Mini Beauty Haul: Treating Myself


Hello 2018! Whilst writing this post I thought I'd look back on my previous first blog posts of the years to see how I've previously welcomed in the new year on my blog. I just read through my 'Saying hello to 2016' post and read about how I pledged to go on a health kick and reinvent myself. I'm howling with laughter because 2 years on I'm sat here fully knowing that it never did happen and in fact, I've definitely gained a few pounds rather than lost them. But I blame that on having a boyfriend and us eating far too many Dominos, McDonalds, Indian and Chinese takeaways. Oops! Ironically that is actually our resolution for this year - to cut down on the takeaways. So far we are 6 days in to the year and already have had two Chinese takeaways so I think our resolution is out of the window.

Anyways, this isn't a post about my New Years resolutions. It's about how I started the year doing something that I do best - online shopping! I decided to treat myself to a few new beauty bits that a lot of people rate so I just wanted to see if they are worth the hype or not and mix up my regime - New year, new me and all that.

Back in December whilst picking up the Morphe 35O2 Second Nature palette as a Christmas present for my cousin I decided to have a quick flick through the new in section of Morphe and I came across the 15N Night Master palette. This palette was released as part of their limited edition holiday collection alongside the 15D Day Slayer palette so I'm not too sure if they're still available to buy or not.

The Morphe 15N Night Master Palette contains 15 colours to create the perfect evening eyeshadow look. Colours from top left to right include: 
Custom - matte cream, Unique - shimmering beige, Opal - matte orange, Talent - shimmering orange/peach, Shook - Matte deep orange
Va Va Voom – matte dusky deep red, Illustrated – shimmering pink purple, Goals – deep matte orange, Editorial – matte orange brown, Creativity – Shimmering coral
Scene – dark matte purple, Cliché – deep matte pink, Excuse Me – shimmering dark purple, Hello – matte off brown, Craze – shimmering purple.

I'm not exactly a big night out person which this palette would be perfect for, but I just wanted to add it to my ever growing collection of Morphe palettes as I can use it for when I want my eyes to look a bit more glam as it features multiple dramatic and vibrant shimmers. The picture I took shows what the shades look like with flash on.

I also picked up the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation during the boxing day sales. This foundation is one that I hadn't really heard anyone say a bad word about, with everyone claiming it made their face look flawless so I had really high expectations for this foundation. I usually wear MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation but I just wanted to try something new and see how it would compare. I went for shade 1W2 as I have yellow undertones to my skin but I also wanted it to be shade that suited when I wear fake tan. I use the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in Dark but I find it leaves me with a light tan rather than a dark tan, which is why I went for one of the lighter shades of the foundation. 

So far I've only used the foundation twice as I'm saving it for weekends and special occasions rather than wearing it on a daily basis for work. I would fully recommend as with all foundations to check your self out in natural light because this one oxidised on me as the day went on and left me looking rather orange so I'm going to try adding some lightning drops and see how that works out. It's full coverage though which suits me perfectly as I don't think I have the best skin, but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin either.

I received a MAC voucher for Christmas so I took full advantage of ordering from them whilst they had 10% off. Continuing with the theme of trying new beauty products I bought the MAC Pro Longwear concealer in shade NC15. Lately I've been struggling with dark under-eye circles that I've been attacking with my trusty Collection lasting perfection concealer but it just hasn't been enough. This concealer claimed to have medium to full coverage and boy I can vouch for that, a little definitely goes a long way.

 I also picked up MAC Lip Conditioner because no matter how many various different lip balms I use my lips are dry as hell all throughout the year. I'm not too sure if it actually works wonders yet or if it's just an overpriced Vaseline. With all orders you get to pick a free sample and I opted for the strobe cream which I like to mix in with my foundation so my skin looks a lil bit more alive.

And finally I took a trip into Boots to pick up a 'few bits' which somehow resulted in me spending £40. I'm pretty sure I went in just to buy some more fake tan and got so distracted that when I got home I realised I'd forgotten to buy the one thing I went there for. I needed a new foundation brush as mine had reached the stage where the bristles had gone near enough rock solid and it felt like I was punching my face every time I was applying my foundation. There wasn't a huge range of foundation brushes in my local Boots and I was originally going to pick up a Real Techniques brush but there weren't any in stock and I spotted the Spectrum Collections A03 Oval Foundation Brush. I've never bought anything by Spectrum before although I'd seen them all over Instagram as they do a gorgeous mermaid brush set. At first I thought it was a bit too small and would take me ages to apply my foundation but so far it actually spreads my foundation all over my face quite well.

I'm a lover of Lee Stafford's Hair Growth Treatment as I've previously used up a whole tub before. I don't usually believe in fad miracle hair treatments but I genuinely think this one actually makes your hair grow! I really struggle with split ends and I get a lot of breakage, but my hairdresser always compliments me on how my hair seems to grow inches and inches within the space of 10 weeks and I think it's down to this product. I needed some more hairspray and thought I'd try out the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Hairspray mainly because I liked the pink packaging. This hairspray smells gorgeous as it oozes coconut but from reviews some people differ and say they hate the smell. At the same time I grabbed the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Dry Shampoo as I was low on dry shampoo. It smells great like the hairspray but I'm not sure if it does much for me, I didn't really gain any volume from this dry shampoo and I don't really think it made my hair feel less greasy. The only thing I liked about it was that it was clear and didn't spray out the horrible white residue all over your hair like other dry shampoos do. I don't think I'll be repurchasing!

xoxo Chelsea

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