Birmingham Haul

birmingham-haul

Okay, so as I mentioned in my previous blog post, I very recently went to Birmingham on holiday. Let’s just say that I miiiight have gone a tad crazy when it comes to shopping. In this post I will only be showing you the beauty items I picked up but if you would like to also see the clothing items I purchased, I will gladly dedicate a blog post for that too.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask

Starting off with skincare, this face mask had been on my “What-to-buy-from-Birmingham” list for ages, simply because it’s only sold at Boots. So needless to say, after searching the shelves thoroughly (I literally had to go to a different Boots stores to find it), I was really glad that I got hold of this product. I already tried this face mask and it is just so refreshing! I don’t have particularly dry skin (if you do, go pick it up!) but due to Malta’s heat I tend to be always either in the sun or in an air-conditioned room, leaving my skin drier than usual. If you live in the UK or simply can get hold of this easier than I did, I recommend the search as it’s a great pick-me-up.

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Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

I can’t believe how much I love this mask already…and I only used it twice. As the name of the mask implies, this product heats up on application (which is already super awesome), giving your face a good clean. Since it heats up, it’s basically opening up those pores so as to really cleanse your skin and let the charcoal treatment work. Charcoal treatments are great for cleansing the skin and even better for reducing and/or getting rid of breakouts and blemishes. Personally, I have been struggling with breakouts around my chin and lower cheeks for some time now so I was super excited to get this. I desperately want the GlamGlow Super-Clearing Mud Mask Treatment but don’t afford the splurge, so this will have to do for now.

detox-mask

Rimmel London Scandaleyez Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black

There wasn’t really a reason why I got this from the UK, as they are very easily found in Malta – but it’s waterproof and now I can tightline!

rimmel-scandaleyez

Bourjois Paris Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper (03)

I have a problem, I know. I definitely did not need another red lipstick. Excuse? – This has a matte finish! I’ve seen a couple of YouTubers talk about this product and how much they love it, so I decided to join the club – This lipstick does not budge! Not only is it matte (that means no hair getting stuck to your lips!), but it’s quite long lasting. I wore it the other night and after drinking two beverages and PizzaHut (guilty!), it was still on my lips. Now I have to admit, I did re-apply after dinner, but that’s just because I wanted to make sure the intensity would remain there.

rouge-velvet

Essie Nail Laquer in Mint Candy Apple

I just had to – the colour was calling out to me. As you may know, when it comes to applying nail polish, I rank amongst the worst and as a result, my nail polish chips in roughly 2 days. Not this one! This colour has been on my nails for 3 days now and no chipping whatsoever. And did I say that I skipped the base and top coat (bad of me, I know) ?! It’s that good. Apart from that, the colour pay off is amazing. I literally just applied 1 coat of this and it went on totally opaque. I am still stunned. Love it!

essie-mint-candy-apple

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Dark (04)

I obviously stopped by the Collection stand in Superdrug purely for this product because I’ve heard so many people talk about it, yet I don’t know how I feel about this concealer. Yes, I must admit, I might have picked up a shade too dark (in my defense, there weren’t any testers for the shade lighter than this one) but what’s weird is that it conceals my under-eye circles beautifully, yet looks dark and gloopy on the rest of my face. As I said, I love it for my under eyes as it just blends so easily and the colour is perfect, making me look like I’ve got tons of sleep. On the other hand, when I tried to conceal my blemishes, I looked like I applied cream bronzer over my spots! The good thing about this is that (according to a friend) there are a couple of stores in Malta that stock this concealer so I’ll try and pop by to pick up a shade lighter.

collection-concealer

Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum in Dark Beige (55)

Yes, I know there’s the word ‘Dark’, and yes I’ve swatched it before buying it, but this product is just a tad too dark for me. Unlike the concealer, this just makes me look slightly tan (which I don’t mind as I’m slightly tanned already) which means that I just have to make sure I blend really well. Apart from the colour, the consistency is great and stays on for ages. Unfortunately I couldn’t find this anywhere online (neither ASOS) so that’s why I was over the moon when I found it in Superdrug.

healthy-mix-serum

Real Techniques Brushes/Tools: Complexion Sponge, Blush Brush, Powder Brush

Speaking of Superdrug, I went a little crazy when I saw that they had an offer on the Real Techniques line. Turns out, I got the sponge for free! I already had a couple of Real Techniques brushes so it was only suitable to add on to the collection. I’ve already used all 3 products (I’m still getting used to sponge application) and these brushes will most probably be my new staple brushes.

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M.A.C. : Face and Body Foundation in C4 and 217 Blending Brush

Okay, can we just take a minute to let this sink in – I AM FINALLY A M.A.C. OWNER! Literally, OMG! I still can’t believe it. I walked into Selfridges (and stood out like a sore thumb due to the expression of awe on my face) and BAM! – all the high-end names under one ceiling! You name it – Urban Decay, Benefit, Guerlain, Jo Malone, Bare Minerals, Stila, Esteé Lauder, Elizabeth Arden and so on. Needless to say, I was dying inside and could barely contain myself.

Rant aside, I decided to opt for these two products purely because I have been wanting these two so badly for so long…and because I don’t afford buying more than two M.A.C. products at one go without my bank account screeching at me. I literally got a glimpse of their lipsticks and sadly decided to ignore what I just saw. Nonetheless, I am super pleased with this purchase and can’t wait to get some use out of them! Next M.A.C. purchase: Paint Pot in Soft Ocre and (most probably) their red lipstick, Lady Danger.

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And those are all the beauty items I got on my trip to the UK!

What do you recommend me getting next? Did you like the post? Like it! Share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

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