A Beauty Haul

On Saturday evening, myself and my lovely friend Hannah briefly popped into Reading, for some dinner, cocktails and a little bit of shopping. The majority of my friends aren’t into makeup the way that I am, but Hannah loves to see my most recent beauty purchases, have a chat about her new favourite MAC lipstick and discuss the perfect matte foundation, so a trip into town with her is always fun. As it was late in the day, we didn’t manage to visit many shops, and I was fairly restrained, so this isn’t a large beauty haul by any means, but as always, I like to show you guys what I did pick up.

Beauty Haul Shopping Trip on emilyloula beauty blog. Highstreet & MAC

Beauty Haul Shopping Trip on emilyloula beauty blog. MAC Lipsticks in Brave & Velvet Teddy

(MAC Brave Satin Lipstic & MAC Velvet Teddy Matte Lipstick)

First off, we headed into House of Fraser and immediately made our way to the MAC counter, as I really wanted to swatch some of their new(ish) matte liquid lipsticks. Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for my bank account), none of the shades stood out to me, so I didn’t pick any of those up. Don’t get me wrong, a few of the shades were really pretty, but I just didn’t think I would wear any of them on a frequent enough basis. I really wanted to see a muted pink or mauve in that collection, so was left a little disappointed – maybe next time MAC? Instead I stayed with the classic MAC lipsticks, and picked two further shades up for my ever growing collection. I wanted to get my hands on more than two newbies, but since recently adding 4 MAC Lipsticks into my stash, I thought I would try and be sensible and only picked up Velvet Teddy and Brave. 

Just like many other people I’m sure, Velvet Teddy had been on my wishlist for a while, after all the hype surrounding it last year. I was expecting this to be a full on nude shade for me, but actually once applied it seems like the pigmentation in my lips takes over, as this looks a lot pinker on me, than I’ve ever seen on anyone else. Although it’s not the browny nude I was hoping for, I still really, really like this shade and know that I’ll get a lot of wear out of it. I recently bought a lip primer from KIKO (ft. in this haul), that is supposed to neutralise the shade of your lips, before applying a lipstick, so I’m going to give that a shot and see how Velvet Teddy looks on me then – I’ll update you guys shortly!

Brave was a purchase that was originally inspired by the lovely Lauren from laurenselwood.co.uk, as the majority of times I have seen her recently she’s been wearing this lipstick, and it always looks so lovely! I’m a big fan of this type of shade, so I knew I would love it – and I was right! Brave is a rosy, neutral pink nude shade, that is actually very similar to the natural shade of my lips. This is definitely a very wearable shade, and the satin finish gives a gorgeous effect to the lips, I love it – and I know that I’m going to get a lot of use out of this beautiful lipstick.


(Colab Tokyo Dry Shampoo, Maybelline Super Stay 24h Setting Spray, KIKO Metallic Shine Eyeshadow)

I’m going away to France for 5 days on Monday, and I needed a new mini dry shampoo to take along with me, so when I spotted these mini Colab Dry Shampoo’s were only a pound in Superdrug I popped one into my basket. Usually I would opt for Batiste dry shampoo, as this is what I’ve always used and loved, but I’ve heard great things about the Colab versions so I thought I’d give them a try! There are various different scents and formulas, but I picked up Tokyo as it appealed to me the most. I haven’t tested this dry shampoo out just yet, as I’m saving it for my trip, but I’ll be sure to let you guys know my thoughts once I’m home!

From Superdrug I also picked up Maybelline’s new SuperStay 24H Setting Spray, as my favourite bottle from Makeup Revolution seems to have gone walk abouts. First of all with this product, I noticed that you should either be very careful on where you actually spray it – or it should be used when you’ve got no (or old/already dirty) clothes on. After completing my makeup I spritzed my face with this, as I normally would with my MR version, however after I realised that I had a lot of tiny white speckles from the spray all over the neck and décolletage area of my top (I tweeted a pretty rubbish photo here at the time). Obviously I’m aware that you shouldn’t be spraying this on your clothing, but I just spritzed it on my face, exactly the same way as I do with my MR version and I’ve never had any issues like this with that one at all. I have to say, that unfortunately I don’t think that this does help to increase the longevity of my makeup, but since I’ve only tested it out once, I feel like I need to use it a few more times before I can make a proper decision on it – again, I’ll keep you guys updated!

If you’re a regular reader here at emilyloula, you’ll probably be shocked to know that I walked into KIKO, and only left with one item – I definitely was!! KIKO is one of my favourite makeup brands but when I headed in there at the weekend, nothing really caught my eye. Maybe it was because I’m up to date with their newest collections, have done many hauls recently and I’ve scoured the store countless times looking for new goodies, or maybe I just behaved myself. I had previously seen Miss Makeup Magpie rave about their Metallic Shine Eyeshadows, so when I saw that they were in the sale at £3.40 each I could hardly ignore them. Only one shade remained that I would use regularly, and that was ’03 – Strong Chocolate’ which is as the name suggests, a gorgeous deep chocolate shade. I tested this out for a really easy eye look last night, and so far I’m very impressed – a pigmented shadow with a creamy, almost moussey consistency – it was love at first swipe.

Beauty Haul Shopping Trip on emilyloula beauty blog. H&M Face Masks

(H&M Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil Mask, Pomegranate and Mango Mask & Spearmint and Echinacea Mask)

During our little shopping trip we popped into H&M, and it goes without saying that I was automatically drawn to the beauty section. If you aren’t already aware (there’s been many blog posts!) H&M have recently re-launched their beauty range, with new products, formulas and packaging. Surprisingly I didn’t actually see anything that particular caught my eye, and as I’ve gained A LOT of makeup recently, I decided to try out their new face masks instead. For some unbeknown reason, despite having very oily skin, my forehead has become increasingly dry recently, so I picked up H&M’s Argan Oil & Rosehip Oil mask, as this is described as ultra hydrating and features some other great ingredients such as Shea and Cocoa butter, and has been designed for dry skin. I also picked up their Pomegranate & Mango Mask as firstly the name drew me in but also the fact that it contains Raspberry and Vitamin E and is designed for tired skin. This one is said to help deep clean your pores, and brighten skin so I’m looking forward to giving that a go. Finally I picked up their Spearmint & Echinacea Mask as it was the only one I noticed from the line that was peel off – and boy do I love a good peel off mask! This one is said to be purifying and contains fentain root extract which is supposed to help with blemish prone skin.

I haven’t gotten round to testing these masks just yet, so I can’t say how well they perform, but I’m definitely looking forward to trying them out! The only thing I would say is that these masks are sealed individually in little pods, so I feel like there might be some wastage when using these as you can’t reseal them. I would imagine that I won’t need to use the whole pod for my face, so I think I will probably waste some of the product, which is a shame, so I really do wish these were resealable! Obviously I can’t say for sure if this will be the case, you never know, I might think there’s not enough product in the pod, but again, I’ll keep you updated. At £1.99 per mask, they sit just above the cheap packet samples that you can get from the drugstore, so I’m interested to see how they compare against those!

What do you think of the bits I picked up in my beauty haul? Is there anything here you’d love/hate? As always, I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments, and thank you so much for reading! x

emily x

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