It has been a little while since I shared with you some of my most recent beauty purchases. In truth, I have cut back majorly over the last year and rarely do buy make up unless it is a repurchase of a product in which I do not have an alternative. However, after waiting for a good couple of months before venturing back out to re-stock I decided it was time I treated myself to a few new bits to add to my collection.
We all know that it has been the release of the new Urban Decay Heat palette which sent the beauty community into somewhat of a frenzy. I read mixed reviews on this but on a whole people (myself included) love it. Naturally of course I fell into the trap and picked this up pretty much as soon as I landed back home in July after my holiday. This little treat, this little luxury that I did not need somewhat sparked a lust for a few more beauty purchases to follow in suit.
Unlike the Naked palettes of the past, the Heat palette is completely different and really has taken the brand to the next level I think in terms of quality. Urban Decay eye shadows have always been really good, this is just somehow even better. I will refrain from harping on about this too much in this post because I have a whole post dedicated to this gem of a palette right here .
It isn’t very often these days that I purchase a beauty product on a whim, not least a foundation. However, I saw this in Boots and instantly made a bee-line for it. The heavy glass packaging (and the offer at the time) made me want to pick it up and give it a whirl. It had been a very long time since I had used a foundation from Max Factor, therefore I was not too sure what to expect.
For a high street brand, there are quite a few shades available, although, once again the extremes of light and dark are not catered for from what I can see. I like the fact that this foundation contains SPF 20, the added bonus of sun protection is always welcome in my opinion, especially after being burnt to a crisp on holiday. This is quite a nice foundation and has overall impressed me so far. I cannot say that I prefer it to my L’Oreal Infalliable Matte Foundation, which, in all honesty I do not think any high street brand will ever beat. The reason for that being is that this does wear quicker throughout the day and it is more expensive.
It is also worth bearing in mind that this is more hydrating which perhaps explains why it moves around slightly more on my skin. That being said, I do recommend you to try this out as it works very well on my skin overall. It hasn’t caused any break outs, it does not oxidize on the skin and it applies nicely with a brush. Overall, I like it a lot, however it is quite expensive for a high street brand when not on offer.
I had seen countless features in my time of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum before I purchased it, in fact I had intended to try it long before now. It goes without saying that to date, this is one of the best serums that I have tried which has actually done what it has claimed to do. I have been using this morning and night and have already purchased a second bottle as a backup. This feels cooling and refreshing on my skin and instantly hydrates once applied. Despite having oily skin to an extent, I have suffered with dehydrated skin for as long as I can remember. Whilst this has not completely gone I have noticed a considerable difference in my skin since I introduced this into my routine.
This product is not technically new as I have had this before. The Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes, in particular the shade Nude Mauve are, hands down my favourite high street blushes. As somewhat of a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Light Blush this is but a fraction of the cost. I featured this product back in March 2015 (you can read that post here) and I still adore it to this day. If you have not tried these out yet, then out of all of the products featured here today I would highly recommend that you check these out first. They’re affordable, fairly easy to find and will look beautiful on your skin.
Have you tried out any of the products featured here today?