Monday, 8 August 2016

Recent beauty haul

I've been trying to be more sensible with my money and not spending lots on beauty but it doesn't mean I don't treat myself to a few things every now and then. I'm a beauty blogger and beauty enthusiast/junkie at the end! So today I want to share with you what I bought recently and my first impressions on these products.

Makeup and skincare haul

Let's start with the product that I'm most excited about, the Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits in Champagne Pop + Flowerchild (still available on Sephora website). I 've never given in into the hype of the Champagne Pop highlighter that Becca released in collaboration with Jaclyn Hill some time last year, simply because I'm not a massive highlighters fan and spending £32 on one of them wasn't tempting.
When Becca brought out the Jaclyn Hill Face Palette a few months ago I was tempted to get it because it seemed like a great value for money for their 5 cheek products but while I was debating whether to get it or not it went out of stock. Then the whole drama with the eyeshadow palette from the Champagne collection happened and it put me off the collaboration completely.
Until I heard that they were releasing Champagne Splits duos, which would contain one of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors created by Jaclyn, Champagne Pop or Prosecco Pop and one of the Becca Mineral blushes, and I thought it will be a good idea to get one of them.

I wasn't overly bothered though, I didn't even know when they were supposed to be released in UK so when one evening last week I was browsing Space NK website, as you do, and found all 4 of them in stock I was pleasantly surprised and ordered one shade without hesitation. Unfortunately they're not longer available online on Space NK but I've heard you can find them in shops.
I chose Champagne Pop + Flowerchild blush because I wanted to try the super hyped highlighter and the blush looked very pretty!
And I'm glad I did because I'm totally in love with the blush!

To start with, the packaging of the Champagne Splits is gorgeous, the usual shape and style of Becca highlighters and blushes but in gold which makes it so much prettier in my eyes, the compact feels quite heavy and luxurious, inside there's good quality mirror.
The formula of both products, highlighter and blush, is great, silky soft, very pigmented, it doesn't kick up powder in the pan and it applies and blends on the skin beautifully.
Champagne Pop is a gorgeous light gold shade and it's intense, it's definitely not my everyday highlighter but it can be applied with light hand for more subtle effect.
Flowerchild Mineral Blush is a stunning peachy pink shade with micro golden shimmer which adds beautiful, delicate glow to my cheeks without accentuating pores.
I've worn both powders twice and they lasted really well on my skin for the time I had makeup on, which was about 7 hours. I've not tested them for longer then that but I think they would stay on for the whole day.
The Champagne Splits are £32 each which is still a lot of money but you're getting two products, 4g each, which I'm sure will last you a long time.

Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits in Champagne Pop + Flowerchild
Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits in Champagne Pop + Flowerchild

One makeup item that I'm getting more and more excited about and I think it's slowly overtaking the eyeshadow palettes spot is lipstick. And once again I treated myself to a new one, this time from an American brand that is not really well known in UK, LA Splash, available on Beauty Bay. I chose one of their Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks in shade Fantasy (£9.95), just because I wanted to try the formula and the shade looked beautiful.
Fantasy is described as cherry-toned pink with nude undertones and it reminds me a lot Frick 'n Frack from ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip, but it has more pink in it. The formula is intensely pigmented, it glides smoothly on the lips and within couple of minutes dries completely matte. It stays ever so slightly tacky but it's smudge-proof and it lasts for hours without being drying. It doesn't accentuate dry skin and it's not looking creepy crumbly on the lips. The applicator has a great, a bit elongated shape to ensure easy and precise application of the liquid lipstick.
My advice would be to apply a one thin layer and once you need to reapply your lipstick it is better to take it off and apply a fresh layer as things can get looking a bit crumbly. You will need to use an oil based cleanser to remove the lipstick though.
In overall I'm quite impressed with the formula of these lipsticks and will be getting some other shades for sure.

As much as I love filling in my brows with pomades I find brow pencils to be a bit easier and quicker to use on those weekday mornings when I need my makeup to be done quickly and without any extra fuss.
Recently I finished my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wizz so I decided to try this time the newer Brow Definer (£16), I picked shade Medium Brown which I like much better then Soft Brown I had in Brow Wizz as it's on the cooler side and matches my natural brows colour perfectly.
At first I wasn't sure about the triangle shape of the pencil but I'm getting used to it and I think the formula is actually a bit better then the Brow Wizz so I'm happy with my purchase.
My only complaint is that the pencil is surprisingly short and I'm very curious how long it will last, for the price I would expect it to have more product.

I needed a new nail polish base coat which I always use on my nails before applying the actual nail polish to protect and strengthen my nails and while browsing the Latest in Beauty website I saw that they had the Nails Inc. Superfood NailKale Base Coat to choose as a part of the Build Your Own Box collection so I got it alongside 2 other products and paid only £8.99 + P&P which I thought was a great deal as the base coat alone costs £15 on Boots website. I can't say how good the base coat is as I've only used it once but the claims of it being
a powerful nail treatment that offers keratin hardening and activation to stimulate nail growth, hydration, anti-breakage and anti-splitting protection, and deep nourishment
sound good to me.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant

Another product I got as a part of the Build Your Own Box from Latest in Beauty was the Dr Organic Hemp Oil Intensive Eye Serum (£8.99), available also in Holland & Barret, because I needed an eye cream and I liked the sound of this serum. Claims of making my eye area look 6 years younger in 4 weeks are pretty impressive, right? So I thought I will give it a go and report back on my thoughts on it once I used it at least  4 weeks.
The serum contains organic Hemp oil which is a natural source of omega fatty acids which nourish and enrich the skin, helping to smooth and plump up the delicate area around the eyes. This serum also includes Olive Leaf extract, Levan and Jujube Seed extract to help to smooth and hydrate the skin.
Funny fact, Hemp oil is an oil extracted from the hemp plant, one of the Cannabis genus. Usually only industrial hemp is used to make hemp oil and it's almost free of the psychoactive substances associated with the genus.
So fingers crossed I won't be hallucinating anytime soon, LOL!

Toner has been a part of my skincare routine for years and I can't be without one. Lately I've been using acid tonners but, because I use many acid exfoliators anyway, I've decided to get a tonner that will balance my skin pH and just prepare it after cleansing for next skincare steps. To get a free delivery from Space NK with my Becca Champagne Splits order (I hate paying delivery charges!) I browsed the toner section and picked this Ultra Facial Oil Free Toner from Kiehl's (£15) which sound like just what I needed, simple, gentle, hydrating toner which will help to balance my oil production. If this happen to become a miracle product I will update you on that :)

Last but not least a few weeks ago I was sent the latest addition to the La Roche - Posay Effaclar family, the Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant (£16)*. I've been a fan of the Effaclar range for years so I was more then happy to check the new version of the cult product. I was slightly hesitant to use it regularly though as my skin is no longer as oily and problematic as it used to be but I'm happy to say that the cream didn't dry out my skin at all and I've been using it for about 2 weeks almost daily.

The Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant has all the benefits of the original Effaclar Duo (+) but is now enhanced with a mattifying 100% mineral pigment tint, which evens out the skin’s tone providing light coverage. I've been wearing it on its own or as a primer underneath my foundation and it works great both ways, it's not very long lasting on its own but I still can go about 6 hours without the need to touch up my makeup.
I can't comment on how well it works for my skin because I haven't used it long enough but considering it contains all the great ingredients of the original formula it should be as good:
Niacinamide is an anti-inflammatory active ingredient that offers an intense soothing effect,
Piroctone Olamine combats bacterial infections, which is ideal for those with acne-prone skin,
LHAs are incluced for gentle exfoliation,
Linoleic Acid helps to regulate excess sebum.

Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant comes in two shades, Light and Medium and while they won't suit all skin tones they should match many because of the sheer formula. If your skin is oily, acne-prone and you're looking for a lightweight base to even out your skin tone without overloading it, yet to help with your skin's concerns then I think this will be a great option.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant

In the picture below I'm wearing the Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant with a bit of concealer under my eyes and powder all over to set the product, ABH Brow Definer in Medium Brown on my brows, Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop and Flowerchild blush on the cheeks and LA Splash Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fantasy on my lips.

LA Splash velvet Matte liquid lipstick in Fantasy, swatch

Have you tried any of the products from my haul? What beauty products have you bought recently?

*PR Sample

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