Monday, 6 May 2013

The shopping edit: May.

It's May bank holiday weekend while I'm writing this and we're sitting in our blankets with the heating on after a rainy, blustery day spent trawling shops and purchasing fudge, accidental beauty products and other nutritionally-devoid items most of which I have already eaten (hey, it's diet cheat day). It's really cold, and I'm feeling a bit whiney about it. I haven't done one of these little shopping edits in a while, because to be frank, I've been dirt poor. Not nibbling at crusts poor, or any kind of poor that would make you think I'm anything other than a hugely privileged young lady, but times have been hard. Thankfully I'm finally starting to come out of that eternal winter and allowing myself a few little treats here and there for the first time since January, and it's nice to really have to be very choosy about what I spend my hard-earned money on, because I can't just buy whatever the hell I feel like anymore.

As I'm now one of those engaged ladies that proudly sports a diamond (yes, a REAL one from actual Tiffany's) and I've got wedding saving on the brain, beauty indulgence has taken a definite back seat as I readjust to saving for the most expensive thing Kiwi and I will ever do in one go. Ever. Isn't that a bit frightening? Gulp. I'm just watching as our little pot of money increases to being able to afford an amazing holiday in Florida and Disneyworld - and that just barely pays for the photographer and my dress. Not that I'm ever complaining - I'm horrendously, vomit-makingly happy right now.

As usual, if you click the image of the product you're interested in, you will be taken to a website you can buy it at and read more.  None of my links are sneaky affiliate links or sponsored and I don't make anything from you clicking, so click away without fear!

1. Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Canvas.

I bought my first Opaque Rouge about a month ago and was so floored that I need another. I think out of the current range, this is the only other shade I really need or want at the moment - a nice rosy neutral pink that will give me a fresh, youthful face for summer. These babies wear like iron and don't dry your lips out as badly as other stains can, plus are paraben and apparently gluten free (haha, what?! I know). These are possibly one of my favourite finds of recent times, because they really put in the hours without budging.  Trust me on these, they are WONDERFUL.

2. Jouer Matte Moisture Tint.

I've been waiting for this forever and I really hope it's as good as I want it to be. I'm coming to the end of my MAC Studio Moisture Tint, which now makes me greasy and slightly yellow like I'm an extra in The Simpsons, so I'm really looking forward to trying a new product in time for summer. Seeing as NARS only just recently expanded their shade line, they missed out on my money for their tinted moisturiser, and I plumped for Jouer in shade porcelain instead.

3. Jouer Tint in Peony.

A bit of an impulse purchase, this is a lip and cheek tint from Jouer that looks to be similar to my beloved Becca Lip and Cheek Crèmes that I always whip out around summer time (other people whip out much more unmentionable things the moment the sun comes out), because I love the convenience and lightness of these kinds of products. I couldn't resist this cool pink flush for my lips and cheeks this summer, and I'm really excited for this one.

4. DJV Beautenizer Volume Lash mascara.

Disappointment du jour. I just think this is not as good as I wanted or expected it to be, and I'll tell you everything in a review a little bit later. It doesn't give me enough volume and is really easy to mess up on application as it just gobs onto the lashes. It's nice and black and stays all day without smudging, but I am left sad and volume-less with this one.

As I'm just getting into the swing of allowing myself a few beauty treats without major self-flagellation or fear of my bank account going so far into minus numbers that it becomes a mathematical puzzle, I think I went for products I was really interested in, rather than things I needed.  I wanted a little variety.

What's your eye on this month?


  1. Jouer is definitely a brand I'm interested in trying, everything looks great. Hope everything is going well with the wedding plans, so excited for you x

  2. Jouer tint looks just gorgeous. I haven't tried anything from the brand before but I've been reading such great things that no doubt i will soon x

    Angelica [One Little Vice]

  3. ahhh everyones talking about the hourglass opaque rouge! I'm not even a lipstick kind of person but something that stays on for a long time and is fuss free is right up my alley!

  4. Mac Patisserie lipstick and Laura Mercier baked blush bronzer in Ritual. I also have my eye on Laura Mercier baroque eye shadow, but I think I can wait a little longer for that one.

  5. Great review! I wanna also try the hourglass opaque rouge in canvass. By the way, what I am eyeing for this month is a lippie from Chanel, La Favorite. I super like the shade.

  6. I bought an Opaque Rouge in Ballet (quite a pretty pink, as expected from the name), but I just can't like it :( It doesn't seem to 'stick' to the middle bit of my lips and looks really, really dry around the edges. Any application tips? I'd love to be able to war it out of the house.

  7. I wanna try it Jouer. I hope it's good for me. Thanks for nice sharing.

  8. I love hourglass they are a great brand, congratulations on the wedding and the ring - Tiffany's eek!!! We need to see a pic, ok i do! :D xxx

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  14. Really love the peony tint. :)

  15. Miss you! Hope that you are well.


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