I still cannot quite believe that I won a competition, albeit one who's prize was £250 worth of makeup. I mean it's every beauty lover's dream right?! Feelunique were running a competition in December called 'A Little Bit Of Magic' where you could win your wishlist of beauty goodies. The task was simple, create a wishlist titled A Little Bit Of Magic and click away on all your favourite beauty products to a total value of up to £250. I mean, it was pretty easy to reach the selected amount when I was picking products at around £20-£30 a pop (my mum says I have expensive taste - pah!). I did not at all expect to win so I suppose I was very much half heartedly clicking on products I had a desire for. But guess what?! I WON!
As it was the festive period, Feelunique was providing me with Free Next Day Delivery if the order was over, I think, £60. Obviously this was for me so it arrived just before I left home for Christmas. I was sent a unique voucher code which actually allowed me to buy whatever I wanted regardless of whether I had it on my wishlist or not. So of course this time round, I took my time!
Just as a mini shout out, the customer service is fantastic at Feelunique, you can have a online chat with an advisor who can give you all the recommendations for beauty products and they certainly know their stuff! I wanted advice on what foundation/concealer would best suit my skin tone and they found the ideal match just from what I've used before.
And just look at this beautiful haul of goodies! You can see a reoccurring theme of Urban Decay running through, as it's a brand I've always wanted to try. A few of these are also blogger recommendations such as the pore-fessional balm and the Kiehl's ultra facial cream. There will be a full review of each product going up on my blog this month so if there's a product you want to buy yourself, look out for these soon!
The La Roche-Posay Effaclar K(+) was a recommendation from one of the beauty advisors on Feelunique. I was after a suitable day/night cream and this was apparently, a popular purchase. It's great for oily skin and combats the daily external aggressors such as pollutant particles and dust that can get locked in the pores and therefore cause imperfections in the skin. It's packaging looks very clinical and as a big fan of scent, I hope that whatever the smell is, doesn't put me off from the product. Currently online for £9.90 but normally £14.90 for a 30ml tube.
One product that was recommended after seeing so much hype about it from beauty bloggers. was the Benefit Pore-fessional Balm, which acts as a primer for the skin. You are meant to apply this after moisturising the skin to help your makeup stay put but you can also apply it afterwards. The packaging sells itself as a quick application - perhaps for the busy ones amongst us. Benefit is another brand I've wanted to try for a while so I'm excited to test this out. This one is certainly on the pricer end at £24.50 and you only get 24ml so I'll try to make this one last me for a while!
This Urban Decay Naked Concealer in the shade Fair Neutral was another blogger recommendation and is hailed for it's complete coverage. On the packaging it also boasts 'light diffusing', another positive for me as I'm wanting to cover and reduce the appearance of dark circles under my eye. This is probably the product out of them all, that I'm most looking forward to trying. Currently, various shades are at different prices, with mine being £15.75 for 5ml. The Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder is a re-purchase from buying it whilst I was in a Sephora in New York last year. I recommend this powder for baking under the eyes and sculpting underneath contouring. It just sets the makeup whilst defining your chiselled cheekbones (or lack of!). At £29.00 I think this is a worthy investment which will certainly last.
The Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palettes are something I've been pining over for ages! I've wanted one since I took more of an interest in make-up and beauty. I picked the Naked 2 Palette because it matched my preference in terms of colour. The other palettes had too many daring colours whereas this one was more neutral and had the brown/golden shades that I normally look for in an eyeshadow. Sitting pretty at £34.65, it looks like this could be my go-to palette for every eye look!
The Nars Sheer Glow Foundation seems to be a cult beauty buy and I needed a new foundation so I thought why the heck not?! A build-able coverage that says it evens the skin tone, used daily it even improves the radiance and texture of your skin. Pretty cool right? One of the beauty advisors online recommended the Siberia shade as being the closest match to what I'm currently using which is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Light Porcelain (because yes I'm that pale). At £31.00 it's certainly a high-end product so perhaps a one off for me unless I really fall in the love with it.
Another blogger recommendation and apparently a cult beauty product, the Benefit Hoola Bronzer is highly recommended. It's meant to be super pigmented, meaning building it up slowly is necessary to not look like you've had a fight with a tub of Hot Chocolate powder. I think I'll start using this as a replacement for contouring and this looks dark enough to work well with a tan too! At £23.50 it's a good value for money product because it will hopefully last for a while.
The Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray was the last product I popped in my basket as it was a 'what else do I need?'. The beauty advisor (see, they're good at selling to you!) recommended a setting spray as I'd mentioned all the products I'd already got in my basket. This is long-lasting, 16 hour spray comes in a 118ml bottle, so it will certainly last forever with me! You can get this bottle for £19.80 or the travel size for £8.10. The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream was another blogger recommendation after seeing the brand's products feature as a staple for many skincare regimes. It's a 24 hour moisturiser which is light-textured and helps water replenishment in the skin which is what I need at the moment. You can get this 50ml tub for £24.00 or 125ml for £43.50.
And last but certainly not least, the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. It's not until I purchased it that I've now seen it being used everywhere by bloggers and vloggers alike. The palette comes with four highlights each for various parts of the face to illuminate and create a healthy glow across the skin. Very excited to use this and see the results as Sleek for me has fast become a favourite high street brand of mine. This was just £9.99! Great value for money.
What do you think of these products? Have you used any of them before? Let me know in the comments below.
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