Thursday, 13 September 2012

The shopping edit: September.

September is going to bitchslap me, slam me into a wall and give me a dead arm - it's going to be a bit of a tough month.  I'm finding my way back to shopping, oh-so-very-slowly.  Over the course of the summer, I was so disinterested in everything, apart from buying useless but cute ceramic jars for the house, putting together flatpack furniture, disassembling and repacking flatpack furniture after discovering it was faulty, and ranting at customer services.  Apparently there wasn't much time for makeup in all that kerfuffle.

I just... wasn't interested.  I'm guessing it's because I didn't have the internet, and couldn't drool over endless hauls of beautiful things, but nothing interested me - that is, until a small package from across the pond dropped through my door. It contained a Burberry eyeshadow, and begged me to enjoy it.  And so I did - and then felt myself wanting to run screaming to the shops and buy everything, all at once, forever.

Since easing myself back into the OMGMUSTHAVE kind of existence (and I do it very well), I've been compiling lists upon lists in an idle fashion, and then crossing stuff out and putting it back on.  In all my indecisiveness, here are the 4 things I settled on for this month's shopping list, and what beauties they are indeed!


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Unii Palette.

MAC bores me. Their palettes are ugly, and I don't even care for my MAC shadows anymore. For all of my other little depots that need rehoming after my upcoming purge of MAC from my makeup collection, I think one of these in a saccharine-sweet colour will sweeten the deal - so cute and practical with a mirror and a pre-magnetised base. Perfect for travel, and look much sturdier than MAC's palettes, too!

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadows.

Ah, and now we come to the reason behind the MAC purge.  Recently my friend Panties over at The Black Panties blog (click it, she has the most amazing taste in high-end makeup), took it upon her lovely self to send me a gift, my very first eyeshadow from Burberry.  And what a beauty.  These babies are so soft and pigmented without being chalky or powdery and I feel like I don't really care for anything else but these.  These are done to perfection, and I'm hoping for a couple more.  On my list? Well I kind of want all of them.  Right now I'm leaning towards Pale Barley and Pearl Grey. And Mulberry. And all the other ones.

Hydraluron.

This is kind of the new buzzword in skin care right now.  When Caroline Hirons gives something a rave, you sit up and take notice.  This is supposed to make the skin super-soft, glowy and plump, giving an instantaneous feeling of moisture.  I haven't taken much notice of products from this brand yet, but this could be the one to sway me - anything with plump or super-soft and I'm there, basically, massaging it enthusiastically into my grey never-seen-the-light-of-day skin.

Armani Maestro Foundation.

Small confession - I was so horrendously excited about this product launching that I've bought it already. AND *cough* I paid for express shipping. It arrives tomorrow, and I just can't wait to try it out for the first time.  This is apparently a revolutionary formula that contains oils, lasts all day and looks like skin.  Seeing as increasingly I'm seeing my foundation in the harsh light of day and can see the swirl marks where I didn't manage to blend properly, or the bits where it has stuck to dry skin, this just sounds amazing. It's a liquid texture packaged with a pipette, and when I tested it at the counter, it spread slickly over the skin, I just can't wait to see what it's like on my face!

I can't wait to squeal over my little Armani purchase that arrives tomorrow!

Are you waiting on anything exciting? What's your shopping list for this month?

Sunday, 9 September 2012

JolieBox August.

I'm going to have to apologise for doing an army-roll get-in-get-out kind of review here, and for the fashionably late nature of it, because I've spent my week in the not-as-musty-as-you'd-think British Library, chained to a desk next to that one person who accidentally left their mobile on loud/sniffs continuously/has a bothersome cough.  I'm exhausted, and behind on my little blogging schedule.

This month's JolieBox* was the prettiest one to date, and I think perhaps a few people that received it might agree with me that the box was a little more exciting than the contents.  I love that JolieBox make an extra effort to make gorgeous little boxes to package their samples in, but with a box this pretty, I was a bit underwhelmed with this month's offering.

Sorry about the sucky lighting of this photo - one of my lights cacked out on me and I'm yet to order another!

The contents this month, then:

Phil Smith Dry Clean Revitalising Dry Shampoo

I actually never, ever use dry shampoo, and my current stash in my drawer is actually because of beauty boxes. I did test this out before I went to some morning sessions for my induction at the gym (don't laugh), because my hair is super-fine and I didn't want my hair to look so flat that I looked like an egg - because I can still have my pride, even when at the gym. This worked pretty well and has an inoffensive scent. My hair was soft and it brushed out easily. Even so, I just don't like dry shampoo.

So Susan Cosmetics Lip Cushion

I'd never heard of this brand before it arrived in this month's installment. The creator is the same who created Jelly Pong Pong, Susan Chyi. Honestly? This feels like something I'd pick up in Claire's Accessories. It's a thick, Calpol-scented (that's not a bad thing, it smells great!) glittery lip balm, which looks like it's pink but offers no pigmentation. The best things I can say about this are that it smells like Calpol, and it's not sticky at all.

So Susan Cosmetics Wide Awake Face Palette

I perked up when seeing this palette, but again I feel a bit let down by this. It contains a highlighting cream and an illuminating cream (I actually had to read the back to figure out what the difference between the two was and what their purposes were), and then 3 brow colours, some tweezers and a brush. Two of 3 of the eyebrow colours contain shimmer, which leaves me completely baffled, seeing as I didn't realise glittery eyebrows were on trend (barf, I hate using that phrase!). I like that there were tweezers involved in this kit, and it seems like a good idea but my initial excitement faded quite quickly, unfortunately.

Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap

I was actually excited to receive these and am really looking forward to trying them out, believe it or not! I'm really pleased to have received these, but I would have preferred a small bottle of one scent (like I think I remember Glossybox doing once), than some sachets which will leak and dribble everywhere! I've been toying with buying a small bottle of this for a while, so of all the things to please me from this box... It was unexpectedly some soap.

JolieBox Leather Hair Styling Lace

This is apparently a bonus product. Um. I really can't say much about this, because I just don't get it. I keep seeing the beauty box brands trying to branch out into their own product lines, but I feel like it kind of comes off a little cheap. In any event, I'd never use this for myself because this is so far from my style.

Overall...

Well, I have to say it. I'm disappointed. The makeup items left me a little sad, because there were 2 of them and both weren't anything I'd be able to use, plus I prefer a mix of brands. I am excited about the Dr. Bronner soap, and the dry shampoo wasn't too bad at all - but suffice to say this box was a real mixed bag for me and I did feel a stab of disappointment.

What are your thoughts on this month's box?

* PR Sample.

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