High-end Beauty Haul
If you haven't guessed by the title, I have recently caught up with some shopping and finally brought some of the products everyone always seems to be talking about. One thing I wanted to focus on was whether these products were worth both the hype and the price tag.
Now, I will admit, the majority of this haul is from MAC. Purely because i have always loved their stuff, and wanted to try to expand my collection. The first from them, you are more than likely to have heard of (if you read various other beauty blogs and/or watch youtubers and vloggers such as Laura Lee, Tanya Burr etc.) is the Prep and Prime Fix+ Spray. I had heard such amazing things from so many people, that I felt it had to be one of the first things I went out and got. It's all true. This spray is incredible. You can use it as a setting spray (which I mostly use it for), as a priming spray and even to make your highlighter/ eye shadow last longer and standout more. There is very little this spray CAN'T do. I've also heard that this spray lasts a long time (which is what you want if you're going to be spending £20+ on it).
Secondly, is MAC's highlighter in the shade Soft and Gentle. I have been after this for such a long time, and I can say that it really has lived up to my expectations. Again, like most of their stuff, Mac isn't cheap. this highlighter can go on the market from £24. The good thing about this though, is that a little does go a pretty long way (and they really do cram a lot of product in for you, so you do get a fair amount for your money). One thing I would say is that if you are the sort of person who likes a full on bright highlighter (the sort you need sunglasses for), this is not for you. There is a reason why it is called 'Soft and Gentle'. It is a very delicate shade, which will suit most skin tones beautifully, but is very understated.
The next is not really going to be a surprise to most of you, but I finally got my hands on Velvet Teddy (and matching lipliner in Cultured, of course). I had borrowed this lipstick from my friend Ellie (you should all know her by now!), and instantly fell in love with it. Its a mid-tone pinky nude lipstick, that looks lovely of so many skin tones. It is one of their Matte formulas, which are well-known for their staying power, which means that this is the perfect everyday lippie. Again, in my eyes this is well worth the hype, and is definitely cheaper than other high-end lipsticks (such as Bobbi brown, who's lipsticks are at least £20, if not £25)at £15.50.
Coming away from from Mac, I finally got my hands on the Zoeva Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette, whilst on a recent trip to London with my boyfriend (yes, I did drag him round the beauty departments in Selfridge's and Harrods- it had to be done). First thing I have to say, is that the packaging is just stunning. End of. The gold and brown together look so gorgeous and are just the perfect way to house these lovely shadows. You get 10 shadows in the palette: 4 matte, 6 shimmers. Although I would class this as a neutral palette, the addition of the cranberry and mid-tone purple shades ('warm notes' and 'Delicate Acidity') bring such a lovely pop of colour that is bound to turn an everyday shadow look into something special. I honestly think that this palette is amazing value for a high-end brand, at just £18, when compared to Urban Decay's Naked palettes which go for £38. These eye shadows are really pigmented with the perfect amount of shimmer, definitely worth a look if you're in need of some new eyeshadow.
This brings us to the end of the high-end stuff, but don't worry, there will be a drug store haul coming soon- so watch this space. Hopefully this has been useful, in some way.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me- I love hearing from you all!
Also, as per usual, I have not been sponsored nor asked to write about these products and all opinions are honest and my own. x