I've been doing some shopping and a lot of it (what else is new?). When I told my mum I wanted a gift card for Christmas, she knew exactly from which shop. My sister and brother also chipped in and with a bit of Christmas money from my nanna also, I was able to splurge a little on myself. My family aren't made of money though and despite already getting myself a Christmas present, my own money was spent towards this haul too. A lot of these things I'd had on my wishlist for a fair few months and even though I am forever wanting new things, my current wishlist is looking a lot shorter, which is a relief!
NARS bases have been on the radar quite recently and with my undying love for the Sheer Glow Foundation, I couldn't help but see what all the fuss was about over the Radiant Creamy Concealer and Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. I had originally been eyeing up the Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Concealer, but when a sales assistant at Kit Cosmetics tried it on me, I wasn't too wowed by it. I haven't used them too much yet to give any sort of review, but so far I'm impressed and I'll definitely report back when I've formed a proper opinion on them. Zen blush by NARS had been on my wishlist for the longest time, but when I swatched it again in store, I had funnily enough changed my mind and wasn't so keen on it anymore. Not wanting to go home without a new addition to my blush collection, I bought Love from the Final Cut Collection instead. It's described as a "tea rose" colour and is on the warm neutral side of pink. It's very similar to The Balm's Frat Boy blush, which I thought always looked gorgeous on my computer screen, but wasn't overly keen on this one either after seeing it in store. I'm usually a coral/peach blush kind of girl, but I've definitely fallen in love with the pinks lately.
Ah, Diptyque. I have so much love for this brand. It's like literally burning your money away, but at least at the end of it, you're left with beautiful brush holders! After already trying two of their candles (Mimosa and Roses), I had to pick up the sweet smelling Baies and the limited edition, Joie. The Joie candle, along with two others, Ciel and Infini, were a collaboration with Minä Perhonen and inspired by poems, which sounds so dreamy. Apparently only 400 of each candle were available in each country, so I feel very lucky to have gotten my hands on this beauty. To be honest, I don't think I could ever use another candle brand ever again because they're just that beautiful. As soon as you open them from the packaging, the scent hits you and it's so lovely.
Hourglass are another brand that have received some rave reviews and I couldn't wait to get my hands on some of their most famous products. First up is the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette, which makes for a fuss-free application for amazing filled-in brows. I've only ever used eyeshadow to fill in my eyebrows and even then, I haven't been doing it for a long time, so while using the pencil will take some getting used to, I can still see myself loving this. Secondly, is the Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, which I'd actually never thought twice about until I was in Sydney shopping with Katrina and Jessica and literally saw the pores from Kat's hand disappear! I was so blown away. Lastly in the cult Hourglass products is the Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon. This is another product I hadn't given much thought to, but as I was browsing around Mecca, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and when I swatched Icon, it was just love at first sight. This colour is absolutely gorgeous and I don't even know why all the bloggers own Riviera.
Bumble and Bumble is one of my favourite haircare brands and as I haven't owned a hairspray since I was in high school, I thought it was about time I had one in my hair styling routine again. Going with the Spray de Mode Hairspray, this will be used for those days when I want to wear loose curls. Buying the Thickening Spray might not make sense for someone who has crazy thick hair and is forever asking my hairdresser to thin it out to take away the volume, but my roots and fringe always seem to be weighed down. I thought I'd try this out to add some lift and as a blogger favourite, I have high hopes for this, though Bumble and Bumble never seem to disappoint. I've been dying to get my hands on the REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask for the longest time as it was one of those purchases I just kept putting off. I kept tossing up between this and the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque and after watching Estée's video on her Top Ten Face Masks, I settled on REN. While I have used the Aesop mask and really enjoyed it, the REN offering is a more souped-up version and I much prefer the thicker consistency of it.
Last, but not least, a couple of Soap & Glory products from Kit Cosmetics. Kit Cosmetics and Mecca Cosmetica are basically sister stores - Kit being the younger, more fun one. You've heard me confess my love for the Sugar Crush Fresh & Foamy Body Wash, so when the Body Buttercream finally came back into stock, I had to snap this up. Is it weird that a scent can bring so much joy into my life? Not only does it smell like angels singing, but it's super rich and creamy and feels so luxurious. It would make the perfect cure for dry winter skin, but the scent makes it really lovely to use in the summertime too. As my Pulp Friction Foamy Fruity Body Scrub is on its last legs, I decided to try out The Breakfast Scrub this time around. Not only are these tongue-in-cheek names inspired by two of my favourite films, but they smell so freaking delicious! From the most creatively named products to the super cute pink packaging, the only downside about Soap & Glory products is that I can't eat them.
Let me know what you've bought recently!