21 September, 2016 Online Beauty Haul And A Morphe 35O Giveaway!
I’m both impressed and horrified with the amount of money I’ve spent on the online beauty haul I have here today. I’ll also just say that this didn’t happen all at once – I placed about 4-5 orders over the course of 3 months.
As you probably know by now, I love shopping online, and nothing thrills me more than a 20% discount code. The majority of the stuff I’ve got here was purchased with some money off, although there have been a few late-night browsing trips that lead to serious cash being spent, without any vouchers or codes to sweeten the deal.
Let’s get going, shall we?
Morphe 35O Eyeshadow Palette (available on eBay for £24.95)
First up is the most in-demand eyeshadow palette right now, the Morphe 35O. Currently unavailable at both Morphe UK online retailers, this palette is packed with a mixture of matte and shimmer warm-tone shades, ranging from deep browns to vibrant orange-reds. I picked it up in early August from Beauty Bay, and have been absolutely loving it.
If you love experimenting with colour, it’s incredible, and if you have a warm-toned eye look you go for time and time again, then you’ll find all the shades you need to create it here. There are so many different colours here that are genuinely wearable – bone-colour shades for setting eyeshadow primer and placing under the brow, about seven (yes, seven) crease and transition colours in neutral, cool and warm tones, and stunning glittery shades that are perfect for popping into the centre of the lid, or adding to the outer corner for a bronze smoky eye.
For the price I paid (£19.50), I’m really happy with the quality and shade range, although I do think a mirror and a list of colour names would be helpful. I’m going to be doing a separate Instagram story this week on my favourite shades and combinations, as there’s just so much to get through!
If you want to win the Morphe 35O palette for yourself, all you have to do is:
- Live in the UK (soz my five American readers)
- Comment below with your most recent online beauty purchase (if you don’t have one, let me know what’s on your wishlist)
- Follow me on Instagram
- Share this blog post on Twitter, tagging me @MakingItUpBlog
The winner will be announced via Twitter on Wednesday 12th October!
Peaches & Cream Strobing Powder (£12.50)
Next up is a gorgeous highlighter from the niche brand Peaches & Cream, which I picked up on Beauty Bay. Beauty Bay have pretty iffy customer service but the brands they stock are undoubtedly the best available, and although they rarely offer site-wide discount codes, a lot of their ranges are discounted sporadically.
It’s a cool-toned champagne pink, and is similar to The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer, but a little less golden. The powder is pigmented without too much kick-back or fall-out, and it’s lovely applied with a fan brush for a more natural look. If you’re pale and looking for a pretty, everyday highlighter, this is lovely.
From left to right: Peaches & Cream Strobing Powder, Barry M Frosty Pink, Barry M Iced Bronze
I’ve never tried anything from Barry M, but when these little strobing sticks came out I went a bit berserk. I ordered these from Superdrug on a random Wednesday lunchtime when they were BOGOHF (hope you understand the acronym), and also got the bronze shade.
Out of the two, I definitely prefer this, as it isn’t so much of a pink as a pale cream – beautiful on the skin, great applied directly from the stick and with a synthetic brush, and small enough to keep in your handbag.
My sister Katie has used this lip pencil for years, and during a late-night ASOS stalk a few months ago I remembered that all beauty was having a ridiculous 30% off sale. Bahama is a beautiful cool-toned brown, and the matte formula and fab pencil nib makes it a dream to apply. It’s stunning paired with a bronze-red smoky eye courtesy of the Morphe palette, and also looks lovely with an all-matte brown look and a feline flick. Big big love.
It was my mum who convinced me to try this dinky foundation out, and I’m so glad I did. Instead of going through Feel Unique, Boots or one my other fave beauty retailers,
I actually ordered this directly from the Estee Lauder site, as there was free P&P and three lovely samples I could choose. I do love a mini perfume sample! The foundation is a sheerer, more hydrating version of my holy grail Double Wear (see my full review here), and the compact stick and cushion applicator are so public transport-friendly.
However, I have two gripes: shades seem to come up lighter here than in their traditional Double Wear counterparts, so go a colour darker, and the cushion tip takes a while to lose its stiffness, so make sure to give it a proper blend with a Beauty Blender or buffing brush once you’ve applied your desired amount. I’ve got a post coming up on sheer foundation bases where I’ll be reviewing this in full, so stay tuned!
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before on my blog, but it’s quickly become my go-to for setting makeup and absorbing shine. When it was BOILING HOT last week, I used the Wayne Goss technique of priming, applying light translucent powder and then going in with foundation and another layer of powder, and it does a really nice job of keeping things matte without looking caky.
Like I always say, nothing ever completely absorbs the grease when it comes to my complexion, but if you’re looking for a no-fuss sheer powder, this is great. I got this with a 20% discount code on Feel Unique, where they also stock green and yellow-toned versions.
OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£29.50)
I’ve been trialling Instagram Stories this month (follow me here), and as I’ve been occasionally documenting my evening skincare routine, I can see just how often I reach for this. Yes, it’s insanely pricey for a cleanser, but the whole experience – the packaging, the scent, the texture, the massaging – is a little luxury I just can’t be without.
Especially for my oily skin, traditional gel cleansers can cause excess oil flair-ups super quickly, but this gentle oil-to-milk is light, deep-cleansing and never stripping, so my skin feels balanced, comfortable and fully prepped for makeup. It removes makeup super quickly, is loaded with vitamins A, C and E, and can be used as your first, second or morning cleanse. I’m planning to take this with me the next time I go away, and when I run out, I’m fully committed to splurging on another bottle. The hype is real.
My last product on my online beauty haul is probably the one I enjoy the least. I’m beholden to the Soap & Glory Archery Pencil in the blonde shade, but now my roots are growing out I needed a slightly darker colour. I kind of went in blind not having seen any reviews or heard much about this, but the price was less than Anastasia and only a few pounds more than Soap & Glory. The shade is very cool-toned, and the formula is a little too waxy and hard to blend and brush. I can make it work if I keep using a spoolie to spread out the product, but overall it’s a bit of a faff.
So, there’s my huge online beauty haul. Make sure to enter my Morphe 35O eyeshadow palette, and comment below if you’ve tried any of the above!