely glow, which doesn't at all matify once I apply setting powder.

Congrats if you made it to the end! I didn't know how much I could write about makeup so I have really surprised myself.
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Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x

11 comments:

  1. Love the red lipstick from Sephora.
    Xoxo

    www.atwednesdaysiwearpink.blogspot.pt

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    1. It is such a lovely shade and it smells amazing!

      Holly Olivia x

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  2. Great review! Oh how much I love Sephora! Amazing drugstore picks, btw! That Bourjois foundation has been one of my faves :) I even mentioned it here: http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/my-favourite-liquid-foundations_10.html :)
    I can also write LOADS about makeup and YAY, I did make it to the end :)
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you. I will have a look at your post about the foundation- as I love it too!

      Holly Olivia x

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  3. I've never tried any Sephora store brand products before, looks good!

    Jennybeaned

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    1. Neither had I, but I was really happy with the products I got- they are so lovely!

      Holly Olivia x

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  4. fantastic post my dear, I love sephora products :D xoxo

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  5. I bought the highlighter because of Fleur too! Not a big fan too!
    http://beautylovesbooks.com

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    1. Yeah, the contour definitely isn't a great product, I do quite like the highlighter though!

      Holly Olivia x

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  6. Eu amo a Sephora, todos os produtos que compro na loja, tem qualidade na certa, a Sephora é um paraíso ! Beijos

    www.renatanerees.blogspot.com.br

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