Spring Haul

It has been SO LONG since I’ve done a haul! As I’ve only been back at work for a couple of months, it’s been nice getting a bit more money behind me (Maternity pay is not great!), building up my savings account again, paying my bills and STILL having enough money left to treat myself to some things.

Before I get started, I apologise for the Stock image heading up this post – stupidly, I forgot to take one of my own when I did the other images. D’oh!

This is a bit of a collective haul from a number of places, built up over a couple of months (I didn’t spend THAT much money all in one go!!) but put into one blog post. And without further ado, here are my Spring purchases!



Yes to Grapefruit Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Circles Correcting Eye Cream (RRP £11.99, Boots) – Those of you who have been here before may know that my dark under eye circles is something that I am self-conscious of, and I actively try different products in order to find one that eliminates them completely. I drink plenty of water, get a decent amount of sleep, eat a (relatively) healthy diet, but still I cannot get rid of them. I came across this when I was looking through the skin care section of my local Boots, and thought I’d give them a try. The box claims that it lightens the orbital area, helping to correct and repair uneven skin tone, so hopefully I see results with this!


Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in the shade 42 Fuchsia Sari (RRP £7.99, Boots) – I love Bourjois lipsticks, and was in the market for a bright fuchsia pink for spring when I stumbled across this shade. It is the brightest pink I’ve ever seen! The formula for these lipsticks are lovely, because they have an almost satin feel to them, but aren’t glossy. They are extremely comfortable to wear and last ages, so I would highly recommend them! They have a large selection of shades too, so something for everybody!


NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in the shade USP03 Warm Neutrals (RRP £16.00, Boots) – This is one of 4 offering that NYX have like this. I had my eye on this before when I swatched all 4 palettes, but this one was out of stock so I was unable to buy it. Cue my second visit where I found it available, and snapped it up straight away! I love NYX makeup, but the small palette I have from NYX wasn’t that impressive to me. This one seems right up my street though. It contains 16 warm shadows in the brown, red, copper spectrum (9 mattes and 7 shimmer). When I swatched them before they seemed very pigmented and easy to blend, and I’m sure I could create some beautiful eye looks with this palette. It’s no secret that I’m a lover of neutral eye shadow palettes, and the size and versatility of the shades means that I’m going to get a lot of use out of this.


Zoeva Rose Golden Palette (RRP £18.00, BeautyBay)
I’ve been eyeing this up for so long; all of their palettes, actually. I thought this particular one was absolutely beautiful, and the colour combinations were gorgeous. I was tempted to get the Cocoa Blend and En Taupe, but thought that these colours were more of my general shades. Maybe another time, eh? I don’t want to go into too much detail about the product itself, as I’m planning on experimenting with them a little and doing a full review at a later date, but I’m excited to give these a play with.


MAC Lipstick in the shade Shy Girl (RRP £16.50 from maccosmetics.co.uk) – I actually brought this from Bicester Village, where I went with my Husband on our day off. I love going to the Cosmetics Store that is here, to have a browse through the discounted makeup. I saw this shade and it reminded me very much of Velvet Teddy, except that this was slightly more peachy and had a sheen to it, rather than being completely matte. I don’t have any other lipsticks in this particular shade and figured I’d give it a try. And I only paid £11.00 for it, so figured it’d be worth a chance!


MAC Huggable Lipcolour in the shade Out for Passion (RRP £18.00 from maccosmetics.co.uk) – Again, another Bicester purchase. I’ve tried many MAC lipsticks, but have never had this particular formula. When I swatched it I liked the fact it is a little more sheer and more lip-balm like, and thought the coral pink shade would be perfect for summer. Again, only £12.00 so an absolute bargain!


Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in the shade LA Sunset (RRP £17.50 from smashbox.co.uk) – I’ve loved the look of these lipsticks, and have had my eye on them for so long! I really wanted their Be Legendary vault, which contained all 120 shades, but despite entering several competitions to try and win one; alas, I’m still empty handed. When I saw that Bicester had a whole stand devoted to them, I had to try a few out. I liked this one because again, I don’t have anything this colour. It is a very vivid coral red shade – almost bordering orange – and swatched beautifully on the skin. Again this is a cream formulation so would be great for summer time. I’m very excited to try these lipsticks!


Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade On the Beach (RRP £17.50 from smashbox.co.uk) – As these lipsticks were priced at £12.00 I couldn’t resist trying two! On reflection I would have liked to get a slightly different shade, and maybe in another formula, as I brought a cream with the last one. This is a rosy coral shade that is more pink toned than the previous one, and I can picture myself wearing this one with a tan on a beach somewhere. I’m very impressed with the pigmentation of these lipsticks, though; especially for a cream formula they appeared very opaque.

I’ve noticed a bit of a lipstick trend; I think I may have a bit of a problem! Let me know what you’ve brought this season x

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