Stila at TKMaxx Haul

Much to my delight, on recent shopping trip to TKMaxx, I noticed they had stocked up on a considerable amount of Stila makeup products. I probably spent a good half an hour sifting through all the products they had there, and I ended up leaving with some amazing bargains!

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The first thing I spotted was the Stay all day liquid lipstick in the shade Tesoro. I have a few of these liquid lipsticks already, which I have paid the full retail price of £16 for. I managed to pick Tesoro up at TKMaxx for an impressive £4.99!

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A product I had been eyeing up recently for its full price of £30, was the Eyes to the window of the soul palette. So when I saw it on the shelves of TKMaxx for only £12.99 I knew I had to have it.

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I also grabbed a gift box set called Shimmer all night, which I haven’t seen in the UK but I believe it was retailed in the US for $38. This box contains a full size Kitten lipgloss and eyeshadow, two full size smudge sticks in the shades Stingray and Damsel and a deluxe size convertible lip and cheek colour in the shade Peony. I think this box is fantastic value anyway but I managed to get it for the further discounted price of £9.99

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My final and probably most impressive bargain was the Magnificent Metals Foil eyeshadows. I have always fancied trying these but I just couldn’t justify the hefty £33.50 price tag for an eyeshadow I’ll probably only wear on the odd occasion. However, I spotted these in TKMaxx for just £3.99! I couldn’t resist, so I picked up three in the shades Metallic Lavender, Titanium and Metallic Lilac.

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For anyone looking to try out Stila makeup I would 100% recommend popping to your local TKMaxx to check on any products they may have there. Also with Christmas around the corner, these could make some fab gifts that your friends and family would love you for!

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REVIEW: Max Factor Lipfinity Lipsticks

I spotted Max Factor’s new Lipfinity lipsticks on a recent shopping trip to my local Boots. I hadn’t heard anything about them previously, however when swatching the testers the creamy pigmented formula definitely appealed to me so I snapped up a few on the spot.

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L-R: Ever Sumptuous, Evermore Sublime, So Vivid

These lipsticks claim to last around 8 hours on the lips and come in a range of colours. Usually long lasting lipstick formulas tend to be of a matte consistency and can be a little drying on the lips. These lippies seemed to have a sheen to them though and were a bit more moisturising than your standard stay all day lipstick.

I picked up the shades So Vivid (a muted rosy red colour), Ever Sumptuous (a vibrant orange, while still being wearable) and Evermore Sublime (an everyday medium pink, perfect for work or school).

I really like the formula of these lipsticks as they are long lasting without being overly drying. I don’t know if they would last a full 8 hours without any top ups, but they do seem to last a long time. I also love the smell of these lipsticks. To me they smell like strawberry sweets, which I can’t get enough of! However, if you’re not a fan of sweet smells you may want to give these a miss.

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The only complaint I would have is the shape of the actual lipstick. The flat top makes it quite difficult to get a super neat edge to the lip line. However, after a few uses I’m sure it will mould to fit my lips, which will make application easier.

These lipsticks retail for £8.99, however Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on all Max Factor products.

BH Cosmetics Wild Baked Eyeshadow Palettes

Following my ultra obsession with the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette, I have been desperate to get my mitts on BH’s three new baked eyeshadow palettes. However, as they are relatively new to the states, it means they are practically impossible to get hold of in the UK, unless you are willing to pay the shipping fees over from the US. Well, I caved. The cyber Monday sales meant that instead of the palettes being $19.95 each, they were $7.50 (impossible to resist!) Unfortunately, it was the shipping that tipped the scale at $14.95, but I felt I could just about justify it as I was getting such a bargain on the palettes!

So here is what I got…

Wild & Free

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Wild at Heart

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Wild Child

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Once again, BH Cosmetics has exceeded my expectations and produced three amazing quality, beautifully baked eyeshadow palettes. Each palette provides truly unique shades, which can create a wide variety of looks. Out of the three palettes Wild and Free was probably the palette which I felt would be most out of my comfort zone. However, it contains some of the most enticing colours I have seen in a palette, particularly the bright cornflower blue shade and the deep teal green shade on the top row of the palette. I will be doing my best to use these colours as often as possible! In terms of wearability, you can easily create everyday looks with the three of these palettes, probably the most wearable being the Wild Child palette.
I love all three of these palettes, and I am so glad I invested in them!

You can find these baked palettes on BH cosmetics website: http://www.bhcosmetics.com and also on ebay.

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American Makeup Haul

I have accumulated a fair amount of American brand makeup over the last six months or so for a number of reasons, such as family visiting from the states, the discovery of beauty joint.com etc, etc! I did a fair bit of research into the products I ordered, and a lot of the items are well known products in the beauty community. So I will say I’m very happy with the majority of these items!
 

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Milani Bella Eyeshadows – Love these! They are incredibly pigmented and have an amazing range of shades. Most of the shades are shimmer finish, but they do have a few matte shades, which make great crease colours. I own 15 of these at the moment. After ordering a couple of shades a few months ago, I had to go back for more! My top recommendations would be Bella Copper, Bella Gold, Bella Khaki, Bella Mandarin and Bella Rose.
 
Wet n Wild Megalast Lipsticks – Super affordable, massive range of shades that provide great dupes for higher end lippies and last ages on the lips! My favourites of the moment are Sugar Plum Fairy, Bare It All, Pinkerbelle and Rose Bud.
 
LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints – These are compared to the Too faced Melted lipsticks, however I feel that while the packaging of these products are very similar the finish is totally different. Too faced Melted lipsticks dry to a matte finish, whereas the LA girl Glazed lip paints maintain more of a glossy finish. I find them more comparable to OCC lip tars, with their finish and highly pigmented gloss effect. Again, these are really affordable and have a unique range colours available. I love Whimsical, Tango and Tease.

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Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette and Walking on Eggshells palette – I really enjoy using these palettes. There has been a lot of hype over them, and for good reason it seems. I particularly loved the Walking on Eggshells palette. The shades look very neutral, but give such an amazing shimmery, fresh look to the eyes. This also contains some good dupes for Mac shadows.

(For UK readers, these products are available on beautyjoint.com)

 

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Anastasia Maya Mia palette – The Anastasia palettes have been really popular in the YouTube community, so I wanted to test one out for myself. I really like the warm tones in this palette with a few pops of colour. This makes a good everyday palette or something for travelling with as you can achieve a number of looks with just this one palette.

Kat Von D Chrysalis palette – I picked up the Monarch palette on my last trip to the states and the pigmentation was so wow that I had to get the Chrysalis palette too. Beautiful and unique colours, and some of the best shadows I’ve ever used. Kat Von D rocks my world.

Lorac Pro 2 palette – Another product which has had an amazing amount of hype surrounding it. I don’t often opt for cool tone shadows, but these shades are lovely. Again this is a highly pigmented palette and I can see why everyone loves it!

And that’s it! I need to start building up my beauty wish list again for my next trip to the US, so if you have any recommendations or must-have products, then please let me know!

Lyndsey
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Affordable Makeup Haul

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Queen of dupes, Makeup Revolution, was my first port of call on a recent drugstore beauty shopping trip to Cardiff. The recently opened Superdrug Beauty Studio has a whole host of affordable makeup brands, including my favourite, freshly discovered brand, Makeup Revolution. I had seen the ‘I love chocolate’ eyeshadow palette previously (which is a perfect dupe for the Too Faced chocolate bar palette!) and had recommended it to friends, but as I already had the Too Faced palette I didn’t invest. However, this time I couldn’t resist their other chocolate palette ‘Death by chocolate’. This offers 16 slightly more cool toned shades, which are incredibly pigmented, especially for the £7.99 price tag!

Next up, as a fan of a simple matte eye with winged liner, I decided to pick up the Redemption Essential Mattes palette for £4. I was very pleasantly surprised with highly pigmented shadows, as matte shadows can often lack punch. Lastly, from Makeup Revolution I got the Redemption Hot Smoked palette (£4), which had a lot of shades that resembled those in the Urban Decay Smoked palette. Again, I was amazed with the pigmentation and shade range and can’t wait to try them all out on the lids! I’m definitely going to be going back to purchase the rest of the Redemption palette range, for £4, you really can’t beat it!

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Essential Mattes Palette

 

Hot Smoked Palette

Hot Smoked Palette

Next, I took a browse at the Sleek cosmetics stand and picked up two of their lipsticks in the sheen formula (£4.99 each). I went for more nude, ‘my lips but better’ shades including Liqueur (a mauve, natural nude that doesn’t wash your lips out and has a slight shimmer to it) and Barely There (a more coral nude that goes nicely with warm toned eye looks and blushes). I was impressed with the sheen formula as it didn’t come off sheer, had good pigmentation and was creamy and smooth on the lips.

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Finally, I made a stop at Wilko since discovering that they now stock Essence cosmetics and had a 3 for 2 offer on. Having only  tried a couple of Essence products previously, I picked out six products to try. First off, I noticed they had an impressive range of nail care products including at home gel nail sets, nail art equipment and so on. I decided to pick up the Caring nail oil (£2), which claims to nourish nails and improve growth. I’ve only applied this a handful of times so far, but my nails do seem to be less brittle and more shiny. Plus, I love the smell of this, it’s like orange flavoured sweets! From the nail range, I also picked up the express dry drops (£2). I haven’t tried these yet, but I’m hoping this will help out with my lack of patience when waiting for my nail polish to dry!

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I got two of the 3D duo eyeshadows (£2.80 each), one in the shade ‘Irresistible fox-trott’ which is a peach and a copper colour. I like these two colours mixed together as it creates a very summertime appropriate shimmery warm peach. The other shade ‘Irresistible caramel cream’ contains a brown/bronze and a champagne tone, which when swirled together gives a good everyday neutral shimmer.

I then picked up the I ❤ extreme mascara (£2.80). I heard good things about this in the past, so I wanted to give it a try. When looking for mascara, I want a formula and brush that separates and defines lashes while adding length, and this mascara seems to do just the job!

Lastly, I got one of the XXXL shine lip glosses in ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ (£1.80). This shade comes off almost clear on the lips, but on closer inspection the pink shimmer is visible. This makes lips look very glossy and full, and is fairly long lasting, without feeling sticky. And again, I’m a fan of the sweet scent!

So, overall it was a pretty successful shop! This drugstore haul came in at under £37 for 2 lipsticks, 1 mascara, 1 lipgloss, 2 nail care items and 42 eyeshadow shades (a little excessive, I know!!)