Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

My 'I Got a Job' Haul

I'm not sure if I mentioned on here or not, but I didn't work for the last part of 2014 and then, when getting a job, well... it's safe to say I treated myself. A little. Or a lot.

So, before I go any further,  I just want to point out that my unemployment was planned and I wasn't in receipt of any benefits or outside help so any money I wasted on lip balms, hot chocolates and Christmas trees during that time was purely my own. Anyway, on with the fun stuff...

So the first part of this haul was entirely planned and 'justified'. To celebrate getting a job I thought I'd buy myself one substantial thing (instead of ten more eyeshadows), I thought I'd buy something I don't already own loads of (like ten more eyeshadows), and so I thought it was time to finally pick myself up some ZOEVA Brushes, and somehow, also, ten more eyeshadows. *sigh*. So, from I ordered the ZOEVA Classic Brush Set (£52.95) - I know everyone raves about the rose golf but a) they were out of stock and b) they'd clash hideously with my living room (well, when I eventually get round to painting it...). I'll have a full review coming on these soon, but for now let's just say I'm impressed so far. The set contains 8 brushes; 4 face and 4 eye and they are crazy soft and easy to work with for the most part. Then, since I was trying one thing from ZOEVA, well it only made sense to try out another, right? So I picked up the Rodeo Belle Eye Shadow Palette (£15.95) which, for me, contains a fun mix of 'wearable' and 'out there' shades - I'm thinking this will be a lot of fun in Summer. No swatches I'm afraid as this haul is almost all shadow palettes, so we'd be here a while. There will be a full post on this soon, I promise. Also, because I'd spent too much money in one order, BeautyBay included a deluxe sized sample of my choice; I opted for the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara which I'm super excited to try as I'm generally a huge UD fan, but had heard mixed reviews on this one.

The second palette is from Cargo, not a brand I've seen or heard much about, but, the Debenhams in Glasgow has a counter so, when having a mooch about, I fell rather in love with this - so of course, I then went home and ordered it elsewhere for a much better price. I like Debenhams, and I'm all for 'protecting the High Street' and all, but sometimes the price differences are too much to just accept. Anyway, that's a rant for another day. This is the Northern Lights Holiday Palette (£22.50) and OK, I'm not going to lie, part of what I love about this palette is the names - well, today I'm wearing some Fjord over my lids and have finished it off with some Reindeer in the crease. Yeah, expect this video.

And then I caved and picked up the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette (and accompanying sample of the Full Exposure Mascara)(£37) from Boots - I know this got mixed reviews and I know the double exposure is supposed to be much better formula wise, but I just love the shades in this. Have only played with it a little, but initial feeling is: the mattes are the best ever, the shimmers suck a bit, but are probably workable once I get a handle on them. 

And the last thing I did was place a Makeup Revolution order - which is so freaking hard to resist doing when they're launching new products on a practically daily basis! I bought the Makeup Fixing Spray (£5) because I'm feeling I'd like one for work and figure I should try this before splashing the big bucks on one from Urban Decay. Then I chose a #LIPHUG in Get Lucky (£2.50)a brilliantly sheer and wearable reddish nude, and a The One Blush Stick in Rush (£5.00) - a shimmery, corally shade that I can't wait to play with when he sun comes out. (If it ever does...)
And the last three things are all palettes (shocker...). First up there's the Beyond Flawless 32 Pan Eye Shadow Palette (£8) - I picked up the original Flawless palette a few weeks ago and was blown away by the quality of the shadows and how well put together the palette was - the colour choices and combinations are very well thought out and considered. This new palette lives up to the same standards but is more warm in tone over all. 
Then there's the Stripped and Bare Pro Looks Palette (£6) - this palette contains 15 shadows that are helpfully divided up into three 'pentis' (or 'groups of five' if you like to avoid typing words that can easily be ahem, misread...) so that you can easily and quickly put looks together, that, well... go together. The photo of this came out badly above, but I'll have a full post soon. 
And lastly, I picked up a palette that doesn't contain eye shadows (I know, I know, I must have been confused...), yup, it's the All About Cream Blush Palette (£6), which, unsurprisingly contains cream blushes. What I love about this, other than the price, is that all the shades are wearable - sometimes you see this kind of thing from brands and like 6 shades are wearable and then there's a couple of wildcards thrown in there. Not this palette - all are smooth, even and great for every day. 

And that's it for this rather epic haul - sorry again about the lack of swatches; but frankly, I just don't have the arm space or makeup wipe back-stock for this one. Expect upcoming review posts on everything featured - anything specific you'd like to see; just give me a shout in the comments below.

1 comment:

  1. Wow you did pick up quite a few eyeshadow palettes! They all look gorgeous, especially the Cargo one!

    Love, Charline


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