Wednesday, 18 April 2012

The shopping edit: May.

Most of my money reserved for a little treat this month was spent on something adult.  And before you get any ideas, it was also boring.  Consult my home-made Venn diagram below:



See? Adult and boring: choosing paint colours, trips to Ikea and cleaning the house.  Please note that I couldn't think of something which was adult, sexy AND boring at the same time. Please advise if you come up with something suitable (unless it just turns out to be Jennifer Aniston again).

So… yeah.  Sadly no gimp masks and PVC for me this month - we bought a washing machine. And unless you find those sexy (don't answer that, we all know what you like about the spin cycle), well - you're going to agree with me. It's an adult thing, and it's boring, and it cost £310.  Much of my life this month has been restricted to dreaming and looking endlessly at blog posts.  It's funny though as I've come off feeling rather virtuous after it all, which is usually what happens when I have a blog sale.  I feel smug, the amount of stuff I have is more compact, lightweight - I am zen.

I can never standing having loads of stuff around that I don't use, yet I'm trapped in this endless cycle of impulse to buy delightful cosmetic items that I will never, ever use up.  Despite this, I'm still dreaming - seeing as by looking at my purse this month, dreaming is all I can do. In the spirit of the  genius Meg from Lips So Facto, this is my little clickable poster of things I've been dreaming about this month...



Each product is clickable and takes you to a website you can buy it at! I don't do affiliate links or that shiz, so click with aplomb. I promise not to have done anything sneaky!
MAC Fix+ Diorskin Rosy Glow blush NARS Yachiyo MUFE Mat Velvet+ NARS Trouville Caudalie Eau de Beaute Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

1. MAC Fix+


I've been struggling with my Chanel Perfection Lumière since January. It just doesn't seem to work with my skin and shows up every dry patch - even though my skin is oily. What gives, Chanel? It sets too quickly, I have to apply in sections and it oxidises on me to boot. Basically, it's less than I expected from a brand I have come to have high expectations from. Stacey recently posted about how she uses MAC's Fix+ in conjunction with this mess of a foundation, and how she ended up liking it. Do you know how many times I've owned MAC Fix+ and gotten rid of it? Um, well if I repurchase (I always swear it's the last time!) this month, then it'll be my 4th time. I hope it doesn't let me down this time!

2. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer


I've been wanting to purchase the trial size of this for a while, but it's always been sold out at the Liberty counter. Not cool, Liberty! I love that this comes as a smaller travel size for £20, rather than the full size for £52 - eek! I'm not a big lover of face primers but this one seems promising and made my hand so silky soft when I tested it that, well, for £20 it seems like a fair enough deal.

3. Caudalie Beauty Elixir


There's been a lot of talk about this facial spritz recently and I want in. Something that calms acne, soothes the skin and is a toner too? It also comes in a little travel size for around £9 and I'm sorely tempted.

4. Diorskin Rosy Glow blush


People keep telling me I need this candy-hued sweet pastel pink in a pan. Realistically, how many more pink blushes do I need in my life? I am, however, swayed by a gimmick: a blush that adapts to each complexion? Well, it sounds like utter bollocks, but I still want a piece of that sweetness.

5. Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+ foundation


Must. Have. Following the demise of my Face Atelier Ultra Foundation, which is one of my ultimate-Guinness-World-Record-cannot-be-beaten foundations, I feel like there's a slot opened up for something a little new. I'm really looking forward to trying this, I hear it's fantastic.  I'm dreaming of the perfect luminous matte - thanks for letting me down, Chanel!

6. NARS nail polish in Trouville


Oh but isn't it pretty?! It's like Spring in a bottle, a sweet soft floral kind of colour with a little warmth. I'm not entirely sold on the NARS nail polish formula, but I'm almost willing to compromise for this.

7. NARS Yachiyo brush


Um. I crave the bountiful shapely softness of this brush and its strange little handle. I look at it and do my best Gollum impression with eyes as big as saucers talking of the Precious. This is apparently the pinnacle of makeup brushes. Everyone seems to love it. She will be mine - oh yes! She will be mine.

Have you already spent this (as yet unpaid) month's wages on something you've been eyeing dreamily for the past month? Share your shopping list!

36 comments:

  1. Ur post made me laugh, you have a good sense of humour in your posts which I love, it makes things more fun to read :) that Nars polish looks like a lush colour xx

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    1. so glad you enjoyed! Thanks so much for your comment :) xx

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  2. I am totally with you on the Nars brush. Want want want! My plan is to get it from ASOS and use my student (me, student?? Apparently!) discount code. Hellooooo discount!

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    1. haha, you know what?! I never grabbed it last month. I too am still waiting for a damn ASOS 20% off code ;)

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  3. Hey Cami, I'm a new reader here :) Out of your wish list I only have Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I personally like it, but I wouldn't say it's everybody's cup of tea. It has a strong mint smell which some people can't get past. Also, it does contain alcohol. I love to use it as a midday pick-me-up, but I wouldn't really use it as a regular toner. Hope my unsolicited opinion helps haha.

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    1. I'm disappointed to report I don't love the Elixir! The smell smells like the dentist to me - ugh! I don't know what it is, but it smells nauseating! That said, I love the way it feels on the skin! :)

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  4. Dior Rosy Glow is awesome! That should be your first purchase :P

    S xx

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    1. I ended up hating that blush! I don't know what it was :(

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  5. Not only do I love your Venn diagram (am currently very much trapped in the adult/boring intersection myself, curses), I also need that foundation. Pale & pinky & matte? Count me in. Hope the new washing machine is settling in well! x

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    1. Haha, thank you lovely! It's a really great foundation, I'm so lucky to own it :) x

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  6. Haha your Venn diagram sums up Jennifer Aniston completely. Sadly, it doesn't refer to her lack of ability to be funny.

    I'm in the works for getting Fix + as well! I hope it works!

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    1. Hahaha, I know. She is the most boring celebrity I can think of off the top of my head - it's kind of sad really!

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  7. Hi Cami!
    I can thoroughly recommend the Caudalie Elixir. I bought a small bottle to try and ended up ordering the full size and another travel size from Naturisimo, 30 ml £8.80 and 100 ml £21.60 (free delivery) To give it's due it comes recommended by Mrs Hirons for oily/combo skin. It does have a very strong Aveda ish/minty/herbal smell - but I personally like it - very refreshing. I spritz it on my face straight after I shower, before moisturing and then if my face is looking a little too dry (Kryolan anti shine) I'll put another spritz on top. It's also wonderful srayed into the palms and inhaled.

    Fix + does come in a smaller 30 ml size, but it costs £7, whereas the full size is £12.50 for 100ml. Small size in stock on MAC website, full size in stock on Debenhams website (free delivery)I have it, but don't find that it does anything special other than stop my face looking too powdery.

    As for the Hourglass veil primer, you can get a free sample from Zuneta with any order. thay way you can try before you splash the cash.

    Hopefully this should help cure the lemmings a little until payday ;-)

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    1. I like the actual product, but I loathe the smell! It smells like the dentist, but 1000 times stronger and it's just a BLEUGH smell! I can't stand it, but I do love the way it feels on the skin! :)

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  8. I absolutely adore the Hourglass mineral veil. I have generally hated primers in the past, because I felt like they were a complete waste of money in that when I would take off my makeup in the evening, I didn't really have anything to wipe off. All of that changed with the Hourglass primer. I actually have (miracle of miracles) makeup come off at the end of the day. I am actually on my second bottle (one lasted me about six months, and one pump is sufficient to cover my face), which is saying something for me. For reference, I am have combination skin leaning toward the oily side as summer gets closer.

    As for me, I am currently lemming two unreleased products due to come out next month: Lime Crime's Palette d'Antoinette palette and Sugarpills unnamed palette.

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    1. I'm not sold on the primer yet - but there is a lot of moisture in the air in our current flat which is making my skin go crazy, so I'm hoping it improves when we move to our new house! :)

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  9. When I read your blog posts, I read them with my best attempt at your accent. Is that weird? Probably. I'm dying for the NARS brush too. :)

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    1. haha, slightly weird! Now I'm imagining you reading them in a bad British accent!

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  10. Hehe, I love the Venn Diagram! I do enjoy trips to Ikea though they fall in the adult-boring category; I could spend all day (almost) there. I'm wearing Trouville for the first time on my tips today-- it's a brighter yellow pink than I expected. Definitely a happy color.

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    1. I wish I enjoyed Ikea! I find it hell on earth, truly!

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  11. Lovely Venn diagram! I've bought so much make up stuff this last month, but I'm still drooling over so much more stuff. I want all blushes I lay my eyes on, and springy eyeshadows and sheer, glossy lipsticks.... ALL THE THINGS!
    By the way, I have the MUFE foundation in #15 (lightest shade) lying around, I found it too drying for me after using it a few times, so if you'd like I could send it to you if you pay for shipping from Sweden.

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    1. OMG are you sure?! I have a feeling 15 might be too pale even for me, but a chance to try the formula and texture would be wonderful! Would you mind dropping me an email to camiloveskiwi@gmail.com and how much I owe you?

      You are so so kind :)

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  12. evenin' poppet!

    One of the reasons I enjoy your videos and reviews (besides the witty commentary and like of nerdy things) is that you my friend, are my skin twin (both in colour and type). We tend to have a shared opinion on what works for us and what doesn't. Be weary of the Matt Velvet +. the colour is perfect for my skin, and although it doesn't break me out or cling to dry patches... I'm looking at you perfection lumuiere, ya bastard! It is kinda a meh foundation and looks cakey.

    If you can, obtain a sample first. It's not terrible by any means, It's not the HG foundation you are looking for.

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    1. thank you lovely! I do really like the Mat Velvet+, funnily enough - I didn't expect to after reading your comment but yes! It's a thumbs up from me :)

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    2. I am so late on this post that it is pretty much not worth commenting, but I just discovered your lovely blog and am fully obsessed. Currently pulling a uni-based allnighter, hence the ludicrously late hour! Anyway, I'm glad you like Mat Velvet+; about a year ago I was devoted to it until I wore it to a club (a particularly sweaty club), accidentally brushed my face and the stuff just melted right off - I don't even have oily sin! I had a perfect line across my chin with no makeup on from one accidental brush. (Also the dreaded sweat tash has the same effect - unpleasant). So yeah, just to warn you about that; I haven't tried it with a good primer or setting powder (haven't found one I like yet!) though, so that might make a difference! Wooow, long comment.

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  13. Your Venn Diagram made me die laughing. I suppose a washer is a necessary adult purchase. My husband and I have been doing some painfully boring home improvement and I'd much rather spend my money on pointless things that I don't need more of. How mature of me.

    I agree with you about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Somehow I lived in France and have gone back a million and one times each visit spending an increasingly lengthy period of time in the pharmacie and I never thought to purchase this. Suddenly I want it. *Shakes fist at the power of "hype"*

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Never mind the washing machine, I just feel bad for Jennifer Aniston! x

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  14. I've just blown £41 pound on a Liz Earle 3 step system - but to justify you get a free body lotion and free postage. My skin has changed from dry with acne to oily with acne, so I'm hoping it will blitz my chin of the current volcano sized white heads otherwise I may go cry under a rock. Or spend a similar amount of money on a new concealer.

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    1. Ack, I hope you love it for that price! x

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  15. Hello Cami. Your link to Meg's blog isn't working, unfortunately. The link is missing an s.

    I've been enjoying Caudalie lately and am thinking of buying this product too. I've tried the Hourglass primer and it is the best I've tried, but as I'm using the Face Atelier foundation nearly every day, I can't justify buying a full size bottle (which is about $85 or 55 pounds here, which is mad). I've heard of people using Strobe cream with Chanel's PL too. I'm just exfoliating very well and using a moisturiser immediately beforehand. I'm using Alpha-H liquid gold and also their daily gentle exfoliant. I have very sensitive skin with a predisposition towards dermatitis. Will you be doing a review of your skin care once you've settled into your new home? I'm keen to hear whether Alpha-H has been working well for you.

    Best wishes to you and Kiwi.
    Simone xx

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    1. Oh thanks for letting me know! That pesky s! I still don't have the Alpha-H - yet! I've been using up various skin care samples I got in boxes or things I was sent for review and just keep forgetting. I might have to get it this month, I've been waiting forever!

      At the moment I'm using 2 products I was provided with for review by a brand called Antipodes - there is a brightening serum (called Apostle) and a gel cleanser (Juliet). Loving them so far, but otherwise no real changes to my regime. I must must must pick up the Alpha-H!

      Thanks for the heads up on the primer. I can't wait to try it, it sounds wonderful :)

      Cami xx

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  16. Not at all, lovely. Oh, a New Zealand brand that's available sometimes here in Melbourne. I haven't tried it yet. I'm always worried about my skin flaring up so I don't often try new products on my face. It's very easy for me to get samples of the Hourglass primer, just in case it isn't easy for you. Hope the MUFE works for you. I've only heard similar comments to those of Tiina.
    Simone x

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  17. I am trying to hold myself off on buying YSL Glossy stain coincidently in 5 and Nars Blush in Doucer.

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    1. haha, well I hope your self-control worked!

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  18. Hi Cami, I just discovered your blog today and I really liked it! I would say though that the MAC Fix+ works so-so on Chanel foundations for me. After going to one of those Chanel makeovers I discovered that a Chanel primer makes the foundations slip on like no other - no more dry patches! Though in Australia...the Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel primer was $68...

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  19. hello :) just read this post... not sure if you are interested or not, but up to you. I have a full size Hourglass primer used a couple of times. I am following you on twitter message me if you are interested... thanks :) Weird, I know but wellllll...

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