Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spring Beauty Haul + First Impressions

Spring Beauty Haul

lush handy gurugu and nuxe reve de miel lip balm

ysl rouge volupte shine in 14 corail in touch and bourjois color boost in peach on the beach

max factor false lash effect fusion mascara in black brown

mac impassioned lipstick

Spring and summer nail polishes

Sunshine, cherry blossom, peonies, pastel clothes and brighter lips and tips. Yes, it finally feels like spring outside and I literally cannot contain my excitement! Spring is my favorite season and I have a little beauty ritual where every year I go and get some new bits to add to my spring / summer makeup collection. Last week it was round one and here we have some gorgeous nail polishes, some lip treats and a couple of gems to help me keep my skin soft and flake-y free.

Having beautiful and nourished skin is essential, so when my beloved Soap & Glory Hand Food hand cream ran out, getting some hand moisturizer was in order. Somehow I got myself talked into getting this Handy Gurugu cream by Lush (here) and I still can’t decide if the purchase was worth it or not. The hand cream is very rich and is perfect for using before bed at night. As long as you don’t put too much on, it absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feel super soft and smooth. The drawback with this hand cream is the scent. It stinks, pretty much. I have no idea how I didn’t realize that in the store but I guess my nose went a bit crazy with all the different scents in the store. I hope I’ll get used to the smell though as apart from it Handy Gurugu ticks all the boxes. My lips have been having a moment recently and felt even drier then usual. With that said, I decided to stop making excuses and finally go ahead and give a try the oh-so-loved Reve de Miel lip balm from NUXE (here). This gem is everywhere these days and with a good reason – it’s incredible! Reve de Miel has a bit bizarre consistency as it feels a bit grainy and is very thick. Once it melts on the lips, however, it feels light weight and instantly softens the skin. Since I’ve been using this, my lips have been feeling so nourished, smooth and more plump! Reve de Miel not only moisturizes like charm but it also looks amazing under lipstick as it dries matte. And if this isn’t enough to convince you that you need this in your life let me tell you that the balm smells divine – honey and citrus anyone? Yes, please!

Keeping up with the lip theme, I also got two of the most beautiful peachy coral lipsticks I’ve ever seen. The first one comes from Bourjois and it is their Color Boost Lip Crayon in Peach On The Beach (here). This stunning peach with glossy finish completely stole my heart and I’ve been wearing it non-stop since I got it. Peach On The Beach is so unique and ideal for the spring with its playful, fun vibe. The formula also didn’t disappoint and I adore the hydrating, soft feeling the lippy gives to my lips. It’s love! The second coral shade I added to my collection is the gorgeous YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick in #14 Corail in Touch (here). Pretty coral-y orange with incredibly moisturizing formula and luxurious packaging? Yes, this YSL beaut gives all that and more! It makes my lips so full and juicy and the amazing hint of color will finish off any spring/summer makeup look beautifully! I am absolutely in love with this product and if you fancy winning one for yourself you can enter my Giveaway here.

Apparently I was on a lipstick-shopping mood, so I couldn’t stop myself going into MAC and treating myself to a new lippy. The lucky winner this time was the famous Impassioned (here). A MAC’s best-selling shade, this beauty left me absolutely smitten. It is the most gorgeous bright pink-red in my collection and I love the hint of neon that it has – it’s perfect for the warmer months. Impassioned makes my green eyes pop beautifully and brightens up my complexion. It is super opaque and glides on the lips effortlessly. It does feel a bit drying on but if I pop some lip balm underneath - I am good to go.

Ladies and gentleman, big news - I have new favorite mascara!! It is from the drugstore and it is downright incredible! I am talking about the brilliant Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion mascara (here), which captured my heart with the very first use. Bigger, thicker lashes? Check. Volume? Check. Holding curl? Check. No clumps? Double check. This baby is just everything I ever wished for in a mascara and the results are amazing! My lashes have never looked better and so many people have asked me if I was wearing false lashes. Tells you something, doesn’t it? :) The only problem I have with False Lash Effect Fusion is that I got the shade Black/Brown and it is a bit less dramatic for my liking. I will definitely be picking up the Black version soon though, so it is all good.

Last but certainly not least, I got three nail polishes and I have fallen head over heels in love with each of the shades. The fist one is Essie Mezmerised (here) and it is this gorgeous true cobalt blue. Its stunning shade makes me think about the sea and I think it would be the perfect summer companion. Next, I got another blue polish and it is Bikini So Teeny by Essie (here). This beautiful soft ‘cornflower’ blue shade is ideal for the warmer months and makes my skin look so tanned, which I adore. The fine silver shimmer in Bikini So Teeny adds such beautiful sheen to the polish and I love how beautifully the light reflects it. Prettiness in a bottle! The last polish I got is the ever-so-unique Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel polish in #27 Green Fizz (here). You can see me wearing it here and the almost-neon green shade is so stunning and definitely a winner in my books. It reminds me of Essie’s First Timer (here) but I love that it’s brighter. The formula of all three nail varnishes is spot on. They apply easily, dry fast and stay on well. Lovely picks!

I really hope you enjoyed my little haul and everything I got. If you’ve tried any of the products do let me know how you like them. :) Have you started your spring beauty shopping yet? Have you got anything exciting?

Lots of love,
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26 comments

  1. love! beautiful colors!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  2. I love everything you bought! Bikini So Teeny is one of my favourite nail polishes ever, and I can't wait to start wearing it again.. The YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick looks beautiful - I would love another one to add to my collection :) x

    Rachael | overdosedemaquillage.com

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  3. that bourjois nail polish looks so pretty!!!! i wish they sold that brand in the US!
    http://amygg.blogspot.com/
    ~Amy

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  4. All of the lip products look SO lovely! :) xx

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  5. i love the pics more than anything else , you make ur make up looks like candy pieces ,

    N@NY
    http://artofnanyslife.blogspot.com/

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  6. Oh these Essie shades are gorgeous! Definitely on my to-buy list! :)

    http://jeansandroses.blogspot.com

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  7. I love the look of that YSL colour, so beautiful! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  8. Nice haul! Those nail polishes look really pretty!

    http://skinstuffbykaty.blogspot.com/

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  9. Mesmerized looks pretty! I love Essie polishes, they always have great colours!

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  10. Love the Essie nail polish colours! Bikini so teeny is next on my list to get.

    Sally :)

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  11. I need everything! The nail polishes are all gorgeous :) x

    http://theressomethingaboutalice.blogspot.co.uk/

    p.s; check out my Topshop makeup giveaway!

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  12. It's so good when you find a mascara that does everything you expect of it!! I must pick the false lash effect up sometime soon! xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

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  13. Looks like you got some great stuff! I have been hearing a lot about bikini so teeny by Essie. I love the color, but I dislike the formula of Essie polishes :'( I love your blog, it has so many well-taken photos and detailed posts. Great read xx

    Laila from Townhouse Palette ♥

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  14. Your blog has some beautiful photographs! xo

    lifestyleandbeauty93.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. ysl rouge voluptes are the best lipsticks. I think they're better than tom ford, chanel and dior. Love!

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  16. Ooooh, I need Bikini So Teeny, this looks gorgeous!
    Your post came just in time for me because I've been pondering over Reve de Miel for ages and actually really want it. You never led me astray so far so it seems I need to get this gem next month. My lips are crying with thankfulness even now, they're so dry at the moment, it's horrible...
    Oh, and don't worry about the Lush scent. I had a shampoo once that I thought smelled so gross but I got used to it and eventually rebought it several times ending up loving the smell (everyone thought I was crazy, haha).
    Have wonderful day, love! <3
    xx

    www.kazetime.blogspot.com

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  17. this pictre of orange lipstick makes me hungry :)

    blog she.is.the.one

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  18. Such stunning products - I love those Essie polishes. Ones to add to the shopping list! Kat x
    londonkat.com

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  19. Beautiful nail polishes!! Love Spring nails!!

    http://abeautysection.blogspot.com

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  20. i need to try that mascara :) xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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  21. I love everything you got!

    www.victoriabeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. I love Bikini So Teeny - and I've thought about getting Impassioned so many times, I need to just pull the trigger. Great post.

    http://www.wernerbeauty.com

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  23. Do you have an update on how you like the Lush hand cream? I'm in desperate need of some thanks to this crazy winter!

    Thanks, Delaney :)

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