I'm pretty sure that almost every beauty enthusiast was waiting for the Black Friday sales to stock up on favourite products or just treat themselves to some new ones. Well, at least that's what I was planning to do :) But I didn't get crazy as, to be honest, there are sales all year round on beauty sites but I got a few things, some presents for my family and friends which I won't be talking about here and a few treats for myself. Mostly skincare sets as I had them on my wish list for a long time, so when they were 30% cheaper I decided it was the time to buy them. They're very affordable even when full priced and I think they would make a great Christmas stocking fillers or presents for beauty enthusiasts.
I have reached a point in my life as a beauty junkie that, although I wish I could own all the makeup, I know that I have enough to last me a good amount of time and I want to actually use and appreciate what already is in my collection, so there has to be something really special to get my attention for long enough that I will justify buying it. But I wanted some new foundation as all my favourites are either too dark or too pale for me at the moment. So I picked two of them and added to my basket couple of other products that were on a good offer.
Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Spray Mini, £11 for 30ml, I am not a regular user of setting sprays but I have a few of them and reach for them on some days but when I saw that BeautyBay had good discount on Gerard Cosmetics I grabbed the mini version of their Slay All Day setting spray. I picked the Peach scent which is quite pleasant but I was very surprised when I first used it and felt the menthol effect on my skin which was quite strong and not something I expected. My eyes felt slightly irritated as I wasn't careful when spraying the mist. I'm not sure if the spray extends my makeup wear time but it certainly helped to melt all the products into the skin making my makeup look more flawless. I'm not a big fan of the menthol content in the spray so I don't think I would purchase another bottle of this, especially that is not the cheapest, unless it will become a real life, or rather makeup, saver. Will report back on it when I'll have used it for longer.
Makeup Geek Loose Pigment in Insomnia, £8.50, I am a big fan of MUG eyeshadows and pigments so, almost every time I place an order on BeautyBay I get something new and seeing as the shade Insomnia was on offer I put it in my basket. It's a gorgeous duo-chrome with reddish brown base and teal/slate reflex.
LA Girl Perfecting Liquid Makeup, £3.99, I wanted to try another foundation from the brand which has been loved by many people but as my shade was out of stock I decided to check another option. This foundation was very cheap so I thought I'm not risking much by buying it. I'm glad it cost less then £3 because it's not good for me at all. The coverage is very light, with one layer it doesn't cover anything and I don't have that many issues. On top of that it's very liquid-y but strangely difficult to blend it seamlessly into the skin. I've tried it two times, once using beauty blender and once makeup brush and both times I didn't like how it looked on my skin, needless to say I'm not tempted to try it again. It says it's a perfecting makeup and I can see it working for someone who needs no coverage but maybe want to even the skin tone slightly. But I want more from my foundation so it's a no from me.
GA-DE Idyllic Matte Velvet Foundation SPF25, £17, this is another foundation I got because it was on offer and I was intrigued by its claims and this new brand that I never heard anyone talk about. Luckily this was a good choice and I really like this foundation. It has quite thick, creamy formula but it blends easily into the skin, it provides medium to full coverage and it has beautiful velvety/semi-matte finish. It seems to blur my pores making my skin look more flawless. It doesn't feel drying or cakey and it lasts on me easily 8 hours so I think it's quite good.
I'm very pleasantly surprised by this foundation and now I want to explore the brand more, problems of any beauty junkie, eh?!
As I mentioned earlier I got a few skincare sets because I wanted to try these products and it was the perfect time to save some money on them. All of them contain travel/deluxe sample sizes but I like that because with all the skincare products I currently have and so many other I want to try it's hard for me to finish full sizes and I feel like I'm wasting them when they just sit on my bathroom shelves, half-empty, waiting for their turn which sometimes never come. I like to stick to a certain skincare routine for at least a month, especially if I'm testing new products, which happens all the time, so I only can have so much products 'on the go'. Hence the travel sizes sets are perfect for me because I can test them for a few weeks till they run out and then move onto other products or buy a full size if I fall in love with something.
Pixi Best of Bright set, £20, I had some Pixi products on my wish list for ages but somehow never got around to getting anything so when I saw they brought this set of products that I wanted to try I put it straight in my basket. The set contains 15ml samples of Glow Mud Cleanser, 15ml of Glow Mud Mask and 40ml of the Glow Tonic and it cost me less then one of these products in full size. I've tried everything already and I'm loving the cleanser and the mask, they left my skin incredibly clean and glowing but not stripped form moisture. I'm excited to see how the Glow Tonic will compare to my other acid tonners I've been using.
Pai Skincare Instant Radiance Collection, £14, another brand I wanted to try for a while, especially their famous Rosehip Biogenerate Oil so I got this little set which includes 10ml of the oil and Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator (15ml). I've tried both products only once so I can't comment on any lasting results but I'm excited to include the facial oil in my daily routine. Another great mini set!
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe Vera, Herbs and Rosewater, £7.50 for 118ml, this is my forever repurchased facial mist which I like to use as my hydrating tonner in the morning, after treatments at night or simply during the day to refresh my makeup. It's a fine mist which feels soothing on the skin and hydrating and it doesn't contian any alcohol in it.
Oh K! Coconut Water Fibre Face Mask, £8 for 3, while buying some Christmas party clothes from Asos I decided to browse their beauty section and discovered they have a nice selection of Korean skincare, mostly sheet masks so I added a few to my basket. The Coconut Water one is really nice, it left my skin deeply hydrated and plumped.
Antipodes Anti-Aging Minis, £13.99, I had these two mini sets in my virtual basket on FeelUnique for a long time but as I have so much skincare I was delaying the purchase moment until the Black Friday deal happened. I am very excited to try all the products but I want to wait a few weeks as I've just started testing some new products I was sent and, as you know, I don't like to mix and match too many products at once. I will keep you updated though once I've given these sets a good go. And they're absolutely perfect as Christmas sticking fillers or gift to any skincare lover.
The Anti-Aging set contains Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum (10ml) and Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream (15ml), I'm sure these sample sizes will easily last a month of daily use.
Antipodes Moisture Boost Mini's Kit, £12.99, this set contains Divine Face Oil (10ml) and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream (15ml). Both sets provide a nearly complete AM and PM skincare routine, (some cleanser and tonner is something you can't miss) and I can't wait to try the products.
Did you buy any beauty products in Black Friday sales? Have you tried any of the products from my haul?