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I’ve been a busy-bee throughout October and November, mainly with my job which has been taking me all over the country; Sheffield, Leicester, Milton Keynes etc. I travel by train, and sometimes this means I have an odd hour here or there while I am waiting for a connection, and so I take a long-overdue lunch break. The following haul is the result of these short ‘breaks’ and mainly was bought in Birmingham at the Bullring and the Palisades shopping center (its connected to New Street Station).
Boredom, fatigue and long-hours has done this to me!
Here is my very first foray into Topshop’s make up range:
1. Topshop Lip Crayon in “Secret Party”
This crayon is a bright and sparkly shade of pink-fuchsia. When I swatched it in-store I made a little squee sound as the colour and sparkle was so pretty. It had to be mine. I’ve not worn this out yet (its definitely a party shade and not a work shade for me), but I will do a proper review once I have put it through its paces – hopefully at my work Christmas party.
2. Topshop Nail Polish in “Dark Knight”
This is such a beautiful glitter polish – it charmed me with its similarity to Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe. I’ve bought this to make nail polish jewellery, as there is a lovely deep quality to the jelly blue polish which will look stunning when layered. I’ve not tried this on my nails yet.
3. Topshop Nail Polish in “Mercury Rising”
Again, this is another purchase inspired by nail polish jewellery. This glitter changes colour in different lights, which will make it perfect for using on jewellery as it will help to add interest as well as catch the light. I’ve not tried this on my nails yet – but it will probably be what I wear to my office Christmas party.
Boots & Superdrug
A collection of goodies bought at different times over the past couple of months. These have been impulse buys: often when I have forgotten to bring something with me to a meeting. All of the items here were bought as part of different in-store offers, like the Boots buy one, get one half price and Superdrug’s three for two deal. So, its not as naughty as it may at first appear. At least that’s what I am telling myself.
4. Sleek Corrector & Concealer Palette in shade “2”
I bought this in a rush, and meant to buy shade “1”. I’ve not really had a chance to play with this properly. It is a smidge too dark for me, but the pink-toned shade will probably work fine. Its a lovely little palette though – small, sleek and sturdy.
5. Sleek i Divine Palette in “Oh So Special”
I bought this after loosing my favourite “Au Naturel” palette, and because I am still hoping it will turn up, I didn’t want to buy a direct replacement and this one appealed to me. I love these palettes. They are great value and not too shimmery. I’ve only been using the more natural brown and beige shades so far. I’m very happy with this collection and love the packaging, especially the mirror in the lid which comes in very handy for doing my make up on trains (an all-to-frequent occurrence!).
6. L’oreal Rouge Caresse in “Impulsive Fuchsia”
I bought this when I was really pushed for time, and I thought I was buying a lighter shade. I was quite shocked by how bright this shade is – its a really potent fuchsia! I have worn this once or twice, its not an everyday shade for me. I love the texture and the finish of this lipstick. I wish I had actually picked up the lighter shade I was looking at as I would wear this a lot if only it was lighter and less attention-grabbling. On a side note: this shade appears very differently in different lights, it sometimes even has a blue-tinge.
7. Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in “Plum Rocks”
I’ve become a little obsessed with finding the perfect plum lip colour for winter, and this was the product that got me started. I haven’t bought anything from Rimmel for a long time, I have always been quite disappointed in their products, and I don’t like Kate Moss so I avoid them. This pretty, sparkly plum gloss caught my eyes and I have worn it LOADS since I picked it up. Its not too sticky and it feels really nice on my lips. It’s got multicoloured teeny-weeny glittery sparkles in it that are not too OTT for everyday. Loving it.
8. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Honey”
I finally gave in and tried these much-hyped lip crayons, and I love them. I’m using ‘Honey’ a lot for everyday ware. Its a really natural shade, but just adds enough colour. Perfect. The only criticism I have about these balm stains is that they smell just like dental floss does which is a bit strange. Could be much worse though! My verdict is they are worth the hype and are worth their £7.99 price tag, but they are even better when bought as part of a three for two offer.
9. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Crush”
This is part of my obsession to find the perfect plum lip colour. I like this shade a lot, however, it does have a tendency to slide about on the lips if I’ve put a bit too much on. I really like the packaging of these balm stains – it feels nice and sturdy and safe to keep in my handbag (no lipstick-lip-off calamities, I’m looking at you Boots 17!).
All these goodies were bought in Debenhams as part of an introduction to the Helen E brand – they had some special deals on that made all these goodies much more affordable. I got the Skin Smoother, eyeliner, lip crayon, and a set of latex free make up sponges for £20, and then they had a second deal on where you could buy any three items for £10. The lady at the counter gave me an extra shimmer powder because I had bought the other two deals. Brill!
I am yet to use these properly, but once I have I will share more about what this brand is like. In the meantime you can see more on their website: www.helen-e.com.
10. Helen E Eyeliner and smudger in “Black”
A standard black eyeliner with a smudger on one end. Not much to say on this as I have not even swatched it yet.
11. Helen E Lip Crayon in “Pomegranate”
I swatched this one in the shop and loved the colour, it is exactly the shade I had been looking for. It will complement the plum lipsticks and glosses I have been collecting.
12. Helen E Lip Gloss in “Redcurrant”
This is a lovely colour, and I am looking forward to trying it out properly. First impressions are good, but I’ve not worn this out yet so I don’t know what the wear time is yet.
13. Helen E Skin Smoother – one shade fits all
This is the product that attracted me to the Helen E stand in Debenhams. Its a balm-like product that blends on the skin and adapts to complement most skin tones, from light through to medium/dark. Its really silky in texture and feels nice on the skin. I have only tried this on the back of my hand as I type this, but I will definitely be doing a proper review of this soon as I am really hoping it will be a winner when it comes to travelling light.
14. Helen E Shimmer Eye Powder in “32”
These cute little hexagonal pots are fantastic. The range of colours available is awesome, and they are all super-pigmented. This particular shade is a shimmery dark brown.
15. Helen E Shimmer Eye Powder in “26”
This is a really surprising dark black shimmery powder. It is proper intense black and you need hardly any to get a really strong look.
16. Helen E Shimmer Eye Powder in “30”
This is a shimmery lime green with yellowy/golden undertones and like the other shimmer eye powders has excellent colour pay off.
H & M
Here are some nail polishes I have picked up to use in my nail polish jewellery. Although I already have an epic nail polish collection, these four offer me something a bit different to work with on the jewellery. I’ve always been really impressed with H & M nail polish and it is great value for money.
17. H & M Nail Polish in “Purple”
A fine glitter polish which catches different colours in the light.
18. H & M Nail Polish in “Gold”
A purple glitter fest: strands of holographic glitter, fine purple glitter, and some larger blue glitter thrown into the mix.
19. H & M Nail Polish in “Silver Frost”
A chunky silver glitter with finer micro glitter in cute Snow White packaging. I’ve bought this one to use in place of my super expensive Deborah Lippmann ‘Today was a Fairytale’ polish.
20. H & M Nail Polish in “Make Me Blush”
A pale frosty pink polish with little micro glitter speckles in it. Very cute and girly with the Snow White packaging.
I finally did it, I went to the M.A.C counter and actually got a foundation fitting. I’ve always been really intimidated by the counter as the staff can wear some pretty scary makeup, and it can seem like its a bit of a secret club. I’ve gone and done it now (I was spurred on because Debenhams had a 10% off deal, so I paid less that the prices I have listed here).
21. M.A.C Lipstick in “Plumfull”
I’ve heard Essie Button raving about this lipstick, and I’m hoping it may fullfil my quest to find the perfect plum lip colour! I only bought this yesterday so I cant comment on it yet. I am a bit too excited to own my first M.A.C lipstick!
22. M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder in “Light”
This is a lovely, silky and light powder that sets foundation beautifully. My only criticism of this is that it doesn’t come with a mirror in the lid. Its not a deal-breaker ladies! (Don’t get it? YOU NEED TO WATCH 30 ROCK NOW!).
23. M.A.C Face and Body Foundation in “N2”
This foundation excites me! Its a bang on match colour-wise for me and it really lifts my face and complexion. Its buildable, and doesn’t feel heavy, and it has a fresh smell to it that smells clean. I am looking forward to using this and properly testing it out, but I am already impressed.
Phew! That’s quite a lot I have listed here, there are still a few things I left out namely magazine freebies (Nails Inc & Models Own) as well as more standard everyday stuff like medicated winter lip balm (Blistex is a life saver).
I know its a lot. I feel a bit embarrassed by the volume of stuff I have collected over the past couple of months. I wont be buying more for some time… its not even like I should have bought most of this! I have a lot of things to use up, try properly or bin if its a dud. You can expect some more in-depth reviews coming up over the next weeks.
Over and out!