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 The majority of the products below are ~new in~ give or take a few months. So I thought I'd do a big round-up post about them all because I really enjoy reading round-up blog posts particularly the "new in" beauty posts so I thought I'd give it a whirl on my own blog.



Over the past year or so I've been picking up the odd Barry M product here and there and I'm always amazed at how good they are for the price. I feel like Barry M products are massively overlooked because of other drugstore brands such as Revolution and I really feel like a lot of people are missing out. I picked up two of the Green Origin Nail Paints RRP £3.99 which are vegan and made from 70% certified natural ingredients including potato, corn and wheat. There's a decent range of shades to choose from but I definitely think there's room for some more staple everyday shades such as a nude pink, mint green or rose red. Overall I've been really enjoying wearing these polishes since I picked them up. I definitely prefer Mushroom (the mid-grey kind of shade) because Down to Earth just looks a bit too pale on my nails against my skin if that makes sense. Because of the low-chemical formulation, the polishes don't have that usual potent polish smell either which I like because everyone in my house moans when I paint my nails because of the smell haha. They also dry down really fast and last as well as a normal Barry M polish. 

When I saw the latest skincare drop from Soap & Glory I was really intrigued and decided to pick it up. The Puffy Eye Attack Eye Make-up Remover RRP £5 has a jelly-like formula that they claim helps to melt away the most stubborn eye make-up including waterproof mascara. It's also suitable for sensitive skin and the jelly-like texture soothes and cools whilst reducing the appearance of any puffiness around the eyes. The formula does feel weird and even after using it quite a few times, I'm still finding kind of odd. I'm used to using oil-based eye makeup remover usually. In terms of how it works, I would say it works pretty good. It does take longer to remove my eye makeup than it usually does with an oil-based formula but I do like the cooling and refreshing sensation. 




Bubu Skincare are a new brand to hit the shelves and their products are exclusively sold on Pretty Little Thing. They're vegan, environmentally friendly, paraben-free and cruelty-free. They currently have four different sheet masks (priced at £7 each) to choose from and also a lip plumping mask (priced at £5). Each mask comes with its own cheeky name such as #youpucker and #t-spot. I was sent over their #t-spot Blemish Busting Mask* which is formulated with a unique blend of Niacinamide (which I'm already a huge fan of!), natural actives and a potent secret serum, #feelingdirty Pollution Busting Sheet Mask* which protects your skin from grime and dirty as well as doubling up as a primer and #stripitoff Exfoliating Sheet Mask* which contains Charcoal, Clay and AHAs which all help to gobble up dead skin cells and leaves you with a fresh, glowy complexion. With it being an exfoliating treatment, always make sure you use an SPF after use because it does make your skin more sensitive to the sun. I've only tried the #stripitoff exfoliating sheet mud mask so far, just because I've not had the time to try all three, especially when I'm trying out other skincare products too. But I really liked #stripitoff and I feel like I could see a difference straight after using it which is always a good sign! My skin looked brighter and just more "awake" if that makes sense. I did wake up with a few new spots the next day but I guess that just proves that the ingredients in the mask worked and brought any rubbish in my pores to the surface.

If you follow me on insta then you may have noticed that I've been picking up/being sent quite a few different skin clearing products recently. The reason for this is because I'm trying to find some staple go-to products to help clear up my skin when it's being annoying and breaking out. One of the products I've been using is the ARK Skincare Clearing Serum RRP £45* and the reason why I was so intrigued about ARK Skincare's offering is because it doesn't contain the usual "spot busting" ingredients such as Tea Tree and Witch Hazel which my skin can be a little iffy with at times. They claim the serum helps to refine pores, banish bacteria, tighten pores and eliminate excess shine. The formula is plant-based and a great product to use if your skin is feeling oily. Margosa Leaf Extract has astringent and antibacterial properties and Watercress, Nettle and Horsetail all regulate sebum production and prevent acne. I have been enjoying using this serum and I do think it's a good one if you're not a fan of using Witch Hazel and/or Tea Tree but I do think it takes a bit longer to start working than the usual "spot busting" ingredients. I also found it works well at calming down those horrible, painful under the skin spots too. 


Top: Velvet Peach  Bottom: Pink Champagne
I was sent some products from Tropic a few weeks ago which is always exciting! I received the Tropic Lip Glazes in Velvet Peach* and Pink Champagne* RRP £14 and another product that I'm going to be talking about in a different blog post coming soon. I'm a fan of lip glosses (as long as they're not sticky!) because I think they're a great way to make your lips like a bit more plumper as well as being a great way to keep your lips nicely hydrated too. Both of the shades I was sent Velvet Peach and Pink Champagne are super pretty but I think for me personally Pink Champagne is probably more forgiving on my lips because the Velvet Peach is a bit pale and kind of washes me out a little. There are 6 shades to choose from overall so I do think that they could add a few more to the lineup. But overall I think they're nice and comfortable to wear and they definitely give a plumping effect as well as a boost of hydration! You could also use Pink Champagne as a lip topper because it's more of a sheen kind of lipgloss. I'm already a big fan!


Lavera has recently launched a range of 100% biodegradable sheet masks which I think is fab! Each one is priced at £6.95 and you can choose from either their Hydrating Mask* which contains hyaluronic acid, organic cucumber and glacier water, Firming Mask* which contains hyaluronic acid, karanja oil, aloe vera oil, lavender water and cotton extract, Illuminating Mask* which contains dragon fruit and raspberry and Purifying Mask* which contains salicylic acid and organic mint. Each fleece sheet mask is made from plant material which means it's 100% biodegradable. I've only tried the Illuminating sheet mask so far when I was having a bit of an "ugh" kind of day with my skin and it definitely gave me a nice healthy glow as well as leaving my skin feeling super soft. I can't wait to get around to trying the other sheet masks now and it's great that they are thinking of the environment too!



The Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara RRP £3.30* is an updated version of the original False Lash Effect which I already really like. But now it comes in a waterproof version. I always say that I find waterproof mascaras work better on my lashes so I couldn't wait to give the new and improved formula a whirl. It definitely worked even better than the original and I just think it's a great mascara for the price. If you're on a tight budget and want a mascara that works then you should give this one a try.



Lastly is the Mane n Tail Braid Sheen Ultimate Control Conditioning Spray RRP £8.99* which I received recently and I'm not going to lie, I very rarely wear my hair in any sort of braid, unless it's a loose side braid when I'm just in the house doing work or tidying etc. So instead of using it as a "Braid Sheen" I've been using it as a detangling product which adds a bit of shine and I've found it works well in that way. It also smells like their Hair Strengthener product which is one of my all-time fave products

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 A few weeks ago I received an unexpected parcel from Latest in Beauty which was a nice surprise! They kindly sent me their New + Noteworthy Box and I was so excited to see quite a few brands and products that I'd actually had been planning on picking up and trying. There's also a few brands that I'd never heard of before and I'm always up for trying new brands. The box is worth £181 but available for a bargain price of £28! Unfortunately the box is now sold out but if you're interested in the products featured in the photo above then carry on reading. 



First up is the Umberto Giannini Flowerology Rose Drops Vegan Miracle Mist* which I was really excited to see in the box because I was actually planning on trying some products from the recently released Flowerology range. I'm absolutely obsessed with this and I'm not usually a massive fan of heat and colour protective hair mists because I tend to prefer creams. Obviously if you're not a fan of floral scents then you'd probably not like this but it really does make my hair softer and glossier. I will 100% be repurchasing when I run out.

I haven't actually tried the Time Bomb Youth Juice Secret Oil* because it's basically an oil that adds hydration to your skin and right now my skin is going through a spell of being super oily (I think it's hormonal or something) so I haven't tried it yet but I will try it at some point in the near future once my skin settles down.

The Cake Beauty Mane Manage'r* smells gorgeous - kind of like a coconut cake scent. I love it! The spray is a little bit harsh and I'd prefer it to be more of a mist in terms of how it comes out but the product itself has been making my hair feel extra soft and it's also made it easier to manage and style too. I can't wait to pick up some more products from their hair range soon! 



Another product I was excited to try out is the Patchology AquaFlash Daily Gel Moisturiser*. I'm a big fan of gel moisturisers - the Origins GinZing Gel Moisturiser has been my go to for a while however I'll admit I've been getting a bit bored of the strong orange scent. So I've switched out the Origins one for now for the Patchology AquaFlash Daily Gel Moisturiser and it's been lovely to use. It smells very fruity which I like and it sinks in quickly and doesn't block up my pores. It's another product I'll definitely be picking up when I run out.

When I saw the Argentum Apothecary Illuminating Hydration Bar* I wasn't that excited to try it because I tend to not get on with soap facial bars anymore. I find that they dry out my skin and irritate it. However it contains Silver Hydrosol which is known for clearing up blemishes as well as balancing the skin and my skin definitely needs that. I have enjoyed using it and I do feel like it's helped my skin a little but the thing that put me off buying the full size is that it's a whopping £104 per (150g) bar! Ouch. So unfortunately even though my skin seems to like it my bank balance says no.

I haven't actually tried the Lore Originals Legend Hair Mask* yet but I'm definitely intrigued. Why? Because it's a dry hair mask treatment which is suitable for all hair types and genders. The only reason I haven't tried it yet is because I'm worried it'll strip my hair dye out when I've recently dyed my hair. So once my hair starts to fade I'll be trying it out and reviewing it on my insta stories.

The MUA Blushed Liquid Cream Blusher in Misty Rose* was actually on my to buy list for my next big Superdrug order so I was happy to see it in my LiB box. The reason why I wanted to try a few of the MUA Cream Blushers is because they really remind me of the Glossier Cloud Paints which I basically can't live without. So I wanted to see if they were a good dupe so I could save myself some money. Although let's face it, I'd probably still buy the Glossier ones because they're so nice *heart eyes*. I've found that the MUA Cream Blushers are nice but not as pigmented as the Glossier ones but I've still been enjoying wearing the Misty Rose shade for minimal makeup looks just for a slight hint of colour. I think I might pick up a few more shades to see how they perform just in case they all work a bit differently. 

The A.T Antao ColourLux Lip Lacquer (4 shades available) in the shade #2 Strawberry* is nice but I'll admit I'm not really a red lip wearer anymore. I think the last time I wore a red lipstick was Christmas time last year so I don't think I'm going to reach for it often.



I was looking for a new cleansing oil to buy and then LiB sent the New + Noteworthy box and basically blessed me with the Lumene Nordic Detox [Sisu] Recover & Protect Facial Oil* which I've been obsessed with. Lumene are a pretty new brand to me but the products I've tried so far have been amazing! The Nordic Detox Facial Oil contains Nordic Pine Bark Extract, Blackcurrant, Bilberry and Lingonberry Seed Oils along with essential omega fatty acids and Vitamin E and it removes makeup so easily, it smells nice and natural (in a good way) and also leaves my skin feeling soft. It's now replaced my Pixi Double Cleanse which my skin had started to disagree with for some reason.

The OPI Pro Spa Advanced Softening Gloves* are what I'd call a bit of a luxury moisturising treatment. I wouldn't say they are an essential you need in your beauty stash when you can just use a nice hand lotion but I do like to change it up a little sometimes and buy hand and foot treatment masks and the OPI Pro Spa Advanced Softening Gloves were nice to use and left my skin feeling super soft.

The box also came with the Jurlique Radiant Skin Foaming Cleanser* but I've stopped using foaming cleansers on my skin because I've realised my skin isn't a big fan so it's just not one for me unfortunately. So I'll either pass it on to someone who I know will use it or I'll pop it in my next giveaway (there is one coming soon!).


I found the Bio Miracle Bubble Sheet Mask in the Flamingo option* to be quite a fun face mask to use and I do think it purified my skin a little. I do like bubble masks because I do like a bit of a gimmick. I wouldn't say you need to rush out and buy it right now but if you fancy trying a bubble face mask then it is a nice, fun one to use. I think it'd be a great face mask to pop in a birthday hamper or bag if you're buying someone a few different things.

I was a little bit sceptical of the Laidbare Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow! Hair Minimising Cream* which is supposed to minimise hair growth after shaving but guess what? I think it actually works! Another good thing is that it's super cheap at £6.99 and it's 96% natural as well as being vegan friendly and gluten free. I have only tried it on my legs but I do find that my leg hair grows quite quickly and I've definitely noticed it not growing as quick as usual after just a couple of applications. So I highly recommend picking up and trying for yourself!

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I thought I'd do a round up kind of post about products I've been trying out recently. Some I've loved and have added into my makeup bag or skincare routine and there's also some I've hated. As always I'm giving my honest opinions and hopefully this post will help save you some money if you have had your eyes on any of the products that I haven't gotten on with.

First up is the recently released Too Faced Damn Girl! Mascara which I wanted to buy as soon as I saw the announcement because I wanted to see if it's any better than the Better Than Sex mascara which I can't seem to get on with. Did I need a new mascara? Absolutely not. But I was intrigued to see if it'd give me some big fluttery lashes without it flaking like crazy which I find the Better Than Sex mascara does. The packaging is quite chunky so it's probably not going to be a go-to if you're someone who travels a lot but the product itself is pretty good. It is quite clumpy but I personally like a bit of a clumpier looking lash because I think it just makes my useless lashes look fuller. However sometimes I do go in with a spiky mascara wand (usually the Glossier Lash Slick) just to get some of the extra clump out if it gets a bit too much. The brush is massive! But I did already know that before buying it as I watched Emma's Rectangle review of it. Also when you first open it the brush does have excess mascara in the curvy parts of the brush but you can just swipe it on the edge or remove with a tissue if it's really bad. Overall I do think it gives me nice lashes, I find that just one coat is enough to give me some nice, full looking lashes which is great. It is pricey at £22 but I would repurchase because it does seem to work well with my lashes and I like that it's cruelty-free too. You can also buy the travel size version at £12 if you want to try it before you splurge on the full size.


I was so excited when I saw the Revolution Hydra Matte Translucent Powder as I thought it was going to be a dupe of the BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder which I've wanted to buy for ages but I've held back because it is expensive at £32 for a loose powder. It apparently feels cooling, kind of like water on the skin when you apply which sounds lovely, right? But is it £32 worth of lovely? Probably not. So I quickly nabbed the Revolution Hydra Matte Translucent Powder at £8 thinking I'd bought a complete dupe and guess what? It's not a dupe at all. First of all Revolution say that it's suitable for all skin tones... It clearly isn't as it's pure white as you can see from the photo above. So I don't what planet the person who wrote the description was on but it definitely wasn't earth. Secondly it should come with a hazard sticker on it because it kicks up so much powder dust it literally made me cough for a good 15 minutes after I used it for the first time. Anytime I do use it (just for the sake of using it) I have to hold my breath so I don't inhale it. So yeah, If you have asthma or any sort of breathing issues then honestly avoid this like the plague! Lastly in terms of working as a powder... it's just okay. Nothing special and not something I would say you need in your makeup bag ASAP. Overall I just feel like I've wasted £8 to be honest.


I was recently sent the Profusion Golden Nudes Eye and Cheek Palette* which is definitely my cup of tea when it comes to palettes as it has a bit of everything and the eyeshadow shades are lovely. They are a little similar but I am a big fan of browns, bronzes and golds. I was also sent their Highlight & Contour II palette too but unfortunately it was too deep for my skin. The Golden Nudes palette retails for £7 on Profusion's website which I think is a complete steal! It produces some lovely pigmented eyeshadows which blend out nicely and I also haven't experienced any fall out with the shadows either. Unfortunately the highlighter and bronze shades are a bit too dark for my skin tone but the blusher is a pretty pop of pink which I think I will be reaching for a lot. It is a little powdery but it's not too bad. I think if all of the shades suit your skin tone perfectly then it'd make a great travel palette.



I had high hopes for the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil and I wanted to see if it was a dupe or similar to the It Cosmetics CC Cream which I do love but sometimes I don't have the money to repurchase straight away when I'm running low so I like to try and find cheaper alternatives if and when needed. Unfortunately the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil is nothing like the It Cosmetics CC Creams. It oxidises like mad, it clings to spots and dry patches and it's quite hard to apply to your skin too. I've used a brush, beauty blender and my fingers to apply it and it just looks cakey and streaky no matter what application method I use. So it's a thumbs down from me!




A few weeks ago I was sent the ARK Skincare Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer RRP £36* and I'm currently using ARK Skincare's Skin Clear Cleanser and loving it (you can read my review of the products I was sent last month here). So I was excited to try another product from them. It's a makeup primer, sunscreen and moisturiser all in one and it's a great introduction if you want to make sure you're applying SPF daily. They're an award winning British brand who use natural ingredients and their formulations are free from parabens, SLS, mineral oil, S.D, Alcohol, Formaldehyde and artificial colours and fragrances. The Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer really reminds me of the The Body Shop's Skin Defense Multi-Protection Essence SPF50 which everyone raves about. I like The Body Shop's SPF too but because of it's high alcohol levels, it broke me out in spots really bad. It is a shame that the ARK Skincare Skin Protector isn't a higher SPF but I do think SPF 30 is still an okay amount for day-to-day wear in the UK. So far I'm enjoying the multi-use side of the Skin Protector because if I'm in a rush then I know I've moisturised, primed and also have a good amount of SPF on. So I guess it's killing two birds with one stone in a way which is why even though it is a high-end price I do think it's worth it and would pick it up again.


I decided to pick up my first ever product from Lanolips recently and I decided to get their Lemonaid Lip Treatment. Since I've been diagnosed with Gastritis I've noticed that certain foods AND beauty products from lip oils, LUSH lip scrubs and even lipsticks can upset my stomach and make me have a horrible taste in my mouth and throat. It's so weird! I used to swear by LUSH lip scrubs and now I can't use them. So I thought I'd try Lanolips. It was a bit risky going for something lemon flavoured but it's actually fine. I was so shocked after using it for the first time! It's not grainy or anything like that, it's more like a balm but because of the organic citrus lemon peel oil it lifts any dead skin and leaves your lips looking and feeling super soft and smooth. You also don't have to use a lot each time you use it so it will definitely last a while too.

What beauty products have you been trying out recently?

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New In My Skincare Stash

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Over the past year or so, I've got really into skincare and trying to figure out what works best for my temperamental skin instead of popping into Boots when I'm running low on a cleanser or a spot treatment and picking up whatever products are on offer for my oily skin type. Because I love trying out skincare products and always hoping to find a holy grail or two, it basically means I've become a bit of a skincare hoarder. But I've recently had a serious destash and got rid of things that just were not for me anymore. So I decided after my destash to buy some products that I really wanted to try out and I've also received a few bits from some brands too which is always exciting. So I thought I'd share with you what's new in my skincare stash and my thoughts on the products so far. 



There has been so many great releases from brands over the past month or so and I thought I would ~try~ and get it down to just five things I've really been loving and I'm not going to lie, it was hard, but I've finally managed to do it. So I thought I'd share with you my top 5 new-ish beauty releases which I've been enjoying recently.


I haven't done one of these posts since August so I'm back with a new one! As always I'm not writing this post to brag or anything at all, I do get sent things but I obviously buy a lot of beauty products within the space of a few months, so I guess it's kind of a sneak peek at what's new in my beauty stash and products which you're probably going to see featured on my blog at some point in the near future. 



The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask 

I've been eyeing up this face mask for a while now, so when there was an offer on for 30% off I decided to pick it up and finally try it out. It smells very citrusy and uplifting and it does tingle a little once it's on, I also really like that you can tell when and where it's dried. It's quite an exfoliating scrub so it's kind of a 2-in-1 product, it is quite messy to remove it but I can see a difference in my skin right after using it because my skin feels so soft and it just looks radiant. So I would say if you're debating on buying this do it!

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Icons*
Probably the most exciting package I've received in my blogging journey so far - A PR package from Charlotte Tilbury! I've kind of been in shock about this since I got the email last month. I've never tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury before and I had already put a few products on my Christmas Wishlist because I wanted to kind of see what the hype is about. I received 2 things in my package including the Limited Edition Beauty Icons Box which contains 5 products inside  - Mini Magic Cream, Mini Full Fat Lashes Mascara, Mini Wonderglow, Mini K.I.S.S.I.N.G - Penelope Pink and Lip Cheat - Pillow Talk. I'm really looking forward to trying everything out and they'll be a blog post all about my first impressions of Charlotte Tilbury products in December.

Essence Moonlight Cream Eyeshadows & Fresh & Fit Foundation

Essence very kindly sent me over a lot of their new products recently to feature in my New Releases From Essence post. In the package, I received the new Moonlight Cream Eyeshadow in the shade 03 Cosmic* and I've also picked up the shade 04 Glided since and they are honestly a dream to work with. They're easy to blend and to build up the colour intensity and they are only £3 each. I also picked up the Fresh & Fit Foundation which I've been really liking recently too, it smells lovely and fresh and it's so good considering it's only £5!



Bloomtown The Grove* Infused Oil & The Rose Garden Infused Oil

I've not tried anything from Bloomtown before but they recently sent me a Christmas Bauble to feature in my upcoming Beauty Gift Guide and inside I received the Bloomtown The Grove Infused Oil and I really like it, it's a lovely, uplifting scent and it lasts a good amount of time on my skin. So I decided to pick up The Rose Garden Infused Oil too which has a light, powdery rose scent. I've really been enjoying using them both and I think they would make nice little stocking fillers for Christmas.

I Heart Makeup Chocolate Elixir Palette
This was on my recent Beauty Wishlist and guess what? I caved and bought it even though I'm trying to be on a spending ban for the next month so I can save up some money for the Christmas/Boxing Day sales. After watching this video, I realised that it is probably the best affordable dupe to the ABH Modern Renaissance right now and I just needed it in my life because I can't justify spending £43 on an eyeshadow palette rn (especially when the pans are so tiny too!).



KISS ImPRESS Gel Nails*
I received some of the ImPRESS Gel Nails to feature in an upcoming (Christmas, woo!) blog post. I rarely wear false nails because I do find them a little annoying if I'm being totally honest but these are definitely my favourite to wear and they are so easy to apply when I do want/need to wear false nails. I like that there's a good choice of designs too and they don't break the bank.

Glossier Cloud Paints in shades Beam & Dusk
I did it. I jumped on the bandwagon and picked up a few things from Glossier when they came to the UK. I definitely picked up the Cloud Paints because of the cute, instagrammable packaging more so than anything. I also really like that Glossier is all about minimum, natural looking makeup because that's more my cup of tea. I have done a full review of the products I recently picked up here.
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UK Glossier Haul Cloud Paint Boy Brow


I'm sure by now you're sick of seeing and hearing about Glossier because everyone and their mum seems to be talking about it. I did know of the brand but didn't know a lot about them but after seeing and reading everyone talk about them when they became available to us in the UK, I was intrigued and decided to place my first order.

I really like the how cute and instagrammable the products are and I love that they are for us girls who don't like to wear tons of makeup and like the whole "no makeup" makeup look. I decided to pick up three products from Glossier - Cloud Paint in the shade Beam, Cloud Paint in the shade Dusk and also the Boy Brow in Brown. I also received a sample of the much talked about Milky Jelly Cleanser too which I'm purposely not trying out until I have some spare money floating about because I know if I love it, I'll want to get it asap.

Cloud Paints £15 each | I wasn't sure on these because they look quite vibrant in colour when they come out of the tube and I'm super pale, but I thought I'd give them a whirl anyway. I also decided to buy them because of the cute paint tube packaging, it definitely sold them to me more because as you may know, I'm a complete sucker for packaging. I decided to pick up the shades Dusk and Beam as I thought they were kind of the best shades to go for to compliment my pale skin. The formula is the same for both, it's very light and easy to blend and they are also quite sheer (thankfully). I like to apply a few small dots along my cheeks and then kind of tap in the product to blend out.

The shade Dusk is a peachy-bronze shade which looks very natural but can be build up a little if it's wanted. I really like it and I've worn it a number of times over the past few weeks. The shade Beam is quite an orange-toned shade which I'll be honest I'm not sure if it suits me really. I feel like when I apply it, it looks quite full on and vibrant but after a small dusting of translucent powder it looks more natural. I definitely prefer the Dusk shade but I'm going to keep hold of Beam for now because it may grow on me. 

Boy Brow £15  I decided to pick the Boy Brow up in the shade Brown and I was so excited to try it out after the hype and the fact that I'd heard that it was basically the same and maybe even better than Benefit's Gimme Brow which I love but I think for the price, you get a tiny amount really so I like that this is a little cheaper and you get more product. I quite like a no fuss easy brow product because my brows rarely cooperate with me, so I don't like to make them look too bold. The best way to describe the formula is somewhere between a gel and pomade. It applies like a gel and then kind of dries down to a pomade and it's staying power is fab. It does feel a little waxy but it's bearable and it definitely thickens up my brows as well as obviously tinting them too. Because I have quite fair brows I feel that if I don't wear any brow product then I could look like I don't have any eyebrows, so this is a great throw on and go kind of product.


So there's my first ever Glossier haul. Do I think the products I picked up are worth it? YES! I've already got a few more of their products in mind which I really want to try out and add to my collection which I'll no doubt do a blog post about soon.


Have you tried anything from Glossier?
 If so, what did you get and what do think about the product(s)? 
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So I did a poll on Twitter probably around a month ago asking which of the blog posts you would like to see either "May-June Favourites" or "New In Drawer" and this got the most votes so here it is! Also just a disclaimer - I did take the photos for this blog post about two weeks ago so some of these products will have a review blog post on here already or they will be coming really soon. I do try out products anywhere between 2-3 weeks usually before reviewing or mentioning on my blog. 



Obviously looking at the photo above, I'm not going to be writing about every single product inside my New In Drawer because my hands would be falling off by the end of the post. Also some of these products I've not tried out at all yet or have only used once or twice. But I've decided to write about the products that I'm most excited to try out or have used a few times already and can give you my first impressions. So here goes.



Essence I Love Crazy Volume Mascara - Black - £2.80
I picked this up after seeing so many people rave about it. I've also become a huge fan of Essence makeup since receiving a few PR packages from them and I wanted to try some more products out so I picked a few things up whilst on a little shopping trip a few weeks ago. The brush is quite scary and intimidating which I know sounds silly but I'm one of the clumsiest people ever and having a spiky mascara brush is just asking for trouble and probably a trip the A&E. I've only tried it once and it was okay for me, nothing mind blowing but I think I need to get over my fear of the brush (lol) and try it a few more times before I give my final verdict. 

Benefit Shy Beam Highlighter - £21.50
First of all my highlighter is the mini not the full size. I'm not sure where you pick up the mini ones as I got mine brand new on Depop because I was intrigued to try it out. I have used this about 3 times now and it's actually really nice, perfect for pale skin as it's a light pink muted kind of highlighter. It gives me of a radiant, glowy look rather than a blinding, shimmery highlighter which is great for minimum makeup days. I think I will be picking up the full sized version once my mini runs out, I actually think I may like this more than my Benefit High Beam. 

Essence Colour Boost Nail Polish - Instant Match - £1.80* & Essence Out Of Space Stories Nail Polish - Across The Universe £2

I received the shade Instant Match in a PR package but have only just got around to using it the other day, it's definitely a statement kind of polish but I love it. I'm really loving these Colour Boost nail polishes from Essence as they are literally as stated '1 Coat and Go', if you're wearing a kind of bland outfit and want a pop of colour then you should definitely check out the shades available in this range.

I also picked up the gorgeous Out Of Space Stories Nail Polish in the shade Across The Universe. The whole area of these polishes was pretty much empty, so I picked up this one and it's so pretty. I've been wearing it a lot lately and again, I think it adds so much to an outift. It's kind of holographic and changes colours in different lighting, I'll definitely be picking up some more shades soon (if I can get my hands on them, that is).



Beauty Formulas Charcoal Clay Face Mask - 99p

I picked this up from B&M (my fave store if you didn't already know lol) just to see what it was like. I find products containing Charcoal work well for my oily skin, I've used this twice so far and it's actually pretty good. It smells lovely too, like fresh flowers which I'll admit with a Charcoal Face Mask, I didn't expect. It's also one of those masks when you can see where it's dried and where it's not because it does change colour slightly too. Fab for 99p!



The Body Shop - Super Volume Mascara - £10*

I love to try any mascara which has the word "volume" present in the title because boy, do my eyelashes need some volume (and a decent curl would be great too). My lashes are the most annoying, stubborn lashes known to man. They don't stay curled for long, no matter what technique I use, they just look rubbish. I'm not a huge fan of wearing fake lashes all the time either so yep, I just have to try and deal with it for now. I was really excited to try this and I do like it. I have only used it twice, it's not as volumising as I would've hoped but it definitely does something to my lashes, they unfortunately are still not staying curly for long but at least they look a little thicker when using this mascara which is always a plus.




The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - Shade 01 - £14 
I did a little order online to "treat myself" (for the 5th time of the week) ad also because I I couldn't resist the 35% code I found and I picked up this Honey Bronze Bronzer in the shade 01 (as well as some other things). I'll admit It was a little more than I would normally pay for a bronzer but apparently they last for ages and also the shade is a lovely natural, barely there bronzer, which obviously because I'm so pale, is perfect. I've only used is a few times but so far I'm impressed and it definitely warms up my face and can be build up quite easily too. I'm really loving it so far!

Benefit GALifornia Blusher - £24.50

Ok so I'm been wanting to pick this up since first saw it and I've finally bit the bullet and got it. Spending £24 on (yet another) blusher I don't really need is something I couldn't really justify but it kept showing up everywhere on fellow bloggers blog posts or on my instagram feed and I gave in, I'm weak I know. I've only used it twice but it's just beautiful and I don't regret buying it at all. It's the most perfect blush for the Summer and it much smells like Summer too, thanks to the coconut and grapefruit-y scent.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel - £5.99
I'm not usually someone who uses products you leave on overnight, apart from moisturiser obviously. Just because my skin is very problematic I always worry I'll wake up with a reaction/rash or break out. After reading the reviews about the Glycolic Overnight Peel I was intrigued, plus it was on offer at the time for £2.95 too. I've only used this twice I think so far and I can definitely see a difference after use. My skin looks more even and my pores look a little smaller too.


Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Lip Kit - Echelon - £6
I've heard so many mixed reviews about these lip kits from Makeup Revolution, some people say they're as good as the Kylie lip kits and some people say they are terrible. So far I'm really liking this. It's a pretty pink-brown nude colour and a lovely everyday kind of shade to wear. The staying power is good but not amazing but for £6, I think I'll definitely buy a few more shades. One thing I will say about this lip kit in particular which was a little disappointing, is that the lipliner doesn't go with liquid lipstick at all, I do have some more lipsticks that will just about match up to it though but obviously, the whole point of a lip kit is that both the lipstick and liner are either the same or very similar.

What new things are you currently loving?


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