Beauty

WINTER MAKE UP HAUL

I feel so behind… With uni deadlines, completing blogmas and the general stress of Christmas, I have accumulated a fair bit of make-up over the Winter months that I haven’t had the chance to write about. I made a fair few purchases on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and I was incredibly lucky at Christmas time too so wanted to share the new products with you all.

When I looked out all of the products to write about them and take photos, I realised there is going to be a pretty major theme throughout the post. Almost everything is from Tarte Cosmetics. The first time I bought something from Tarte was Summer 2016 and slowly but surely fell head over heels with the brand.

I told myself I wasn’t going to get sucked into Black Friday sales but when I clicked onto the site and realised I was getting 25% off, of course I had to purchase something. Tartelette Toasted had not long launched and everyone was obsessed. I knew I wanted it so at such a good price, added it to my cart. Fast forward a couple of days and I get an e-mail about Cyber Monday deals. I contemplated more purchases all day and eventually decided I could justify buying more at about 11pm. I repurchased the Amazonian Clay 12-hour Foundation and treated myself to the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation and Clay Play Face Palette. This should have set me back just over £100 and I paid just over £40! An incredible saving and I knew I wanted to buy each of those products so didn’t feel too guilty.

Throughout December, tarte were doing more discounts. I feel like it was a 12-Days of Christmas thing but I could be wrong. I’d had my eyes on their Blush Book 3 for a few months. At £57 for 7 full-size blushes and one full-size highlight, it’s good value for money anyway but it gets so much better. I paid £21! It was tarte’s deal for that day and had an additional 25% off. Justifiable in my opinion. The only thing with the blush book is the packaging is quite flimsy, just cardboard and foam. I’d read reviews about this so for £13 with discount, bought the Pop, Drop, Delight Custom Magnetic Palette. This extra palette also meant I qualified for free shipping which was a bonus.

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I have to be honest and say… Most of the products I got for Christmas I knew were coming. I’d ordered some of them for myself on Black Friday and then said to my mum/Ian, ‘fancy giving me money and this can be a present?’ oops!

I received the limited-edition treasure box collector’s set from my parents and I love it. It’s absolutely stunning and I’m already thinking it would be a fabulous travel companion. 24 eyeshadows, two blushes, two bronzers, a highlight, eyeliner, mascara, lip paint, and a wee mirror all in one palette. It looked quite big on the website but I actually think the size is perfect for taking on a long weekend or holiday.

Ian completely spoiled me over Christmas, and not just in terms of make-up. He got me the Goddess Glam Eye and Cheek Set. A travel-size palette containing six eyeshadows, a blush and a highlight. The set also came with a travel-size lights camera lashes mascara. Of the three I’ve tried, this is my favourite tarte mascara. I also received the limited-edition mermaid kisses lipstick set. Four mini colour splash lipsticks in the most stunning shades with gorgeous packaging! I hope tarte consider releasing similar sets in the future with different shades because they’re a firm fave! A total surprise from Ian was the Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette. I don’t have words for this palette, everything about it is stunning. There’s two matte highlighters, two matte bronzers and two shimmer bronzers. It’s perfect for creating a custom bronze and it’s just wow! If you’re in search of a new bronzer, spend the extra cash and buy this bronzer bar. Ian also gifted me the most stunning set of Harry Potter make-up brushes. They’re super soft and great for creating a gorgeous eye look.

The last thing to feature in my post is the Sephora Favorites Lip Kit: Give Me Some Bold Lip. This was a gift from my bestie and it’s amazing. It contains six lip products, two of which are full size. I don’t even know what else to say about this because I just love it. It’s such a great set and I’m super happy to own it!

Unfortunately, mainly due to uni, I haven’t had as much time to play around with products as I hoped I would after Christmas. I’m hopeful moving forward I will be able to test all these products properly and make firm decisions about them. I’m keen to get some in-depth reviews on the blog about these products once I’ve used them more. Which reviews would you like to see first?

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Let me know if you’ve tried anything from this haul or if you’re keen to!

-Shona x

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