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Hitting the Sales

Photos of toiletries bought in the Boots sale

I’ve hit the sales today, and picked up some tasty bargains! Here is my run down of what I have picked up today. Today is the only day I am sale shopping, as I am starting saving for a very special trip from now on… more on that another day!

Boots

I’ve had my eye on the Liberty – Hello Kitty collection for several months, but somehow I have resisted until the sale. I really wanted the blue wash bag to make up a set (I got a mini and a big one last year) and this one is just the right medium size for travelling. It had sold out online on Boxing Day, so I went to town to see if I could find it, I did, and I ‘found’ some other goodies while I was there…

Hello Kitty Liberty Wash Bag

Photo of a blue patterned wash bag and contents

The wash bag comes with body butter, body scrub, bubble bath and one of those net scrunchie things (given to my Mama to clean her greenhouse with!).

Hello Kitty Liberty Make Up Bag

Photo of the contents of the Hello Kitty make up bag

This make up set comes in a little pencil case featuring the pink paisley Hello Kitty design. There is a lip gloss, lip tint and a mini palette of eyeshadows. I’ve not swatched these yet, they look OK though (if you ignore the bright turquoise one!). I want the case to use for my work make up bag (to keep my emergency items close at hand).

Hello Kitty Liberty Brush Set

Photo of a set of make up brushes

This was an impulse buy… With sets like this the brushes tend to shed a lot, but we’ll see. If they do, I will put my existing brushes in the pouch. I’ve been getting really frustrated with how dusty and dirty my brushes get when I’m travelling and I cant fit them in my normal make up bag. I’m hoping this little set will help sort out this problem. I like how the brushes have a little plastic cover over them to stop bits getting to them.

Here is a detail shot of each of the Hello Kitty fabric designs:

Photos of Hello Kitty Liberty fabric

Other goodies:

Photo of a set of lipsticks
Soap & Glory Wowed Mouth lipstick set, half price

Photo of a f.c.u.k diary set
FCUK The Date Planner Set, half price

Fox and Feather

This is a tshirt I have lusted after for months and months it seems, and I found it reduced in the Fox and Feather sale!
Photo of a tshirt with large lettering saying Smitten with Kittens

And finally…

I’m working on my 30 before 30 list on this one. I have ordered a new Canon 60D DSLR! I shopped around and asked for some recommendations, and I found a great deal 🙂 My Christmas bonus covered it *just* so it really is more like a Christmas present to myself. I am stupidly excited about it arriving and getting to play with the HD video and all the different features it has compared to my 400D.

Photo of a Canon 60D

So that’s my sale haul! Seven items in total, there could have been more, but I restrained myself. Have you been to the sales?

L’Oreal Dress Up In Diamonds Gift With Purchase

Photo collage of the L'oreal dress up in diamonds gift set

Here is a quick post about L’Oreal’s current gift with purchase available at Boots. You can get this box of goodies when you spend £15 or more on any L’Oreal makeup. According to Boots it is worth £28, so it’s quite a bargain! Boots also have gift with purchase deals on No7 and Max Factor.

This box contains:

  • Volume Million Lashes Diamantissime mascara in ‘Black Diamantissime’ – Full size
  • Color Riche 325 Lipstick in ‘Ferric Fuchsia’ – Full size
  • Color Riche 820 Nail polish in ‘Crystalissme’ – Full size
  • Revitalift Total Repair Moisturiser – Sample size tub
  • True Match Foundation in ‘Golden Beige’ – Sample sachet
  • Nude Magique BB Cream in ‘Medium’ – Sample sachet
  • PLUS: a voucher to save £2 off True Match foundation in Boots

I went into Boots to get another L’Oreal Caresse lipstick after I bought a really ridiculously bright one (Impulsive Fuchsia) by accident – I loved the formula just not the colour. When I saw this deal was on, I immediately chose two of the lipsticks so I could get this little box. Is it just me that always falls for this sort of deal?!

Anyway, I needed a new mascara so this made it worthwhile and the lipstick and nail polish are going to be stocking fillers for my sisters.

Have you got one of these boxes, or maybe you got the No7 or Max Factor ones? Maybe you are better able to resist these deals?

Helen E Lip Crayons & Glosses

Photo of Helen E lipgloss and lip crayon pencil

Helen E is a brand I was completely unaware of until I saw a stand in Debenhams (in the Bullring in Birmingham). It appears they are in the process of transitioning to become a more accessible High Street brand, after predominantly selling online or at beauty events and to beauty schools. I’d say their products are in a mid price range, not cheap and not designer price tag either.

Two of the products I picked up as part of an introductory offer, were a lip gloss and a lip crayon. I blogged about them in my epic haul post a week or two ago. I’ve now had chance to test them out, and wow, I am really impressed!

Photo of Helen E lip crayon applied alone, and with lip gloss
Left: lip crayon in ‘Pomegranate’ worn alone, Right: Lip crayon worn with Glamour Colour Gloss in ‘Redcurrant’

Lip Crayon

The lip crayon I chose is in the shade ‘Pomegranate’, which is a deep berry shade. Its a chunky pencil, and is really easy to wear. I love the formula – its soft and goes on easily, and it really lasts. I have been wearing this on its own to all my Christmas parties as I love the matte finish. I can’t rate this highly enough, and I’m planning to add several more of these to my collection in the New Year. Love it.

These crayons cost £8, however I bought mine as part of a deal where I got 3 products for £10 (what a bargain!).

Glamour Colour Gloss

The gloss I picked up is in the shade ‘Redcurrant’ and it goes perfectly with the lip crayon. Its a great lip gloss that’s really comfortable to wear. It’s not super sticky and its also quite moisturising, and it feels light to wear (not heavy and gloopy).

The shade Redcurrant is really wearable – I have been wearing it alone and on top of the lip crayon and I love it. These glosses cost £10 each, but mine was part of the awesome 3 for £10 deal in Debenhams. I’m really wishing I had bought more from that stand as I am so pleased with these!

Action shots!:

Photo of me wearing the lip products
Left: On my way to a craft fair, Right: Going to my work Christmas party

Have you heard of Helen E cosmetics before? Have you tried any of their lip products?

Signature

Indie shop love: Portabella Bristol

Photo of Portabella Bristol

I feel really lucky to live where I do. Bristol is such a vibrant city, there is so much to see and do. I don’t think there is anywhere else in the UK I’d rather live. I’m fortunate to live right next to one of the most thriving independent streets in the UK: Gloucester Road, which has a fantastic selection of interesting shops and boutiques.

I personally believe that its important to support local shops and independent retailers. They give us variety and a sense of community we cant get from chain stores. They also provide employment, often on more flexible and understanding terms than large companies can. Many independent shops support young designers and producers, and help them on their way. Without this step up, many interesting designers would probably struggle to get exposure or the patronage they need to actually start a career.

With this in mind I want to give a bit of blog love to some of my favourite indie shops and boutiques. Most of these have online shops too, so even if you don’t live in Bristol, you can still enjoy them! I’d love it if you could share the love for your local independent shops too, why not join me and share your favourites with the world?

First up is a special favourite of mine, Portabella on Cheltenham Road.

Portabella

Address: 186 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5RB
Website: N/A
Twitter: @PortabellaShop
Facebook: Portabella
Collage of images of the interior of Portabella

Portabella is a gorgeous little boutique, just a minute’s walk from the end of Gloucester Road. It has a great selection of womenswear, accessories and jewellery. What makes the shop special for me is a combination of the stock they choose and their fantastic service. I have bought two of my favourite ever dresses from Portabella, and I get asked where I got them from almost every time I wear them.

The clothes they stock are beautiful and follow trends but not laboriously so. Their style is classic and quirky combined. They manage to blend a variety of looks together, and they always have strong colour themes which excites me when I shop in there. They only stock a small number of each item, and once its gone, its gone – so its worth checking in there regularly as stock changes all the time.

They have excellent service too. Alex is lovely and runs their Twitter account and is really helpful without being pushy or ‘salesy’ if you know what I mean! I spotted a fox jumper on their Facebook page today, Tweeted them, and went in and picked it up this evening after work. I got to the shop late but they stayed open for me and let me have a look around: now that is what I call good service!

Have a look at what I picked up on my latest visit to Portabella (I’m still coveting a dress with foxes on…Santa?? Haha):

A rather foxy jumper by Sugarhill Boutique

Collage of pictures of a jumper with a fox on it
Such a cute jumper! Its a lovely fine knit that’s really soft and light. I’m really into my novelty knitwear so this was a great addition to my growing collection. £45

Burgundy tunic for winter by Influence

Collage of pictures of a burgundy tunic
A simple burgundy/oxblood/claret/whatever coloured tunic I’ll be layering this winter. Its very soft and finely knitted. They are in bright blue and black versions too. £12

Grungy dress by Influence

Collage of pictures of a jersey dress
A grungy dress that sits just below the knee. I liked the simplicity of the shape of this dress and the textured pattern with the splashes of turquoise. £26

Please share your favourite indie shops and boutiques with me!

Give them some love in the lead up to Christmas!

Epic Autumn Make Up Haul

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin…

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!

Topshop

Here is my very first foray into Topshop’s make up range:
Collage of make up bought in Topshop

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.
£7

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.
£6

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.
£6

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.

Collage of makeup bought in Boots and Superdrug

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.
£7.99

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!).
£7.99

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.
£8.19

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.
£6.29

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.
£7.99

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!).
£7.99

Helen E

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.

Collage of makeup bought from Helen E at Debenhams

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.
£8.00

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.
£8.00

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.
£10.00

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.
£13.50

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.
£5.00

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.
£5.00

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.
£5.00

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.

Collage of nail polish bought at H&M

17. H & M Nail Polish in “Purple”

A fine glitter polish which catches different colours in the light.
£1.99

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.
£1.99

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.
£1.99

M.A.C

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).

Collage of makeup bought at MAC

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!
£14.00

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!).
£21.00

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.
£20.50

So…

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!

3 for 2 Boots nail polish haul

Photo of six nail polishes

Boots is currently running one of their lethal 3 for 2 deals across their make up ranges. I’ve indulged this week and bought six polishes…though I really shouldn’t have, the last thing I need more of is nail polish.

I picked up a few shades I have wanted for ages, including Revlon’s Rain Forest which is a gorgeous dark green polish with tiny glittery particles. I also picked up Gold Coin and Sequin which are wonderful metallic shades perfect for Christmas.

Photo of Revlon's Rain Forest nail polish
Photo of nails painted with green nail polish and glitter
I’m planning on doing some nail art with Rain Forest and Deborah Lippmann’smulti-coloured glitter polish ‘Happy Birthday’ – it’s a really festive combo!

Photo of a nail painted red with a black snowflake

Russian Roulette by Essie is a gorgeous bright, bold red, and Blanc is a perfect snowy white. I also picked up Mint Candy Apple which I’ve wanted for months. I’ve bought several dupes for this minty colour by Barry M, W7 and Etos but none were quite right and took too many coats to be opaque.

I’ve now got quite a collection of Essie polishes and each one is opaque with two coats, plus they dry pretty quickly. The more polishes I use, the more I love Essie.

Essie polishes cost £7.99 each and the Revlon polishes are £6.49 for their old-style polishes (like Gold Coin) and £7.99 for their newer polishes. View all Boots 3 for 2 make up here.

Nail polish from Corfu

Another post from the deep, dark depths of the drafts folder…


Photo of six bottles of nail polish
Who needs holiday souvenirs when you can have nail polish eh?

You know you’re a nail polish addict when…

…Holidays are an opportunity to buy brands you don’t already have in your collection!

Here are the six nail polishes I bought over the space of a week while on holiday in Corfu, all from brands I’ve never seen or heard of before. None of these bottles have names for their colours, so I’ll do my best to describe them below:

From left to right:

  • A clear polish with tiny holographic glitter particles and larger red and gold hearts by ‘Rapsodi’ (approx. 3€)
  • A clear pink polish with mid-pink glitter and strips of holographic silver glitter by ‘Hamilton’ (approx. 2.50€) – this one actually looks kind of rose-gold when painted on nails which surprised me
  • A clear blue polish with very fine silver glitter and holographic silver stars by ‘Hamilton’ (approx. 2.50€) – this is really pretty and sparkly, though its tricky getting the stars spread evenly
  • Neon pink Pacific by ‘Rapsodi’ – the formula for this is incredibly long wearing – I don’t have any other polishes that can outlast this beast! (approx. 2.50€)
  • Nude Pacific by ‘Rapsodi’ – this was a gift for a friend so I have not tried it (approx. 2.50€)
  • Light grey Pacific by ‘Rapsodi’ – this is still waiting to be tested, but I’m looking forward to wearing it with some sort of glittery French tips (approx. 2.50€)

Here is the Neon pink by Rapsodi in action (sadly the pink doesn’t show up as bright as it really is):
Photo of my feet in the bright blue sea

Earlier this year I went to Amsterdam where I also picked up a selection of nail polishes, you can read about those here: nail polish from Amsterdam.

MUA on offer at Superdrug

Superdrug currently have an offer on the already great value MUA cosmetics range: if you buy any MUA product you get the choice of a free lip gloss tube, or a free lip gloss wand! Many of MUA’s cosmetics are just £1 each, so you can get a really nice little collection of goodies for very little cost.

Here is what I picked up this weekend:
Photo of eyeshadow palette and lip glosses

The palette is one of MUA’s many new products called ‘Undressed’, its a lovely combination of natural colours that are a bit cooler in tone than their ‘Heaven and Earth’ palette. It is clearly inspired by the Urban Decay Naked palettes, but at just £4 (currently on offer in Superdrug for £3!) it is a winner in terms of price points! It has a mix of shimmer and matte shades amongst it’s 12 pans and comes in the normal MUA palette case with an applicator.

The shorter, square-tubed lip gloss is one of MUA’s new ‘Intense Kisses High Intensity Gloss’ and is in a shade called ‘Quick Kiss’. SIDE NOTE: I’m pleased MUA have started to give their products names rather than just numbers as it makes it so much easier to remember what I have in my collection!

The lip gloss is a lovely brightish pink.

The freebies:

MUA Lip Gloss tube in shade 5: a glittery and slightly bubble-gum shade (usually £1) free with any other MUA purchase.

MUA Lip Gloss wand in shade 3: a rosy-toned pink (usually £2) free with any other MUA purchase.

Monki Mini Haul

Monki card label

When I saw the Monki shop on Carnaby Street I had to go in – it’s so vibrant and eye catching. I was really pleased that the prices of the clothes and accessories were reasonable too! I did not have long to look around, but a few things caught my eye. As well as lots of on trend pieces in pastel colours and denims, Monki also has a range of slightly quirkier things, like the tshirt I picked up with a design featuring the little black blob characters:
Graphic design on a white tshirt

Detail of tshirt motif

Detail of tshirt

Tshirt detail

Tshirt being worn

Along with the cute tshirt I also bought a new purse with lots of useful compartments, and a necklace with a pair of scissors on it. All were very reasonable, I think all three items came to about £20, not bad at all!

I loved the little characters and detailing on everything in the shop – the little characters even appear on the back of the receipt. Have you been to Monki? What did you think?

MUA mini haul

One MUA eyeliner and three MUA lipsticks

I was a little bit naughty today and spent a grande total of £4.50 on make up when I shouldn’t be buying any at the moment! I went to Superdrug in Tiverton to get some toothpaste, and was drawn, almost magnetically, to the MUA stand… I adore MUA products, and I do feel quite excited when they have new goodies because they are so cheap, and are generally very good.

Somehow I managed to stop myself buying the Dusk til Dawn palette (I really wanted it after reading the post by Loevens). Well done me, however I cannot resist MUA lipsticks at the moment as they are just £1 each!

Three MUA lipsticks

I bought three new MUA lipsticks to add to my collection. Why on earth I don’t just buy the complete range in one go and have done with it I don’t know! I picked out a pale pink ‘shade 4’, a slightly shimmery pale pink ‘shade 5’ and ‘shade 15’ which is intriguingly labelled as ‘juicy’ and has a new sticker. I’m hoping this maybe a new range perhaps? I couldn’t see any other shades, and there was no tester for this shade. It turns out it is a peachy/apricot colour and does not suit me one little bit.

MUA shade 4:
MUA shade 4 lipstick

MUA shade 5:
MUA lipstick shade 5

MUA shade Juicy / 15:
MUA lipstick shade 15

Please excuse the poor quality images, I don’t have my nice camera with me and I’m using a little point and shoot which is not the best.

Shade 4 has a really nice formulation, goes on easily and lasts a fair while. I know I will wear this a lot so it makes up for my disappointment with shade 15. Shade 5 is a little disappointing, there isn’t a great colour pay off and the shimmery particles in the lipstick stick to uneven bits of skin.

Shade 15 does not go on smoothly at all! In fact, I found it impossible to get even coverage as it is has a tendency to just sit on top of the skin and not adhere to it at all. The colour is not what I thought it would be either (that’s my own fault for not testing it before buying). It is certainly not the best MUA lipstick out there!

As well as the lipsticks, I picked up a 3 in 1 Contour Pen in sage for £1.50! It has a twist-up chisel-shaped nib that is shaped just like some marker pens. The Sage colour is really nice and dark, and the consistency of the liner is soft and easy to apply without dragging the skin. I’m really pleased with this, and will definitely think about getting the black one too as the three different lines you can make with this pen are really neat.

Three swatches of MUAs 3 in 1 liner in sage