What I Got For My Birthday | 2

 Remember how in my previous irthday post I mentioned that I had been ordered to spend rather than save the money given to me for my birthday?  I took them at their word and what follows is the glorious fruit of my labours (by labours I mean internet shopping).

Kevyn Aucoin
Sculpting Powder in Light

My face is basically the moon.  It’s pale and round, and I’ve been wanting to try contouring for a long time in an attempt to give some sort of structure, but I’ve seriously struggled to find anything even close to a half decent colour. Most contour powders or bronzers are orange/brown in tone, and no matter how pale the colour or how lightly I applied it, it just looked awful on my pinkish-blue skin.  I had heard a good deal about the Sculpting Powder and it has the grey tone I was after!  It gives the effect of a natural shadow in a way that no other powder has managed.  It was a gamble, not being able to swatch it and the hefty price tag, but I had exhausted all of the drugstore options and several of the more high end.  I’m absolutely loving the Sculpting Powder, and don’t know how I ever lived without it!

Also, can we talk about the packaging for a moment?  It comes with a little velvet pouch which as won me over completely.  It’s the most luxurious feeling product I own, and I just want it to be on display all the time.  I’m a little bit obsessed. 


Shimmering Skin Perfector

I think I might be the last beauty blogger in the world to try the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors.  I love highlighters, and decided that it was about time I gave these a try!  I went for Moonstone, which is a gorgeous pale gold.  It was a toss up between Moonstone and Pearl, as I suspected that the other shades would be a bit too dark for my skin tone, after trying Moonstone I am in love with it and now want Pearl as well!  It‘s a finely milled powder that reflects the light beautifully.  Combined with the Sculpting Powder, I almost have cheekbones!


Zoeva Cocoa

Since the only eyeshadow palette I owned before this was Naked 2, I was seriously in need of another.  I wanted a palette with a few more matte shades, as Naked 2 is predominantly shimmer and I was in dire need of a matte crease colour.  I dithered over which Zoeva palette I wanted for ages, but decided I wanted to go with Zoeva very quickly.  After seeing swatches and reading reviews online, I knew I wanted to give them a go.  They also seem to be underrepresented as a brand and having now given these a try, I have to ask why?!  I freaking love this palette and I haven’t touched Naked 2 since it arrived.  It has the four crucial matte shades I was after, and six metallic and shimmer shades that are all to die for.  I’m still working out how to use the more purple toned shades, but I‘m loving the golds and coppers.  The packaging is cardboard but feels pretty strong and is very lightweight, making it great for travelling.


Liz Earle
Cleanse and Polish

I may have used some of this to take my makeup off while staying at a friend’s house a few months ago (sorry Lou) and fell in love with it.  My skin feels so freaking clean after using it and I’m never going back!


Peter Thomas
Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

I have pretty dry skin, and I’d been hearing the rumblings about the PTR Pumpkin Enzyme Mask for a while and knew I had to give it a try.  I’ve been warned to be careful because apparently this can burn like hell, but losing a few layers of my epidermis is sometimes exactly what I need so what the hell!  Expect a full review of this next month when I’ve had chance to test it fully.

So there you have it!  Cult Beauty, Look Fantastic and Zoeva are all a little richer and I am poorer but prettier.  An excellent way to spend my birthday money imho.

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  1. Stephanie Mattea
    September 20, 2016 / 6:07 am

    This is such a great first part of a birthday haul! I would LOVE to try the Becca highlighter, it looks so gorgeous, but I've got so many highlighters already that adding another one to my collection just isn't justifiable. I have the Mary-Lou Manizer and it's gorgeous enough to be my holy-grail.Stephii Mattea xx

    • Stephanie Mattea
      September 20, 2016 / 6:08 am

      Well, second part. I had both posts up and thought I had been reading the first one, heh XD

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