London Beauty Haul

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Just as promised today’s post is a haul of all the make up items I purchased while in London. To some people it might look like I got a ton of stuff but I’d been saving up a bit and used some of my Christmas money to buy these things. Since moving to the Netherlands for my BA degree I unfortunately have to miss out on most of the brands included in this haul as they are either not available in the Netherlands or very hard to find, so obviously I had to take this chance to finally be able to buy some of their products again, right? I think that’s a totally valid point! Anyway… let’s get into what I bought.

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Revlon Lip Butters

One of the first things I bought were these 2 lip butters in the shades Sugar Plum and Candy Apple. I love the Revlon lip butters and can’t get enough of them and since they were on a 2 for 10 offer I needed to add two more to my collection.

Revlon Highlighting Palette in 030 Bronze Glow

When I spotted this it straight away reminded me of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer bricks (which I totally love), so I wanted to give it a go. This seems like a pretty versatile palette, which you can probably use as a blush, highlight and even as eyeshadows. The shades look gorgeous, so I can’t wait to give this a proper go. However, as much as I like Revlon products, after hearing about the nasty racist comments Revlon’s CEO apparently made, I don’t think I’ll be getting any more Revlon products for a while.

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Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette Essential Mattes

After becoming totally obsessed with the Make Up Revolution Flawless Palette I really wanted to get another one. I have a bit of a thing for shimmery eyeshadows and definitely am lacking in the matte eyeshadow department, so I figured getting the matte essentials palette would be a good thing. I’ve used it a few times now and so far I’m loving it. You can never go wrong with some matte basic eyeshadows after all. Am I right?

Make Up Revolution Vivivd Baked Bronzer

I don’t own a lot of bronzers and I don’t own a single baked one. This bronzer just looked gorgeous and it was only 4 pounds. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory why I got this!

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I heart Make Up Bronzer & Highlighter Hearts

I already own the peach blush from this heart shaped cheek products collection and I absolutely adore it. The pigmentation is on point and the packaging is the cutest. The main reason I got these probably is the packaging but they just look so pretty and I just hope that they will be just as great the blush I already own

I Heart Make Up I Heart Definition Palette

I have a few bronzer and highlighting palettes made for contouring but I don’t have own that includes a blush as well. This little palette is put together especially for fair skin (which I have without a doubt) and it’s super handy for traveling. I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this one.

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Sleek Blush By 3 in Lace

Not too long ago I reviewed or more like raved about my Blush By 3 palette in Pink Lemonade and I said that once I’d go back to the UK I would need to get more of these. Well, I did. Though I didn’t get the one I originally wanted. Actually I wanted this palette that included dark berry and red shades but I accidentally grabbed the wrong one, so you can probably imagine my surprise when I opened it up in the hotel room for the first time and saw 3 bright oranges. I have a few peach blushes but not a single one that is this orange and I have no idea whether these will even suit me (probably not) but I guess I’ll just play around with it a bit and see if I can put them to use. I have to admit though these colors look a bit scary in the pan. They are so freaking bright.

Sleek Highlighting Platte

I read a review about this one a few weeks ago and thought this palette looked absolutely stunning. In reality it looks even prettier and I’m so excited to have this. It might be one of my favorite things I bought while in London.

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Kate Moss in 107 Lipstick

I feel like just about every beauty blogger out there has this and it took me 4 trips to the UK to finally get my hands on it. Every single time I went into a Boots or Superdrug it was always sold out and when I finally saw it this time I grabbed it right away. It’s just such a gorgeous perfect red shade.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer

This is hands down one of my favorite concealers, so every time I travel to England I stock up on this as I can’t get it over here. I’ve actually bought 3 of these but one is already in use and looks crappy already.

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Tom Ford Lipsticks in Indian Rose & Flynn

Tom Ford lipsticks are the one thing I’ve been wanting for months now but never felt brave enough to splurge on. Over here they are a whooping 47€! I mean, what even? Still they are incredibly gorgeous and I just wanted one so badly. Since I was in London and I had some money from my budget, of how much I wanted to spend, left I finally gave in and bought one regular Tom Ford lipstick in the shade Indian Rose and one of the Lips & Boys collection in the shade Flynn. Both are just stunning! I decided to go with more neutral shades as I think I’ll definitely get more ouse out of those and if I do spend a little fortune on a lipstick I want it to be one I know will actually be worth it.

This now concludes my not so little haul. I hope you enjoyed reading this. If there is any particular item you would like to see a review on or used in a make up tutorial be sure to let me know.

Thanks so much for reading!

Love,

Sophie

Another Week, Another Haul?!

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If you happen to follow me on Instagram (@ablondesworld) you might’ve seen that I’ve been weak again and bought more make up. Yes, I know in my last haul post, which is sadly just a week old, I promised there won’t be any new make up haul posts coming up any time too soon but, oh well, looks like I’m breaking that promise. I do have an explanation though! Last weekend my best friend and I went out for some make up shopping and I ended up buying a foundation. She wanted a lipstick but couldn’t find one she really wanted (I know I’d never have that problem for sure), so we decided to go to a Mac counter this weekend, which we did yesterday. When we were there one thing lead to another and I came home with a few more things than I intended to buy. I think I need to put myself on a spending ban now. But anyway… let’s see what I got, shall we?

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Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in light

I’ve mentioned this on this little blog of mine what feels like a million times but it’s my holy grail powder and I love it. Unfortunately I used up my old one completely, so I had to get a new one. Makes sense, right?

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter in Soft & Gentle

This is probably one of the prettiest little things I own. I absolutely love this highlighter. Clumsy me though, I dropped my old one and it was completely shattered and smashed into tiny little pieces of dust. Trust me, it was a very sad day. Now I finally repurchased it because I just needed this beauty back in my life.

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Mac Eyeshadow in Cranberry

Everyone seems to love this one. It is such a gorge shade for fall and I’ve been wanting to by it for ages but for some reason never did. Now that it’s fall it keeps coming up on my Twitter timeline and many of the blogs I read. Hence I decided to finally take the plunge and buy it after all.

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Kiko Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer in 01 Radiant Honey

The first time I ever went into a Kiko store must have been about four years ago. I’d never heard of the brand before but they nada sale going on, so I grabbed a few things. For some, to me unknown reason though. I never went back. Not a whole lot of people I knew knew this brand and so I kind of forgot about it. Lately Kiko has been pretty hyped up though and getting a lot of attention. I’ve digged up my old Kiko products and remembered, that I actually really liked them, which was quite obvious as well because all of the products were pretty used up. I guess I just never went back for more because they only have stores in bigger cities and not too close to where I live. However I came across one of there stores yesterday and had to go in. Lots of their products have been getting so much love lately and especially this highlighter and bronzing duo has been quite hyped up, so I’m interested ins eyeing how good it really is. Or how well it works for me. The packaging, however, is absolutely stung already.

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NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

If you have been following my blog for a while now you might be familiar with my obsession for these lip glosses. I only own two oft them but I just had to add another to my small but growing collection. These are my favorite lip glosses ever atm. I’m obsessed and that’s okay. I even enabled my best friend to get one and she’s not all that into make up.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 611 Yoghurt

Since I loved the NYX butter glosses I thought it was time to branch out and try some more of there products. After looking through the shelves and swatching a few products I opted for this one. I don’t own a lot of eye shadow pencils, which is a shame because they are ideal for lazy days. The color of this one is a pretty light brown with some slightly pink undertones. It’s just a gorgeous color and I can’t wait to try it out.

This concludes my little haul. And when I say there really won’t be another make up haul too son I really hope I mean it this time.

Thanks for reading!

XX

Sophie

Another Month, Another Haul

Hey lovelies!

I’m a bit ashamed that I have another haul post for you already. My latest haul post was posted a few days back and here I am typing up a new one already. I guess it’s safe to say that I haven been a bit naughty when it comes to spending money lately. Admitting you have a problem is the first step though,right?

However I don’t regret buying any of these lovely pieces (so far) and I’m excited to share them with you. Let’s rock and roll.

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Diorskin Star Foundation

This lovely little beauty is the latest edition to my make up collection. I just got it yesterday and haven’t actually tried it yet but I have very high hopes for this one. I’m very much on the pale side and have trouble finding a drugstore foundation that matches up with my skin tone. During the summer months I bought the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, which I have been loving but unfortunately it is now a bit too dark. Originally I wanted to buy the YSL Fusion Ink but after reading some more reviews I was more and more unsure whether to buy it because I heard that it is quite drying and I have pretty dry skin already. Hence I went to one of my favorite make up stores and one of the lovely ladies who work there matched me up with a few different foundations and the Dior one just looked exactly like my skin. You could not even tell I was wearing any foundation, so I’m really excited to fully test it.

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Next up are some skin care items.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

I’ve always loved the Body Shop tea tree oil as it helped me with reducing redness and blemishes and I like the refreshing feeling it leaves on my skin after using it. I simply ran out and got another one.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum

I’ve heard a few good things about this one, which really made me want to try it. It’s basically this oil based serum that you put on your face before you go to sleep and then it is supposed to make your skin all kinds of amazing overnight. Since I do have pretty dry skin I thought this might be a good idea and so far I’ve really been liking it. My skin looks a lot more hydrated and awake in the morning.

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Sephora Cream Lip Stains

I have been lusting after these for quite a while. Unfortunately there’s no Sephora, where I live and during my last trip to Sephora in Chicago in May I forgot to get these. I was just so overwhelmed by the choices, I guess. Lucky for me though, one of my lovely friends went to Paris last weekend and got me these. I have them in the colors Always Red and Endless Purple. I can’t wait to try them out.

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Essence Long Wearing Lipstick on 09 Berries

I’m obsessed with berry lipsticks at the moment and I’ve really been loving Essence. They are so affordable and surprisingly good quality for the price. Yes, I’m slightly obsessed with lip products and have way too many to wear but hey… one more can’t do any harm either, right? I’ve only worn this a few times but so far I’m really liking it.

Astor Color Last VIP in 007 Bubbly

This is my very first Astor lipstick I’ve purchased and I’m very curious how I will like it. The packaging looks really classy and I’m in love with that dark yet bright pink shade. I have a feeling I will be wearing this quite often in the next few weeks. I really am loving that color!

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And that’s it for another cheeky little haul. All of these products are products, which I think I’ll be enjoying a lot and I can’t wait to fully test them. If you would like to see a full review on any of these items just let me know and I’d be more than happy to write one.

Have you guys been feeling a bit too spendy lately? What have you been buying?

XX

Sophie

A Small Fall Make Up Haul

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Hey Lovelies! I’ve been picking up a few make up items lately, so I thought I’d pick out my favorite and do a bit of a first impression haul mix post. So here we go!

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The first thing, which might also be my favorite from this haul, is this beautiful Essence Hello Autumn multi color powder. Just look at it. I’m in love with the design of the pretty little leaves. It’s so adorable. I’ve used it a few times now and I really like it so far. Sometimes I use this instead of blush and just swirl it up and apply on my cheekbones. I love how it functions as a highlighter but still gives my cheeks a very slightly bronze. Of course you could also dust this powder lightly all over your face to get a bit of a bronzed and glowing complexion.

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Next up are these two beauties. The one on the left is the Catrice Limited Edition Metallure Metallic Marbled Eyeshadow in Metalight. Yep, that’s an obnoxiously long name but the eyeshadow itself is gorgeous. Because it’s a marbled eyeshadow it looks a bit different evey time I use it but in general it’s like a shimmery champaign shade I would say.

The one on the right is the Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow in 030 We Are The Champaignes. I’m not entirely sure why this is called liquid because it’s not but it’s definitely a metallic shade. I’d say it’s more of a golden than a champaign color but it’s beautiful anyway.

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Last but not least I got this Maxfactor Lip Infinity in Dazzling Cocoa. I don’t really have any brown lipsticks and I like the concept of this. First you apply a darker lip color, which looks like a gloss but basically is a liquid lipstick. After it dries of you put the gloss on top. It’s incredibly long lasting and I love the colors for fall.

So what have you guys been buying?

Thanks for reading!

XX

Sophie

Sneaky Little High End Make Up Haul

So I have’t blogged in a few days because life has been a little hectic lately and I had some personal stuff going on. At the moment I don’t have time to blog daily because of personal reasons but I hope that I can go back to my usual schedule asap. Please bare with me!

As you may or may not know I’m currently back home from University at my parent’s house. They live in this yeah.. well it’s a tiny small town and when I say tiny I mean absolutely tiny. We’ve moved around a lot and never settled down anywhere until 2009 when my parents decided to buy a house in one of the smallest towns I’ve ever been in. (No idea why?!) I think there are more horses and cows around here than people. It’s nice to be in the country side every now and again but, man, I’m glad I live in a city.  Anyway.. don’t want to bore you guys. My point is that despite living in a small town we do live around 20 minutes away from a pretty big town so it’s not that bad and my mom and I went on a little shopping trip there with my brother. The cool thing is they have a Mac store, which is really exciting to me.

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I just love Mac and I planned on buying a new lipstick. I’ve been debating whether to buy Mac Morange or not. I absolutely love unique lip colors that not everyone wears (or at least no one where I lived and went to high school for 2 years, cause it’s a small town ya know?). I have bold reds, dark reds, bright pinks. Basically a lot of colors that really stand out but for an unknown reason I’ve always stayed clear of orange. I guess I thought it wouldn’t suit me. But I kept seeing Mac Morange all over other blogs and on Instagram so I just decided to buy it cause I have no will power. Sad, I know. I’ve worn it twice already and yeah I’m in love. It’s such a great color for summer and it looks so good with this kimono I got recently.

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Another thing I got from Mac is the lip pencil in Vino. I got the lipstick Mac Diva not too long ago on my trip in Chicago. I love the lipstick but it stains your skin so easily and when it fades it doesn’t fade equally. Hence I decided to get a lip pencil. I usually don’t really wear lip pencils. I can’t really be bothered to invest that much time and my lipstick usually stays in place but I feel like for Diva a lip pencil is kind of necessary.

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One thing I’ve been dying to try is the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation because I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. Apparently it has really great coverage and lasts all day. I just got it yesterday, so I haven’t actually used it but I’m so excited to try this. This sounds so sad but it will probably be the highlight of my week. Okay this really does sound sad… oh well.

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Okay guys! HOW ADORABLE IS THIS MINI LIPSTICK? Like seriously how cute is this? Like I can’t even.. like I’m in love.. like seriously in love. Sorry, back to normal writing, but I just can’t get over this mini lipstick. The incredibly nice store assistant that helped me match the Double Wear foundation with my skin gave me this adorable Lancome mini lipstick sample thingy for free. It made me so happy. I think it’s so cute and the color is really pretty. Perfect to fight in any clutch for a night out.

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The store assistant was so nice she even gave me a pretty big sample of this really good smelling moisturiser and a purse holder. I think that’s pretty cool. This just shows that there are still some really nice people out there. Sometimes when I walk into a fancy cosmetic store the people working there don’t even look at me and when I ask them a question they react so unfriendly and are so arrogant it’s almost like they are trying to scare away their customers. Anyone else who sometimes has that happen to them?

That’s it already for my little haul. What have you been buying lately?

– Sophie

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High End Chicago Make Up Haul

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Being a beauty blogger from Europe doing make up shopping in the US is like heaven on earth. They just have so many more brands and choices and everything is cheaper. I swear I really had to contain myself to not buy out the entire Sephora (obviously I wouldn’t have had the money for that anyway but a girl can dream, right?). Still I did buy a few things I’ve been wanting for a while now.

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Urban  Decay Naked 3 Palette

Apart from the UK and the few lucky countries that have a Sephora Urban Decay is really hard to get and since I’m currently studying abroad in the Netherlands I haven’t had a chance to buy this beauty and now I finally own it. I’ve been using it every day since I got back and I couldn’t be happier with it.

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Nars Contour Blush

OMG! My very first Nars product. Nars is another brand that you can only order online in most European countries and it is quite expensive, especially if you add the high shipping cost. If I do splurge on make up I like to swatch it first and have a look at it in real life. At a Sephora I was finally able to check out their blushes and as much as I wanted all of them I did end up getting the contour blush in Olympia as I’ve had my eye on it before.

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Mac Lipsticks

My first high end make up product ever was a Mac product. I still remember when my grandma took me to a Mac store and I just fell in love with the brand. I actually kind of consider Mac to be my first love make up wise. So since the lipsticks are much cheaper and I saved 7€ on each lipstick I bought I ended up getting 3. I planned on expanding my Mac lipstick collection because I do love their lipsticks and lipsticks in general are one of my favorite make up items. The choice was tough but I ended up with Diva, Rebel and Relentlessly Red (a friend of mine that came along with me picked this one after swatching tons of lipsticks). I’m in love with all 3 of them.

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Benefit Sugarlicious Set

When I spotted this Benefit set I knew I had to have it because it contains 3 things I’ve been dying to try: the High Beam Highlighter, a Benetint and the Sugarbomb blush. It also contains a little lipgloss. I’m more of a lipstick person but you can never go wrong with having a good lipgloss, right?

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Everyone’s been raving about this mascara, so naturally I’ve been wanting to try it but it’s quite expensive over here. But I took the chance a good a mini version of this at Sephora to try it out. Now the bad thing is that I really like it and I now want the full version.

 

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get everything of my wish list as that would have been much to high a cost but I did end up getting the pieces I’ve been wanting the most, so I’m definitely happy.

– Sophie :)

One Random Haul

Hey everyone! I just finished my last exam  2 hours ago and I can now go back to a regular life schedule. YAY! Exams are just the most stressing thing for me, so I  cannot tell you how happy I am that it’s finally over. I get to have a social life again and actually some sleep. How awesome is that?

Anyway.. I didn’t write this to bore you with my busy student life. Just like most girls I always find an excuse to shop whether it’s because I passed an exam, failed one, I’m homesick or just see something I totally need. I always come up with an excuse, so of course during 2 weeks of exams I had to buy a few things to prevent me from going insane. Apart from that there’s a drugstore right next to the supermarket I like to go to for my grocery shopping, which makes it really hard to not buy something. And since I am guilty of buying quite a few things I though I’d do a little haul for you.

 

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Catrice Cosmetics Cover Stick & Concealer

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The concealer is, besides the Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder, the only thing I bought intentionally. I was looking for a new concealer and I recently posted about this brand I discovered and how much I loved their blush. You can read my review here. Since all of their products are so affordable I decided to give them ago, which is why most of the products featured in this haul are from Catrice Cosmetics.

Catrice Cosmetics Primer

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I ran all out of primer, so I went to get a new one. I was in a rush and didn’t pay much attention, so I ended up being a primer for color correcting. Luckily I don’t suffer much from redness, which is why I can’t get much use out of this product. I had to go back and get a different, one which I’ve been using for a week now and I totally love it.

Catrice Cosmetics Pool Party Eye Shadow Pallette

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How gorgeous are these colors? I’m in love. For those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might know how much I like the color green and especially mint green. I don’t really own a lot of green eyeshadows because my eyes are blue and I tend to use colors, that make my eyes stand out more but I couldn’t go past this beauty. I absolutely love the colors and you can create some really pretty make up looks with it.

Catrice Cosmetics Defining Blush Sunrose Avenue

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Since I loved their blush so much I got another one. This is like a brownish reddish kind of color. It’s really pretty and a very warm color.

Catrice Cosmetics Lipstick & Nail Polish Another PinkPanther (Limited Edition)

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Catrice Cosmetics are currently having this line of spring beauty products, where these two cuties are from. I absolutely love the pastel pink shade. When I first tried out the lipstick I wasn’t to fond of it but the more I tried it out the more I liked it. The nail polish is just gorgeous. It’s a really girl color because it’s a very light pink but I love that it is very shimmery. I just think it’s perfect for spring.

 

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Obviously I didn’t get these in a drugstore but I just adore them so much I had to share them with you guys. I seriously cannot wait to wear these this summer. I have a feeling they’re gonna become one of my faves.

Hope you liked this post! Happy Friday!