Beauty musings and moanings from a Mum

Monday, 17 August 2020

Sephora Haul beauty products from Sephora Marbella

I don't normally do haul posts because it's rare that I actually go out and buy a lot of make up/beauty products in one go.  However, I am here in Spain at the moment and there is a Sephora in Marbella so I decided to make the most of it, particularly at they do not have one in the UK!  It's a 50 minute drive from where we are to Marbella as we're out in the country so we made a day of it and took the kids out for lunch and they bought the latest X box game (hand on face emoji!!)



πŸ’™ I specifically went to get a couple of Milk products, also difficult to get in the UK and nobody is really shipping internationally at the moment so quite difficult to get your hands on.  I got two lipsticks and a lip cheek product.  I'd already got one of the lipsticks which is a balm really but it's so nice that I thought it was worth getting a second one and a different colour too.  I got Plushberry as the new colour and Bubble (which was the replacement).   The lip/cheek colour is actually a mini one, it's called Werk.  

πŸ’™ Next up is Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion.  Love this stuff.  It's anti-aging which I guess means smooths out lines etc and I can vouch that it does.  I'm a big believer in eye shadows primer for all sorts of reasons, not least because it really helps your product stay put all day!  The Urban Decay ones aren't heavy and they don't upset my eyes which are quite sensitive.  They also last quite a long time because a little bit goes a long way.

πŸ’™ I also got a Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil which apart from my Sephora one is the best pencil I've ever used on my brows.  It's extremely easy to use which is why I love it, it isn't too heavy so it's easy to get an even colour on both brows so they more or less match.  My brows are very low maintenance but they do need a bit of a fill in so this is perfect.

πŸ’™ It wouldn't be a shopping trip if I didn't get an eye shadow palette (or just a single!).  This time Sephora's own Eye Love palettes caught me out just before I got to the till.  They are very natural shades, perfect for every day but with one or two little sparkly numbers included to pazazz it up should you need to.  I opted for the Light Warm one first because that's my colouring but also got the Light Cool to try too, I think they will all look nice and perfect for everyday use because they are so subtle.  

πŸ’™ Lastly two eye pencils.  Also Sephora own brand.  Love these pencils, they are the best.  They stay on and don't drag your skin which is so important, particularly on older eyes where the skin is thinner.  This time I got Sephora Colorful contour eye pencil in Lavender Fields and another light gold colour only I can't find that pencil now!  I think it might be in the L'Occitane bag or my handbag, I will have to dig it out.  Hence only Lavender Fields is pictured.  They are waterproof so don't run and they are fine on my aforementioned sensitive eyes.  While I've been away I've been using one I got last time called Flirting Game (pictured) which is a sort of brown/shimmer.

Finally, the lovely assistant gave me a really nice free gift of a Flower By Kenzo eau de perfume milky soap.  It smells DIVINE!  

I've taken some photos of what I bought so you can see it in close up. πŸ’™ Oh, and there's a quick video of the goodies I made for my YouTube channel, click here to see it.












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Monday, 10 August 2020

Tarte - Rainforest of the Sea palette review and tips

I've got a couple of Tarte palettes, this one, prettily named "Rainforest of the Sea" and another called "In Bloom" which I'll do a post on another time.  I've been using this one a lot recently because it's very light and good for summer. 

Rainforest of the Sea feels like a very luxurious product, mainly because the compact is quite heavy and feels substantial.  It's also got a really pretty lid in mermaid colours, blue, turquoise and purple.  There's also a mirror which in my opinion is is invaluable.


Here are my thoughts on this sweet little palette ...

  1. For a base I use the pale colour Sand and put either Mermaid or Wave over the top.  You can see the names of the colours on the photo below. 
  2. Seashell is a lovely pinky/gold colour and is really pretty by itself or on top of a darker colour.
  3. Abyss and Reef are excellent for adding a bit of colour to the outer corners and for a top and bottom line as a liner.
  4. MY TIP πŸ’š The colours are quite pale so to build up colour you need to load the brush a bit.  I found there was very little fall out too and it did stay on my lids.
  5. The thing that drew me to this palette is that there are a mixture of darker and lighter shades, some with a little shimmer, some more matte.  
  6. You get a shimmer, not a full on massive, disco-glittery sparkle!
  7. MY TIP πŸ’š It's also a good beginner palette, nothing too heavy, variety of subtle colours but darker shades that can be built upon to create smoky looks or darker eyes if required.  
  8. MY TIP πŸ’š Good for older eyelids like mine (post 45) use an eye shadow primer to promote longevity and even out lid colour before putting a pale matte shade on then layering with a slightly darker colour in the corners/crease. 

As a brand, Tarte aren't readily available in the UK unless you go to the QVC website and even they only sell certain products.  I had to send away for it but the Tarte website is great and they seem to have loads of items on sale most of the time so it's worth a look. 


Tarte Rainforest of The Sea




Tarte Rainforest of The Sea





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