spring cosmetics haul

Spring Cosmetics Haul!

I haven’t done a post like this in a while so I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve bought recently! 🙂

spring cosmetics haul

So as you can see I’ve bought a few things, some more expensive than others. I don’t know about your but Spring seems to be the time when I restock everything I’ve run out of and buy a few new things for my wardrobe. It feels like the start of the year more than January to me in many ways.

I’ll start by showing you what eyebrow products I bought recently. Now I am the kind of person who is literally NEVER happy with their eyebrows. I have tried so many different products over the years and I’ll go through phases of using different things and then looking back and thinking “what the fuck was I doing” at some point. Anyway at the moment I’m using the following (check my little attempt at a gif too):

benefit brows zoeva anastasia pomade

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe, Benefit Gimme Brow in Light, Benefit Ready Set Brow Clear Brow Gel and Zoeva 317 Rose Gold Vol 2.

I’ve wanted to try an Anastasia brow product for so long. It was only recently I heard about the Pomade and after a short period of contemplation I gave in to the temptation and ordered one! For me the colour range was pretty poor. There’s a good mix of warm and cool tones but the actually shade range is pretty limited. Taupe is the lightest cool toned shade and I sometimes find it a bit dark on me. In fairness I am very fair and have light hair but for me this is a slight drawback. The actual product is very good though, easy to apply with precision and glides on nicely. You only need to use the tiiiniest little bit too so hopefully this product will last me a long time!

I never thing of Benefit as being one of my favourite brands but actually when I think about it they have a lot of good products that I use every day. I recently ran out of my MAC clear (not by the end it wasn’t) brow gel and needed a replacement because my brows are unruly at the best of times. I’m really glad I went for the Ready Set Brow gel because it really does set them in place and they don’t move!

As I said above I’m in a constant battle with my eyebrows and I’ve heard SO MANY good things about Benefit Gimme Brow. A few years ago I was in Boots in my hometown and you know how sometimes the people at makeup counters can be… pushy? My friend and I were literally just stood looking at the benefit stand (minding our own business) and the lady at the counter came over, whipped out her Benefit Gimme Brow and practically forcibly applied it to our eyebrows! Despite this interesting experience I actually thought the product looked pretty good. I think I’ll do a post soon on my eyebrow routine because there are quite a few steps 🙂

zoeva brushes collection lasting perfection concealer

The Zoeva (i’m sure i’m not the only one but when I first heard about this brand years ago I thought it was a Zoella brand!) brushes are great, very soft on the skin and apply product nicely and evenly. Also aren’t they just completely bloody gorgeous?! Rose gold is such an amazing trend!

The Collection Lasting Perfection concealer was a repurchase. I mean of course it was it’s the best concealer everrr. Mine is in the lightest shade and I can’t live without it. The only negative about it is sometimes I find the consistency a little thick, but I think that’s probably just a matter of opinion more than actually a shortcoming of the product.

hourglass ambient lighting, sleek solstice highlighting palette, bourjois liquid eyeliner

I’ve already raved about the Sleek Solstice Highlight palette in a recent post (if you haven’t seen it click HERE). So I won’t go into too much detail about it other than it is just absolutely gorgeous. If you’re a girl who loves an intense highlight like me (let’s be real who doesn’t) then I assure you you will love this palette!

The Bourjois Pinceau liner is also a repurchase. I used to struggle so much with eyeliner but once I found this product i can now do winged eyeliner in about 2 minutes, which I couldn’t have dreamed of doing before! Can’t see myself using a different eyeliner any time soon!

I recently bought this Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat for £10 on Depop. It originally costs £32 and for a second hand product that’s basically unused I think paying less than a third of the price is a pretty amazing bargain! I’d highly recommend Depop (and hey if you want to follow me find me @jbowey96). I’ve wanted to try Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Blushes for absolutely ages but they are just so extortionate. Having tried one now i can tell you that the colour is gorgeous, be quite light handed with the application because they are very pigmented but the effect on the skin is STUNNING!

Finally I was in town recently and escaped from a freak downpour of rain into the nearby Lush shop. Surprise surprise I didn’t come away empty handed. I actually bought 2 items but the one I feel like deserves a special mention is the No Drought Dry Shampoo. It works super well and you get plenty product for your money. I find with a lot of spray on dry shampoos the product will run out after a very short amount of time and you’ll just be left with a strange liquid coming out of it that just makes your hair look WORSE! The best thing about this product though has to be the smell. It smells of lemons and it’s so zingy and lovely, the perfect smell for a dry shampoo that’s meant to make you seem fresher than you probably are!

Well that’s everything I’ve bought recently I hope you enjoyed reading 🙂

Until next time,

J x

Spring Highlighters

Hey! Sorry I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging just because I was finishing up with exams and then after that I’ve basically been sleeping and/or seeing my friends and actually having some fun! The weather has, surprisingly, been really quite nice up here the past few weeks though and it’s got me in the mood to wear my makeup a little differently. One of my absolute favourite makeup items is highlighter, so I thought I’d review a couple of the ones I own today.

The first real highlighter I ever bought was:

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle £24.50 (Link here!)

I absolutely love this product because it has a natural, peachy, pearly shimmer and catches the light very nicely without being too intense (although is that really a thing?)

mac soft and gentle highlight

This is what it looks like on (apologies for the messy bed spread). Also, side note, it’s really hard to get highlight to show up in a picture without piling it on! This was the best one I could get but as you can see it gives you quite a nice glow 🙂

My most recent “purchase” (I ordered it and it never showed up so I got a refund and then it magically came through my door, don’t tell!) was:

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette £10.00 (Link here!).

This is my favourite of the moment, not only is it significantly cheaper than the Mineralize Skin Finish, you get four different shades! There are three powders and one cream highlight, so surely it’s all you could need? My favourite is the peachy shade in the bottom right of the palette. It has quite a high shine and I love the way it looks on!

Again it was difficult to get the highlight to show up in pictures but this was my best attempt. All of the shades in the palette has a similar level of shine. The cream was obviously more dewy and natural looking so would be great for a hot day.

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I swatched each other shades on my hand, the far left is the MAC and the rest are from the Sleek palette.

I also own Nars Albatross, however, for me personally it comes up a little yellow on my skin (probably because I’m so pale). So it’s not one of my favourites. All three are great products though and at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. MAC has more of a natural shimmer, Sleek a little more intense and glitz.

I hope you enjoyed this, it was just a quick one because I’m not the best at beauty posts but I thought I may as well try as I do love makeup! Please comment below telling me about your favourite makeup products and highlighters 🙂

Until next time,

J x