Dubai Sephora Make-up Haul #2

Sephora Haul

I shared the first part of my Sephora Haul from my Dubai holiday in a post early this week and showed you all the Marc Jacobs items I picked up. Here is part two  of the Make-up Haul and  the other bits I picked up- I went a bit crazy I know, think I need to ban myself from any more purchases for a while!

Sephora and Bare Minerals Eye Shadow Palette

First up, I picked up the, Bare Minerals READY Eyeshadow quad: The A List.  I was drawn to this as I love the Bare Minerals Mineral foundation and have not tried the READY shadows before. I also dont don’t have many purple/pink shades so is a bit different for me.

Next, I picked up from Sephora’s on range, Spring in Soho Eye, Cheek and Lip Palette. It has a lovely contract of soft pastels and nudes in a travel friendly container. It has 8 eye shades with 4 lip colours and  a blush tucked in a drawer under the eyeshadows. It looked like a good one to shove in the work make-up bag for use before Friday drinks as it is lovely and compact.

OPI Liquid Sand Nail Polish

So, OPI nail polishes were much cheaper than elsewhere so I was instantly drawn to their stand. I hadn’t tried the Liquid Sand polishes before  but picked up Tiffany Case a wonderful bright blue glitter – everyone should own it! .I loved it so much when I picked up more from the range the next day. Alcatraz Rocks, Get your Number and Stay the Night were lucky enough to be picked.  Also picked up Purple with a Purpose from the standard range.

Sephora Bronzer and Make-up Brushes

Also bought from a shimmer bronzer in Sunkissed bronze from the Sephora range. I have fair skin and this seems to suit me well, bit of colour and a touch of shimmer.

Finally, I picked up 3 new brushes as my collection needed some additions. Got a Concealer brush, a rounded crease brush and a lip brush.

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Not from Sephora but also purchased in Dubai- this time at the airport. Mac Lustre Lipstick in See Sheer and Revlon, Just Bitten Kissable in Sweetheart Valentine.

As I mentioned before I had a great trip and thoroughly enjoyed my shop in Sephora cant wait to use everything!

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Dubai Sephora Haul #1: Marc Jacobs Make-up

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Hello! I am back from an wonderful holiday with my boyfriend to the UAE, had such a brilliant, relaxing but fun packed time. We were in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai- I might do a post about the trip if people are interested?

I of course visited Sephora while there, went to the one in the Dubai Mall- which is the best shopping mall ever. I thought I would divide my haul into two parts as I bought quite alot (oops!)and I think the Marc Jacobs products are soo beautiful that they deserve their own post.

I was desperate to take a look at the Marc Jacob’s make-up as you can’t get into in the UK and I love Marc Jacobs Perfume (you can see my collection here) so had high hopes for it.

Firstly the packaging of all of their products is amazing, so simple, sleek yet sophisticated. Each one comes in a little cloth pouch which I haven’t included in the photo.

Marc Jacobs Pressed Powder

My first purchase was the Perfection Powder in Bique which promises to be a featherweight foundation. The case has a huge mirror which I love- will be great for make-up on the go. I have only tried this as a finishing powder so far and loved it.

Marc Jacob Shameless Blush

The Shameless Bold Blush in Reckless is wonderful subtle pink with a slight purple-ish undertone.

Marc Jacobs Studded Kiss lipgloss

This lipgloss  from the Lust for Lacquer in Studded Kiss is gorgeous a beautiful dark berry with a bit of shimmer.  I have only worn in once so far and loved it.

Mark Jacob Lolita

The Lotlita Eye shadow palette caught my attention on a number of blogs and I loved it up close. My lovely boyfriend was kind enough to buy it for me. It holds 7 neutral colours in a slimline case-3 matte/4 shimmer, on a first play with the colours I think it will be a new favourite for everyday.

I suspect that full reviews on all these products will follow. The rest of Sephora Dubai haul will be up on Thursday.

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My Travel Make-up bag

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I’m in Abu Dhabi, heading to Dubai in a couple days. Wanted to share my travel make-up bag with you. I tried- some what unsuccessfully- to limit what I packed as I know I will buy new products during the trip which I will want to use straight away. I am also aware that I will be eating out in fancy places so want to have options with me so I can go with what makes me feel good on any night

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For eyes, I have my sights set on a new neutral  palette so leaving Naked 2 at home for the first time since I got it! Instead I packed, from No7 the Good Earth Trio and Matte Maroon. I also packed Rimmel Scandeleyes in Rich Russett and Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze. Finally, YSL Pure Chromatics 9 which is all I need at the moment for night time eyes. Mascara is my trusty BADgal Lash by Benefit (full review)

As I wear quite bold glasses I don’t do much in terms of eyeliner so just taking a nude NARS and Bobbi Brown Cream Eye liner in Jet.

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Foundation I have packed Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua which I love and is close to being finished so want to use it up. Also taking my YSL Touche Eclat Foundation which is my current favourite. Rimmel Stay Matte as my powder with Collection 2000 Concealer along for the journey too.

Only packed one blush in L’oreal in Sandalwood Pink as I don’t own many and I know I will pick up new ones during the trip- this one is just to tide me over. Bodyshop Bronzer in Light Matte to add colour to my skin which won’t tan (I’m very fair and it is stay white or burn!)

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Brushes are another area I plan to buy new stuff in so just packed my Real Techniques Blush Brush, Powder Brush and Shading brush along with a No7 blending brush and Sephora shading brush.

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Okay, so I defiantly could have packed less lip products but I found it hard to choose and as I have been quite conservative when it comes  o eyes I want to be able to dress up the look in the evenings with a fab lip. Anyway they are very small in the grand scheme of packing…..

Mac Sheen Supreme Lipglass in Sweet Bean, for a natural gloss or to add some shine to matte lips. Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Peroxide and the wee one gloss that came with Naked 2 are also packed. Maybelline Colorsensationbal Shine Gloss in Stellar Berry (Full review) added for bolder red lips.

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Lipsticks I chose a range which would give me natural to dark to bright pink with Bobbi Brown Plum Rose, Chanel Rouge Coco 20, Natural Collection Pink Orchid, Revlon Pink Truffle, Rimmel Electric Plum

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For my travel make-up bag, I use this awesome giant one from Sephora.  It also has compartments for toiletries, a pocket for jewellery  on the back and space for anything else I need in one handy place. It has a hook so can be hung while travelling- handy as I often find hotel bathrooms have limited counter space. I keep my make-up in the middle section as it is detachable so can be easily transported to the best mirror in the room when I am getting ready.

What is your travel make-up essential?

I was going to put up some pics etc of my holiday- not sure if folks are interested tho? Let me know!

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Desert Metals Mascara by teeez Trendy Cosmetics

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I know I did a mascara review recently but I received this one in my You Beauty Discover box earlier this month and have really been impressed by the Desert Metals Mascara, so wanted to share.

I had never heard of the brand teeez Trend Cosmetics before so wasn’t sure what to expect. The Dutch company promise that this mascara which contains silk proteins which will protect and nourish your lashes. To be honest  I am not sure about these claims- what do you look for to know if it has now more nourished eyelash? Despite this I have been impressed.

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The brush is a cone like shape, small at the tip getting progressively wider. The narrow tip makes it great for easily coating the outer most or inner most lashes. It is an intense black which I felt made my lashes appear longer and fuller. It didn’t create that ‘false lash’ effect but it is perfect for what I want from mascara. It did not smudge, lasted all day and was relatively easy to get off at the end of the day.

You can get this in various colours- I have Midnight Sky which is a strong black.

One sad point is that it is pretty expensive at around £17 and I found it hard to track down a UK stockist but you can get it at nelly.com. Hopefully, the brand will be stocked more widely in the future though as I really liked this product.

Has anyone tried anything else from this brand?

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NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss Review

NYX lipgloss

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I picked up this glossy Mega Shine trio when I was in New York last year and they are the only NYX product I have tried so far.  I love the simple packaging topped with a black bow on the lid. The creamy lip gloss glides on easily with a doe- foot applicator. They have a lovely sweet, sugary smell which can be enjoyed during application but doesn’t haunt you for the rest of the day. As far as that annoying lipgloss stickiness goes, these guys don’t have much of it yey!

From Top: Beige, Sugar Pie and Natural

From Top: Beige, Sugar Pie and Natural

The three colours are a great little trio as they are all quite different but all very wearable day-time appropriate with awesome shine. Beige is my favourite. Sugar Pie doesn’t give much colour but with the shine is enough to get noticed, it also works well over a matte lipstick. And Natural looks much better on than it does in the bottle, more red than brown tones when applied.

I have never seen NYX in the UK, but just learned while doing this post that they are stocked in Next! How did I miss this, will have to have  a look next time I am at the shops. What are you favourite NYX products? What should I try next?

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The Make-up Brands I Would Love to Try

 
Brands I would love to try

You may have gathered that I am a bit of a beauty addict and love to try new products. However, there are a number of brands that I have never tried first hand and am really lusting after at the moment. Here is a round of 9 beauty brands that are on my must try wishlist.

TopShop: I always stop by the make-up stand in-store but have yet to buy anything. Love the packaging of these products. My local store never has any testers open though which makes it harder to choose- holding out until I can swatch the colours before I purchase.

Sleek: A high street brand which has lots of interesting products, their blush in particular has attracted lots of positive chat on my Bloglovin feed and I really want to try it,

Dior: I have often stopped by  the Dior counter and am drawn to their eye shadow palettes and Dior Addict Lipgloss. However, other counters usually beckon me away before I part with my cash. (I’m looking at you Chanel counter!)

Tom Ford: A luxury brand that I haven’t had a chance to see up close but has some beautiful looking products, maybe one day?

MUA: I have never really paid much attention to this brand but have seen so many reviews recently of their amazingly prized products, I am now really intrigued. £1 for a lipstick is a bargain and will be picking one up soon to give it ago.

Models Own: Another drugstore brand, the launch of their Gel nail polishes has really peaked my interest and it competing with MUA for the first to be bought.

Hourglass: A brand which has recently come into my eye line, with all the buzz surrounding their new Ambient Lighting Blush. Unfortunately, it hasn’t made it this far north yet so not had a chance to swatch at a counter. Maybe its just me but if I am going to pay £30 for a blusher, I want to test it first to make sure I like it!

elf: I don’t know a huge amount about this brand but it keeps popping up with great looking products for not very much- a true Scottish lass- always drawn to a bargain!

Tarte: One that I haven’t been able  to get my hands on in the UK and have been wanting to try  their blushes for ages! They are now on their way to the UK via QVC so might soon be able to sample! Essie Button recently did a ‘Brand focus’ video on Tarte which is worth a look if you don’t know the brand

Have you tried any of these brands? What is your must try brand?

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Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss


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I picked up the Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss is a recent haul. I went for Stellar Berry (360) as I was attracted by its beautiful plum rich red colour. It is vibrant on the lips with a lovely shine.

This lipgloss smells amazing, a lovely clean fruity scent, which makes you want to taste it! It has a doe-foot applicator which glides the non-sticky gloss on nicely and without fuss. It contains honey nectar which means that it feels nourishing and doesn’t dry your lips.

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The packaging, is not innovative but it is slim and light which is what you really want for throwing in your clutch on a night out. The lid allows seems to fit on well and nice and tight- so leakage is hopefully unlikely!

I picked this up in Superdrug for £6.19 but while preparing this post I found it on sale at Fragrance Direct for £1.99, not used this website before though- have you? I have seen lots of other bloggers hauls from it recently.

I will  be picking up this lipgloss in another colour, just have to decide which one!

Any plans for Valentines tomorrow? I have a wee date with the boyfriend planned, dinner and hopefully a drinkies.

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