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Sunday, 24 September 2017

A High End Beauty Haul

A little over a month ago myself and Josh took ourselves off to Exeter for a day out to do a bit of shopping, without the kids, for the first time in a long time. I was so apprehensive about leaving them but I kept telling myself they'll be fine and we needed the time to ourselves. It's so daunting leaving them, especially Harrison as he's just over three months old now, but we rarely have time where it's just us doing things together. It's certainly not selfish to have some time to yourself to just relax or do things with your partner away from the kids. It's nice to have a breather. 

Anyway, during that shopping trip, we decided to start on the Christmas shopping a little bit earlier than usual, but also I couldn't go to Exeter and not pop into the makeup stores. I don't have many stores near me, other than my local Superdrug and Boots stores. It's so annoying, so of course I took full advantage of being near all of the High End makeup stands while I was there.
A High End Beauty Haul
The first place we visited, or shall I say dragged Josh to was Debenhams. I had a few things in mind that I wanted to buy, but unfortunately they didn't have most of the things I wanted. I only have a teeny Too Faced stand near me(or shall I say table), haha. Literally. I originally wanted the Hangover Primer and Setting Spray but neither of those was there, which was a shame. I knew I was in need of a new eyeshadow primer, but I was torn between the UD Eyeshadow Primer(which is my all time fave) or the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer(£17). I decided on the latter as I wanted to try something different. It comes out of the tube as a nude colour and it has a nice thin consistency which easily sinks into the skin, ready to prep the eyes for eyeshadow. I've used it multiple times already and I love it. 

The second thing I picked up was the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray(£23.50). I was in desperate need of repurchasing it after I ran out of my travel size. It's literally my holy grail setting spray. Nothing quite keeps my makeup in place all day like this baby, honestly. I am hoping that the full size will keep me stocked up for a while, although I have to say £10 for the travel sized version isnt' too bad as it kept me going for over a month. If you'd like to know more about this then you can just click here to read my latest review. Alongside that I also purchased the Urban Decay Quick Fix Priming Spray(£10). This wasn't something I was planning to buy, but I was intrigued by the name. I've never tried a priming spray before. I bought the travel sized version of the spray as I didn't want to spend too much money in case I was disappointed. I am yet to try it, but I am so excited to. Another(yes, another) repurchase is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer(£19). I've repurchased it multiple times, although I'm sure the last time I bought it, it was only £17.50. I think it may have gone up in price, although not by a huge amount, which I'm quite thankful for. There's not much to say about it other than it's creamy, lightweight and has great coverage. Find out my thoughts here if you'd like to know some more.
A High End Beauty Haul
Next we headed off to House of Fraser. I didn't exactly plan on buying anything there, I was just browsing through the stands while Josh was looking in the mens section. If you know me well then you'll know I have a huge fear of approaching people I don't know, particularly sales assistants at makeup stands. I have no idea why, maybe it's because I fear I will be laughed out of the store, or purely because my hearings not at its best. Anyway, in the end I decided to head for the Dior stand. I'd heard such good things about the Dior Forever Foundation(£35). I was told it had high coverage without being cakey and it was long lasting too. With those claims, I knew I had to buy it. I'm a high coverage kinda gal, especially through the colder seasons. I initially came out the store with the shade 010 which was just totally the wrong shade for me. There was a huge kerfuffle about sending it back and getting the right shade(011) sent to me. Luckily I now have the right shade(although it does lean a little too warm). Not fussy or anything, I promise, haha. I am yet to give it a go but I'm hoping it lives up to the hype I've been hearing(or shall I say reading).

Onto the things I bought from Marks and Spencer...Well I initially went in there to grab another new bottle of the Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist(£16). I hadn't repurchased it for over a year now, and I loved it so much that I decided to buy another. For some reason, I had it in my mind to buy it again, but somehow I never did. I am so glad I have it back in my stash again. Other than that, I also bought something from Stila that I had been meaning to for a while. I have never ever tried one of their liquid lipsticks before, so I decided to go for it and purchase my first one. I have the Stila Liquid Lipstick in Patina(£16), a gorgeous mauvey nude. I am yet to comment on the formula and longevity of it, but I shall keep you updated. If I love it, then I may have to buy more shades. I love a liquid lipstick so I have high hopes!

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