Thursday, 4 October 2012

Autumn Beauty Haul

So I had a weekend to myself recently (my fiance was busy with various sports) and with nothing much going on at home, I decided to head to Leeds to do a bit of shopping.

Getting anywhere near the beauty halls over there is always a bit dangerous for me (read, my bank account) but I had a few things in mind I wanted to get, and didn't veer too wildly away from it.  I think I got some pretty fabulous things anyway.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, Illamasqua Lipstick in Magnetism
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - I think every beauty addict in the world has tried this foundation before me, but in this case I absolutely do not mind jumping on the beauty bandwagon.  I've only worn it a couple of times so far, and I must say I'm pretty much in love with it, it's so comfortable to wear and it's surprisingly easy to create a flawless finish.
MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo - This really is exactly how everyone described it to me; the perfect blue-red shade of lipstick.  The texture is incredibly matte, so you need to have well prepped lips to wear it, but boy is it worth it, it makes my teeth look whiter and doesn't move for a quite a few hours
Illamasqua Lipstick in Magnetism - My first lipstick from Illamasqua and part of their latest collection, Generation Q.  The shade is described as a deep raspberry pink and it is precisely that.  I was surprised at how smooth the texture of this lipstick is and the pigmentation is amazing.  I can see myself wearing this a lot this Autumn.

Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora and Illamasqua Blusher in Ambition
Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora - I think I've found the perfect highlighter for me in this little compact.  It's champagne colour suits my skin perfectly, and the creamy texture blends seamlessly and doesn't appear 'frosty' like a lot of highlighters do.  It's part of Illamasqua's latest collection, Generation Q, but I really hope it sticks around.
Illamasqua Blusher in Ambition - If the fab MUA at Illamasqua hadn't pointed this out I would totally have passed it by and would have missed a pretty amazing blusher.  It looks quite neutral in the pan with a good dose of shimmer but on the skin it has lovely berry tones, very like Sin by Nars, and so far looks great with a lot of of my autumn berry shades of lipstick.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Real Techniques Blush Brush
Real Techniques Stippling Brush - I couldn't resist adding to my Real Techniques brush collection when I saw them on 3 for 2 in Boots.  I chose the stippling brush since I heard it can be great for liquid foundation but is also really good at blending highly pigmented cream or powder foundations.  I'm sure it'll be great quality, just like the other Real Techniques brushes.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - I tend to use my Buffing Brush for foundation most days, but again I've heard great things about this brush and can't wait to give it a try.
Real Techniques Blush Brush - This is a repurchase for me.  I got the first one a few months ago, and use it daily for bronzer, and I've been using this second one for my blushers.  It doesn't disappoint!

That's it for this haul, I think I've bought more than enough to keep me going for this season, and I'm definitely looking forward to using everything.

What have you been buying for Autumn? 


  1. Real Techniques = LOVE; I just got some too :)

    the lipsticks and blush looks so pretty!

    great haul.

    1. I really love the Real Techniques too :)

      The blusher is awesome too, it's easily turned into my new favourite xo

  2. i really need to get some of these brushes they look great x

    1. I'd definitely invest in some if you can. I have a lot of them now and I use quite a few every day xo


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