A January Space NK Haul

As I also did last January (see what I got in 2016 here), I had a little spendy time on the Space NK website to spend some of my Christmas and Birthday money. This post is just to show you what I got really, but I’ll be sure to do some more detailed posts, with swatches, at a later date when I’ve had a proper play with the products.

Firstly, try as I might I just could not resist the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light (£69). The palette is absolutely stunning and encased in gorgeous marble packaging. It was ridiculously expensive but I have tried one of Hourglass’ powders before (in the shade Diffused Light) and it was gorgeous and I had recently run out of it. So as well as a new setting powder I also get to try some of the ambient lighting blushes, a bronzer and a highlight. So far I am loving it.

Secondly, I had been wanting to try the Amaretto + Prosecco Pop duo of the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits (£32) for ages. I was really happy to see it was in stock when I was browsing the Space NK website so it was a must-buy! The packaging, again, is so pretty. It’s the same as their permanent Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlight packaging, however, it has gold casing – so gorgeous! The colour of the blush is lovely and I don’t own anything else like it.

Lastly, because it was on sale for about £24, I bought Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book Vol. 1.0 (£47). I thought it was a good opportunity to try a number of Kevyn Aucoin products as I’d never tried anything from the brand before, and particularly The Sculpting Powder which is a favourite of many. The pans are relatively small so using a big-ish brush can be difficult but I’ll make it work. The ‘book’ comes with some step by step guides which look very helpful and informative as I’m still definitely not a contouring expert.

As I said, I am sure I’ll do separate posts on each of these products in future to give my thoughts on them. Thankfully, so far though, I have no regrets!

Love Nicole xxxx

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Beauty Bay Haul | Makeup & Skincare

Some more products I’ve bought via Beauty Bay the past month or so that I thought I’d share with you!

 

pixi glow mud mask la girl contour stick eye of horus mascarapeter thomas roth max complexion correction pads first aid beauty 5 in 1 age delay eye creamla girl bronzer contour stickeye of horus goddess mascara

 

Pixi Glow Mud Mask

I’m still yet to try Glow Tonic as I have so many other exfoliants to use up first but I will try it eventually. However I really wanted to try something from the brand so I thought a mask would be fun! The tube was a lot smaller than I expected but upon using it I’ve found you really don’t need much per use so it’s hopefully not going to be as poor value as I first feared. It is an awesome black colour so it’s really fun to use/you look very scary. After leaving it on 15 minutes I can tell it’s got down into my pores as I can see lots of dots all over my nose and cheeks! I can’t credit this with any particular improvement to my skin but it’s nice to use and I think it does get into your pores and give them a clean.

L.A. Girl Velvet Contour Stick in ‘Suede’

This doesn’t appear to be on the website at the time of me writing this but there are some available on Amazon. I liked the idea of a contour stick as they seem like an easy way to contour and will be good for summer where I like to use less powder products. So when I saw this for a fiver I thought this was one to try. It’s quite a warm shade but the pigment is good and it blends out well enough. I need practice using it tbh, but I’m happy with it so far.

Beauty Blender Nude Sponge

This is my first beauty blender! I caved and just had to see what all the fuss was about. I liked the nude colour of this which means it doesn’t look as dirty so quickly. I’ve actually really enjoyed using this so far but I have much more experimenting to do! It’s true it’s very squishy and bouncy which is perfect for bouncing off your face. I’ve found it gives quite a sheer coverage which I’m not overly keen on as I like quite full coverage, however it’s great to go over your makeup with one of these once you’ve built up the coverage you want with your finger or a brush. It just pats it in and takes away any excess which gives a more natural finish. I’ve only used it with foundation so far but I want to try it with the L.A Girl Contour Stick (above) and see how it blends that in!

Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara

Again, I can’t see this on the website at the moment so it must have sold out. It’s available from here though. I’d never heard of this brand but I needed a new mascara and this one was reduced a bit so I just went for it. It has a plastic brush which I am not overly fond of; it’s quite rough on the lashes despite being a soft, flexible silicon brush. I wasn’t overwhelmed by the effect of this mascara, it’s fine and does the job but there’s something about the application I just don’t love.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads

My skin was playing up a bit so I wanted to try some stronger acid products as my skin seems to react well to them. What sold me on these pads was that they contain AHA (Glycolic acid) and BHA (Salicylic acid) so you get a real potent mix. They are very strong smelling and not for the faint hearted but I’ve liked them so far. My skin is behaving more lately and as this is the only thing I’ve really changed in my routine (aside from using face masks more regularly) I think they’re having a positive effect.

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Eye Cream

The other eye cream I’m using will be running out in the next few weeks so I thought I might as well get another one before then. I like the concept of FAB as a brand and this product looked promising. I’ve been using this most mornings and I really like it! It has a soft, velvety quality to it that makes my eye area feel awesome and provides a beautiful base for makeup. Happy with this one. It doesn’t make my eyes water either which is always important to me and my stupidly watery eyes.

Love Nicole xxxx

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Beauty Splurges

After Christmas and my birthday on boxing day, I was feeling pretty flush after generous gifts from family, soooo I thought after that it’d be as good a time as any to purchase some very expensive makeup I’d been wanting to try for ages! I bought these about 2 months ago so I’ve used them numerous times up to now.

nars steven klein blush face palette hourglass ambient lighting powder diffused light niod photography fluid (3)

Nars One Shocking Moment Cheek Studio Palette

It’s not hard to understand why this palette was so tempting. It LOOKS gorgeous and I really wanted it. I hadn’t tried any Nars powder products so it was actually a good value way to try lots of different products. I have no regrets buying it as I love using all the pans in there; my most used is probably the palest pink blush as it’s just so pretty! The contour and bronzer are good shades for me and the matte highlight makes for a good setting powder. In theory, they’re probably not anything life changing, but it’s an amazing collection to have all in one gorgeous palette.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

This was very much a blogger induced purchase. The Hourglass powders are much hyped and raved about for giving a beautiful luminosity and pore-refined, airbrushed finish, along with beautiful packaging; I just couldn’t wait to try one. I went for Diffused Light as I thought the yellowy tone may help with redness and flatter my skintone. It is a really nice product, not super pigmented (I do a lil swatch here), with a silky, finely milled formula and definitely delivers in terms of glow! I use it mostly all over as a setting powder however sometimes I feel that gives just too much glow so I only use it in certain areas. My pores were unaffected; they weren’t blurred but neither were they emphasised. I don’t regret buying it, however now I’ve tried it, I don’t think for £38 it’s one I’ll replace when it’s finished. It will however last me absolutely ages! 🙂

NIOD Photography Fluid

This purchase came about after seeing Laura from buynow/bloglater post about it on Instagram I think it was, describing it as an “Instagram filter for your face”… She’s since written a full post on it here which, since having the product myself, I completely concur with! I was happy with the price:hype ratio; £20 was easily parted with for what sounded to me like a great product. Base products (along with lipsticks) are my weakness. It’s a sheeny yellowy liquid (kind of like a liquid Hourglass Diffused Light!) that comes in a bottle with a pipette. The packaging is not fantastic, I just wipe it on my face from the stick rather than squeezing it. I use it all over my face as a primer before foundation, and it really does have a pretty effect! It’s a luminous glow that evens out dullness and redness in my face, and helps slightly to hide my humongous cheek pores! If you want a glowy primer to even out your skintone then this is definitely worth a shot.

Love, Nicole

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