Monday, 13 February 2017

Sephora Haul

How could I not have a Sephora haul within my first 5 posts on my new blog?, Impossible thats how!

I have visited New York twice now, once in April with my boyfriend and once in august with my family. Sephora is like a drug, once you visit once it becomes an addiction. I think I must have visited each and every Sephora in Manhattan and Soho at least twice when I was there.

As soon as I entered the revolving doors in times Square I just couldn't control myself, the colours, scent and business just added to the experience. I didn't know where to even start! Each make up brand has their own stand and then a separate area for skincare and fragrance. Then you reach what I like to call the isle of doom - the most dreaded aisle in the whole of the US. Its full of minis and travel sizes of all beauty and skincare at such affordable prices. No one can control themselves in that aisle! 

As it was my first time in New York all of my buys were cult beauty's. Many you will have seen over and over again on blogs and youtube, however here are my thoughts on them :) 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

This is one of those staple items I knew I needed. Now I wonder how I ever did without it. This setting spray is unbelievable. It sets my make up for longer than I can imagine and also gives me that natural dewey finish. My make up could easily last a 24 hour day without even so much as a smudge. One of most favourite buys out of the whole haul.

Georgio Armani  Luminous Silk Foundation

The most flawless foundation I own. Not too thick but a great full coverage which lies on the skin perfectly. I apply this with both a beauty blender or a brush. Both give great results. It's weightless and projects such a flawless finish, who knew anyone could look like a Vogue model. This is perfect for going 'out out' as its staying power is great and has no SPF which means no flashback in those club photos. The ultimate foundation for a girls night out.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit - In That Glow

Before I bought this I wasn't a die hard lover of highlighting. I wasn't sure if it made me look cheap or like Sarah Ashcroft. Then this product changed all that. Its never off my face or out of my hand and now a firm staple in my make up bag. The pigmentation in each separate pan is unbelievable. I feel like I light up a room just with a single stroke on each cheek. I think its actually changed my life - no joke. I prefer to apply it with a fan brush and glide it over my cheek. Prosecco pop is deffinately a favourite for everyday.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Pallet

I keep returning to this product. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I don't know if its because i'm still a newbie at contouring and probably not that great or because of the actual product. Its a powder formula which i find is easier to blend that a cream formula, so i think if i just stick with it i'll learn to love it.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

I really like this foundation. Its dewey, full coverage and has a great lasting power. I prefer to apply this with a brush rather than a beauty blender to assure that full coverage. Deffinately a recommendation and probably one of my favourite brands. 

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation

My favourite foundation without a doubt! Its perfect for everyday wear. Its not cakey at all and lasts all day. It has a dewey finish which is such a selling point for people like me with dry and dehydrated skin. It has a build-able coverage but just 1 application is enough for me. Its one of those products that feels so light on the skin that you forget you have anything on. I cannot recommend this foundation enough. Thank you and well done Make Up Forever in creating such an amazing product. I just cannot wait to try more of their range.

Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in Chihuahua and Queen B

Wow! I was really disappointed with these. I love Too Faced products which is why I was really upset when I tried these. I found them very drying on the lips and as they dried off became patchy. Really not a fan, however i'm willing to give them another go!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

One of my most favourite mascaras. When I first tried this my heart actually stopped for a second. The volume and length that this product gave my lashes, I don’t even think there's actually words for it. I couldn't stop staring at my own lashes!!! One stroke is all you need. Such an unbelievable mascara. Definately another favourite from Too Faced.

Kat Von D Ever Lasting lipstick in Loilita 2

I think this may be my favourite matte liquid lip. Its anything but drying on my lips and wears well. Not to mention a lovely deep rose shade, perfect for that day to night look. A brilliant purchase.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss in Butterscotch

This gloss gives a gorgeous sheen to anyones lips. Its a very thick consistency but has great lasting power and pigmentation. It's the perfect gloss for adding to a matte lip. I was very impressed wth this gloss and cannot wait to add to my collection.


Nars Blusher in Deep Throat

I really do like this blusher. my first ever purchase of a Nars product an i was in-undoubtedly impressed. The shade Deep Throat is a very deep rose colour and is very pinky toned. Great for a spot of colour to liven the cheeks. Very subtle but a gorgeous shade. Once again i've used this most days since April and you wouldn't even think i've used it at all, great amount of product in the pan.

Nars bronzer in Laguna

I do like the concept of this bronzer however I feel I need a different shade in it to try and fall in love with. Its great for dusting over my chest area and neck for  bronzed look whereas for my face I would love a lighter shade. 

Nars Creamy Concealer in Custard

Against a lot of reviews I have read about this product, I really do not like this concealer at all. Its very thick which makes it hard to blend and also creases easily. I was gutted with this concealer. Such a shame.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

A very disappointing product. Once again after reading so many reviews on this eye liner I had high hopes and thought it would be love at first sight however its quite the opposite. Its quite a dull black shade and I don't know why but the tip of this pen always hurts when I apply it to my lid - who knows. What a disappointment, deffinately not worth the money or the hype.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

What a beauty favourite, loved by anyone and everyone. I had no excuse not to get this. After the first test with it I was sold. Perfect for setting make up and baking. It leaves that perfect flawless finish to the skin whilst helping to keep all make up in place. Now I don't know how I ever lived without it!

Too Faced Hangover Primer

Too faced you have won me over! what and outstanding product this is. Maybe the best primer in my eyes! My skin absolutely loves me for this product. The coconut infused primer means it has all the great skincare benefits along with being a great base for my make up. Its extremely hydrating and smells great which is always a plus. i have nothing else to say about this product only that i need another tube quick!

Make Up Forever Step 1 Primer 

Such a great primer if your skin isn't the best and is quite uneven. I wasn't sure i'd like this primer or not but after applying it for the first time I really do love this. It evens and smoothes out my skin and provides and all round flawless base for foundation. A perfect partner for the ultra hd foundation.
Urban decay Eye Primer Potion in Eden

This product is a great size for travelling and does exactly what it says on the tube. I don't wear a great load of eyeshadow but when the situation arrises that I do, I always reach for this. It doesn't crease on the skin and creates a perfect base for any eye look. The applicator is perfect and so easy to use.

Benefit They're Real Mascara

Another hype product, which i'm late to the party with. A great all round everyday mascara. This mascara works wonders for lengthening and volumising for an everyday look. Perfect for a day to night look. A great go to mascara or one for starting out when building a make up collection.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Granite   

I have to be honest I much prefer my Maybelline brow gel. This really doesn't do anything for me. Sorry guys

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown

Oh yes another staple item. This product helps me shape my brows like no other. As it is a pomade it allows you to style your own brows however you like, wether they be thick or thin. all whilst keeping a natural look. It comes in a range of shades. I bought mine in April and i've only just scratched the surface so you deffinately get your moneys worth with this product. 

Now can someone please just take me back to New York!!!

What are your cult favourites?
Natalie xx

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