One blitz in Space NK and one MAC online order later and here we find ourselves at the UK haul part 2. It's been a few days since the damage was done so I have had a little bit of time to form an opinion. Here goes...
a) Oooh pretty
b) What a good idea! So ideal for travelling/life!
c) They would make the perfect gift - so I must buy some for others and some for me :)
Upon receiving the order I would say that they are a jolly good idea indeed. These are the kind of eyeshadows I should be buying because the wee pan size actually has a chance at being enjoyed and used up.
Amber (pictured right) is, however, not what I expected. It is more earth toned and not as warm as I have pictured it in my head. That's not to say I don't like it - those bland-o-rama beige shades are life.
A more balanced palette is Burgundy. This has a well thought out mix of warm and cool shades and has a stronger visual "pop". It's just beautiful.
The only snag is that you may already own quite a few of the shades already: Honey Lust/Quarry/Antiqued/Star Violet/Haux/Embark and Sketch. That didn't stop me but the non-hoarders amongst you may be more sensible and not see the point of duplication.
I bought NC25 and I have worn it 5 times.
NC25 is very pale yellow and it scares me when it goes on but in it's favour is the blendability and the fact that at first, it doesn't look heavy. My issue with this foundation though is how it wears. It's a semi-matte finish and it almost seems to make my skin look drier as the day goes on, pooling in the pores and making it blindingly obvious that my face is covered in slap. At this point I feel highly self-conscious and want to reach for the makeup remover.
I think I will give it a whirl tomorrow with a pore-filling primer and see if that makes any difference! The fact that I don't immediately love it does however not bode well.
Luna sounds like marvellous. It claims to pretty much do it all - reduce pore size, improve the appearances of pigmentation and help fight wrinkles.
I was particularly interested in these because of the advanced retinol complex that it claims to have. Retinol and night oils seem like an unusual combination.
It is blue - so when you apply it there is a Smurf Factor to content with. This however quickly dissipates to leave you with a shiny, oily face until morning.
I have only used it three times but I am convinced that it has done "something". Every morning I rush to the mirror to see if there has been a dramatic transformation overnight. I may be imagining things but my skin is far clearer and more even.
Although Good Genes and Luna are different products I feel like Luna is better value for money (Good Genes looks like one of those products that will be all too quickly consumed) and whether true or not, makes a bigger (more positive) impact.
And then I saw them in real life and got all weak in the knees.
I got two - Frenzy (the tangerine orange with a light pink champagne highlighter) and Fervour (light soft pink and deep copper rose) and I have officially changed my stance to "interested"…
I do find these a little difficult to control/work with though. It doesn't help that should you wish to target a specific blush shade you have to snake your brush vertically, in an awkward action, to pick up the product. Then there's the fact that although you can use these wet or dry - the former being preferable if you want any colour delivered - a damp brush often results in an overload of pigmentation.
I'm still playing around with them so I guess that's all I can say right now but apart from that highlighter shade, all of the others are well worth the struggle each morning :)
I'm a little sad that this is the last of the UK shopping confession posts - because it means that the holiday is over and I am back in Dubai.
When I first landed in Heathrow last week I experienced reverse culture shock. I hadn't been back for a year so it take a while to adapt to how small everything seemed, how green the landscape was and just how different it was to the beige world I have been living in. A few days later I had fully acclimatised and now that I have landed back in the land of 40 degree celsius heat, it's the opposite - now I am longing for those cool climates. Yes, I think it's true to say that I am a little homesick for my home country. As a result please send cuddles, love and Cadbury Crunchie Mini ice creams cones which if you haven't tried you must - and when you do, have one for me! :)