Recently, I’ve accumulated some really exciting bits, that I wanted to share with you guys, but I didn’t feel that they warranted their own posts, just yet. So I thought I would create a new feature here on emilyloula – New In, letting you know about the recent items added to my stash, first impressions and thoughts of them. For the first post, I’ve got a nice mixture of beauty, hair, nail and skincare items, all of which I’m really excited to talk to you about today.
Maybelline | Master Sculpt Contouring Powder > £6.99
Makeup Revolution | Ultra Contour Palette > £8.00
Smashbox | Contour Stick Trio > £35.00
Contouring is all the rage at the moment, and as you can see from the photo above, I really love this ‘trend’. I’ve got a quite round face, so anything I can use to fake me some cheekbones, is right up there in my books. The first item I got my hands on from these three was Maybelline’s Master Sculpt, which I picked up in Boots on a whim. I had heard some good things about it, so I popped 01 Light – Medium, into my basket, but I think that was probably a mistake. Every review I’ve read since buying this says that 02 is a much better shade to contour with than 01, as it’s too light. I’ve swatched this on my hand, but haven’t actually used it yet, however I do think it will probably be too light or slightly muddy for me, we’ll just have to see…
I’ve been a big fan of Makeup Revolution since they launched last year and have many of their products in my collection – you can see a haul I did from their online store here if you fancy. So when I saw they had released their Ultra Contour Palette, and the reviews I was hearing were great, I added it straight to my payday wishlist. There’s a rather small Superdrug in the shopping precinct in my little town, so you could imagine my shock when I popped in there the other day, and saw this brand new shiny palette waiting for me. The shades within this palette are so beautiful, with a mixture of contour, bronze and highlight shades, some even with a gorgeous marbled effect. Again, this is another product I haven’t actually managed to use yet, but I’ve swatched the shades and they’re lovely so I’m definitely looking forward to giving this a go.
One morning this month, I woke up to a lovely email saying I would won a giveaway from Beautylymin of the Smashbox Contour Stick Trio, and I was honestly over the moon. I had actually had my eyes on these pencils for a while and was planning to treat myself to them, so I couldn’t believe my luck when I actually won a set. I’ve used the contour and highlight pencils from the trio a few times now, but I haven’t properly had a good play with them just yet. However, as first impressions go I’m really impressed – they’re lovely pigmented shades with a great creamy consistency and blend easily – what more could I want?
Revlon | Uniq One, All In One Hair Treatment* > £14.75
Australian Bodycare | Tea Tree Oil Body Lotion* > £21.70
KIKO | Lip Scrub > £5.90
Micro Cell | Nail Repair* > £5.90
Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to Catalyst’s PR Autumn Winter preview event, which included loads of brands showcasing their products. It was a really great day, I got to meet some passionate brand representatives and learn a lot about various companies ethoses and their products. All the brands on the day were extremely generous and I’ve got a lot of new products to try out still, but I thought I’d mention some products that I have tried and I’m really loving so far. First up Revlon very kindly gave me one of their Uniq One, All In One Hair Treatments*, a leave-in spray which smells delicious and has some really great benefits to it. There’s supposedly 10 real benefits, of which include frizz control, colour fade protection, added shine, UVA protection and it can be used as a detangling spray. It helps with split ends, and repairs dry and damaged hair, making it a fantastic all in one product. Truthfully, I never really know what I should be putting onto my hair post shower so this spray makes it easy to give my locks some great benefits. I’m really loving using it at the moment, and my hair is definitely in better condition than when I started.
Australian Bodycare were also at the Catalyst event and they generously gave me two products from their tea tree oil range, a body wash and a body lotion. The Tea Tree Oil Body Lotion* is a product that I love even more than I thought I would. As you’ll probably know, Tea Tree Oil is a great ingredient and can be used in a multitude of ways with some great benefits. My favourite way to use this lotion is as a mosquito repellant or after shaving or waxing treatmemt. When I get my eyebrows waxed, for the next couple of days it’s rather red and there’s a lot of under the skin bumps around the area. Last time I thought I would apply a bit of this lotion around my eyebrows, and to my utter delight, the redness went down incredibly quickly and the little white bumps never even appeared. I was honestly very very impressed, and I’ve started to use this lotion quite a bit recently. The bottle in the photo is actually a very generous sample (100ml), but the price I’ve shown you (£21.70) is for a much larger – 500ml bottle with a pump, as the sample isn’t available to buy.
The last product I’m going to talk about today, that I was kindly gifted from the event was a sample of Micro Cell’s Nail Repair*. I’ve been biting my nails ever since I can remember, but finally a few months ago I kicked my habit and my nails have been growing out ever since. After years of wearing gel nails and biting them constantly, my nails were extremely extremely weak, breaking and splitting as soon as they grew slightly. The lovely lady at Micro Cell explained to me that this varnish is different than the regular nail repair treatment, as those usually dry out the nail, hardening them by removing the oxygen. This means that the nails will grow but because they’ll be so hard they will be brittle and break easily. This treatment from Micro Cell doesn’t do this, instead it strengthens the nails in a way that they will still bend slightly on contact, so that they don’t snap off or break, which I can fully vouch for. Using this has definitely made a difference to my nails, and it’s another product that I’m very, very impressed with. They also have coloured varnish, which contains the repair treatment, but a slightly weaker consistency, which I think is a great idea. I’ve got a beautiful deep red shade, but I really want to pick up a few more now!
Another product I’ve added to my stash and have been loving recently is KIKO’s Lip Scrub. I absolutely love KIKO, and I’m lucky enough to have one in the town centre by me (Reading), so I always pop in there and leave with a few things when out shopping. I’ve been wanting to get their Lip Scrub for a while now, but it was always out of stock on my visits. Finally it was there, so I grabbed it and I’ve been enjoying using it since. I love the fact that it’s in a stick format, making it really easy to use, and the formula’s special crystals gently exfoliate and soften the lips, leaving them feeling lovely.
Caudalie | Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser > £27.00
KIKO | Long Lasting Shadow Stick > £6.90
I had recieved a sample of this Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser from Caudalie back in my May Birchbox and loved it so much I knew I had to get the full size. I actually picked this up from Birchbox’s online store, with my points that I’ve been saving up. This has a nice scent, a lovely consistency and sinks in almost immediately after application, leaving my skin feeling really soft and smooth. This oil free moisturiser claims to treat and brighten the skin whilst adding a little light coverage, which I would totally agree with. As well as being completely natural, this contains an SPF20, which are both really great bonuses for me.
The last item in this round up is another from my beloved KIKO – a Long Lasting Shadow Stick in the shade 39 Dark Taupe. I had heard really good reviews for these, so I had to pick one up and so far I’m very impressed. It’s creamy, pigmented, long lasting and is super easy to apply, just perfect. I love the colour of this but it’s a little too dark for an all over lid shade for me, so I do need to pick up a few lighter shades, as the consistency is great.
So those are just some notable mentions of products that have made their way into my stash recently. Have you tried any of these items I’ve mentioned – if not, would you like to? What do you think of this new series? As always, I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments, and than you for reading!